Fonds F1164 - Lloyd, Hervey family fonds

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Lloyd, Hervey family fonds


  • 1880-1970 (Creation)

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121 photographs. -- 7 cm of textual records

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Benjamin Simmonds Lloyd, ?-1921, and his wife, Jane Elizabeth Eld, 1858-1941, emigrated from London, England to a homestead, later called Seighford Ranch, at Red Deer Lake, Alberta in 1884. The Lloyds had eight children, John Edric, 1884-1970, Ralph, Mary Ethel Eleanore Hermione (Hervey), 1885-?, Gertrude (Biddell), Harry, Maurice Frank Ronald, 1887-?, Joel and Bert.

Harry, ?-1918, served in the South African War, and he, Ralph and Bert served in First World War. Ralph Ernest Alwyne, 1882-1943, was born in London, England, joined the militia at 18 years, and served with the Canadian Mounted Rifles overseas. He later received the rank of lieutenant-colonel with the Fifteenth Canadian Light Horse. He ran the family ranch upon his return from the war. In 1921 he married Helen Swinburne (Sveinbjornsson), born in Scotland, and they had four children, Benjamin, Francis, Eleanor, and Edric. J.

Edric, 1884-1970, was born in Red Deer Lake and was in mixed farming until his retirement to Calgary in 1942. He married Dorothy Grey in 1912 and they had one daughter. In 1947 he married his second wife, Mary Scott, who came to Evarts, Alberta in 1910, and they had one child.

Hermione Lloyd, 1885-?, married Harcourt Charles Antrobus Hervey, 1884-1950, and they had four children including Jack and Patty. The Herveys had a ranch near Midnapore which she ran while he served in First World War and Second World War.

Harcourt joined the Canadian Mounted Rifles in 1901 and retired from the Calgary Highlanders as a lieutenant-colonel in 1943. Patty Hervey married Gordon Cameron Ridge, a Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) constable at Fort McMurray and Calgary, in 1941.

Harcourt's father, Philip Charles Barnard Hervey (known as Charles), 1860-1945, originally from Palmerston, Ontario, came west to work as a civil engineer in the C & E Railway construction in 1889. Charles' wife, Penuel Iisabelle Mary Lyons Halcombe, 1858-1934, and sons, Harcourt, Gerald and Vyvian, joined him in the west ca. 1895. The family established the Abercorn Ranch at Red Deer Lake. From 1897-1898 Charles was in charge of engineering supplies on the Crowsnest Railway. Later he was chief engineer for the western section of the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) irrigation district and superintendent of Dominion Parks for Western Canada.

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Gifts of J.E.R. Lloyd, Patty Ridge, Helen Lloyd, Hermione Hervey and Mrs. H.M. Lloyd, 1957-1986.

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The fonds consists of Lloyd family photographs (1880s-1920s); Ralph and Harry's military photographs (ca. 1899, 1915-1933); Hervey family photographs (1897- 1902, 1915, 1925-1947); and photographs of the Abercorn Ranch (1898-1901), the Seighford Ranch (1900s), surveying in the Crowsnest Pass and Calgary area (1890s, 1900s), and Red Deer Lake School (1901, 1920s). Also consists of transcript of recorded interviews with Edric and Mary Lloyd (1968-1969), two short stories by Edric, Edric's manuscripts on pioneer transportation (1963), Edric's memorial record, photocopies of Charles Hervey's letters to Harcourt and Gerald Hervey (1890-1893), and letters to Jane and Benjamin Lloyd from England (1884-1899). Includes photographs of the Tony and Jane Pretty Young Man family (1930s); Icelandic sheet music by Helen and her father; and Sarcee (Tsuut'ina) legends as told by Tony Pretty Young Man (1940s).

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      The material is in English.

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      The originals of Charles Hervey's letters are held by Jack Hervey.

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      There is an interview with Ralph Lloyd in the Sheilagh Jameson fonds at Glenbow (M-8119-187).

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      Title based on contents of records.


      NA 1172 are copies of PA 265.


      PA 1675 includes 6 duplicates and these have not been added in the extent.


      M's should be amalgamated.


      PA 478, NA 92 and some of NA 2364 are copies.


      Includes file 23 from M-4843 Riveredge collection

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      Tuesday, July 03, 2018




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