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Joyce Garrard's mother, Eleanor Mary Watson, was very proud of the family's heritage and for good reason. The pedigree is recorded all the way back to King Edward I of England, who married twice; first to Eleanor of Castile, the ancestor of the Garrards, and then to Margaret of France, the ancestor of the Burdetts. Nineteen generations later, the two families merged when Francis Thomas Garrard (1823-1913) married Eliza Mary Burdett (1840-1924).
More noteworthy than the links to royalty are the stories of the West Coast pioneers. Their lives were fraught with hardship and tragedy - Eleanor Garrard (née Watson) who lost four brothers, a sister to childbirth, her husband to World War I, and two sons in their prime; Winifred Maitland-Dougall (née Watson), who lost her only children, her two beloved sons, in World War I and became a recluse in her grief; Annie Garrard whose toddler ate lye and died a horrible death while they lived on the remote Lennard Island Lighthouse. In spite of their sorrows, these ancestors forged on with admirable resilience and lack of self-pity, still able to love and devote themselves to their communities, their remaining children and grandchildren, and find joy and meaning in life.
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Jan Redford was raised in Yukon, NWT, and the Ottawa Valley and now lives in Squamish, B.C., where she mountain bikes, trail runs, climbs, and skis. Her stories, articles, and personal essays have been published in The Globe and Mail, The National Post, Mountain Life, Explore, Alpinist, various anthologies, and have won several writing contests. She holds a master’s of creative writing from UBC and a B.Ed. from University of Calgary. Her memoir: End of the Rope: Mountains, Marriage, and Motherhood was published in spring 2018 with Random House Canada and Counterpoint Press, U.S. She has two "real" manuscripts gathering dust while she feeds her addiction to genealogy and ancestral story-telling.