I have become fascinated with the gunsmith W. H. Tisdall of Birmingham England. The York Sunbury Museum office has received two enquiries concerning Tisdall both of which can be found on our blog (Cape Rifle Made by W. H. Tisdall of Birmingham England and W. H. Tisdall & Sons Birmingham & Frederickton NB, makers of fine shotguns in the 1860s).
While copying MC300 listings to the blog I came across the Tisdall name in Clippings (MS19 – 20 to 103) and contacted the archives for a copy of the file. The Archivist, the fabulous Mr. Farrell, sent me a copy of the newspaper clipping as well as a screen shot of the Danny Johnson material on the PANB website. Mr. Farrell also did a quick check of the 1881 census but did not see any sign of the family. I checked the 1878 Atlas of York County New Brunswick by Halfpenny & Co. and could not find any Tisdall’s on Queen Street west of Phoenix Square. That does not mean they were not there. I find that west of Smythe Street (Wellington Ward) is not documented as well as King’s and Queen’s Wards.
I have collected my findings here and this is what I have learned about the Tisdall family thus far.
W. H. Tisdall was a gunsmith in Birmingham England who moved to Fredericton, New Brunswick some time in the mid 19th-century. He carried on his business in Fredericton “not far west of Phoenix Square” (City Hall). W. H. Tisdall worked with his son, probably C. H. Tisdall and in 1888, C. H. moved to Vancouver where he operated a “gun-factory” with his father and pursued a career in politics.
I would love to know more … does anyone have anything to share?!