Fonds F 4562
30 centimetres of textual records
6 volumes of textual records
25 photographs : black and white prints
20 photographs : cabinet cards (sepia)
16 photographs : sepia prints
13 photographs : cartes des visites (9 sepia, 4 black and white)
5 photographs : black and white photomechanical reproductions
4 photographs : tin types
1 photograph : color print
5 MB of electronic records : Gedcom file
2 maps : photomechanical reproductions
Fonds consists of correspondence, photographs, and some business records created and accumulated by several generations of the Fletcher family of the Tilbury East Township in Kent County, Ontario.
The majority of the correspondence is between family members. The letters discuss farming affairs, family and community news and local economic issues. Additionally, the family also discussed political and religious affairs in Canada and abroad, including the Northwest Rebellion, Fenian raids, the U.S. Civil War and the Crimean war.
At an unknown time, a member of the family transcribed the vast majority of the correspondence into typewritten form. These transcripts are organized by sender and also include background information about the people and places discussed. This transcription also includes a small number of letters that are not in the possession of the Archives of Ontario. This transcribed correspondence can be found in file F 4562-0-0-106, and references the correspondence in files F 4562-0-0-107 to F 4562-0-0-187.
Other records include the will of John Fletcher Sr., the Report of Directors of Tilbury East Agricultural Society for 1859, which gives a detailed history of the community, and legal agreements relating to timber sales and oil and gas drilling. The fonds also includes two autograph books signed by the students of two of the family members who worked as teachers as well as personal and professional references for John Fletcher Jr. Other volumes include a pocket diary compiled by David Murray Fletcher in 1920, and a privately published volume of poetry entitled "Mignonette" by Mia Farquharson Douglas.
Also included are photographs of the Fletcher family members, including extended members of the Farquharson and Stewart families. Most of the photographs are identified.
Electronic records consist of family genealogy for the Fletcher and Farquharson families organized in a Gedcom file.
Cartographic records document farm land once owned by the Fletcher family.
The Fletcher family were Scottish immigrants who settled mostly in Tilbury East Township, Kent County.
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