Category Archives: Clara Viola Clement & William J. Docking

Matilda Jane Brown and William C. Clement’s children

Matilda Jane Brown and William C. Clements had migrated from Ontario to Manitoba in about 1881 and lived there till about 1897-1899 when they migrated again to British Columbia and settled eventually in the city of Kelowna on the shores of Lake Okanagan.  They had the following children, some born in Ontario, others in Manitoba.

  1. Charles George Clement was born 1 February, 1867 (family record) in Mt. Brydes, Ontario (west of London, Ontario) and died 17 May, 1962 in Vernon, British Columbia.

Charles was listed in the 1891 Canadian Census living in South Norfolk, Marquette, Manitoba on his own.

Source:  1891 Canadian Census, South Norfolk, Marquette, Manitoba, page 26, Dist#7, SD#S, enumerated by Peter G. Smith, Line 5, W/1/1, 127, Clement, Charles, M, 24, Born Ontario, parents born Ontario, Meth., Farmer, employed, read and write, PS.

Charles G. Clement

Charles G. Clement

He married a Alice Amey Baskerville born 20 August, 1879 and died 9 March, 1973 in Kelowna, British Columbia.

By 1901 Charles had migrated to British Columbia.

Source:  1901 Canadian Census, Charles Clement Family, Yale Cariboo, Kelowna, British Columbia, Dist# 5, SD #J, PSD#11, page 1, enumerated by Hugh S. Rose.

Line 17, 5, 5, Clement, Charles, G, M, W, Head, M, Feb 1, 1867, 34, born Ontario, English, Canadian, Baptist, occupation _______, 8, 800

Clement, Alice, F, W, Wife, M, Aug 20, 1879, 21, born Ontario, Irish, Canadian, Baptist. 

Alice and Charles Clement are residing in Kelowna in the 1911 Canadian Census.

Source:  Charles G. Clement Family, 1911 Canadian Census, Kelowna, Okanagan, Yale & Cariboo, British Columbia, Dist#14, SD#1, ED#8, page 1, enumerated June 1-2, 1911, by W.C. Duggan.

Line 45, 14, 14, Clement Charles G, Pendoza St., M, Head, M, Feb 1867, 44, born Ontario, All Irish except lodger, all Canadian, all baptist, contractor, 4000, 44, 152

Clement, Alice, F, Wife, M, Aug 1882, 29, born Ontario, none

Clement, George, M, Son, S, Dec 1904, age 6, born British Columbia

Clement, Etta, F, Daughter, S, July 1906, 4, born British Columbia

Clement, Alice, F, Daughter, S, Aug, 1907, 3, born British Columbia

Gibson, Thomas, M, Lodger, W, July, 1863, age 47, born England, immigrated 1903, English, Anglican, laborer ______

Both Charles and Alice are buried in the Pioneer Cemetery in Kelowna.

Charles and Alice Clement's tombstone

Charles and Alice Clement’s tombstone

They had the following children:

  • Myrtle Alice Clement was born 14 July, 1902 in Kelowna and died 20 August, 1903 in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada.
  • William George Clement was born 27 December,1903 in Kelowna and died 3 July, 1940 in Kelowna. He married to Sara Frances Harrison Briscoe.  They had four children: Frances Irene Clement, Ethel Viola Clement, Arnold Eldred Clement, and Emily Ruth Clement
  • Etta Viola Clement was born 3 July, 1905 in Kelowna and died 6 February, 2003 in Kelowna. She married 22 December, 1928 to Eldred Leander Adam born 24 October, 1905 and died 16 March, 1998 in Kelowna, British Columbia. They had at least two children: a baby, Alexander C. Adams.
  • Alice Eleanor Clement was born 4 November, 1906 and died 11 July, 2005 in Kelowna, British Columbia. She married 13 July, 1940 to George Keith Anderson born 21 September, 1903.  He died September 2000 in Kelowna.  They had one child.
  • Charles James Clement born 20 March, 1920 in Kelowna and died 20 December, 2003 in Delta, British Columbia. He married an Alexandrina Gillespie and three children. He is buried in the Pioneer Cemetery in Kelowna.
Charles James Clement's tombstone

Charles James Clement’s tombstone

2.  Clara Viola Clement was born 7 February, 1869 (family record) in Mt. Brydges, Ontario and died 10 December, 1925 in Neepawa, Manitoba.

Clara Viola Clement

Clara Viola Clement

She married on 5 January, 1899 in Cypress River, Manitoba to a William John Docking born 14 May, 1870 and died 11 September, 1950.

Clara Viola and Wm. John Docking are living with his parents and siblings in Manitoba in 1901.

Source: 1901 Canadian Census, William J. Docking Family, Lorne, Lisgar, Manitoba, pages 10-11, Dist#7, SD# C, PSD#3, enumerated April 13, 1901 by H. A. Holland.

Line 43, 105, 107, Docking, William J, M, W, head, M, 12 May 1869, 31, born Ontario, All English, All Canadian except father, farmer, all can read and write.
Docking, Clara V, F, W, wife, M, 7 Feb. 1869, 32, born Ontario
Docking, James S. M, W, Brother, S, 4 Sept. 1871, 29, born Ontario
Docking, Richard, M, W, Father, M, 20 Nov. 1836, 64, born England migrated 1844,
Docking, Elizabeth, F, W, Mother, M, 27 Dec, 1836, 64, born Ontario
Docking, George T., M, W, Brother, S, 20 March 1874, 27, born Ontario
Docking, Regina L, F, W, Sister, S, 12 March 1876, 25, born Ontario
Docking, Emily M. F, W, Sister, 16 March 1881, 20 born Ontario

They had three children.

  • Mabel Edna Docking born 14 January 1902 in Swan Lake, Manitoba and died 6 July 1954 in Winnipeg, Manitoba she married to Kenneth John Campbell born 20 March 1900 and died 24 November 1986 on 5 June 1929 in Holland, Manitoba. They had about four children.
  • Roy Docking born 3 February 1904, Swan Lake Manitoba and died 30 November 1999 in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He married on 2 September 1944 in Winnipeg to Mary Elizabeth Kearns. She was born 23 December 1914. They had three children.
  • George Melvin Docking was born 31 October 1912 in Summerland, British Columbia and died 19 October 1986 in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He marred on 3 October 1936 in Neepawa to Laura Evelyn Mikkelson who was born 13 September 1914. They had two children.

3.  William James Clement was born 15 March, 1872 (family record) in Caradoc Twp., Middlesex Co., Ontario. He died on 19 August, 1950 in Summerland, British Columbia.  He is buried in the Peach Orchard Cemetery in Summerland.

William James Clement

William James Clement

William James Clement lived with his parents till the 1911 census.  In 1921 he was living in Greenwood, Yale, British Columbia which is really Penticton.

William J. Clement Summerland Cemetery

William J. Clement Summerland’s Peach Orchard Cemetery

He married on 13 January, 1900 in New Westminister, British Columbia to Harriette Lonsale Burrit. They had one child Ernest Burritt Clement . He remarried on 29 December, 1915 in Kelowna to Laura Alice Birch born 10 August 1883 and died 30 September 1923 in New Westminister, British Columbia. William had one child with each wife.

4.  Mabel Matilda Clement was born 13 January, 1875 (family record) in Caradoc Twp., Middlesex Co., Ontario and died 8 August, 1923 in Kelowna, British Columbia. She did not marry.  She is buried in the Pioneer Cemetery near her parents.

Mabel M. Clement

Mabel M. Clement's tombstone, Pioneer Cemetery, Kelowna, BC

Mabel M. Clement’s tombstone, Pioneer Cemetery, Kelowna, BC

5.  Myrtle Louisa Clement was born 10 September, 1878 in Caradoc Twp. and died 25 August, 1880 in Portage La Prairie, Manitoba. She was about one year old at her death.

6.  John Percy Clement was born 16 August,1830 in Portage La Prairie, Manitoba and died 23 July, 1975 in maybe Victoria, British Columbia.

John Percy Clement

John Percy Clement

By 1911 John Percy had migrated to Vancouver, British Columbia. He was also married.

Source: 1911 Canadian Census, John Percy Clements, Vancouver, British Columbia, page 2, Dist#12, ED#31, enumerated by M. H. Crawford. 

Line 17, 15, 15, Clement, John Percy, 613, M, ____ Dr. M, Head, M, Aug 1880, 30, born Manitoba, Irish, Methodist, Stationery. 

Clement, Alice, F, wife, M, Sept 1881, 29, born England, immigrated 1905, English, Canadian, Anglican, Stationery, 2000, 13.00.

He married on 25 December, 1908 to Alice Wallis in Vancouver, British Columbia. She was born 18 September, 1861 and died 17 July 1951.

They had three children:

  • Vera Olga Clement born 17 October 1913 in Calgary, Alberta and died 21 February, 1931 in Grandview Hospital in Vancouver, British Columbia.  She died from an infected appendix.
  • Frederick William Clement was born 20 October,1914 in Calgary, Alberta and died 24 October 1914 in Calgary.
  • Beryl Iona Clement was born 20 October, 1920 in Vancouver, British Columbia, and died 14 December, 1993 in Duncan, British Columbia. She married a Stanley Glendower MacGregor who was born 1911 and died 11 November, 1985 in Duncan, British Columbia. They had two daughters.

J.P. Clement had the first stationery store in Kelowna.  Later on he sold it and moved to Vancouver. British Columbia.

J.P. Clement's Store

J.P. also wrote a brief history of the family, some of which I have featured in past posts.

7.  Ernest Leslie Clement was born 3 November, 1882 in Threherne, Manitoba and died 27 October, 1947 in Kelowna, British Columbia. He is buried in the Kelowna Municipal Cemetery.

Ernest Leslie Clement

Ernest Leslie Clement

Ernest L. Clement's tombstone

Ernest L. Clement’s tombstone and wife Margaret

He married on 22 December, 1909 to Margaret Annie Whelan in Kelowna. Margaret came from a large pioneer family and was daughter of George Whelan who was born about 1844, Clayhill, Hertfordshire, England and died 1927 at the Westholme Farm, Kelowna, British Columbia.  Lucy was born 1852 in Great Chesterford, Essex, England and died in 1911 in Vancouver, British Columbia.  They are buried in the Pioneer Cemetery.

There were seven children born to George and Lucy Whelan:  Nellie Florence (1883-1973), Margaret Annie wife of Ernest, Laura (1886-1919), Minnie May (1887-1986), Mary Ann (1889-1889), George James (1890-1890) and Robert James (1892-1944).

Ernest and Margaret Clements were living in Kelowna in the 1911 Canadian Census.

Source:  Ernest L. Clement Family, 1911 Canadian Census, Kelowna, Okanagan, Yale & Cariboo, British Columbia, page 1, Dist#14, SD#1, ED#8, enumerated June 9, 1911, C.C. Duggan. 

LIne 40, 41, 41, Clement, Ernest, Richld St., M, Head, M, Nov, 1882, 28, Manitoba, All English, All Canadian, All Methodist, carpenter, house building, 1000
Clement, Margaret, F, Wife, M, Sept 1891, 26, British Columbia, none
Clement, William, G. L., M, son, S, Nov. 1910, 6, British Columbia
[Wokman Commrade], M, Lodger, S, 1892, 19, New Zealand, immigrated 1909, Scotch, Anglican, book clerk, city bank, 600.

We find Ernest and Margaret still residing in Kelowna in 1921.

Source:  Ernest L. Clement Family, 1921 Canadian Census, Kelowna, South Okanagan, Yale, British Columbia, page 36, Dist# 25, ED#HC, enumerated by {Enis Jhaguire].

Line 2, 438, 438, Element, Ernest L., Kelowna, Richland St, O, Head, M2, M, 38, Manitoba, England, Irish, all Canadian, All English, yes, no, Ch of E, all yes, yes, Carpenter general, 100c
Clement, Margaret, wife, F, M, 36, Kelowna, England, England, C, all Methodist, none
Clement, Leslie G., son, M, S, 10, Kelowna, school
Clement, Clifford, son, M, S, 7, Kelowna, school

They had three children:

  • Leslie George William Clement was born 16 November, 1910  and died 6 March, 1998 in Kelowna, British Columbia. He married on 17 January, 1938 to Iris Williams. Iris was born 7 November, 1917 in Wales and died 12 December, 1981 in Kelowna.  He remarried to Eloise Lorranie Smith on 8 October, 1988 in Winfield, British Columbia. She was born 1919 and they had 5 children.
  • Clifford Delbert Clement was born 5 November, 1913 in Kelowa and died 11 November 2000 in Kelowna. He married on 27 February, 1935 in Washington State to Euphemia Mitchell born 18 June, 1912 in Kelowna and died 3 February, 2000 in Kelowna.
  • Wilma Doreen Clement was born 13 June, 1922 and died 15 October, 2004 in Kelowna. She married on 23 December, 1943 in Winfield, British Columbia to James Herbert Lewis Hayes born 28 February, 1919 in Rochester, Kent Co., England and died 3 October 2013 in Kelowna, British Columbia.  They had five children several of whom are living and one who has done a great deal of family research on the Brown family.  I have had the good fortune to meet and know some of these people.

As usual there is more that can be done on this family.  I feel this is a good summary of William and Matilda’s family.  My visit to Kelowna was a happy occasion and getting to know the Clement and meeting some of their descendants is always rewarding.  Kelowna is a beautiful city in a beautiful area of British Columbia.  I have written about my travels there on this blog.  If you go to the top of this blog there is page with a listing of the posts I have written on this blog about my Canadian travels.  You will need to scroll down the page to find them.

I have a memory that I have been to Kelowna before with my parents because the area looked very familiar to me.  I remember my father driving across the bridge and my mother in the car. This was back in the 1960’s when it was only the three of us on family vacations because other siblings were growing up. My mother didn’t know that her ancestors and relatives were there and that makes me sad and I wish I could share all discover of her heritage with her.

Again I thank my cousin, Bob, for his generosity and willingness to share.