This is the story of my great grandfather Cyrus SPAIN who was born on the 17th of May 1864 at Boxley, Kent; his birth certificate shows his name as Siras, his father Edward SPAIN, a brick maker, his mother Maryann SPAIN formerly MATHAMS.

By the 1871 census which was taken 2 April 1871 the family is living at 61 Upper Stone Street in Maidstone, Kent.  Cyrus is a 6 year old scholar, with his father Edward 34, mother Mary A 34, sister Susan 8 and brother Edward 4.

On April 3rd 1881 the family is now living at 33 Jewry Street in Maidstone, Kent.  Father Edward is 43, mother Mary Ann is 44, older sister Susan 18, younger brother Robert 9 and Cyrus 16 and his brother Edward 14 are working together in a printing office.

This closeness between Cyrus SPAIN and his brother Edward was to continue throughout their life.

In the spring of 1887, the two brothers Cyrus (22) and Edward (20) left Kent and made their way to Lancashire.  They left Liverpool for a 37 day voyage aboard the Circassian, an Allan Line ship, to Halifax, Nova Scotia; destination Port Arthur, Ontario and then on to Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

Ellen SHARP left Kent and arrived in Vancouver where she married Cyrus SPAIN on 26 October 1889 with Edward being the best man.

The 1891 census shows the two brothers living next door to each other and by this time, Cyrus & Ellen have a little daughter Ethel Annie 5 months.

A month later, Julie Caroline HORTON arrived from Kent.  Cyrus was then the best man at the wedding of his brother Edward & Julia.

In the summer of 1893, a son Cyrus, junior, joined the family.

Two years later in 1895, Mabel Ellen was born.

William Alexander SPAIN was born 13 December 1898.

The 1899 Vancouver City Directory, shows that both Cyrus & Edward worked for the CPR railway as car repairers.

James Earle born 1900 was the fifth child of Cyrus & Ellen.

The sixth child was Frederick in 1902.

In 1904 the couple had twins but they both died.

On the 20 Dec 1905 Edith Alma SPAIN was born and in 1910 the birth of Allan completed the family

Cyrus passed away on 6 Nov 1928 in Vancouver and is buried at Mountainview, Vancouver

My thanks to Amy Johnson Crow of No Story Too Small who inspired this challenge of 52 Ancestors this year.


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