David Alexander Isabella Watchman
June 7, 1858 Green Hills December 30, 1870 Isle of Mann
Died 1918, Avonlea Died Jan 1, 1942
Father John Alexander Avonlea
Mother Jean Pinnell Father: John Watchman
Mother : Catherine Quayle
Name Birthplace Burial Married Children
David Scotland Avonlea No No
Samuel Scotland 1890 Hillcrest Moose Velma S Heslop David
Jaw 1959 March 25, 1921 Ester
Kate Scotland Dec 10 Avonlea Herbert Message Isabel
1895 1944 April 26, 1926 Florence
William Scotland July 13, Mount Hope Sylvia Rebecca
1897 Assiniboia Feb Isabel
13, 1953 David John
James Saltcoats Saskatoon Oct Elizabeth Janet Jeanne Darlene Gail
Watchman Scotland Oct 16, 1972 Drysdale March Geraldine Isabel
1900 24, 1945
Isabella Wheatstone, Mount Hope, Oscar Olsen 1937 Robert
Sask Oct 2, 1911 Assiniboia Donald
Alex (Archibald) Wheatstone, Sk Cremated
Dec 8, 1913 1999
Panoramic shot of the approach to Hills Head Farm. The site was selected
apparently because Grandmother Alexander was tired of searching for a new
home and this spot reminded her of Scotland‐ hilly and rocky. Norris Buttes are
in the background‐ named after Lt. Norris of the NWMP who used to camp up
there to watch the gun and liquor runners coming up from the US.
Rebecca’s memories of Grandma Alexander:
Whenever I think of her I can almost taste the
huge plum pudding that she made every
Christmas. She put the fruit etc. In a 100 lb. flour
sack, tied up the corners, and cooked it in the
copper boiler of boiling water and kept at boiling
temperature for four hours. It was served with
sauce. Yum yum good.
Her rocking chair was in front of the cookstove
and many hours she spent there knitting dresses
for her granddaughters, as well as sweaters, long
stockings, scarves, and mittens for all the
Aunt Kate, Florence, Jim, and Isabella and I spent
the winter holidays, which lasted from Christmas
to the end of February, at Grandma’s.
Grandma tried to teach me to sew by hemming
tea towels and hankies.
In 1936 she had, as usual, a very good garden
and often sent us muskmelons. There was a lot
of rust on the grain that fall.
I am sure Isabella and Florence and perhaps
Esther could tell you how wonderful our
grandma was. She was short, pleasantly plump,
and had red hair.
John Watchman, (1845
Lost in a snowstorm
Walked to Regina to try
to enlist when his son
died in the war
David John Alexander
(1858 – 1920)
Isabella was his
second wife and the
children from his first
marriage came to
Canada but stayed in
Ontario or Quebec.
Four Generations, 1922
Great Grandfather (John) Watchman; Grandmother (Isabella) Alexander;
Father (Samuel) Alexander; Baby David James Alexander
Taken in front of the Eaton catalogue house‐ ordered from the catalogue,
picked up at Rolleau, cost $900.00 including the two carpenters to build it.
Close to the time of the double wedding that took place at
this, Robert Watchman’s house, on March 28, 1921, when
two sisters married two brothers. Mima Watchman, Samuel
Alexander, Velma Heslop, Sylvia Heslop, William Alexander
Esther, David, and Wesley
Alexander, children of Sam
and Velma Alexander
(probably taken 1926)
David (Sam), was the oldest of
the cousins Geraldine (James)
was the youngest
Alexander family reunion at Bill Alexander farm, late 1940’s
At Grandma Alexander’s: David James Alexander, William Alexander, Sandy
Alexander, Jim Alexander, Wesley Alexander, Oscar Olson. (Likely late
wedding pictures, March 28,
Siblings in the William and Sylvia Alexander family. 1981
Velma Houston, Rebecca Robinson, David Alexander, Margaret
Michael Sabiston, Isabella Gallant
Margaret Ann Alexander Michael Sabiston family , August 1996
Marlene Michael and children Rebekah and Aaron, Margaret, Darren Michael (1963 –
2006), Margaret’s other son, Blair Michael (1958 – 1974)
Sylvia Robinson Coghlin, John
Rebecca Alexander Robinson,
Cathy Robinson Ewart
LARRY AND SYLVIA (ROBINSON)
COGHLIN. We were
married December 30, 1985. We
are presently living in Assiniboia.
Larry continues to work at the
Poplar River Power Plant in
Coronach. Sylvia subs in the public
school system, teaches occasional
classes and invigilates exams for
Southeast College, and tutors
students. We continue to work on
our house, which we moved from
Coronach to Assiniboia in 2003,
and our yard (which we couldn’t).
JAMES COGHLIN (b. 1987) graduated
May 2009 with a Bachelor of Piano
Performance from St. Olaf College,
Northfield, Minnesota. This fall he
plans to move to Montreal to work and
continue his piano studies.
BEN COGHLIN (B. 1988) is
presently living and working
in Kingston, Ontario. He
continues to enjoy playing
guitar, reading and sports.
Ben is the Saskatchewan
Roughriders’ biggest fan east
REBECCA ANN COGHLIN (B. 1991).
Rebecca keeps busy with school,
violin, piano and her very large Great
Pyrenees puppy. She teaches Sunday
School during the year. This summer
she attended a String Camp, a Writing
Workshop, is counselling at Camp
Woodboia, and attempting to earn
her Bronze Cross in swimming.
Catherine Ewart (Robinson)
Rebecca Robinson’s (Alexander) youngest
daughter Catherine Mary Ewart (Robinson) was
Born March 3rd 1960 in Assiniboia Saskatchewan.
On October 6th 1984 Catherine married Ronald
William Ewart. They were blessed with three
children: Ryan Sinclair, Amy Catherine, and Sarah
Evelyn. Ryan was born on December 20th 1985 in
Assiniboia Saskatchewan. He is presently
employed at Robinson Residential Design in
Regina. He enjoys curling, football, and going to
Saskatchewan Roughrider games. Amy was born
on May 26th 1988 in Regina Saskatchewan. She is
presently employed at Meyers Norris Penny in
Moosomin Sask. She is planning to further her
education in accounting. She enjoys walking her
dog Ginger, and traveling. Sarah was born on
March 21st 1997 in Moose Jaw Saskatchewan. She
is going into grade 7 at Assiniboia Elementary
School. She enjoys playing with her animals and
cheering on the Saskatchewan Roughriders. Ron,
Cathy and Sarah have been residing on a grain
farm just 3 miles West and 2 miles North of
Assiniboia. Ron recently retired from the
Assiniboia Union Hospital and is now farming full
time with his brother. Cathy recently graduated
from the Continuing Care Assistant program. She is
employed at Ross Payent nursing Home and
Assiniboia Union hospital.
Mary and Richard’s Wedding
Top left‐ Geri Briggs, Aunt Meg, Jeanne
Top right‐ Ernie Antosh, Bella Olsen, Gary
Briggs, Mima Watchman, Sandy
Bottom left‐ Florence, Jimmy and
Neil and Ann Alexander with George
Alexander continue to operate the family
Mary and Richard Thomas reside in
Ruth lives overseas.
Not sure what year or where
taken or by whom.
James and Sandy Alexander
Growing up on Hills Head Farm. Plenty of space to roam, our uncles farm
just a skip and a hop down the hill and opportunities for full use of active
Oro Lake, Jeanne Alexander, Gwen Verony.
Oro Lake was a popular recreation spot long before it become a provincial
park. We changed in our cars with towels in the windows as curtains. James
Alexander particularly liked it as he felt it was healing for his skin. We
especially enjoyed it when the Ursus were there. Violet made the tastiest
Janet Alexander, Saskatoon,
Janet Alexander 2005 and August 2009
Janet retired from Saskatoon City Hospital and lives independently in Saskatoon.
She maintains an interest in learning and travel.
Jeanne, Janet and Geri Alexander,
Jeanne Alexander (B. Ed.) retired from a long and successful
career as a teacher and principal and currently lives in Regina.
Active in the community she has a radio show, a TV show, and
takes an active leadership role in numerous community
organizations. As part of the Wascana Writers group she has
published several stories and poems rooted in the
Saskatchewan experience. Mary Hohne, her daughter and her
grandsons James and Daniel also live in Regina. Jeanne was
widowed in 2005.
Uncle Sandy and kids: a natural. Alexa remembers Uncle Sandy as one of her
favourites because he was so comfortable to be with. A kid could just cuddle
up, be comfortable, watch TV and not be expected to talk.
Sandy and James Benjamin Briggs
James’s best birthday ever at
The swans in Cresent Park in Moose Jaw- who
hasn’t spent an enjoyable hour or two there?
James, Geri and Alexa
James and Auntie Jeanne 1991
James Benjamin Briggs (b. 1974) Living in Ottawa working as a
Network Security Analyst. Helps his dad with the bronze casting
foundry as well as art and farm projects. Is starting to explore his
creative side and just completed his first bronze sculpture.
Alexa Janet Briggs (b.1976) and partner Niklas Carlsson. Alexa completed
her Masters in Interdisplinary Studies at the U of S and has been working
as the Funding Programs Manager for the Saskatchewan Health Research
Foundation. She’s in the process of moving to Calgary where Niklas is
doing postdoctoral research in Computer Science.
Gary (B.SC.) and Geri (B.ED, MCE) reside in Ottawa on an
acreage where Gary sculpts, and engages in other
creative projects while Geri gardens and raises organic
fowl. They both work for the Government of Canada.
We’d love to build this presentation to
include other members of the family.
If you send pictures, stories, other bits
of family lore to Geri at
firstname.lastname@example.org she’ll compile
them and make them accessible to all.