File 85 - Forbes family history.

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Forbes family history.

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George Alexander "Alex" Forbes was born on January 2, 1897 in Hespeler, Ontario to parents Amy Victoria Ellis (1868-1941) and George Duthie Forbes (1860-1934).

Forbes' father, George Duthie Forbes, was elected the mayor of Hespeler in 1901.

During the First World War, George Alexander Forbes was drafted into the 1st Depot Battalion of the Western Ontario Regiment on April 26, 1918 in London, Ontario. He then transferred to the Royal Flying Corps.

On January 19, 1922 George Alexander Forbes married Millicent Lyall Buck. Millicent and George had twin daughters, Millicent Elizabeth "Betty" and Margaret "Peg" Isabel, on July 10, 1924.

George was elected as a councilor of Hespeler in 1930.

After the death of his father, George Duthie Forbes, George Alexander Forbes became the director of a number of companies his father owned interest in.

George Alexander died in 1986 and was buried in New Hope Cemetery in Cambridge, Ontario.

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Millicent Elizabeth "Betty" Forbes was born in Hespeler, Ontario on July 10, 1924 alongside her twin sister, Peg, to parents Millicent Lyall and George Alexander Forbes. Betty grew up at the Forbes family estate, Hillhead, in Hespeler and attended Bishop Strachan School in Toronto.

Betty later attended the School for Nurses at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto for between 1943 and 1946. In 1946, Betty graduated as a Registered Nurse from the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto with a scholarship in Child Psychology from the University of Toronto. Betty nursed in Vancouver before returning to Sick Kids to repay the scholarship. Betty was second in command of the country branch at Thistletown and then at K.W. Hospital.

Betty married William "Bill" Douglas Land on May 29, 1954. The couple had three children: Jennifer, Janet, and Thomas.

Betty passed away on June 30, 2013 at the age of 88 and was buried in New Hope Cemetery in Cambridge, Ontario.

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Papers originally housed in a binder containing Forbes family history written out by George Alexander Forbes and family trees mapping out descendants of the Forbes family.

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Donated by Janet Land in 2019.


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Described by SGL December 2020.
Reviewed by NM December 2020.

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