Born: January 9th, 1899, at 29 Govanhill St., Hutchesontown, Glasgow, Scotland.
Married: April 5th, 1926, Trinity Memorial Church, N.D.G., Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Died: October 1st, 1965, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Buried: Rideau Memorial Garden, Pointe Claire, Quebec, Canada
James Verner Waddell, known as "Jim", was born on January 9th, 1899, at 29 Govanhill Street in the suburb of Govanhill, part of the district of Hutchesontown, Glasgow, Scotland.
According to his birth certificate, his father John was an iron turner, that is: he used a lathe to turn items from iron. It shows that his mother, Margaret's, maiden name was Verner, hence James' middle name.
On the 6th of March,1899, James was baptized at a UP (United Presbyterian Church) in Govanhill. The family's address is the same on the census, although, curiously, John's wife's name is noted as Jane.
After their marriage December 31st, 1891, at 1 Cullen Street, Coatbridge, John and Margaret, a.k.a. Maggie, lived at 3 Cullen Street, next door to John's parents, Archibald Wotherspoon Waddell and Janet Neilson (nee Hutton). This is where their first child, Esther, was born on November 30th, 1892.
Both James' second sister, Jeannie, and brother, Archibald were born at 180 Bank Street, Coatbridge, on June 1st, 1894 and September 19th, 1896 respectively.
Eldest sister, Esther married James Graham with whom she had a son, Jack Graham. Esther and James stayed in the Glasgow area while Jack eventually moved with his wife, Margaret (nee Hillyer) and children to the area of Bournemouth, Hampshire, England.
Jeanie married James Graham's cousin, James Reid, but died in 1917 after giving birth to their child, Margaret Verner Reid.
Archibald, his elder brother, married twice, but never sired any children. He and his wife Beatrice lived in Waterlooville, near Portsmouth, Hampshire.
With an older brother and probably a few cousins to play with, Jim didn't suffer from loneliness. He played soccer quite well and could demonstrate his skill even into his 40's or 50's.