Amateur historian leaves legacy of information
Elane Wilson, of Stanstead East, passed away on December 26th. Elane worked tirelessly, as a volunteer behind the scenes, collecting and indexing information about local births, marriages and deaths until very recently when her health was failing. In an interview with the Stanstead Journal several years ago, Elane was asked what got her interested in local history. “I’ve always been interested in history but not in dates – and there was so much history here. I helped a lot of people with their geneal- ogy and that reinforced my interest because some of the families go way, way back. And I’m nosy!” said Elane with her usual good humour.
For around the last twenty years, Elane and her friend and fellow amateur historian, Caroline Parent, spent much of their summers walking around cemeteries gathering information from headstones. They also spent a whole winter freezing at the Registry Office going through wills and marriage contracts. The information collected was used, with help from another local historian, Jackie Tilton, to create important data bases for the area.
Elane Wilson, seen here dining at the East Side, will be missed by all.