Edmund Baynes-Reed

ID # 3225, (1838-1916)
BirthEdmund Baynes-Reed was born on 3 November 1838 at Exeter, Devonshire, England. 
MarriageHe married Margaret Ann Phoebe Lawrason, daughter of Lawrence Lawrason and Abigail Lee, on 26 October 1864 at London, Middlesex Co., Canada West.
The date that we have for the marriage of Edmund Baynes Reid and Margaret Ann Phoebe Lawrason is taken from the handwritten genealogy that appears in the Lawrason papers. (See Delores MacIntyre, Some Records of the Lawrason Family, p.27, Rev.2000.)
This was written by Lawrance Lawrason Jr., Margaret's father, and we must ascribe to it some veracity. Nothing resembling it, however, appears in Vol. 27 of County Marriage Registers of Ontario, Canada, 1858-1869, Middlesex County, index, by Elizabeth Hancocks, Global Heritage Press Inc, nor does it appear in the era's transcriptions provided by Ancestry. Lawrence writes as follows:

Margaret Ann Phoebe Lawrason, born in London, Upper Canada, on the 10th day of July, 1840; and was married to Edmund Baynes Reed at London, Ontario, on the 26th day of October, 1864.
DeathHe died on 18 November 1916 at Victoria, British Columbia, at age 78. 
BurialHe was buried on 21 November 1916 at Ross Bay Cemetery. 
NoteTwo points relating to the family name should be made. First, while some early census records show the name as 'Reid', later usage makes it apparent that the second part of the family name was Reed. Also, and again in spite of some earlier usage, the family name was properly a hyphenated one, Baynes-Reed.

Edmund Baynes-Reed had a mid-life career change. During the time that we find him enumerated in censuses in London, Ontario, he was a lawyer. He had, however, a life long interest in nature, particularly in the study of insects and in meteorology. (His career change was not total and immediate with his move to Vancouver Island. Perusal of newspapers pages from approximately 1891 to the mid 1890s indicate that, in line with his previous career as a lawyer, he was a Justice of the peace - betimes described as a magistrate - at Esquimalt. It does appear from stories of those who appeared before his bench that he was what might be described as a police magistrate.)

The following is to be found on page 7 of The Daily Colonist, Victoria, B.C., Sunday Nov. 19, 1916. The heading reads: Was Well Known in Scientific Circles, Mr. E. Baynes Reed, Chief Agent for Province of Dominion Meteorological Service, Dies, Age 78.

The article goes on to say that he had died the previous afternoon at his residence, Maple Street, Oak Bay. It states that he was born November 3, 1838, and that he was a barrister by profession and had practiced at London, Ontario. He moved to British Columbia in 1890 and his work at Esquimalt and Victoria is mentioned.

Familywise, it says that in 1864 Mr. Reed was married to Margaret Ann Phoebe, youngest daughter of Mr. Lawrence 'Lawrson', late police magistrate of London, Ont. He is survived by two sons and three daughters. The sons are Mr. E. E. Baynes Reed, of Molson's Bank, Brockville, Ont., and Rev. W.L. Baynes Reed, chaplain of the 75th Battalion, C.E.F., now at the front. The daughters are Miss May Baynes Reed of this city; Mrs. Douglas Livingstone of Moscow, Idaho; and Mrs. Spicer Simson, wife of commander Spicer Simson, R.N., D.S.O.

The Wednesday, November 22 edition, again page 7, tells something of his funeral which was held at Christ Church Cathedral on 21 November and lists the notables who were pallbearers. His burial was at Ross Bay Cemetery. 

Children of Edmund Baynes-Reed and Margaret Ann Phoebe Lawrason

Last Edited15 Jan 2019