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JOHN WAUGH

JOHN WAUGH

Male 1867 - 1943  (76 years)

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  • Name JOHN WAUGH 
    Born 29 Aug 1867  Cambusnethan, Lanarkshire, Scot Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Died 3 Dec 1943  Nanaimo, B.C., Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Person ID I254  My Genealogy
    Last Modified 7 Nov 2017 

    DNA Tests  Y-DNA-266907 Living

    Father WILLIAM WAUGH,   b. 18 Aug 1835, Kirkpatrick-Flem, Dumfries, Scot Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Nov 1916, Bathgate, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Alison Lindsay,   b. 1840, Carluke, Lanarkshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Nov 1878, Carluke, Lanark, Scot Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 38 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Married 29 Nov 1861  Cambusnethan, Lanarkshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F34  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 CHRISTINA Orr,   b. 11 Jun 1869, Dalry, Ayr, Scot Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Oct 1940, Nanaimo, B.C., Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years) 
    Married 3 Mar 1893  Timberline,Gallatin Co., Montana Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Elizabeth McCall Waugh,   b. 29 Sep 1892, Belt, Cascade Co., Montana Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Jun 1947, Nanaimo,BC Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 54 years)  [natural]
     2. Elexies Millar Waugh,   b. 28 Dec 1894, Timberline, Montana Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Aug 1956, Campbell River, BC, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 61 years)  [natural]
     3. Agnes Orr Waugh,   b. 15 Sep 1896, Belt, Cascade Co., Montana Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Feb 1965, Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 68 years)  [natural]
     4. Janet Lindsay Waugh,   b. 20 Mar 1898, Belt, Cascade Co., Montana Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Apr 1990, Campbell River, British Columbia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 92 years)  [natural]
     5. Violet Christina Waugh,   b. 16 Mar 1902, Nanaimo ,BC, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Jul 1979, Nanaimo ,BC, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years)  [natural]
     6. JOHN Waugh,   b. 8 Aug 1906, Nanaimo, B.C., Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Jun 1980, Comox, B.C., Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years)  [natural]
     7. William Waugh,   b. 13 Jun 1908, Nanaimo,BC Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Jan 1962, Powell River, BC, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 53 years)  [natural]
     8. Christina Orr Waugh,   b. 4 Mar 1910, Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Oct 1991, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years)  [natural]
    Last Modified 7 Nov 2017 
    Family ID F23  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Margaret Williamson,   b. 6 Jan 1863, Linlithgow, West Lothian, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Oct 1930, Uphall, West Lothian, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 67 years) 
    Married not married - see paternity decree 
    Children 
     1. Alies Williamson,   b. 27 Nov 1890, Linlithgow, West Lothian, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [natural]
    Last Modified 7 Nov 2017 
    Family ID F2015  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 29 Aug 1867 - Cambusnethan, Lanarkshire, Scot Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 3 Dec 1943 - Nanaimo, B.C., Canada Link to Google Earth
     = Link to Google Earth 

  • Photos
    The Waugh Family c. 1912
    The Waugh Family c. 1912
    The Waugh Family, 471 Selby Street, Nanaimo, B.C. c 1912. John "the Joker" Waugh was a Policeman for the City of Nanaimo when this photograph was taken.
    Waugh Family
    Waugh Family
    471 Selby Street, Nanaimo. Back row: Jock, Janet Lindsay & William Waugh. Front row: Violet, Wallace Hodge, Ramsey MacDonald (dog) & Chrissie Waugh
    Christina Orr & John Waugh
    Christina Orr & John Waugh
    Christina Orr & John Waugh in Powell River, c. 1938
    John 'The Joker' & Jock Waugh
    John "The Joker" & Jock Waugh
    John "The Joker" and Jock Waugh, c 1933. "He was an ardent amateur gardener". Jock is holding the camera that took many of the photos in the Waugh Family Album.

    Headstones
    Waugh Family Plot
    Waugh Family Plot
    Range 55, Plot 23 (John, Dec 6 1943) and Plot 24 (Christina, Oct 15, 1940 & Baby Chase, Jun 27, 1944)

  • Notes 
    • John Waugh's nickname was "The Joker". He immigrated to Montana in about 1892 and settled in the area around Timberline. He arrived at Ellis Island, New York on 20 December 1892 aboard the Gallia from Liverpool, England. He travelled by himself and listed his destination as Montana. He listed his occupation as "miner". John and his wife, Christina Orr, must have known each other in Scotland - she was pregnant within 2 months of his arrival in the U.S. and they were married shortly after that. After the birth of his first four children in Timberline and Belt, Montana, he and his wife, Christina Orr, moved to Nanaimo, BC, Canada where John worked in the coal mines. He later became a policeman in Nanaimo. He was a police officer during the mining strike in Nanaimo that was started by his brother-in-law’s brother, Oscar Mottishaw. The family home was at 471 Selby Street. John was the president of the Nanaimo Football Club, and active in the Vancouver chapter of the Caledonian Club. In 1928, John was the BC provincial champion in quoiters, a game similiar to horseshoes.

      John owned one of the first Model T Fords in Nanaimo. The family used to drive to the Englishmen's River to spend the day picnicing. John was an avid gardener.

      John always said his birthday was August 8th, the same as his son's. But his birth record from Scotland shows the date as August 29th. His place of birth was a small mining community near Allanton called Daviesdyke. Allanton used to be called Crosshills.

      John Waugh had a dog he named Ramsay McDonald after one of the founders of the Labor Party in Britain and the first Labor Party Prime Minister.

      1911 census: occupation: policeman

      Nanaimo City Police Records 1909-1940:

      Board of Police
      Commissioners fonds:

      Meeting of the Board of Commissioners of
      Police held on 29th August, 1912.

      Present Mayor Shaw, Alderman Busby & C
      H Leicester, Commissioners

      The Minutes of the meetings held on the 4th
      and 8th July were read and adopted.

      Communication

      From Mr. C Taylor complaining that he had
      been summoned to attend the Police Court as a witness, he had to lose two days
      work, and the Magistrate had not made any order for wages to him, it was
      referred to the Police Magistrate. The
      Chief of Police reported that during the month of July there had been 39 cases
      in the Police Court, and $820.00 in fines and costs had been levied. The Chief of Police
      stated that on the 13th
      July, he visited the houses on Fraser Street and gave them until the 31st
      July to vacate the premises, he had sent a police officer to investigate,
      there, and Commissioner Leicester had asked the officer to resign or he would
      expose him. In consequence of this action, no further work had been done, and
      he did not propose doing any until he was protected from such attack. On the 14th July,
      there were
      between 40 & 50 women on Fraser Street, and 31st July there were
      14, and three houses had been closed up.
      The particular night referred to he had sent the policeman to Fraser
      Street, but he was there on duty.

      The Chairman expressed his disapproval of
      the action of Commissioner Leicester in following the police, and giving orders
      to a subordinate police officer to arrest a senior officer. Addressing the Chief, he stated
      that the
      Board expected them to do his duty in his own way, the Board had confidence in
      his ability, and his subordinates must not take orders from any one but
      himself. Commissioner Leicester stated
      that there had been an effort made to secure a sale of liquor, and an
      exhibition of lewdness had been witnessed, and while a conviction had been
      secured, yet no proceeding had been taken against the proprietor of the house.

      [Next Meeting]

      Meeting of the Board of Commissioners of
      Police held on 5th September, 1912.

      Present

      Mayor Shaw, Alderman Busby, and Chas H
      Leicester, Commissioners

      The Chairman stated that two or three weeks
      ago, Commissioner Leicester had asked Constable Waugh to resign, and had stated
      that he had better resign or save exposure, he (The Chairman) had mentioned to
      Mr. Waugh some damaging evidence regarding him to which Mr. Waugh had stated
      that he would court enquiry.

      This meeting had been called to consider
      the matter.

      The Chairman then asked Mr. Waugh if he
      would resign and settle the matter quietly.
      Mr. Waugh asked where the charges came from, as he wanted a chance to
      meet the accusations.

      Commissioners Busby and Leicester expressed
      themselves that, on the evidence which had been placed before the members of
      the Board, they were fully justified in dispensing with the services of the
      officer, and that it would be better not to disclose the matter further. Mr. Waugh then
      stated that he would not
      resign.

      Motion

      Moved by Mr. Leicester seconded by Mr.
      Busby that Mr. Waugh be given notice that his services will not be required
      after the 15th September, inst.
      Carried

      It was decided that applications be invited
      for a police constable, who must have had actual police experience, at salary of
      $80.00 per month.

      The Board then adjourned till 12th
      inst at 8 p.m.

      This may have something to do with John's affiliation with the miners during the year the big strike began in Nanaimo.

      John was buried at the Nanaimo cemetary. Waugh family plot.  Range 55, Plot 23 (John, Dec 6 1943) and Plot 24 (Christina, Oct 15, 1940 & Baby Chase, Jun 27, 1944)

      John Waugh was sued in a paternity case in Linlithgow before he emigrated. The baby’s mother was Margaret Williamsom of Linlithgow. The baby was Alies (Alice) Williamson.

  • Sources 
    1. [S7] Civil Registration, John Waugh birth 1867.

    2. [S10] BC Death Certificate, John Waugh 1943.