Rev. James C. Healy 1
- Born: May 1854, Canada
- Marriage (1): Matilda Frances Wallace about 1878 in North Dakota, United States
- Died: 30 Nov 1905, East Los Angeles (Los Angeles), Los Angeles, California, United States at age 51 2 3
- Buried: Mountain View Cemetery, Pasadena (Altadena), Los Angeles, California, United States 4
Another name for James was Rev. J. C. Healy.
James Healy was one of the original 12 settlers in Drayton, North Dakota. This James C. Healy is probably the same person. If so, he was also the first teacher in the first school, which was built in 1880.
He was probably the brother of Serena Healy, first wife of Albert J. Wallace. (Albert Wallace was also one of the original 12 settlers.) The names Serena Healy (20) and James Healy (17) appear in the same household in the 1871 Ontario census. His brother George W. Healy was in the same household in the 1880 U.S. Census in North Dakota.
His father was probably Rev. Almon Healy, who died on 13 January 1900 in Long Beach, California. Almon Healy's obituary lists five surviving children in California, one of whom is Rev. James Healy. There is no mention in the obituary of George W. Healy, though he was living at the time. Serena had passed away by 1900.
From History of Long Island: From Its Earliest Settlement to the Present Time, vol. III
by Peter Ross, New York, 1903, p. 114 :
"George Wallace is descended from a Scotch family which has contributed members to every honorable and useful walk of life. His father, Donald Wallace, a native of Scotland, born in 1816, recently died in California, in the eighty-seventh year of his age. He reared a family of nine children, all but one of whom are living and occupying excellent business and social positions. The youngest son, a member of Roosevelt's 'Rough Riders' regiment, lost his life in the Spanish-American war. The eldest, John D., has long been a promient business man and a leader in Republican councils in North Dakota, and is now the county judge of Pembina county; Charles L. is editor of the leading Republican newspaper in Nassau county, at Rockville Center, also a promient operator in real estate. Albert J. and Frank S., as the firm of Wallace Bros., are at the head of large business enterprises at Los Angeles, Pasadena and elsewhere in California. Lavinia M. is the wife of R. H. Young, editor of the 'Methodist Herald,' of Minneapolis, Minnesota; Matilda H. is the wife of the Rev. James Healy, a Methodist Episcopal clergyman filling a pastorate in Southern California; and Mary A. is wife of S. Frank Johnson, a banker at Pasadena, California."
From the "History of Drayton, ND" (http://draytonnd.com/living-in-drayton/history-of-drayton-nd/):
In late March 1878 a group of individuals met in Drayton, Ontario, Canada, for the purpose of planning their migration to the newly explored lands of the province of Manitoba. The decision was made to leave Drayton on April 10. The original party consisted of J. Walter Fawcett, his wife and child, Ezra Healy, his wife and child, Albert Wallace, Wesley Patmore, James Healy, Harry Wallace, and George W. Healy. This small group was joined enroute by Alexander McCrea, and they traveled by rail to a point 12 miles east of Grand Forks, ND. They had their baggage shipped to Fisher's Landing (then the northermost end of the railway), from which they traveled on foot and wagon through the Red River Valley to Pembina, ND. Impressed with the area, they decided to stay, and A. W. McCrea, as eldest man in the company was given the right to choose the spot for a new settlement. He chose the present location of Drayton, which was eventurally named for the settlers' Canadian hometown.
Within weeks of the first settlers' arrival, at least three cabins had been erected, and prairie was broken to begin farming on each of the claims selected by members of the little colony. The population was augmented by the arrival of other individuals attracted by letters from their settler friends, including Henry Healy, Frank Wallace, Rev. Almon Healy and his wife, A. W. McCrea's family, William Mills, Frank Healy, Robert Tweedlie, Nathan Upham, James Bellamy, T. U. Henry,l Ambrose Smith, Joseph Smith and his son D. K. Smith, R. B. Richardson, Isaac Mussel, and Charles, Frank, and Richard Edwards and their mother. 5 6
Obituary from Los Angeles Express, 30 November 1905:
Sudden Death of Minister
Rev. J. C. Healy, Pastor of Asbury Methodist Episcopal Church, Passes Away at California Hospital
Stomach Trouble Cause of Demise
Was Sick About Ten Days and Succumbs to Effects of Long-Delayed Operation--Funeral Will Take Place Saturday
Rev. J. C. Healy, pastor of Asbury Methodist Episcopal church of this city, died this morning at 11 o'clock in the California hospital, where he was moved yesterday afternoon from his home. He had been sick about ten days with an old stomach trouble. The operation was for gall-stones, but was too late. The patient did not rally from the operation.
Decedent was born in Canada in 1854, and received his education at the University of Victoria college. He moved to North Dakota in 1878, and there was married to Miss Matilda Wallace, a sister of A. J. Wallace of this city.
In 1886 he moved to the Southern California conference, serving as pastor on several charges. He was well beloved as a pastor and was noted for building up weak charges. He was on his third year at Asbury church, during which time he built a fine, new church home. His wife survives him and an only son, Fred W. Healy, with the German-American Savings bank of this city.
Decedent was a brother of Dr. E. A. Healy, pastor of University M. E. church.
Funeral will be held from Asbury Methodist church at 1 p.m. Saturday.
Obituary from the Los Angeles Times, Friday, 1 Dec 1905:
PASTOR CALLED FROM ASBURY.
DEATH CLAIMS REV. J. C. HEALY, ILL BUT TEN DAYS.
Prominent and Successful East Los Angeles Methodist Minister Succumbs Soon After Operation. Man of Unassuming Manner, "He Went About Doing Good."
Rev. J. C. Healy, pastor of the Asbury Methodist Episcopal Church, on North Workman street, East Los Angelews, died at 11 o'clock yesterday morning at the California Hospital.
He had been ill only ten days, and his condition was not considered secious [sic] until within the past two days. A complications of stomach troubles set in, and an operation became necessary. This was performed on Wednesday evening, but despite the utmost care of the physicians, de3ath ensued fourteen hours later.
The funeral services will be held tomorrow at 1 o'clock, in the Asbury Church. Several ministers with whom the deceased had long been associated, will take part in the services, and the principal address will be made by Dr. J. B. Green, who for several years was Mr. Healy's presiding elder.
Rev. Mr. Healy was a member of the Southern California Conference Quintette, which often sang at the conference sessions and other Methodist meetings of pominence. The music at the funeral services will be by the remaining four members of the quintette, D. B. C. Cory of Vincent Church, Rev. G. W. Coultas of South Pasadena, Rev. L. D. Van Arnum of Alhambra, Rev. C. A. Todd.
The interment will be in Mountain View Cemetery, Pasadena.
The deceased leaves a widow and one son, Fred Healy of the German-American Savings Bank. He also leaves a sister, Mrs. Dayman of Long Beach and four brothers, Henry Healy of Ontario, Frank Healy of Stockton, G. W. Healy of Drayton, N. D., and Dr. E. A. Healy, pastor of the University Methodist Church, Los Angeles.
J. C. Healy was born in Canada, 51 years ago, and was educated at the Victoria University, Ontario. He began his ministry in North Dakota, in the church of Walhalla, in that State. For a time he was assistant pastor, with Rev. Matt Hughes, in Wesley Church, Minneapolis.
REV. JAMES C. HEALY
1854 - 1905
MATILDA H. HEALY
1855 - 1935
They went about doing good
Noted events in his life were:
• Settled, Apr 1878, Drayton, Pembina, Dakota Territory (North Dakota), United States. 7 James Healy was one of the original 12 settlers in Drayton, North Dakota.
From City History of Drayton at www.draytonnd.com:
"In late March 1878 a group of individuals met in Drayton, Ontario, Canada, for the purpose of planning their migration to the newly explored lands of the province of Manitoba. The decision was made to leave Drayton on April 10. The original party consisted of J. Walter Fawcett, his wife and child, Ezra Healy, his wife and child, Albert Wallace, Wesley Patmore, James Healy, Harry Wallace, and George W. Healy. This small group was joined enroute by Alexander McCrea, and they traveled by rail to a point 12 miles east of Grand Forks, ND. They had their baggage shipped to Fisher's Landing (then the northernmost end of the railway), from which they traveled on foot and wagon through the Red River Valley to Pembina, ND. Impressed with the area, they decided to stay, and A.W. McCrea, as eldest man in the company, was given the right to choose the spot for a new settlement. He chose the present location of Drayton, which was eventually named for the settlers' Canadian hometown."
• Built: and taught at the first school, 1880, Drayton, Pembina, Dakota Territory (North Dakota), United States. 7
• Census: U.S, 1880, Drayton, Pembina, Dakota Territory (North Dakota), United States. 8 Resided with his brother George W. Healy.
• Occupation: farmer, 1880, Drayton, Pembina, Dakota Territory (North Dakota), United States.
• Acquired: Homestead patent, Jun 1883, Drayton, Pembina, Dakota Territory (North Dakota), United States. 9 One-quarter of section 35 (next to his brother H. W. Healy).
• Moved: to Southern California, 1886, California, United States.
• Occupation: minister of the Methodist Episcopal Church: California, United States. In Southern California, probably Los Angeles County.
• Residence: Orange Avenue, 1900, Monrovia, Los Angeles, California, United States.
• Census: U.S, 9 Jun 1900, El Monte Twp, Monrovia, Los Angeles, California, United States. 10 Household:
Orange Avenue, El Monte Twp, Monrovia city
James C. Healey, head, 46, May 1854, Canada (Eng), parents born New York, preacher
Matilda H. Healey, wife, 45, Dec 1855, Canada (Eng), Scotland, England,
Fredrick W. Healey, son, 16, Dec 1883, North Dakota
• Marriage, 3 Jun 1905, Los Angeles, California, United States. 11 Ceremony performed by Fred's father, Rev. James C. Healy, witnessed by G. B. Goldman of Altadena and Ethel George of Los Angeles.
• Occupation: Pastor of Asbury Methodist Episcopal Church, Until 30 nov 1905, Los Angeles, California, United States. Los Angeles Express, 30 Nov 1905.
Courtesy of Claremont Colleges Digital Library
Asbury ME Church may have been located in Lincoln Heights (Los Angeles 90031).
• Religion: Methodist Episcopal.
James married Matilda Frances Wallace, daughter of Donald Wallace and Harriet Lasby, about 1878 in North Dakota, United States. (Matilda Frances Wallace was born in Dec 1855 in <Canada West (Ontario)>, Canada, died on 11 Jan 1935 in Los Angeles, California, United States and was buried in Mountain View Cemetery, Altadena, Los Angeles, California, United States.)