Fonds PR-2199 - Ella family fonds

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Ella family fonds

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  • 1840-1865 (Creation)
    Ella (family)

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ca. 12 cm of textual records

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Biographical history

Captain Henry Bailey Ella and Martha Beeton (Cheney) Ella were early Vancouver Island settlers. She arrived from England in May 1851 with her aunt, Anne (Beeton) Blinkhorn and uncle, Thomas Blinkhorn. Martha and her relations settled at Metchosin where her uncle managed the Bliston Farm owned by Captain James Cooper. She and Captain Ella were married in 1855 and had three sons and four daughters. They relocated into Victoria in the early 1860s and subsequently built Wentworth Villa on Fort Street, which survives to this day as a heritage structure. Henry Ella died by drowning in Burrard Inlet in 1873 and Martha Ella died in 1911.

Custodial history

Reproductions of some items, along with the original diary, were acquired at an unknown date, but prior to 1975. The other original items were donated by Mrs. Dorothy Barnes in 2007.

Scope and content

The fonds consists of eight items: folder 1, a marriage license (1855 ), folder 2, transcript from a marriage register (1857), folder 3, a Masonic lodge certificate (1865), folder 4, a certificate of competency as a ship's master (1853), folder 5, an indenture certificate (1840), folder 6, a certificate of character and discharge (1853), folder 7, an empty linen document envelope with "H.B. Ella" on one side and a partial original of Martha Ella's diary. The 1855 marriage license was signed by Governor James Douglas, while the 1857 license was signed by Bishop Edward Cridge.

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The original of the Martha Ella diary fragment is available under call number E/B/El5 and a transcript of the diary fragment is available under call number E/B/El5A. Reproductions of items in folders 1 to 5 available under call number E/B/El51.9 .

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Researchers are asked to use the reproductions of the originals in folders 1 to 5 and the transcript of the diary fragment.

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Other records relating to the Ella family include those of Ann (Beeton) Blinkhorn ( MS-0595).

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No further accruals are expected.

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Archives code(s): Call numbers of records in this fonds are: E/B/ El5 [textual records] 1853-1856, E/B/El5A [textual records] 1853-1856, E/B/El51.9 [textual records] 1840-1865; fonds briefly known as AAAA1369.

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Accession number(s): 95-5820; 73-021

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