Captain Thomas Bury
Captain Thomas Bury, who died October 14, 1887, at Sombra, Ont., was for a number of years connected with sailing interests on the Great Lakes. He was the son of William and Margaret (Houten) Bury, natives of Ireland and was one of a family of ten children, of whom John died May 24, 1894 (he was a farmer all his life); Dorothy married Alfred P. Toulmin and resides in Detroit, Mich.; Margaret married William Knight and resides in Chatham, Ont.; Jane, the wife of James Johnson and died in 1884; Hester married Arthur Watson and died in 1869; Philip is engaged in the insurance business in Decatur, Ill.; Henry was drowned from the steamer Eclipse in the fall of 1883; Mary, married to Captain Martin Swain, is residing in Port Huron, Michigan.
Capt. Thomas Bury spent his early life in farming and kept a wood dock at Sombra many years, during which time he began sailing. He served as pilot and later as master on the St. Clair river, thus spending the greater part of his life, and he owned the T. B. Dole, the Hero and the J. C. Clark, which he sailed at different times. On November 2, 1849, the Captain was married to Miss Lucinda Jane Roberts, and they became the parents of eight children: Margaret, who resides at Sarnia, unmarried; Alfred, who is married and resides in Toledo, Ohio; A. E., a resident of Cleveland who follows marine life in the capacity of engineer; James, who married Rachel Young, and was drowned February 4, 1890 (he left a family of two children); Isabel, who died in infancy; Jane, Mrs. Charles Holland, residing in Marine City, Mich.; Annie, who married Jacob Legear and resides in Glenville; and Nellie, the wife of William Young, who resides in London, Ontario.
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This version of Volume II is based, with permission, on the work of the great volunteers at the Marine Captains Biographies site. To them goes the credit for reorganizing the content into some coherent order. The biographies in the original volume are in essentially random order.
Some of the transcription work was also done by Brendon Baillod, who maintains an excellent guide to Great Lakes Shipwreck Research.