Charles P. Willimott
Charles Percy Willimott was born at sea on November 25, 1872, the son of Susan and Charles William Willimott (born March 1, 1852; died March 6, 1914; the son of Sarah and William Willimott of Cambridge, England), a mineralogist employed by the Canadian Geological Survey as a "rock and mineral collector" (1871-1908). His father had come to Canada from England in 1871 and married Susan, a Canadian. The family settled in Ottawa where the young Charles developed an interest in minerals under his father's influence, and around the age of 18 he started his own business dealing in minerals out of the family home at 215 Wellington Street.
C.P. Willimott issued a catalog around 1890: "C.P. Willimott & Co. Catalogue of mineralogical gems, mineralogical and petrological specimens, collections, etc." and another in 1894: "Canadian gems, precious stones and collections of minerals. C.P. Willimott Co., Mineralogists and Lapidaries." The plural on “mineralogists” no doubt referred to himself and his father, who wrote an article on "Canadian gems and precious stones" for the Ottawa Naturalist in 1891. The 1894 catalog boasts: "Under vice-regal patronage," and notes that he was awarded four medals at the 1894 Chicago World's Fair: for collection of Canadian gems, for collection of polished minerals of Canada, for agate jewelery, and for collections of Canadian minerals.
He appears to have abandoned his mineral business after a few years. He worked in British Columbia and Alberta as an insurance agent (1901, 1911 census), and moved to the U.S, in 1914 (the year his father died). In 1918 he was working for the American Red Cross in Portland; two years later he was working as a shipping clerk in a woolen mill in Portland, and his widowed mother (listed on his Draft Registration as "Mrs. C.W. Willimott") was still living in Ottawa. His wife Angelina, born in May 1885, bore him at least two children (Harold, 1906, and Sidney, 1909), but had died by 1918. There is no record of him after 1920.
U.S. Federal Census 1920
Canadian Census 1901, 1911
World War I Draft Registration Records, 1917
Ontario, Canada Deaths 1869-1932
Canadian Immigrant Records, Part I (1999).
International Genealogical Index
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