William James STAIRS

Male 1819 - 1906


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  • Name  William James STAIRS 
    Born  24 Sep 1819  Halifax, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender  Male 
    Died  27 Feb 1906  Halifax, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Buried in Camp Hill Cemetery, Halifax, NS.
      Headstone Description
      Erected To The Memory Of William James Stairs Born Sept. 24, 1819 Died Feb. 27 1906 And Susan, His Wife Eldest Daughter Of The Late John Morrow Born Oct. 21, 1822 Died Oct. 19, 1908
      "God Is A Spirit And They That Worship Him Must Worship Him In Spirit And In Truth."
    Person ID  I3736  Ward Tree
    Last Modified  1 Jan 2016 

    Father  William Machin STAIRS, Esq.,   b. 21 Jan 1789,   d. 17 Nov 1865, Halifax, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Margaret WISEMAN,   b. 23 May 1793,   d. 21 Oct 1850, Halifax, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  23 May 1814  Halifax, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • On Monday morning at St. Matthew's Chapel, by the Rev. Doc. Gray, Mr. William Stairs to Margaret, daughter of the late Mr. James Wiseman, of this town.
      Acadian Recorder 28 May 1814 Vol. 2 No. 22
    Family ID  F1355  Group Sheet

    Family  Susannah Duffus MORROW,   b. 17 Oct 1822, Halifax, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Oct 1906, Halifax, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  16 Jun 1845  Halifax, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • On Monday evening 16th inst., by the Rev. Charles Dewolfe, Mr. William J. Stairs to Susan, eldest daughter of John Morrow, Esq.
      Acadian Recorder, 21 June 1845
    Children 
     1. William STAIRS,   b. 24 Feb 1846, Halifax, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Apr 1860, Halifax, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Hon. John Fitzwilliam STAIRS,   b. 19 Jan 1848, Halifax, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Sep 1904, Toronto, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. Mary Ann STAIRS,   b. 30 Sep 1849, Halifax, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Jul 1883
     4. James Wiseman STAIRS,   b. 15 May 1851, Halifax, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     5. Margaret Wiseman STAIRS,   b. Mar 1853, Halifax, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     6. Edward STAIRS,   b. 10 Jul 1854, Halifax, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Feb 1913, Halifax, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location
     7. George STAIRS,   b. 29 Feb 1856, Halifax, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Apr 1908, Halifax, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location
     8. Ethel STAIRS,   b. 26 Mar 1857, Halifax, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Mar 1858, Halifax, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location
     9. Herbert STAIRS,   b. 21 Mar 1859, Halifax, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     10. Catherine STAIRS,   b. 31 Aug 1860, Halifax, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     11. Gavin Lang STAIRS,   b. 21 Sep 1861, Halifax, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Jul 1927, Halifax, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location
     12. Joanna STAIRS,   b. 30 Dec 1862, Halifax, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 May 1863, Halifax, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location
     13. Richard Kidston STAIRS,   b. 20 Mar 1865, Halifax, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Aug 1865
    Family ID  F1323  Group Sheet

  • Notes 
    • One of his heroes was Samuel Cunard, to whom he was related by marriage. When W.J. was just a young man, he met Cunard who made an indelible impression on the young merchant.

      The couple resided in Halifax where W.J. operated the family hardware firm, Wm Stairs, Son and Morrow and later became president of the Union Bank. The Stairs had thirteen children: William, John Fitzwilliam, Maryanne, James, Margaret Wiseman, Edward, George, Ethel, Herbert, Catherine, Gavin Lang, Joanna, and Richard Kidston.