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Named after the Ashcroft Ranch, home of the Cornwall brothers, Clement and
1862 there arrived in British Columbia Clement Francis Cornwall, a Cambridge
B.A. and a barrister of the Inner Temple. That same year he and his
brother Henry established a ranch, which they called Ashcroft Manor after
their family home in England. Here they raised wheat, installed a mill
and sold flour to the packers and miners passing by on the Cariboo
Road. Ashcroft Manor became a major stopping-place for travellers
between Kamloops and Spence's Bridge, and the Cornwall's grew famous for
their hospitality. Hundreds of persons arrived for the annual races
held on the Cornwall Flats (the brothers had imported an Arabian
stud). The Ashcroft Hunt pursued the coyote instead of the fox, but
its hounds had been brought around the Horn from England.
F. Cornwall During the time of the Crown Colony, C. F.
Cornwall was a member of the Legislative Assembly. When B.C. entered
the Canadian confederation, he became one of the senators representing the
province in Ottawa. In 1881 he resigned his senatorship and
began a six-year period as Lieutenant-Governor of British Columbia.
Brother-in-law to Arthur G. W. Pemberton.
after Clement Francis and Henry Cornwall.
Named after Chartres Brew, 1st. Inspector of police in new Colony of
Named after Chartres Brew.
Brother-in-law to A. F. Pemberton.
Named after Chartres Brew (1815-70), Crimean War veteran and Inspector
of Constabulary, Cork, Ireland, who in 1858 was appointed first Inspector of
Police for the infant colony of British Columbia. A year later he was
appointed Chief Gold Commissioner. He ended up as county court judge
The epitaph, said to have been written by Judge Begbie,
on his grave in Barkerville cemetery reads: A man
imperturbable in courage and temper, endowed with a great and varied
administrative capacity, a most ready wit, and most pure integrity and a
most human heart.
Named after Chartres Brew.
Named after Jane Brew, " Mrs. Augustus F. Pemberton".
Sister to Chartres Brew.
A. F. Pemberton
F. Pemberton Magistrate and Commissioner of Police for Vancouver
Island. Uncle to Joseph
Cayley Named after
Cayley. 1st. cousin
once removed to Robert P. Kennedy.
James & Caroline Kennedy
James Kennedy built Surrey's first Trail in 1861.
Heights Named after James
Kennedy. Between 1861-1865,
James Kennedy purchased the area now known as Kennedy.
of Kennedy Heights
Kennedy Mrs. Kennedy was first
white woman to New Westminster, BC April 1859.
Grandparents to R. P. Kennedy.
Street New Westminster - Named for the Kennedy
publishers. Note: Was Douglas Lane or Douglas Place, 1891-1892. Named for Sir James Douglas, Governor of the Colony of
Vancouver Island and British Columbia, but was changed to Kennedy
Street in 1909.
J. M. Kennedy
Kennedy James was first white child to New
Westminster, BC April 1859
Road Named for
Robert Kennedy and family who turned to farming
in Pitt Meadows 1913.
Photo's taken along Pitt and Alouette rivers next to Robert Pemberton Kennedy's
farm , 1937-1959.
BC Named after
Pemberton (1821-93). A graduate of Trinity College, Dublin, Pemberton
was brought to this country in 1851 by the H.B.C. as surveyor-general of
Vancouver Island, a post which he held until 1864. Pemberton travelled
widely throughout Vancouver Island and indeed British Columbia.
arriving at Nitinat on the west coast of Vancouver Island after crossing
from Cowichan Harbour on the east, Pemberton was confronted by the Nitinat
chief and his band back from a victory, the bloody heads of their victims
mounted on poles, the long black hair waving in the breeze. Stepping
forward, Pemberton demanded, in Queen Victoria's name, food and
canoes. These he paid for with vouchers scribbled on leaves torn from
his notebook. Needless to say, they were scrupulously honoured by the
worked on the mainland and made some of the first surveys in the Pemberton
area. Later in life he founded the real estate firm of Pemberton and
Son in Victoria, where Pemberton Road and Despard Avenue are named after
him. His daughter Harriet Susan in her memoirs remembered him as
"cheery, bright, and sanguine . . . affectionate without ostentation,
of a most amiable nature."
J. D. Pemberton
Surveyor-general and member of the first
Legislative Assembly and Executive
and Legislative Councils in BC.
1st. cousin to Arthur G. W. Pemberton.
Victoria, BC Named after J. D. Pemberton.
Victoria, BC Named after J. D. Pemberton.
Named by J. D. Pemberton about 1853.
F. B. Pemberton
A. G. W. Pemberton
1,500 acres on N. side of S.
Thompson river in 1866. He was Sheriff of Yale County.
Judge Clement F. Cornwall who later became Lieutenant-governor of BC.
Cousin to Joseph D. Pemberton who was a past member of the first
House of Assembly, the Surveyor-general, pass member of the Executive
and Legislative Councils in BC. Nephew to Augustus F.
Pemberton, who was Magistrate and Commissioner of Police.
Grandfather to Robert P. Kennedy.
Pemberton Spur 1900
When a post office was opened here in 1910, the original name of Pemberton
Spur (after Arthur G. W. Pemberton, who Pre-empted
1,500 acres on N. side of S.
Thompson river in 1866) was changed to Pritchard, after Walter P. Pritchard
who had farmed and run a store here since 1904.
Also Powell Lake. After Dr. Israel Wood Powell (1836-1915), first McGill
graduate in medicine to practice on the West Coast , first President of the
Medical Council of B.C., and first Superintendent of Indian affairs in B.C.
Colborne, Upper Canada, Dr. Powell came to B.C., attracted by the
Cariboo gold rush excitement, in 1862. The following year, already a
busy medical man in Victoria, he entered politics as an advocate of
responsible government and free education. His marriage to Jane Branks
in 1865 was a singularly happy one. In 1867 he became Superintendent
of Education for British Columbia. He was an ardent champion of B.C.'s
entry into the Canadian confederation.
Superintendent of Indian Affairs for the province he fought hard for better
medical and education services for the Indians, and in 1876 took over the
medical superintendency himself. In consequence of his active
participation in the Victoria militia, we sometimes find him referred to as
Lieut-Col. Powell. In 1890 Dr. Powell was named first Chancellor of
the as yet non-existent University of British Columbia.
Powell river and
lake were named after Israel W. Powell.
In 1881 he made
a tour of the B.C. coast aboard H.M.S. Rocket whose commander, Lieut-Commander
V. B. Orlebar, named Powell River and Powell Lake in honour of his
River District Municipality Named
after Israel W. Powell.
Named after Israel W. Powell.
On July 31, 1886, following the Incorporation of the City of Vancouver in
the Spring of 1886 and it's destruction by fire just two months later, Dr.
Powell gave four lots on Powell Street as a site for the construction of a
permanent City Hall.
Dr. I. W. Powell
I. W. Powell
Lt. Col., M.D., C.M.
In 1863 Member of Legislative Assembly - 1865 first Superintendent of
Education for BC - 1871 first Grand Master of Grand Lodge in BC - 1872 first
Superintendent of Indian Affairs in BC - 1876 he took over the post of
Medical Superintendent for the Indians in addition to his other duties
- 1886 first president of the Medical Council of BC - 1890
first chancellor of the University of
BC Mrs. I. W. ( Jane) Powell and Mrs.
F. G. (Kate) Vernon are sisters.
Dr. Israel W. Powell was 1st. Grand Master of Grand Lodge in BC.
The house was built for Walker Powell in 1853.
Assistant Surgeon of NWMP.
Son to Walker Powell.
After the Hon. Robert Garnett Tatlow, at one time finance minister of B.C.,
and a founder of BC Telephone, killed in a fall from his horse in 1910.
He is the father-in-law to Fitz-Allan V. Cornwall son of Clement F. Cornwall
Lieut-Gov. of BC.
The Indian name for Vernon, "Hun-cul-deep-moose-chin" means
"the jumping-over place." In 1862 Father Paul Durieu, O.M.I.,
built a cabin here, an out-station of Okanagan Mission, and thus he gave
Vernon its first name of "Priest's Valley." In 1887 Priest's
Valley became "Vernon," in honour of Forbes George Vernon, chief
Commissioner of Lands and Works for British Columbia.
F. G. Vernon
F. G. Vernon was
born near Dublin in 1843. After a short period of service as an
officer in the British Army, he came to B.C. with his brother Charles in
1863, arriving in the Okanagan with Colonel C. F. Houghton, the first owner
of the Coldstream Ranch. This magnificent ranch was bought by the Vernon
brothers in 1869, and later passed into the sole ownership of Forbes George
provincial politics and became a power in the land. C. W. Holliday
preserves a lively recollection of Vernon's electioneering technique as practiced
one night in the bar-room of the Ram's Horn at Lumby:
Forbes George, a big genial Irishman with a merry twinkle in his eye, sized up his
audience, and mounted a barroom chair ---- there was nothing else to mount,
and there did not appear to be a chairman . . . he mounted that chair, and ,
had a representative of the press been present he would have had little
trouble reporting the speech, for, holding up his hand to silence the
applause, "Gentlemen," he said, "you boys all know me and
know all about me, and I am quite sure none of you want to hear me make a
speech, so all I will say at present is: Let us all go and have a
drink." (The Valley of Youth, p. 308).
Creek The land along this
creek was originally pre-empted in 1863 by Colonel Charles F. Houghton of
the 20th Regiment of Foot. Trutch's map of 1871 shows "Houghton's
Coldstream". In 1869 it passed to the Vernon brothers, and in
1891 Forbes George Vernon sold the estate to Lord Aberdeen, who planted here
the first orchard in the Okanagan.
G. M. Dawson, a vistor in 1877, reported that on July
8th of that year he found the temperature of the springwater at the head
of Coldstream Creek to be 48.5 F.
Ranch The 2nd. owners of 13,000 acre
ranch were the Vernon brothers.
Lord Aberdeen bought the Coldstream Ranch from Forbes G. Vernon.
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