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Chilliwack's Settlement History

The landscape changed in 1858 when word of gold finds in the canyons of the Fraser River filtered to California and the Eastern United States and Canada. Between June and December of 1858, 30,000 gold seekers found their way to the area. Most passed through the Chilliwack area but some remained.

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John and Susan Forsyth
Rev. George Clarkson
Donald McGillivray
Mrs. W.A. Rose (Clara Chadsey)
Thomas and Mary Anne Lewis
Matthew Sweetman
David Thomas and Annie Nelmes
Henry Nelmes
Matthew and Harriet Hall
Thomas Shannon and William Shannon
James Curtis Bertrand
Adam Swart Vedder
Volkert Vedder
William and Ann Hall
Reuben and Lisa Nowell
James and Harriet Chadsey
George Washington and Eliza Jane Chadsey
David and Laura Miller
William and Mary Jane Chadsey
Chester and Hannah Chadsey
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