On November 10, 1879, when Letters Patent were issued to incorporate the Corporation of the Township of Richmond at the request of 25 early settlers, the first order of business was to hold an election and form a council to run the fledgling municipality.

The election was held at the home of Hugh Boyd and Alexander Kilgour and, as required in the Letters Patent, a “Warden” and seven Councillors were elected. Hugh Boyd was the first Warden of Richmond, a title later replaced by Reeve and then Mayor. Council meetings were held in the dining room of the Boyd house on Sea Island until a better venue could be provided.

3 Richmond booklets

Books on the history of Richmond, including the Municipality of Richmond Centennial Booklet (1858-1958)
(Photo: Doug Eastman)

Sea Island Pioneers

The Sea Island Heritage Society is compiling the history of all the people who lived on Sea Island in Richmond, British Columbia from 1870 to date. From our research (family interviews, public records and archives), we have compiled family trees of many of the early pioneers on Ancestry. As we continue our research, we will add to the list of names.

To get more information about any of our Pioneer Families, please contact our Vice-President, Barb Nielsen at

Sea Island Pioneers on Ancestry
Adachi Eastman Hill McCleery
Anthony Eburne Hoggard Miller
Asari Elston Keatley Murphy
Baba Errington Ketcheson Nicholl
Bicknell Erskin Kilgour Paxton
Blair Ferguson Koyanagi Scratchley
Boyd Ferris Laing Shannon
Brough Fish MacArthur Sherwood
Buckingham/Meneice Fraser Magee Sirr
Butler Frontin Maikawa Stewart
Carscallen Goodmurphy Matsumoto Tait
Cooney Gordon May Thomas (Welsh)
Cornish Grauer McDonald (Irish) White
Cranswick Hall McDonald (Scottish) Williams
Day-Smith Hamalock McGinness Williamson
De Beck Hardwick McMillan Wood
Dinsmore Hayward McRae
Draney Higo McRoberts

Featured First Families

Our goal is to feature different pioneer families every few months, while continuing to add the family trees to Ancestry.

To learn more about each family, click any of the cards below.

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