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In 1880, in the province of Quebec, Canada, the French Canadians were aggressively seeking to buy up the beautiful farms in the Eastern Townships that had been settled and developed over the years from 1810 to 1880 by the English migrating north from the United States. The two farms south of Compton owned by James Doak and his brother Oliver were prosperous and were probably known for the fine cattle and horses raised there. We know that Oliver had 5 sons. One of them (Allen) died as an infant and the other (Henry Edgar) died at age 20 without marrying.  The oldest son Willis probably inherited the farm from his father Oliver in 1894 when Oliver died.  Harrison Walter was a Warden in the St. James Anglican church (Protestant) from 1895 to 1897. We know that HE raised horses, because there was an article in either the Waterloo Advertiser newspaper or the Standstead Journal dated March 24, 1897 stating that "Mr. Walter Doak sold his celebrated stallion "Le Capitaine" at auction yesterday. Mr. Doak is going to the Sandwich Islands where his brother is living".

Based on the above News article, we decided the "brother" mentioned was Arthur Burton and we did a little research for where the "Sandwich Islands" were in 1897.  We were surprised to find out that the Sandwich Islands was the old name for what is now Hawaii. A search of records for Hawaii soon found evidence that Arthur Burton Doak of Compton, Quebec had about 1880 at age 20 migrated to Honolulu Hawaii.

Hawaii, in 1880 was a very active place.  The gold rush in California was just winding down after 32 years of frantic prospecting and commercial production of the metal. During those 30 years, Hawaii had turned itself inside out providing for the needs of the gold miners in California. The Goldrush was an economic bonanza for the powerful at Hawaii. The invention of the metal hull for large vessels had obsoleted the sailing ship and Steam was now the power of choice. Steam powered vessels had no problem transporting goods to and from the mainland for the people of Hawaii. The Islands were practically picked bare by the Hawaiian authorities in their drive to find the goods the Californians needed.

So Arthur Burton may have gone to California to search for Gold and found out once he got there that gold was now very hard to find. So he boarded one of the Steamships plying the waters of the Pacific and went to Hawaii, specifically Honolulu. He shows up there in 1880 and is listed in the Honolulu Directory in 1890 as a Driver for the Honolulu Dairy company.  Our notes repeatedly say he arrived in 1880, but we can not now find the documentation for that. Arthur died in 1923 and his Obituary says he lived in Honolulu for 30 years. We know that it was at least 33 years and may have been 43 years. Several other discrepancies have been found: on a census record Arthur says both he and his father were born in Scotland. That is not true. He was a third generation North American and his ancestors were probably from Northern Ireland and Scotland before that. In another record he says he was born in Montreal, Quebec. We believe that is also not true - we feel sure he was born on the farm at Compton, Quebec, Canada where his father was also born. It would seem that he wanted to sever ties with his parents and ancestors as he was very "flexible" about saying where he was born, always avoiding saying it was Compton, Quebec, Canada.

Nine years (or 19 years) later in 1899 Arthur Burton married Hattie Silva. He was 39 years old at the time and Hattie was 19 years younger at age 20. Hattie was Portuguese-Hawaiian and was born in Kaneohe, Oahu. She was probably Catholic and it would seem that Arthur converted to Catholicism because at death he was buried in a Catholic Cemetery (South King Street Catholic Cemetery). He was brought up as Protestant and his brother Walter was a Warden at St. James Anglican Church, a Protestant Church, at Compton. Here is what Arthur Burton and Hattie (Silva) looked like:

Arthur Burton Doak

Hattie (Silva) Doak

  The original print was torn and folded so there is distortion in the photo. This is the best that we have at this time.
Our Thanks to Ed Stone for these prints.  

Arthur Burton went on to have 9 children. We will list them here, but for detail see the family tree also available on this Web Site.

Julia T. Doak About 1900
Henry E. Doak October 19, 1901
Arthur Burton Doak Jr. May 24, 1903
Hattie Kathleen Doak October 15, 1905
Emily E. Doak About 1907
Katy W. Doak About 1909
Marion S. Doak About 1912
Cecilia E. Doak About 1915
Mary W. L. Doak About 1917

Arthur was a Dairy Driver and later a Steam Laundry Driver and drove around with a team of horses pulling his cargo. Later he became the Supervisor of the Steam Laundry. We are told by his descendents that he was dearly loved by his children and died suddenly in 1923 at age 63. His last surviving child was Cecilia Edith (Doak) Stone, and she died on March 26, 2003 at age Eighty Seven.

In June of 2009, we heard via email from Jamsie Herbert, a direct descendent of Arthur Burton Jr. as shown above.  Jamsie gave us some pictures of Arthur Jr. that we will be posting here for you to see. We will also be posting a narrative about Arthur Jr.

More Later

jrd  6/1/2009