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Name: Norna Hall <norna.hall@yahoo.co.uk>
Date: 2017-06-08
Place Inverness
My great uncle James MacDonald was born in Bannockburn, Scotland in September 1883.
I believe I may have traced him to Powell River in the 1911 census (there was only one James MacDonald born in Scotland in September of that year)
However after that I draw a blank.
I know he had relatives in Manitoba so he may have headed there but can find no records.
I suspect he was a war casualty, but so far nothing
Can you suggest any sources that might be of help.
Many thanks.


Name: Timothy Clifford <tim@creativesolutiononline.com>
Date: 2015-11-04
Place Maple Ridge, British Columbia
Hi, I am researching Almond (Ammon) George Clifford (1890-1958) who was married to Mary McGuire and died in Powell River 26 March 1958.

Name: Elizabeth Jayne Lovegren <Livethelifeulove1@hotmail.com>
Date: 2014-10-30
Place Edmonton Alberta
I am looking for birth records from April, 1965.
I was born in Powell River and am currently searching for my birth mother.
Any idea where I can find these records? Or where to go from here?
Any advice would be greatly appreciated.


Name: Kay O'Loughlin <kraftsbykay@comcast.net>
Date: 2013-04-14
Place mount vernon wa
Hello Moyra remember our 5 days in salt lake.
both of us searching for Jane Patterson's parents. I was just reading your genealogy pages you sent me some years ago.
How is your searching coming along/? remember my grandfather is Moses Thurston Rich


Name: Leslie Cupidio <cupidios@shaw.ca>
Date: 2012-09-16
I was wondering if your headstones were online anywhere. My great grandfather's brother is buried in Cranberry Cemetery. His name was George Farrell and he died May 12, 1948. Don't think he lived there long and I know his wife moved after his death. But he had a son, Norman, who lived in Westview. Thank you for letting me know.


Name: brian blestowe <blestowe@yahoo.co.uk>
Date: 2012-05-08
Place bristol uk
I have been, for some years, researching into the history of my grandfather ( Abbe William Blestowe )as my father had no knowledge of him.

What I know so far is that he was born at Portsmouth in UK in 1969.

He emigrated to New Zealand with his parents and younger brother William O Blestowe in 1873.

Not much is known about his life in NZ other than his father died in an accident in 1880.

The next record I have is that he went from NZ to Australia in 1883.

He next turned up in South Africa in 1901 when he was awarded the South Africa Star for his service in the Cook House Guard.

He then turns up in the UK in April 1903 when he married my grandmother ( Maude ), his trade was stated as ships carpenter.

Later in 1903 they traveled to South Africa but Maude returned alone and pregnant with my father in December 1903.

In May 1904 my father was born and it was not until July 1905 that Abbe came back to UK to see him.

In May 1906 Abbe arrives in Sydney via Durban and appears never to have returned to the UK.

During 1906/7 he makes a number of trips as crew on the AORANGI between Sydney and Vancouver.

In August 1907 he became in a crime of trying to assist his brother William O to stow away on the AORANGI in Sydney, for which I expect he was dismissed from his job as a ships carpenter.

I have a suspicion that he took his younger brother's identity and returned to Vancouver as a waiter on board the RUPERT CITY on 25 May 1908.

The next record I have of him is in the 1911 Canadian census where he is recorded as William aged 40 and with a wife Nancie aged 32 of German origin !!!! his trade then is recorded as a blacksmith.

On June 14 1915 a Joseph William Blestowe marries a Maude North in Vancouver, Joseph gives his address as LUND.
The real Joseph William had already married a Maude North in Australia so I suspect that both were covering up their identities and most other later records she used the christian names Catherine Rankene.

There are records of them crossing the Canada/USA border in 1916.

Nancie Blestowe married Charles Carpenter in January 1917 stating that she was a widow.

In June 1922 A.W.H. Blestowe became post master of the office at Bishops Landing and resigned in October 1924 when his wife took over in November 1924, she served until May 1933.

Bishops Landing was renamed Bliss Landing in April 1923, according to Wikipedia after a settler Joe Blissto, this being a miss spelling of Blestowe and Abbe was actually christened Blistowe.

I have not been able to determine from the post office what the initials A,W.H. stood for but they are Abbe's

Joseph/William and Catherine appear to have moved to Vancouver about 1933 and Joseph died in Vancouver in 1940 and Catherine in 1961.

I would be very grateful if any one in the Powell River area could give me any further information on them, in particular, are there any photographs of the postmaster/mistress of Bliss Landing between 1924 and 1933.


Name: Don Macleod <evageline36@shaw.ca>
Date: 2012-02-08
Place Trail bc
Any info on Belyk, Frankum, Carlson families in Powell River BC

Name: Lorraine Brownlee <lorraine@brownlee.com.au>
Date: 2011-12-01
Place Australia
Hi. I'm looking for info on Florrie Harriet Cook (b. 1880 England)
d. 1/30/1953 in Powell River. She was married to James Cook (1881-1962?), my grandfather's long-lost brother. They emigrated from Australia (for the 2nd time) in 1925, living initially in Nanaimo.
Also their son James Frederick Cook who married Lucy Ann Keech in Powell River 7/29/1931. He died 5/24/1974 aged 69 in Powell River.
Any help, esp in tracing living relatives, would be greatly appeciated.
Thanks Lorraine


Name: Robyn Clarke <rsclarke@bigpond.com>
Date: 2011-11-05
Place Central Coast N.S.W. Australia
I am trying to find Family of JACK PASCALL who was seen to be living in Powell River till about 1997.
I know this is rather current, but this is the only link I have to the name.
At the time his address was 6275 Sycamore St. My Jack A Pascall was born in West Ham England in 1925, to parents Alfred and Annie Pascall. His brother Lionel died in Toronto in 1971. He had a sister Margaret who married Charles Robertson in 1956 in UK and went to Canada afterwards.
It was through Lionel's Obit. that stated Jack was living in B.C. and I wondered if anyone knew if it may be one and the same.

With thanks,
Robyn Clarke


Name: Murray Miles <murray_miles@sympatico.ca>
Date: 2010-01-05
Place Ontario
I am looking for someone to do a "lookup" on a tombstone which I think could be in the Powell River Regional Cem. It is for a Charles Isaac Allen who died on 30 Apr 1944 in Powel River. His wife's name would be Jane (Selley) Allen. I will gladly return the favour and do a look up(s) here in Southern Ontario.

Murray Miles.


Name: Deb Stevens <dstevens@acpl.lib.in.us>
Date: 2009-03-12
Place Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne, Indiana USA
Looking to renew our membership. Could you send the information to my e-mail address?

Thank you,



Name: barbara <barbramsey28@hotmail.com>
Date: 2008-06-14
Place delta bc
looking for info on a saw mill or pulp and paper mill in the early 1900s probably 20s or 30s.my grandad james robert muir was sussopsed to work there or be the foreman.he moved to the main land later and died in haney about 1963 at 100 years of age

Name: Mike Wood <woodmichael@btinternet.com>
Date: 2008-06-01
Place London, UK

I am trying to trace some relatives on behalf of my father. Perhaps you might be able to help? We don't have a lot of information to go on but here it is:

Helen (Nellie) Humphreys (nee Muirhead) is my father's aunt from Fife in Scotland. She moved to Vancouver and married Tom Humphreys and then they moved to Powell River in the 1940s or 50s. They had 3 children who would now likely be in their 80s. The children, my father's cousins, are John Humphrey, Agnes (Nancy) Humphrey and Jean Humphrey. They would likely be in their 80s - maybe 90s.

The only other bits of information we have is that Agnes married Louis (surname unknown) and had a daughter Patsy. Also, Jean married someone with the surname Sturt and they had a daughter Jennifer Sturt.

Many thanks
Mike Wood


Name: myrtle conrad <fraserm.conrad@ns.sympatico.ca>
Date: 2008-03-24
Place cow bay nova scotia
I am a grandniece of Alexander Bell 1875-1939 &Margaret Blanche (Urquhart )Bell 1878-1966.If there are any of their descendants in Powell River area etc .it would be great to hear from their family:children:Alexander,George William,Minnie,Maudie,Carrie,Alfred.
alexander was born on Dalhousie Mtn,Pictou County,Nova Scotia.I was hoping he had a headstone in a Powell River Cemetery.hope someone can help us with our BELL HISTORY.

Best Regards,
Myrtle Conrad
1728 Cow Bay Road
Eastern Passage,Nova Scotia


Name: T.J. Pederson <HH60Guy@mac.com>
Date: 2008-02-26
Place Huntington Beach, California
I found your site trying to research my Grandfather (Joel Victor Willard), from Cumberland, BC. He left BC at the start of WW2 to find work in the shipyards of Seattle, and never returned, but remained a Canadian at heart til his death. We don't have much family information, and am trying to fix that. We know he was an Alderman, and had a brother who remained in Cumberland. I welcome any advice and/or suggestions on tracing my family history. Thank you for a very nice site. T.J. Pederson

Name: Colin Walls <kim-colin@tiscali.co.uk>
Date: 2008-01-15
Place England
I am trying to trace relatives of George Baker and his wife Ellen, maiden name Brennan, they were both born around 1900. They were living in Canada before WW2, but returned to the UK at the out break of war. They returned to Canada after the war and I believe sattled around the Powell River area and visited the UK on a regular basis. They had 2 daughters, Mary and Gladys. Any information would be greatly appreciated.
Thankyou Colin


Name: Susan Drury <sdrury@northwestel.net>
Date: 2008-01-10
Place Watson Lake, Yukon
I'm searching for information about Jack Drury who was married to Jean Hunter and they lived in Powell River in the 20's and 30's. Their son was Roy Drury who was married to Peggy Drury (who is still alive and says hello to friends). I'm married to one of their twin sons, Barry. Peggy can't seem to tell me much about Roy's father.