Ellen Wright1

#307, (1 March 1889 - 23 March 1977)
FatherJohn Wright1 (1852 - 1903)
MotherEmma Mary Susanna Cox1 (1858 - 1944)
ChartsAncestors of Mabel Smart
Descendants of Henry Smart
Descendants of William Wright & his wife Jane
Descendants of Thomas Cox & Martha Ann Beaton
Grandma's Parents and Grandparents

Children of Ellen Wright and William Thomas Smart

Overview
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Ellen was born in 1889 in Battersea, Surrey. Her older siblings were Emma, John, and Edward. Younger ones were Florence and Charles Richard. Ellen's Irish paternal grandmother was named Ellen and our Ellen had at least four first cousins with that name as well! Ellen's father died just before her 14th birthday. The following year, 1904, she emigrated with her mother and siblings to Dauphin, Manitoba, Canada. She was enumerated twice in the 1906 census - at home with her family and with her brother Charles at a neighbouring farm. The family moved to a homestead near Watson, Saskatchewan. There Ellen met and married William Thomas Smart, a clerk and farmer. In 1913, Ellen traveled with her two children and her sister-in-law May Smart for two months in England. In 1921, she and her husband traveled to England to see family. In all, they had two sons and two daughters. The Smarts retired to Vancouver.

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MigrationLambeth, England --> Manitoba --> Saskatchewan --> Vancouver.
 
BirthEllen Wright was born on 1 Mar 1889 in 9 Meyrick Road, Battersea, Surrey.
Information from certificate: father John Wright, journeyman potter, mother Emma Mary Susannah Wright formerly Cox, registered 5th April by the mother EMS Wright of 9 Meyrick Road.1 
BaptismShe was baptized on 31 Mar 1889 in St Peter Battersea, Surrey. She was the daughter of John, a potter, and Emma Mary Susanna Wright, of 9 Meyrick Road. Her 3-year old brother Edward was baptised the same day, as was their cousin Harold Alexander Sheene [son of Frederick William & Clara (Cox) Sheene].2
Ellen & Edward Wright
Baptism, 1889
(with Parents) 1891 CensusEllen appeared on the 1891 Census of Battersea, London with her parents. She was 2, born in Battersea, Surrey and had three older siblings under ten years of age and a baby sister, Florence.3 
(with Parents) 1901 CensusEllen appeared on the 1901 Census of Battersea, London with her parents. She was 12 and born in Battersea, London. Her older siblings were Emma, John, and Edward; younger Florence, and Charles Richard.4 
(Listed) Passenger ListNellie Wright was found on a passenger manifest with her mother Emma and three younger siblings on 11 Jun 1904. They traveled in steerage from Liverpool to Quebec and had train tickets to continue through to Makinak, Manitoba. Nellie was recorded as age 18, single, occupation domestic. However, there was also a 10-year old child with the forename recorded as "E." which may have been Ellen [the children's names and ages were quite mangled on the passenger list].5
Segment of the passenger list for the SS Bavaria, 1904 showing the Wright family
. The steamship Bavarian was built in Dumbarton, Scotland and launched in 1899. It wrecked on Wye Rock, Grosse Ile, below Quebec in 1905 and was scrapped in 1907.6
SS Bavarian
(Sibling) 1906 CensusEllen appeared on the 1906 Census of Manitoba, as John Wright's sister. Ellen was 17, single, born in England, and immigrated in 1904. Also there was her mother Emma and siblings Flora [sic] and Charley.7 
1906 CensusSiblings Ellen and Charles Wright appeared on the 1906 Census of Manitoba, at Section 18, Twp 24, Range 15 W, enumerated 6 Jul 1906. Ellen was 17 and Charles 13. They were born in England and immigrated in 1904. The nearest post office was Ste Rose du Lac. There is no indication as to why they were located there - perhaps they were working for a nearby farmer. There is a possibility that this is a different pair with the same ages, names, and immigration year.8 
MarriageEllen Wright married William Thomas Smart, son of William James Smart and Sarah Mary Fernee, on 22 Apr 1909 in Watson, Saskatchewan.9
 
1911 CensusWm Thos and Ellen Smart appeared on the 1911 Census of Saskatchewan, at Tp 38 Range 18 W2, enumerated 1 Jun 1911. William was born Sept 1885 in England, age 25, immigrated in 1905, English origin, religion Congregationalist, Clerk in an office, worked 52 weeks at 48 hr/wk for $1000, has $1000 life insurance costing $10. Ellen was born March 1889 in England, immigrated in 1904, English origin, and her religion was Church of England. They had a one-year old daughter, Mabel Nellie.10 
Passenger ListMrs Smart was listed on a manifest dated 4 May 1913 for the SS Virginian, an Allan Line ship, arriving in Liverpool from St John & Halifax. The travelers were Mrs Smart (43, housewife), Mable (6), Herbert (10/12), and Mrs Smart (29, housewife). They were residents of Canada. [The first Mrs Smart (should be Miss) was Ellen Smart's sister-in-law May]11
Ellen Smart & family
SS Virginian passenger list, May 1913
Passenger ListEllen Smart was listed on a manifest dated 24 Jul 1913 for the SS Victorian, arriving in Quebec from Liverpool. The returning Canadians included Ellen Smart (24), Mabel (3), Herbt (9/12), and May (adult). Their destination was Winnipeg. Ellen first came to Canada to Dauphin in 1905. May had been living in Winnipeg for 3 years.12
Ellen Smart & family
SS Victorian passenger list, July 1913
. The Victorian and her sister ship, the Virginian, were the first triple screw North Atlantic liners and had a speed of 18 knots. She was built in Belfast in 1904, had a steel hull, 3 decks, and held 346 first class, 286 second class, and 1000 steerage passengers.13
SS Victorian
SS Victorian
1916 CensusWilliam and Ellen Smart appeared on the 1916 Census of Watson, Saskatchewan, at Railway Avenue, enumerated 1 Jun 1916. William was 31, born in England, Anglican, immigrated in 1885 [sic], and was the Town Clerk. Ellen was 27, born in England, Anglican, and immigrated in 1889[sic]. Their children were Mabel (6) and Herbert (4). As well, they had 3 lodgers - a labourer, salesman and policeman from Luxemburg, USA, and Wales.14 
Passenger ListWm Thos and Ellen Smart were listed on a manifest dated 12 Apr 1921 for the Canadian Pacific Empress of Britain, arriving in Liverpool from St John, New Brunswick. They were traveling second class, a clerk and a housewife, aged 36 and 31, and their address in England was to be Maplehurst, Ullswater Rd, Southgate, London [William's parents' residence].15 
1921 CensusWilliam and Nellie Smart appeared on the 1921 Census of Watson, Saskatchewan, at First Street West. They owned their single family 6-room wood house. William was 36, born in England, immigrated in 1905, and was Town clerk, earning $1500 the previous year. Nellie was 31, born in England, immigrated in 1905. Their children were Mabel (11) and Herbert (8), both born in Saskatchewan. William's religion was Congregational but I have yet to decipher what was recorded for Nellie.16 
Passenger ListWilliam Thomas and Ellen Smart each filled out a required Form 30A Declaration of Passenger to Canada upon their return trip, sailing 8 Jun 1921 on the Empress of France from Liverpool to Quebec. Information from the form: inland route CN Railway to Watson Saskatchewan; William Thomas was 36, born in London, British citizenship, religion Congregationalist, previously entered Canada at Halifax in 1906, left at Halifax April 4th 1921 to visit parents, booking agent J McNeal at Liverpool. Ellen was 31, born London, British citizen, religion Christian Scientist, previously entered Canada at Quebec in 1904.17 
Voters' ListWm and Mrs W Smart appeared on the electoral roll in 1935 in Watson. Wm was the town clerk and his wife's occupation was 'married woman'. Also listed was their son, Bert, a clerk. Watson was in the electoral district of Humboldt.18 
Voters' ListW T, agent, & Mrs W T Smart appeared on the electoral roll in 1940 in Watson. Also in Watson was their son, H.W. Smart, town clerk.
They were listed the same way in 1945. Their son was by then married.18 
(Mentioned) ObituaryDaughter Mrs. W.T. Smart of Watson, Saskatchewan was mentioned in Emma Mary Susanna Wright's 1944 obituary.19 
Voters' ListW J [sic], gentleman, and Mrs W T Smart appeared on the electoral roll in 1949 in Watson.18 
Residence-Moved The Smarts moved to Vancouver, and lived at 3550 West 18th Avenue.20 
Voters' ListThe Smarts appeared on the electoral roll in 1953 in Vancouver, British Columbia. William, retired, and Mrs Ellen lived at 3550 West 18th Avenue. With them was their son Edward, stock clerk.18 
(Widowed) DeathHer husband William died on 1 Oct 1955.21 
Voters' ListCharles Wright, retired, and Mrs Ellen Smart, widow, appeared on the electoral roll in 1957 in Vancouver. They lived at 3550 18th Avenue West. [Charlie and Ellen were brother and sister].
In 1958, they were listed as Charles R Wright, retired, and Mrs Ellen Smart, housewife.18 
DeathEllen died on 23 Mar 1977 in Vancouver, British Columbia.20
 
ObituaryHer obituary was published in Mar 1977 in the The Vancouver Sun.
Smart - Passed away March 23, 1977. Ellen Smart of Vancouver. Survived by 1 brother, Charles Wright; 2 sons, Bert, Saskatoon, Ted, Vancouver; 2 daughters, Mabel Inkster, Vancouver, Ellen McCafferty, Burnaby; 10 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren. Private family memorial service was held Friday, March 25 at 9:30 a.m. in the Boal Chapel. Arrangements through First Memorial Services Ltd.22
 
Last Edited2 Jun 2015

Citations

  1. Copy birth certificate of Ellen Wright, born 1 March 1889, registered 5 April 1889 in the Registration District of Wandsworth.
  2. Baptisms of the parish of St Peter Battersea. Register at London Metropolitan Archives. Image viewed at Ancestry. Ellen Wright, 1889.
  3. 1891 Census for England & Wales, RG12/434 folio 5. Image viewed at Ancestry.
  4. Image of the 1901 Census for England & Wales (1901 Census of England & Wales, http://www.census.pro.gov.uk/), RG 13/453 folio 60.
  5. Passenger Lists, 1865-1935, Library and Archives Canada images, viewed at Ancestry. SS Bavarian, arrived in Quebec 11 June 1904.
  6. http://www.clydesite.co.uk
  7. 1906 Census for Northwest Provinces. Image from Library and Archives Canada viewed at Ancestry.com. Manitoba, Dauphin District (2), Subdistrict 16, Page 1.
  8. 1906 Census for Northwest Provinces. Image from Library and Archives Canada viewed at Ancestry.com. Manitoba, Dauphin District (2), Subdistrict 15A, page 13.
  9. Letter from Ellen McCafferty (British Columbia) to J Kolthammer, 1989; recalled the marriage year as 1908.
  10. 1911 Census for Canada. Image from Library and Archives Canada viewed at Ancestry.com. Saskatchewan, Humboldt (209), Tp 39 Re 17 W2 & Tp 38 Re 18 W2 (subdist 13), page 8.
  11. UK Incoming Passenger Lists, 1878-1960 (images viewed at ancestry.com). Original data: The National Archives of the UK (TNA). Series BT26."SS Virginian, arriving May 1913 in Liverpool."
  12. Passenger Lists, 1865-1935, Library and Archives Canada images, viewed at Ancestry. SS Victorian, arrived in Quebec 24 July 1913.
  13. Webpage Norway-Heritage, Hands Across the Sea (http://www.norwayheritage.com/).
  14. 1916 Census for Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Alberta. Image from Library and Archives Canada viewed at Ancestry.com. Saskatchewan, District 18, ED 20 in Town of Watson, Page 5.
  15. Passenger Lists, 1865-1935, Library and Archives Canada images, viewed at Ancestry. SS Empress of Britain, arrived in Liverpool 12 April 1921.
  16. 1921 Census for Canada. Image from Library and Archives Canada viewed at Ancestry.com. Saskatchewan, Humboldt, SD 25, Page 5.
  17. Canada, Immigration Form 30A, 1919-1924, Library and Archives Canada (images viewed at ancestry.com) "forms for William Thomas Smart, Ellen Smart."
  18. Voters Lists, Federal Elections, 1935–1980. R1003-6-3-E (RG113-B). Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Images viewed at Ancestry.com.
  19. Obituary of Mrs. Emma Wright in The Winnipeg Evening Tribune, 3 October 1944. online image at Manitoba Life and Times, http://manitobia.ca/cocoon/launch/en/newspapers
  20. Death certificate of Ellen Smart, died 23 March 1977, registered 24 March 1977 in the Province of British Columbia, Certificate #77-09-004883.
  21. Letter from Mabel Inkster (Vancouver, B.C.) to J Kolthammer , 1989.
  22. Obituary of Ellen Smart in The Vancouver Sun, March 1977. transcribed by a volunteer.
  23. British Columbia Death Registration. 77-09-004883 (Ellen).