Sperry Nelson Lake

July 1871–23 August 1922 (Age 51)
North Fredericksburgh Township, Lennox and Addington, Ontario, Canada

The Life of Sperry Nelson

When Sperry Nelson Lake was born in July 1871, in North Fredericksburgh Township, Lennox and Addington, Ontario, Canada, his father, James Frederick Lake, was 32 and his mother, Elicia Adelaide Parks, was 25. He married Minnie Bockus on 5 December 1894, in Brockville, Leeds and Grenville, Ontario, Canada. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 1 daughter. He lived in Brockville, Leeds and Grenville, Ontario, Canada in 1891 and York, Ontario, Canada in 1911. He died on 23 August 1922, in York, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, at the age of 51, and was buried in Park Lawn Cemetery, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

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Sperry Nelson Lake
Minnie Bockus
Marriage: 5 December 1894
Kenneth Burton Lake
Edith May Lake
Sperry Nelson Lake
Fred Lake

Spouse and Children

5 December 1894
Brockville, Leeds and Grenville, Ontario, Canada



    Edith May Lake


    Sperry Nelson Lake


    Fred Lake




Parents and Siblings



World Events (3)

1883 · Mining Boom

Age 12

In 1883, there was a mining boom in Northern Ontario when mineral deposits were found near Sudbury. Thomas Flanagan was the blacksmith for the Canadian Pacific Railway that noticed the deposits in the river.
1886 · First Workmen's Comp Act

Age 15

In 1886, Ontario passed its first Workmen's Compensation Act. This was in response to the number of railway workers that were being injured.
1906 · Hydro-Electric of Ontario

Age 35

Ontario Hydro was established in 1906. It is the Hydro-Electric Power Commission of Ontario.

Name Meaning

1 English (chiefly West Country): topographic name for someone who lived by a stream, Old English lacu, or a habitational name from a place named with this word, for example in Wiltshire and Devon. Modern English lake (Middle English lake) is only distantly related, if at all; it comes via Old French from Latin lacus. This meaning, which ousted the native sense, came too late to be found as a place name element, but may lie behind some examples of the surname.2 Part translation of French Beaulac .

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • Sperry Lake in household of James Lake, "Canada Census, 1881"
  • Sperry Nelson Lake, "Ontario Deaths, 1869-1937 and Overseas Deaths, 1939-1947"
  • Sperry N Lake in entry for Fred Lake, "Ontario Births, 1869-1912"

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