Hello Lisa Littleboy,
I am the James Oliver Powrie that Mary Schacht referred to in her recent followup and the people about whom you inquired in your posting were my Uncle Fraser, Aunt Fanny and step-cousin Wallace Wright. I would be more knowledgable about the Powrie side of the family but I could give you some personal recollections and family anecdotes about Aunt Fanny, Wallace, and Wallace's wife Bertha and children Doreen and Gary. You can obtain my postal and e-mail addresses from Mary Schacht if you wish to pursue this.
James Oliver Powrie
P.S. A note about several generations of James Powrie:
JAMES Powrie (1826-1912) Uncle Fraser's Grandfather, Forester and Baptist lay preacher who married Margaret Fraser and raised a family of twelve at The Smithston, Lundie, Scotland. (This James Powrie was the brother of Mary Schacht's great-grandfather Robert Powrie.) Margaret Fraser's family was most warmly regarded by their Powrie in-laws and while my uncle's full name was David Fraser Powrie his grandmother's maiden name was the name he went by. In my generation cousins John Fraser Mitchell and William Fraser Birss took their names from the same source. Margaret's brother James Fraser had a son James (or Jimmie) Fraser who homesteaded in the same general Assiniboia, Saskatchewan area as my aunts Maggie (Powrie) Mitchell, Adda (Powrie)Birss and my father Oliver Powrie. I have had the great-great-grand-nieces of Margaret Fraser in my Assiniboia classroom (daughters of Lorraine the daughter of Kenneth the son of Jimmie) and I can assure you the line of the Frasers still produces lovely girls. The James Powrie from the start of this paragraph was also the great-grandson, grandson, son, brother, uncle, cousin and father of various David Powries dating back to the early eighteenth century. You can see that Uncle Fraser was named long before he was born.
JAMES Powrie(1865-1952)Uncle Frasers's father. Born in Lundie And Fowlis, Angus, Scotland and died in Assiniboia Saskatchewan in 1952. An offer of scholastic patronage by the Earl of Camperdown was declined by his family. He served in the Black Watch but bought his discharge circa.1889 and emigrated to Canada. He worked for the Robert W. Oliver family in Ontario, married daughter Frances Mary Oliver(1856-1929) and established his farm in the Elton District near Justice north of Brandon, Manitoba.
Robert JAMES Oliver Powrie(1896-1986) Went by the name Oliver. Uncle Fraser's brother and my father. Born in 1896 he was 18 at the outbreak of WWI but he had lost his right thumb in a shotgun accident in 1911 and because of this physical defect was not considered a suitable candidate for a soldier. Perhaps standards were lowered as the war progressed because Mary Schacht has found him in the records as enlisted in the Manitoba regiment 1st Battalion Canadian Engineers in May 1918. I suspect he wasn't proud of this late enlistment because no one in my generation was ever told that he had seen military service. He attended Agricultural College in Winnipeg, established himself in 1920 as a farmer at Assiniboia, Saskatchewan, married Ethel May Lawrence(1910-2001) in 1932 and had three sons. I think I remember a photo of Uncle Fraser in a WWII Air Force Uniform. Fraser may have had more of a military career.
JAMES Oliver Powrie(1943- myself, Uncle Fraser's nephew, Farmer and schoolteacher at Assiniboia Sask. The Oliver in my name is a bit interesting. I share it with my father, my cousin Oliver James Birss, and my nephew Raymond Oliver Powrie. From this pattern and my mothers name one would expect some Lawrences in upcoming generations.
JAMES Lawrence Powrie(1979- my son, Uncle Fraser's grand-nephew. also the nephew of my brother Thomas Lawrence Powrie and the cousin of my nephew Robert Lawrence Powrie.
P.P.S. Among my bits of stuff I found a photocopy of a letter written by my Grandmother Fanny Powrie, Uncle Fraser's mother, dated May 11, 1927. Her main news in this letter is a family that has just arrived from England and is looking for work.
"a new family where Pepplers used to live. The son has been out for 2 or 3 years and now his widowed mother,3 unmarried sisters & one married one with her husband and child, a boy about 4 years "
Grandmother doesn't give a name but I am quite sure these are the Nuttalls. The married one with her husband and child would be Fanny, Baden and Wallace Wright.
"I was sorry for those people- - - - They had just got there the day before & all their boxes and stuff was standing around. They had come off one of the Duke of Portland's estates in England.They were farmers there but she said they could not make anything but a bare living"
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