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Convict Deaths in the British Columbia Penitentiary, 1875 - 1916



Sessional Book Year: 1888 No Name Given Cause: Phthisis Place of Birth: China
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Sessional Book Year: 1888 No Name Given No other details given.
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Sessional Book Year: 1888 No Name Given Place of Birth: CAN Remarks: Indian.
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Sessional Book Year: 1910 Roberto BENEDETTI CRIME: Unlawful Wounding Place of Conviction: Fernie, BC Date of Death: 2 Feb 1909 Age: 36 Cause: Suicide - hanging Place of Birth: Italy Remarks: Death Registration: B13089, 84,604. Listed age as 38. Labourer. Coroners Inquest, 1909, file #23: need special search request.
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Sessional Book Year: 1910 Frank CARLSON CRIME: Stealing Place of Conviction: Victoria Date of Death: 28 Jan 1909 Age: 50 Cause: Congestion of lungs Place of Birth: Sweden Remarks: Death Registration: B13089, 84,688. Sailor.
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Sessional Book Year: 1886 CHARLEY (only one name given) CRIME: Cutting And Wounding Place of Conviction: Yale Date of Death: 23 Dec 1884 Age: n/g Cause: Phthisis Place of Birth: CAN Remarks: Indian.
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Sessional Book Year: 1913 Lewis COLQUHOUM CRIME: Robbing H.M. Mail Place of Conviction: Kamloops Date of Death: 22 Sep 1911 Age: 34 Cause: Phthisis Place of Birth: Ontario Remarks: Death Registration: B13089, 84,755. Book-keeper. Vancouver Daily Province, 23 Sep 1911, pg.1: LOUIS COLQUHOUN DIES IN PRISON: END OF BANDIT WHO FIGURED IN HOLDUP WITH FAMOUS BILL MINER: Louis Colquhoun, a bandit who figured in the public eye in 1905 in holding up a westbound express on the CPR near Ducks, BC and the theft of the registered mail bags, died yesterday in the New Westminster Penitentiary Hospital. Colquhoun was a pal of Bill Miner and Shorty Dunn in the holdup. Captured by the Royal North West Mounted Police near Kamloops Miner and Dunn were sentenced to life imprisonment and Colquhoun was given 25 years. Colquhoun was 34 years of age and unmarried. He came from a farm family who lived near Clifford, Ontario and was a school teacher and later a book-keeper. 1871 Census: film C-9949, Minto Twp, d.3, p.19: COLQUHOUN: Robert, 48, SCT, farmer (c.16, l.31); Jessie, 36, SCT; Margaret, 10, ON; Marion, 9, ON; Peter, 7, ON; Alexander, 5, ON; Robert, 2, ON; Jessie, 2/12 Feb, ON & James, 23, SCT, no occ. given. C. Presby. 1881 Census: film C-13259, Minto Twp, div.2, pg.81: COLQUHOUON: Robert, 56, SCT, farmer; Jessie, 45, SCT; Margaret, 19, ON; Marrion, 18, ON; Peter, 17, ON, farmer; Alexander, 13, ON; Robert, 11, ON; Leddie, 9, ON; Mary, 7, ON; John, 5, ON & Lewis, 4, ON. The families religion was C. Presbyterian. 91C: T-6377, Minto Twp, d.1, p.56: COLQUHOUN: Robert, 67, SCT, farmer; Jessie, 56, SCT; Margaret, 29, ON; Jessie, 19, ON; Mary, 17, ON; Peter, 26, ON, farmer; Alexander, 23, ON, farmer; Robert, 21, ON, farmer; John, 15, ON & Lewis, 13, ON. C. Presby. 01C: T-6504, Minto Twp, d.5, p.7: COLQUHOUN: Alexander, 26 May 1869, ON, farmar (c.16, l.30 & 31); Margaret, 26 Jul 1861, ON; Robert, 17 Sep 1871, ON, farm lab; Jessie, 27 Feb 1873, ON & Mary, 17 Aug 1874, ON. Next: COLQUHOUN: Peter, 11 May 1864, ON, farmer (c.16, l.31 & 32). All single & Presby. From 'Historical Atlas of Wellington County, 1906': COLQUOHOUN, ROBERT (d.), was b. Dunbartonshire, Scot., in 1823, where he was raised and educated. ln 1842 he came to Canada, and lived five years in the "Colquohoun Settlement" near Morrisburg, when he came to Guelph and lived there and in Morriston eight years. He then went to St. Mary's, where he married Jessie Grant in 1860, and they immediately came up to Minto and purchased lot 30, con. 16, where they settled. He started life in Canada without means, and by perseverence, energy and thrift, rose to a position of influence and accumulated a large property, leaving at the time of his death 300 acres of land in Minto, besides other property. Few men were more respected than he. Of strict integrity, his word was considered as good as his bond. He was a consistent member of the Presbyterian church, and took an active interest in its affairs. In fact he gave his encouragement and pecuniary assistance to all worthy objects. He never sought municipal honors. In politics he was a Liberal, and took a healthy interest in the political questions of the day. He d. in 1901, age 77 years, while his wife d. in 1895, age 59. They had the following issue: Margaret, Mrs. (Dr.) Kerr, Peter, Alexander, Robert, Jr.; Mrs. David Campbell, Mary, John (d. 19), and Lewis. Peter owns 140 acres, lots 31 and 32, con. 16; Alexander owns 160 acres, lots 30 and 31, con. 16, and Robert, Jr., owns 200 acres, lots 28 and 29, con. 16. They are counted amongst the most substantial farmers and progressive citizens of Minto.
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Sessional Book Year: 1895 Richard Forrester DALY CRIME: Embezzlement Place of Conviction: Nelson Date of Death: 1 Jul 1894 Age: 36 Cause: Bright's Place of Birth: England Remarks: Death Reistration: B13088, 78,737. Bank clerk. C.E. Sentenced 12 May 1894 to two years. 1894 Convicts Received Report: Richard Forrester Daley, embezzlement, b.ENG, C.E., sentenced 19 May 1893 to two years. This date conflicts with Death Registration. 1891 Census: film T-13285, Victoria, James Bay Ward, div.1, family 190: DALY: Richard, 33, b.South America, fmb.ENG, accountant and Eleanor, 26, b.AUS, fmb.ENG. Anglicans.
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Sessional Book Year: 1883 Jim DANDY CRIME: Wounding With Intent Place of Conviction: New Westminster, BC Date of Death: 13 Sep 1881 Age: 46 Cause: n/g Place of Birth: BC Remarks: Indian. 1881 Census: C-13284, New Westminster North, 187B, p.62: DANDY: Jim, 46, BC, no occupation give. Methodist.
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Sessional Book Year: 1883 John DAWDRY CRIME: Larceny Place of Conviction: Victoria, BC Date of Death: 26 Feb 1882 Age: 32 Cause: Heart disease Place of Birth: ENG Remarks: Death Registration: B13087, 74,651. Daily British Colonist, Victoria, 2 Mar 1882, pg.3: A convict named John Dawdry fell dead on Sunday last while washing dishes in the kitchen of the penitentiary from heart disease. He was sentenced in 1877 to 5 years penal servitude and would have been entitled to his discharge in a few months. British Columbian Newspaper, New Westminster: states he was 32 and a native of ENG. 1881 Census: C-13284, New Westminster North, 187B, p.62.: DAWDRY: John, 31, ENG, labourer. Catholic.
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Sessional Book Year: 1898 Astanola GEORGE CRIME: Shooting With Intent Place of Conviction: Kamloops, BC Date of Death: 18 Apr 1888 Age: 25 Cause: Phthisis Place of Birth: Canada Remarks: Indian.
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Sessional Book Year: 1916 GIN Alias: Kim or Ung Wing CRIME: Breaking And Entering Place of Conviction: Vancouver, BC Date of Death: 31 May 1914 Age: 31 Cause: Morphinomania Place of Birth: Canton, China Remarks: Death Registration: B13091, 90,257. He was married, a laundryman, had been in Canada for 10 months and in the penitentiary for 9 weeks. Buried in the BC Penitentiary Cemetery.
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Sessional Book Year: 1905 George HANES CRIME: Burglary Place of Conviction: Soda Creek, BC Date of Death: 18 Jul 1903 Age: 18 Cause: Tuberculosis Place of Birth: Cariboo, BC Remarks: Death Registration: B13088, 81,110 - lists his age as 19. Labourer. 1903 Convicts Received Report: George Hanes, 18, sentenced to 2 1/2 years on 30 Jun 1902 at Soda Creek for burglary.
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Sessional Book Year: 1883 HARRY CRIME: Larceny Place of Conviction: New Westminster, BC Date of Death: 14 Sep 1881 Place of Birth: Canada Remarks: Indian.
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Sessional Book Year: 1912 John HENSTRIDGE CRIME: Breaking, Entering And Stealing Place of Conviction: Vancouver, BC Date of Death: 14 Jan 1911 Age: 22 Cause: Tuberculosis Place of Birth: Broken Hill, Australia Remarks: Death Registration: B13090, 85,940. Farmer.
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Sessional Book Year: 1914 Philip HOPKINS CRIME: Robbery, With Violence Place of Conviction: Nanaimo, BC Date of Death: 6 Mar 1913 Age: 42 Cause: Phthisis Place of Birth: Keystone, West Virginia, USA Remarks: Death Registration: B13090, 88,606. Barber. He had been in prison for 4 1/2 years. He was black and had been in Canada for 11 years. Buried in the BC Penitentiary Cemetery.
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Sessional Book Year: 1883 JACOB CRIME: Murder Place of Conviction: Victoria, BC Date of Death: 19 Feb 1882 Age: 39 Place of Birth: BC Remarks: Indian. 1881 Census: 13284, New Westminster North, 187B, p.62: JACOB: name entered as Jacob - Indian, 38, BC, no occupation given. Catholic.
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Sessional Book Year: 1886 JAMIE CRIME: Burglary Place of Conviction: Lytton, BC Date of Death: 16 Apr 1885 Cause: Phthisis Place of Birth: Canada Remarks: Indian.
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Sessional Book Year: 1882 JIM CRIME: Assault Place of Conviction: New Westminster, BC Remarks: no further details given
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Sessional Book Year: 1894 Cary JONES CRIME: Manslaughter Place of Conviction: Nanaimo, BC Date of Death: 4 Feb 1893 Age: 46 Cause: Heart disease Place of Birth: Virginia, USA Remarks: Death Registration: B13088, 78,825. Labourer. Sentenced to the Pen. 12 May 1892 for life. Methodist. 1893 Convicts Received Report: Cary Jones, manslaughter, b.USA, Methodist, sentenced 6 Dec 1892 to life. This date conflicts with the DR.
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Sessional Book Year: 1881 LEO CRIME: Murder Place of Conviction: Nanaimo, BC Cause: Self inflicted castration and phthisis
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Sessional Book Year: 1905 James LEONARD CRIME: Robbery With Violence Place of Conviction: Victoria, BC Date of Death: 15 Jan 1904 Age: 30 Cause: Place of Birth: USA Remarks: WR: States that he died in the Asylum for the Insane. Death Registration: 13089, 82688: William Leonard, USA, baker, d.28 Mar 1904 of intestinal obstruction at the Hospital for the Insane, New Westminster.
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Sessional Book Year: 1889 John MARION CRIME: House Breaking Place of Conviction: New Westminster Date of Death: 3 Mar 1888 Age: 28 Cause: Rheumatism Place of Birth: USA Remarks: Death Registration: B13087, 76,172 - lists his age as 25. Stonecutter.
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Sessional Book Year: 1892 R.J. MCNEIL Date of Death: 19 Jul 1890 Age: 33 Cause: Heart disease Place of Birth: Antrim Co, Ireland Remarks: Death Registration: 13087, 77,501: R.J. McNeil, d.19 Jul 1890, age 33. Name was not given in Penitentiary Report only that a convict had died. His name was found by searching the BC death registration records. Coroners Inquest, 1890, file #38: no new data. 1890 Sessional Paper: Convicts Received Report: R.J. McNail sentenced to 3 years on 1 May 1888 for uttering the same well knowing it to be false. b.Antrim, Presbyterian
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Sessional Book Year: 1910 Paul NEWMAN CRIME: Breaking, Entering, And Stealing Place of Conviction: Nanaimo, BC Date of Death: 29 Sep 1908 Age: 49 Cause: Heart failure Place of Birth: Sudbury, ON Remarks: Death Registration: B13089, 83,371. Teamster.
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Sessional Book Year: 1911 John PARKER CRIME: Manslaughter Date of Death: 12 Nov 1909 Age: 20 Cause: Pneumonia Place of Birth: Kanaka Remarks: Death Registration: B13090, 85,291. Lists his place of birth as Hawai Island. Labourer.
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Sessional Book Year: 1906 Joseph PEEL CRIME: Housebreaking And Theft Place of Conviction: Nelson, BC Date of Death: 11 Mar 1905 Age: 24 Cause: Uraemia Place of Birth: Canada Remarks: Indian.
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Sessional Book Year: 1914 Johnnie PETER CRIME: Murder Place of Conviction: Nanaimo, BC Date of Death: 31 Jan 1913 Age: 53 Cause: Tuberculosis Place of Birth: Keeper Island, BC Remarks: Indian. Death Registration: B13090, 88,780 (entered as Johnny Peters). Labourer. He had been in prison for 8 1/2 years. Buried in the BC Penitentiary Cemetery. Daily Province, Vancouver, 1 Feb 1913, pg.32: DEATH OF INDIAN CONVICT: Johnny Peter, in the penitentiary for manslaughter, died yesterday of tuberculosis. He had been in the penitentiary for about 20 years.
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Sessional Book Year: 1909 John ROSS CRIME: Forgery Place of Conviction: New Westminster, BC Date of Death: 10 Jun 1907 Age: 35 Cause: Bronchial Asthma Place of Birth: London, England Remarks: Death Registration: B13089, 83,409. Clerk.
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Sessional Book Year: 1886 SAM CRIME: Killing Cattle Place of Conviction: New Westminster, BC Date of Death: 3 Apr 1885 Cause: Phthisis Place of Birth: Canada Remarks: Indian.
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Sessional Book Year: 1886 Ah SAM Alias: Ah Mow CRIME: House-breaking Place of Conviction: Victoria, BC Date of Death: 5 Sep 1884 Age: Cause: Phthisis Place of Birth: China
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Sessional Book Year: 1904 SAMIEN CRIME: Murder Place of Conviction: Clinton Date of Death: 23 Aug 1902 Age: 20 Cause: Scrofula Place of Birth: Bella Coola, BC Remarks: Indian. Death Registration: B13088, 81,328 - lists his age as 22. 1901 Census: T-6429, New Westminster, B.C. Pen., d.6, p.4: SAMIEN: b.1881 (no day/month), age 20, b.BC, Indian 1899 Convicts Received Report: Samien, 17, b.CAN, labourer, RC, sentenced at Clinton on 30 May 1898 for murder for life.
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Sessional Book Year: 1914 Joseph SMITH CRIME: Assault, With Intent To Steal Place of Conviction: Vancouver, BC Date of Death: 31 Jan 1913 Age: 24 Cause: Executed for murder of a guard Place of Birth: England Remarks: Death Registration: B13091, 90,419. Sailor. He had been in prison since 8 Mar 1911. Buried in the BC Penitentiary Cemetery. Daily Province, Vancouver, 7 Oct 1912, pg.1: GUARD KILLED BY DESPERADOES WHO TRY ESCAPE: H. Wilson and Joseph Smith tried to escape. They first struck Guard W.F. Craig over the head with a hammer and then disarmed three other guards. Another guard opened fire on the pair and a gunfight followed in which Wilson was wounded and Guard J.H. Joynson, who was shot twice by Wilson, died. Smith was sentenced a year ago to a ten year term for squirting acid in a man's eyes during a Main St., Vancouver jewellry store robbery. Daily Province, Vancouver, 1 Feb 1913, pg.32: States that Joseph Smith was hung. He was the 23rd person executed in New Westminster and the first at the penitentiary. On 5 Oct 1912 Smith and Herman Wilson had tried to escape but in a gunfight that ensued a guard was killed and Wilson was wounded. Wilson died 29 Oct 1912.
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Sessional Book Year: 1909 George ST PAUL CRIME: Murder Place of Conviction: Kamloops, BC Date of Death: 18 Feb 1908 Age: 37 Cause: Tuberculosis Place of Birth: Canada Remarks: Indian. Death Registration: B13089, 83,464. Labourer. 1902 Convicts Received Report: George St Paul, 30, sentenced to 14 years on 23 May 1901 at Kamloops for murder. Received at Pen. 14 Jun 1901.
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Sessional Book Year: 1916 Clarence THOMPSON CRIME: Stealing With Violence Place of Conviction: Vancouver, BC Date of Death: 3 Feb 1915 Age: 44 Cause: Arterio Sclerosis Place of Birth: Halifax, NS Remarks: Death Registration: B13091, 91,724: Miner. He had been in prison since 16 Nov 1911. Listed as age 44, married and born Halifax. Buried in the BC Penitentiary Cemetery.
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Sessional Book Year: 1884 TOBY CRIME: Manslaughter Place of Conviction: Victoria, BC Date of Death: 20 Feb 1883 Age: 32 Cause: Phthisis Place of Birth: British Columbia Remarks: Indian. British Columbian, New Westminster Newspaper, 24 Feb 1883. p.3: - states he died of consumption; name spelt Tobey. 1881 Census: C-13284, New Westminster North, 187B, p.62: TOBEY: name entered as 'Tobey - Indian', 30, BC, no occupation given. Catholic.
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Sessional Book Year: 1910 John B. WESTON CRIME: Horse Stealing Place of Conviction: Vernon, BC Date of Death: 25 Jan 1909 Age: 29 Cause: Suicide - cut throat Place of Birth: USA Remarks: Death Registration: B13090, 85,516. Labourer.
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Sessional Book Year: 1884 WILLIAM CRIME: Assault With Intent Place of Conviction: New Westminster, BC Date of Death: 1 Mar 1883 Cause: Phthisis Place of Birth: Canada Remarks: Indian.
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Sessional Book Year: 1914 Herman WILSON CRIME: Robbery, With Violence Place of Conviction: Fernie, BC Date of Death: 29 Oct 1912 Age: 22 Cause: Bullet wound of lung and septic pneumonia. Place of Birth: Toronto, ON Remarks: Death Registration: B13090, 87,434. Waiter. Son of J.O. Wilson of Eau Claire, WI, USA. He was in the penitentiary for 2 months and is buried in the BC Penitentiary Cemetery. Daily Province, Vancouver, 7 Oct 1912, pg.1: GUARD KILLED BY DESPERADOES WHO TRY ESCAPE: H. Wilson and Joseph Smith tried to escape. They first struck Guard W.F. Craig over the head with a hammer and then disarmed three other guards. Another guard opened fire on the pair and a gunfight followed in which Wilson was wounded and Guard J.H. Joynson, who was shot twice by Wilson, died. Daily Province, Vancouver, 30 Oct 1912, pg.1: CONVICT DIED OF BLOOD POISONING: Herman Wilson, highway robber, shot 5 Oct by Guard Elson, during an attempted escape. Guard Joynson had also been killed (by Wilson).
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Sessional Book Year: 1889 Ah WONG CRIME: Assault With Intent Place of Conviction: New Westminster, BC Date of Death: 11 Oct 1887 Age: 28 Cause: Suicide - hanging Place of Birth: China Remarks: Daily British Columbian, 13 Oct 1887, p.4: States Ah Wong suicided by hanging at the penitentiary. He was sentenced on the 11 May 1883 to ten years for assaulting a railway construction foreman at Port Hammont.
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Sessional Book Year: 1881 Ah WOON CRIME: Wounding With Intent To Do Bodily Harm Place of Conviction: Nanaimo, BC Place of Birth: China
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