Friday, 3 March 2017

MARS, Peter- Port Coquitlam BC and Fraser Cemetery

This scrap of an obituary was found amongst my grandfather's possessions which my uncle rescued from the tip. As it shows in the clipping, the 'Deceased served with the Pioneers, World War I'. It's possible he served with my grandfather or was part of the Veterans Association - a membership card was also found issued to my grandfather. 

While researching the Fraser Cemetery to find out more about the Returned Soldier's Plot, I found some very interesting tidbits. These include photos of the graves mentioned in a handout produced by a company that provides walking tours. Please scroll to the section after the family information to see what I discovered and for family names transcribed from the handout who are buried in the Fraser Cemetery.

Here's a little genealogical information on the MARS family, in case it might be of interest to descendants or if there are any researching the family. 

Peter MARS
d. Jan. 13, 1946 aged 64 yrs.
b. ca.1882
WWI attestation : b. 03/04/1881
Birthplace: Roxburghshire, Scotland
Service No.: 490304
-buried Fraser Cemetery, Returned Soldier's Plot
-lived at Mary Hill Street Port Coquitlam, B.C.

Wife: Isabella TAYLOR m. 1921-03-17
Birthplace: Lancashire, England
Name of her Father: John MORRISON
Stepson: James TAYLOR, Port Coquitlam
Stepdaughter: Mrs. Annie FISCH, Tacoma, Washington.

His mother: Mrs. Thomas MARS, Port Coquitlam, B.C.

2 brothers
Arthur MARS, Vancouver, B.C. (Arthur was noted on the death certificate as the informant. His address: 2865 E 2nd Avenue, Vancouver, B.C.) (Source: BC Archives Vital Statistics)
John MARS, Oliver, B.C.
2 sisters
Mrs. Wm. DAVID, Port Coquitlam, B.C.
Mrs. T.J. ROUTLEY, Port Coquitlam, B.C.

On this page A Virtual Tour of the Fraser Cemetery, New Westminster B.C. points #10, #11, #12 give views of the cemetery.

Names of the people buried in the Fraser Cemetery according to this report: ASHLEY, BUCHANAN, BURR, CLUTE, DEAS, DEBECK/RANDE, DEIGHTON, DICKINSON, DIGBY, EWEN, GILLEY, GRAY, GUEST, HAINES, HUGHES, INSLEY, IRVING, JOHNSTON, MCBRIDE, MCCLEERY, MONTGOMERY, MORESBY, MOREY, OKAMURA, PECK, ROBSON, ROSS, SAUNDERS, SILLITOE, TIMCECK,  TRAPP

Fraser Cemetery - Find A Grave - use this link to find more families buried in the Fraser Cemetery

Created to aid in walking tours of the cemetery by 'A Sense of History Research Tours', there are some noted individuals buried here.
  • Raymond BURR, d.1993 Actor, famous for the Perry Mason television series, is buried in the family plot. #7
  • The children of John Sullivan and Fanny DEAS are buried here, a black family who lived briefly in the area in the 1870s running a successful blacksmith business. However, due to racial discrimination, he eventually moved his family to Portland Oregon. #36
  • Jack DEIGHTON, d. 1875 otherwise known as 'Gassy Jack' - a well known character whom Gastown in central Vancouver is named after. #18
  • Terry HUGHES, d.1959 he rescued some children from drowning in the Fraser River, however he lost his own life. #30 
This page is hosted by the New Westminster Public Library Heritage and Local History Section. http://www.nwheritage.org/

2 comments:

  1. I think I need to go down to the Cemetery again, and go wandering. I'm not sure any of my own ancestors are here, but then again... Thanks for this information! Lovely that you have so much info on your grandfather too!

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  2. Hi Celia - If only those 'stones' could talk - the stories they'd tell!

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