Fonds PR0187 - Lawrence family fonds

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Lawrence family fonds

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    • [187-]-1979, predominant 1879-1950 (Creation)

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    ca. 200 photographs and other material

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    The Lawrence family history can be traced back to Sir Robert Lawrence of Lancashire, England, who was born in 1150. The family first arrived in Canada in 1784 when Isaac Lawrence, his wife Mary and their children moved to Shefford, Quebec from the United States of America.

    Almost a century later, on May 5, 1879, Erastus John Lawrence, his wife Lydia Marie and their children left Quebec and moved to Fort Vermilion, Northwest Territories. E.J. Lawrence, born March 20, 1849 in South Stukely, Quebec was the son of Isaac and Caroline Lawrence and the great grandson of Isaac and Mary. E.J. Lawrence moved to Fort Vermilion to take up teaching duties at the Anglican mission.

    Years later in 1885, E.J. Lawrence's brother, Henry Hollis Lawrence, moved to Fort Vermilion at the urging of his brother. A year later Henry's son Sheridan, born in 1870, moved to Fort Vermilion to join his father. Together they established an extensive farming operation, which eventually encompassed over 1,000 acres of land. Sheridan set up a farm on the Peace River, 15 km from Fort Vermilion.

    In 1900 Sheridan married Julia Scott, daughter of Archdeacon Malcolm Scott who started St. Luke's Mission. Julia was born in Manitoba in 1879 and came to Fort Vermilion with her family in 1886. Together, Sheridan and Julia raised 15 children in Fort Vermilion: Alice (Rickard), Hester (Reykdal), Margaret (Flette), Edith (Clarke), Vi (McLeod), Daisy (Flette), Kathleen (Sokoloski), Mrs. G.T. Pattison, Osborne, Malcolm, Stanley, Isaac, Elmer, Walter, and Oswald. Sheridan and his children raised purebred cattle and grew grain on the farm. They also ran a flour mill, sawmill, slaughterhouse and fur trading posts. In 1938 Sheridan and Julia retired to the town of Peace River, Alberta.

    Sheridan Lawrence died in 1952 and his wife Julia died in 1974.

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    Fonds consists of records primarily relating to the Sheridan Lawrence family and their activities or interests, but also consists of records pertaining to the entire Lawrence family. Records include newspaper clippings about various family members, genealogy books written by members of the Lawrence family and photographs. The fonds has been divided into two series: Sheridan Lawrence family and E.J. Lawrence family.

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    Edith Clark, daughter of Sheridan Lawrence, deposited most of the records in this fonds with the Provincial Archives of Alberta over the course of several years. Norman A. Lawrence, a descendant of E.J. Lawrence, deposited one accession of records in 1981.


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        Access Conditions: None

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        Use Conditions: Permission for use required. Subject to the Copyright Act.

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        Inventory is available.

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        Other records relating to the E.J. Lawrence family or the Sheridan Lawrence family can be found at the Glenbow Archives in Calgary, Alberta.

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        Some of the information in the biographical sketch was taken from the Administrative history/Biographical sketch of the Sheridan Lawrence family fonds located at the Glenbow Archives. Other information was obtained from the book The First 100 Years in Alberta for the E.J. Lawrence Family, 1879-1979 written by Norman A. Lawrence.

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        Includes the following accessions:


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        Also includes 0.08 m of textual records, 20 postcards and 2 negatives. Copies of some photographs and correspondence were made and the originals returned to Edith Clark.

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