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Accession Number: 94-007

Title

Stewart-Dunlop fonds. -- Photocopied [between 1994 and 1995]. -- 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. Her parents died while she was young and she 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. 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 and emigrated to Canada when the firm, which Thomas worked for, ran into financial trouble and eventually bankruptcy. Their three infant daughters emigrated with them. Ellen Dunlop (nee Stewart) was one of Frances and Thomas' daughters who Frances corresponded regularly with. Not only did Frances correspond with Ellen, but Catharine Parr Traill and Harriet Beaufort corresponded with Ellen as well. Years later, after Frances had died (in 1872), Ellen published an edited version of their correspondence entitled "Our Forest Home" in 1889. (Taken from: "The Canadian Encyclopedia." Edmonton: Hurtig Publishers, 1985.) Extensive biographical information on the Stewart family, plus friends, neighbours, and associates, may be found in accession 02-001.

Custodial History

This fonds was in the custody of Mrs. Lennox Winter before it was donated to the Trent University Archives.

Scope and Content

This fonds consists of photocopied correspondence of the Stewart and Dunlop families. Most of the letters are to Ellen Dunlop (daughter of Frances Browne Stewart) from Frances Stewart, Catharine Parr Traill and Harriet Beaufort as well as James Wallis. Also included is a Stewart family tree.

Notes

Title based on contents of fonds.

This fonds was donated by Mrs. Lennox Winter of Mississauga, Ontario.

Restrictions: N

Finding aids: Y

Associated material located in the Archives of Ontario.

For related records see: 74-1005, 74-1006, 77-1006, 78-008, 92-1002, 94-006, 94-1001, 94-1002, and 02-001.

This fonds (94-007), comprised of photocopies only, has been interfiled chronologically in the binders of 94-006. Please note that in 2013, the original letters were received for many of the 94-007 items; the originals are processed as 13-008.

The Stewart family tree is located at the beginning of Vol. 1.

Finding Aid

Catharine Parr Traill to Ellen Stewart Dunlop 1889-95

various including letters to the Dunlops from the James Wallis' and 2 telegrams 1845-1900

various including letters to the Dunlops from Fanny Brown, Frances Stewart, Lizzie Collins and Clifford Bellairs 1870s-1903

Ellen Dunlop to Annie Billens and M. Quinn to Florence Stewart from China 1912-3

Shopping/diary list and letters by Catharine Parr Traill and Kate Strickland 1893

Frances Browne Stewart to Katherine E. Browne and obituary of Frances Browne Stewart 1824-72

Frances Browne Stewart to Ellen Dunlop 1841-69

Frances Browne Stewart to Ellen Dunlop 1859-69

various including letters from Harriet Beaufort, R.A. Denniston and F. Bellingham 1832-95

various including letters from Harriet Beaufort, Frances Browne Stewart, Kate Rolleston, Sara Anne Peebles and Catharine E. Kirkpatrick 1839-87

various including letters from Harriet Beaufort and Louisa Beaufort 1821-65

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