Saturday, December 26, 2015

John Procter of Yorkshire and Oregon

John Procter was born on 26 December 1868 at Doncaster, Yorkshire, England. His parents were Henry Procter and Mary Ann McCabe. They had a large family, and John was the oldest surviving child. Emily and George, born before him, only lived a few months. Altogether, there were fourteen children born to this family. John was the only one who left England. There is still one unidentified child for this family.

John and Emily Gourd were married at Doncaster on 19 January 1890. He was a printer by trade, and always made a good living. They lived in at least six houses during a ten year period before leaving England. Although they would not be considered anything special now, they were new and very nice at the time. All of these houses are located within a very small area of York, and within the same parish.

John and Emily had a large family. Their children were Walter, Percy, Gert, Dorothy, Cecil, Berniece (called Lu), Doug, and Evelyn Maud. Dorothy is our ancestor. Everyone was born in Doncaster except for Doug, who was born in 1913 in Vancouver, British Columbia; and Maud, who was born in 1915 in Portland, Multnomah, Oregon. In August of the same year, their oldest son, Walter, was killed on the Gallipoli Peninsula, Turkey, during World War I. He was a soldier in the Australian Imperial Forces. They lost their youngest daughter in 1922, leaving them with six remaining children. Seated in this photo are Percy, Emily and John, Gert, and Dorothy; standing behind are Cecil, Berniece (Lu), and Doug.

John was an avid golfer. He was a stern man, who, in his later years could be called "a sweet old man." He possessed a charming nature. As a child, I remember visiting at their home. The adults visited and we children sat outside on their porch in the big porch swing that looked like a couch with a canopy. Great-grandfather John believe that children should be seen and not heard, so it was a quiet time visiting at their house.

John died on 23 April 1953 in Portland, Multnomah, Oregon. In 1967, when our family (Locke) visited Emily, his wife, she said, with tears in her eyes, that she still missed him so very much.

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