Thursday, January 22, 2015 James Nicolson Beaton (1905-1986)

James Nicolson Beaton was born on 21 Oct 1905 at his parents home on Lyndoch Street in Greenock, Renfrewshire to Alexander Fleming and Jessie Gammie (Nicolson) Beaton.

On 22 July 1921, at the age of 15,  James boarded the Ancor Line's S/S Cassandra in Glasgow. His intention was to settle permanently in Canada. Previous to his departure he lived at 28 Milton Street in the Partick area of Glasgow. His occupation on the passenger manifest was listed as laborer.

Anchor-Donaldson Line's S/S Cassandra; image; ClydeSite

The Cassandra arrived in Quebec in late July or early August. James was joining his father, who lived at 17 Third Avenue in the Viauville area of Montreal. His father was an iron molder and James' intended occupation was to be a blacksmith's boy. His mother arrived in Canada on 11 December 1922 with the couple's two younger children.

On 12 September 1931 James married Martha Dalzell in Montreal at St. Cuthbert's Presbyterian Church. They had at least two children -- a son, also named James Nicolson Beaton on 21 January 1934 in Montreal and a daughter.

The family appeared on several Canadian voters lists throughout the years in Montreal.
  • 1940: They lived at 1653 Rue Aird; James worked as a clerk
  • 1949: They lived at 4507 St. Catherine Street, West (near Martha's parents); James worked as a clerk
  • 1957: They lived at 145 Millhaven Avenue; James worked as a chief clerk
  • 1963: They still lived at the address on Millhaven and James was a clerk
The Find A Grave record for James indicated he died in December 1983. The 16th could be his death or burial date. He is supposed to be buried in the Mont Royal Cemetery but no record exists for him on their website.

Canada, Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current, FAG Memorial # 108989783
Canada, Ocean Arrivals (Form 30A), 1919-1924, Rolls: T-14939 - T-15248, 1921 Beaton, James 
Canada, Quebec Vital and Church Records (Drouin Collection, 1621-1967, 1931 Beaton, James - Dalzell, Martha
Canada, Voters Lists, 1935-1980, 1940 Beaton, James
Canada, Voters Lists, 1935-1980, 1949 Beaton, James
Canada, Voters Lists, 1935-1980, 1957 Beaton, James
Canada, Voters Lists, 1935-1980, 1963 Beaton, James
UK, Outward Passenger Lists, 1890-1960, 1921 Beaton, James
Scotland, Statutory Birth Registration, 1855-2013, 1905 Beaton, James Nicolson (Statutory Births 564/01 1019)

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