Sunday, March 8, 2009

Sombre Sunday - 8 March 1888, Victoria, BC, Canada

Somber Sunday, or, ahem, Sombre Sunday, a day to post obituaries or sad stories, is the idea of Brenda Kay Wolfgram Moore who writes at Day-ly Genealogy Blogposts:

I will be posting deaths from British Columbia, Canada.

Those for today were from Vancouver Island and New Westminster, BC as published in The British Colonist newspaper, Victoria, BC, 8 March, 1888.

DEATHS, p. 4
KINGSFORD, At St. Joseph’s Hospital, on the 5th inst., George M. Kingsford, aged 28 years, a native of Halifax, N.S. [mention of funeral]

Members of Victoria-Columbia Lodge, No. 1 of the A.F. & A.M. are hereby notified to attend the funeral of our late Bro. George Moore Kingsford, of St. Andrew Lodge, Halifax, N.S., from the Masonic Temple,
On Thursday, (To-Day) at 3:30 pm
Members of Vancouver-Quadra Lodge, No. 2 and sojouring brethren in good standing, are cordially invited to attend.
By order of W.M.
R.B.Esnouf, Secretary mar 8

Mr. James PRICE, a native of Belfast, Ireland, died last evening at the Royal Hospital, aged 72 years. He was an old pioneer of the province.

John HANNIGAN, a prisoner at the penitentiary, New Westminster, died on Monday morning last.

There were also legal notices about 2 estates.

George MILLS, late of Saanich; executrix Mrs. Margaret Ann Mills
Patrick MURPHY, late of Comox; Very Reverend J.J. Jonckau, executor

Recent deaths from elsewhere in Canada and the United States are reported, for instance the death of “Louise A. Allcott, the well-known authoress” p. 4

From The British Colonist, Online Edition, 1858-1910

You can search the British Columbia, Canada Vital Events genealogy indexes on-line. Deaths - 1872-1988:

The British Columbia Genealogical Society will look up copies of British Columbia birth, marriage and death registrations, obituaries, and much more for a nominal fee. See or e-mail:

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