Fonds PR-0178 - Donaldson, Clay family fonds

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Donaldson, Clay family fonds

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  • Photographs
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  • [ca. 1880-1920] (Creation)
    Clay (family)
  • [ca. 1880-1920] (Creation)
    Donaldson (family)

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42 photographs and 0.01 m of textual records

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Alexander Dawson Donaldson was the son of Alexander and Mary Donaldson. Following his mother's death, he was adopted by his uncle James Dawson. Alexander came to Victoria in 1862 and married Amanda Woolsey in 1879. The marriage produced 4 children, Alexander T. Woolsey, James Douglas, Margaret Dawson and Elizabeth Victoria. Alexander Sr. worked as a carpenter until 1901 when the family moved to a farm in Sooke. He died in 1909 at the age of 70 and his wife Amanda died in 1930 at the age of 75. The youngest daughter, Elizabeth Victoria married William Clay, the son of Jonathan and Mary Clay.

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William Clay, the son of Jonathan and Mary Clay, married Elizabeth Victoria Donaldson. William and Elizabeth had three children: Donald, Eric, and Leonard Clay.

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Fonds consists Mainly of photographs of the Clay and Donaldson families and their friends.

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      16 of the images were loaned to the Archives for copying.

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      An item list of the photographs is available.

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      A family tree for the Clay, Donaldson and Fawcett families exists.

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