Fonds 13-008 - Collins and Gammon family fonds

Walter Rogers diaries transcriptions

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Collins and Gammon family fonds

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  • 1824-1952 (Creation)
    Collins and Gammon families

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20 cm of textual records.
3 maps.
1 photograph.

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The Collins and Gammon families are descendents of Thomas Alexander Stewart and Frances Stewart, Irish immigrants who arrived in the Peterborough area in 1822.

Custodial history

Fonds was in the custody of Carol Winter, and later, Kathy Hooke. Kathy Hooke passed it on to Trent University Archives in 2013. The fonds was donated by members of the Gammon and Collins families: Jennifer Gammon, Michael Collins, Alexandra Gammon, and Michelle Gammon.

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Fonds consists of original letters, certificates, sketches and maps pertaining to the family of Thomas Alexander Stewart and Frances Stewart of Peterborough, Ontario and their descendents. Included are letters to Ellen Dunlop written by Frances Stewart, Catharine Parr Traill, Harriet Beaufort, and others. Also included are pieces of sheet music and music certificates of Alice Roger Collins; medical certificates of Doctor Thomas Hay; newspaper clippings related to Katherine E. Wallis; and a scrapbook of nineteenth-century ferns and mosses of the United Kingdom.

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Some of the items are extremely fragile, including the scrapbook of ferns and mosses. Handle with care.

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Fonds acquired by Trent University Archives via Kathy Hooke in 2013.


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Related materials: 75-1029, 96-1012, 02-001, 04-023, 05-013, 12-012, plus Frances Stewart fonds and additions.

Please note that photocopies of many of the original letters received in this fonds were received in 1994; the photocopies were processed as 94-007 and are interfiled in binders of Stewart family material processed as 94-006.

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Letters have been placed in mylar sleeves for preservation. Outsized materials are located in the Large Materials Cabinet - Drawer 53 and the Map Cabinet - Drawer 13.

Please note that photocopies of many of the original letters received in this fonds were received in 1994; the photocopies were processed as 94-007 and are interfiled in binders of Stewart family material processed as 94-006.

Finding Aid

Box 1


  1. Alice Roger Collins: music career memorabilia and documents, 1897-1952 (includes red leather music pouch); correspondence, 1889; also J.M. Roger receipts, 1866
  2. Alice Roger Collins: handwritten music and compositions (unpublished)
  3. Alice Roger Collins: published music by Alice Roger Collins
  4. Alice Roger Collins: sheet music (not by Alice Roger Collins)
  5. Collins family tree
  6. Helen Collins: letter to an uncle, 1883; also Lizzie Collins: Mayfair magazine article reference, 1935
  7. Stewart family: family tree related to Thomas Alexander Stewart (photocopy)
  8. Katherine E. Wallis: newspaper clippings related to K.E.W.
  9. Publications: - "Poems for Every Mood" compiled by Harriet Monroe and Morton Dauwen Zabel, 1933; - "The Greatest of All Mistakes" W.S.M.U. Series - No. 1. (Arthur Mercer Christian booklet, n.d.)

Loose on shelf: a scrapbook of ferns and mosses with inside inscription "Helen S. Wallis from J.C.S., Carbeth Guthrie [Scotland], September 1859"; also, pages of loose insertions with inscription "Walter [Maurice] Roger with Mrs. [Cornells] [love], 13th Jan'y/63": approximately 60 varieties of ferns and mosses are represented; they are glued to the pages and many are identified with botanical names; locations for some species are identified as "Wadebridge" [Cornwall, England], "west of England", "Isle of Man", "North Wales", plus various United Kingdom castle locations (Note: this item is extremely fragile).

Box 2

Note: The letters listed below are primarily related to the Stewart family of Peterborough and are originals. Many of these letters were also received as photocopies in 1994 and processed as 94-007; the 94-007 accession is interfiled with 94-006 which is comprised of binders of transcripts of Stewart family letters.

Box 2

Folder 1:
Letters to Eleanor (Ellen) Stewart (Dunlop), 1830s (13 letters)

  1. from H.B. [Harriet Beaufort] (former governess and guardian of Ellen’s mother, Frances Stewart), 1 January, 1831
  2. from Harriet Beaufort, January 1831
  3. from Harriet Beaufort, 29 December 1831
  4. from Harriet Beaufort, 18 March 1832
  5. from Harriet Beaufort, [28] April 1832
  6. from Harriet Beaufort, 27 September 1833
  7. from Harriet Beaufort, 27 September 1834
  8. from Harriet Beaufort, 28 February 1835
  9. from Harriet Beaufort, 7 June 1837
  10. from Harriet Beaufort, 3 October 1837
  11. from Harriet Beaufort, [1838?]
  12. from Harriet Beaufort, [1838?]
  13. from Harriet Beaufort, 7 August 1839 (letter incomplete)

Folder 2:
Letters to Eleanor Stewart (Dunlop), 1840s (17 letters)

  1. from Harriet Beaufort, 16 March 1841 (note: this letter also includes a section addressed to Frances Stewart, Eleanor’s mother)
  2. from Catherine Kirkpatrick (Eleanor’s aunt), [28] May 1841
  3. from Frances Stewart (Eleanor’s mother), 16 October 1841
  4. from Louisa OB [Obeirne], 1 April 1842
  5. from Harriet Beaufort, 16 April 1842
  6. from Frances Stewart, 9 October 1842
  7. from Louisa OB [Obeirne], 19 November 1842
  8. from [Louisa Obeirne], 30 [January] 1843
  9. from Sara Anne Peebles (“cousin”), 24 February 1843
  10. from Louisa [Obeirne], 14 February 1844
  11. from Louisa OB [Obeirne], 19 May 1844
  12. from Harriet Beaufort, 17 June 1844
  13. from Louisa Obeirne, 3 October 1844
  14. from Sara Peebles, 3 April 1845
  15. from F. Bellingham, 4 April 1845
  16. from Harriet Beaufort, 16 April 1845
  17. from Lousia OBeirne, 29 April 1845

Folder 3:
Letters to Eleanor Stewart (Dunlop), 1850s (12 letters)

  1. from Catherine Kirkpatrick, 29 October 1852
  2. from MS [Mary Sutton? (Frances Stewart’s aunt)], 19 August 1853
  3. from Frances Stewart, [1854]
  4. from Frances Stewart, 25 February 1856
  5. from Frances Stewart, 14 March 1856
  6. from Frances Stewart, 8 June 1856
  7. from Frances Stewart, 19 July 1856
  8. from C.A. Beaufort [niece of Harriet Beaufort?], 29 May 1857
  9. from Frances Stewart, 8 November 1859
  10. from Frances Stewart, 5 December 1859
  11. from Frances Stewart, 10 December 1859
  12. from Frances Stewart, [1859]

Folder 4:
Letters to Eleanor Stewart (Dunlop), 1860s (9 letters)

  1. from C.A. Beaufort, 16 April 1863
  2. from Harriet Beaufort, 4 February 1865
  3. from Frances Stewart, 18 April 1869
  4. from Frances Stewart, 24 April 1869
  5. from Frances Stewart, 3 September 1869
  6. from Frances Stewart, 10 October 1869
  7. from [Frances Stewart], 23 December 1869 (letter incomplete)
  8. from Frances Stewart, [1869]
  9. from Frances Stewart, [1869]

Folder 5:
Letters to Eleanor Stewart (Dunlop), 1870s-1903 (13 letters)

  1. from Frances Stewart, February 1872 (note: Frances died 24 February 1872)
  2. from Herbert [Brown], Eleanor’s nephew, 25 September 188[1]
  3. from Catharine Parr Traill, 4 June 1889
  4. from Catharine Parr Traill, 5 January 1891
  5. from Catharine Parr Traill, 6th May 1893
  6. from Ethel Brown, Eleanor’s niece, 23 February 1895 (re: 50th wedding anniversary of Charles and Eleanor Dunlop)
  7. from [Frances Brown, Eleanor’s sister Kate’s daughter?], [February 1895] (re: 50th wedding anniversary)
  8. from Catharine Parr Traill, 24 February 1895 (re: 50th wedding anniversary)
  9. from K.A. Dennistoun, 25 February 1895 (re: 50th wedding anniversary)
  10. from Catharine Parr Traill [1890s]
  11. [to Eleanor] from Catharine Parr Traill [1890s]
  12. from Catharine Parr Traill, 13 November [1890s]
  13. from Clifford Bellairs, 27 July 1903

Folder 6:
Letters to Eleanor Stewart (Dunlop), undated (6 letters)

  1. from Frances Stewart [written before the death of Frances’s husband]
  2. from Harriet Beaufort [written to Eleanor during her childhood]
  3. from Mary E. Rothwell, 14 September [ ]
  4. from Jane Hay, 27 July [ ]
  5. from Kate Strickland, 26 January [ ]
  6. from Kate Strickland

Folder 7:
Miscellaneous letters (18): (note: the letters in this folder primarily are related to the Stewart family but, unlike the previous folders, are not addressed to Ellen Dunlop)

  1. from Frances Stewart to her sister Kate [Catherine Browne Kirkpatrick], 5 April 1824 (extract only)
  2. from Frances Stewart to Mary [ ], 17 February 1847
  3. from Frances Stewart to James [ ] [in Ireland], 10 January 1855
  4. from Frances Stewart to cousin Mary [Wilson], [1860] (letter incomplete)
  5. from Frances Stewart, [1864]; recounts the death of her son, William (letter incomplete)
  6. from Frances Stewart to Charles Dunlop, n.d.
  7. from Ellen Dunlop to Annie [Traill?], n.d.
  8. from Kate Rolleston [Catherine Reid Rolleston, daughter of Robert Reid and Maria Stewart Reid] to her aunt, Frances Stewart, re the death of Frances’ son, William Stewart], 8 September 1864 (note: several other handwritten copies of this letter exist in the Frances Stewart fonds)
  9. from Kate [ ] [sister of Charles Dunlop] to Charles Dunlop, 23 October 1882
  10. from James Dunlop [nephew of Charles Dunlop] to [Charles Dunlop], 28 February 1900
  11. from C.P. Mackay to Miss Stewart?, n.d.
  12. from [? Bellairs] to [ ], regarding a son named Clifford Bellairs who moved to Canada to learn farming, n.d.
  13. from Vivian Carrigan to Mrs. Thompson, 1965 re a book by Francisco Styward
  14. from [Fanny Brown?] to Flora [Stewart], 8 April 1883
  15. from Fanny Brown to Flora [Stewart], 13 December 1894
  16. from Reverence John H. Bolt to Flora [Stewart], 17 September [ ]
  17. from Margaret Quinn to Florence Stewart, 13 December 1912
  18. from Margaret Quinn to Florence Stewart, 21 January 1913

Folder 8:
Miscellaneous items (14)

  1. “old Log House – Douro”: drawing and description, 8 July 1833
  2. Pencil drawing: “South View of Edgeworthstown House, Honora E. [ ]; on the reverse: “For Mrs. T.A. Stewart from Harriet Edgeworth “March 1821”
  3. Pencil drawing: small scenic drawing of a village; on the reverse: “M.A.H.”
  4. Handwritten booklet regarding operation and specifics of guns; names of people are listed [ca. 19th century]
  5. “Receipt for Chilblains” (handwritten recipe)
  6. “A Certain Cure for Dropsy” (handwritten recipe addressed to Mrs. Dunlop)
  7. “Opinions of the Press, Church Under the Tudors, by Durham Dunlop, M.R.I.A.” [Member of the Royal Irish Academy]: testimonials re Mr. Dunlop’s book and his effectiveness in dealing with the “Church and State in England ever since the Reformation” by [sister E. Collins], [1881]
  8. Inscription transcribed from an “old stone built in the wall at [Dunn] church” re the body of Thomas Martin, merchant in Belfast who died in 1685, and also the body of his wife, Florence Stewart; also other Stewart family members of the 17th and 18th century (descendants of Thomas Alexander Stewart)
  9. “Obituary” re Frances Stewart, 1 March 1872
  10. Photograph of a seated unidentified male, ca. 19th century
  11. Official document (photocopy only): indenture re Joshua Durham Collins, Ellen Dunlop, and Mary Dunlop and the last will and testament of Mary Ann Dunlop (nee Durham) (original dated 27 July 1883)
  12. Official document (photocopy only): James Andrew Durham codicil of will (original dated 1859)
  13. Official document (photocopy only): Joseph Durham estate: survey document (original dated 1815)
  14. Official document (photocopy only): Andrew Durham/Elizabeth Bonner marriage certificate (original dated 1784)

Large Materials Cabinet - Drawer 53

  • S.S. Scandinavian "Allan" Line, Montreal Ocean Steam Ship Company, Bill of Fare, October 20, 1872
  • Re: Reverend Walter M. Roger, president of the Young Men's Christian Association of Mauritius: addresses to Reverend Roger from YMCA Mauritius, 1903
  • Alice Roger Collins: diplomas and certificates in music, 1919, n.d. (5 documents)
  • Dr. Thomas Hay: medical diplomas and certificates, 1826-1838 (5 documents)

Map Cabinet - Drawer 13

  • "Part of Ashburnham" n.d, hand-drawn. Shows properties in Peterborough, Ontario within an area bordered by Brown Street and Peterborough & Chemong Railway, Dunlop Street, and River Road. Locations are shown for the Auburn Mills Property, R.A. Brown's Estate, Dickson Estate, Judge Dennistoun's, and Burnham Estate
  • "Plan showing part of the Township of Smith adjoining the City of Peterborough", 1952, Pierce and Pierce
  • "Department of Railways & Canals, Canada. Trent Canal Chart No. 19, Fenelon Falls to Laidlaws (Cameron & Balsam Lakes)", 1923

Additional material received 14 April 2014 (via Carol Winter through Kathy Hooke):

Added to Box 2

Folder 9

Walter Roger diaries (2): TRANSCRIPTION
Diary 1: 6 June 1853 - 27 [August] 1853
Diary 2: 11 July 1857 - 24 January 1858

Folder 10

Eleanor Stewart Dunlop diaries (5):
Diary 1: "Journal of passing events in the family of Malone 1873...", 29 November 1872 - 16 February 1873
Diary 2: "Private Journal Peterboro 1881...", 23 January [1881] - 21 March [1881]
Diary 3: "Peterboro 1890 Private Journal...", 17 July [1890] - 30 September [1890]
Diary 4: "Peterboro 1890 Private Journal..." 1 October [1890] - 31 December [1890]
Diary 5: "1906 Peterborough Private Journal..." 1 June [1906] - 31 July [1906]

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