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The Salt Spring Island Historical Society November program presents:

Adventures in the Study of Genealogy
and the History of the McLennan Family of Beaver Point

by Mary Davidson

McLennanMary will outline on how she got started in the study of her family's genealogy, incorporating some aspects of the history of Scotland and including development of her “Family Tree”.  The Ancient and Jacobite ancestry of Alexander McLennan and Mary will be explored.

Alexander McLennan was living in Victoria in 1880, when Mr. Henry Ruckle came into the shop where he was working and mentioned that a neighbour of his had passed away leaving his pre-emption available. Alexander came to Beaver Point with Henry Ruckle and was shown the land, which he very soon pre-empted in his own name, naming it Glenshiel Farm after his birth parish in the Scottish Highlands. By 1882 a house was prepared and Elizabeth McLennan and their two little sons were settled in.  The family eventually grew to four sons and four daughters.
Alexander and Elizabeth McLennan were community minded and contributing citizens of Salt Spring Island. Alexander was Beaver Point Post Master for a number of years and Justice of the Peace for several years.  He was one of the trustees and founders of Beaver Point School and school board secretary for many years. Elizabeth offered solace and nourishment to those in need.

Come and hear this fascinating story of one of Salt Spring Islands Pioneering Families

2 PM, Wednesday Nov. 9, 2011, Central Hall

Tea and coffee will follow this program.

All are welcome


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