Ira Edmonds
Emma Haines

Mary Priscilla Edmunds
(Abt 1845-After 1930)


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1. Ezra Anthony Healy

Mary Priscilla Edmunds 1

  • Born: Abt 1845, Canada
  • Marriage (1): Ezra Anthony Healy on 15 Jul 1872 in Maryborough, Wellington, Ontario, Canada
  • Died: After 1930

  Research Notes:

One of the original 12 settlers who immigrated from Drayton, Ontario, Canada to the present location of Drayton, North Dakota.

From the "City History" of Drayton, North Dakota (
In late March 1878 a group of individuals met in Drayton, Ontario, Canada, for the purpose of planning their migration to the newly explored lands of the province of Manitoba. The decision was made to leave Drayton on April 10. The original party consisted of J. Walter Fawcett, his wife and child, Ezra Healy, his wife and child, Albert Wallace, Wesley Patmore, James Healy, Harry Wallace, and George W. Healy. This small group was joined enroute by Alexancer McCrea, and they traveled by rail to a point 12 miles east of Grand Forks, ND. They had their baggage shipped to Fisher's Landing (then the northermost end of the railway), from which they traveled on foot and wagon through the Red River Valley to Pembina, ND. Impressed with the area, they decided to stay, and A. W. McCrea, as eldest man in the company was given the right to choose the spot for a new settlement. He chose the present location of Drayton, which was eventurally named for the settlers' Canadian hometown.
Within weeks of the first settlers' arrival, at least three cabins had been erected, and prairie was broken to begin farming on each of the claims selected by members of the little colony. The population was augmented by the arrival of other individuals attracted by letters from their settler friends, including Henry Healy, Frank Wallace, Rev. Almon Healy and his wife, A. W. McCrea's family, William Mills, Frank Healy, Robert Tweedlie, Nathan Upham, James Bellamy, T. U. Henry,l Ambrose Smith, Joseph Smith and his son D. K. Smith, R. B. Richardson, Isaac Mussel, and Charles, Frank, and Richard Edwards and their mother. 2

  Noted events in her life were:

Census: U.S, 14 Jun 1880, Drayton, Pembina, Dakota Territory [North Dakota], United States. 3 Census enumerated by E.A. Healy.
Ezra A. Healy, head, W, M, 36, Notary public & P.M. & J.P., Canada, New York, Canada
Mary P. Healy, wife, W, F, 35, Keeping house, Canada, anada, Canada
Francis A. Healy, brother, W, M, 20, Farming, Canada, New York, Canada
Sarah Smith, boarder, W, F, 33, Helping in house, Canada, Ireland, Canada

Census: U.S, 6 Jan 1920, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, United States. 4 Household:
Ezra A. Healy, head, M, W, 75, M, imm. 1878, na. 1884, Canada Eng, New York, Canada Eng, Professor, university
Mary P. Healy, wife, F, W, 75, M, na. 1884, Canada Eng, New York, New York
Mary W. Healy, daughter, F, W, 39, S, North Dakota, music teacher at home
Kate Woolner, companion, F, W, 53, S, imm. 1884, England, England, England

Residence: 625 34th Street, 1930, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, United States.

Census: U.S, 2 Apr 1930, Los Angeles, California, United States. Address 625 34th Street, Los Angeles, California.
Ezra A. Healy, head, M, W, 86, M, 28, Canada-English, New York, Canada-English, imm. 1878, naturalized
Mary P. Healy, wife, F, W, 85, M, 27, Canada-English, Canada-English, Canada-English
Charlotte Skinner, house-keeper, F, W, 58, wd, Illinois, New York, Illinois, private family

Mary married Ezra Anthony Healy, son of Rev. Almon Healy and Lucy Wood, on 15 Jul 1872 in Maryborough, Wellington, Ontario, Canada. (Ezra Anthony Healy was born on 25 Mar 1844 in Smith's Falls, Lanark, Canada West (Ontario), Canada, died on 17 Aug 1931 in Los Angeles, California, United States 5 6 and was buried in Inglewood Park Cemetery, Inglewood, Los Angeles, California, United States.)

  Marriage Notes:

Ceremony performed by William Hayhurst. Witnesses were William Edmunda of Maryborough and Serena Healey of Maryborough.


1 FamilySearch Historical Files (, "Ontario Marriages, 1869-1927," index, FamilySearch ( : accessed 07 Jul 2014), Almone Healy in entry for Ezra Anthony Healy and Mary Priscilla Edmunds, 15 Jul 1872; citing registration , Maryborough, Wellingto.

2 Drayton, North Dakota - City History (

3 FamilySearch Historical Files (, "United States Census, 1880," database with images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 5 June 2016), Ezra A Healy, Drayton, Pembina, Dakota Territory, United States; citing enumeration district ED 77, sheet 76D, NARA.

4 FamilySearch Historical Files (

5 FamilySearch Historical Files (, "California Death Index, 1905-1939," database with images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 5 June 2016), Ezra A Healy, 17 Aug 1931; citing 42932, Department of Health Services, Vital Statistics Department, Sacram.

6 Obituary, Los Angeles Times (Los Angeles, California), 19 Aug 1931, p. 24.

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