Sunday, February 22, 2015 Catherine Richmond (1913-2007)

Catherine Richmond was born on 12 July 1913 in Nanaimo, British Columbia, to Thomas and Catherine (Riddell) Richmond. Her father was a coal miner.

On 4 September 1919 Catherine, her parents and siblings arrived in Glasgow, Scotland aboard the S/S Cassandra. They had sailed from Montreal and were going to Auchentibber to visit relatives. On 27 May 1920 Catherine, her mother and siblings boarded the S/S Saturnia in Glasgow to return to Canada. They arrived in Quebec on 5 June 1920 and took the train to Nanaimo.

She married John Patterson Wilson on 28 March 1932 at the Presbyterian Manse on 300 Franklin Street in Nanaimo. She was 18 years old and lived in the Northfield area of Nanaimo. Her husband served with the Seaforth Highlanders of Canada and was killed in Italy in 1943 during World War II. Catherine never remarried. It is not known if the couple had children.

In 1945 Catherine (Richmond) Wilson was listed as a widow in the voters lists and lived in Quarterly, a rural area of Nanaimo. The 1962 voters list also included a Mrs. Catherine Wilson, who was a housekeeper and lived on 2365 Bowen Road. At the same address was a Laurence J. Wilson, laborer. If this is the correct Catherine (Richmond) Wilson, Laurence could be a son. I do not know for sure, however.

Catherine died on 9 April 2007 and is buried beside her mother at the Nanaimo Municipal Cemetery.

"Headstone of Catherine (Riddell) Richmond and her daughter, Catherine (Richmond) Wilson," Canadian Headstones
Canada, British Columbia Marriage Certificate, 1872-1938, 1932-09-404399
Canada, British Columbia Marriage Index, 1872-1935, 1932 Wilson, John Patterson - Richmond, Catherine
Canada, Ocean Arrivals (Form 30A), 1919-1924, Rolls: T-14939-T-15248
Canada, Passenger Lists, 1865-1935, 1920 Richmond, Catherine
Canada, Voters Lists, 1935-1980, 1945 Wilson, Catherine
Canada, Voters Lists, 1935-1980, 1962 Wilson, Catherine
UK, Incoming Passenger Lists, 1878-1960, 1919 Richmond, Catherine
UK, Outward Passenger Lists, 1890-1960, 1920 Richmond, Catherine

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