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Elizabeth C. McDougall George McDougallElizabeth Chantler was born to Quaker parents in Surrey, England, in 1820. There, she was educated in a Quaker college until she moved with her parents to the Muddy York district near present-day Toronto. In the early 1840s she met and married George McDougall, subsequently giving birth to eight children and adopting one other.  

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Elizabeth McDougall converted to Methodism with her husband during a meeting held by lay preacheMr. & Mrs. Chantlerr Peter White. She followed her husband throughout his religious and missionary training in what is now Eastern Canada, including Cobourg, Alderville, Garden River and Rama. After George was ordained in 1854, the family moved to their first mission at Rossville near Norway House. When George became the chairman of the western Methodist Missions they moved again to the Victoria Mission on the north bank of the North Saskatchewan River. Here the family spent a year living in a buffalo skin tent before a house was finally built. In later years, with the establishment of each new mission, Elizabeth and her family moved-in 1871 to Edmonton and in 1875 once more to Morley.

 Because menGeorgina McDougall were frequently away on trips for supplies, hunting or visiting Aboriginal camps, Elizabeth McDougall was often left to run the house and the mission, and her community involvement grew. She sometimes led sermons-her daughter Georgina translating them to the Aboriginal community-and acted as a nurse, particularly during a smallpox epidemic. In 1866, she organized a group of Métis and Aboriginal women that gathered for sewing and worship.

In 1876 George McDougall perished during a blizzard while on a buffaloMcDougall Family hunt. Elizabeth continued on at Morley for one year, then joined her son George in the Eastern Canada. Tragedy struck again when George, returning to Morley to start a homestead, contracted and died of pneumonia. Elizabeth, nevertheless, remained and continued to live in Morley until her death in March of 1904.

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Small Pox Epidemics, Part 2: First Recorded Epidemic in West, 1736
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Small Pox Epidemics, Part 3: Epidemic of 1781-82 Wipes Out Native Villages Across the West 
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Small Pox Epidemics, Part 4: David Thompson's Journals and the Tales of Sokumapi
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Small Pox Epidemics, Part 5
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