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  • ID: I14667
  • Name: James PURVIS
  • Given Name: James
  • Surname: PURVIS
  • Prefix: Captain
  • Suffix: (Reflections)
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 16 Feb 1870 in Kincardine, Bruce County, Ontario
  • Death: 25 Oct 1947 in Gore Bay, Manitoulin Island, Ontario
  • Burial: 27 Oct 1947 Gordon Cemetery, Manitoulin Island, Ontario 1
  • Census: 1901 Gore Bay C Thorburn St.Pt Lot 6
  • Census: 1891 Gore Bay, Manitoulin Island, Ontario
  • Occupation: Captain 1901
  • Religion: Presbyterian 1901
  • _UID: 369028E6FBA44F1694A646C21CA376F8472F
  • Change Date: 28 Mar 2012 at 21:28
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  • FILE: WINONA, picture.jpg
  • Title: 1912
  • Note: THE RECORDER,Gore Bay, Thursday April 4 1912
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  • _PRIM: Y
  • _TYPE: PHOTO
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  • FILE: Winona, Atr.jpg
  • Title: 1912
  • Note: THE RECORDER,Gore Bay, Thursday April 4 1912
  • _DATE: 1912
  • _SCBK: Y
  • _TYPE: PHOTO
  • Note:
    This name is from, REFLECTIONS, page 56, a 775 hard cover g enealogy book of Howland Township and Little Current (bot h are combined are now called, NEMI - North Eastern Manitou lin and the Islands)
    REFLECTIONS, family history,items & pictures can be ordere d from Manitoulin Genealogy Club, Norma H ughson President, - Box 6 Little Current, On P0P 1K 0 genealogy@townofnemi.on.ca
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    1901 Ontario Census, Algoma, Gore Bay C Thorburn St.Pt Lo t 6, Family #1
    PURVIS James M Head m 1870-Feb-14 31Scot Scot Can PS Captain
    PURVIS Christena F Wife m 1871-Dec-10 29 Scot Scot Can PS
    PURVIS Edna A.C. F Dau s 1893-Jul-15 7 Ont Scot Can PS
    PURVIS James I. M Son s 1896-Sep-29 4Ont Scot Can P S
    ROAKIE Elizabeth F Dom s 1878-Mar-04 23 Ont Scot Can PS Ser vant
    DIXON Geo. M Lodg s 1878-Aug-22 22Ont Eng Can CE Tailor

    1911 Gore Bay Census, Algoma East, Page #2, Household #15
    Purvis James M Head M Feb 1870 40
    Purvis Christine F Wife M Aug 1869 42
    Purvis Edna F Daughter S Jul 1894 16
    Purvis James M Son S Sep 1896 14

    The Early Years of Gore Bay
    Voters List, 1902 - Purvis, James-Fisherman
    Voters List, 1918 - Purvis, James-Captain
    Through the Years, Volume 111, March 1986, No. 5.
    Gore Bay long ago - Gore Bay was a thriving community in th e early 1900s. Lumbering and fishing drew many settlers an d the Purvis family were well known for their many activiti es. John and Jim were the best known for fishing at Duck Is land and then Burnt Island.
    Jim Purvis had a unique mail service, carrying mail and pas sengers during the winter months in the early 1900s, over t he ice between Spanish River and Gore Bay. The conveyance w as closed sleigh and a stop was made at" halfway" house o n Eagle Island in the North channel. Since the burning of t he "Winona", the Gore Bay boat which carried the mail durin g the summer months, the mail goes from Gore Bay to Littl e Current by truck. The mail is dispersed westward on the I sland by rural mail delivery.

    Through the Years, July 1993, Vol. X, No. 9, page 11 - Gor e Bay News May1 909
    Capt. Purvis succeeded in reaching Cutler with the mailboa t on Thursday, for the first time this season.

    Through the Years, July 1993, page 13 - Providence Bay, Jun e 1909
    Capt. Jas Purvis, of Gore Bay, was in town last week. H e is likely to furnish us with a daily mail this summer.

    Through the Years, Volume XI, October 1994, No. 12, 132nd e dition,pa ge 9- Gore Bay area new s in 1909
    Capt. Jas. Purvis is having an addition built to his barn.

    Through the Years, July 1993,Vol. X, No. 9, page 28 - Meldr um Bay, July19 09
    We wonder if Mr. Purvis is running an excursion boat instea d of a mailboat. The Winona called here with an excursion t o Sault Ste.Marie.

    Through the Years, October 1992, Vol. IX, No. 11, page 1 5 - Barrie Island 1909
    On Tuesday, April the 26th, the staunch and gallant steam er H.M.S. Edna- Ivan, in command of the dauntless mariner , Capt. Jas. Purvis, enroute from Gore Bay to Blind River e ncountered a field of ice some three miles out from port. C apt. Purvis pluckily struggled with the ponderous ice bur g s, driven by a violent wind from the west, finally becomi ng icebound off t he north shore of Barrie Island, where h e was forced to lay for something like 36 hours . In the me antime some of the passengers disembarked, and we re convey ed to Gore Bay by Mr. G.A. Cole, Wednesday evening the win d shift ed and blew from the south, and Capt. Purvis left h is moorings determined to continue the voyage and reach mai nland. He reached Blind River Saturday morning with all onb oard in good spirits, and his boat unharmed.

    The Early Years of Gore Bay, The Grand Manitoulin Island, p ages 83-84
    Voters in Gore Bay-1918 for Provincial Elections Polling Pl ace: Gore Bay, A-Lehman's Store, B - McGregor's Office
    Purvis, Annie H.-
    Purvis, James-Captain
    Purvis, Christina-
    Purvis, Ivan-Livery
    Purvis, Alexander-Fisherman
    Purvis, Jennie-
    Purvis, Harold-Bookkeeper
    Purvis, John-Fisherman
    Purvis,Sarah-
    Dated at Gore Bay this 7th day of September, A.D.1918 Anni e Laura McRae, Enumerator
    Dated this Seventh day of September, 1918, J. Haddow Fell , Returning Officer

    Through the Years, Volume VI, July 1989, No. IX page 1 9 - Stock Raising on Manitoulin - 1919
    It will give some idea of the number of cattle, sheep, an d hogs, shipped from Manitoulin Island this season, when w e state that, according to Mr. McAulay, the shipments by Ja mes Purvis from their dock alone include 4000 lambs, 1425 h ead of cattle, and 2800 hogs, then at least 500 head were s hipped by outside dealers. Manitowanings's cattle, etc., fi gures are even in excess of Gore Bay. The Manitoulin keep s up her great reputation as a stock raising country as wit h her vast unlimited natural pastures she is bound to do.

    Through the Years, Volume XI, October 1994, No. 12, 132n d edition, page 5- Fishing Season Closes - 1944
    With the return of the fishing tugs of James Purvis and S on from Michipicoten Island on Saturday night, the commerci al fishing season closes for another year. The season has b een an unusually good one and the weather for the trip hom e was all that could be desired.
    The Burnt Island fishing station, owned by Alex. Purvis , ceased operations over a week ago and the men have return ed to town for the winter.
    The Str. Caribou has made its last trip of the season, an d when the Normac comes down this week, it will also tie u p for the winter. Fine weather for sailing has prevailed th is fall and the season has been a most successful one .
    The feeling of isolation which the last boat always bring s will be some what relieved this year by the knowledge tha t a bridge for motor traffic w ill soon be opened across th e channel at Little Current and we will then be independen t of boats and ferries at all times.

    Brothers United First Time In Thirty Years
    For the first time in thirty years the Purvis brothers wer e united, when William of Selkirk, Man, paid a visit to Gor e Bay this winter. From left to right they are: William, Jo hn, James, Alexander, and Edward
    Brothers United First Time in 30 Years
    For the first time in thirty years William, John, James, Al exander, and Edward Purvis met together this year to talk o ver their boyhood days. William, who has been in the West f or several years paid his brothers a visit, spending a fe w months in town, the guest of his son-in-law, Ivan Purvis.
    Of real old Scotch stock this family are possibly the bes t known fishermen in Ontario. Their father the late Wm. Pur vis was born in Aberdeen, Scotland, and for a number of yea rs followed the sails on Salt Water. Coming to Canada at th e age of 29 after being married to Annie Frost, they settle d a few miles out of Kincardine. At first a farmer, his ori ginal calling found him again on the fresh water lakes whic h he sailed for five years before receiving the appointmen t of lighthouse keeper on the Great Duck Island.
    In 1879 he moved to the Great Duck Island with his family o f ten children, who were all born at Kinloss a few miles fr om Kincardine. Here they spent the first twelve years as ye ar-round residents, and for nine years spent the summers o n the Island, and the winters in Gore Bay. During this time , as the boys grew up the late Mr. Purvis started each on e off as a fishermen, which moved was destined to be the cr eation of one of the largest industries ever controlled b y one family in the province.
    The first efforts were confined to sail boats, later a stea m tug the "Purvis" was purchased. At this time all their fi sh were sold to W.G. Gother of Windsor, who was buying agen t for a firm in Detroit, shipments being made on the old St r. Windsor.
    Since then each man has made a name for himself in the fish ing industry of the Province. Wm. the oldest carried on ext ensive operations at Selkirk, Man., Lake Winnipeg, until il l health forced him to relinquish his activities to his son , William. John has been an active fisherman from Providenc e Bay for a number of years.
    Jas. for a number of years fished out of Gore Bay and at pr esent is fishing from Michipicoten Island, where he has loc ated a modern station.
    Alexander, together with his sons, George and Leonard hav e a large establishment at Burnt Island which they have car ried on successfully for a number of years.
    Edward is stationed at Providence Bay and also has a first- class outfit.
    The capital invested by these men in boats and equipment ru ns into thousands of dollars and provides steady employmen t the year round for a large number of men.
    Early Years of Gore Bay" published by the Manitoulin Recor der
    CAPT. JAMES PURVIS
    A familiar and well-known figure along the Great Lakes,an d throughoutnort hern Ontario, Capt . James Purvis, aged 7 7 years, passed away at his home in Gore Bay on Friday, Oct ober 2 5, 1947. He had been confined to bed for nearly si x years prior to his death.
    The former skipper of the Lake Steamer, Winona, which was d estroyed by fire 18 years ago. Captain Purvis was born on O ctober 16,1870.Nine years later he moved to Duck Island wit h his parents. Brought up on the lake front as a boy, Capt . Purvis would visit the fishermens haunts, and gained hi s sea legs at a youthful age. He was engaged in the fishin g business for many years , first at Duck Island and late r at Gore Bay,and at the ti me of his death, conducted exte nsive interests in Lake Superior trout at Michipicoten Isla nd in partnership with his son Ivan.
    Capt. Purvis handled the mail contract for Gore Bay and th is end of the Island. Through out the winters, in his young er days, he was the only link with the far flung settlers o f the district. The trip across the ice was made with horse s, and in the spring when the ice was breaking up, he use d a dog sled to make the daily trip from Gore Bay to Spanis h.
    Keeping abreast of the times, he took over a daily servic e of freight, mail and passengers by truck between Gore Ba y and Little Current, after his team ship was destroyed b y fire in 1928. Although he was a great lover of boats, Cap t. Purvis also had other interests. One was of good horse s and for many years he bred his own stock for use in carry ing the mail across the ice and on his dairy farm. Good cat tle also claimed his attention and from his prize-winning h erd she shipped large quantities of beef cattle.
    He was married in January of 1893 to the former Christena B ailey. Besides his widow, he is survived by a daughter (Edn a),Mrs. F. Fredenburg of Toronto, and son Ivan of Gore Ba y ; two sisters, Mrs. J. Simpson of Selkirk, Manitoba and M rs. G. Bond of Geneva, Illinois; also two brothers, John o f Gore Bay and William of Selkirk, Manitoba; and six grandc hildren.
    A staunch adherent of Lyons Memorial United Church at Gor e Bay, Mr. Purvis was also active in the Masonic Lodge in h is younger years. The funeral service from his late residen ce was on Sunday, October 27 was under the auspices of thi s Order, and was conducted by Rev. W. J . Rayner, intermen t w as made in Gordon Cemetery.
    Honorary pallbearers were Messrs. J.H. Craig , Mr. R. Thorb urn, George John son, M.W. Brett, Fred Smith and J.W. Griff ith. Active pallbearers were Harold, George and Leonard Pur vis, J. L . McKenzie, A.O. Hinds and Adam Casson.

    CAPT. JAMES PURVIS
    A familiar and well-known figure along the Great Lakes, an d throughout northern Ontario, Capt. James Purvis, aged 7 7 years, passed away at his home in Gore Bay on Friday, Oct ober 25, 1947. He had been confined to bed for nearly six y ears prior to his death.
    The former skipper of the Lake Steamer, Winona, which was d estroyed by fire 18 years ago. Captain Purvis was born on O ctober 16, 1870. Nine years later he moved to Duck Island w ith his parents. Brought up on the lakefront as a boy, Capt . Purvis would visit the fishermen's haunts, and gained hi s sea legs at a youthful age. He was engaged in the fishin g business for many years, first at Duck Island and later a t Gore Bay, and at the time of his death, conducted extensi ve interests in Lake Superior trout at Michipicoten Islan d in partnership with his son Ivan.
    Capt. Purvis handled the mail contract for Gore Bay and thi s end of the Island. Throughout the winters, in his younge r days, he was he only link with the far flung settlers o f the district. The trip across the ice was made with horse s, and in the spring when the ice was breaking up, he use d a dog sled to make the daily trip from Gore Bay to Spanis h.
    Keeping abreast of the times, he took over a daily servic e of freight, mail and passengers by truck between Gore Ba y and Little Current, after his steamship was destroyed b y fire in 1928.
    Although he was a great lover of boats, Capt. Purvis also h ad other interests. One was of good horses and for many yea rs he bred his own stock for use in carrying the mail acros s the ice and on his dairy farm. Good cattle also claimed h is attention and from his prize-winning herds he shipped la rge quantities of beef cattle.
    He was married in January of 1893 to the former Christena B ailey. Besides his widow, he is survived by a daughter (Edn a), Mrs. F. Fredenburg of Toronto, and son Ivan of Gore Bay ; two sisters, Mrs. J. Simpson of Selkirk, Manitoba and Mrs . G. Bond of Geneva, Illinois; also two brothers, John of G ore Bay and William of Selkirk, Manitoba; and six grandchil dren.
    A staunch adherent of Lyons Memorial United Church at Gor e Bay, Mr. Purvis was also active in the Masonic Lodge in h is younger years. The funeral service from his late residen ce was on Sunday, October 27 was under the auspices of thi s Order, and was conducted by Rev. W.J. Rayner, interment w as made in Gordon Cemetery.
    Honorary pallbearers were Messrs. J.H. Craig, Mr. R. Thorbu rn, George Johnson, M.W. Brett, Fred Smith and J.W.Griffith . Active pallbearers were Harold, George and Leonard Purvis , J.L. McKenzie, A.O. Hinds and Adam Casson.
    "The Early Years of Gore Bay" published by the Manitoulin R ecorder

    In appreciation to Manitoulin Genealogy for this Obituary , a website of Laurie Lovelace

    Gordon Cemetery, Gordon and Allan, Manitoulin Island, #283
    PURVIS / JAMES PURVIS / 1870-1946 / CHRISTINE BAILEY PURVI S / 1866-1947 / JAMES R. PURVIS JR. / 1926-1957 / fs FATHE R fs MOTHER fs JAMES R. PURVIS JR.




    Father: William (Capt.) PURVIS b: 3 Aug 1830 in Arbroath, Scotland
    Mother: Annie FROST b: 28 May 1835 in Aberdeen, Scotland

    Marriage 1 Christena Catherine BAILEY b: 25 Aug 1869 in Hanover, Bentinck Township, Grey County, Ontario
    • Married: 4 Jan 1893 in Gore Bay, Manitoulin Island, Ontario
    • Note:
      2 _PREF Y


      PURVIS, James born in Kincardine, Ont married BAILEY,Christ ena Catherine born in Tp. Bentinck, Grey on 4 Jan 1893 at G ore Bay.Parents of Groom:William Purvis and Annie, Parent s of Bride: William Bailey and Christena. OVR# 001133#102,2 71-1;
      Ontario Marriage Registrations, MS932 ,Reel 77, OVR#001133.
    • Change Date: 16 Mar 2012
    Children
    1. Has No Children Annie Christena Edna PURVIS b: 7 Jul 1894 in Gore Bay, Manitoulin Island, Ontario
    2. Has Children William James Ivan PURVIS b: 29 Sep 1896 in Gore Bay, Manitoulin Island, Ontario
    3. Has No Children Baby Girl PURVIS b: 21 Apr 1897 in Gore Bay, Manitoulin Island, Ontario

    Sources:
    1. Abbrev: MFT
      Title: MFT

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