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Notes and Commentaries

Volume 10, Number 1 (1985)

Where Isabella Valency Crawford Died

  • Victor Skretkowicz
May 22, 2008


Recent studies have thrown up serious doubts about the length of Crawford's residence at 57 John Street, Toronto, and about her relationship with the owners of that residence, Charles Joseph Stuart and Henrietta Cruikshank Stuart. While friends, acquaintances, and family members have attested to a long association between Crawford and the Stuarts, the facts -- bills of sale, mortgage agreements, the Toronto City Directory, and rental records -- seem to contradict these reminiscences. However, a copy of Crawford's Old Spookses' Pass, inscribed by Crawford herself, proves a long friendship between herself and the Stuart family.