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First Families: The Errington Family

portrait of pioneer John Thomas Errington

(City of Richmond Archives 1978 2 9)

Errington, John Thomas (1853-1939)

Errington (née Carscallen), Frances Anne Elida

John Thomas Errington, Sea Island settler and traveller

John Thomas Errington was born on December 14, 1853, in Westminster, Middlesex, Ontario. He died in London, Ontario on August 2, 1939 at the age of 85.

He was a pioneer farmer on Sea Island who purchased 210 acres of land from Hugh Boyd around 1879. He was one of the early petitioners for the incorporation of Richmond as a municipality.

In 1881, 1883, and in 1890, he served as a municipal councillor. In 1882, John married Frances Carscallen on Sea Island. John and Frances did not have children.

John Errington spearheaded the movement to build the Marpole Street Bridge to Sea Island. He also donated land for the building of the first Presbyterian churches in Richmond and in the Lower Mainland.

To view the Errington family tree on Ancestry or obtain further information, contact Barb Nielsen at barbaralynnnielsen@gmail.com.