Oliver Alva Abbey




Oliver Alva Abbey was born December 12, 1869, in Lot 26, Con. 2, Hope Twp., Northumberland and Durham Co., Canada West, and died September 21, 1947, at Fernie Hospital, Fernie, British Columbia, Canada, at age 77. Buried in Roosville Cemetery, Roosville, British Columbia, Canada. He is the son of Oliver Nathaniel Abbey of Hope Twp., Durham Co., Upper Canada, and Elizabeth Jones of Clarke Twp., Durham Co., Upper Canada.

Anne Elizabeth "Annie" Smale was born November 27, 1872, in London, London Co., England, and died August 29, 1929, in Flagstone, Kootenay, British Columbia, Canada, at age 56. Buried in Roosville Cemetery, Roosville, British Columbia, Canada. She is the daughter of Richard Smale and Eliza Unknown.

Oliver Alva Abbey and Anne Elizabeth "Annie" Smale were married about 1890 in Unknown.

Oliver Alva Abbey and Anne Elizabeth "Annie" (Smale) Abbey had fifteen children:

  1. Wilburt "Wilbur" Abbey: Born January 1, 1891, in Moose Jaw, Northwest Territories (Saskatchewan), Canada; Died September 28, 1979, at Cranbrook and District Hospital, Cranbrook, British Columbia, Canada (age 88). Buried in Westlawn Cemetery, Cranbrook, British Columbia, Canada. Married to Gladys Emily Vera Giles: Born June 8, 1893, in Devizes, Wilts Co., England; Baptized August 6, 1893, in Derry Hill Parish, Wilts Co., England: Died October 31, 1985, at Cranbrook and District Hospital, Cranbrook, British Columbia, Canada (age 92). Buried in Westlawn Cemetery, Cranbrook, British Columbia, Canada. Her father was a Postman in England.
  2. William John "Jack" Abbey: Born November 27, 1892, in North West Territories, Canada; Died October 4, 1907, in Cranbrook, British Columbia, Canada (age 14). Buried in Cranbrook Old General Cemetery, Cranbrook, British Columbia, Canada.
  3. Henry Oliver Abbey: Born July 29, 1894, in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Canada; Died October 10, 1969, at the Northern Hotel, 2nd Avenue, Fernie, British Columbia, Canada (age 75). Buried in Saint Margaret's Cemetery, Roosville, British Columbia, Canada. Never married.
  4. Lillian Eliza "Lill" Abbey: Born February 5, 1896, in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan; Died December 5, 1976, in  Los Angeles Co., CA (age 80). Married May 6, 1916, in Wright, Carlton Co., MN, to John Harrington "Jack" Loveland: Born January 18, 1894, in Minneapolis, Hennepin Co., MN; Died September 29, 1963, at Los Angeles General Hospital, Los Angeles, Los Angeles Co., CA (age 69). Interred in at Evergreen Cemetery, Los Angeles Co., CA.
  5. Richard Vern Abbey: Born December 11, 1898, in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Canada; Died February, 1978, in Locust Grove, Mayes Co., OK (age 79) Buried in Rose Hill Cemetery, Tulsa Twp., Tulsa Co., OK. Married (1) January 1, 1921, in Baynes Lake, British Columbia, Canada, to Stella Kane Keenan: Born March 26, 1899, in Kaslo, Central Kootenay, British Columbia, Canada; Died February 4, 1988, at Overlake Hospital Medical Center, Bellevue, King Co., WA (age 88). Buried in Washington Memorial Park, SeaTac, King Co., WA. Divorced before 1927 in Tulsa, Tulsa Co., OK. Stella K. Abbey came to the United States on September 30, 1945, with the intention to live in Rouses Pt., NY. She next lived in New York City, NY. Married (2) November 22, 1927, in Muskogee, Muskogee Co., OK, to Kathryn Dixie "Katie" Meyers: Born June 14, 1903, in Gassville, Baxter Co., AR; Died June 12, 1992, in Tulsa, Tulsa Co., OK (age 88). Buried in Rose Hill Cemetery, Tulsa Twp., Tulsa Co., OK.
  6. Arskel Lewis "Archie" Abbey: Born December 27, 1899, in Moose Jaw, Moose Jaw Census Division, Saskatchewan, Canada; Died May 1, 1994, in Fernie, British Columbia, Canada (age 94). Buried in Saint Margaret's Cemetery, Roosville, British Columbia, Canada. Married to Martha Alice Crompton: Born June 25, 1902, in Lancashire, England; Died December 24, 1978, at Fernie District Hospital, Fernie, British Columbia, Canada (age 76). Buried in Saint Margaret's Cemetery, Roosville, British Columbia, Canada.
  7. George Edward Abbey: Born January 17, 1902, in Jaffray, British Columbia, Canada; Died April 14, 1967, at Fernie Memorial Hospital, Fernie, British Columbia, Canada (age 65). Buried in Saint Margaret's Cemetery, Roosville, British Columbia, Canada. Married October 28, 1933, in Fernie, British Columbia, Canada, to Blanche Wakefield: Born June 10, 1915, in Wales; Died April 17, 2005, in Creston, British Columbia, Canada (age 89). Buried in Saint Margaret's Cemetery, Roosville, British Columbia, Canada.
  8. Irene Beatrice Abbey: Born February 17, 1903, in Jaffray, British Columbia, Canada; Died August 10, 1976, at Fernie General Hospital, Fernie, British Columbia, Canada (age 73). Buried in Tobacco Valley Cemetery, Eureka, Lincoln Co., MT. Married July 25, 1923, in Cranbrook, British Columbia, Canada, to Frank Henry Letcher: Born October 15, 1895, in Springhill, Nova Scotia, Canada; Died July 17, 1982, at Foothills Medical Centre, Calgary, Alberta, Canada (age 86). Buried in Tobacco Valley Cemetery, Eureka, Lincoln Co., MT.
  9. Clarence Levi "Chick" Abbey: Born March 12, 1905, in Waldo, British Columbia, Canada; Died October 17, 1970, at Cranbrook and District Hospital, Cranbrook, British Columbia, Canada (age 65). Buried in Westlawn Cemetery, Cranbrook, British Columbia, Canada. Married December 22, 1934, in Spokane, Spokane Co., WA, to Clarice Woodhouse: Born January 19, 1910, in Fernie, British Columbia, Canada; Died November 3, 2002, in Unknown (age 92).
  10. Mary Elizabeth Abbey: Born March, 1907, in Flagstone, British Columbia, Canada; Died 2004 in Cranbrook, British Columbia, Canada (about age 97). Buried in Roosville Cemetery, Roosville, British Columbia, Canada. Married to George Frederick "Fred" Roo: Born May 26, 1891, in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada; Died August 9, 1969, in Fernie, British Columbia, Canada (age 78). Buried in Roosville Cemetery, Roosville, British Columbia, Canada.
  11. Violet Abbey: Born 1908, in Fernie, British Columbia, Canada; Died March 23, 1909, at Fernie Hospital, Fernie, British Columbia, Canada (about age 5 months).
  12. Stanley Earl Archie Abbey: Born February, 1910, in British Columbia, Canada; Died December 21, 1923, at St. Luke's Hospital, Spokane, Spokane Co., WA (age 13). Buried in Roosville Cemetery, Roosville, British Columbia, Canada.
  13. Roy Alfred Abbey: Born August 18, 1911, in Flagstone, British Columbia, Canada; Died July 11, 1992, in Cranbrook, British Columbia, Canada (age 80). Buried in East West Kootenay Crematorium, Cranbrook, British Columbia, Canada. Married after 1953, to Margaret "Peggy" Mackie: Born November 14, 1916, in Vernon, British Columbia, Canada; Died December 10, 2000, in Cranbrook, British Columbia, Canada (age 84). Buried in East West Kootenay Crematorium, Cranbrook, British Columbia, Canada.
  14. Dorothy Pearl Abbey: Born February 23, 1913, in Flagstone, British Columbia, Canada; Died October 23, 2004, at Pioneer Lodge, Salmon Arm, British Columbia, Canada (age 87). Her ashes spread over Oliver Alva Abbey's gravesite, Roosville Cemetery, Roosville, British Columbia, Canada. Married September 15, 1930, in Fernie, British Columbia, Canada, to Lawrence Jay Turney: Born May 12, 1909, in Forestburg, Hastings, Coulee, Alberta, Canada; Died December 28, 1977, in Cranbrook, British Columbia, Canada (age 68).
  15. Edith Marie Abbey: Born January 19, 1915, in Fernie, British Columbia, Canada; Died September 19, 1995, in Unknown (age 80). Buried in Westlawn Cemetery, Cranbrook, British Columbia, Canada. Married September 14, 1936, in Spokane, Spokane Co., WA, to Robert John Taylor: Born February 7, 1908, in Cranbrook, British Columbia, Canada; Died May 9, 1973, in Cranbrook, British Columbia, Canada (age 65). Buried in Westlawn Cemetery, Cranbrook, British Columbia, Canada.



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Possibly the Smale family. Pictures courtesy of Kerry and Jim Young.

       

Possibly the Smale family. Pictures courtesy of Kerry and Jim Young.

   

Oliver Alva Abbey's homestead, Flagstone, BC, Canada. The framed acrylic was painted by Dorothy Pearl (Abbey) Turney sometime in the 1980s. The color picture was taken by Alfred Lawrence "Larry" Turney. Pictures courtesy of Kerry and Jim Young.


Very old tintype family photos. Pictures courtesy of Kerry and Jim Young.


Ontario was known as: "Upper Canada" from December 26, 1791, to February 10, 1841; "Canada West" from February 10, 1841, to July 1, 1867; and "Ontario" after July 1, 1867.

Irene Beatrice (Abbey) Letcher wrote her autobiography, which contains much information about her parents, siblings, acquaintances, and life experiences growing up in British Columbia, Canada, in the early 1900s.


To see the autobiography above as a PDF document, click on the image.


Arskel Lewis "Archie" Abbey was interviewed for the November, 1993, issue of The New Tobacco Plains Journal newspaper in 1993.


To see the interview above as a PDF document, click on the image.


Roosville is an unincorporated community and a United States Port of Entry on the Canada–United States border in Lincoln Co., MT, United States, at the terminus of US Highway 93. The locality on the Canadian side of the border is also named Roosville and is the southern terminus of British Columbia provincial highway 93.


Oliver Alva Abbey, Anne Elizabeth "Annie" (Smale) Abbey, and Stanley Earl Archie Abbey are buried in Roosville Cemetery, Roosville, British Columbia, Canada. Thanks to Find-A-Grave for making this image available.


Wilburt "Wilbur" Abbey and Gladys Emily Vera (Giles) Abbey are buried in Westlawn Cemetery, Cranbrook, British Columbia, Canada. Thanks to Find-A-Grave for making this image available.


Richard Vern Abbey and Kathryn Dixie "Katie" (Meyers) Abbey are buried in Rose Hill Cemetery, Tulsa Twp., Tulsa Co., OK. Thanks to Find-A-Grave for making this image available.


   

Arskel Lewis "Archie" Abbey and Martha Alice (Crompton) Abbey are buried in Saint Margaret's Cemetery, Roosville, British Columbia, Canada. Thanks to Find-A-Grave for making these images available.


Clarence Levi "Chick" Abbey is buried in Westlawn Cemetery, Cranbrook, British Columbia, Canada. Thanks to Find-A-Grave for making this image available.


George Frederick "Freddie" Roo and Mary Elizabeth (Abbey) Roo are buried in Roosville Cemetery, Roosville, East Kootenay Regional District, British Columbia, Canada. Thanks to Find-A-Grave for making this image available.


Roy Alfred Abbey and Margaret "Peggy" (Mackie) Abbey are buried in East West Kootenay Crematorium, Cranbrook, British Columbia, Canada. Thanks to Find-A-Grave for making this image available.


Stella Kane (Keenan) Abbey is buried in Washington Memorial Park, SeaTac, King Co., WA. Thanks to Find-A-Grave for making this image available.


Robert John Taylor and Edith Marie (Abbey) Taylor are buried in Westlawn Cemetery, Cranbrook, British Columbia, Canada. Thanks to Find-A-Grave for making this image available.


Oliver and Annie homesteaded in Flagstone, and Oliver owned a small mill, the local Post Office, and General Store.

Laurence Turney married Dorothy when she was 17, and they lived in Fernie, BC, and then moved to Cranbrook. Laurence served as a Sergeant in WWII.

Dorothy Pearl Abbey was the second youngest and she cared for her father Oliver Alva Abbey when he developed colon cancer and subsequently passed away. Yes, we spread my Gran's (Dorothy Pearl) ashes at her Dad's (Oliver Alva) gravesite. Please share whatever you want.....I will see what else I can find. I know my Gran had some photos on metal but don't know who they are. Hard to get information when they have passed on. My Gran died of Alzheimer's disease which she got starting in her 80s.

Oliver Alva Abbey was born December 12, 1869, in Lot 26, Con. 2, Hope Twp., Durham Co., Canada West.


Oliver Alva Abbey Birth Record.


The 1871 Census for Hope Twp., Durham Co., Canada West, shows Alrien Abby (age 42) is a Farmer living in Hope Twp. Living with him are his wife Elizabeth Abby (age 43), and children: Ellen Abby (age 18), Henry Abby (age 16), John R. Abby (age 14), Levi Abby (age 13); Eliza Abby (age 10); Martha Abby (age 9); Mary Abby (age 7); Hattie Ann Abby (age 3) and Oliver Abby (age 1). All family members were born in Upper Canada.

Anne Elizabeth "Annie" Smale was born November, 1872, in London, England.

Anne Elizabeth "Annie" Smale immigrated to Canada in 1873.


Oliver Alva Abbey, about 1890.


The 1891 Census taken on June 1, 1891, shows Oliver Abbey (age 21) born in Ontario to Ontario-born parents is an unmarried Farmer and is living in Moose Jaw, Assiniboia Dist., North West Territories, Canada. Living with him is an unmarried Lodger, Charles C. Lyon (age 21) born in Scotland to Scottish-born parents, a Farmer.

Extracts from the 1891 Federal Census of Assiniboia West, Microfilm #T6426-T6427, National Archives of Canada, Ottawa.

Alfred Thomas Abbey 1891 Saskatchewan Moose Jaw & Regina District
Evelyn Mary Abbey 1891 Saskatchewan Moose Jaw & Regina District
Frank Abbey 1891 Saskatchewan Moose Jaw & Regina District
Harley Abbey 1891 Saskatchewan Moose Jaw & Regina District
Helen Elizabeth Abbey 1891 Saskatchewan Moose Jaw & Regina District
Hester Abbey 1891 Saskatchewan Moose Jaw & Regina District
Lester K. Abbey 1891 Saskatchewan Moose Jaw & Regina District
Lewis Abbey 1891 Saskatchewan Moose Jaw & Regina District
Oiver Abbey 1891 Saskatchewan Moose Jaw & Regina District
Phoebe Jane Abbey 1891 Saskatchewan Moose Jaw & Regina District
Vera E. Abbey 1891 Saskatchewan Moose Jaw & Regina District

Oliver Alva Abbey and Anne Elizabeth "Annie" Smale were married about 1890 in Unknown.

The 1911 Canadian Census taken June 23, 1911, shows Oliver Abby (age 41) born December 1869 in Ontario, Canada, is a Farmer living in Flagstone, Fernie District, Kootenay, British Columbia, Canada. Living with him is his wife, Annie Abby (age 38) born November 1872 in England and having emigrated in 1873. Also living there are his ten unmarried children: Wilbert Abby (age 19) born December 1891 in Saskatchewan, Canada, a Railroad Laborer; Henry Abby (age 16) born July 1894 in Saskatchewan, Canada, a Farmers Son Farmer; Tillie Abby (age 15) born December 1896 in Saskatchewan, Canada; Vern Abby (age 13) born December 1898 in Saskatchewan, Canada; Archie Abby (age 10) born December 1900 in Saskatchewan, Canada; George Abby (age 9) born February 1902 in Saskatchewan, Canada; Irene Abby (age 8) born January 1903 in British Columbia, Canada; Clarence Abby (age 6) born February 1905 in British Columbia, Canada; Mary Abby (age 4) born March 1907 in British Columbia, Canada; and Stanley Abby (age 1) born February 1910 in British Columbia, Canada.

Richard Verne Leslie Abbey and Stella Kane Keenan were married January 1, 1921, in Baynes Lake, British Columbia, Canada.


Richard Verne Leslie Abbey and Stella Kane Keenan Marriage Certificate.


Stanley Earl Archie Abbey died December 21, 1923, at St. Luke's Hospital, Spokane, Spokane Co., WA, at age 13. Buried in Roosville Cemetery, Roosville, British Columbia, Canada.


Stanley Earl Archie Abbey Death Certificate.


Anne Elizabeth (Smale) Abbey died August 29, 1929, in Flagstone, Fernie District, Kootenay, British Columbia, Canada, at age 56. Buried in Roosville Cemetery, Roosville, East Kootenay Regional District, British Columbia, Canada.

Clarence Levi Abbey and Clarice Woodhouse were married December 22, 1934, in Spokane, Spokane Co., WA.


Clarence Levi Abbey and Clarice Woodhouse Marriage Certificate.


Robert John Taylor and Edith Marie Abbey were married September 14, 1936, in Spokane, Spokane Co., WA.


Robert John Taylor and Edith Marie Abbey Marriage Certificate.


   

Oliver Alva Abbey, about 1940.


   

Oliver Alva Abbey and Anne Elizabeth "Annie" (Smale) Abbey, about 1940.


   

The WWII Draft Registration Report dated February 15, 1942. shows Richard Vern Abbey (age 43) born December 11, 1898, in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Canada, is employed by Tulsa City Lines, and is living at 913 S. Galveston, Tulsa, Tulsa Co., OK. The person who will always know his address is Mrs. R. V. Abbey of the same address.


Oliver Alva Abbey died September 21, 1947, at Fernie Hospital, Fernie, British Columbia, Canada, at age 77. Buried in Roosville Cemetery, Roosville, East Kootenay Regional District, British Columbia, Canada.


Oliver Alva Abbey Death Certificate.


The Calgary Herald, Calgary, Alberta, Canada, Wednesday, October 1, 1947

PIONEER DIES

FERNIE, Oct. 1 - Oliver A. Abbey, a pioneer of the East Kootenay district died recently in Fernie at the age of 80.


The Spokesman-Review, Spokane, Spokane Co., WA, Monday, October 6, 1947

WALDO DISTRICT PIONEER TAKEN

CRANBROOK, B. C., Oct. 5. - Oliver A. Abbey, 78, a resident of the Flagstone-Waldo district for 43 years, died in Fernie hospital recently. He was born at Port Hope, Ont., and came to East Kootenay as a railway employee in the district's early days. In 1904 he bought a farm at Flagstone, where he has lived ever since. His wife, the former Elizabeth Smale, died there in 1929. Surviving him are five daughters, Mrs. Lillian Loveland at Linwood, Calif.; Mrs. Dorothy Tierney and Mrs. Edith Taylor at Cranbrook; and Mrs. Irene Letcher and Mrs. Mary Roo of Roosville, and seven sons, Verne in the United States, Wilbert in England, Roy in Cranbrook, Archie and George at Newgate, Henry at Waldo, and Clarence at Roosville. Funeral services were held at Grassmer Community hall with Rev. H. T. Allen of Fernie United Church officiating.


The Province, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, Wednesday, October 8, 1947

Allen Services Held at Grassmer

FERNIE, - Funeral services for Oliver A. Abbey who died at Fernie, were held at Grassmer Community Hall with Rev. H. T. Allen of Fernie United Church officiating. Mr. Abbey came to the district nearly 50 years ago as a railway employee soon after the rail line was built, but in 1904 he bought a farm at Flagstone. He is survived by seven sons, Wilbert in England; Verne in the United States; Roy, Cranbrook; Archie and George, Newgate; Henry, Waldo; and Clarence, Roosville; five daughters, Mrs. Lillian Loveland, Linwood, Calif.; Mrs. Dorothy Tierney and Mrs. Edith Taylor, Cranbrook; and Mrs. Irene Letcher and Mrs. Mary Roo, Roosville.


Richard Vern Abbey died February, 1978, in Locust Grove, Mayes Co., OK, at age 79. Buried in Rose Hill Cemetery, Tulsa Twp., Tulsa Co., OK.

Wilburt Abbey died September 28, 1979, at Cranbrook and District Hospital, Cranbrook, British Columbia, Canada, at age 88. Buried in Westlawn Cemetery, Cranbrook, British Columbia, Canada.


Wilburt Abbey Death Certificate.


Gladys Emily Vera (Giles) Abbey died October 31, 1985, at Cranbrook and District Hospital, Cranbrook, British Columbia, Canada, at age 92. Buried in Westlawn Cemetery, Cranbrook, British Columbia, Canada.


Gladys Emily Vera (Giles) Abbey Death Certificate.


John Oliver Abbey died July 6, 1962, at Hartley Lake Logging Camp, British Columbia, Canada, at age 17. Buried in Saint Margaret's Cemetery, Roosville, East Kootenay Regional District, British Columbia, Canada.


John Oliver Abbey Death Certificate.


John Harrington Loveland died September 29, 1963, at Los Angeles General Hospital, Los Angeles, Los Angeles Co., CA, at age 69. Interred in at Evergreen Cemetery, Los Angeles Co., CA.


John Harrington Loveland Death Certificate.


John Harrington Loveland Interment Record.


George Edward Abbey died April 14, 1967, at Fernie Memorial Hospital, Fernie, British Columbia, Canada, at age 65. Buried in Saint Margaret's Cemetery, Roosville, British Columbia, Canada.


George Edward Abbey Death Certificate.


Henry Oliver Abbey died October 10, 1969, at the Northern Hotel, 2nd Avenue, Fernie, British Columbia, Canada, at age 75. Buried in Saint Margaret's Cemetery, Roosville, British Columbia, Canada.


Henry Oliver Abbey Death Certificate.


Clarence Levi Abbey died October 17, 1970, at Cranbrook and District Hospital, Cranbrook, British Columbia, Canada, at age 65.


Clarence Levi Abbey Death Certificate.


Roy Alfred Abbey died July 11, 1992, at Cranbrook Regional Hospital, Cranbrook, British Columbia, Canada, at age 80. Inurned in East West Kootenay Crematorium, Cranbrook, British Columbia, Canada.


Roy Alfred Abbey Death Certificate.


Martha Alice (Crompton) Abbey died December 24, 1978, at Fernie District Hospital, Fernie, British Columbia, Canada (age 76). Buried in Saint Margaret's Cemetery, Roosville, British Columbia, Canada.


Martha Alice (Crompton) Abbey Death Certificate.


Stella Kane (Keenan) Abbey died February 4, 1988, at Overlake Hospital Medical Center, Bellevue, King Co., WA, at age 88. Buried in Washington Memorial Park, SeaTac, King Co., WA.


Stella Kane (Keenan) Abbey Death Certificate.


Arskel Lewis "Archie" Abbey died May 1, 1994, in Fernie, British Columbia, Canada, at age 94. Buried in Saint Margaret's Cemetery, Roosville, British Columbia, Canada.


Arskel Lewis "Archie" Abbey Funeral Card. Thanks to Kerry and Jim Young for making this image available.