of Fort Langley
Welcome to a page in progress.
|The reunion has happened ... I'm now
working on organizing all the info from the reunion.
In May of 2008, I was asked by Fort Langley to put together a descendants' reunion for Brigade Days August 2-4, 2008.
The reunion went really well. We got pictures and everything! Watch this space for more info.
2008 is a special year. On 19 November 2008. British Columbia will officially be 150 years old. That's what the word "Sesquicentennial" means, and I quote:
The Special Reception for the descendants was held on Sunday, 3 Aug 2008, at 3:30 pm, but our founder, Lisa Peppan, was on site through out the entire weekend.
If you have a family tree showing your line of descent from your fort employee ancestor, bring it along.
If you have holes in your family tree, bring 'em along. Let's see if we can fill the gaps.
Be prepared to identify yourself as a descendant. Though free admission is not possible, we will get the group rate discount. Bring your invitations. If you don't have an invitation, contact Lisa Peppan or Gerry Borden
The biggest problem is contacting descendants. So many of the email addresses I have are outdated, if only I had mailing addresses...
Did you just wonder how you could help...?
Cool. Thank you. I need all the help I can get.
In order to be certain to spread the word and miss as few descendants as possible, the following is a list of the Descendants and their Ancestors who I have been unable to contact.
And, before we go any further, yes, I know that the Hawaiian word for person has a History. I use Kanaka not only because it is the Hawaiian word for person, but because some of those listed below only said they descended from "a Kanaka."
If you know any of these people, call'em, visit'em, send 'em an e-mail, drop 'em snail mail, ask them if they know about the Children of Fort Langley Sesquicentennial Reunion. Then ask'em to get a hold of me or Gerry Borden.
Early in the morning of Wednesday 27th June 1827, twenty-five men slid their two boats into the waters of the Columbia River at Fort Vancouver on their way to "form an Establishment at the Entrance of Fraser' s River".
At noon, Monday, 30th July 1827, the men were "all busily employed in clearing ground for an Establishment", though they spent that night -- as well as the next 5 nights -- aboard ship.
2nd August 1827, ground was for the Bastion.
21 August 1827, a trench was dug for the walls.
31 August, second Bastion built and roofed.
Monday 8th October , clerk and journal keeper George Barnston writes,
2 August 1858, British Parliament passed an Act to establish the Colony of British Columbia.
19 Nov 1858, Governor James Douglas signed papers making British Columbia a crown colony of England.
August 2 - 4, 2008, Fort Langley's annual Brigade Days, held at the Fort Langley National Historic Site of Canada. Brigade Days, this year, was focused on the Sesquicentennial celebration.
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This page created 13 June
This page updated 24 Sept 2008