Henry Semple, Sr (1881-1953)

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Henry Semple, Sr

Birthplace: Swinhill, Stonehouse, South Lanarkshire, Scotland, United Kingdom
Death: Died in Miami, Dade, FL, USA
Cause of death: Deferred Pending Microscopic Reports
Place of Burial: North Miami, Miami-Dade County, Florida, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Henry Barr Semple (1849-1918) and Jeanie "Janet" Campbell (Stewart) Semple (1851-1925)
Husband of Jeanie Scot Pollack (Jack) Semple (1886-1966)
Father of Henry "Hank" Semple, Jr (1911-1993); James Semple (1912-1944); Janet (Semple) Cassady (1916-1982); Mary Semple (1914-1914) and Anna Semple (?-c.1918)
Brother of William Semple (1871-1944); Jane Campbell (Semple) Whitelaw (1872-1953); Janet (Semple) Lang (1876-1953); John Semple (1879-1941); Marion (Semple) Mauchline (1883-1955) and 3 others

Occupation: Miner, Truck Driver for Builders
Managed by: Jim Semple, Jr
Last Updated:

About Henry Semple, Sr (1881-1953)

SEE "Timeline" for chronological order of life events including any photos and documents as available; SEE "Media" for any documents and photos included from "Timeline" as available.

MEMORIAL: http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=126623079

Henry Semple was born on April 11, 1881 in Swinhill, Stonehouse, South Lanarkshire, Scotland, a son of Henry Barr Semple and Jeanie "Janet" (Stewart) Semple. His name was said to include being named after a prominent Scottish Presbyterian Minister, Henry Angus Paterson, but that part of his name had not been shown on record (a). He had clear blue eyes and a slender build as an adult (b).

He became the brother of William Semple (1871); Jane Campbell (1872); Janet (1876); John (1879); Marion (1883); Thomas (1886); Agnes Nancy (1889) and Isabella "Isabel" (1891) Semple. In Scotland, Henry Semple was a member of the accomplished "Stonehouse Pipe Band" with the experience of special performances and accolades received.

On Oct 12, 1903, Henry Semple, age 22, occupation of miner, immigrated from Stonehaven, Glasgow, Scotland, on the ship "Columbia" to arrive at Ellis Island, USA with Robert Wilson, also a miner (c).

In November 1909, Henry Semple, living in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada for 5 months, was to be married to Jeanie Scot Pollack Jack who immigrated from Scotland and had arrived on the ship "Hesperian" at the port in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada (c).

On Nov 16, 1909 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, Henry Semple, age 28, married Jeanie Scot Pollack Jack, age 23. His best friend was Willie Flockhart who signed as a witness on their Marriage Registration (d). They became the parents of Henry "Hank", Jr. (1911); James (1912); Mary (1914), Janet S. (1916) and Anna Semple who died during the flu epidemic (circa 1918).

In 1915, Henry Semple, coal miner, and his family lived in Red Lodge and Washoe, Montana, Grey Bull, Wyoming. In 1916, daughter, Janet, was born in Montana. In 1923, the Semple family moved to Miami, Dade County, Florida in search of success and prosperity. In 1926, they had to quickly seek shelter elsewhere when a devastating hurricane, one of the worst on record, destroyed their house (e).

In 1930 at age 49, Henry Semple, Sr. lived in Miami with his wife, Jeanie, age 43, and children Henry, Jr., age 19, James, age 17, and daughter Janet, age 13.

In 1935, Henry rented a house at 161 N.W. 52nd St. in Miami with wife Jeanie and son, James, stenographer at age 22, and daughter, Janet, a student at age 18. All the family members had a High School education.

In 1942, Henry Semple was a truck driver for Gunn & Goll, Inc. builders of Miami. Henry would use his talent playing the bagpipes to lead in the city parades, like the Miami Orange Bowl college football parade (d). There was an incident remembered about him in Miami where he fell off a ladder at home and injured himself (b).

On July 17, 1953, Henry Barr Semple, age 72, died at Jackson Memorial Hospital, Miami, Dade, Florida. Cause of death was noted as deferred pending "Microscopic Reports". His burial in Southern Memorial Park North, Section 5, Lot 289, Space 2A, Miami, Dade County, Florida.

References: (a) Comments of son, Henry Semple, Jr. told to his son, James (b) 6-10-2013 Comments of Betty Semple, wife of grandson, James; (c) Ships "Columbia" & "Hesperian" passenger manifest passenger lists; (d) 6-10-2011 comments of grandson, James; (d) 1909 Marriage Registration & Certificate; (e) Written in sermon message by grandson and minister, James H. Semple; 1901 Scotland Census record; 1949 Grave Marker application; 1953 Death Certificate; U.S. Census; Florida Census; 1942 Miami, FL city directory; SEE Documents if available under “Media” or “Timeline” events

Note: Overview arranged by family researcher and great grandson, Jim Semple, Jr., subject to additions & corrections.

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Henry Semple, Sr (1881-1953)'s Timeline

April 11, 1881
Stonehouse, South Lanarkshire, Scotland, United Kingdom

SEE Documents for Birth Record verification, listed # 32

Record of Birth copy provided by John Semple (Born 1942, Hamilton, Scotland):

Birth Record Document: 1881 April Eleventh, 6 h. A.M., Swinhill, Dalserf, Father Henry Semple, Coalminer, (Mother) Janet Semple, Stewart, Date & Place of Marriage: 1869 December 31 Stonehouse, (Signed) 1881 April 26th at Dalserf, William Jim, Registrar

Information written on back of bagpipe band (See Event) photo states Henry's full name as Henry Angus Patterson Semple, born in 1881 in Stone House (Stonehouse), Scotland. However, the copy of his Birth Record document shows only Henry Semple, Swinhill, Dalserf, Lanark (Scotland).

Old photo included of Henry Angus Paterson (correct spelling) has written on back by son, Henry Semple, Jr:: "Henry Angus Patterson, Pastor of same Presbyterian Church for 60 years. Dad was named Henry after him". The original copy of this written information is included with photos enclosed.

January 1, 1891
Age 9
Swinhill, Dalserf, Lanark, Scotland

SEE "Documents" for record verification enclosed

Semple family members listed:

Henry Semple, Head of household, married, age 41, Coal Miner Roadman, born in Lanarkshire, Stonehouse, in a 2 Room house. Henry will be age 41 in April 1891. Wife, Janet Semple, age 40, born in Avondale, son William Semple, single, age 20, Coal Miner, born in Stonehouse; Janet Semple, daughter, age 14, born in Dalserf; son John Semple, age 11, scholar (school student) born in Dalserf; son Henry Semple, single, age 9, scholar, born in Dalserf; daughter Marion Semple, age 7, scholar, born in Dalserf; son Thomas Semple, age 4, listed as coal miner, born in Dalserf and daughter Agnes Semple, age 1, born in Dalserf.

- 2000
Age 18

SEE Photos, Circa 1900 and beyond, maybe not before but certainly later dates

Some speculation has been made but unverified and unidentified. Locations could be in Scotland, Canada or United States.

These photos were saved from Henry *Hank" and Mary Semple photo collection, as maybe passed to them from Mr. & Mrs. Henry (& Jeanie) Semple, Sr. Some were seen by James Henry Semple but not recognized.

If anyone finds information to identify, please update or comment.

March 31, 1901
Age 19
Dalserf, Lanark, Scotland

SEE "Documents" enclosed for record verification

"Birk View" as written (where asking for Road, St, No, or Name of House) according to Thomas Semple Marriage Record, it is Birkview Cottage, Swinhill, Dalserf

Semple family members listed:

Henry Semple, Head (of family), Married, age 51, Coal Miner, Worker, (where born) Lanarkshire, Stonehouse, (Rooms with one or more windows) 2 (Regards to Residence)

Janet Semple, Wife, Married, age 50, (where born) Avondale,

William Semple, Son, Single, age 30, Colliery Engine Keeper (Coalmine), (where born) Stonehouse

Henry Semple, Son, Single, age 19, Coal Miner, Dalserf

Marion Semple, Daughter, Single, age 7 y, Worker, Dalserf

Thomas Semple, Son, Single, age 4, Coal Miner, Hamilton

Agnes Semple, Daughter, Single, age 11, Laborer, Dalserf

Tria (?) Semple, Daughter, Single,age 9, Laborer, Dalserf

October 12, 1903
Age 22
United States

SEE "Photo" included of his ship "Columbia"

Passenger Record: First Name: Henry, Last Name: Semple, Ethnicity: Great Britain, Scottish, Last Place of Residence: Stonehaven, Date of Arrival: Oct 12, 1903, Age at Arrival: 22 yrs, Gender: M, Marital Status: S, Ship of Travel: Columbia, Port of Departure: Glasgow, Manifest Line Number: 0020

Henry Semple arrived by Ship "Columbia" built by D. and W. Henderson and Co Ltd, Glasgow, Scotland, 1902. 8,292 gross tons; 503 (bp) feet long; 56 feet wide. Steam triple expansion engines, twin screw. Service speed 15 knots. 1,303 passengers (345 first class, 218 second class, 740 third class).Two masts and three funnels. Steel hull with four decks. Built for Anchor Line, British flag, in 1902 and named Columbia. Glasgow-New York service

Comment from great grandson Jim Semple on March 16, 2014, " His occupation is a Miner. He was traveling with friend, Robert Wilson, also a Miner from same place, Stonehaven. It lists henry to see his uncle in U.S., William Ferguson (read comment below that doubts Ferguson is relative). Can't make out his destination, looks like Courtney, ?. Can't make out where uncle lives."

Comment from John Semple on March 16, 2014, "My wife Margaret has used the Ellis Island records to verify the information we have. The Henry you see is your great grandfather and he traveled with Robert Wilson who was from Stonehaven. I believe Henry had moved to Stonehaven probably for work and when asked about his residency, he either replied Stonehaven as Robert had done or the record was recorded as Stonehaven instead of Stonehouse. The Scottish birth records confirm that your (Great Grandfather) Henry was the only Henry born here on that date (1881). We had a look for any connection to an uncle by the name of Ferguson but without success; he may even have been an uncle of Robert Wilson. I think it is something we will never know as arrivals must have been something else particularly with limited education and with a Stonehouse accent, now I even struggle to understand what they say today. Margaret (John's wife) tells me the arrival record shows Henry residing with a friend and Wilson with a relative. She felt sure Ferguson was a relation of Wilson ( and not Henry Semple) "

Age 21

UNVERIFIED date and location of Henry Semple, Sr. portrait photo

Unverified photo date, Jim Semple comments "Judging by appearance and surrounding date of events, appears in early 20's, so may have been taken the year Henry Semple immigrated from Scotland to USA in 1903, age 22

November 16, 1909
Age 28
Vancouver, BC, Canada

Marriage Date: 16 Nov 1909, Marriage Place: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada,

Groom's Name: Henry Semple, Groom's Age: 28, Groom's Birth Date: 1881, Groom's Birthplace: Swinhill, Scotland, Groom's Marital Status: Bachelor, Groom's Father's Name: Henry Semple, Groom's Mother's Name: Jeanie Stewart

Bride's Name: Jeanie Scot Pollack Jack, Bride's Age: 23, Bride's Birth Date: 1886, Bride's Birthplace: Stonehouse, Scotland, Bride's Marital Status: Spinster, Bride's Father's Name: Andrew Jack, Bride's Mother's Name: Jennie Scott Pollack Jackson

SOURCE: British Columbia Marriage Registrations, 1859-1932 for Jeanie Scot Pollack Jack, Film Number: 1983702, Digital Folder Number: 4400858, Image Number: 2363, BC Archives Film Number: B11374, Registration Number: 2373, Banns or License: License

- 1911
Age 27
Stonehouse, Scotland

Henry Semple, Sr was a member of the Stonehouse Pipe Band.

Formed in 1899 under Pipe Major Hector McIness, Stonehouse Pipe Band grew steadily during the pre-war years (WW I) at the beginning of the 20th century.

In 1909 Harry Lauder suggested a competition for civilian bands at the Cowal Gathering. He had been a miner and knew that many mining villages had pipe bands which would struggle to compete against the military bands in the Argyll Shield. So the civilian contest for the Sir Harry Lauder Shield began.

In 1909 Stonehouse Pipe Band won the civilian contest and went on to retain it in 1910 and 1911.

However the 'bigger news' was that Stonehouse won the Argyll Shield in 1909 as well. This was, in effect, the World Championships at that time. Winning the world championship means that they would have been up against all the armed forces and police bands, so they must have been quite exceptional.

These were miners with coal dust in their lungs! They wore the McGregor tartan which changed in later years.

February 25, 1911
Age 29
Vancouver, BC, Canada
December 1, 1912
Age 31
Vancouver, Greater Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada