Jean Lyall Bonnycastle1

#702, (1915 - 2002)
FatherJohn Bonnycastle2 (1874 - 1955)
MotherHattie Blanche Langille2 (1885 - 1973)
Relationship3rd great-granddaughter of John Bonnycastle
Charts5 Generations of Descendants of Sir Richard Henry Bonnycastle (1791-1847)


Barry Moore Himmelman (1916 - 2013)
  • Allen Himmelman8
  • Bonny Jean Himmelman2

Life Events

Research Note The source of Jean's middle name is her marriage registration, where it is spelled Lylle. However, Lyall is a family name so I have spelled it that way. 
BirthJean Lyall Bonnycastle was born on 3 Aug 1915 in Calgary, Alberta.3,4 
(with Parents) 1916 CensusJean appeared on the 1916 Census of Calgary, Alberta with her parents. She was 10 months old and born in Alberta.5 
(with Parents) 1921 CensusJean appeared on the 1921 Census of Vancouver, British Columbia with her parents. She was 6 years old and born in Alberta.6 
MarriageShe married Barry Moore Himmelman on 10 Nov 1937 in St Andrew's United Church manse, Quesnel, British Columbia.
Details from the registration: Barry Moore Himmelman, occupation miner, bachelor, age 21, Presbyterian, residence Williams Lake, birthplace Calgary Alberta, father Allen Paul Himmelman born Lunenburg NS, mother Olive Bertha Bradley born Calgary Alberta;
Jean Lylle Bonnycastle, hairdresser, spinster, 22, Anglican, residence Williams Lake, birthplace Calgary, father John Bonnycastle born Sask, mother Harriet Langille born Nova Scotia;
They were married R J Love and the witnesses were Jessie Fullerton and Margaret R Love.2,1 
Passenger ListBarry Moore and Jean Himmelman were listed on a border crossing dated 7 Jul 1945 at Danville, Washington. With them was their son Allen, age 3 1/2. Barry was born in Calgary 6-11-16 and was a welder. Jean was age 29 years 11 months, born 8-3-15 in Calgary. Her father was John Bonnycastle of 3030 Wellington, Burnaby, BC. She was 5 ft 2 inches tall, fair complexion, brown hair, and blue eyes.
They were in the US for a 3 day transit from visiting Barry's family in Grand Forks to their home at 1901 Sussex in Burnaby. They had been in the US once before - for one day to Boundary Bay.4 
Residence-Moved Circa 1950, Jean Lyall Himmelman moved to California (in 1993 Jean said they moved "about 40 years ago.")2 
(Mentioned) ObituaryShe was mentioned in John Bonnycastle's 1955 obituary as daughter Mrs B Himmelman, Los Angeles.7 
Item In 1958 her cousin Hope Inglis visited her in California.2 
AnecdoteIn the 1990s, Jean and her husband still travelled to Nova Scotia, where the Langilles came from, to race sailboats every summer.2 
DeathJean died on 26 Apr 2002 in California.3
Last Edited9 Aug 2014


  1. British Columbia Marriage Registration. Barry Moore Himmelman & Jean Lylle Bonnycastle, #37-09-453167.
  2. Letters from Jean Himmelman (California) to J Kolthammer, early 1990s;.
  3. United States Social Security Administration. Social Security Death Index, viewed at
  4. Border Crossings: from Canada to U.S., 1895-1956, images ( "Barry Moore and Jean Himmelman, 7 July 1945, Danville, Washington."
  5. 1916 Census for Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Alberta. Image from Library and Archives Canada viewed at Alberta, District Calgary East, Subdistrict 34, ED 8 in City of Calgary, Page 12.
  6. 1921 Census for Canada. Image from Library and Archives Canada viewed at British Columbia, Vancouver, Sub-District 50, Ward 7, Page 22.
  7. Obituary of John Bonnycastle in Vancouver Sun, 29 Aug 1955.
  8. E-mails from Sharon Proctor to J Kolthammer.