Fonds CR-54 - Leary family fonds

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Leary family fonds

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  • 1897-[196-?] (Creation)
    Leary (family)

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10 cm of textual records;54 photograph prints

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William Henry Leary (1833-1918), his wife Sarah Ann Godkin (1831-1915) and their four children, William J. (1864-1941), Alfred R. (1865-1945), David E. (1874-1938), and Alice, moved from Ontario to Manitoba (to join William's brothers) then to Ladner B.C. in the 1890s. William and his sons worked in and managed canneries in Ladner and up the Northern coast. William J. also farmed, later moving to Merritt B.C. A.R.Leary lived his whole life in Ladner. He married Margaret Watson (1873-1945) and had four sons and four daughters. One of his daughters, Violet, married James Scott, the parents of Gordon Scott. David married Annie Otts (1873-1961), a widow with one daughter Frances, and they had one daughter Mabel, who married James MacNamara.

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Textual records consist of legal records belonging to A.R. Leary including land deeds, mortgage papers, and fire insurance policies. The fonds also includes British Columbia history and geography textbooks, newspaper clippings, a June 3, 1948 issue of the Ladner Optimist, school certificates, a short history of Vancouver, May Day raffle tickets, rules and regulations of the Grand Black Chapter of Ireland, programs, receipts, notebooks, correspondence, etc. It also contains genealogical notes on the Leary family compiled by Mabel MacNamara and Laura Miller. The fonds includes photographs of men during the gold rush, Knickerbocker's Barber Shop, schools and students, Ladner Ferry, World War I tanks, logging, canneries, ferries, etc. as well as photographs of various members of the Leary family.

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Preliminary folder inventory and item level descriptions of the photographs available. To view reference copies of photographs, see Photograph Reference binders under photo number.

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BCAUL control number: DMA-306

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