John Smith
(Abt 1801-)
Jane
(Abt 1810-)
Richard B. Smith
(1841-)
Annie
(1843-1887)

Robert Allan Smith
(1874-1957)

 

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Mary Jane McBurney

Robert Allan Smith 2,48

  • Born: 1 May 1874, Stonehaven, Gloucester, New Brunswick, Canada 2,48,132
  • Marriage: Mary Jane McBurney on 14 Nov 1899 in Vernon, Okanagan, British Columbia, Canada 2,48,124
  • Died: 5 Oct 1957, Merritt, British Columbia, Canada at age 83 132
  • Buried: 9 Oct 1957, Merritt, British Columbia, Canada 2,132

bullet   Cause of his death was Coronary Trhombrosis/High Blood Pressure due to Nephritis and Myocarditis.

bullet   Another name for Robert was Robert E. Smith.184

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bullet  General Notes:

Mary was born in Teeswater, Ontario. She left her home in 1893 when s he was nineteen. Her family was moving out West to Manitoba. Withi n the next four to six years she moved to Peachland, B.C. with her Aun t Annie (McBurney) who was married to Leon McCall. While living in th e Peachland-Vernon area she met and married Bert Smith (although it i s possible they knew each other back in Manitoba). Bert Smith was bor n in Stonehaven, New Brunswick, May 1, 1874. He moved with his parent s, Mr. and Mrs. Richard B. Smith to Stonewall, Manitoba when a boy an d to Peachland in 1898. He married Mary Jane McBurney of Peachland i n Vernon B.C. November 14, 1899. They then moved to Vancouver, B.C. H e came to Merritt in 1907 with his father who was interested in minin g in the Nicola Valley. In 1908 Mary and their three children, Enid, O live and Mabel joined him in Merritt. They came as far as Coutlee b y train and finished the trip by horse and buggy as the railway stoppe d at Coutlee. Their three other children, Dick, Tootsie and Bob wer e born in Merritt. Most of their lives centred around the logging indu stry. They also owned a ranch very close to the town. Mary's younges t brother Russ and his wife May visited them in 1946. Their home was M enteith, Manitoba. Mary died at the age of 70 years after a lengthy il lness. Both she and Bert are buried at The Cemetery, Merritt, They at tended the United Church.

bullet  Burial Notes:

Address: Pine Ridge Cemetery
Juniper Dr
Merritt, BC Canada

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bullet  Noted events in his life were:

Alt. Birth: New Brandon, Gloucester, New Brunswick, Canada. 132

1881 Census of Canada, 4 Apr 1881, Rockwood, Lisgar, Manitoba, Canada. 184 Manitoba, Lisgar, Rockwood, p. 33, lines 5-13,household 163;
Robert E., age 6, with father Richard B., age 40, mother Annie, age 38 , and siblings Thomas J., age 13, Mary Jane, age 12, Frederick W., ag e 7, Mabel, age 3, and Ella May, age 4 months.

Religion: Church of England, 4 Apr 1881, Lisgar, Pembina, Manitoba, Canada. 184

1891 Census of Canada, 18 Apr 1891, Rockwood, Lisgar, Manitoba, Canada. 185 Manitoba, Lisgar Dist., Rockwood Municipality, p. 20, lines 6-12, fami ly 84;
Robert, age 16, with father Richard, age 50, and siblings Thomas, ag e 23, Mary, age 21, Frederick, age 17, Mabel, age 12, and Ella May, ag e 10.

Occupation: Liveryman, Nov 1899, Peachland, British Columbia, Canada. 124

Residence, Nov 1899, Peachland, British Columbia, Canada. 124



1901 Census of Canada, 1901, Peachland, British Columbia, Canada. 129 Peachland District, BC, p. 2, lines 22-23, household 22;
Robert, age 25, with wife J Mary, age 21.



1911 Census of Canada: Robert A., age 36, with wife Mary J., age 32, and children Annie E., a, 1911, Merritt, British Columbia, Canada. 130 ge 9, Priscilla O., age 6, Mabel E., age 4, and Richard A., age 9 mont hs.
Merritt, BC, p. 12, lines 26-31, household 188;
Robert A, age 36, with wife Mary J, age 36, and children Annie E, ag e 9, Priscilla O, age 6, Mabel E, age 4, and Richard, age 9 months.



1921 Census of Canada: Robert A., age 46, with wife Mary J., age 41, and children Annie Enid, 1921, Merritt, British Columbia, Canada. 131 , age 19, Priscilla O., age 16, Mabel E., age 14, Richard, age 10, Mur iel, age 7, and Robert, age 1.
Merritt, BC, p. 10, lines 46, household 104;
Robert A, age 46, with wife Mary J, age 41, and children Annie Enid, a ge 19, Priscilla O, age 16, Mabel E, age 14, Richard, age 10, Muriel , age 7, and Robert, age 1.



Cemetery: Pine Ridge Cemetery, Juniper Dr, 9 Oct 1957, Merritt, British Columbia, Canada. 132

Alt. Death, 1 Apr 1958, Merritt, British Columbia, Canada. 2,48,186



Obituary, Apr 1958, Merritt, British Columbia, Canada. 186 R. A. Smith Buried Wednesday
Funeral Service was held Wednesday at 2:30 p.m.in Trinity Unite d Church for Robert Allan Smith who passed away Saturday afternoo n at the family residence, at the age of 83 years.
Rev. A. Rutherford officiated at the service and Mrs. K. Martin sa ng "The Old Rugged Cross" with Mrs. E. Orchard at the organ. Palbe arers were James Steffens, Rubert Steffens, John R. Steffens, Nels B rolin, Oliver Williams, and A. McNab. Internment was in Merritt Cemete ry with Merritt Funeral Chapel in charge.
Mr. Smith was one of the pioneer residents of Merritt, coming into th e valley in 19?? when the Diamond Vale Mine started operation and ha s been a highly respected citizen during the many years he lived here.
A brother of the late T. J. Smith of Vancouver, who was president of t he Diamond Vale Mine in Merritt, Mr. Smith was the manager of the Diam ond Vale Ranch, the present ??? Gardner property. At that time J. P. B oyd was manager of the Diamond Vale ???, and ??? Ransome was bookkeepe r. He has been retired for several years. He was born in Stonehaven, N ew Brunswick May 1, 1874. He moved with his parents Mr. and Mrs. Rich ard B. Smith to Stonewall, Manitoba as a boy and to Peachland in 1894 . He married Miss Mary Jane McBurney of Peachland in Vernon Novembe r 14, 1899, and moved to Vancouver.He came to Merritt in 1907 with hi s father who was interested in mining in the valley. In 1911 Mrs. Smi th and family joined him in Merritt coming as far as ??? by train an d finishing the trip by horse and buggy as the railroad stopped at ??? .
He is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Clark Jackson, Mrs. James Stef fens, and Mrs. John L. M. Curnow, and one son Richard A. McBurney of M erritt, and ten grandchildren. Mrs. Smith predeceased him March 11, 19 49, a son Robert died in
1949, and a daughter Mrs. Nels Brolin in 1950.
Out of town relatives who attended the funeral service were Mrs. Ken A quilon of South Burnaby, Mrs. A. Bristow of West Summerland, and Nel s Brolin of Prince George.



Grave Marker: Pine Ridge Cemetery, Juniper Dr, 1957, Merritt, British Columbia, Canada. 119

Alt. Birth: Bathurst, Gloucester, New Brunswick, Canada. 187

Alt. Birth, 1 May 1875, New Brunswick, Canada. 129,130

Religion: Free Church, 18 Apr 1891, Rockwood, Lisgar, Manitoba, Canada. 185

Religion: Presbyterian, 14 Nov 1899, Peachland, British Columbia, Canada. 124

Residence: Jackson Avenue, 1921, Merritt, British Columbia, Canada. 131


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Robert married Mary Jane McBurney, daughter of Richard McBurney and Priscilla Pettypiece, on 14 Nov 1899 in Vernon, Okanagan, British Columbia, Canada 2,48.,124 (Mary Jane McBurney was born on 26 Jul 1879 in Kinloss, Bruce, Ontario, Canada,2,48,125,126,127,128 died on 11 Mar 1949 in Merritt, British Columbia, Canada 2,48,126 and was buried on 13 Mar 1949 in Merritt, British Columbia, Canada 2,97,126.). The cause of her death was Myocarditis/Gastric Hemmorage due to passive congestion.


bullet  Marriage Notes:

They were married in the Presbyterian manse.



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