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Frank Dillon Tims

Male 1829 - 1898  (68 years)


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  • Name Frank Dillon Tims 
    Born 26 Dec 1829  , Meath Co., Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Residence 1856  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Elected Office 1857  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    councillor - Berlin 
    Interesting pioneer, story 
    Name F. D. Tims 
    Occupation 1891  Montcalm, Quebec City, , Quebec, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    civil servant 
    Eby ID Number Waterloo-7841P 
    Died 4 Aug 1898  Quebec City, , Quebec, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I7841  Generations
    Last Modified 16 Mar 2020 

    Family Caroline Dudley Fraser,   b. 11 Nov 1830, Quebec City, , Quebec, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Jun 1901, Quebec City, , Quebec, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years) 
    Married 23 Oct 1852  Sherbrooke, , Québec, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Children 
     1. Frank Fraser Tims,   b. 8 Feb 1856, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified 16 Mar 2020 
    Family ID F44801  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • TIMS. FRANK FRASER (Victoria). S. of Frank Dillon Tims, Irish des "(nt. and Caroline Dudley Eraser, Scotch descent, his wife. B.. Feb. 8, 1856, at Berlin, Ont. Ed. at gram. sch.. Ottawa and Prof. Thorn's Commercial Academy, Quebec. Uum. A conimissiou broker. El. for Victoria, Alberta, by accl., 1S94. ,\\ J. P. Chairman of School Board at Fort Saskatchewan. Church g.e.. of England, A Conservative.

      Magurn, Arnott J. (2013). pp. 281-2. The Parliamentary Guide and Work of General Reference 1898-9. London: Original work published 1898

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      Another occupational wanderer was Frank Dillon Tims, who, at the time his biography was written, had become the Deputy Provincial Auditor in Quebec. But he did not achieve this status until more than 20 years after he first set out for the California gold fields for three years of mining. He returned to Canada in 1852 and "was principally engaged in mercantile pursuits down to 1857, when he went to Illinois, entered the lumber business for some time, and while there, in 1859, he was licensed to practice as an attorney and counsellor-at-law in that state." Two years later, he returned to Canada and again entered a lumber business owned by Senator James Skead. a connection that may have served him well in obtaining an appointment to the Treasury Department in 1868. From there he moved to the position of Deputy Provincial Auditor in 1870. The end result of such sidetracks was what recommended a person for representative status, and the networking along the way was no small matter.

      Robert Lanning, McGill-Queen's Press 1996, National Album: Collective Biography and the Formation of the Canadian Middle Class

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      Tims, Frank Dillon, Deputy Provincial Auditor of the Province of Quebec, is a prominent figure in official life at Quebec, and few members of the Civil Service enjoy a larger share of the public respect. He is the youngest son of the late William and Catherine Dillon Tims,and was born in Oldcastle, county Meath, Ireland, on 26th December, 1829. The family came to Canada in 1834, and settled in the city of Quebec, where Mr. Tims, sr., died in 1836 and his widow in 1862. An elder brother of the subject of this sketch, Thomas D. Tims, now occupies the important position of Financial Inspector of the Dominion of Canada, at Ottawa, and their sister, the Reverend Mother St. Catherine, who entered the Monastery of the Ursulines at Quebec many years ago, is still living, after having occupied for two consecutive terms, the longest period permitted by the regulations, the high position of Lady Superior. Our subject was educated at the Seminary of Quebec and the Quebec High School, and subsequently studied law with Charles Alleyn, Q.C., subsequently Provincial Secretary of Canada, and now sheriff of Quebec. Seized with the " gold fever " in 1849, he gave up the study of the law, and on the 12th November, 1849, sailed on the barque Rory 0'Moore, the first vessel leaving Canada bound for California, by the way of Cape Horn, finally reaching San Francisco after a five and a half months' voyage. He remained in California, engaged principally in mining, until the fall of 1851, when he started on his homeward journey down the Pacific coast, stopping at San Juan del Sur and Lake Nicaragua for some weeks and then proceeding to Panama, where he crossed the isthmus and took steamer to New York from Chagres in January, 1852. He reached Quebec in February of the same year, and on the 23rd October following, was married at Sherbrooke, to Caroline Dudley, youngest daughter of the late Captain John Fraser, of H. M. 76th regiment, formerly town mayor of Quebec. He next removed to Upper Canada, where he was principally engaged in mercantile pursuits down to 1857, when he went to Illinois, entered the lumber business for some time, and while there in 1859, was licensed to practice as an attorney and counsellor-at-law in that state. Returning to Canada in 1861, he entered the employ of the late Hon. Jas. Skead, senator, then one of the largest lumber producers of the Ottawa district, where he remained in charge of the business until January, 1868, when he was appointed to the Audit branch of the Treasury department of the province of Quebec, and promoted to the office of Deputy Provincial Auditor in 1884, which he still holds. In religion, Mr. Tims is a Roman Catholic. In 1856, he held a commission as lieutenant and adjutant in the Waterloo (Ont.) Militia. He is a past president of the St. Patrick's Society of Quebec, and has taken a prominent interest in the progress of the Geographical Society of Quebec, of which he has been the secretary for several years. In this last capacity, he was one of the principal promoters of the government exploring expedition, which was sent out within the last few years to endeavor to solve the mystery surrounding Great Lake Mistassini, in north eastern Canada. By his marriage, he has had issue thirteen children, seven of whom are living, four sons and three daughters. Of the former, three are actually settled in the Canadian North-West, at Swift Current and Beaver Lake, near Edmonton, where they are largely engaged in commercial pursuits. One of them, F. F. Tims, had the honor to be the first to erect a building at Regina, the present capital of the province of Assiniboia. During the late rebellion this son rendered valuable public service in freighting for the troops and in provisioning the Battleford contingent and Mounted Police.

      A Cyclopædia of Canadian Biography: Being Chiefly Men of the Time. A Collection of Persons Distinguished in Professional and Political Life; Leaders in the Commerce and Industry of Canada, and Successful Pioneers, Rose Publishing Company, 1888, George Maclean Rose

  • Sources 
    1. [S1810] Census - Canada, Quebec - 1891, Montcalm West Ward, Quebec City, No. 1, pg 26.
      Frank Tims, 61, b. Ireland civil servant
      Caroline 59 Q.
      Francis 31, USA
      Alma 21, Q.
      Richard 19, Q.

    2. [S7] News - ON, Waterloo, Kitchener - Berliner Journal (1859-1917), 13 Feb 1856.
      08 Feb 1856 On the 8th inst., Mrs. Frank D. Tims, of Berlin, of a son.

    3. [S2185] Quebec, Vital and Church Record (Drouin Collection), 1621-1968.

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 26 Dec 1829 - , Meath Co., Ireland Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 23 Oct 1852 - Sherbrooke, , Québec, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1856 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsElected Office - councillor - Berlin - 1857 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - civil servant - 1891 - Montcalm, Quebec City, , Quebec, Canada Link to Google Earth
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