Series 4 - Samuel McCauley Family

Thistle Rink - 2nd St., Edmonton Low Level Bridge Low Level Bridge Low Level Bridge Gold Dredge Taken to Big Island Moving Power Plant Dynamo The Six-Wheeled Wagon - Necessity The Mother of Invention Icebreaker for the Low Level Bridge Lower Ferry Samuel McCauley
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Samuel McCauley Family

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CA EDM MS-320-4

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  • 1892-1903, 1977, [ca. 1985] (Creation)
    Samuel McCauley Family

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5 cm of textual records. - 11 photographs

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McCauley, Catherine MacLean 1864-1944
McLean, Catherine Anne McCauley 1887-1987
McCauley, Daniel Alexander 1884-1951
McCauley, Elizabeth Lucinda 1890-1926
McCauley, James Hector 1899-1979
McCauley, Mary Eleanor 1885-1957
McCauley, Matthew Allan 1895-1948
McCauley, Samuel 1855-1903
McCauley, Samuel (Jr.) 1892-1892
McCauley, William Fred 1902-1930

Samuel McCauley was born 18 Sep 1855 to Eleanor Latimer and Alexander McCauley in Owen Sound, Ontario. Following in his brother Matthew’s footsteps, Samuel came to Edmonton in 1892 with his family. Upon first arriving in Edmonton he got a job running the Lower Ferry (near the site of the Low Level Bridge) and then worked as a teamster. In the mid to late 1890s, he created a business specializing as a house mover and contractor.

Samuel McCauley’s business included construction of homes and large buildings, such as the Thistle Rink, and hauling large items including houses and heavy machinery. Younger brother Alex McCauley, a carpenter, worked for Samuel and upon Samuel’s death in 1903, he took over the business. The business was operational until Alex’s death in 1908.

Samuel married Catherine MacLean and they had eight children – Daniel Alexander (1884-1951), Mary Eleanor (1885-1957), Catherine Anne (1887-1987), Elizabeth Lucinda (1890-1926), Samuel (1892-1892), Matthew Allan (1895-1948), James Hector (1899-1979) and William Fred (1902-1930).

Samuel McCauley died 13 Aug 1903 in Edmonton.
Catherine MacLean McCauley died 10 Dec 1944 in Edmonton.

Samuel and Catherine’s daughter, Catherine Anne, was born 25 Jun 1887 in Ontario. She married Colin McLean in 1910, in Edmonton. They had two daughters – Jean (1911-2003) and Betty (1923-2007). Jean McLean married Francis C. Saville and Betty married Wesley H. Parsons.

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Jean McLean Saville is the daughter of Catherine A. McCauley and granddaughter of Samuel McCauley.

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The series consists of family and business records for Samuel McCauley and his family.

The family papers include a family tree page and family history narratives.

The business records include booklets with the costs and amount of construction material used for various projects and clients, and photographs of some of the construction and hauling work done by Samuel McCauley and his crew.

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This series was donated to the City of Edmonton Archives in two donations made by Jean McLean Saville in 1981.


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Accession numbers: A81-38, A81-105

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This series consists of records formerly known as:
MS-297 Samuel McCauley fonds, later Mrs. J.C. McLean Saville fonds

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