Alfred L Bretland b 1856
Alfred was born 6 October 1856 and married Eva Dean. According to the 1930 federal census he emigrated to America in 1879 his wife following on in 1880. They settled in Camano Island Washington where he was buried.
They both appeared in the 1930 United States Federal Census
A Robert Bretland was b 5 Sep 1914 d 25 Jul 1989 in the same area. Possibly his son
Alfred appeared in the 1910 US Federal Census also
BRETLAND, Alfred L. Age: 88
Born: 06 Oct 1856 at England Died: 25 Sep 1945 at Camano Is.
Buried: E. Stanwood
Father: Bretland, Robert Mother: Todd, Mary Cause of death: Cardiac block Certificate No. 45
BRETLAND, Eva Age: 80
Born: 02 Sep 1860 at England Died: 27 Dec 1940 at Camano Is.
Buried: E. Stanwood
Father: Dean, Charles P. Mother: Lloyd, Elen Cause of death: Bronchopneumonia
Certificate No. 65
In 1838, Lieutenant Charles Wilkes of the United States Navy was given command of a United States exploration to chart southern waters, including Puget Sound and the Oregon country. This first American scientific expedition was also to name the areas not previously titled. Lieutenant Wilkes' selection for this small island, nestled between Whidbey Island to the west and the mainland to the east, was Macdonough Island - to honor Master Commandant Thomas Macdonough, captain of the 26-gun ship during the War of 1812. The waters between Macdonough and Whidbey Island Wilkes named Saratoga Passage.
However, in 1847, British navy Captain Kellett of the surveying vessel Herald dropped the name Macdonough for the island in his effort to restore Spanish names to the area. He bestowed the present title of Camano Island to honor Lieutenant Don Jacinto Caamano of the Spanish Navy, who also explored western waters working out of Spain's naval base in San Blas, Mexico during the 1700's, but had not come into what was later known as Puget Sound. In the 1855 treaty with local Indians, Governor Isaac Stevens of Washington Territory referred to the island as Perry Island.
Then came the lusty loggers who had a jargon of their own. They jovially "nicknamed" the island "Crow Island", a name it retained locally through the early 1900's.
Alfred as a boy