An Unusual Family Reunion: the Descendants of William Douse of Prince Edward Island

It was not the sort of event you’d expect to find on the agenda of a family reunion, even a reunion of the Douse family.

William Douse was from Wiltshire, England. He emigrated to Prince Edward Island, Canada, in 1822 and became a successful businessman until his death in 1864. He was buried in a large crypt in the Old Protestant Burying Ground on University Avenue in Charlottetown. One hundred fifty years later, his descendants decided to open the crypt and to make repairs, making sure that William Douse and other family members entombed with him would rest in peace in restored surroundings. The opening and repairs were made during a multi-day family reunion.

You can read the story and see pictures in an article by Charles Wilkins in The Star at http://goo.gl/0GXeDo.

My thanks to the several newsletter readers who notified me of this story.

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I missed this article. Thanks for sharing from a Torontonian and a proud descendant of an ‘Islander’.

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I had missed this, too! I also am a descendant of PEI people. And they are darn hard to document!

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I am a Douse decedent and was there for the event. What an amazing time and I learned so much about Island history and the role my ancestors played in it.

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