Memorable Manitobans: Joseph Henry Bossons (1859-1938)
Born at Cheshire, England on 16 May 1859, son of James Bossons and Elizabeth Ford, he emigrated to Canada in 1879. He lived successively at Portage la Prairie (1883-1898), Swan River (?-?), and Dauphin (1908-?), working as an architect until at least 1918.
He and first wife Julia Asbury (1859-1922) had nine children: Arthur James Bossons (1879-1958), Frederick W. “Fred” Bossons (1883-1973), Frank Edward Bossons (1885-1955), Gertrude Elizabeth “Gertie” Bossons (1887-?, wife of William Herward Morison), Alice Bossons (1889-?), Cecil William Bossons (1891-1985), Ellen “Nellie” Bossons (1895-?), Clarence Bossons (1898-1988), and Albert Victor Bossons (1901-1967). His second marriage on 12 March 1925 was to widow Carrie Rachel Jones (1859-1947) at Vancouver, British Columbia.
He died at Burnaby, British Columbia on 17 November 1938.
Some of his architectural works in Manitoba:
Birth and marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
“Tenders wanted,” Swan River Star, 29 March 1900, page 8.
1901 and 1911 Canada censuses, Automated Genealogy.
“Tenders for public buildings, Dauphin,” Winnipeg Tribune, 21 June 1916, page 2.
Marriage registration [Joseph Henry Bossons, Carrie Jones Freeman], British Columbia Vital Statistics.
Death registrations [Joseph Henry Bossons, Carrie Bossons], British Columbia Vital Statistics.
Carrie Rachel Jones Bossons, FindAGrave.
Biographical Dictionary of Architects in Canada, 1800-1950 by Robert G. Hill, Toronto.
We thank Rob McInnes, Robert Hill, and Ed Krahn for providing additional information used here.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 6 September 2023