NamePaul Aitken HOMER , 1C3R
Birth22 Sep 1869, Sedgley, Staffordshire, England
Baptism22 May 1870
Death22 Jul 1963, Saanich, British Columbia
FatherFrederick Augustus HOMER (1828-1901)
MotherEliza WATERFALL (1832-1897)
Birth1872, South Shields, Durham, England
Death13 Jan 1953, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
FatherJames Fredrick NICHOLSON (1830-1907)
MotherMary Ann CLAPHAM (1839-1920)
Marriage9 Sep 1906
ChildrenFrederick Paul Nicholson (1907-1992)
 John Keelinge (1911-2011)
 Joan Patricia Mary (1913-<2009)
Notes for Paul Aitken HOMER
lived at Franklin, Manitoba.

Educated at Wolverhampton Grammar School.

of Albert Head, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Christening Records
Paul Aitken Homer, christened May 22, 1870, Sedgley Staffordshire, father Frederic Augustus Homer, mother Eliza.

In the 1871 census “The Villa”, 17 Dudley Street, Sedgley, Staffordshire.
Head Frederick A. Homer, age 41, proprietor of lands and mines, born Sedgley, Staffordshire.
Wife Eliza Homer, age 39, born Nottingham, Nottinghamshire.
Daughter Alice Mary Lewis Homer, age 12, adopted child, born Worcester, Worcestershire.
Son Charles F. L. Homer, age 8, born Sedgley, Staffordshire.
Son John Twigg Homer, age 6, born Sedgley.
Son Frederick A. Homer, age 4, born Sedgley.
Daughter Ann Mary Homer, age 3, born Sedgley.
Son Paul A. Homer, age 2, born Sedgley.
3 servants. cook nurse and housemaid

Departed Liverpool, arrived Halifax, Nova Scotia, March 20, 1891, Paul Homer, labourer, age 21, destination Winnipeg and Benjamin Homer, labourer, age 16, destination Winnipeg.

In the 1911 Canadian census (Township 15, Range 16, Portage La Prairie District, Manitoba )
Paul A. Homer S 1/2 3.15.16, born September 1870 in England, emigrated 1887.
Wife Emily born July 1872, England, emigrated 1906.
Son Frederic born Dec 1907.
There were 2 domestic servants and 2 labourers.

New York passenger Lists
Departed Southampton on the Imperator, arrived July 17, 1913, Paul A. Homer, age 43, Canadian resident, last permanent residence Winnipeg, destination Victoria, nearest relative Louise Victoria?, Albert Head.
Canadian passenger List
Imperator, second class, Paul A. Homer, age 43, have you ever been in Canada 1912 to 1913, destination Victoria B.C.

In the 1921 Canadian census
Metchosin, British Columbia
Head Paul Homer, age 45[should be 50], year of immigration 1903, born England, parents born England, farmer.
Wife Emma Homer, age 40 [should be 49], born England, parents born England.
Son Paul homer, age 12, born Manitoba, student.
Son John Homer, age 9, born England.
Daughter Joan Homer, age 6, born British Columbia.

Seattle Passenger and Crew Lists
Arrived at Orcas, July 1, 1931, Br. Yacht Sedgley, Paul Homer, master, age 61, race English. nationality Canada. A note at the bottom of the page reads “The above 7 named boats were towed in and cleared Customs at Orcas by Paul Homer with the yacht Sedgley. All reported to Immigration here and were passed for the regatta. etc.

Listed in British Columbia death index age 93, 22 July 1963 in Saanich

Ran a 'Stage Line' from Victoria to Sooke for many years. Was very well thought of and when he died a street in Metchosin, a suburb of Victoria, on the way to Sooke, was named after him... 'Paul Homer Street'.

Excepts of the book "Heritage - A history of the Town of Neepawa and
District as told and recorded by its people" published in 1983 in
recognition of its 100th anniversary of the town's founding]

THE HOMER BROTHERS - - PAUL AND BEN - - Neepawa 1887-1911 - - by Ben H. Swindell
Paul Aitken Homer, born in England in 1869, was, as a boy, fired by
the stories in the 'penny dreadfuls', low priced books of the time,
depicting the freedoms and adventures in the New Worlds, and after trying to
settle to life in his homeland, decided that Canada would be his
destination. His older brother had done some traveling in Canada and the
U.S. and had returned to England, spinning yarns aplenty and thus his
direction was set. The era of immigration was just opening, and colonists
were welcome anywhere in the Empire, and Paul chose Canada.
Arrangements were made at the immigration office in London as to
where the 18 year old lad would go, and he was directed to John Rice at
Binscarth, Manitoba, who had a half-section, one quarter by pre-emption and
one quarter Crown grant. When Paul arrived in May, 1887 John Rice only had 2
or 3 acres under cultivation. Most farming in those days was of the mixed
variety, a little bit of everything kept the farmer and his family going
till the next year, if everything went in their favor, which often it did
not. In earlier days the Indians fired the prairie grass to keep the brush
down for better hunting, but when the settlers came, and the rail lines
edged their way westward, the wood-burning 'locies' puffed lots of burning
embers out, the resulting fires being a great menace to farm buildings.
John Rice came from Ontario 2 years or so previously and brought with him a
house in sections (fore-runner of the prefab) and necessary furniture and
equipment, and by to-day's standards they were the bare necessities only.
Settlers had the choice of bringing their 'pre-fabs' with them, or building
them on site. The on-site log house was better in many respects, built
usually by four men, one man at each corner, saddling-in the logs as they
rose, tier on tier till the desired height was arrived at. Then the roof
poles were cut and laid side by side from one wall to the other, on a gentle
slope. Too much slope would encourage the sods, which were laid on the pole
ceiling, to slide down gradually, and give problems at a most inconvenient
Paul Homer stayed for 3 years, keeping his eyes open and `learning
the ropes'. He then went to Bolton, a community named after Senator Bolton,
of the Bolton Scouts in the Riel Rebellion skirmishes. There he worked for
William Hembroff who had a log house. Here Paul found that as the sods
settled a little, so the snow would drift in on his bedding, he sleeping in
the loft area, climbing a ladder at bed-time. The Hembroffs had 2 or 3
children, and on the next farm, several miles away, was a family by the name
of Pierce, they with about 6 children, so there were play-times together for
the youngsters.
Paul heard of a good area near Neepawa and hired out to Ned
Nicholson who had settled there from Ontario a few years before. Ned had a
brother Fred, and 3 sisters, and it was not too long before Ned's sister
Emily was noticed - which later led to a wedding.
Paul's vivid recollections included the hunting parties that went to
the Riding Mountains, sometimes in winter where they set up tent camps and
everyone, the girls in long dresses, woolen scarves and mitts, did their bit
with camp chores; the huge amounts of wood that had to be hauled to the
farms every winter, this chore occupying a great deal of time, and coping
with blizzards, drifts, load upsets, not to mention the cold; the warm
welcome that met every traveler, and the whole-hearted assistance that was
given to any in time of need. On the not-so-nice side was his recollection
of the smelly oil lamps that were the norm of those days (or nights). The
refineries were not so 'refined' as they are today, and artificial light
left its odor.
A little later, Paul bought a farm next to Ned's, calling it "Dormston Manor
Farm" Dormston being the name of his old home. He built his own house which
still stands to-day, and being a man who possessed a good share of
engineering skills and common sense, he designed and built a very efficient
furnace, which took 4 logs, and heated his spacious house very well. He
enjoyed music, and as the community grew, many evenings of music and
theatricals were enjoyed in their living room. Paul kept his ear to the
ground, and when the government offered samples of Marquis wheat (the first
wheat to be developed free of smut) he ordered some, and in a few years was
able to sell all he could grow for seed, as Marquis quickly became the
desired variety, and certainly made a successful farmer out of Paul Homer.
'On the farm' repairs always faced a farmer and still does.
Adaptability and ingenuity being a necessary attribute for a success story.
Not long after Paul had bought himself an 1897 Winchester 12 gauge pump shot
gun, he laid it on the canvas platform of the binder, as he often carried it
with him in case a good target showed up providing a meal. In an unthinking
moment he started up the machine again with the gun still lying there. The
barrel got bent of course, but nothing daunted, Paul conceived a perfect
repair. As his house was adjacent to the creek he went to an upstairs window
and after firing a shell at a target in the creek, he could see the variance
by the pattern of the pellets hitting the water. Then came a delicate series
of adjustments to the bent barrel, and finally, after a number of tests, he
found that he had a `straight shooter' again.
On a visit to his home in England, Paul extolled the adventures and
challenges of life on the prairies, and suggested to his young brother,
Benjamin, 6 years his junior, that he would do well to go back with him to
the 'new land'. Ben did, and 1893 saw him in Canada, first with his brother,
then with Richard Lea of the Franklin area, and then with Ned Nicholson,
finally getting a farm at Hallboro, eventually extending it to over 800
acres, and calling it "Poplar Grove Ranch." The land being very light in
many parts, he found it unsuitable for sustained agricultural production,
and being very fond of horses, Ben soon developed a good blood line and his
mares kept the horse-power well up in that area. His huge barn was a very
impressive addition to the landscape. During this period, their sister Pat
visited with them both for extended periods. She was later married to Arthur
Swindell at Minnedosa by the Rev. E.A. Wharton Gill, author of "A Manitoba
Chore Boy". They made their home in Winnipeg for many years.
Paul developed a health problem, and after taking a look at
Vancouver Island, returned to Neepawa, again recommending to his young
brother, that a move to the Coast would be a good one. 1911 saw the Homer
brothers move to the Victoria area, where they carved new careers before
retiring to enjoy the balmy climate of the Coast. Paul's daughter, 2 sons,
grandchildren and relatives are residents there to-day.
Paul's farm was bought by Hughie Campbell, now owned by his son
Allan, in what is now known as the Rosedale District, and Ben's acreage was
eventually split up and bought by W. Boutillier, G.F. Elsey, and one or two
others, whose names are unknown. Thus and thus were the battles of the
prairies fought. [Heritage - "A history of the town of Neepawa and District
as told and recorded by its people" published in 1983, in recognition of its
100th anniversary of the town's founding]
- - [end] - - Excepts of the book "Heritage - A history of the Town of
Neepawa and District as told and recorded by its people" published in 1983
in recognition of its 100th anniversary of the town's founding]
Notes for Emily (Spouse 1)
In the July to September 1872 birth index Emily Nicholson, South Shields, Durham, volume 10a, page 718

In the 1881 census Boldon, South Shields, Durham
Head James Nicholson, age 50, Provision? Merchant, born Hexham, Northumberland
Wife Mary A. Nicholson, age 41, born Gainford, Durham
Son Edward W. Nicholson, age 18, born South Shields, Durham
Daughter Alice C. Nicholson, age 16, scholar, born South Shields
Daughter Elizabeth K. Nicholson, age 14, scholar, born South Shields
Son Frederick J. Nicholson, age 11, scholar, born South Shields
Daughter Emily Nicholson, age 8, scholar, born South Shields
Daughter Agnes M. Nicholson, age 4, born South Shields
Daughter Ethel M. Nicholson, age 3, born South Shields
3 servants - a cook, a general servant and a groom

Listed in the British Columbia death index age 80, January 13, 1953, Victoria. BC.


Five years later, in 1912, his widow (he being James Nicholson), the beloved Mary Ann, emigrated to Victoria, British Columbia along with her youngest daughter Ethel Maude (and her husband David Reid) and her third-born daughter Emily (and her husband Paul Homer).  A curious side note to this story is that the birth of Andrew Reid [Ethel's son] in England April 8, 1912 caused the emigrating party to delay their planned April 10, 1912 departure on the Titanic to another Cunard ship sailing a month later. 
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Arrived June 3, 1912, Quebec on the Megantic, Emily Homer, adult, returning Canadian, lived in Manitoba, destination Victoria, British Columbia. John Homer, age 4, born Canada. Paul, infant, born Canada. Also on the ship Mrs James Nicholson and Agnes Nicholson. As well as Mrs David Reid, age 30 and Andrew Reid 2 months old, also bound for Victoria.

and also
   5  Emily NICHOLSON #62 b. 1872 South Shields, Durham, England d. 13-Jan-1953 Victoria, BC 
               m.  Paul HOMER #65 m. 1908 b. c.1872 
               6  Paul Frederick HOMER #467 b. 1909 Franklin, Manitoba d. ABT 1993 
                    m.  Anna LOMAS #470 
               6  John K. "Jack" HOMER #468 (details excluded) 
                   m.  Meneen Madelene DIXON #471 b. 1906 England? d. 1996 
                          [daughter of Madeline Dixon #5276]
               6  Joan HOMER #469 (details excluded) 
                   m.  W. M. YATES Col. #474 d. BFR 1997 
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