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Fonds Level Description

Accession Number: 70-001


Pengelley family fonds. -- 1829-1840, 1940-1941; 2017. -- 7 cm textual records and other materials.

Biography / History

Harriet Catherine Brock was the daughter of Daniel de Lisle Brock (1762-1842), the chief magistrate of the Isle of Guernsey from 1821 to 1842. She was the niece of Sir Isaac Brock who was killed at Queenston Heights, Upper Canada, 1812. On September 16, 1834 Harriet married Captain Robert Lamport Pengelley. Robert Pengelley was born at Fowey, Cornwall in 1798, the son of Captain John Pengelley (killed at Palermo 1834) and Catherine Lamport. After being wounded at the Battle Lissa, Robert was rewarded by being appointed agent for the Brock estate in South Monaghan, Upper Canada, and given a piece of land on Rice Lake subsequently called "Brocklands". (Note: As of 2018, "Brocklands" was still held by Pengelley family descendents). On April 6, 1835 Robert and Harriet Pengelley sailed for Upper Canada, arriving in New York on May 7, 1835 they took a steamer for Albany and then travelled to Toronto, Upper Canada. After a trip to Guelph to look at land, they journeyed to South Monaghan, arriving in July 1835. Harriet died less than a year later, June 6, 1836, leaving no children. Robert secondly married in Monaghan Township in 1838 to Lydia Emily Roche/Roach; they had five children, only one of whom survived to adulthood, Theodore Robert Pengelley. 

Note: For further information about the Brock family, see A Brock Family History: Isaac Brock and his Guernsey family, authored by Janice Shersby; commissioned by Caroline Brock, 2012 (located in Special Collections FC 443 .B8 S42 2012).

Custodial History

The fonds, before donation to Trent University Archives, remained with descendants of Robert Pengelley.

Scope and Content

The fonds consists of the diaries of Harriet Pengelley (1835-1836), Robert Pengelley (1835), and A.E. Marguerite (Rita) Pengelley (1940-1941); correspondence; sketchbooks (1829-1830); drawings; and photographs. In 1994, an addition was made to the fonds which included a photocopy of a diary of Robert Pengelley (1837-1840) and textual records regarding the Pengelley family. In 2018, an addition of Pengelley family genealogical information was received.


Title based on the creators of the fonds.

Includes: 12 photographs, 2 sketchbooks, 1 print (photocopy), 1 drawing and 1 paintbox. Some of the diaries are in poor condition as are the sketchbooks.

The original fonds was donated by Miss A.E. Marguerite (Rita) Pengelley, great granddaughter of Commodore John Pengelley, November 25, 1966. Additions were received in 1994 (Folder 7) and in 2018 (Folder 8).

The diaries are arranged in chronological order in terms of the creator of each journal. Subsequent additions have been arranged together.

Restrictions: N

Finding aids: Y

Some of the diaries have typewritten transcripts attached.

See here for digitized transcriptions of Harriet's diaries and images from her sketchbooks.

Finding Aid

Box 1

Folder 1: Diary of Harriet Brock, 1830-1834 (original and typescript)

Folder 2: Diary of Robert Pengelley, January 1835- July 1835, July 1836-September 1836 (original and typescript)

Folder 3: Pages from the diary of Harriet Pengelley, November 1835 (original and typescript)

Folder 4: Diary of Harriet Pengelley, March 1835- April 1836 (original and typescript)

Folder 5: Letter from Daniel de Lisle Brock to Robert Pengelley, April 8, 1842 (original and typescript)

Folder 6: Photographs and drawings (#1 - #14)

1 - Major General Sir Isaac Brock

2 - "Bonair", St. Peter's Port, Guernsey, C.I., ancestral home of the Brock family

3 - Sketch and layout of original "Brockland Cottage", Rice Lake

4 - Harriet Catherine Brock (photo of a framed photograph)

5. Harriet Catherine Brock, with biographical sketch by Miss Pengelley

6 - Sketch (original) of Corville, France, by Miss Brock

7-10 Four items - floral picture: poem by Miss Brock; Miss Pengelley's comments on the poem (in original note and in photographed note)

11 - Photograph of pencil sketch of Catherine Mary Lamport, wife of Commodore John Pengelley (great grandmother of Miss Pengelley)

12 - Commodore John Pengelley (xerox of miniature photograph - 2 copies) - (great grandfather of Miss Pengelley)

13 - Copy of photo of Commander (Captain) Robert Lamport Pengelley, with biographical sketch (2 copies)

14 - Certificate showing an engraving (1823) of Daniel De Lisle Brock

Loose in Box:

Sketch book of Harriet Brock, Guernsey, Feb. 14, 1829

Sketch book of Harriet Brock labelled HCB 1830

Additions (received in 1994 from Ms. Anne Heideman)

Folder 7: Photocopy of a diary written by Robert Pengelley, December 1837-1840 (diary tells of his return to Canada, his work building his house and barn at Baillieboro, his marriage (second) to Miss Lydia Emily Roach/Roche and the birth of their son in 1840); obituary (6 October 1986) of Miss Rita Pengelley who apparently had the above original diary in her possession; typed information regarding the Pengelley family, received from Miss Rita Pengelley, Pilgrim Cottage, R.R.1, Bailieboro, 14 October 1970

Additions (received in 2018 from Janet R. Northey, great great granddaughter of Robert Lamport Pengelley and second wife Lydia Emily Roche)

Folder 8: Pengelley family genealogical information, especially pertaining to the direct descendents of Theodore Robert Pengelley; also photocopy of "Canada 150 Farm Family" certificate issued to the "Pengelley Family" in 2017


I . Robert Lamport Pengelley (1798-1875)


1. (1834) Harriet Catherine Brock (1809-1836) (no children)

2. (1838) Lydia Eliza Emily Roche/Roach (1811-1895) (2 infant boys and 3 infant girls who died plus Theodore Robert Pengelley)


Theodore Robert Pengelley (1840 - 1925)


1. Caroline Moore Gillett (one daughter - Harriet Laura Caroline Pengelley (1866-1927) m. Daniel Perrin)

2. Fanny Swan (1847-1922) (9 children listed below)


1. Isaac Brock Pengelley (1882-1972) m. Katharine Garratt (1879-1974) IV Michael

2. Rita (1890-1986)

3. Jack

4. O. Roy (1887-1981)

5. James S. (1875-1949) m. M. Audrey Winton (1900-1972)

6. C  Aubrey (1884-1917)

7. Arthur L. (1879-1922)

8. Frederick Hardy  (1872-1962)

9. Frank