I'll leave it to Terry to fill in the stories of these seven Boorman's buried in Ross Bay Cemetery, in order of their birth …
1. William Scoons BOORMAN
coal merchant clerk, and married Francis Jane ROBSON in the Nonconformist Church, Wandsworth on August 31 1865. He was the fifth of 14 children born to Thomas Boorman (1810 - 1894) and Mary Ann Green (1816 - 1862), although 5 died as babies.
William and Frances emigrated to Canada in the 1890’s. The 1901 Canadian census tells us that William immigrated in 1892, with his wife and at least three children coming out in 1894. We have not yet found any immigration records or passenger lists, so we don't know the exact dates. Their daughter Henrietta apparently immigrated in 1893.
William worked as a merchant, mercantile clerk, grocer and clerk at the Driard Hotel in downtown Victoria where today’s Bay Centre is located. The façade of the Driard Hotel is preserved on the View Street side of the new shopping centre. He lived on Michigan Street in James Bay and died at the age of 66 years on February 16, 1909. He was buried in the Boorman family plot in Ross Bay cemetery.
2. Francis Jane (ROBSON) Boorman
Francis emigrated to Canada in 1894 or 1895 to Victoria BC along with some of her children where she "made home" for her family on Michigan Street in James Bay. At least two of her ROBSON brothers also immigrated to Victoria BC: William Matthew Robson settled on nearby Saltspring Island, as did Frederick James Robson, although he died on Mayne Island BC. (There were other BOORMAN /ROBSON marriages which will be the subject of future posts.)
Francis was widowed in 1909 and died while living at 2640 Cook Street, Victoria in 1924. She is buried in Ross Bay Cemetery in the Boorman family plot.
3. Frances Eliza "Lillie" BOORMAN
4. Amelia Alice BOORMAN
Alice Amelia lived with her widowed mother Frances Jane Boorman (Robson) at 1324 Balmoral Street
(previously 1324 Fisgard Street). In 1911 she was living with her widowed mother next door to her brother Albert and his family. Alice was a needlework specialist and taught sewing at public schools
until her sudden and untimely death from a ruptured ulcer at the age of 47. She is buried in the Boorman
family plot in Ross Bay Cemetery.
5. Walter William BOORMAN
Walter William also joined the auxiliary Royal 5th Regiment stationed at Fort Rodd Hill, and we have been told they sometimes had encampments at Beacon Hill Park and at Macaulay Point. Fort Rodd Hill was built in the late 1890s, and we have a photo of the regiment believed to be take about 1897, so Walter William may even have been involved at the outset.
In 1898 he married Marion Emelda GUTHRO, and they had one daughter: Katie Evelyn Boorman, born in 1899, who married a Llewlyn GOSSE in 1924. Walter William unfortunately died too young during the typhoid epidemic that struck Victoria in 1907, when he was just 36 years old.
6. Albert Sidney BOORMAN
Albert Sidney married Frances (Fanny) Oliver in Victoria in 1910 and had two daughters Mollie and Winifred. He worked at the Canadian Puget Sound Lumber Company’s large sawmill that was located in Victoria’s inner harbour where the large parking lot now exists below Wharf Street. The Puget Sound Lumber Company was a division of the Puget Sound Agricultural Company that was a very large landowner in today’s Esquimalt. It was also a branch company of the Hudson’s Bay Company. He worked his way up to the position of foreman in the cabinet making division of the company.
At one period of his life he lived in the part of Victoria’s western community that became known as Metchosin. A house fire (date unknown) claimed his entire home and all their possessions and he was forced to move in with his widowed mother Francis Jane (Robson) Boorman. At the time of his death, Albert and Fanny were living at 3238 Wetherby Street in Saanich in Greater Victoria.
Albert Sidney Boorman died in Victoria on October 10, 1947 at the age of 71 years due to heart problems, and was buried in Ross Bay Cemetery in the family plot. His funeral was administered by McCalls Funeral Directors and attended by the Loyal Order of Foresters, an organization of which he was a member.
7. Frances "Fanny" (OLIVER) Boorman
In 1952, almost five years after Albert's death and while still living at 3238 Wetherby Street in Victoria, she died in the Royal Jubilee Hospital in Victoria at the age of 64 due to head injuries suffered in a car accident. An inquest was held and her death ruled accidental. She was cremated and her ashes buried in another section in Ross Bay Cemetery with her parents (according to the burial records if not the tombstone).