NameJoseph Bellas SIMPSON
Birth16 Oct 1890, Workington, Cumberland, England
Death10 Dec 1975, Santa Ana, Orange County, California
FatherGeorge SIMPSON (1860-1910)
MotherMary SLACK (~1859-)
Spouses
Birth26 Aug 1894, London, Middlesex, England
Death26 Jul 1974, Seal Beach, Orange County, California
FatherWilliam BLAKE (~1862-)
MotherAlice MORRIS (~1869-)
Marriage18 Feb 1916, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
No Children
Notes for Joseph Bellas SIMPSON
In the October to December 1890 birth index Joseph Bellasis Simpson, Cockermouth district volume 10b page 551.

In the 1891 census living at 11 Isley? Place, Workington.
Head, George Simpson age 30, born at Cumberland England, steelworks labourer.
Wife, Mary Simpson age 32, born at Penrith.
Children Thomas W. Simpson age 8, born at Barton Northumberland,
Mary E. Simpson age 7, born at Barton Northumberland,
Sarah A. Simpson age 4 born at Barton Northumberland,
John Simpson age 2 born at Barton Northumberland and
Joseph Simpson age 5 months, born at Workington.

In the 1901 census Cumberland County Industrial School, Cockermouth registration district, All Saints ecclesiastical parish, Cumberland England.
John Simpson, scholar, age 12, Baker & Cook, Breadmaker, born Workington, Cumberland.
Joseph Simpson, scholar, age 10, Baker & Cook, Breadmaker, born Workington, Cumberland.
[Other occupations listed for the scholars were tailor, shoemaker, gardener, stoker, page boy, laundry boy, stocking maker or darner, cleaner employed at institution and too young to work. The teachers were listed as officers.]

Learned the trade of tailor at Industrial School.

In the 1911 census Martinique Barracks, Bordon, Headley, Hampshire.
Private Joseph Simpson, age 19, single, Border Regiment, 2nd Battalion, trade tailor, born Workington, Cumberland.

Joseph Ballas [as spelled] Simpson mentioned in his father’s probate records as living in Toronto, Ontario on May 18, 1913.

Attestation papers dated January 6, 1916
169th Overseas Battalion
Reg No 678212
Joseph Bellas Simpson
6 McKenzie Crescent, Toronto
Born October 16th 1890. Cumberland England
Next of Kin Alice Jane Simpson mother [seems to be xxxx’d out and wife added]
Trade Tailor
married
previous service IMP[erial] Border Militia 3 years
height 5 feet 9.5 inches
Grey Eyes, dark brown hair
Church of England

Ontario, Canada Marriages
Joseph Bellas Simpson, born England, age 25, bachelor, occupation soldier (Tailor), of Toronto, Church of England, father George Simpson, Mother Mary Slack. Alice Jane Blake, age 21, spinster, of Toronto, born England, Salvation Army, father Edward Smith, mother Alice Smith. Married February 18 1916, Toronto, York, Ontario. Witnesses Ernest Alfred Drawn? and A Smith.
[I wonder why she gives her parents names as Edward and Alice Smith. This contradicts what is given by a relative. It also contradicts the UK 1901 census. Perhaps her mother remarried.]

One source says the 169th Battalion sailed for England in October 1916.

Canadian Passenger Lists
Departed Liverpool, England, arrived at Halifax, Nova Scotia, March 24, 1919 on the Cretic, Regimental Number 675212 Sgt. Joseph Bellas Simpson, 2 Corps 116th Infantry Battalion (Toronto) , originally 169th , nearest relation wife, Church of England, residence Toronto. Nominal Roll of Dispersal draft No. 1003 proceeding to Toronto, Ontario.

Boarder Crossings from Canada to U.S.
March 1924 Joseph Simpson, age 33, tailor and Alice Simpson, age 28, English race, last permanent residence Toronto, nearest relative from where they left Mrs. Alice Blake, 6 Argyle Street, mother in law, final destination Los Angeles, California.

Moved to California in 1924. He became the head tailor for a firm making clothes for the movie industry. Lived in Los Angeles, California.

In the 1930 US census Los Angeles California, assembly district 134.
Joseph Simpson, head, age 39, value of home $6500, born England, father born England, mother born England, immigrated 1923, occupation cutter, Costume Est.
Wife Alice Simpson, age 35, Born England, father born England, mother born England, immigrated 1923, no occupation.

United States Naturalization Records
Joseph Bellas Simpson of 2222 S. Redendo Blvd, Los Angeles, California, Cutter and Tailor, age 43, light complexion, gray eyes, dark brown hair, height 5 feet 11 inches, weight 190 pounds, English race, nationality British, born October 16, 1890 Workington, England, Wife Alice J. Simpson, married February 18, 1916 at Toronto Canada, wife born August 25, 1894 London, England, entered United States August 21, 1923 at Port Huron, Michigan, form dated October 3, 1934.

In the 1940 census 2222 Redondo Blvd, Los Angeles, California
Head Joseph Simpson, age 49, highest grade of school grade 8, born England, naturalized, tailor, motion pictures.
Wife Alice J. Simpson, age 45, attained grade 8, born England, naturalized, housewife,

death date from Susan Enns
Joseph B Simpson born 10/14/1890, birthplace other, died 92702 Santa Ana, Orange County 12/10/1975, age 85 years
Notes for Alice Jane (Spouse 1)
A possible entry in the October to December 1894 birth index Alice Jane Blake, Lambeth district, London, Surrey, volume 1d page 444.

In the 1901 census 7 Opal Street, Lambeth, Kennington, London
Head William Blake, age 39, labourer at gas works, worker, born Andover, Hampshire.
Wife Alice Blake, age 32, born Kennington, London.
Daughter Alice Blake, age 6, born Kennington.
Daughter Gladys Blake, age 1, born Kennington.

In the 1911 census Bridgewater Cottage, Rack Close, Andover, Hampshire.
Visitor Alice Blake, age 42, widow, office cleaning, worker, born London City.
Visitor Alice Jane Blake, age 16, single, born Kensington, London.
Visitor Gladys Victoria Blake, age 11, school, born Kensington, London.
Visitor Edwin Sidney Frank Blake, age 11, school, born Kensington, London.
They were staying with Frank Holloway age 49, railway worker and his wife and daughter.
The dwelling had 5 rooms.

United States Naturalization Records
Alice Jane Simpson of 2222 S. Redendo Blvd, Los Angeles, California, Housewife, age 40, white, dark complexion, brown eyes, dark brown hair, height 5 feet 9 inches, weight 1690 pounds, English race, nationality British, born August 25, 1894 London, England, husband Joseph B. Simpson, married February 18, 1916 at Toronto Canada, husband born October 16, 1890, Workington, England, entered United States August 21, 1923 at Port Huron, Michigan, form dated October 3, 1934.

death date from Susan Enns
Alice J Simpson, born August 26, 1894, birth place other, died July 1974, last residence 90740 Seal Beach California
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