George Urquhart Ryley

George Urquhart Ryley
b- June 16, 1853 in Hamilton, ON
d- Apr 16, 1927 in Ottawa, ON, age 73
buried in Beechwood Cemetery, Ottawa, ON

photo courtesy Beechwood Cemetery, via person that sent corrections.
George married Eleanor Wallace McQuilkin
Apr 14, 1881 in Toronto, York, ON
b- Jan 8, 1858
d- Feb 1, 1945
daughter of Samuel and Kate McQuilkin

George's father- John Proud Ryley
b- July 1, 1825, in Birmingham England
mother- Elizabeth “Eliza” Jane Ryley, nee Urquhart
b- ca 1836 in Kingston, ON, age 45, in 1881
Eliza's paternal grandmother was from the Drouillard family
that settled in 1700s at Fort Ponchartrain of New France
which is now the Windsor-Detroit area.
Eliza's paternal grandfather was from the Urquhart family of Scotland.

G. U. Ryley's address was 644 Rideau St. Ottawa, Ontario at the time of his death

3 younger siblings of George:
Edmund U. Ryley- b- ca 1857 in ON, shipping agent
Alfred Golde Ryley- b- ca 1859 in ON, accountant
May Dickenson Ryley- b- ca 1871 in ON

2 children born in Ottawa

1881- Surveyor, living in Collingwood, Simcoe N, ON

George had land grants on Sec 28 and 30, Tsp 71, Rge 3, Meridian 6

Mr. G. U. Ryley was Land Commissioner for the GTPR
They named a village in Alberta after him.
He was in Winnipeg at this time
but I believe he was from Ottawa, married
This was the guy that named all the towns/stations on the Regina-Boundary line
was also involved in the Grand Trunk Pacific Line, He bought property at South Hazelton, and closed down Ellison BC

This is a Biography of G. U. Ryley
via the Association of Ontario Land Surveyors

Corrections to Mr. Ryley's Bio, sent to me Jan 8, 2015
Hopefully I now have the correct info above \\


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