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Accession Number: 77-1006

Title

Frances Stewart fonds. Additions. -- Photocopied [before 1977]. -- 5 cm of textual records.

Biography / History

Frances Anne Stewart (nee Browne) was born May 24, 1794, daughter of Reverend Francis Browne and Anna Maria Noble, in Dublin, Ireland. In 1796, Rev. Browne died quite suddenly in front of his wife. The resulting shock seems to have left Frances' mother somewhat of an invalid until she died in 1809. Frances was left in the care of her great-uncle, Robert Waller in Allanstown, Ireland, where she was raised by Harriet Beaufort, who managed the household. Harriet was a well educated young woman, and sought to give Frances the same quality of education. Under Harriet's instruction, Frances received a much more academic education than was the norm for young girls of those days. In the summer of 1816, Frances, and her aunt Susan went to visit some distant friends, the Stewarts, who lived near Belfast. This is where Frances met her future husband, Thomas Alexander Stewart (1786-1847). They were married December 16, 1816. Thomas worked for the firm of Robert Reid and Son, which manufactured linen, cotton and silk, and when the company ran into trouble, and eventually bankruptcy, Frances and Robert decided to emigrate to Canada. The Stewarts went with Thomas' brother-in-law, and former business partner, Robert Reid and his family. The party of 27 set sail from Belfast Lough, on June 1, 1822. Seven weeks were spent on the ship before reaching Quebec. From there they traveled to Kingston, and then on the York, where Stewart and Reid were each granted 1200 acres, provided they settled in an unsurveyed township. Douro Township was suggested as a promising region. On September 9, 1822, Stewart and Reid traveled to the area with Richard Birdsall, the surveyor, and each choose land on the Otonabee River. Life in Douro Township was very isolated for Frances, but she managed well on her own, looking after her home and children. Thomas Stewart died in 1847 from typhoid fever, and Frances Anne died several years later on February 24, 1872 at Goodwood. Extensive biographical information on the Stewart family, plus friends, neighbours, and associates, may be found in accession 02-001.

Custodial History

This item was in the custody of Joyce Lewis of Peterborough before it was donated to the Trent University Archives.

Scope and Content

This item is a photocopy of a book in which Frances Stewart recorded poems written by various people; the language of flowers; and, rules to know peoples' characters by the months of their birth. The dates of the poems range from 1811 to 1868.

Notes

Title based on the creator of the book.

The photocopies of the commonplace book were donated by Joyce Lewis of Peterborough, Ontario. The original of this photocopy was donated to the Archives in 1998 by Rev. John Shearman and accessioned as 98-005.

Restrictions: N

Associated material located at the Archives of Ontario.

This fonds along with 74-1006, 78-008, 92-1002, 94-006 , 94-007, 02-001, and 94-1001 is an addition to 74-1005.

For related records see: 69-1003, 71-001, 75-011, 93-1013, 94-007, and 02-001.

Note: O=original; T=transcript; P=photocopy.

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