Salt Spring Island Archives
Stevens now 961 North End Road
Mr and Mrs Stevens, friends and relatives.
Stevens family is photographed, with their near-neighbours the Broadwells,
219.jpg (Toynbee collection I assume)
From this same photograph, we can see that the man driving the cart
is Mr. Stevens (Henry - on the left in 079.jpg with the colourful beard).
The couple on the right are Mr and Mrs. Broadwell. I'm pretty sure the
young man above is Walter Stevens, but I don't remember if the young
woman beside Henry Stevens is Eva Jenkins - to my eye she appears to
be the same person who, in the 017010i3 close-up is seated beside Mrs
Stevens, rather than the younger girl seated below her. She could be
Ann Stevens' sister Sarah, but Sarah was only 3 years younger than Ann
- this woman is of a younger generation, the same generation as the
Rev. Wilson daughters, in 1901 in their young 20's. Eva Jenkins, aged
17 in 1901, could be the girl seated beside her foster mother Mrs Stevens
in the 017010i3 close-up, and between her foster parents in 079.jpg
attached. Eva could also be the the girl seated below Mrs Stevens in
the 017010i3 close-up. I'm sure I have a pic with Eva Jenkins identified
for sure, but can't immediately locate one here....
Well, we could establish what age they might all be, and somewhat else besides, from Census information -
Henry Stevens and his wife Ann (no final 'e' in either the 1891 or
1901 census) immigrated to Canada in 1872, according to the 1901 census
records that Henry was an English Anglican - I believe Rev. Wilson records
that they donated the rocky high portion of their land as the place
for St. Mark's church to be erected.
In the 1891 census, Raffles Purdy was recorded as lodging with them,
while teaching (at Central School - Vesuvius they called it then) nearby.
Eventually, his middle daughter of three, Margaret Cunningham, would
be proud and pleased to be living where her father once lived. Mary
Inglin was his eldest daughter, the youngest was called Helen and died
I would suggest that the photograph is closer to 1901 than to 1891.
In the 1901 census, Henry is recorded as being 63, d.o.b. 15 June 1837,
farming, literate, and $700 per annum (quite a bit)
- Why not indeed! I have other things I ought to have been doing, this has been much more time-consuming and more enjoyable!
But the question "Why was this photograph taken?" is no small
Eva Jenkins, aged 17 in 1901, could be the girl seated beside her foster
mother Mrs Stevens in the 017010i3 close-up, and between her foster
parents in 079.jpg attached. Eva could also be the the girl seated below
Mrs Stevens in the 017010i3 close-up. I'm sure I have a pic with Eva
Jenkins identified for sure, but can't immediately locate one here....
I think it's the old Stevens boarding house on North End Road near
Islands Heritage Buildings
Historical Notes: The Henry Stevens family moved into a log house on a farm at Central Settlement in 1887. They hired Samuel Beddis and son Charles to build this large white frame house which soon became "Stevens' Boarding House". It was a very special place, the focal point for nearly everyone who visited the north end of Salt Spring Island. Until Ganges began to develop (after c. 1905), there was no where else to stay on the island except at "Travellers' Rest" in the Burgoyne Valley (see SALT SPRING—35). For example, Henry Bullock stayed here (in 1892) while his 12room mansion was being built (now gone), as did Rev. E. F. Wilson, Salt Spring's new Anglican clergyman in 1894. The parish of St. Mark's also used the boarding house for most of its regular meetings.
In 1889 Mr. and Mrs. Henry Stevens donated an acre on the hill above their house for a building site for an Anglican church (St. Mark's). When Walter Stephens (a nephew) and his wife Eva inherited the property, they no longer ran the house as a hotei and named the property "Church Hill Farm" instead.
Over the years, a lean-to was added to the back of the house and the attractive wrap-around verandah removed. Other than that, the house retains much of its original character.
Sources of Information:—Times Past, pp. 41-43.
—Bea Hamilton, 1969. Salt Spring Island, pp. 104, 115.
—Snapshots of Early Salt Spring, page 43.
—St. Mark's Church Diamond Jubilee (1892-1952) booklet.
Maybe you'd like to add the pics as well?
And a note re dating of 2006017010
There was a Frank Stevens who worked in Mouat's. Died about in the
70s. Possibly a son of Francis ? Try Joan McLean she is a daughter of
Jimmy Stevens ( son of Eva's,I think) The Anglican church records might
have some helpful stuff.
On Mar 5, 2007, at 3:46 pm, royaltruk wrote:
Re Carol Jenkins' note:
Great to find that Eva Jenkins' father was Mrs. Stevens' sister-in-law's
(Mrs. Stevens - Ann - was married to Henry Stevens, brother to Mr. Francis Stevens, who married Emily Jenkins, sister to Charles Frederick Jenkins, father to five children in addition to the youngest two, Eva and Myrtle. Francis, Emily and Charles all living in Victoria while the Stevens and Eva and Myrtle were living on Salt Spring. The five older Jenkins children are mentioned by Margaret Cunningham, in Times Past (p.43) where she writes that the Stevens couple "were friends with" the Jenkins couple and their family of six children, and when the mother died having the seventh child, Mrs. Emily Beddis adopted the newborn baby, and Mrs. Steven promptly took in Eva and raised her. Margaret would know this from her father Raffles Purdy, brother to Emily Beddis and boarder in the Stevens Boarding House for ten years, from when it was built in 1887 until he retired in 1897 from teaching 12 years in the Central school nearby.)
I can clarify the relationship between the Beddis family and Myrtle
- why she was adopted by Mrs. Beddis.
My memory asserts that the father, Charles Frederick Jenkins, who was a carpenter in Lime Bay, Victoria West, was able to assist financially in the care of these two daughters, but not able to bring them up himself. When I first contributed to the conversation, that I could quote Charles Jenkins' middle name tells me I had my source notes in hand. Tonight I don't remember their oigin. My guess would be that I remember the financial arrangement because it was first put there by Mary Inglin. The information was followed up in less memorable census and church records. Mary Inglin and Margaret Cunningham were sisters, daughters of Raffles Purdy (they have both died). Mrs. Beddis (née Emily Purdy) was their aunt (sister to their father Raffles Purdy).
All such relationships far easier understood by me when drawn in a chart - I hope text alone is comprehensible.
I could add here that I am rather fond of a number of Salt Spring Island women, for the influence they had over families other than their own - women like Granny Gyves in the south, Mrs. Griffiths (later Mrs. Booth) in the north, Emily Beddis on the east side of the island, and Mrs. Stevens at Central. Mrs. Griffiths and Mrs. Stevens, without children of their own, took on the upkeep and upbringing of the children of others, while running businesses with and for husbands who became unwell. They both seem to have been warmly appreciated for their good hearts.
Re Historical Notes paragraph below the Cunningham House photograph
Besides the regular meetings of the parish of St. Mark's, The Stevens Boarding House served as a general gathering place for islanders from further afield - much the same service Harbour House Hotel served later. Margaret Cunningham writes in Past Times (p.41) that from 1887 it was a very special place, "the focal point for for all the comings and goings of nearly everyone who came to this end of Salt Spring Island ... while looking for land, or for other business or pleasure reasons."
It was here that a historic meeting was held which came up with the idea of calling a meeting of farmers from north to south of the island, and from the Outer Gulf Islands, with the idea of forming what became the Islands Farmers Institute, whose first decisions were to build the island's first community hall (Central Hall), and to hold the island's first annual Fall Fair. Since this meeting in the Stevens Boarding House occurred while the community-minded Rev. Wilson was boarding there, I suspect he played a part in bringing about such a meeting, and the Stevens' well-settled neighbour Mr. Broadwell was likely to have been a man with a vision to spread around. One could say the Boarding House contributed to the development of the island's community, by being somewhere people with such ideas and stamina could meet to spark ideas off each other and spread their inspirations further.
Re Henry Stevens' death, I'm afraid that if it is indeed Henry who is erroneously listed in the 1911 census, Reverend Wilson's monthly records won't be of help (they ceased before 1911). However, if I come across an account of Mr. Stevens' death prior to the last edition of these records, I will let you know... The church records of Births, Deaths and Marriages (in the Salt Spring Island archives) might be a better source?
Re 'Starery' for Ann and Henry Stevens, aged 76 and 75 respectovely.
Re the death date of Henry Stevens
In case you might find useful any of the insignificant snippets I have unearthed, here they are:
From Rev. Wilson's Parish and Home monthly parish magazine:
March 1896 (info)
May 1896 (info)
July 1896: (direct quote)
July 1897 (info)
(- many issues omitted, as I started working backwards instead)
October 1906, (by then called the Church Monthly) - the very last issue
I can't keep up with Usha's fantastic research, but I did visit the
Baker Rd. cemetery today and discovered Henry Stevens's gravestone.
According to it, he was born in 1837 and died in 1919.