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Harold Hastings Davison

Harold Hastings Davison[1, 2, 3]

Male 1919 - 1943  (24 years)

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  • Name Harold Hastings Davison  [4
    Born 26 Feb 1919  [4
    Gender Male 
    Occupation Royal Canadian Air Force instructor pilot  [4
    FindAGrave URL 
    FindAGrave ID 124305449 
    FamilySearch ID LDJ9-CRY 
    FamilySearch URL 
    Died 19 Mar 1943  [4
    Buried Fonthill Cemetery, Niagra Regional Municipality, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Person ID I845  Main
    Last Modified 25 Feb 2020 

    Father Harold Doran Davison,   b. 15 Aug 1890,   d. 21 Aug 1965  (Age 75 years) 
    Mother Helen Hastings,   b. Nov 1891, prob. Pittsburgh, PA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Apr 1925  (Age ~ 33 years) 
    Married Oct 1914  Boston, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 6, 7
    • Conversation notes with Margaret Helen Davison Lathrop:

      "She was the true love of his life - Helen Hastings and Harold eloped to Boston and were married at the Copley Plaza in 1914"

      Notes from Philip Spencer:

      "I had also spoken to Mrs Lathrop and she told me the same thing (eloped to Boston), along with a couple of other stories. However, I have recently found these 2 news clips:

      September 3, 1914

      The Jeffersonian-Democrat
      Invitations are out for the marriage, on September 16th, to Miss Helen Brown Hastings, granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. James L. Brown of South Pickering Street,Brookville, to Harold D. Davison, of St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada, at Boston, Mass

      September 10, 1914

      The Clarion Democrat
      The invitations have been issued for the marriage of Helen Brown Hastings, a granddaughter of Mr and Mrs James L Brown of Brookville, and a niece of Frank K Brown and Mrs Lewis Callner . The happy groom to be is Mr Harold D Davison of St Catherines Ontario.

      Notes from Hal Lathrop:

      When the Davison Lumber company was sold [in 1902] it was purchased by a company associated with Helen Hastings' family.

      Ralph Burgoyne notes in an article in the Bridgewater Bulletin, April 8, 1981:

      "The Mill, the largest ever in Nova Scotia, was built by an American Company headed by John Hastings of Michingan in 1902. They bought out E.D. Davison & Sons lumber business and operated under the name Davison Lumber Company. They built the mill across the lake from Springfield and named the place Hastings, after John Hastings."

      JSH notes:

      So, Harold "Skipper" Doran Davison was 12 years old at the time E. D. Davison and Sons was purchased by John Hastings in 1902. John Hastings would become Harold Davison's father-in-law in 1914 - 12 years later. [8, 9]
    Hastings - Davison wedding
    Hastings - Davison wedding
    Hastings - Davison wedding
    Hastings - Davison wedding
    Hastings Davison wedding
    Hastings Davison wedding
    Family ID F367  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
    Davison Cousins - 1934 Group Photo
    Davison Cousins - 1934 Group Photo
    (hover mouse over person to see name, click for more details) Hal Lathrop notes: "From a small 5 1/2 x 3 1/4 photo. Very yellowed! Taken to the right of the porch at aunt Lou and Allie's Red Top [in Bridgewater, NS]. Mum puts her age at 18 - therefore Hal is 16. The picture can then be dated summer of 1934." Individuals identified by Margaret Helen Lathrop in 2007. Hal Lathrop Collection.
    Harold Hastings Davison
    Harold Hastings Davison
    1934 photo. Identified by Margaret Helen Lathrop in 2007. Hal Lathrop Collection.

  • Notes 
    • Died age 24 while flying an airplane in the Royal Canadian Air Force. His mother died when he was six years old. His father re-married when he was 14.

      Hal Lathrop interview notes from 21 May 2007: He was an Air Force pilot. Mum has a photo of him standing next to the airplane he eventuall died in. He was an instructor pilot. He had never blacked out before, but on the fatal trip it is believed he blacked out while in a dive and the airplane went straight into the ground. There was nothing left. Beleive he was the only one aboard. As with all deaths while in service, the family received a letter from the queen expressing condolences and expressing gratitude on behalf of the nation for his service."

      Spencer Howell notes: "Killed in a Royal Canadian Air Force training mission along with his student during WWII. He was a pilot instructor." [10]

  • Sources 
    1. [S2] JSH Feb 13 2003 gedcom, John S. Howell, Jr.

    2. [S192] J Spencer Howell - Interviews with JSHJr., John Spencer Howell, Jr., (Personal interviews with Dad.).

    3. [SAuth] John Spencer Howell, Jr., John Spencer Howell, Jr., (

    4. [S1210] Charles Donald Davison's Tree, Charles Donald Davison, (Copy of tree provided to John Howell by Stuart Davison upon our visit at his home on 23 Jul 2005.), Section "D" (Reliability: 0).

    5. [S1656], 124305442 (Reliability: 3).

    6. [S1218] Hal Lathrop, (Welland, Ontario, Canada), 20 Aug 2005 (Reliability: 0).

    7. [S1292] Margaret Helen Davison Lathrop, Tel conv. 6 Feb 2006 - eloped to Boston, married at the Copley Plaza in 1914 (Reliability: 0).

    8. [S1292] Margaret Helen Davison Lathrop, Telephone conv. 6 Feb 2006 - eloped to Boston - Copley Plaza 1914 (Reliability: 0).

    9. [S1479] Philip Spencer, Philip Spencer, (, email to JSH 17 Oct 2019 (Reliability: 3).

    10. [S1218] Hal Lathrop, (Welland, Ontario, Canada), Telephone interview 21 May, 2007 (Reliability: 0).