Fonds P185 - Douglas-Bridgette family fonds

Education Miscellaneous employment Military Service Reference letter for Doris Bridgette Letter, Doris Bridgette to Mardie

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Douglas-Bridgette family fonds

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  • 1812-2006 (Creation)

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0,96 m of textual records. - 20 photographs : Included among the photographs is one cellulose acetate negative. - 15 pictures : Included among the pictures are 5 charcoal drawings, 3 on cardboard, 2 on canvas over wood frames. - 1 map. - 1 compact disc.

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James Douglas (Jr.) and his family emigrated from Scotland to Canada East in 1850. They settled in the Township of East Farnham where he first rented and then purchased a farm. James Douglas (d.1883) married Janet Kirkpatrick (d.1881), which is how the Douglas and Kirkpatrick families are related. Their children were Robert, William James, George Carleton, Margaret, and Mary. Robert Douglas married Sara Louisa Loud. As a young man, George (known as Carleton) moved to California where he a successful businessman, becoming manager of the Pacific Lumber Company. While many descendants of James Douglas and Janet have left to live on the west coast, and in the northeastern United Sates, a number still remain in the townships.

The father of John Bridgette emigrated from North Ireland probably between 1825 and 1830, first settling in St. Giles and later moving to St. Sylvestre. His son, John W. Bridgette (1832-1917) married Maria Orr (1838-1922) and worked in the lumber trade as well as farming. They had eight children: Emily M., Albert E., Richard Edwin, Alma, Jennie, Georgia, William S., and Samuel J. Emily's grandson is Capt. Josiah Sawyer, founder of Sawyerville. William and Richard Edwin moved to New York, becoming successful businessmen, while Samuel was ordained at Mossisburg in July of 1903. Albert Edward married Arabella Todd, which is how the Bridgette's and Todd's are related. Their daughter Marjorie married Cedric S. Douglas, which is how all three families are related.

It is believed that the Pearson family immigrated from the British Isles at the end of the Napoleonic Wars in 1815. They settled in the Eastern Townships as one of the pioneering families in the region. They settled primarily in the area between Ste. Bridgide, Farnham and Waterloo. William Pearson and his wife Mary Jane Dunlop Pearson were the first to have children in Canada. Their children were: Susanna, William James and Etta Labinia.

The Todd family left the United States to settle in Eaton Township in the early 1800s. Alonzo Todd, son of Elisha and Sally (Willard) Todd. Together Alzono and his wife, Susan Luther, had five children: Eva Lucinda, Arabella, Ernest, Etta Fidelia, and Mary Jane. Arabella married Albert Bridgette, and that is how those two families are related.

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The documents were passed down through members of the Douglas, Bridgette and Todd families and were last kept by Althea Douglas prior to being donated to the ETRC.

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The fonds contains primary source information on the family life; social, religious and economic activities; and education of various members of the Douglas family, Bridgette family, and other relatives during the 19th and 20th centuries. It also contains historical information on the Farnham area, as well as genealogy. The majority of the records were produced in the Eastern Townships, many come from the New England states as well as across Canada and worldwide. It consists primarily of personal and business correspondence, postcards and photographs, historical notes and family history. The fonds is comprised of the following series: Douglas family (1812-1984), Pearson family (1868-1941), Todd family, (1863-[197-?]), Bridgette family (1850-1983), Kirkpatrick family (1850-1957), Genealogy (1969-2006), and Miscellaneous Documents (1876-18-?).

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The fonds was donated by Althea Douglas in 2011.
Correspondence written by one individual to another individual who both appear in the classification system has been organized with the author of the correspondence. Envelopes have been preserved only when they contained pertinent information on the author or on the date of the letter. Women have been placed in the family of their birth, and their maiden names presented in brackets ( - ).
Most of the documents are in English, some are in French and one is in Indonesian.

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28 janvier, 2016

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