Sunday, January 25, 2015 Annie Riddell (1887-unknown)

Annie Riddell was born 16 June 1887 at Bank Street in Airdrie, Scotland. She was the third child of Oswald Dykes and Annie (Cowie) Riddell.

In 1891 she was living with her parents at 48 St John Street in Old Monkland. She has not been found in the 1901 census and was a servant in the home of Mr. J. Jay, a furniture dealer living at 53 St Andrews Drive in Glasgow in 1911.

Two years later at the age of 25, Annie boarded the Donaldson Line's S/S Letita in Glasgow on 5 April 1913 and immigrated to Canada. She arrived on 14 April at St Johns and told Canadian immigration officials her destination was Cookshire, which is due east of Montreal south of the St Lawrence Seaway. Her intended occupation was a domestic.

Donaldson Line's S/S Letitia; image courtesy of Ahoy Web Log

About 1915 Annie had a daughter, who she named Robertha, in Quebec province.

On 10 May 1920 Annie and her daughter left Montreal aboard the Canadian Pacific Railway's S/S Melita, arriving in Liverpool on 24 May. Their destination was Annie's mother's home at 10 Parkend Street in Belfast. Annie's youngest sister, Isabella, married between July and September 1920 in Belfast. Perhaps Annie attended the wedding? She and Robertha returned to Montreal on 24 March 1921 aboard the Allan Line's S/S Pretorian. On both passenger lists, Robertha's last name was listed as Alexander.

When the 1921 Canadian census was taken, Annie and Robertha were living at 570 Saint Catherine Street in Montreal, lodging with Campbell McAlpine's family. Annie worked as a waitress at the time.

In 1923, Annie's brother, John, immigrated to Canada. On his arrival form he indicated his destination was 746 De L'epee Avenue, the address of his sister, Annie Riddell.

In 1924, Annie's mother immigrated to Canada. On her arrival form she indicated her destination was 84 Terrace View, the address of her daughter, Mrs. Lindsay. At the time Annie (Cowie) Riddell immigrated Annie Riddell was her only daughter living in Canada.

It appears Annie married a Mr. Lindsay sometime between 13 April 1923 when John arrived in Canada and 18 May 1924 when her mother arrived. No record of the marriage has been found, though.

There are several women named Annie Lindsay included in the Canadian Voter Lists but it is impossible to determine if any of them are Annie Cowie Riddell. No death record has been located.

1891 Scotland Census, Parish: Old Monkland; ED: 30; Page: 13; Line: 18; Roll: CSSCT1891_320
1891 Scotland Census, 05/04/1891 Riddell, Oswald D (Census 1891 652/02 030/00 013)
1911 Scotland Census, 02/04/1911 Riddle, Annie (Census 1911 644/18 024/00 032)
1921 Canada Census, Reference Number: RG 31; Folder Number: 142; Census Place: Montreal (City), Montreal (St Lawrence-St George), Quebec; Page Number 5
Canada, Ocean Arrivals (Form 30A), 1919-1924, Library and Archives Canada; Form 30A Ocean Arrivals (Individual Manifests), 1919-1924; Rolls: T-14939 - T-15248
Canada, Passenger Lists, 1865-1935, Annie Riddell, 1913
Canada, Passenger Lists, 1865-1935, Annie Riddell, 1921
Scotland, Statutory Registrations, 1855-2013, 1887 Riddell, Annie (Statutory Births 651/01/0541)
UK, Incoming Passenger Lists, 1878-1960, Class: BT26; Piece: 670; Item: 5
UK, Outward Passenger Lists, 1890-1960, Annie Riddell, 1913

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