Fonds Acc3580 - Stewart family (Brackley Point Road) fonds

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Stewart family (Brackley Point Road) fonds

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CA PCA Acc3580

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  • 1859-1891 (Creation)
    Stewart (Family), Brackley Point Road (P.E.I.)

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.065 m of textual records

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Stewart (Family), Brackley Point Road (P.E.I.)

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Charles (?-1877) and Elizabeth Wiseman Stewart (?-1881) lived on the Brackley Point Road, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. Charles belonged to the Royal Agricultural Society. They had at least 7 sons and 1 daughter: Edward, Joseph B., John, James, Robert, Charles, Daniel Benjamin, and Anne. Joseph B. Stewart (1841-1921) married Anne Stewart (1853-1910) on 5 December 1876. They had three children: Charles E., Laura M., and Ethel B. Joseph was a farmer, shipmaster and belonged to the Sons of Temperance Movement. Dr. John Stewart married Margaret McInnis on 19 December 1858. He belonged to the Masonic movement. Edward moved to the Napa Valley, California, in the late 1860s. He worked as a labourer in lumber camps and mines. The name of his wife is unknown, but in a letter to his parents he indicated he had at least three children: Alice Elizabeth, Ronald Gordon, and Lincoln Earnest. James settled on the Shediac River in New Brunswick.

Daniel Benjamin Stewart, born on 6 December 1835, emigrated to New Zealand on board the "Prince Edward" in 1859. He died on 7 April 1870 when he was washed overboard from the schooner "Coquette" on a voyage between Auckland, New Zealand, and the Fiji Islands.

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Stewart, Daniel Benjamin

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Daniel Benjamin Stewart was born on 6 December 1835 to Charles Stewart and Elizabeth Wiseman, residents of the Brackley Point Road near Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. He emigrated to New Zealand on board the "Prince Edward" in 1859. He died on 7 April 1870 when he was washed overboard from the schooner "Coquette" on a voyage between Auckland, New Zealand, and the Fiji Islands.

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This fonds consists primarily of family and business correspondence relating to members of the Stewart family originally from the Brackley Point Road. The many letters from Daniel Stewart to various members of his family describe the conditions in New Zealand. He comments on the living conditions, work prospects, politics, the gold fields, and the well-being of other immigrants with ties to PEI. Much of the remaining correspondence is between family members, such as letters between Joseph B. Stewart and his brothers Edward and James who both left PEI, or with his business associates. The letters describe happenings in the community and the activities of the various family members. One letter was written by a Charlotte A. Stewart to an unidentified uncle but it is uncertain as to what the exact relationship is between this woman and the other members of the Stewart family.

Miscellaneous items include: a newspaper clipping entitled "The Family of Mr. Robert Jenkins, Mount Albion"; an advertisement for "The Sentinel: and Orange and Protestant Advocate"; John A. Matheson's wedding announcement to Mary Laird, 15 September 1856; and invoices and receipts concerning Joseph's shipping business.

The fonds has been divided into two series:

Series 1: Correspondence
Series 2: Miscellaneous

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Series 1 - Correspondence has been arranged alphabetically by the name of the individual who composed the letters and chronologically under each individual name. Series 2 - Miscellaneous has been arranged in chronological order with the item numbering beginning after Series 1

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