Janet May Malcolm


Janet May Malcolm, 1893-1978, who went by May, the oldest of the surviving children of Huntley Malcolm and Janet Inglis Winter, was born in the family home, “The Thicket.” She was nineteen years old in 1913 when she married Philip Dearlove in Birtle in the middle of winter.

Philip Nicholson Dearlove, was born, according to his birth registration, in March 1889 in Wisbech, Cambridgeshire, England, to Thomas and Mary Dearlove. Phil emigrated from England in 1906 and moved to Manitoba, settling in the Blenheim area.

May and Phil had two daughters, Janet Mary and Phyllis Millicent. In 1927, when his daughters were still young, Phil left for Kenya to farm with his brother-in-law, Alison Smith. Although he returned to Canada to visit, he went back to Kenya where he died in 1955. He was buried in the churchyard of St. Margaret's Anglican Church in his village of Kipkabus, Kenya, where, many years later, his grandson, David S. Miller, who had never met him, visited his grave.


Meanwhile, May left for Seattle from Victoria, British Columbia, in January 1928, aboard the SS Princess Adelaide, a Canadian Pacific Railroad boat. By 1930, she was living in Seattle, divorced from Philip, working as a beauty parlor operator, her two daughters living with her. That same year she married Claude Stockdale, 1874-1952, who was born in Leeds, Yorkshire, England. Claude had immigrated to Canada in 1893 and then to the United States in 1929, settling in Seattle.

In 1932 May filed a Declaration of Intention to become a citizen and was naturalized in April 1936.

Claude died in 1952 and was buried in Birtle, Manitoba. May, sometime after his death, moved to Vancouver. She was nearly twenty years younger than Claude and lived until 1978 when she died in Vancouver, at age eighty-five. She is buried beside Claude in the Birtle Cemetery.

Related Links
George John Huntley Malcolm
Children of Huntley Malcolm
Emily Miller and George Malcolm
The Miller Family
Descendants of Emily Frances Miller and George Malcolm
The Miller family

Photos of May and Marion Malcom provided thanks to Heather McKenzie and May Wady, descendants.

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14 February 2023

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