Fonds 18-008 - Andrew Finnie II fonds

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Andrew Finnie II fonds

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  • ca. 1850s-ca. 1960s (Creation)
    Finnie II, Andrew

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12 cm of textual records (1 box)
ca. 105 photographs

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Andrew Finnie II was born in 1820 and emigrated from Scotland to Canada with his brothers in 1840. Around 1850, Finnie settled on Lot 12 Concession 2 in South Monaghan Township. He and his wife, Jane Chambers, had thirteen children of which eleven lived to adulthood. Some moved to Manitoba and sent photographs over the years to the family who remained on the South Monaghan homestead; the homestead to this day is still in possession of Finnie heirs. Andrew Finnie II died in 1908.

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Fonds was in the custody of Robert Schwab before being donated to Trent University Archives in 2018. Mr. Schwab inherited these records from his mother, Cleora Pearl Finnie, born in 1902 on the South Monaghan homestead. Cleora Pearl Finnie identified several of the photographs before her death in 1977.

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Fonds is comprised of approximately 105 historical photographs, family genealogy documents, various company shares, wills, and land documents pertaining to the family of Andrew Finnie II (1820-1908), resident of South Monaghan Township and farmer from the 1850s onwards. The photographs pertain largely to descendants, some of whom moved to Manitoba and sent photographs of themselves to the home farm in South Monaghan; many fine examples of photographs taken by Peterborough photographers in the 19th century are included. This fonds also includes detailed genealogical information compiled by the donor about the people represented in the photographs; also included are the donor’s detailed descriptions of the textual documents.

Fonds includes 16 envelopes containing approximately 105 photographs, especially of people, with attached genealogical information. Family names include the following: Finnie, Porter, Wood, Chambers, Cochrane, McAllister, Hall, Fisher, Dawson, Stewart, Truscott, Pacey, Scott, Moncrief, Vincent, Renton, Nairn, Richmond. Also included are photographs pertaining to the Centreville Presbyterian Church (South Monaghan), and the Finnie family homestead in South Monaghan Township. An envelope titled “Sophia Finnie” includes a typed document written by the donor titled “Our Canadian Roots”; it explains the family lineage stemming from the eighteenth-century fur trader William Renton of the Hudson Bay Company.

Fonds also includes 11 envelopes of various company shares, wills, and land documents pertaining to Andrew Finnie II and family descendants; attached to each envelope are typed notes describing the contents.

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Some documents are fragile. Handle with care.

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Fonds acquired from Robert Schwab in 2018.


Fonds is arranged as received from the donor. Descriptions of the contents of each envelope were provided by the donor.

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For additional information pertaining to the Finnie family, see: South Monaghan: The Garden of Eden / Jean Murray Cole, 1998 (pages 235-237). The donor has noted as well that the following publication provides background for understanding the lives of the Finnie family’s fur trader ancestor William Renton (ca. 1754-1798) of the Hudson Bay Company and his Indigenous partner: Many Tender Ties: Women in Fur-Trade Society, 1670-1870 / Sylvia Van Kirk, 1999

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