Fonds P090 - Frances Chamberlin Barnum fonds

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Frances Chamberlin Barnum fonds

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  • 1812-1919 (Creation)

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0,07 m of textual records.

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Frances Chamberlin Barnum was born in the United States in February 1885, the daughter of George Sherman Barnum (1849-1901) and Sophie Elizabeth Begler. George S. was born in Frelighsburg, the son of Sherman Painter Barnum (1803-1857) and Sarah Chamberlin (1816-1892). Sarah Chamberlin was the daughter Dr. Brown Chamberlin (1785-1829) and Diantha Knap (1791-1852).

Following George S. Barnum’s death in the U.S. in 1901, George’s second wife, Frances C. Baylor, brought Frances C. Barnum back to Canada around 1904 to her paternal grandmother’s family, and was adopted by Sarah Chamberlin, who was the daughter of Dr. Joshua Chamberlin (1799-1883) and Jane Westover (1813-1895). Joshua Chamberlin was the brother of Dr. Brown Chamberlin. During her time in Frelighsburg, Frances was a teacher. She died the 21 August 1925 in Canada.

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The fonds contains source material on the property, financial, and estate-related transactions of Frances Chamberlin Barnum's family and the Reynold, Kemp, and Westover families (related by marriage) in Missisquoi County in the 19th and early 20th centuries. It is also of value as a source of information on the day-to-day activities of Towner Westover of East Dunham and the Methodist East Dunham Sunday School in the 1880s. It consists almost wholly of deeds (deeds of sale, mortgages, wills, estates, gifts, leases, and so on) notarized by members of the Chamberlin, Reynolds, Kemp, and Westover families but also includes a diary and account book. Elijah Kemp, a merchant in the seigneury of Saint-Armand; Orin J. Kemp of Frelighsburg; Joshua Chamberlin, a physician in the seigneury of Saint-Armand; and David Westover, an East Dunham land owner, are among the family members represented. The fonds is comprised of the following series: Kemp family (1812-1875), Chamberlin family (1840-1919), Reynolds family (1846-1894), Westover family (1880-1908), and Miscellaneous Documents ([1818?]-1878).

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Formerly known as the Westover-Kemp Papers.
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Some documents have been put in polyester sleeves.
Donor unknown.
The documents are in English, except one in French.

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28 janvier, 2016

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