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James William Whillans

Male 1880 - 1954  (74 years)


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  • Name James William Whillans 
    Born 6 May 1880  Smailholm, Roxburgh, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 29 June 1954  Edmonton, Alberta, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Toronto, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • Source - Eileen Whillans June 2009:
      James William WHILLANS Rev. (Capt.) was born on 6 May 1880. He died on 29 Jun 1954

      1881 census:
      Dwelling: Village Of Smailholm
      Census Place: Smailholm, Roxburgh, Scotland
      Source: FHL Film 0224043 GRO Ref Volume 805 EnumDist 2 Page 7
      Marr Age Sex Birthplace
      James WHILLANS 10 m M Smailholm, Roxburgh, Scotland
      Rel: Son

      Source - Eileen Whillans June 2009:
      James William WHILLANS Rev. (Capt.) (Aaron) was born on 6 May 1880 in Smailholm, Rox, Scotland. He died on 29 Jun 1954 in Edmonton, Alberta. He was buried in Toronto, Ontario.

      James came to Canada as a young man and was a graduate of Manitoba College. He was ordained in
      the Presbyterian Church in Canada and served overseas as a chaplain in the First World War. After the
      war he held pastorates in Western Canada and it was during his ministry in Regina that he made history
      as the first clergyman in the British Empire to broadcast a sermon over the radio.
      He won recognition for his articles on science and religion published in newspapers and church
      periodicals.
      From 1925 to 1931 he lived in England, assisting the British Settlement Society and settlers coming to
      Canada. He lived with his sisters for a while in Vancouver.

      From: Pioneers & Prominent People of Saskatchewan, pgs 314 & 315
      WHILLANS: Reverend James W., pastor of Carmichael Church (Presbyterian), Regina. Born at Kelso,
      Roxburghshire, Scotland, May 6th, 1880, son of Aaron and Margaret (Gray) Whillans. Married Olive
      Dryden, of St. Agathe, Man. Educated at Kelso, Maryport, Cumberland; Edinburgh (New College) ;
      Manitoba University. Mr. Whillans comes from a Highland family who have lived in the border counties
      since -the Reformation. After leaving Edinburgh College, came to Canada in 1904. Missionary work for
      the Presbyterian Church Yorkton. British Columbia, 1906; Saskatoon, 1907.; graduated Manitoba

      College, 1910, and was ordained that year. Called and inducted into the charge, Balmoral, Man.,
      remaining here five and a half years. Joined the C.E.F. in the autumn of 1915, at Winnipeg. (Y.M.C.A.
      work). Chaplain of the 78th Batt., and overseas, May, 1916; remained in England one year; service at
      Shorncliffe, 11th Reserve Batt.; Taplow Hospital; went to France and was attached to the 8th Batt., May
      19th, 1917, until Oct., 1918. Attached to Royal Air Force, Army of Occupation. Returned to Winnipeg Feb.
      , 1919; chaplain Sask. Mil. Hosp., Moose Jaw; called to Carmichael Presbyterian Church, Regina, Sept.,
      1919. His pastorate here has been very successful and he has been instrumental in having a splendid
      new edifice erected, costing $45,000, its memorial window to the fallen one of the most beautiful
      memorials in Western Canada. Mr. Whillans is a frequent contributor to periodicals and papers. His
      sermons have been broadcasted by radio; he was the originator of the first church service to be
      broadcasted in Canada. He is a lecturer of note and appears over the Chautauqua circuits. He is
      chaplain of the Sask. Aero Club, Cameron Highlanders Club; member of the Canadian Club. Member of
      Several Synod Committees, member of the Masonic Lodge. Recreations, curling and literary work.
      Address, The Manse, 2305 Halifax Street, Regina.


      James married Olive DRYDEN on 8 Nov 1910 in MacDonald, Manitoba. Olive was born in 1888 in Manitoba. She died on 22 Jul 1942.

      In the St. Thomas Times Journal (Ontario) on July 23, 1942 -
      Mrs. Olive Whillans, nee Dryden, wife of Rev. J.W. Whillans died on July 22, 1942


      James and Olive had the following children:

      + 9 M i. Morley Gray WHILLANS was born on 22 Aug 1911. He died on 2 Mar 2002.

      + 10 F ii. Evelyn May WHILLANS .
    Person ID I1630  Houliston Family Tree
    Last Modified 16 June 2009 

    Father Aaron Whillans,   b. 21 April 1847, Smailholm, Roxburgh, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 May 1930, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years) 
    Mother Margaret (Maggie) Gray,   b. 8 August 1852, Ednam, Roxburgh, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 March 1943, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 90 years) 
    Family ID F815  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family/Spouse Olive Dryden,   b. 1888, Manitoba, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 July 1942  (Age 54 years) 
    Married 8 November 1910  MacDonald, Manitoba, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
    +1. Morley Gray Whillans,   b. 22 August 1911, Manitoba, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 March 2002, Victoria, B.C., Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 90 years)
    +2. Living
    Family ID F822  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart



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