Fonds 71-001 - Thomas Alexander Stewart Hay family fonds

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Thomas Alexander Stewart Hay family fonds

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    • 20 June 1827-17 Oct. 1952 (Creation)
      Thomas Alexander Stewart Hay family

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    13 cm of textual records
    61 photographs
    11 drawings

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    Thomas Alexander Stewart Hay was born in Peterborough on August 14, 1849, the son of Thomas Hay of Seggieden, Scotland, and Anna Maria Stewart. Anna Maria was the daughter of Thomas A. and Frances Stewart, pioneer settlers in Douro Township. Hay married Elise Roux, of Montreal, June 27, 1881. Hay was a civil engineer by profession. He learned a great deal from his uncle, George Stewart, who was also an engineer. Hay was a charter member of the Canadian Society of Civil Engineers. He was a Mason and he accomplished much in his career, working for the Midland Railway, the Trent Canal (where he assisted in the design of the Peterborough lift lock) and the City of Peterborough, as a City Engineer. In this capacity, he designed the Smith Street (now Parkhill Road) bridge at Inverlea, and aided in parkland development in the city. Hay was the first President of the Peterborough Historical Society, the active curator of its museum, and the author of "A Short History of Peterborough," an appendix in E.S. Dunlop's edited version of Frances Stewarts' letter "Our Forest Home." Hay died on March 28, 1917, leaving his wife and two daughters Frances Isabel and Helen.

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    The fonds was previously owned by Mr. Thomas D. Mathias of Bridgenorth, Ontario, grandson of Thomas Alexander Stewart Hay before it was donated to the Trent University Archives.

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    This fonds consists of various original and copied records of the business activities of Thomas Hay, and related family data, such as birth-death records, correspondence, drawings (technical and sketches) and photographs. A small genealogical table compiled by the archivist is enclosed.

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    The fonds was donated by Mr. Thomas D. Mathias, grandson of Thomas Stewart Alexander Hay on December, 1970.


    The fonds has been divided into several series and the items arranged chronologically within each.

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        Some of Thomas Alexander Stewart Hay's papers can be found in the Peterborough Museum and Archives.

        For related records see: 74-1005, 78-008, 92-1002, 94-006 and the Frances Stewart fonds.


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        Box 1


        1: T.A.S. Hay - correspondence, clippings from trip to Scotland 1876, address book

        2: T.A.S. Hay - excerpts from diaries: 24 June 1881 - 29 June 1881, 30 June 1882 - 5 July 1882, 21 March 1901 - 27 March 1901, 12 July 1905 - 17 July 1905, withdrawal certificate from Oddfellows Lodge, Otonabee 5 Jan 1885; Certificate od Admission to Third Degree Masonic Lodge 28 May 1888

        3: T.A.S. Hay - marriage articles with Elise Roux of Montreal 7 June 1881

        4: T.A.S. Hay - copy of his father's birth register, Seggieden Scotland, B. 12 June 1805, copy date 20 June 1827; Copy of will of Anna Marie (nee Stewart) Hay 16 June 1887; hand written draft of will of T.A.S. hay 5 oct 1891; obituary from Peterborough Review 29 March 1917; Hay's minister's eulogy, delivered at his funeral, 1 April 1917; T.A.S. Hay Estate Affairs - income from securities, accounts with Hall & Hall, barristers, Peterborough, 30 July 1918 - 8 March 1919

        5: T.A.S. hay: drawings and specifications for house on McDonnel Street, 31 March 1872

        6: T.A.S. Hay: drawings, contracts, specifications for Chemong Park cottage, 1 Sept 1891 - 11 Nov 1892

        7: T.A.S. Hay: memo of materials received and issued - Midland Railway 18 Aug - 9 Oct 1879

        8: T.A.S. Hay: drawings of the Chemong connection of the Peterborough - Midland Railway, (I.T.R. - at Benson Street), 3 Sept 1894

        9: T.A.S. Hay: proxy, Peterborough Water Co. 11 Dec 1901; report on Smith Street Bridge 1908; obituary from Canadian Society of Civil Engineers; two old envelopes with stamps

        10: Elise (nee Roux) Hay: collected family material correspondence from Emile Roux, Marseilles, France 22 July 1854, 20 Sept 1872; correspondence with S. Arred 13 Nov 1878; copy of birth-baptismal register for her sister, Lydia Roux, b. 28 Aug 1854, dated 5 Sept 1898

        11: Estate of L.J. Longpre (her brother-in-law): correspondence, powers of attorney, summaries 11 Dec 1903 - 12 June 1905

        12: Elise Roux Hay: Crawford-Mathias correspondence 4 April 1932-23 April 18 1949

        13: Isabel Hay Mathias: correspondence with Charles D. Mathias (her husband); collected letters and clippings 22 Sept 1925-22 Oct 1925

        14: Isabel Hay Mathias: miscellaneous date, correspondence 15 Oct 1953-30 Jan 1962; copy of birth-baptismal register dated 17 Oct 1952

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        1: Stewart-Hay families genealogical material, copy of will of Mary Dunlop, 16 May 1935

        2: Pictures from Scotland

        3: Pictures from Canada

        4: Miscellaneous collected materials

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