The Geddes's

 

	

First Generation  


1. William Geddes .

Noted events in his life were:

Occupation: a farmer.

William married Ann Eliza Bain.

The child from this marriage was:

+ 2 M    i. James Geddes was born in 1867 in Huntly, Scotland, died in 1920 in Huntly, Scotland aged 53, and was buried in Huntly, Scotland.

  Second Generation  



2. James Geddes was born in 1867 in Huntly, Scotland, died in 1920 in Huntly, Scotland aged 53, and was buried in Huntly, Scotland.

Burial Notes: at the Huntly Cemetery on Deveron Road

Noted events in his life were:

Military: Trooper, 1914, Dunkeld, Scotland. No. 5547 1st Reserve Scottish Horse.

Occupation: tailor.

James married Ann Drummond, daughter of William Drummond and Ann Russell, on 24 Aug 1889 in Bridge Of Marnoch, County Of Grampian, Scotland. Ann was born on 18 Aug 1865 in Marnoch, Scotland, died on 15 Mar 1950 in Huntly, Scotland - Alexander Scott's Hospital aged 84, and was buried in Huntly Cemetery, Huntly, Scotland.

Marriage Notes: The name of Marnoch may now be named Bridge of Marnoch.

Death Notes: cerebral thrombosis


Children from this marriage were:

+ 3 M    i. William Drummond was born on 5 Feb 1888.

+ 4 M    ii. James Geddes was born on 30 Oct 1889 in Huntly, Scotland and died in Oct 1918 aged 29.

+ 5 M    iii. Alexander Ritchie Geddes was born on 21 Jul 1893 in Aberchirder, Scotland and died on 15 Jan 1968 in Vancouver, British Columbia aged 74.

+ 6 F    iv. Barbara Ann Geddes was born on 2 Dec 1899 in Scotland, died in Jun 1946 in Vancouver, British Columbia aged 46, and was buried in Burnaby, British Columbia.

+ 7 M    v. Reginald Geddes was born on 1 Oct 1902 and died in 1973 aged 71.

+ 8 M    vi. George Duncan Geddes was born on 22 Nov 1904 in Huntly, Scotland and died on 13 Dec 1982 aged 78.

+ 9 M    vii. John Milne Geddes was born on 18 Jan 1907 in Huntly, Scotland and died in England.

  Third Generation  



3. William Drummond was born on 5 Feb 1888.

William married someone.

His children were:

   10 M    i. Robert T Drummond was born in 1916.

Robert married Living

   11 F    ii. Living

Living married Dugald McFadyen.

   12 F    iii. Living

4. James Geddes was born on 30 Oct 1889 in Huntly, Scotland and died in Oct 1918 aged 29.

Death Notes: Killed in action WW 1. His rank was Gunner R. F. A.

Noted events in his life were:

Occupation: Stone Mason, Huntly, Scotland. also a Scout Master and Capt. in the Salvation Army.

James married Elsie Jean Cowie, daughter of James Cowie - Carter and Margaret Dawson, on 13 Aug 1912 in Huntly, Scotland. Elsie was born on 11 Dec 1892 and died on 4 Jul 1979 in Vancouver, British Columbia aged 86.

General Notes: Harold was Jean's stepson.


Children from this marriage were:

+ 13 M    i. Jack Cowie Geddes was born on 1 Aug 1913 in Huntly, Scotland and died on 3 Feb 2007 in White Rock, British Columbia aged 93.

   14 F    ii. Evelyn Margaret Geddes was born on 2 Feb 1916 and died in 1952 in Vancouver, British Columbia aged 36.

Death Notes: Vancouver General Hospital

   15 M    iii. Living

Living married Living

5. Alexander Ritchie Geddes was born on 21 Jul 1893 in Aberchirder, Scotland and died on 15 Jan 1968 in Vancouver, British Columbia aged 74.

General Notes: Alexander was the ex-lightweight champion of Scotland in 1919 and carried the name Ted Leister.

Noted events in his life were:

Occupation: Cobbler (Bootmaker)., Dunkeld, Scotland. Ted as he liked to be called also became a Professional Boxer.

Excerpt from "The Dunkeld Pugilist" Dunkeld, Scotland:

Chat with Ted Leister, famous boxer who is village cobbler. Believes he has discovered a "White Hope" in Dundee.
Seated in the little cobbler's shop at Dunkeld is Ted Leister or, give him his private and bootmaker name, Mr. Alexander Geddes - I quite enjoyed the talk I had with the famous boxer.
Aberdeen City claims him as its own, but Dunkeld possesses him, and in the district generally and in Perth City he is well known and held in much respect. I saw Ted in the recent City Hall tournament at Perth, when he was introduced to the audience but I was only one in the audience, and after the talk I had with him while he was cobbling a pair of boots we agreed to continue the friendship, a desire born of a clannish spirit.
Leister claims as his birthplace, a small Banffshire village called Aberchirder on a very big scale map, but known to natives as "Foggieloan." His interviewer first saw the light of day not very many miles distant from Ted's calf-ground.
Thereafter the boxer lived for some time at Huntly, where he first taught himself to use his fists; he did not use gloves in those days.
Latterly, while his home and business is at Dunkeld, Leister is frequently in Aberdeen. Once a month he officiates as a referee at a boxing tournament, and has business connections in the Granite City. Ted Leister entirely believes the old impression of the prize-fighter, although when one looks at his strong neck and sturdy build one can understand why he has earned the reputation of being a boxer who can take a big punishing. "Anything doing, Ted?" was the first question I put to the pugilist.
The Fight at Monte Carlo.
"I have a couple of fights arranged - one with Pete Ruddy of Salford, Manchester, and the other with Ted Moore, Plymouth. I just received a letter this morning from my manager to get fit. I don't know yet where the fights will take place. You know my manager, of course. He is Ted Brodribb who was Young Snowball, and once knocked out Carpentier in four rounds." Our conversation turned to the fight at Monte Carol three weeks ago, when Leister contested with the Frenchman, Papin for the championship of Europe at 9 sts. 8 lbs. "When I left Dunkeld," said Ted, "I as as fit as a fiddle, but the journey of thirty-nine hours from London to Monte Carlo did it. I had little or no sleep on the way and wasn't in the pink for such an important bout. "Papin had Descampes as his manager, and my manager and I were not aware there was a gold belt for the winner until we saw it exhibited in the Casino at Monte Carlo. This belt and two others were gifted by the Prince of Monaco, and they are held by Frenchmen - Carpentier, Ledoux, the bantam; and Papin.
"Our departure from London was delayed two days owing to a cable from Paris, and I was obliged to continue the journey to Monte Carlo almost without a halt. The result was that I was not in condition for fighting, and I stopped the contest in the 11th round. Before my contest came on there were bouts between two English boys and a Frenchman and Belgian. The Britishers played hide and seek with their opponents.
"Papin was one of the softest things I have ever met and could not hit. I have issued a challenge to him and if it is accepted; I hope the fight will take place in Paris, which is only a few hours' journey from London.
Leister's Sparring Partner
I and the party accompanying me had a good time in the south of France, and the organisers of the fight treated us well." "Do you keep up your training in Dunkeld?" I asked Leister. "Well, I usually take a good walk in the mornings," and introducing a well set-up young fellow, who entered the shop, Leister remarked: -" This is my sparring partner. To tell you the truth, I am always fit, but I usually go to Glasgow for a week's hard graft before going into any descent fight." "How many fights have you had in your day, Ted?" "Oh, it is difficult to say, but they must number over 200. One of the most interesting fights I ever engaged in was at Rosyth when I was in the army. I entered as Geddes, and was unknown. A big sailor named Jones was laying about him, and when we met in the final the audience showed pity for the little fellow - that was myself - but after the sailor regained his senses he asked - " Where is the fellow who hit me?" "When I knocked him out the spectators remained dead still for a minute or two before they enthusiastically applauded me. I had never before and have never since felt an audience as I did on that occasion.
First Boxer to Join Up
"I am paying a visit to Dundee one of these days. I think I have discovered a "White Hope" in the city. He boxes under the name of "Mack." So far he has not had much experience, but he has the stuff in him. I am surprised that Perth has no boxing club of some sort, as exists in many other cities. It would, I believe, be a success." Leister is naturally proud of his military career. "I was the first professional boxer in the country to join up in 1914," he said. "I enlisted in the Scottish Horse, but at my own request, in order to get to France I was transferred in 1915 to the 6th Black Watch. I was with the 6th in France, but Sir Robert Moncreiffe ("Old Bob" Leister called him) was a good friend, and got me transferred to the army gymnastic staff, and it was a "cushy" job. I met many boxers amongst the gymnastic instructors, including Gunner Moir and others."
We were still chatting when a *little chap popped his head into the door and interrupted - "Your dinner's ready, daddy." Boxers must eat, and the reporter wished Leister "Good luck."
* The little chap was his son and my father, Leister Alexander Ritchie Geddes.

Immigration: 22 Jul 1927. They travelled from Scotland via the S.S. Metagama to Quebec City, there they boarded the Canadian Pacific Railway to Vancouver.

Cremation: 17 Jan 1968, Burnaby, British Columbia. A sprinkling of Ted's ashes were placed at the Huntly Cemetery, Huntly, Dunkeld Cathedral and at the River Tay, Dunkeld

Alexander married Elizabeth Jane Lamb, daughter of James Charles Lamb and McRae, on 27 Dec 1914 in Dunkeld, Scotland. Elizabeth was born on 18 Aug 1888 in Dunkeld, Scotland and died on 24 Nov 1968 in Vancouver, British Columbia aged 80.

Marriage Notes: Married in the Church of Scotland by minister Thomas N Nusherford.

Noted events in her life were:

Cremation: 26 Nov 1968, Vancouver, British Columbia. A sprinkling of Lizzie's ashes were placed at the Huntly Cemetery, Huntly, Dunkeld Cathedral and at the River Tay, Dunkeld

Children from this marriage were:

+ 16 M    i. Leister Alexander Ritchie Geddes was born on 22 May 1915 in Dunkeld, Scotland and died on 9 Mar 1992 in Vancouver, British Columbia aged 76.

+ 17 F    ii. Mona Elizabeth Mcrae Geddes was born on 25 Jan 1918 in New Castle-On-Tyne, England. and died on 20 Nov 2009 aged 91.

+ 18 M    iii. Reginald James Drummond Geddes was born on 25 Jan 1918 in New Castle-On-Tyne, England., died on 29 Mar 1956 in New Westminster, British Columbia aged 38, and was buried on 2 Apr 1956 in Burnaby, British Columbia.

6. Barbara Ann Geddes was born on 2 Dec 1899 in Scotland, died in Jun 1946 in Vancouver, British Columbia aged 46, and was buried in Burnaby, British Columbia.

Death Notes: Addison's disease

Burial Notes: Ocean View Cemetery

Noted events in her life were:

Address: 23 Jan 1913, 49 Princes Street.

Military: R.A.F No. 21955. Served in munitions till the death of her brother Jim then transferred to the land army till she was discharged on October 18, 1920.

Immigration: 1921, Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Barbara married Albert Edward Robinson, son of John Thomas Robinson and Mary Anderson, in 1922 in Calgary, Alberta. Albert was born on 30 Sep 1894 in Dundee, Scotland and died in Jan 1962 in Scotland aged 67.

Birth Notes: 14 Lowdens Alley

Death Notes: Uremia and Pneumonia

Noted events in his life were:

Baptism: 25 Nov 1894, Dundee, Scotland.

Occupation: baker. Albert made the wedding cake for Leister and Alice Geddes.

Cremation: Ashes sent to Vancouver, British Columbia and laid to rest beside his wife Barbara at the Ocean View Cemetery, Burnaby, British Columbia

Children from this marriage were:

+ 19 F    i. Gertrude Valentine Drummond Robinson was born on 14 Feb 1922 in Calgary, Alberta and died on 13 Feb 2007 in Vancouver, British Columbia aged 84.

+ 20 F    ii. Living

+ 21 F    iii. Living

+ 22 F    iv. Living

+ 23 F    v. Alberta Gloria Robinson was born on 11 Jan 1933 in Vancouver, British Columbia and died on 6 Mar 2002 in Salt Lake City, Utah aged 69.

7. Reginald Geddes was born on 1 Oct 1902 and died in 1973 aged 71.

Death Notes: There is a memorial stone in Huntly, Scotland at the Cemetery just off Deveron Road.

Noted events in his life were:

Occupation: Blacksmith. in the town of Huntly and in later life was a ships chandler in Aberdeen

Military: Served in North Africa during WW II

Reginald married Mary McCurrach on 30 May 1928. Mary was born in 1906, died in 1983 aged 77, and was buried in 1983 in Huntly Cemetery, Huntly, Scotland.

Children from this marriage were:

+ 24 M    i. Living

+ 25 F    ii. Living

8. George Duncan Geddes was born on 22 Nov 1904 in Huntly, Scotland and died on 13 Dec 1982 aged 78.

George married Mildred Rickaby on 28 Dec 1937. Mildred was born on 23 Dec 1909 in St. Joseph Island, Algoma District Ontario and died on 20 Jan 1988 aged 78.

Children from this marriage were:

+ 26 M    i. Living

+ 27 M    ii. Living

9. John Milne Geddes was born on 18 Jan 1907 in Huntly, Scotland and died in England.

Birth Notes: 49 Princes Street

John married Mary Ewan, daughter of James Ewan and Helen Webster Kennedy, on 21 Jan 1936 in Aberdeen, Scotland. Mary was born on 10 Jun 1906 in Wester Keillour, Scotland and died on 19 Mar 1966 in Aberdeen, Scotland aged 59.

Marriage Notes: 60 Claremont Street. Minister George Scott of the Parish of Holburn Central. Alex. McWilliam and Catherine Cobb witnesses.

Birth Notes: Parish of Fowlis Wester


Children from this marriage were:

   28 M    i. John Geddes was born on 18 Apr 1932 in Aberdeen, Scotland and died on 21 Jan 1991 aged 58.

Birth Notes: 60 Claremont Street

John married Living

+ 29 M    ii. James Ewan Geddes was born on 10 Jan 1936 in Aberdeen, Scotland and died on 6 Feb 1981 in Aberdeen, Scotland aged 45.

+ 30 F    iii. Living

+ 31 M    iv. Living



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