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Terrace Town Plan,
Oct 1911

Captain Maitland Lockhart Gordon
BC Land Surveyor

DL 361 and DL 369
North of Grand Trunk Railway, today CNR tracks
West to East- L/R: Emerson St, Kalum St., Atwood St., Clinton St., Apsley St.
South to North- Bottom to Top: Greig Ave, Lakelse Ave, Lazelle Ave., Park Ave

From the Land title Record books, we find the truth
to when these lots were sold, so they were obviously
surveyed before March 1906.

DL 360   29.3.1906    William L. Polson       File No. 3776/06   Acreage  383   Purchase    $671.00

DL 361   29.3.1906    Truman Smith Baxter  File No. 3770/06  Acreage 320     Purchase    $520.00

DL 362   29.3.1906    Margaret Durham        File No. 3770/06  Acreage 489       Purchase   $1089.00

Thanks to Helene McRae for this Title info above 

DL 361 that became Terrace, was first registered to a T. S. Baxter.
Truman Smith Baxter from land titles above.

Captain Gordon (above) also surveyed DL 362
that was put in Margaret Durham's name

Roger S. Greene Jr. surveyed other lots in the area.
Roger's parents were in Seattle.

A 40 acre and a 60 acre lot, from DL361
was sold to Lazelle & Little
 (Lazelle was married to Helen Little - George's sister)
but it seems $190.90 came from Little for ties,
and $803.38 from Lazelle for the land. 
(Frank Lazelle Bio)
 $88.45 was paid for taxes.

 The $905.83 was divided between
Albert D. Durham- $ 542.00,
 Truman Smith Baxter- $ 113.23
and the same $113.23, to Charles Durham, (Usk)
 James Darius Wells (
James Darius Wells Bio)
and Roger S. Greene Jr.
for a total of $905.83. 

 There were some dealings like this on Lot 362 also,
James Darius Wells was not included. 
 (He was a mining partner of C. Durham at Kitselas at the Golden Crown)
So now we are looking for A. D. Durham.

more mysteries to research.

Roger Sherman Greene Jr.
b- Sept 29, 1870 in East Berlin, Hartford Co., Conn, USA
d- Sept 19, 1945, Alameda CA, USA
buried in Lake View Cemetery, Seattle King Co., WA

Surveyor in Terrace
1889 living in King County, WA, USA

1902/03 shows Roger Sherman Greene Jr, A. B., B. P., Dawson, NWT,
in a Washington University Alumni list, for 1894
Not sure what the A.B, B.P. stands for?

Aug 4, 1895 he climbed Columbia Crest , Mt. Rainier, with Albert C. Durham
1907 shown age 36, occupation Real Estate when he got married

Apr 1908 a Roger S. Greene was a Seattle lawyer
involved in a land dispute,
at Kitsum Kalum, near the Skeena River, over 1280 acres.
Hon. Mr. Fulton the Chief Commissioner of Lands and Works
decided in favour of the resident claimant, Mr. Durham. (C or A.D.?)
Mr. Greene presented the interests of the claimants.
 No names of claimants shown.

1934 he was living in Oakland CA when his son RSG III married

He applied for membership in
The US Sons of the American Revolution, ca1936
Descendant -  Hon. Roger Greene
His Father was the Great Grandson of Roger Greene,
One of the signers of the Declaration of Independence,
The articles of Confederation, and the US Constitution.

married Edith Janette Jones, Sept 6, 1907 at 337 16th Ave. N, in Seattle, WA
b- Apr 8, 1874,  near Beloit, Rock Co., Wisconsin, USA
d- July 27, 1933 in Seattle, King Co., WA
buried in Lake View Cemetery, Seattle King Co., WA
age 33 when she married,
daughter of Halsey M. Jones and Hattie DeEtte Gage

Roger's Father- Roger Sherman Greene Sr.
b- Dec 14, 1840 in Roxbury, Suffolk Co., Mass, USA
d- Feb 17, 1930 in Seattle King Co., WA, age 90
(see EXT link below)
Appointed June 18, 1870 Chief Justice
of the Supreme Court in Washington Territory.
Served for 16 years as Chief Justice.
shown as a lawyer age 48 in King Co, WA
He served with the Union Army in the American Revolution
Senior member of the law firm of Greene, McNaught, Hanford, and McGraw.
1888 he quit the law, and devoted his life to the Baptist Church.
In 1907 he married his son, shown as a Baptist Minister, Seattle WA
mother- Grace Estelle Greene, nee Wooster
b- May 2, 1833, Naugatuck, New Haven, Conn, USA
d- Sept 4, 1917 in Seattle, King Co. WA

Roger Sr. married May Collins Kimball first
they had a daughter Grace Greene

Roger's siblings:
Agnes Margaret Greene
b- Oct 18, 1868, in IL, USA
d- 1963

Grace Evarts Greene
b- Jan 15, 1875, Washington, USA
d- 1971

Mary Rhoda Greene
b- July 27, 1876, Washington, USA
d- 1971

Roger's children:
son- Roger Sherman Greene III
b- July 6, 1908 in Seattle WA
d- Apr 22, 1963 in Sacramento, CA

son- David Monroe Greene
b- Sept 27, 1911 in Seattle WA
d- Mar 16, 1989 in Costa Mesa, Orange, CA

William L. Polson

my wild guess
William Leonard "Bill" Polson ?
b- May 5, 1873  in Washington territory, USA
d- Jan 23, 1925 Snohomish, WA, age 51
buried in Mount Vernon Cemetery, Skagit Co., WA
1894 attending University of WA, from LaConner WA.
Oct 1918, he was a Mining Engineer in Ketchikan AK
shown as an assayer and chemist in Ketchikan
One of a few that had a camera in Ketchikan
He was working for Salt Chuck Mines in Ketchikan
1920 he was a Patient in a Sanatorium.

father- Olaf Polson (alt Olof?),
b- 1833 in Sweden, age 47 in 1880 in WA, farmer
d- 1903
came from Sweden in 1868
see link below for family info
mother- Gunhild Nelson Polson, nee Mattson,
b- Oct 22, 1832, in Sweden, age 47 in 1880
d- Apr 1, 1910, La Conner, Skagit County, WA

brother- Perry Polson,
b- July 1854, Halland Sweden
d- Feb 14, 1923 in Seattle, King, WA
 partner in Polson Implement and Hardware Co., Seattle WA
His brother John was also involved in this business.
They sold equipment for miners heading to the Klondike.
Perry also owned Polson Logging Co., and Polson Realty Co.
brother- Nelson "Nels" Polson,
b-1857, In Sweden, age 22 in 1880,
d- 1915
brother- John Polson,
b-ca 1859, In Sweden, age 21, in 1880,
sister- Paulina Polson,
b- ca 1865, In Sweden, age 15, in 1880,
sister- Josephine Polson,
b- ca 1868, In Sweden, age 13 in 1880,
brother- Alfred Polson,
b- 1870, In Iowa USA, age 9, in 1880
d- 1968 (see link below for more of his life)
brother- Paul Polson
b- ?

A William Polson was staying with a Donald Polson in Vancouver
in 1911 shown as a tailor.  no middle initial so not sure if it was him.

Truman Smith Baxter
b- Nov 15, 1867 in Fullarton, Perth County, ON
d- Oct 27, 1931 in Vancouver BC, age 63
Truman Smith Baxter was 16th Mayor of Vancouver BC, 1913-1914.
Owned a furniture store in Vancouver, around time he was Mayor.
1901- Shown as a lawyer in Vancouver, married, with 3 children.
1891, 1896 and 1899- Teacher in Vancouver Public School
when he married age 24, in Vancouver in 1893, he was a Schoolmaster.
father Richard Baxter, born in ON, age 31 in 1871
mother, Elizabeth Smith, born in England, age 29 in 1871, d- bef 1881
married Sarah Whiteside, Nov 15, 1893 in Vancouver BC
b- Feb 19, 1869 in Scarborough, York County, ON
d- Dec 17, 1964 in Kensington Private Hospital, Vancouver BC, age 94.
buried in Ocean View Burial Park, Vancouver BC.
Lived on Lulu Island when she was married.
she was a widow in 1935 in Vancouver
daughter of John Whiteside, and Margaret Brown

son- Wilfred Ernest Baxter,
 b- Oct 25, 1894 in Vancouver, BC
d- Feb 7, 1982, St. Mary's Hospital, Sechelt BC
son- Frederic Roland "Fred" Baxter,
b- May 19, 1896 in Vancouver, BC
d- May 4, 1981 Lane, Oregon, USA
son- Harold Richard Baxter,
 b- June 13, 1898, in Vancouver, BC
d- July 12, 1965, Vancouver General Hospital, Vancouver BC, age 67
3 sons were all married.

Brother- Norman A. Baxter, b- in ON, age 1 in 1871

Sept 1912 District Engineer E. G. Baxter came from Pr Rupert
and was heading to the Bulkley Valley. relative?


Albert D. Durham
b- still a mystery, but possible below?

good suspect, a gold miner in Territories in 1901
Albert Davis Durham
b- Oct 10, 1873, Kansas USA, age 27.
d- July 8, 1940, Seattle WA, age 66
son of John H. Durham, b- Indiana
and Mary E. Durham, nee Imes, b- Ohio
Father was a Hotel Keeper in Seattle in 1900
One thing known so far about Albert D. Durham
 is that he climbed a mountain with Roger Greene. 
1894 Albert attended University of WA
Went to the Yukon in 1897, shown there for 4 years.
Gold Placer miner at Sulphur creek
1920 in Seattle WA, working in Ernst Hardware store.
1940- Longshoreman in Seattle
wife- Carrie Etta Durham, born in Georgia
 son, Claude and daughters, Helen and Ruth.
all 3 children born in WA

Margaret Durham, nee Evensen
Charles and Margaret Durham came to Kitselas Canyon in 1903,
with 5 children.
They had 7 children total.
Family moved to Usk in 1917,
Charles bought the hotel in Usk from Earl Hayes
after he returned from WWI duty.

Margaret Durham, nee Evensen
b- Oct 10, 1864 in Vestby, Norway
Charles J. H. Durham- see Usk page

son- Gotfred "Frederick""Fred" Durham
b- Oct 20, 1889 in ON
daughter- Elsie Durham
b- Sept 9, 1891 in ON
son- George Durham
b- July 19, 1893 in BC
daughter- Helen Margaret Durham
b- Aug 21, 1899 in BC
married William Richard Adams, mar 16, 1922 in Prince Rupert
daughter- Mary Karen Durham
b- Nov 1901, Vancouver BC, age 18 in 1920
married Albert Edward Blackhall, May 17, 1922, in Usk, BC
daughter- Irene Olga Durham
b- Mar 1906, Kitselas BC, age 22 in 1929
married Alexander George Bowie, Mar 27, 1929, in Smithers BC
daughter-  Kathleen
Hyördis Durham
b- 1908 in Kitselas BC
d- Oct 22, 2004, in Black Diamond, AB
married Harry Wesley "Slim" Varner July 16, 1934 in Terrace BC

Captain Maitland Lockhart Gordon Bio
b- Sept 27, 1882 in London England, reg in Kensington dist.
d- May 7, 1917 in WWI, killed in Action at Bullecourt, age 35
buried at Arras Memorial, Pas De Calais, France
Maitland lead an attack on the German Trenches at Bullecourt France
Civil Engineer when he enlisted Sept 23, 1914
Next of kin- W. H. Lockhart Gordon,
who lived at 221 George St., Toronto, ON
Maitland was not married when he enlisted.
Came to Canada in 1886
Came to Vancouver in 1907
attended McGill University.
He attended Royal Military College, Kingston ON, graduated in 1902
Served in Army, British Infantry, 3rd Batt, Gordon Highlanders.

son of William Henry Lockhart Gordon
b- Mar 30, 1845 in Edinburgh, Scotland
d- Jan 1, 1929 at home, 221 George St, Toronto ON, age 83
Immigrated in 1870
1881 census in St. Thomas Ward, Toronto, York, ON
His father was a Barrister and Solicitor, 79 Adelaide St East, Toronto ON
He was involved in the original formation
of the English Football Assoc. in 1863.
One of 2 Scots involved.  See link below
son of Henry Gordon and Emily Gordon

Mother- Emily Gordon Smith
b- Oct 4, 1847 (in South Africa in 1901 census) (b- England in 1881 census)
d- June 7, 1923 in Toronto, York, ON
Immigrated in 1872
married July-Sept 1872, Reg Dist Lewisham, London, England

Lots of siblings:
Brother- Lieut-Col Harry Duncan Lockhart Gordon, DSO, VD, FCA
b- July 20, 1873 in Toronto ON
d- 1967
He received the D.S.O., and the only brother to survive the war.
Chartered Accountant
In 1915 he married Kathleen Mary Hamilton Cassels

brother- Frank Maskelyne Lockhart Gordon
b- Mar 18, 1875 in Toronto, York, ON

sister- Louisa Molyneal Sarah Lockhart Gordon
b- Nov 30, 1876 in Toronto, York,  ON

sister- Edith Willoughby L. Gordon
 b- Jan 12, 1880 in London England, reg Kensington dist.
She immigrated in 1886 with Maitland

brother- Molineux Lockhart Gordon
b- Oct 31, 1884 in Toronto, York, ON

sister- Elsie Lockhart Gordon
b- Sept 30, 1886 in Toronto, York, ON

brother- Erskine Lockhart Gordon
b- Sept 15, 1883, Toronto, York, ON

Maitland's youngest brother, Captain Walter Leslie Lockhart Gordon
b- Sept 30, 1890 in Toronto, York, ON
d- Apr 28, 1915 at the 2nd battle of Ypres., age 24.
2nd Batt C.E.F.
enlisted Sept 22, 1914, shown as a Law Student
He was qualified for the Bar when he enlisted.
Attended 3 yrs Royal Military College in Kingston.

We can see the family went back to England for a few years,
then returned to ON

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