William Callaway (Billy) Pearce

William Callaway (Billy) Pearce

b: 11 APR 1883
d: 1966
Jack Serjeant wrote in 1999:

"Uncle Billy's wife was Annie - they had two children, Madeline and Grant. Each had one child. Madeline was married to Donald Stagg -
their daughter is Barbara. Grant and his wife Valerie had one son, Douglas.

On 4 Jan 2011 Doug wrote: There are English birth records for the two boys. The E&W, FreeBMD Birth Index has William Callaway (1883) and James Cecil (1885), both registered in Chorlton, Lanc.

And on 17 March by email:
"William lived with his parents in Toronto, working as a (grocery?) clerk in 1901 and in the registry office in 1911. In 1920, he, Annie, and the children were in Buffalo, where he was a chemist (sic), working in a factory. I assume that it was in the late 1920s that glaucoma kept him at home, now in Toronto, and son Grant quit school to help support the family. He spent his later years, after Nana died, in the Canadian National Institute for the Blind building on Bayview Avenue, once being scolded for falling on the front steps of that institution after a pub crawl with a blind friend. I remember because the CNIB called Dad about it.




Maybe he was named after Henry Edward’s older brother, who died in 1878. Often called Billy. I knew him as Pop Pearce. He could see large shapes, but was otherwise effectively blind. His use of a knife and fork provided dinnertime amusement for a young boy. To be fair, he did well, excluding peas. As I remember, his sole activity was listening to the radio, especially sports, about which he seemed to know everything. He did not move much, although there were some trophies for blind bowlers around that indicated to me that he had once been more active. He was a taciturn man, favouring sarcasm when he did speak.




They had two children:

Madeline (1914)
She married Donald Stagg and had a daughter, Ann. Mom’s notes say that Madeline died of asthma 29 May 40. Nana took care of Ann until she was adopted by Ken and Peggy Reid in September of that year. They moved to Vancouver shortly after. Mom said that Ann became Barbara Ann and that Ken and Peggy might have parted ways.

William Grant (1916)
He married my mother.
Jeannette Bernice Molesworth (1916-2002) and William Grant Pearce (1916-1984) Married 1935"


Douglas Grant Pearce wrote 20 November 2010 about his grandparents:
"William lived with his parents in Toronto, working as a (grocery?) clerk in 1901 and in the registry office in 1911. He and Annie were married in 1913. In 1920, he, Annie, and the children were in Buffalo, where he was a chemist (sic), working in a factory. I assume that it was in the late 1920s that glaucoma kept him at home, now in Toronto, and son Grant quit school to help support the family.
He was probably named after Henry Edward’s older brother, who died in 1878.

I knew him as Pop Pearce. He could see large shapes, but was otherwise effectively blind. He insisted on using a knife and fork in the traditional English manner, providing dinnertime amusement for a small boy. As I remember, his sole activity was listening to the radio, especially sports, about which he seemed to know everything. He did not move much, although there were some trophies for blind bowlers around that indicated to me that he had once been more active. He was a taciturn man, favouring sarcasm when he did speak.

He spent his later years, after Nana died, in the Canadian Institute for the Blind building on Bayview Avenue, once being scolded for falling on the front steps of that institution after a pub crawl with a blind friend.

Nana was a domestic servant in Toronto in 1911, newly arrived from Edinburgh. She was a gentle, long-suffering woman who never lost the sound of Edinburgh. Never lost her temper either. Maybe once. When I was visiting them in one of the many two-roomers they lived in, mainly in the east end of Toronto, Pop, from his comfortable chair by the radio, cast a caustic personal remark into our conversation. Nana, from her station in front of the pot roast on the stove, reached over and grabbed a chair cushion and threw it at him backhand. He didn’t see it coming, of course. Nailed him right on the head and sent his pipe and its smouldering contents to the floor. She did not seem contrite. Pot roasts like that one might well have contributed to her early senility."

Biography
Jack Serjeant wrote in 1999:

"Uncle Billy's wife was Annie - they had two children, Madeline and Grant. Each had one child. Madeline was married to Donald Stagg -
their daughter is Barbara. Grant and his wife Valerie had one son, Douglas.

On 4 Jan 2011 Doug wrote: There are English birth records for the two boys. The E&W, FreeBMD Birth Index has William Callaway (1883) and James Cecil (1885), both registered in Chorlton, Lanc.

And on 17 March by email:
"William lived with his parents in Toronto, working as a (grocery?) clerk in 1901 and in the registry office in 1911. In 1920, he, Annie, and the children were in Buffalo, where he was a chemist (sic), working in a factory. I assume that it was in the late 1920s that glaucoma kept him at home, now in Toronto, and son Grant quit school to help support the family. He spent his later years, after Nana died, in the Canadian National Institute for the Blind building on Bayview Avenue, once being scolded for falling on the front steps of that institution after a pub crawl with a blind friend. I remember because the CNIB called Dad about it.




Maybe he was named after Henry Edward’s older brother, who died in 1878. Often called Billy. I knew him as Pop Pearce. He could see large shapes, but was otherwise effectively blind. His use of a knife and fork provided dinnertime amusement for a young boy. To be fair, he did well, excluding peas. As I remember, his sole activity was listening to the radio, especially sports, about which he seemed to know everything. He did not move much, although there were some trophies for blind bowlers around that indicated to me that he had once been more active. He was a taciturn man, favouring sarcasm when he did speak.




They had two children:

Madeline (1914)
She married Donald Stagg and had a daughter, Ann. Mom’s notes say that Madeline died of asthma 29 May 40. Nana took care of Ann until she was adopted by Ken and Peggy Reid in September of that year. They moved to Vancouver shortly after. Mom said that Ann became Barbara Ann and that Ken and Peggy might have parted ways.

William Grant (1916)
He married my mother.
Jeannette Bernice Molesworth (1916-2002) and William Grant Pearce (1916-1984) Married 1935"

Douglas Grant Pearce wrote 20 November 2010 about his grandparents:
"William lived with his parents in Toronto, working as a (grocery?) clerk in 1901 and in the registry office in 1911. He and Annie were married in 1913. In 1920, he, Annie, and the children were in Buffalo, where he was a chemist (sic), working in a factory. I assume that it was in the late 1920s that glaucoma kept him at home, now in Toronto, and son Grant quit school to help support the family.
He was probably named after Henry Edward’s older brother, who died in 1878.

I knew him as Pop Pearce. He could see large shapes, but was otherwise effectively blind. He insisted on using a knife and fork in the traditional English manner, providing dinnertime amusement for a small boy. As I remember, his sole activity was listening to the radio, especially sports, about which he seemed to know everything. He did not move much, although there were some trophies for blind bowlers around that indicated to me that he had once been more active. He was a taciturn man, favouring sarcasm when he did speak.

He spent his later years, after Nana died, in the Canadian Institute for the Blind building on Bayview Avenue, once being scolded for falling on the front steps of that institution after a pub crawl with a blind friend.

Nana was a domestic servant in Toronto in 1911, newly arrived from Edinburgh. She was a gentle, long-suffering woman who never lost the sound of Edinburgh. Never lost her temper either. Maybe once. When I was visiting them in one of the many two-roomers they lived in, mainly in the east end of Toronto, Pop, from his comfortable chair by the radio, cast a caustic personal remark into our conversation. Nana, from her station in front of the pot roast on the stove, reached over and grabbed a chair cushion and threw it at him backhand. He didn’t see it coming, of course. Nailed him right on the head and sent his pipe and its smouldering contents to the floor. She did not seem contrite. Pot roasts like that one might well have contributed to her early senility."

Facts
  • 11 APR 1883 - Birth - ; Chorlton, Lancs, UK
  • 1966 - Death -
  • 1901 - Fact -
Ancestors
   
James Pearce , Jr
16 MAR 1806 - 14 MAY 1888
 
 
Henry Edward Pearce
15 SEP 1843 - 7 DEC 1927
  
  
  
Priscilla Susan Callaway
19 NOV 1806 - 25 AUG 1881
 
  
 
  
James Hurst
- BEF 1881
 
 
Harriet Georgina (Hattie) Hurst
25 AUG 1842 - 11 MAY 1920
  
  
  
 
Family Group Sheet - Child
PARENT (M) Henry Edward Pearce
Birth15 SEP 184317 Hillgrove St (?), St Paul's, Ashley, Clifton, Bristol (Name of road is not very clear on Birth Certificate)
Death7 DEC 1927 Toronto, Canada.
Marriage10 MAR 1863to Harriet Georgina (Hattie) Hurst at Parish Church of St Paul's, Bristol. Henry was living in the parish and Hattie was living in St James's, Bristol
FatherJames Pearce , Jr
MotherPriscilla Susan Callaway
PARENT (F) Harriet Georgina (Hattie) Hurst
Birth25 AUG 1842Bedford View, Registration sub-district Saint James, Registration District Bristol, England
Death11 MAY 1920 Toronto, Canada
Marriage10 MAR 1863to Henry Edward Pearce at Parish Church of St Paul's, Bristol. Henry was living in the parish and Hattie was living in St James's, Bristol
FatherJames Hurst
MotherGeorgina Susan Buckland
CHILDREN
MJohn William Ernest Pearce
Birth4 APR 1864Wellington Place, Bristol, Gloucestershire, England
Death25 JAN 1951South Villa, Vale of Health, Hampstead, London, England
Marriage16 APR 1898to Irene Kate Chaplin at St. Annes? (corner of Church St & Kensington High St.)
MLionel Hurst Pearce
BirthABT 1868Bristol, Gloucestershire, England
Death
MLincoln Buckland Pearce
Birth1869London, Middlesex, England (1881 Census)
Death
MThomas Edward Pearce
Birth1874London, Middlesex, England (1881 Census)
Death
FMabel Clarice Pearce
Birth26 MAY 1871Brixton, London
Death4 AUG 1935Toronto, Canada
Marriage1893to Andrew Reid at Montreal
FElsie Margaretta Pearce
Birth27 DEC 1875London, Middlesex, England (see Family Records Centre London index of births, Lambeth 1d.545 for March 1876 - certifica
Death19 AUG 1966Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Marriage1918to Harry Pearson
Marriage1897to Harry James Musson Wilson
MHenry Edmund Pearce
Birth
Death
MCecil Pearce
Birth9 NOV 1885Chorlton, Lancs, UK
Death7 APR 1909Toronto, Canada
MWilliam Callaway (Billy) Pearce
Birth11 APR 1883Chorlton, Lancs, UK
Death1966
Marriage1913to Ann Haxton Grant
MLeonard Pearce
Birth
Death
MArthur Swinton Pearce
Birth1867
Death
Marriageto Suzanne?
Family Group Sheet - Spouse
PARENT (M) William Callaway (Billy) Pearce
Birth11 APR 1883Chorlton, Lancs, UK
Death1966
Marriage1913to Ann Haxton Grant
FatherHenry Edward Pearce
MotherHarriet Georgina (Hattie) Hurst
PARENT (F) Ann Haxton Grant
Birth1887
Death
Marriage1913to William Callaway (Billy) Pearce
Father?
Mother?
CHILDREN
FMadeline Pearce
Birth1914
Death29 MAY 1940
Marriageto Donald Stagg
Private
Birth
Death
Marriage9 NOV 1936to Private
Evidence
[S35816] 1901 Census Toronto, Ontario, Canada: http://automatedgenealogy.com/index.html
Descendancy Chart
William Callaway (Billy) Pearce b: 11 APR 1883 d: 1966
Ann Haxton Grant b: 1887
Madeline Pearce b: 1914 d: 29 MAY 1940