William Henry MALLETT

Male 1854 - 1935  (80 years)


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  • Name William Henry MALLETT 
    Born 14 Jul 1854  West Williams Township, Middlesex County, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Birth 11 Sep 1865  Parkhill, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    • On the death certificate, George Thomas Munn, as informatnt, gives William's age as 69 years, 6 months, and 26 days, and a date of birth of Sept 11 1865.
    Census 03 Apr 1881  Brussels, Huron Centre, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Occupation 03 Apr 1881  [4
    Watch Maker. Religion: Church of England 
    Reference 446 
    Reference M1WH446 
    Died 07 Apr 1935  6133 Crenshaw, Los Angeles, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Notes 
    • Vancouver addresses:
      1918
      1433 Commercial (b) 32, 1708 Charles (h)
      1923
      Wm H Mallett of Mallett & Munn, 511, 1210 Jervis (h)

      I was in Vancouver, and have confirmed that this is the same William Henry. In 1920 his mother Mary Ann was in Vancouver living at a different address (950 Keefer) when she died. William bought 5 cemetery plots in Ocean View Cemetery in Burnaby: graves 1, 2, 3 and 4 of lot 45, and 2 of 44; Crown section. Mary Ann is in grave 4 lot 45, and Bert R Mckee is there too, in the same plot as Mary Ann apparently. William does not appear to have died in BC. He does not show up in the death indexes and he is not in one of his own cemetery plots.

      In 1920 there is a Frederick W Mallett at the same address as William, listed as a jeweller's employee, and he works in William's shop. This turns out to be William's son, as verified by the 1901 census in Brandon. I found them in Brandon because of a reference in "The Central Canadians". William's shop at 1933 Commercial was quite tiny, and off the main shopping district, and his residence was a rooming house, so he does not appear to have been too well off. Later on as part of "Mallett and Munn" he moved uptown to 756 Robson, but this didn't last.

      I have no idea where either of them went after 1923. Frederick was gone after 1921. Back to Manitoba seems a good bet, since neither one shows up in the death indexes in BC. Perhaps William's wife died back in Brandon, and that's why he picked up stakes and transplanted himself to BC.

      In 1901 there is a "Elmer, Weston W" living with William's family in Brandon. He is 19, born Dec 20 1882 in Ontario, and is a nephew. He is described as a jeweller's apprentice. None of William's sisters married anyone named Elmer so far as I know, so this may be a clue to Jennie's maiden name, or it might be William's younger sister Martha Emily. I should be able to find him in birth indexes in Ontario for more info. The 1901 census also indicates that both William and Jennie were born in Ontario, so one would think they would have married there. I know I've looked for William in the marriage indexes before, but I'll look again, in a narrow time band, between 1881, when he was in the census in Brussels and said to be single, and 1890 when Frederick W was born.

      1891 census: Brandon City, second part (east half of city) P21 L8 family 98

      Mallett, W H, M, 35; E J, F, 22; F W, 2; R M, 7/12 (could be K M); M A, F 57

      2 children, Mary Ann lives with them. He is a jeweller who employs one person.

      I went through the entire Wrigley's directory for BC for 1924, they are no longer there. I also looked in Edmonton, Calgary, Regina, Winnipeg and Toronto. They don't turn up in any of them. I have a hunch they went south into the States, Los Angeles maybe. I read that when I was in BC, a lot of people went south to Los Angeles. I should also pick a snap shot - say 1928, to check all of those other city directories. They might have been in transit in 1924.

      William seems to have moved around a bit in Manitoba. The earliest I can place him is in Brandon in 1886/7, in 1888 Lennox, 1889 Deloraine, 1890 Brandon, 1892 Souris and Brandon. After that they seem to have stayed in Brandon and the block containing their shop on Rosser came to be known as the "Mallett Block".
    Person ID I446  Southwest
    Last Modified 15 Apr 2019 

    Father Frederick James MALLETT,   b. 09 Mar 1826, Bideford, Devon, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Aug 1868, Sylvan, West Williams Township, Middlesex County, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 42 years) 
    Mother Mary Ann LAKE,   b. 25 Jan 1834, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Jul 1920, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 86 years) 
    Married Est 1852 
    Family ID F21  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Jennie Elizabeth MITCHELL,   b. 18 Oct 1871, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Jan 1949, 4203 - 10th Avenue, Los Angeles, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years) 
    Married Abt 1889  [6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11
    • It is not known precisely where or when William met Jennie, but it is likely that it was in Deloraine, Manitoba, about 1889. Both William and Jennie were born in Ontario, but their marriage is not registered there. In 1878 William was apparently living in Plattsville, Ontario, Canada (1878 letter to Myrtie Mallett from Henrietta A. Smith in New Hamburg), but in 1881 he was with his mother and sisters in Brussels, Ontario, Canada, and is described as single. In 1886/7 he is listed in the City directory for Brandon, Manitoba, Canada. His occupation is given as watchmaker, and he was a border at "Pacific Ave, bet 9th and 10th". In 1888 he is listed in the directory for Lennox, then 1889 in Deloraine, then back to Brandon in 1890. William's and Jennie's first child, Frederick William, was born in April of 1890, in Manitoba, and they were living in Brandon in 1891.

      There were several Mitchell families who settled south of Brandon, in the area where William was in 1888/9. In Jennie's will she mentions the names of several nieces whom she wished to receive part of her estate should her son not be found. Five of the names mentioned (all the girls in the household, in fact) can be found in the household of John and Elizabeth Mitchell, in Deloraine in 1901. It is reasonable to assume that John is Jennie's brother, and to assume that Jennie may have come west with John's family and lived with them for a time. According to the birth dates and places of John's children, he and his family must have come to Manitoba about 1887/88. He and his wife and their first three children were born in Ontario, the last birth there took place in September 1886. The first child born in Manitoba had a birthdate of Jan 1889. Two of the other nieces mentioned can be linked to William Wesley Mitchell, who "came from the east" and settled in Naramata (near Penticton), British Columbia, Canada, in 1907. These two nieces (Freda Nuttall and Violet Noyes) are proven to be daughters of William Wesley through their marriage certificates. William Wesley's parents names are given in his death certificate, and his place of birth (Northumberland County, Ontario) is given in his obituary. This establishes that Jennie was probably born in Northumberland County too, to the same parents as William.

      Another person mentioned in Jennie's will as a "friend", was Rossie Anderson, living in Vancouver, British Coumbia, at the time of Jennie's death. The death certificate of Rossie Mary Anderson, proves that she was Rossie Mary McKee, William Henry's niece, also known to be living, with her father, (step?) mother and brothers in Deloraine in 1901. Perhaps it was through this mutual acquaintance that William and Jennie met.
    Census 06 Apr 1891  Brandon, Manitoba, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Census 1901  Brandon, Manitoba, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Children 
     1. Frederick William MALLETT,   b. 08 Apr 1890, Brandon, Manitoba, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1950  (Age > 61 years)
     2. Rena Marvel MALLETT,   b. 25 Sep 1891, Brandon, Manitoba, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 09 Aug 1944, 4140 Creed Avenue, Los Angeles, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 52 years)
    Last Modified 9 Oct 2019 
    Family ID F126  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 14 Jul 1854 - West Williams Township, Middlesex County, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBirth - 11 Sep 1865 - Parkhill, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 06 Apr 1891 - Brandon, Manitoba, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 1901 - Brandon, Manitoba, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 07 Apr 1935 - 6133 Crenshaw, Los Angeles, California, USA Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S53] CC,Brandon,1901,Mallett WH.

    2. [S46] Mallett, William Henry, Death Certificate, (April 9, 1935), As reported by George Munn.

    3. [S3410] 1881 Canada Census, (Library and Archives Canada (LAC)), CD ROM (2002)., 13273,174/H,p.14,F.63.

    4. [S3410] 1881 Canada Census, (Library and Archives Canada (LAC)), CD ROM (2002).

    5. [S46] Mallett, William Henry, Death Certificate, (April 9, 1935).

    6. [S51] Manitoba and North West Territories Directory, (Henderson's, 1888).

    7. [S54] CC,Brandon,1891,Mallett WH.

    8. [S63] CC,Winchester,1901,Mitchell, J.

    9. [S64] CC,Winchester,1901,McKee, W.

    10. [S65] History, Sovereign, Saskatchewan, Compiler: Sovereign Historical Group, (Friesen Printers, Altona, Manitoba, R0G0B0 Canada, 1981), FC 3549 S69 M5 fo. C. 4., Jack Albert Lyons and Family, by Jennie Johnson, p. 167 - 170.

    11. [S66] History, Naramata BC, Author unknown, (The Bugle Press, Naramata, British Columbia, Canada, circa 1958), FC3849 N37 1950z fol. C.3.