William Edward Ottaway

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William Edward Ottaway

  • Birth 13 Jun 1860 Dover, Dover District, Kent, England
  • Death 20 Jan 1931 Victoria, Capital Regional District, British Columbia, Canada
  • Burial Victoria, Capital Regional District, British Columbia, Canada
  • Plot 16 W M Block N
  • Memorial ID 79611976





Update June 15 2013. Taken from Facebook page. Finally resting in place, this headstone records the birth and death of William Edward Ottaway of England and his wife, Flora Victoria Ross. William immigrated to Victoria with his family and they lived in Walpole Cottage on Lover's Lane.

Flora was born on Victoria Day in 1875, in VIctoria. Flora is the daughter of 'Wash Mary', Emily Carr's Salish (Nisqually) laundry woman. Emily Carr titles Chapter 14 of Klee Wyck, 'Wash Mary'. Flora's father, Alexander Ross, was the Metis son of Charles and Isabella Ross.

The Nootka Rose carved on the marker is symbolic of the name of Flora's Salish grandmother, Rose, of the Muck Creek Tribe in Washington.

It is said Grandfather Ottaway strewed the path to their Walpole cottage with roses when Grandmother Ottaway came home from the sanatorium after a long bout with tuberculosis, that eventually killed her. The scripture 'Even so, come Lord Jesus', represents the strong legacy of faith that the Ottaways left for their family.

Bishop Cridge raised Flora's mother, 'Wash Mary' Bastian as a foster child. Then the Bishop and his wife, Mary, gave Flora and William Ottaway their wedding reception in their home at Marifield, after the Ottaways were married on Christmas Day in 1895. The ceremony was officiated by the Rev. Arthur Beanlands at Christ Church Cathedral.



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  • Created by: Jeannie
  • Added: 30 Oct 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 79611976
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for William Edward Ottaway (13 Jun 1860–20 Jan 1931), Find A Grave Memorial no. 79611976, citing Ross Bay Cemetery, Victoria, Capital Regional District, British Columbia, Canada ; Maintained by Jeannie (contributor 47356620) .