Emma's family
Geordan and Houston
Houston
and Bartleman
Bartleman
and Tsikuach

This is a truly challenging branch of the family.
Emma Sarah Peppan McFarland née Houston, circa 1925
Emma circa 1925

And at the same time, it is thanks to my great grandmother Emma that I know what I do about my grandfather Don's generation.  Many of the older pictures I've used on this site were taken by her.  Those that weren't, were taken by her son Don, like this one to the left; the foot belongs to her new daughter-in-law -- Don's wife and my paternal Grandmother -- Kit Stuckey.

The first I heard of Emma was Daddy talking about his Gramma McFarland with that warm fuzzy glow associated with a much loved grandparent. 

And Daddy was always ready to talk about his Houston kin, most especially the tenuous ties to General Sam Houston ("he was a horse thief, you know"), as well as the "two Houston cousins who got into an ax fight in a logging camp up there", nodding in a northerly direction.  But with Emma's maternal side, Daddy would get all squirmy and then state that we were related to Chief Dan George, but wouldn't or couldn't say exactly how.

Emma's youngest brother Bill married Rosalie Christina Bartleman, a daughter of Hudson's Bay Company blacksmith Peter Bartleman and his wife Mary "Fanny" Tsikuach, and in and amongst moving between Vancouver BC, Roche Harbor, Washington, and Victoria, BC, they had 8 kids.  This is all really cool to know, but it doesn't tell me much about Emma and Bill's parents, Alfred John Houston and Sophia Giordan.
But, then, that's the way it usually goes researching a mixed-blood family -- especially if previous generations worked hard to bury the Native lines like mine did.
GIORDAN and GEORGE

Invariably, when I look for information on Emma's mother, Sophie, I come back to Daddy telling me that we are related to the late Chief Dan George.  My cousin Marv Houston, a grandson of Bill and Rosalie, has even said he had heard the same story about Dan, suggesting that his late father's "little black book" of handwritten family history probably has something about it in there.  My job there is finding his sister Rita, who is the current Keeper of the Book.

I'm learning about Dan.  In his biography, You Call Me Chief, there is much info that points to George connections with Burnaby, which is the next door neighbour of New Westminster, which was where Emma and her first husband married in 1878.

Emma, Bill, and their older brother Fred, were born in Moodyville, which is now part of North Vancouver BC, and if you haul out a map of the area you'll see that North Van, Burnaby, and New West are all real close to each other, separated by Burrard Inlet and the Fraser River.  Dan George's people, the Tsleil Watuth are also known as The Burrard Band.

Emma was living on "Burrards Inlet" in 1878 -- it says so right on her certificate of marriage.  She was 15.  I'm guessing she was living with Mom.  'Course, now the family story goes that Emma and Simon eloped on horseback.  If you look at their certificate of marriage, you'll see it wasn't registered until April 29 1878.

Another thing I've heard is that, back then, a Native woman lost her status if she married a non-Native man -- or more precisely -- she became a member of her husband's band.  A Scottish woman who married a Native man became Native as were all the children she had with him.  A Native woman who married a Scot became Scottish as were all the children she with him.  At least this is how it was explained to me by Mom, who had talked at length with Daddy about it (but, unfortunately, never in front of us kids).

This may explain why I'm having trouble finding information on Sophie, but going on the documents I've found so far, my choices for a connection with this George family are Daddy's two paternal grandmothers, Sophie and Isabelle/Elizabeth.  I lean heavily towards Sophie.

Why . . . ?

Sophie was from the "right" place, Burrard Inlet.  I look to Dan's family because I can't think of one reason on earth why my father would make up a story like that, especially when he had worked so hard to keep our Native heritage a secret from us.

I finally got a copy of the certificate where Sophie's surname was "not clearly written" and that surname is most definitely either GIORDAN or GEORDAN.  That should have been that, but there's still a few odd things.

Odd things like when my cousin Bridgie told me that back when Aunt Toots AND Dan George were still alive, Aunt Toots she heard a knock on her Tacoma Washington front door (on M Street), and upon answering the door, found Dan standing right there on her front porch.  She asked him in and they had, and I quote Bridgie, "a real nice visit."  Because I didn't hear about this until after both parties had departed this physical plane, the most important question was and still is, "Who was Sophie Giordan?"

As far as Aunt Toots' genealogy research goes, Uncle Ralph (Caillier) and cousins Patty and Sue have looked for her work but all that surfaced was a red foil covered box, measuring 7.5 inches by 11 inches, full of old family pictures, about half of which were just pictures, no names or dates.  The older pictures on this web site are from that red box.

So, for now, "Sophie Giordan" is the name of my great great grandmother.  In this, at least, I know I'm right; "Sophia A Native Woman" is the mother of the bride on daughter Emma's certificate of marriage.  And Sophie Geordan is the name of the mother on my great grand Uncle Fred's certificate of death.  I'm guessing that Sophie was born sometime between 1844 and 1847, somewhere on Burrard Inlet.  As for her Nation of origin, I think I can also safely say she was of the Coast Salish peoples.  So, until I can find evidence to the contrary, I choose to believe my father's stories about Dan; why would Daddy lie?  And why, when strokes had stolen his speech from him, did he cry when I asked him if he'd known more about Sophie than he had told me?

Back in October of 1995, I was introduced to an artist who said she was related -- by marriage -- to the late Chief Dan George.  After making three brief phone calls, she told me that Sophie was sister or cousin to Dan's father, and that, in the Old Language, one did not differentiate between "sibling" and "cousin", so getting any more definite information would be next to impossible -- it depended entirely upon what was remembered by living relatives.

Another source suggested that "cousin" is a word some First Nations folk use to refer to people of European ancestry and/or Americans, so I will simply say that Sophie was one of Dan's aunts.

And I've been corresponding with one of Dan's grand nephews, and thus far no one in the family recognizes either the name Sophie or the name Houston.

Almost all of this is guess work made with the few crumbs of documentation I have found.

So--

IF what Daddy told me is correct . . .

IF the late Dan George had an aunt who was given the name Sophia . . .

IF that Sophia had three children by Scottish blacksmith Alfred John Houston . . .

Then my great great grandmother Sophie was probably of the Tsleil Watuth people (or the Burrard Band) of British Columbia's lower mainland.

But "if" isn't "is".
I am all too familiar with "if", and would very much like to know all those things that a great great granddaughter of Sophie, mother of Fred, Emma, and Willie, should know.

Should any of my great great grandmother Sophie's relatives find themselves here, please, introduce yourselfThere is so very much I do not know and wish to learn so my brother's daughter and the children of my cousins can know who they are.  

HOUSTON/HUSTON
According to family stories:
Houston of Sleat motto: Per mare per terras

Alfred John Houston was a blacksmith from Edinburgh Scotland, and he "came West" with friend and fellow country man, Peter Bartleman, arriving in the Moodyville area sometime prior to 1860, but probably not by much.  His three children with Sophie were born in December of 1860, May of 1864, and June of 1866.

However . . .

Contrary to those family stories, Alfred John Houston did NOT come West with Peter Bartleman

Peter Bartleman came to Victoria, British Columbia, on the Norman Morison out of London, England, as a Hudson Bay employee.  The ship's passenger list shows no Houston of any kind -- though it does show that Peter brought his first wife with him.  The wilds of the Columbia District was not to her liking: some stories say she was on the Norman Morison when she made her return trip to London, some stories say she stayed but for whatever reasons, she "went a little crazy".

Anyway, back to Alfred.

At sometime after the birth of William, his youngest child, Alfred "returned to Scotland", or so say the family stories, leaving Sophie behind to raise their three children alone.  I've been told this was the fashionable thing to do then.

Back in the 1800s, companies like the Hudson Bay Company would encourage their employees to take a wife from among the Native people, regardless of the employee's marital status.  It was good for trade and made for convivial relations with the Natives.  The best case scenario was for the head trader to "wed" the daughter of the local tribe's Headman, but, out here on the West Coast anyway, even a wife from the middle class could gain a lower ranking trader important connections amongst his new in-laws.  To differentiate between the two wives, the Native woman was the "country wife".

When the man was done with the job he went there to do, he left, leaving behind the country wife and any children they may have had, often without a second thought; early in the fur trade, retiring employees were strongly discouraged from settling in the area they'd been working. 

Not all retiring traders left behind their country wives and families, a few took them with them, some took them to start fresh lives in a new place, but many "made provisions" for the welfare of their country wives and any children -- sometimes by "turning them over" to another trader. 

Not a real nice way to treat a human being, but <shrug> if none it had happened, I wouldn't be here.

Looking at the family story about Alfred and Sophie, I think Sophie may have been a country wife.

Perhaps, as with Peter and Fanny Bartleman, maybe Alfred was a mean drunk and Sophie took her three children and left him to his drink.

I don't know what brought Alfred John Houston to what is now British Columbia.  He was NOT a Hudson Bay employee, nor did he work for the Northwest Company; HBC had no Houston employees on the West Coast.

I don't know when he arrived in what was then called the Columbia District.  That he left "sometime after" 1866, isn't much help either.

So I've found only three apparent records of his existence.

One is an entry in the British Columbia Genealogy Society's publication Pioneer in British Columbia.  There he is listed as Alfred Houston, a registered voter living in Moodyville in 1866.  Below his listing is one for his youngest son, William Houston, and, below that, a listing for William's wife, Rosalie Christina Bartleman.

The second is his daughter Emma's marriage certificate, where he is listed as "Fred Huston".

The third is a photocopy of a newspaper article that a  cousin sent because she was just certain that the Fred Houston mentioned was our  Alfred John Houston.  It appeared originally in some Greater Vancouver newspaper on August 25, 1945, and reads:

Vancouver's Oldest Bathing Beach--

By GEORGE GREEN

Now that summer is here boys and girls of the East End gather again around the "old swimming hole" below Hastings Park and the Windermere cement bathing basin will be gay with youngsters splashing and swimming in its briny waters.  It is the oldest bathing beach in Vancouver.

  English Bay was simply a mooring place for ships, and Kitsilano was unknown for many years after the waters  of Windermere beckoned to the natators of the lower mainland.

  It has had many names, New Brighton, "The End of the Road", Maxi's, Hastings, and now Windermere.  But what's in a name?

  A pleasant cove, surrounded by a dense forest of giant firs and hemlock and cedar, their lowest branches reaching beckoningly to the incoming tide, a sandy and shingly shore with a beautiful little stream of purest water issuing from beneath the closely set branches of the forest fringe, always cool and sparkling.  It was the stream that had formed the little cove where the waves of ocean were always at peace.

  In 1862, Colonel R. C. Moody and George Turner, surveyor, cruised along the shore and, getting out at the pretty little spot, Moody and Turner blaze a tree to mark the spot where he desired that any trail that might be built from New Westminster to Burrard Inlet should end.  Three years later, the Douglas road furnished that trail.

  To the residents of the city beside the turbid Fraser, it  opened a delightful rendezvous beside still waters and primeval woods.  Deer and elk, bear and

      In the summer of 1884, this was known as the "most fashionable watering place in British Columbia." It was also the site of the first post office, customs, telegraph, ferry landing, playground and seaside resort.  It was very popular with New Westminster families, many having their summer cottages there.

mountain lion, beaver and racoon he had roamed at will just within the forest and in the swamp up the little stream, where today men and woman play golf and tennis and bowl on either side of Hastings.

  Oliver Hocking and Fred Houston built a hotel right there in 1865, and called the place New Brighton.

  The Columbian newspaper of that day said: "Brighton will soon be a favorite place for pleasure seekers.  Pleasure boats are being provided, additions to the hotel are going up, beautiful grounds and picturesque walks are being laid out and it is rapidly assuming the appearance of a fashionable water place.  Governor Seymour rode over this week and honored the Brighton House with a call."

  That was in August of 1865, just at the time when Edward Stamp was asking the government to allow him to build his mill "about halfway between the present site (Lumberman's Arch) "and the end of the new road."

  Four years after, Maximilian Michaud, barkeeper at the Colonial Hotel at New Westminster, bought

 the hotel.  He was a young man of 29, of a lively and genial disposition, and had travelled overland from his native Kamouraska, in Quebec, in 1862.

  That year, 1869, the government surveyed out the little place into lots, the first to be surveyed into lots in all of Vancouver.

  No doubt Captain Raymur of the Hastings Mill had something to do with inducing the government to do this and the name became at that time "Hastings."  It had already borne the designation of "the end of the road."  Its first title having disappeared about the time Hocking has built his pigstye beside the Douglas road.  The fumes from it were not so enticing as the flower gardens of "New Brighton."

  They opened a postoffice at "Hastings" or Maxi's Hotel at the time of its being surveyed.

  After a few years Maxi found it necessary to sell out being afflicted by heart disease, and he died in New Westminster in December of 1882, having "secured a comfortable competency, " says his biographer.

My only other clue is a family story about Alfred being a member of the same Houston family that produced one General Sam Houston.  I heard it from Daddy, and I've heard it from my cousin, Marv Houston.

From email conversations with a descendant of one of Sam's brothers (Thank you, Becky Emmet!), I figure the common ancestor -- if there is one between Alfred and Sam -- will probably be found in Scotland back before King James I sent folks from the Scottish Lowlands to the North of Ireland.

The three children of Sophie and Alfred

Fred A Houston

Born December 27, 1860 in "BC" to father Fred Houston and mother "Sophie Geordan (Surname not clearly written)".

Fred is shown to be a single "Scotch" laborer; last residence, Brackendale, BC.  Fred A Houston was 74 when he died on 19 November 1934, in Vancouver BC.   He's buried in the Brackendale cemetery.  The informant was brother William.  A letter from my late cousin, Klara Van Horlick who was working on her branch of the Houston/Bartleman side brought a copy of this death certificate.  And now, I too, have a copy of it.

Emma Sarah Houston

Finding her birth year involves a bit of math

Number 1.  Her 1878 marriage certificate says she was living at Burrard Inlet when she married at the age of 15, but was born in New Westminster. 

Number 2. Her listing in the 1900 Federal census says she was born May 1851.

Number 3. Her obit reads:

LADIES' AUXILIARY SPANISH-AMERICAN WAR VETERANS, ATTENTION!

  McFARLAND -- of 312 West 54th St., April 29, 1930, EMMA SARAH McFARLAND, aged 65 years, beloved wife of Frank McFarland, mother of Charles, William and Donald Peppin; Mrs Elizabeth Truan; sister of Fred Houston and William Glowston.  Deceased was a member of Ladies' Auxiliary, Spanish-American Veterans.

Funeral services will be held Friday, 2 p.m., under the auspices of that organization, at Mittelstadt Funeral Parlors.  Interment Washelli Cemetery

Which gives us -- initially -- three separate birth dates.

Number 1:  Using the dates and such from her obit, 1930 minus 65 equals 1865.

Number 2:  The 1900 Federal Census gave me her first and middle names, Emma Sarah, and it also said that she was born in May of 1851 in Canada.  1900 minus 1851 = 49 for her age as of June 1 1900, per the 1900 US Federal Census.

Number 3:  Her certificate of marriage says she was 15 years old on 1 April 1878.  1878 minus 15 equals 1863.

So, Emma was either born in 1865, 1851, or 1863.

Looking at the math, the obit and the certificate of marriage are pretty close; there's only a 2 year discrepancy, which changes if one chooses to believe the census in that she was born in May.

With her obit, April 29th would have been just before her 66th birthday, thus 1930 was her 66th year of life.

1930 minus 66 equals 1864.

And when she got married, even way back in 1878, April came before May.  

1878 minus 16 would still equal 1864.

Thus by compiling the available data, we come to . . .

Emma was born May 1964, in New Westminster, BC, Canada.  She died 29 April 1930, in Seattle Wa, USA, and is buried at Seattle's Evergreen Washelli cemetery, near the military section.  Her second husband, Frank McFarland, was a Spanish American War Vet, and is buried right next to her.  Where her first husband -- Simon Pepin aka Seymour Peppan -- is buried is still a mystery.

William Houston

Born 4 June 1866 in Moodyville, British Columbia, Canada.  He lived in Brackendale BC.  Until 1939 he was a donkey engineer in the logging industry.  Under "Racial Origin" it says "Scotch".  Father is listed as Scotland-born John Houston, mother is Canada-born "not known".  When he died from heart problems on the 23rd day of March 1950, he was 83 years, 9 months and 17 days old.  He was buried in Squamish, BC, by the Chapman Funeral Home Ltd., Vancouver BC.  Son W.H. Houston signed.

Said Klara in a letter dated 27 July 1986:

". . . I have just recently learned that there is a lot of information on the San Juan Islands on file at the Western Washington University in Bellingham, Wa. so I may take a trip down there one day to see what I can find.  I know that William Houston Sr. lived there during the first years of his marriage, so perhaps the family had land there. . ."

William has no middle name.  Why?  Don't know.  Maybe Alfred was gone by then, and Sophie simply chose not to give him one.

When Fred and William left home, Sophie told Fred, "You watch after Willie", which Fred did, and I kinda wonder if this wasn't the reason Fred never married.

William got married.  In 1908, in Victoria B.C., to Rosalie Christina Bartleman (born March 10, 1870, Saanich BC; died Feb 15, 1946, Squamish BC).  He met her while she was working in a laundry in Victoria, British Columbia.

TSIKUACH and BARTLEMAN

Rosalie's parents were Mary "Fanny" Tsikuach of Saanich BC, and Peter Bartleman, a blacksmith for the Hudson Bay Company.  Stories say Peter had curly, bright red hair and was a hard drinker.

Peter and Fanny had 6 children:

  • Jean Bartleman, born about 1866

  • Rosalie Christina Bartleman, born Mar 10, 1870

  • Agnes Bartleman, born about 1880

  • Joseph Bartleman, born 1883

  • Frances Bartleman, born about 1890

  • Isaac Bartleman, born December 3, 1895

According to Gabe Bartleman, one of Isaac's sons, Peter was a heavy-handed father.  This is why, when Isaac was still a little fellow, Fanny packed up the kids and left Peter to his drink and his temper.

Gabe Bartleman, 1998, at Tsartlip School on Brentwood Bay Thank you, Gabe Bartleman, and rest in peace, dear man.  The world is a poorer place without you. Thanks, Marv. Marv Houston, 1998, at Tsartlip School on Brentwood Bay
BARTLEMAN and HOUSTON

Bill and Rosie Houston, along with Bill's brother Fred, lived between Vancouver BC, Victoria BC, and Washington State's San Juan Island.  The Houston brothers worked assorted jobs, one of which involved digging lime for an explosives manufacturer on James Island.

Bill and Rosie had 8 children:

1.  Stella Houston
     born Feb 14, 1890
     died July 25, 1906, Roche Harbor, San Juan Island, Washington

2.  Frederick Houston  1892 - 1954

3.  Ernest Houston  1900-1971

4.  Laura Houston  after 1900-?

5.  William Charles Houston  after 1900-1997

6.  Clara Houston  after 1900-?

7.  Alice Houston after 1890-?

8.  Pearl Mildred Houston after 1900-1973

Frederick Houston
    
born April 27, 1892, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
     died 2 Mar 1954, North Vancouver, BC
married Maggie Lewis and had a daughter named Norma

Back up

Laura Houston
     born April 4, after 1900, Victoria, BC
f
irst married a fellow name Mr Merrill and had five children, then Mr Merrill went missing.  After enough time had gone by, Laura re-married to a fellow named Robert Flores and had 6 more children.

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William Charles Houston
     born
July 18, after 1900, Roche Harbor
     died 1997, Vancouver Island
married Pearl and they had 4 children
  • Rita
  • Vera
  • Marvin
  • John Roger
The back of the picture says, 1980 -- Not far from our place on the beach.  Me, left, Pearl, daughter Rita, and her husband Bob.

In the photo above, Wiliam Charles Houston, wife Pearl, daughter Rita and son-in-law Bob, in 1980.

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Ernest Houston
     born Nov 16, 1900, Roche Harbor
     died 22 Oct 1971, Essondale, BC.
     married Margaret Douglas and they had a son named Davis.  Davis married a woman named Irene.

Family stories say that Ernest did something for which his son Davis (aka David) took the blame for.  Whatever it was, it had to do with a newspaper article with the headline:

"FIRST A DANCE AND THEN SUDDEN DEATH"

Davis was sent to the Oakalla Prison Farm, in Burnaby, B.C., where he was found hanged in his room in 1947; a handwritten note on his death certificate, down in the part about "cause of death", says "vs".

Ernest disappeared.  Don't know where he went or what he did, but according to his death certificate, he eventually wound up at the Valleyview Hospital in Essondale, B.C., where he died in March 2, 1971.

I really gotta get a copy of that newspaper article.

And I've recently found the court documents for a trial at the Canada Archives OnLine, involving Ernest Houston and Margaret Douglas.  Gotta get a copy of that, too.  

A recent addition to the Genealogy Wish List is what looks like a real gem at the B.C. Online Archives: GR-0758 BRITISH COLUMBIA. COURT OF APPEAL. Originals, 1947, 532 pages (2 volumes) Rex vs. Davis Houston: appeal book.

Well, I was right about the above appeal book.  On 26 September 2003, I found myself at the BC Archives in Victoria, British Columbia, and held that two volume book in my hand.  Then I looked through it.  I now understand why Ernest disappeared.

In R E X vs. Davis Houston, Davis stood charged with, and I quote, "That at or near Belize Inlet, in the County and Province aforesaid, on or about the third day of November, in the year of our Lord one thousand nine hundred and forty-six, he the said Davis Houston unlawfully did murder {XXXX}, against the peace of our Lord the King his Crown and Dignity."

On August 2005, I got an email at 4:51 pm that said, and I quote:

"Hi Lisa, am just reading a book called "Hard Place to do Time, the story of Oakalla Prison 1912-1991" Have you seen or read? There is reference to the hanging of your Davis Houston in it. If you haven't read or seen I can scan you the page."

I hadn't and said so, but did thank her most kindly for the offer to scan the page, wanting very much to add the info here.

The book is:

Hard Place To Do Time--the Story of Oakalla Prison 1912-1991
by Earl Andersen

And it was published by:

Hillpointe Publishing
Box 41557
London Place P.O.
923 12th Street
New Westminster, B.C., Canada
V3M-6L1

The paragraph about Davis is on page 53, and reads:

"October 1, 1947, was the day on which Harry Medos would expiate his crime by hanging on Oakalla's gallows.  He was not to die alone.  Davis Houston, a 28-year-old Native Indian, who had won two appeals against his conviction for the bludgeon murder of Beatrice Smith, at a Belize Inlet logging camp, as scheduled to hang on the same day.  [...] at exactly 6:06 a.m., both men were pronounced dead."

(Thank you, Jennifer)

And I'm still real curious about Margaret's Douglas family. She was Davis Houston's mother.  I'm also curious are Irene, Davis Houston's wife.

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Clara Houston
     born after 1900, Roche Harbor
     married Sam and had five children:
  • Alice
  • Mary
  • Donna
  • Thelma
  • Richard
Bill & Rose, and Alice, Mary, Donna, and Thelma  

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Alice Houston
     born after 1890
    married Howard Coates

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Pearl Mildred Houston
     born November 2, after 1900, Roche Harbor
     died May 5, 1973, Coombes, BC.

   married Karl Van Horlik and had 6 children, one of whom was Ivan "Sonny" Van Horlik.  Sonny's wife, Klara, was the one who sent me Fred A. Houston's death certificate, as well as the newspaper clipping regarding Alfred.

Though Klara has since died, I still must say . . .

Thank you, Klara!


And now, perhaps I'm wrong but . . .
William, Fred, and Rosalie . . . ?

While editing pictures for this site, I magnified the picture of Emma and Simon I've used on Simon and Emma's pages.

I was a flabbergasted to find that there were more than two people in that picture.  One person was behind Emma and Simon -- William, I think -- and it looks like someone is sitting to the left of him; both that person's arms rare stretched out in front of him.  The third person -- or his arm and leg -- is on the very left edge of the picture (within the darker rectangle).

 

To offer up a reference point, in the upper right corner of the picture, what looks like someone's white-sleeve-encased elbow, is Simon's elbow.

At a higher magnification, on the right, it looks like the person to the right of William may be holding something in front of . . . could that someone be Rosalie . . . ?

If it is, then the fellow on the left edge of the above picture is probably Fred.

Bill Houston . . . ?

Houston Tidbits

One of the emails from Becky Emmet of Virginia, included the following tidbit:

The book Bold Legacy by Cleburne Huston (the story of the Houston [Huston] Ancestors) . . . it shows a crest of two (maybe greyhounds), around a shield showing 3 birds with a winged hour glass above it and motto above that says:

A Houston crestIn Tempore

The origin of the emblems is said to have been the action of an ancient Houstown, who with a body of his retainers reinforced a broken column and for his courage was knighted on the field of battle.

The greyhounds represent the speed with which he came to the rescue, the last sand of the hourglass, the urgency of the hour and the motto, the arrival in time.

From other sources I have found the following mottos, all attributed to a Houston family.

  • In Time.

  • Per mare per terras.

  • Fraoch Eilean!

And, In Time, I hope to find out just where my great great grandfather Alfred John Houston came from.  I think it might just be possible that Alfred had a family back in Scotland and I may have some "half-cousins" who know nothing about the three "souvenirs" he left behind in British Columbia.

So, if any of you Houston/Huston researchers find you have a blacksmith by name of Alfred, Fred, Frederick, or John Houston who went missing between the years of 1859 and 1867, drop me some email at lisa@fortlangley.ca.  Thanx.

And I found I had a cousin in Victoria BC.  A distant cousin, albeit, but a cousin none the less.

Robert says he grew up hearing some of the same stories about being related to General Sam, and that his Houston family was sent to the North of Ireland by King James I in the 1600s, but returned to Scotland in the 1700s.  Click here to see Robert's family tree.

There is, on the Internet, a website called GenForum, found at http://genforum.genealogy.com/, and at GenForum they have a Houston page

Then there's Charles Houston's page at http://www.chouston.f2s.com/

If you're hunting Houston kin, check it out.

And remember: If you go back far enough, we're all related.

Regardless how it's spelled, if you have a Houston website -- or Bartleman or Tsikuach -- and would like to have a link to it added HERE, drop me some email, and we'll get it done.

updated 12 Oct  2003