was born 4 Oct 1837 in Coombeinteignhead or Combeinteignhead, Devon.
Married a woman
named Elizabeth prior to coming to BC. Enroute to BC, she died
on the Thames City, the family stories say in child birth.
disbands from the RE in 1863. According to family stories, he is
recommended to the Victoria Police Department on the word of
Joseph Wood Trutch, Surveyor General and Head of Land and Works.
the 22 Oct 1878, George marries Mary Louise Gallandt née Lacroix.
On their marriage certificate she is recorded Mary Lewis Gellen, which
may well be how the registrar heard it.
Louise, born 1861, is the daughter of HBC employee Michel Lacroix and
a woman on the Babine Nation. Michel was a middleman with HBC at
Fort Babine from 1838-1869. Mary Louise and first husband
Gabriel Gallandt were married in New Westminster 13 Sept 1875
page 149 of a thesis paper written by John Gibbard, called The
History of the Fraser Valley, it says, in essense, "When the
RE came, for all their worldlyness and skill in engineering, they
didn't know much about living off the land. Mary Louise had to
show George how to kill and dress game, because George didn't know
how. On the other hand, George would send Mary off to a bachelor
sapper to learn how to make clotted cream and plum pudding."
contrary to Gibbard, George and family went to Dewdney to settle, not
couple had 9 children. The first was named Elizabeth, most
likely after George's mother Elizabeth Newton. Theresa-Louise, their last
child, born in 1894, is the mother of Zina Buker. Theresa Louise
married William Gowan Hairsine, grandson of William Cromarty, the
cooper at Fort Langley.
died 12 June 1896, in Dewdney, at his home, and is buried in Hatzic.
His grave is marked not only with Odd Fellows markings, but with
Masonic markings. As a coincidence, when he came over on the
Thames City, he was an apprentice stone mason.
colonial archive file is at BC Archives in Victoria, file #MSS-1243
would like to express our most heartfelt and grateful thanks to Mrs.
Zina Buker for sharing her grandfather's story with us.
Thank you Mrs. Buker.
As well, we'd
like to thank Maureen Swanson for her invaluable input. Thank