The Baiss Family

Cuthbert Baiss

Birth: 1877/8, in England

Father:
James Baiss

Mother: Susan Mary (Rolston) Baiss

Death: 8 May 1899, in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, aged 21

Census;
1891: New Westminster, British Columbia

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Gladys Annie Mona (Baiss) Langley

Birth: 5 February 1883, in San Antonio, Texas, United States

Father:
James Baiss

Mother: Susan Mary (Rolston) Baiss

Married: William Henry Langley on 3 January 1906, at Christ Church Cathedral, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. William is recorded as a bachelor, aged 37, born in Victoria, the son of Alfred John Langley and Mary Langley. Gladys is recorded as a spinster, aged 22, born in Texas, the daughter of James Baiss and Susan Mary Baiss.

Victoria Daily Colonist, 7 January 1906 p6  
On Wednesday afternoon Christ Church Cathedral was the scene of a pretty wedding: at which the contracting parties were Miss Gladys A. M. Baiss, second daughter of Mrs. Baiss, Cook street, and Captain W. H. Langley, Fifth Regiment C. A., and second son of the late A. J. Langley, Esq. The ceremony was performed by Rev. Canon Beanlands, assisted by Bishop Perrln. The church was still in holiday dress, and this combined with the the bright uniforms of the officers and men of the Fifth Regiment, together with the many handsome gowns of the guests present, made a pretty picture. The bride, who was given away by her brother, looked strikingly handsome in her pretty gown of white bengaline trimmed with Limerick lace, with Mechlin lace veil and orange blossoms. She carried a magnificent boquet composed of bride roses, lilies of the valley and maidenhair ferns. She was attended by Miss Amy Angus and Miss Dorothy Bulwer, each of whom were gowned in pretty cream cloth. They carried handsome bouquets of scarlet carnations and maidenhair ferns. The groom was supported by Mr. C. H. Stalschmidt and Captain Angus, Fifth Regiment C. A., while the ushers were Mr. Garnet, Mr. Lindley Crease and Mr. C. Pemberton. The service was fully choral, "The Voice That Breathed O'er Eden," being beautifully rendered as the bridal party entered the church. They left it to the strains of Mendelssohn's Wedding March, an escort of the Fifth Regiment being lined on either side of the aisle as they passed out. The bride's mother, Mrs. Baiss, wore a handsome black velvet gown trimmed with rich point lace and sequins. Mrs. J. D. Pemberton, sister of the bride, wore a beautiful cream embroidered cloth costume. The bride's going away dress was a pretty bluette cloth trimmed with applique and hat to match. After the ceremony a reception at which many friends of the bridal pair were present, was held at the home of Mrs. J. D. Pemberton, where the decorations were very pretty. The drawing room was done with festoons of ivy, holly and red berries, while the supper room was extremely artistic in red carnation streamers, shades of candelbara, all being of that color, interspersed with lavish sprays of beautiful white heliotrope and dellcate ferns. Mr. and Mrs. Langley left the same evening by the Umatilla for California where they intend spending their honeymoon. The groom's present to the bride was a half hoop diamond ring; to Miss Bulwer a pearl brooch, to Miss Angus a necklace with pearl and turquols pendant. Among other presents received are the following : Mr. and Mrs. Albert G. Langley, chest of silver; Mr. and Mrs. Maher, copper hot water kettle; Mr. Garnet, safety pin sapphire brooch; Mr. and Mrs. Bulwer, bronze figure holding shell with electric light inside; Mr. Sampson, copper chafing dish; Canon and Mrs. Beanlands and Mr. and Mrs. Hugo Beaven, massive brass fern bowl; Miss Susie Pemberton, brass crumb brush and tray; Lady Crease, brass candlesticks; Miss Effie Crease, brass vase; Mr. Alexis Martin, cut glass decanter; Mr. Pemberton, silver dessert and fish knives and forks; Mrs. James Angus and family, beaten brass tray and carved stand; Mr. Joe Brldgman, silver berry spoon and fork; Mr. Lowndes, Limoges china tea set; Mr. and Mrs. Arundel, cut glass vases; Col. and Mrs. Jones, brass vase; Mr. Harold and Miss Payne, Saturna Island, pictures; Mrs. Pompey Garnet, Japanese tray; Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Crease, candalabra; Mr. Hart, Japanese gong; Mrs. Leonard, burnt leather cloth; the Misses Harvey, cloissonne vases; Mr. and Mrs. Burton, silver salt cellars; Mr. and Miss Drake, oak and silver salad bowl; Mr. and Mrs. Holt, cut glass dish; Mr. and the Misses Hickey, silver photo frame; Mr. Stalschmidt, cut glass spirit decanted and stand; Mr. and Mrs. Winne, silver butter dish; Miss Nellie Dupont, cut glass carver resters; Mr. and Mrs. Rhodes, brass hot water kettle; Miss Browne, picture; Mr. and Mrs. A. T. Goward, cut glass dish; Col. Gregory, cut glass vase; Col. and Mrs. Hall, cut glass salt cellars; Miss Goward, china mug; Miss Baiss, England, check; Mr. and Mrs. Holland, cheque; Mr. Hugo Beaven, silver match box; Mr. J. Musgrave, case of pipes; Mr. and Mrs. Atkins, card case; H. P. O'Farrel, cheque; Mr. J. S. Baiss, cheque; Mr. J. D. Pemberton, cheque; Mr. H. L. Downes, cheque; Mr. Pike, cheque; Miss Bulwer, brass tray; Mr. and Mrs. Reed, coffee cups; Miss Reed, blue vase; Mr. Charlie Johnston, (Vancouver), entree dish; Mrs. Gillespie, limoges china paque; Mrs. Baugh Allen, glove sachet; Mr. C. L. Dudley, (Vancouver), pierced silver scent bottles; officers of Fifth Regiment, English china dinner set; B. G. Goward, fish carvers; Miss May Newcombe, silver photo frame; Mr. Willie Newcombe, cloisonne vase; Mr. and Mrs. Phillips, book and cigar case; Mr. Stewart Williams, hot water jug; Miss Brown, muslin and lace work bag.


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Notes: Gladys emigrated to Canada in 1885. She was a successful golfer.
Victoria Daily Colonist, 13 June 1909 p17  
Miss Violet Pooley of Victoria on Friday won the title of lady golf champion of the Pacific Coast, defeating Mrs. William Langley, also of Victoria in the final played on the Country Club links at Seattle. Miss Pooley won by three up and one to play, the contest being carried out under ideal weather conditions.


Death: 5 April 1978, in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, aged 95

Census & Addresses:
1891: New Westminster, British Columbia
1901: Meares St, Victoria, British Columbia
1911: 645 Foul Bay Road, Victoria, British Columbia

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Helen Mary Yoder (Baiss, Pemberton) Lewis

Birth: 14 January 1881, in Texas, United States

Father:
James Baiss

Mother: Susan Mary (Rolston) Baiss

Married (1st): Joseph Despard Pemberton on 1 December 1904, at Christ Church Cathedral, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. Joseph is recorded as a bachelor, aged 31, born in London, England, the son of Joseph Despard Pemberton and Theresa Soronton Pemberton. Helen is recorded as a spinster, aged 23, born in Texas, the daughter of James Baiss and Susan Baiss.

Victoria Daily Colonist, 2 December 1904 p3
Pemberton-Baiss Wedding Yesterday
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Fashionable Marriage Celebrated at Christ Church Cathedral.
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Elaborate Toilets of the Bridal Party and Handsome Presents.
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  One of the prettiest weddings of the year took place yesterday afternoon at Christ Church Cathedral, where at half-past two a large and fashionable concourse of friends and relatives gathered to witness the marriage of Mr. joseph D. Pemberton, second son of the late J. Despard Pemberton of "Gonzales," to Miss Helen Mary Yoder Baiss, eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Baiss, formerly of London, England. the church was charmingly decorated by a number of ladies, friends of the bride, with white chrysanthemums and masses of feathery green. The marriage ceremony with full choral service, was solemnized by his Lordship the Bishop of Columbia, assisted by the Rev. W. Baugh Allen.
  The bride, who in the absence of her father was given away by Mr. H. P. O'Farrell, an old family friend, looked very lovely. Her wedding gown was one of extreme beauty and one that for artistic conception, grace of outline and costly garniture might have done credit to the celebrated "Worth," it being of the richest ivory white duchess satin wonderfully draped with quantities of almost priceless and very rare old Brussel's point, which together with a lovely veil of the same exquisite lace had been an heirloom in the bride's family for many years. She wore pearl ornaments and carried a shower bouquet of white roses and carnations.
  Miss Gladys Baiss, as maid of honor, looked very charming in a lovely gown of soft cream silk draped with Limerick lace and large picture hat of white chiffon trimmed with lace and one sweeping ostrich plume. The other two bridesmaids, Miss S. B. Pemberton and Miss Amy Angus, wore very beautiful and extremely artistic frocks of cream colored crepe de chine and large hats of brown panne, trimmed with red brown tulle and velvet chrysanthemums in varied shades of terra cotta. Their bouquets were also of large terra cotta chrysanthemums tied with long streamers of the red brown tulle, and each wore a pearl heart shaped brooch with emerald centre, the gift of the bridegroom. Quite an important and very picturesque feature of the wedding group were the fair little train bearers, the children of Mrs. C. W. Rhodes.
  The bride's mother was most becomingly gowned in an exquisite and graceful silver grey liberty satin, made over pale pink taffeta silk, with fichu of very beautiful old point lace. Her hat was a toque of pale grey chiffon with touch of pink, and she also carried a shower bouquet of pale pink carnations.
  Mrs. J. D. Pemberton, the mother of the bridegroom, looked very handsome and dignified in a rich black silk gown with soft laces and some lovely diamonds.
  Mrs. F. B. Pemberton looked exceedingly well in an effective combination of black and white.
  Mrs. Hugo Beaven was strikingly gowned in white and green, and Miss Sophie Pemberton looked very picturesque in a most artistic robe of creamy white lace with brown marabout stole and large drooping hat of silky brown beaver with long brown tulle ties.
  The bridegroom was supported by his brother, Mr. W. D. Pemberton as best man, and the ushers for the occasion were Messrs. Gregory, Scholefield, Bridgeman and Charteris Pemberton.
  After the ceremony the wedding party and guests drove to "Mount Joy," the beautiful residence of Mr. F. B. Pemberton, which was generously loaned for the occasion, and there a reception was held at which a large number of friends were present to tender their congratulations and best wishes to the happy pair.
  Mr. and Mrs. Pemberton left in the evening by the Charmer for Vancouver, where today they take the transcontinental express en route for England and Europe.
  The bride's going-away dress was a very smart tailor-made costume of green cloth with heavy travelling cloak to match and hat of green silk beaver.
  The following is a partial list of the numerous and costly presents:
  Mr. and Mrs. Arundell, case of dressing silver; Mr. Baiss, china tea service and Japanese silks; Mr. and Mrs. Gardiner Johnson, silver candelebra and candlesticks; the Misses Sharman, cheque; Mrs. T. G. Churton, cheque; Mrs. and the Miss James Angus, silver soup ladle; Miss Louisa Baiss, cheque; Mr. and Mrs. Mahers, carved stand and flower pot; Lady Crease, flower pot; Mr. and Mrs. Poff, cut glass dish; Mr. Colley, pearl and emerald brooch; Mr. J. C. Bridgman, pair of silver vases; Mr. Muskett, silver teaspoons; Mrs. Leonard, cut glass bowl; Mrs. Cuppage and Miss Kane, silver phot frame; Mr. and Miss Newcombe, four silver and cut glass vases; Mr. and Mrs. Joly de Lotbiniere, cut glass and silver vase; Mr. A. A. Clayton, silver flower pot; mr. and Mrs Hamfield, cut glass vase; Mr. and Mrs. Charmichael, cut glass and silver salts bottle; Dr. and Mrs. Corbett, two cut glass and silver scent bottles; Mr. and Mrs. Boss, silver photo frame; Mrs. McGirr, photo frame and writing case; Mr. and Mrs. Garnett, Indian silver bracelet; Mr. L. H. Garnett, cut glass and silver salts bottle; Mrs. Courtney, silver brush and combs; Mr. and Mrs. Griffith, cut glass dish; Mrs. Few, glass and silver scent bottle; Mr. and Mrs. Hugo Beaven, silver tea pot; Mrs. Pemberton, turquois necklace, bridesmaids presents, pearl brooches with emeral centre; Mrs. G. H. Barnard, carved stand; Mr. and Mrs. M. R. Warlock, paper knife; Mrs. Henry Cook, travelling writing case and inkstand; Mr. A. D. Crease, Japanese embroidered table centre; Miss I. M. and Mr. H. J. Payne, gold chain and locket; Mrs. Brown, leather card case; Miss Brown, lace table centre; Mr. and Mrs. Reid, travelling clock; Major Dupont, silver salt cellars; Lieut.-Colonel and Mrs. Jones, cut glass and silver stand; Mr. C. Pemberton, china coffee cup; Mr. and Mrs. Gillespie, cut glass celery jar; Mr. A. Gillespie, salts bottle jar; Miss McCandlish, fur muff; Mr. and mrs. Arthur Robertson, brass candlestick; Miss Bowron, drawn work embroidery collars; Mr. W. C. Ward (England), cheque; Mr. A. H. Grantoff and the Miss Grantoff (England), cheque; Mrs. Pemberton, cheque; Mrs. Maclure, brass Chinese kettle; Miss K. Maclure, Japanese mask; Miss B. Maclure, cloisonme box; Mr. and Mrs. Kittos, four cut glass vases; Mr. and Mrs. Burrell, four cut glass and silver vases; Mr. and Mrs. F. B. Pemberton, cheque for dressing bag; Mr. F. B. Pemberton, cheque; Mr. Bulwer, cheque; Mrs. Barrett, cheque; Mr. Galletly, clock; Colonel Gregory, bronze and glass vase; Mr. and Mrs. Burton, cut glass scent bottle; Miss Musgrave, pair of vases; the Misses Goward, cut glass scent bottle; Mrs. Solly, poker work leather bag; Mr. and Mrs. Wynne, biscuit jar; Miss Nellie Dupont, china cream jug and sugar basin; Miss Dorothy Green, silver photo frame; Mrs. Gibson, cut glass dish; Mrs. Rhodes, Chinese table; Mr. Lowndes, drawn work table cloth; Miss Bodington, travelling clock; Mr. and Mrs. A. T. Goward, silver eggstand; Mr. Fox, egg boiler; Mr. Arthur Harvey, pair silver sauce ladles; Mrs. and Miss Alice Bell, silver dish; Rev. and Mrs. Lloyd, silver umbrella handle; the Misses Von Fallots, silver buttons; Mr. Downs, cheque; Mr. Dudley, silver card case; Mrs. Biggwither, lace handkerchief; Miss Biggwither, set of gold buttons; Mr. and Mrs. and the Misses Hickey, silver photo framesl Mr. and Mrs. Oliver, half dozen china tea cups; Mr. and Mrs. Macdonald, leather travelling case; Mr. W. P. D. Pemberton, silver entree dishes; Mrs. G. Burns, silver grape scissors; Miss Bell, silver souvenir; Mr. and Mrs. Robert Beaven, one dozen silver spoons; Mr. and Mrs. Holt, cut glass dish; Miss S. T. Pemberton, cheque; Miss H. S. Pemberton, cheque for silver; Miss S. Richards, cut glass decanter; Mr. and Mrs. Dumbleton and Miss Le Neveu, brass kettle; Dr. and Mrs. Powell, silver salt cellars; Mr. H. B. Walkem, silver sugar sifter; Mr. C. A. Cornwall, silver vase; Bishop of Columbia, scent bottle; Mr. B. G. Goward, hand painted tea set; Bishop and Mrs. Cridge, photo and frame; Mr. and Mrs. Lanndy, china plate; Mr. A. D. Crease, cigarette box; Mrs. George Phillips, pin cushion; Mr. E. Scholefield, silver handled riding whip; Mr. Lindly Crease, hot water kettle; Mr. Welby Solomon, brass gong; Mrs. and Miss Phipps, tea cloth drawn work; Mr. and Miss O'Neill, silver salt cellars; Miss E. M. Pemberton, silver sugar spoon; Mrs. Croft, silver ornament; Miss Webling, Japanese censer.


Children:

Married (2nd): Harold Madison Lewis on 3 February 1917, in Oak Bay, British Columbia, Canada. Harold is recorded as a bachelor, aged 26, born in Victoria, British Columbia, the son of Arthur Douglas Lewis and Emily Madison Germ. Helen is recorded as a widow, aged 33, born in Texas, the daughter of James Bains and Susan Mary Rolston.
Harold was born in 10 August 1892, in Victoria, BC. He was a land surveyor, of the firm Gray and Lewis. At the time of his marriage he is recorded as resident at Shoal Bay, in Oak Bay. When his father died in October 1918, lost aboard the Sophia which sank off Southern Alaska, Harold is recorded as living at 1652 Wilmot Place, Oak Bay. Harold died on 24 October 1933, aged 41. He is recorded as a surveyor, resident at 362 King George Tr. He was buried at St Michael and All Angels, Royal Oak, BC.
1901: Victoria, British Columbia
1911: 1024 Pakington St, Victoria, British Columbia

Notes: Helen emigrated to Canada in 1885

Death: 26 May 1938, in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

Buried: Ross Bay cemetery, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada (Block V Plot 9 W 47)

Census & Addresses:
1891: New Westminster, British Columbia
1901: Meares St, Victoria, British Columbia
1911: Oak Bay, British Columbia
1917: Wilmot Place, Oak Bay, British Columbia (2nd marriage record)

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James Baiss

Birth: 9 January 1845, in London, England

Baptism: 7 February 1845, in St Giles, Camberwell, Surrey, England

Father:
James Baiss

Mother:
Eliza Harms

Education: Tonbridge School
Tonbridge School Register, from 1820 to 1893 p121
CHRISTMAS TERM, 1858.
BAISS, James, 1858-61. Son of James Baiss. Formerly in Texas, United States of America. Now in British Columbia.


Married:
Susan Mary Rolston on 21 January 1874, in Lezayre, Isle of Man

Children:
Occupation: Farmer (1880, 1891, 1898), Accountant (1923)

Notes: James was a council member of the district of Matsqui from 1893 until 1896.

Death: 16 February 1923, in Essondale, British Columbia, Canada, aged 78

Census:
1880: Precinct 1 and 2, Bandera, Texas
1891: New Westminster, British Columbia
1898: Abbotsford, British Columbia (B.C. Voters List 1898)

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James Stevenson Baiss

Birth: 5 May 1875, in Surbiton, Surrey, England

Baptised: 2 June 1875, in All Saints, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey, England

Father:
James Baiss

Mother: Susan Mary (Rolston) Baiss

Married: Edna Moss Elvery on 10 June 1911, in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. James is recorded as a bachelor, aged 35, born in Surbiton, England, the son of James Baiss and Susan Mary Rolston. Edna is recorded as a spinster, aged 29, born in Dublin, Ireland, the daughter of William Elvery and Mary Teresa Moss.
Edna was born in 1882, in Dublin South district, county Dublin, Ireland. In 1901 she is listed as a music teacher.
The Musical Times 1 January 1907 p45
MUSIC IN DUBLIN.
The Royal Irish Academy of Music gave a concert in the Royal University on November 29. The orchestra, under Dr. T.R.G. Jozé, played Weber's 'Euryanthe' overture and the accompaniment to the first movement of Schumann's Pianoforte concerto. In the latter work, conducted by Dr. Esposito, Miss Edna Elvery ably performed the solo part.


Women and art in South Africa p173 (Marion I. Arnold, 1996)
Edna Elvery, who was a Royal Academy music student, married and settled in Vancouver where she continued to compose and won the Governor-General's Prize until 'domestic circumstances eventually separated her from the music she loved'

Census:
1901: Kenilworth Square, Rathmines, county Dublin

Occupation:
 Farmer

Notes: James emigrated to Canada in 1885

Death: 1968, in Salisbury, Wiltshire, England

Census & Addresses:
1880: Precinct 1 and 2, Bandera, Texas
1891: New Westminster, British Columbia
1898: Abbotsford, British Columbia (B.C. Voters List 1898)
1901: Meares St, Victoria, British Columbia

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