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Sophia Ann Barbara Dewette

Sophia Ann Barbara Dewette

Female 1880 - 1961  (80 years)

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  • Name Sophia Ann Barbara Dewette  [1, 2
    Birth 1880  [3
    Birth Oct 1880  London Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Born 10 Oct 1880  49 Coleshill Buildings, Chelsea, London Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Female 
    Birth 10 Oct 1880  London Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Baptism 12 Dec 1880  St Simon Zelotes, Chelsea, London Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Birth Oct 1881  England Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Birth 10 Oct 1882  England Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Birth Abt 1883  England Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Birth Abt 1883  England Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Immigration 23 Jul 1908  Seattle, King, Washington, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    • ship: "Kaga Maru" from Yokohama
    Residence 1 Jun 1911  1940 Beach Avenue, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Immigration 1914  USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Residence 1 Jan 1920  Mendocino Street, Santa Rosa, Sonoma, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Residence 23 May 1922  Santa Rosa, Sonoma, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Physical Description 28 Jun 1930  [6
    Ht: 5'5"; blonde hair; blue eyes 
    Residence 28 Jun 1930  112A Bluff, Yokohama, Japan Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Residence 29 Dec 1934  Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Death 1961  [3
    Name Sonia Ann Smith  [9
    Name Sophia Ann Dewette  [10
    Name Sophia DeW Unknown  [4
    Name Sophia DeWette Howes  [6, 8
    Name Sophia DeWette Smith  [3
    Name Sophia Unknown  [5, 11
    Residence Oct 1961  1842 West 41st Place, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    Died 5 Oct 1961  Good Samaritan Hospital, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    Cause: Cerebral thrombosis, basilor? artery, arteriosclerosis - generalized 
    • informant: daughter
    Sophia Ann Barbara Dewette DC
    Sophia Ann Barbara Dewette DC
    Buried Inglewood Park Cemetery, 720 East Florence Avenue, Inglewood, Los Angeles, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 10
    Sophia Ann Barbara Dewette and Anita Bertha Howes HS
    Sophia Ann Barbara Dewette and Anita Bertha Howes HS
    Notes 
    • Father Belgian, Mother Scottish

      daughter of Louis Dewette, valet, and Annie McIntyre

      On her immigration papers, Sophia claimed Belgian nationality, rather than British, presumably from her father. Says her nearest relative was Mrs L Dewette and the address was 16 Bund, Yokohama.


      Thanks too to correspondent Sandor Kiss for pointing out what appears to have been Sophia's first marriage as recorded in the Straits Times on Feb 2, 1903: "MARRIAGE: KUHN-DEWETTE: At Yokohama on Jan 16th, Samuel Henry Kuhn, only son of the late Moritz Montague Kuhn, daughter of Louis Dewette, esq, all of Yokohama". Sandor also says that: According to my findings the couple divorced in 1905. Samuel Henry was owner and manager of the Kuhn curio shop, what he inherited from father, Moritz.

      Dewettes lived in Japan for 40 years and Louis Dewette's wife passed away on 18th November, 1922. She was native of Perthshire.

    • Correspondent Chris Howes reports that

      "And while no one would think anything of it today, let alone a single divorced mom travelling around the world with her child, that would have been so scandalous at the time.

      I recently read an online newspaper article from the Vancouverwestend of her holding up a steamship headed from Vancouver to Yokohama by standing on the gangplank with my infant grandfather Alexander in her arms until her luggage arrived by barge"

      And"

      "Interestingly, Sophia's dying wish was to be buried next to Earl and her son Alexander in Long Beach. But Anita refused and instead bought a dual plot at the time of her death, in essence, forcing her mother to be buried with her instead in Inglewood. She told me this herself."
    Person ID I31527  ONS
    Last Modified 28 Apr 2021 

    Family 1 Samuel Henry Kuhn,   d. Not known Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 16 Jan 1903  Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan Find all individuals with events at this location  [10
    • We have seen later correspondence about this marriage and whether it legally existed. It was eventually determined that because it had not been registered with any of the relevant authorities, not Belgian, Hungarian, or Japanese, it had never legally taken place
    Children 
     1. Anita Bertha Howes,   b. 18 Mar 1904, Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 May 2000, Alhambra, Los Angeles, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 96 years)
    Last Modified 7 May 2021 
    Family ID F10063  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Earl Bradford Howes,   b. 11 Mar 1881, Hastings, Dakota, Minnesota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Sep 1941, Los Angeles, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 60 years) 
    Married 1 Sep 1909  St John the Evangelist, North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Earl Bradford Howes and Sophia Ann Barbara Dewette MC
    Earl Bradford Howes and Sophia Ann Barbara Dewette MC
    Married 1 Sep 1909  Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [12
    Children 
    +1. Alexander Bradford Howes,   b. 4 Feb 1911, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1935  (Age 23 years)
    Last Modified 26 Apr 2021 
    Family ID F10061  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 3 Percy Paul Smith,   b. Abt 1880, Ohio, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Apr 1993, Los Angeles, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 113 years) 
    Married 29 Dec 1934  Ventura, Ventura, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    • Witness Role: Witness Name: Esther Newbury
      Witness Role: Witness Name: Alberta Yarnell
    Percy Smith and Sophia Ann Barbara Dewette MC
    Percy Smith and Sophia Ann Barbara Dewette MC
    Last Modified 26 Apr 2021 
    Family ID F10062  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBirth - Oct 1880 - London Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 10 Oct 1880 - 49 Coleshill Buildings, Chelsea, London Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBirth - 10 Oct 1880 - London Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBaptism - 12 Dec 1880 - St Simon Zelotes, Chelsea, London Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBirth - Oct 1881 - England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBirth - 10 Oct 1882 - England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBirth - Abt 1883 - England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBirth - Abt 1883 - England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 16 Jan 1903 - Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsImmigration - 23 Jul 1908 - Seattle, King, Washington, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 1 Sep 1909 - Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsImmigration - 1914 - USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 29 Dec 1934 - Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Inglewood Park Cemetery, 720 East Florence Avenue, Inglewood, Los Angeles, California, USA Link to Google Earth
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    Pin Legend  : Address       : Location       : City/Town       : County/Shire       : State/Province       : Country       : Not Set

  • Photos
    Sophia Ann Barbara Dewette
    Sophia Ann Barbara Dewette
    Passport Photograph

  • Sources 
    1. [S62] Parish Register - baptisms.
      indicates that we have seen the original parish register, microfilm/fiche or a scanned image

    2. [S242] Ancestry.com Immigration records, www.ancestry.com.

    3. [S275] Gravestone.

    4. [S1229] Passport application.

    5. [S432] 1911 census - Canada.

    6. [S3475] Passport.

    7. [S140] 1920 census - US.

    8. [S50] Marriage cert.

    9. [S561] California Deaths, www.ancestry.com, www.familysearch.org.

    10. [S705] Christopher Howes.

    11. [S406] Howes Genealogy - used with the permission of the Dennis Historical Society, Joshua Crowell Howes, revised by Col. Bob Howes, (1892, revised in 2006).

    12. [S1653] WestEndVancouver website, WestEndVancouver.wordpress.com.