Fonds 05-013 - Jean Shearman fonds

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Jean Shearman fonds

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    • ca. 1840 - 2004 (Creation)
      Shearman, Jean

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    1 m of textual records
    ca. 650 photographs
    300 negatives.

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    Biographical history

    Jean Shearman was born in Montreal. She was a great great granddaughter of Thomas Alexander Stewart and Frances Browne Stewart, and great granddaughter of their son, William Stewart and his wife, Louisa McNabb. She spent much of her life transcribing the Frances Stewart letters and researching the genealogy of the Stewart family and families with whom the Stewarts had some relationship. Ms. Shearman wrote A Sense of Continuity: The Stewarts of Douro along with her sister, Elizabeth Shearman Hall. She died in Toronto in 2005.

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    This fonds was acquired from the estate of Jean Shearman and was in the custody of Reverend John Shearman before it was forwarded to Trent University Archives in August 2005.

    Scope and content

    Fonds consists of research materials relating to early nineteenth-century Irish immigrants, Thomas Alexander Stewart and Frances Browne Stewart, of Douro Township, County of Peterborough in Ontario. Included in the research materials are photographs (including 3 daguerreotypes), genealogical family charts, and articles and papers relating to Stewart family descendents and other Peterborough settler families. Also included is the personal correspondence of Jean Shearman.

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    Fonds acquired from Reverend John Shearman in August 2005.


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        For related records see: 78-008, 94-006, and 02-001.


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        Correspondence of the Stewart family, including letters written by Frances Browne Stewart and some of her children, has been removed to 78-008.

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        Box 1


        (Note: the photographs are comprised of originals, copy photographs, and scanned images)
        (Note: some folders include descendents to 2005)
        (Note: some folders include genealogical information)


        1. Thomas Alexander Stewart (1786-1847), husband of Frances Browne Stewart

        2. Frances Browne Stewart (1794-1872)

        3. Anna Maria Stewart, daughter of Thomas & Frances Stewart and wife of Dr. Thomas Hay - folder also includes descendents

        4. Catharine Mary Stewart, daughter of Thomas & Frances Stewart and wife of Robert A. Brown - folder also includes descendents

        5. Charles Edward Stewart, son of Thomas & Frances Stewart and husband of Charlotte Ellis - folder also includes descendents

        6. Eleanor Susannah Stewart, daughter of Thomas & Frances Stewart and wife of Andrew Charles O'Rielly Dunlop - folder also includes descendents

        7. Elizabeth Lydia Stewart, daughter of Thomas & Frances Stewart and wife of Edward W. Brown - folder also includes descendents

        8. Francis Thomas Stewart, son of Thomas & Frances Stewart and husband of Joan Brown - folder also includes descendents

        9. George Alexander Stewart, son of Thomas & Frances Stewart and husband of Cecilia M. Ward (1st wife) & Frances McCormack (2nd wife) - folder also includes descendents

        10. Henry Louis Stewart, son of Thomas & Frances Stewart and husband of Georgina Innes (1st wife) & Caroline Mathias (2nd wife) - folder also includes descendents

        11. John Stewart, son of Thomas & Frances Stewart and husband of Annie M.C. Johnston - folder also includes descendents

        12. William Stewart, son of Thomas & Frances Stewart & husband of Louisa McNabb - folder also includes descendents, as well as a Stewart family servant, Betty (Note: folder includes 2 daguerreotypes)

        13. William Stewart, as above - folder includes Williams family photographs (Note: William Stewart's daughter, Anna Maria, married George Edward Williams) - (Note: folder includes 1 tintype)

        14. William Stewart, as above - folder includes Shearman family photographs who are descendents of William Stewart (Note: several photos are unidentified but were included in an album with title "Shearman"; some photos are of Ottawa fire, flood, and Queen's mourning, ca. 1900-1901, and "Victory Loan" parade, 1918)

        15. ibid.

        16. William Stewart, as above - folder includes Wood [Shearman] family photographs

        17. Group photos of grown children of Thomas and Frances Stewart, i.e. Catharine, Anna Maria, Elizabeth, Eleanor, plus Eleanor's husband Charles Dunlop; also unidentified men

        18. Parents & siblings of Thomas Alexander Stewart (1786-1847)

        19. William Benjamin Stewart Mathias: grandson of Thomas A. Stewart's sister, Anna; includes wife & descendents

        20. People, identified (miscellaneous) (Note: includes daguerreotype)

        21. People, unidentified (Note: includes 3 tintypes)

        22. Buildings, scenes, etc. including:

        Auburn & Goodwood (Stewart family homes)

        scenic views of Stony Lake from Catamaran; Eel's Creek (see also Box 1 folder 19); Peterborough from Armour Hill; Lake Placid (all 1957)

        John Stewart home, Illinois; Windy Bank

        scenic views of [Victoria, B.C.]

        bateau used on St. Lawrence River in the 1820s

        Ireland photos: Ballydrain buildings and scenery; Wilmot House; Drum Church, Drumbeg, Co. Down; Malone Rd.; churches & houses

        1. negatives

        Box 2


        1. A Sense of Continuity: the Stewarts of Douro: correspondence, publishing information, 1979 & 1992-1994; final proof

        2. "Twisted Threads": genealogy of Shearman, Wood & Williams families)

        3. Papers and articles about Thomas & Frances Stewart

        4. Information re Stewart family heirlooms, crest, etc.

        5. Auburn excavation report / Mary Lucyk Heaman, 1973

        6. Memorial dedication in honour of Douro Township settlers, 1990

        7. Thomas A. Stewart Secondary School: opening, 1967

        8. Stewart and Stewart/Read family reunions, including some photographs

        9. "Malone" - information re historic home of Charles Dunlop & Eleanor Stewart Dunlop

        10. Miscellaneous items:

        medal - "George V and Queen Mary, May VI, MCMXXXV"

        3 postcards

        • "Amusement Group, British Prisoner of War Camp, Soltan, Germany"
        • "H.M. Hospital Ship "ABA"
        • wounded soldiers on horse-drawn railway cart

        [piece of cloth that covered Queen Victoria's coffin, 1910]

        "Language of Flowers" (list of flowers and their meanings)

        "The Story of a Church: Trinity United Church, St. Eustache, Que.," 1961 (booklet prepared by Mr. & Mrs. E.J. Shearman)

        "Living Our Faith: The History of First United Church, Ottawa, Ontario," 1961 (includes tribute to Miss Edna Shearman)

        The Settlement of Otonabee Township (typescript)

        a few newspaper clippings

        "Star pattern for Quilt" - handwritten photocopy

        Lock of hair (in envelope) believed to be that of Frances Browne Stewart

        Title page (photocopy only) of Our Forest Home, with inscription "Stewart Brown with love & best wishes from Aunt E.S. Dunlop, Dec'r 89"

        Box 3

        Materials written by or about descendents of Thomas and Frances Stewart


        1. Stewart - McVittie - Hamilton - Feltus family trees compiled by W. Darcy McKeough [1993-2005]. (Note: This material was acquired from W. Darcy McKeough in August 2005).
        2. Articles about George Stewart (son of Thomas & Frances Stewart & surveyor and first superintendent of Banff National Park); also by Louis Stewart (son of George & Cecilia Stewart, surveying professor at University of Toronto)
        3. Articles and papers by Walter Louis Stewart, 1974-1980
        4. Newspaper articles re Karen Kain, ballerina, descendent of Henry Stewart
        5. Mary Cunningham Johnston journal, 1834 (photocopy & transcript only; title: "Journal of Mary [Cunningham] Johnston & Her Infant Daughter Annie as kept on Their Journey from Glasgow Scotland to Haldimand Ontario in 1834"); daughter Annie married John Stewart, son of Thomas and Frances Stewart
        6. "Reminiscences by Miss M.I. Wilson", November 4, 1873 (copy only, multipage, handwritten in a notebook)
        7. Recollections of Anna Louise Stewart Shearman, mother of Jean Shearman: handwritten copies originally located in envelope titled: "mother's recollections of her parents and family" (2 sections, one titled "William Warran"and one re Anna Maria Stewart, daughter of William and Louisa Stewart)

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        Correspondence, primarily between Jean Shearman and others, 1961-2004


        1. [Hall], Betty correspondence, 1977-1986
        2. Lewis, Joyce correspondence, [1979]
        3. Shearman, George correspondence, 1984-1991
        4. Shearman, John correspondence, 1969-1990
        5. Shearman, Stewart correspondence, 1983-1990
        6. Trent University & Archives of Ontario, 1978-1979

        Correspondence, general

        1. 1961
        2. 1962
        3. 1968
        4. 1969
        5. 1970
        6. 1971
        7. 1973
        8. 1974
        9. 1975
        10. 1976
        11. 1977
        12. 1978
        13. 1979
        14. 1980
        15. 1981
        16. 1982
        17. 1983
        18. 1984
        19. 1985
        20. 1986
        21. 1987
        22. 1988
        23. 1989
        24. 1990
        25. 1991
        26. 1992
        27. 1993
        28. 1994
        29. 1995
        30. 1996
        31. 1997
        32. 1998
        33. 1999
        34. 2000
        35. 2001
        36. 2003
        37. 2004
        38. no date

        Box 5


        1. Shearman family history (includes miscellaneous correspondence, transcripts of family stories and letters, samples of souvenir stamp designed by Arthur Shearman, Bible with nameplate "Ernest Shearman")

        2. Shearman family genealogy

        Two large volumes of family genealogy charts pertaining to the Stewarts of Douro, Ballydrain, Wilmot, & Peterborough

        One black volume of family genealogy charts pertaining to the Reid & Strickland families

        Box 6

        Folders 1-6.

        Stewart family genealogy charts and research material
        Note: Folder 1 includes some original handwritten charts that appear to have been created in the 19th century

        Folder 7.

        Richard B. Stewart research material, genealogy charts, correspondence 1994-1998

        Folder 8.

        Photocopies of correspondence re Thomas A. Stewart land acquisition of 1200 acres in Douro Township in 1822 (these copies are for research purposes only and may not be reproduced)

        Box 7


        1. Dunsford, Denison, Clementi family genealogies (Peterborough area families)
        2. Caddy, Geale family genealogies (Peterborough area families)

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