The Sea Island Heritage Society is compiling the history of all the people who lived on Sea Island in Richmond, British Columbia between 1870 to date. If your ancestors settled or worked on Sea Island, the Society would appreciate hearing from you. From our research (family interviews, public records), we have compiled family trees of many of the early pioneers. If you have any family stories or photographs that you would like to share, please contact the Society.
The Sea Island Heritage Society has created a number of Sea Island Pioneer trees on Ancestry. If you want information about any of the following family trees, please contact the Vice-President, Barb Nielsen at firstname.lastname@example.org. Barb continues to create and update the trees on Ancestry.
Richmond, British Columbia was incorporated as a municipality on November 10, 1879, and designated as a city on December 3, 1990. Richmond's islands were built up and shaped by the mighty Fraser River.(1)
The need to build dykes was a significant factor in causing the early settlers to petition the Lieutenant Governor-in-Council to grant status as a municipality to Richmond in 1879. Local government was a necessity if dykes, roads, bridges and other services were to be developed and maintained.(2)
Letters Patent issued by the Lieutenant-Governor-in-Council incorporated Lulu Island and Sea Island and its inhabitants. Of the few settlers on the islands, only thirty were entitled to petition (being male land-owners over 21 years of age) and of those, the following 25 signed the petition:
|Beckman, W.M.||Kidd, Thomas||Sexsmith, J.W. and his son Charles G.|
|Boyd, Hugh||Kilgour, Alexander||Sharpe, E.A. (Edward Albert)|
|Brighouse, Samuel||Knox, James||Smith, J.G. (James Gowan)|
|Cochrane, John||Lee, Walter||Steves, Manoah|
|Daniels, Dan and A.H. (two brothers from England)||McDonald, Hector||Sweet, O.D. (Orison Davis was the brother-in-law of J.W. Sexsmith)|
|Errington, J.T.||Miller, James||Woodward, Nathan and Dan (Nathan and his son Dan were living on Lulu Island in 1901).(3)|
|Ferguson, John||Robson, D.J.|
|Green, John||Scratchley, W.J.|
Gerry Bicknell, a resident of the Cora Brown subdivision donated the sketched map of Sea Island below. Number eleven shows Dinsmore Island, a small island in the Middle Arm of the Fraser River. This island led to a poem by John Dinsmore's oldest daughter, Maud McCubbin. The poem, provided by Joni Burdett of Whitehouse, Texas, the great-grandaughter of John Dinsmore, is titled "My Garden Island Home" and available at the Sea Island Heritage Society.
Map courtesy of Gerry Bicknell
(1) (2) City of Richmond, Discover Richmond, History of Richmond [digital image]. Retrieved from City of Richmond on November 23, 2017.
(3) The Henderson's British Columbia Gazetteer and Directory and Mining Companies, Williams British Columbia Director for 1900-1901, Henderson Publishing Company. Retrieved from Henderson's British Columbia Gazetteer and Directory on November 23, 2017.
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