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Harold Doran Davison, "Budd / Skipper"

Harold Doran Davison, "Budd / Skipper"[1, 2, 3]

Male 1890 - 1965  (75 years)

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  • Name Harold Doran Davison  [4, 5, 6, 7
    Suffix "Budd / Skipper" 
    Born 15 Aug 1890  [7, 8
    Gender Male 
    Occupation Owner Welland Electric Steel, Co. Welland, ON Canada 
    FamilySearch 27SZ-82V 
    Died 21 Aug 1965  [7
    Buried Welland, ON Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I843  Main
    Last Modified 16 Jul 2017 

    Father Edward Doran "Ned" Davison, Jr.,   b. 15 Apr 1845, Mill Village, Queens Co., NS Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Jul 1902, Bridgewater, New Dublin Twp., Lunenburg Co., Nova Scotia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 57 years) 
    Mother Margaret A. Robertson,   b. 24 Oct 1867, St. John, New Brunswick, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Dec 1895, Boston, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 28 years) 
    Married 27 Jan 1887  [9
    Family ID F94  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Margaret Helen Hastings,   b. Nov 1891, prob. Pittsburgh, PA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Apr 1925  (Age ~ 33 years) 
    Married Oct 1914  Boston, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  [7, 10, 11
    Notes 
    Married:
    • Conversation notes with Margaret Helen Davison Lathrop:

      "She was the true love of his life - Helen Hastings and Harold eloped to Boston and were married at the Copley Plaza in 1914"

      Notes from Hal Lathrop:

      When the Davison Lumber company was sold [in 1902] it was purchased by a company associated with Helen Hastings' family. 

      Ralph Burgoyne notes in an article in the Bridgewater Bulletin, April 8, 1981:

      "The Mill, the largest ever in Nova Scotia, was built by an American Company headed by John Hastings of Michingan in 1902.  They bought out E.D. Davison & Sons lumber business and operated under the name Davison Lumber Company.  They built the mill across the lake from Springfield and named the place Hastings, after John Hastings."

      JSH notes:  

      So, Harold "Skipper" Doran Davison was 12 years old at the time E. D. Davison and Sons was purchased by John Hastings in 1902.  John Hastings would become Harold Davison's father-in-law in 1914 - 12 years later. [12]
    Children 
    +1. Margaret Helen Davison,   b. 29 Dec 1916, Toronto, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Jan 2009, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 92 years)
     2. Harold Hastings Davison,   b. 26 Feb 1919,   d. 19 Mar 1943  (Age 24 years)
    Last Modified 2 Mar 2006 
    Family ID F367  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Marjory Muriel Stern,   b. 11 Jul 1892,   d. 16 Dec 1978  (Age 86 years) 
    Married 15 Jun 1933  [7, 13
    Notes 
    Married:
    • Hallie Howell recalled that she and her husband Ned Howell met Marjorie and Budd around 1956.
    Last Modified 21 Aug 2005 
    Family ID F2443  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsMarried - Oct 1914 - Boston, MA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Welland, ON Link to Google Earth
     = Link to Google Earth 

  • Photos
    Davison brothers.
    Davison brothers.
    L to R: Edward Sumner Davison, Harold (Budd) Doran Davison. (Most likely a staged photo, as the boys were not lumberjacks!) Circa 1900 and about the time the E. D. Davison & Sons lumber company was sold. 7 1/2" x 5 1/2 photo from Hal Lathrop who has the only originals (2007). Identification by Hal Lathrop and Margaret Helen Davison Lathrop.
    Davison Cousins - 1934 Group Photo
    Davison Cousins - 1934 Group Photo
    (hover mouse over person to see name, click for more details) Hal Lathrop notes: "From a small 5 1/2 x 3 1/4 photo. Very yellowed! Taken to the right of the porch at aunt Lou and Allie's Red Top [in Bridgewater, NS]. Mum puts her age at 18 - therefore Hal is 16. The picture can then be dated summer of 1934." Individuals identified by Margaret Helen Lathrop in 2007. Hal Lathrop Collection.
    Harold Doran Davison
    Harold Doran Davison
    1934 photo. Identified by Margaret Helen Lathrop in 2007. Hal Lathrop Collection.

    Documents
    1911 Census of Canada - Frank Davison household
    1911 Census of Canada - Frank Davison household
    Includes nephews, Ned and Bud Davison.

  • Notes 
    • Stuart Davison notes - June 2004:

      "Uncle Bud in the early 50's built a summer home at the Point. he had two children by his first wife Helen Hastings - Harold Hastings (who died early in the second world war ) and Margaret Helen.

      Hal Lathrop notes - Aug 2004, Sept 2007:

      On why Budd is called "Skipper" by his grandchildren: "As children we kept saying "Bug" instead of "Budd", so he asked us to call him something else - anything else. We liked sailing with him so he suggested "Skipper" - and we agreed.

      "Attended St. Andrews College, Aurora, Ontario"

      "He worked on the Welland Canal."

      J. Spencer Howell notes:

      "Owned Welmet Co. (Welland Electric Steel Co) that made valves out of stainless steel in Welland, ON." 

      "Uncle Budd went to great lengths to convince children Santa was real.  He made deer prints (and more!) in the snow on the roof."

      "It was Uncle Budd and his brother Ned that sponsored my father (John Edward Howell) to come to North America in a cattle boat."

      "Uncle Budd is 1/2 brother to my grandmother Nellie Davison." 

      JSHJR notes:

      Appears in the 1901 census of Canada: Davison, Harold D, b. 15 Aug 1890, age 10.
      Appears in the 1911 census of Canada: Davison, Harold, nephew, age 20, living in the household of his uncle Frank Davison. [14, 15, 16]

  • Sources 
    1. [S2] JSH Feb 13 2003 gedcom, John S. Howell, Jr.

    2. [S192] J Spencer Howell - Interviews with JSHJr., John Spencer Howell, Jr., (Personal interviews with Dad.).

    3. [SAuth] John Spencer Howell, Jr., John Spencer Howell, Jr., (http://www.jhowell.com/ jhowell@jhowell.com).

    4. [S768] Betty (Parker) Wolfe, Betty (Parker) Wolfe, (2632 63rd Avenue South West, Calgary, AB T3E 5J7), p1 (Reliability: 3).

    5. [S769] DesBrisay Museum Nicolas Davison Tree, Author unknown, (Two page tree, typed.), IMG_00037.jpg (Reliability: 3).

    6. [S957] Stuart Davison, (correspondence with John S. Howell, Jr.), 4 Jun 2004 email to JSHJr - Middle name is "Doran" (Reliability: 0).

    7. [S1210] Charles Donald Davison's Tree, Charles Donald Davison, (Copy of tree provided to John Howell by Stuart Davison upon our visit at his home on 23 Jul 2005.), Section "D" (Reliability: 0).

    8. [S1284] 1911 Canadian Census, "Harold Davison, male, single, age 20, b. Nova Scotia, Nephew, English, Lunenburg dist 49 Bridgewater East, page 6" (Reliability: 0).

    9. [S768] Betty (Parker) Wolfe, Betty (Parker) Wolfe, (2632 63rd Avenue South West, Calgary, AB T3E 5J7), p2 (Reliability: 3).

    10. [S1218] Hal Lathrop, (Welland, Ontario, Canada), 20 Aug 2005 (Reliability: 0).

    11. [S1292] Margaret Helen Davison Lathrop, Tel conv. 6 Feb 2006 - eloped to Boston, married at the Copley Plaza in 1914 (Reliability: 0).

    12. [S1292] Margaret Helen Davison Lathrop, Telephone conv. 6 Feb 2006 - eloped to Boston - Copley Plaza 1914 (Reliability: 0).

    13. [S788] Hallie Howell.

    14. [S957] Stuart Davison, (correspondence with John S. Howell, Jr.), 4 Jun 2004 email to JSH. (Reliability: 0).

    15. [S1218] Hal Lathrop, (Welland, Ontario, Canada), Telephone conv. 20 Aug 2005 (Reliability: 0).

    16. [S1231] 1901 Census of Canada, (http://www.collectionscanada.ca/archivianet/02012202_e.html Index and images also online at AutomatedGenealogy.com), " Davison, Harold D, b. 15 Aug 1890, age 10" (Reliability: 0).