Selected Families and Individuals


Olaf Kristian SVENDSEN


Emigration: Arrived in Montreal Apr 22 1927 on the Montrose. Name appears on Return, sheet 60, line 13.

Employment: trained as a cabinetmaker in Norway. Worked as a pattern maker for machinery.  Started and owned Standard Pattern Works, Inc. for 10 years.

MARRIAGE: to Jean Ainslie Robertson #42-122731

Jean Ainslie ROBERTSON

MARRIAGE: #42-122731

Lillian Jean SVENDSEN

Education: B.A. Antioch University, San Francisco, CA 1987; MBA John F Kennedy, Orinda, CA 1989; Certificate in Counselling - Counsellor Training Institute, Vancouver B.C. 2003

Residence: Montreal until 1963; Toronto 1963; Australia 1964-1967;Montreal 1967-72;Vancouver 1972-80; San Francisco 1980-2002;Vancouver 2002-

Hobby: Genealogy

Employment: worked in the technology field from 1960 until 2001. Counselling from 2001 on....

Jean Constance SVENDSEN

Child born to Jean & Olaf Svendsen

Alexander Ainslie ROBERTSON

Baptized at St. Gabriel Church Presbyterian (Minister Robert Campbell)

Obituary: A.A. Robertson widely mourned - Simple Funeral Srvice for Well Known Business Man - Minister's Tribute - Large Congregation in Church for Last Ceremony.  In a ceremony characteristic of the simple faith and humble spirit which marked his life and work, the funeral service for Alexander A. Robertson, who passed away Sunday morning in his 58th year, was held this afternoon in the CHurch of St. Andrew and St. Paul, in which he was an elder. Rev. Dr. George H. Donald, the paster, officiated.  The spacious edifice was thronged with a congregation anxious to pay tribute to a man who had devoted a large part of his life to the srvice of the church and who had been an elder of St. Andrew's Church since 1912.  Also a large number of business associates were among those present, including many of the employees of James Robertson and Co., of which firm Mr. Robertson was a member. Striking tribute to Mr. Robertson's personality and service among the younger element of the church congregation was paid by the presence of an exceptionally large number of young people at the funeral service. Heading the cortege as it left the church for Mount Royal Cemetery were two cars laden with beautiful floral tributes to the memory of Mr. Robertson.  Instead of speaking from the pulpit, the pastor incorporated a eulogy of Mr. Robertson in a prayer, in which referred with thanks to Mr. Robertson's great services to the church, his humble spirit, simple faith and generous heart.  Chief mourners were his widow, Alex "Bud" Robertson, a daughter, two brothers; James A. Robertson and C.M. Robertson; a sister Mrs. Alex. Woods and a nephew, J.A.M. Robertson.  REFER TO MONTREAL DAILY STAR NOV 29, 1927 FOR A COMPLETE LIST OF MOURNERS.

DEATH: died of a stroke after falling down store steps.

Lilian Maud WELCH

BURIAL: Mount Royal Cemetery, Montreal, Quebec  Lot# 1209, Section B

DEATH: died of pneumonia in Montreal General Hospital

Olaf Kristian SVENDSEN


Emigration: Arrived in Montreal Apr 22 1927 on the Montrose. Name appears on Return, sheet 60, line 13.

Employment: trained as a cabinetmaker in Norway. Worked as a pattern maker for machinery.  Started and owned Standard Pattern Works, Inc. for 10 years.

MARRIAGE: to Jean Ainslie Robertson #42-122731


Emigration: Arrived Apr 22 1927 on the Montrose

Kristian Albert SVENDSEN

Statsarkivet i Bergen cites 1912 Bergen Census for profession of watchmaker and birth order of children.

Residence: Fredriksbergsgt, 24


DEATH: Spanish Flu; burial Simon Viken Chapel

Employment: Watchmaker

Emigration: Emigrated from Norway to the United States - no record found; returned to Norway 5/14/1898 with wife and eldest daughter, Thora.

Dorthea Constance SVENSSON

MARRIAGE: Recorded in Maine Vital Records; LDS film #12027 for intention and #1033703 for actual marriage.  Minister was F. Smithworth (hard to read this name)

DEATH: Stroke; death Mollendal Chapel

Residence: moved from Nygaard, Askoy to Bergen on Oct. 17, 1915 after the death of Kristian.

Gunnar William Henry CARLSON

Military: in the Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry Highlanders.   His number was C53338. He enlisted Oct 2, 1940 and was discharged Jan 22, 1946.  Awarded the Canadian volunteer service medal and clasp, the France & Germany star, the 1939/1945 star and awarded the Defence Medal.

Marriage Notes for Gunnar William Henry Carlson and Edit Katinka SVENDSEN-4

MARRIAGE: #48-107598

Marriage Notes for Clarence Wilfred Le Gros and Dorothea Kristina SVENDSEN-5

MARRIAGE: #51-126702

Edvard Severin HENRIKSEN

Employment: Worked in a butter factory


Emigration: Emigrated Sept. 11, 1930


Obituary: At his residence, No. 49 Park Avenue, on the 18th instant, James Robertson, president of the James Robertson Co., Ltd., a native of Fintry, Sitrlingshire, Scotland in the 68th year of his age.  Funeral will take place on Thursday, the 20th instant, at 2:30pm, to St. Gabriel Presbyterian Church, and thence to Mount Royal Cemetery. Firends and acquaintances are respectfully invited to attend.

Obituary: In the death of Mr. James Robertson, President of the James Robertson Co., Ltd., which occurred yesterday afternoon, Montreal loses one of its best known business men.  Mr. Robertson, for upwards of a year had been in failing health, but it was only during the past two days that his condition was regarded as serious.  The deceased gentleman was born at Campsie, in Stirlingshire, Scotland, in 1831, his father being a contractor and the builder of Campsie parish church, and his monther a native of Fintry, in the same county. He lost his father when he was only 3 years of age. He attended the parish school at Fintry for 3 years and afterwards a private educational establishment. When 12 years old, he began work ina  hardware store in the Trongate, Glasgow. After 4 years in the hardware store, he entered at the age of 16, the service of Messrs Newton, Keale & Co. of Chester, in the Glasgow office of the firm.  At 26, he became a partner with Messrs. Alexander, Ferguson and Lonnie of Buchanan St, Glasgow and established a Canadian branch for them in Montreal on the 25th of June 1857.  After having been in charge of it for 5 years, he bought out his principals and began business in the city on his own account as a manufacturer of lead pipes and dealer in heavy metals and plumbers' supplies generally. Mr. Robertson's first place of business in Montreal was on Prince St, branches in course of time sprung up in Toronto, Winnipeg, St. John, N.B. and Baltimore, Maryland.  Mr. Robertson's business ultimately became the largest of its kind in Canada.  When 33 years of age, Mr. Robertson married Miss Morris, of St. Therese.  He has four sons and 2 daughters, James, John, Charles and Alexander. 1 daughter is married and 1 remains at home with her mother at the family residence in Park Ave. Mr. Robertson was a Presbyterian and a respected member of St. Gabriel's Church, St. Catherine St.


Obituary: Mrs. James Robertson died yesterday at 121 Cote des Neiges road, the residence of her daughter, Mrs. Alex Woods.  She was in her 74th year.  She was the daughter of the late John Morris of Ste Therese and wife of the late James Robertson, the founder of the firm of James Robertson Co., Ltd., and who predeceased her about 15 years ago.

James Ainslie ROBERTSON

Obituary: Last Tribute to Be Paid James A. Robertson, 78.  Final tribute will be paid tomorrow to James A. Robertson, president of the James Robertson Co., Ltd., who died yesterday at the Western division of the General Hospital in his 79th year. Born and educated in Montreal, Mr. Robertson joined the firm founded by his father and was in charge of the company branch at Winnipeg for 20 years. He later returned to Montreal to become vice-president of the firm and, in 1931, president. A bachelor and the only surviving member of his immediate family, Mr. Robertson lived a quiet and retiring life residing for many years at the Windsor Hotel in Montreal.  He is survivied by a number of nephews and nieces.  The funeral services will be held from the Chapel of Jos. C. Wray and Bro. 1234 Mountain St, tomorrow at 2pm. Rev. Dr. Malcolm Campbell will officiate. Interment will be in Mount Royal Cemetery.


CHRISTENING: Garrison Church; witnesses are Margaret Burnett and Jane Craig. Neither Mary Henry nor Margaret Burnett could write and made their mark.  Mary Henry was proxy for Jane Craig.