Hinrich Steffens
George Richardson
(Abt 1833-)
Mary Ann Lancaster
(Abt 1831-)
Claude Paul Henry Steffens
Sophia Richardson
Sophia Steffens


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Sophia Steffens 411

  • Born: 26 Sep 1886, England 1263
  • Died: 5 Oct 1976, Merritt, British Columbia, Canada at age 90 408,1263
  • Buried: 8 Oct 1976, Mamette Lake, British Columbia, Canada 408,1263

bullet   Cause of her death was Cerebral Arteriosclerosis (4 months).


bullet  Death Notes:

Address: 1953 Nicola Ave.
Merritt, BC

bullet  Burial Notes:

Address: Steffens Family Cemetery
Home Ranch
Mamette Lake, BC Canada


bullet  Noted events in her life were:

Alt. Birth, 24 Sep 1886. 406,411 England

1891 Census of Canada, 1891. 1258 Lytton, British Columbia, Canada
British Columbia, Yale Dist., N. Lytton Sub-dist., p.2, line 25, p.3 , lines 1-6, household 12;
Sophia, age 4, with father Henry, age 36, mother Sophia, age 26, and s iblings Pauline, age 3, Mary, age 2, and Claude, age 9 months, with lo dgers Mary A. McGilvery, age 19, and Archibald McGilvery, age 1.

1901 Census of Canada, 1901. 411 Lytton, British Columbia, Canada
British Columbia, Yale West, Lytton, p. 7, lines 49-50, p.8, lines 1-7 , household 84;
Sophia, age 14, with father Henry, age 45, mother Sophia, age 35, an d siblings Pauline, age 12, Mary, age 11, Fritz, age 7, James, age 6 , Thomas W., age 4, and Carl, age 1.

1911 Census of Canada, 1911. 412 Yale, Caribou, British Columbia, Canada
British Columbia, Caribou District, Yale Twp., p. 1, lines 11-24, hous ehold 8;
Sophia, age 24, with mother Sophia, age 46, and siblings George Henry , age 26, Pauline, age 22, Mary, age 21, Antist (?), age 18, Fritz Wil liam, age 17, James, age 15, Thomas William, age 12, Carl Gadfrey, ag e 10, Frank Donald, age 8, and John Richard, age 6, with nephew Willia m Hulde Balles, age 2, and neice Ethel Baker, age 2 months.

Obituary, Oct 1976. 1269 Merritt, British Columbia, Canada
A highly respected member of a Nicola Valley pioneer family, Miss Soph ia Steffens passed away Tuesday morning October 5, 1976 at the age o f 90 years.
The funeral service will be held Friday, October 8 at 2 p.m. fr om Trinity United Church.
Born in Liverpool England on September 26, 1896, she came with her mot her, brothers and sisters to Canada to join her father who had settle d in Ashcroft.
The family travelled on the first train from Montreal to Vancouver, ge tting off at Ashcroft. Her father had travelled from Eastern Canada, t hrough the mountains on foot to reach his destination previously.
In 1904. her parents preempted land about 7 miles south of what is kno w known as Mamette Lake and the ranch is still in the hands o f the family with her nephews in charge.
Miss Steffens has the distinction of being the first nurs e to graduate in the Old Nicola Valley Hospital when a nurses trainin g program was initiated, graduating on June 29, 1917
Miss Steffens and her brother Rupert moved to Merritt from the ranch i n 1964 to live in a house on Granite Avenue where she was living at th e time at her death. Miss Steffens compiled a small history of the Nic ola valley entitled "The Land Of Chief Nicola" and amongst the newcome rs of Merritt. she is best known as the co-author of the song "The Bea utifull Nicola Valley" which had been adopted by the Me rritt Secondary School as their theme for a while.
Merritt Funeral Chapel is in charge of burial arrangements.

Cemetery: Steffens Family Cemetery, 8 Oct 1976. 408 Mamette Lake, British Columbia, Canada

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