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McCrory, Wong family fonds
McCrory, Wong family fonds [graphic material, textual record]. -- 1911-1999.
92 photographs : b&w, col.
2 cm of textual records

Alexander (Alex or Sandy) McCrory (or M'Crory) was born 20 June 1887 in Ballygelly Ireland. He died October 20, 1960 at his home of 438 Renfrew Street in Nanaimo. McCrory immigrated to Canada in 1913. He was a coal miner who worked in the local mines until he was injured in 1940. Alex was a member of the Loyal Order of Moose. Alex married Catherine (Katie) Stewart on July 14, 1920 in Nanaimo. Prior to living on Renfrew Street, Alex and Katie also lived at 643 Park Avenue with their family. Alexander's parents were David M'Crory, who was born in 1857 and died Sept 27, 1940, and Isabella M'Crory (nee Adair) who died in 1918. Alex was the only member of his family to leave Ireland and move to Canada; his parents and his seven siblings all remained in what was later to become Northern Ireland. Catherine (Katie) McCrory (nee Stewart) was was born June 25th, 1901, immigrating to Canada from Lanarkshire, Scotland with her family as a young girl. Her father John Stewart and mother Laura Stewart (nee Bock) lived at Stark's Crossing. John's family originated from Aughenglen farm, in Muthill Scotland. His father was William Stewart and mother was Catherine (nee Campbell). Katie had correspondence with a cousin in Scotland regarding her family history on her father's side, and the cousin remarked how Canadians don't seem to be overly occupied with knowing their family roots. Laura Stewart, Katie's mother, seems to have been born in Missouri. Laura's mother, Nancy J. Bock, was born in Pike County, Missouri in 1829 and lived there until her death in 1918. Katie died on the 16th of April 1975. Alex and Katie McCrory had three children, all born in Nanaimo: Donald, Jean and Sandra. Donald was born July 27, 1925. As an adult, John worked as a horse logger for Johnson Terminal trucking. Later in life, he was a long-distance trucker between BC and Alberta. Donald McCrory died in Nanaimo on July 17, 2011. He was married to Justina and had five children: Wendy, John, Hazel, Theresa and Mary Ann. At the time of his death, he had 13 grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. Jean Morrison was born February 19th 1935. She married Kenneth Ian Morrison on November 23rd 1957 in Nanaimo. Jean worked at the Nanaimo Indian Hospital. Upon marriage, she moved to North Vancouver and Deep Cove. She had two sons: Kim and Larry. Jean died March 13, 1982 at the age of 47. Sandra McCrory was born February 21st 1940. In 1968, she married Albert Wong. Sandra died in 2004. Her husband Albert was an outdoors-man who enjoyed hunting, fishing and target shooting. Albert worked at the Nanaimo General Motors dealership as an auto mechanic. He died January 3, 2017. Albert had a large family including five brothers (Tony, Norman, Robert, John and Nelson) and two sisters (Rosie and Mary). His parents were Son Kim Wong and Henry Wong.

Fonds consists of photographs and records created and accumulated by the McCrory and Wong families. Also includes photographs of the Yoshida family, who were neighbours of the Wongs. Fonds is arranged in two series: 1) Photographs and 2) Miscellaneous.

Title based on contents of the fonds.
Series descriptions available.
Selected item level photograph descriptions available.

Series 1.

Photographs [graphic material]. -- 1920-1999, intermittent.

92 photographs: b&w, col.

Series consists of photographs of the members of the McCrory and Wong families, the McCrory home at Five Acres,the Stewart home at Stark's Crossing in Chase River and various Nanaimo events. Also contains three photographs of Misao and Satoru Yoshida.

Title based on contents of the series.

Series 2.

Miscellaneous 1911 - 1968, intermittent.
2 cm of textual record

Series consists of letters, postcards, obituaries, birth and marriage certificates, invitations, death notices, newspaper clippings, poems and family trees created or accumulated by the families.

Title based on contents of the series.
Photo 1
Photo 2