Fonds 95-002 - Millbrook and Cavan Historical Society fonds

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Millbrook and Cavan Historical Society fonds

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  • 1940-1992 (Creation)
    Millbrook and Cavan Historical Society

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The Millbrook and Cavan Historical Society was established November 24, 1978. The reason for forming the Historical Society was to try and save the old mill for which Millbrook was named after. The society helped mark the 100th birthday of Millbrook village with a historical display at the Masonic Lodge. They produced a four-page tabloid entitled "Millbrook Messenger" after an early newspaper. The tabloid contained articles of historical interest with photographs of the railway station, the Deyell monument, the fire of 1960 and three of the several mills in the Village. The Society helped organize Historical House tours in the township. In 1985 the Millbrook and Cavan Historical Society received a Heritage Award. In 1990 the Society produced and published "This Green and Pleasant Land: Chronicles of Cavan Township". Not only does the Historical Society provide a source of fundraising for historical projects it also acquires, preserves and makes available for research historical items and artifacts from quilts to furniture and from wills, deeds, debentures to marriage and birth certificates, photographs, diaries and other records. (Taken from: This Green and Pleasant Land: Chronicles of Cavan Township. The Millbrook and Cavan Historical Society, 1990.)

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The contents of this fonds were created by various researchers for the book on Cavan Township: This Green and Pleasant Land and donated to the Trent University Archives by the Millbrook and Cavan Historical Society.

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This fonds consists of research material, mostly in copy form, created during the writing of This Green and Pleasant Land.

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This fonds was donated by the Millbrook and Cavan Historical Society via Quentin Brown, editor of This Green and Pleasant Land.


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For related records see: 74-005, 74-021, 76-012, 77-012, 80-003, 82-003, 82-004, 85-006, 89-1025, 89-1043, 89-1057, 90-014, 91-1030, 92-014, 93-007, 95-004, 95-1001 and 95-1016.

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Box 1

1 Aiken Thomas Henry, Martha Cathcart

2 Argue Henry, Margaret

3 Armstrong Arthur, Mary

4 Armstrong David, Violett

5 Armstrong Joseph, Margaret Deyell

6 Armstrong Robert, Annie Maloney

7 Armstrong William, Jane Lewers

8 Ball John, Elizabeth Lowry

9 Belch Thomas, Margaret

10 Best David

11 Bothwell John, Jeannie

12 Bowles Robert, Elizabeth Ferguson

13 Brankenridge John, Agnes Stevenson

14 Braithwaite Family

15 Brown James, Margaret McCamus

16 Burham Family

17 Burns Robert, Elenor Henderson

18 Byers Robert, Sarah Coote

19 Campbell George

20 Carveth William, Martha

21 Carr

22 Cathcart

23 Challice

24 Clarry Lewis

25 Cochrane

26 Coe Richard, Sarah

27 Coyte Thomas, Anne Pendred

28 Davison William, Martha Mothersell

29 Deyell John Margaret Lancashire

30 Donaldson

31 Dundas

32 Eagleson William, Thomasina Fullerton

33 Eakins James, Mary

34 Eastcott

35 Elgar John

36 Elliott William

37 Elson Henry, Jane Tregloan

38 Eyres William, Sara Burke

95-002 Box 1 (cont'd)

39 Fair James, Sarah

40 Fallis James, Mary

41 Fallis John, Catherine Fallis

42 Fee Beatty

43 Foster William, Jane

44 Gardiner Frances, Mary

45 Gardiner Robert, Rebecca Sturgeon

46 Garnett Anthony, Mary Taylor

47 Gillis Robert, Jane Wilson

48 Goodfellow

49 Graham Thomas, Mary Lightl

50 Grandy Samuel, Mary Staples

51 Greer

52 Hall William, Elizabeth

53 Hampton James, Margaret Jane Moore

54 Hatherly John, Phoebe Han

55 Henry Dav, Ada Fallis

56 Hetherington George, Louisa

57 Hooton William, Isabella Meharry

58 Howden Gustavus, Ann

59 Howden James, Mary Feevan

60 Howden Robert, Jane Ann Feevan

61 Hunter Anthony, Jane

62 Hunter Samuel, Jeanette

63 Hunter David, Margaret Carr

64 Huston John

65 Huston John, Martha

66 Hutchinson William

67 Hutchison James, Ellen

68 Jackson James, Jane Richmond

69 Jackson John, Maria Brady

70 Jackson Thomas, Margaret Sanderson

71 Jamieson(Jemison)(Jamison) George

72 Johnston Edward, Mary Conney

73 Johnston William, Jane Cruickshank

74 Jones Alexander, Margaret Bell

75 Kennedy Hugh, Margaret

76 Kennedy Thomas, Mary J. Thomson

77 Lamb Family

78 Lang Family

79 Laimer James, Elizabeth Todd

80 Lewer Family

81 Lough William, Jane

82 Lowe Family

83 Lowes John Wesdale, Martha McCarrell

84 Madill Family

85 Maguire Patrick, Fannie

86 Mahaffy John, Mary Gray

87 Matchett Family

88 McBain William, Margaret Clark

89 McCamus Family

90 McCutcheon Hugh

91 McIndoo William

92 McKnight Family

93 McLean Family

94 McMahan James, Catherine Louise Cann

95 McNeil Family

96 McPherson John, Jane

97 Meharry Andrew, Jane Cochrane

98 Might Samuel

99 Marrow Family

100 Morton Family

101 Mulligan Joshua, Ann Clark

102 Needler Walker, Sarah Leary

103 Needler George Henry

104 Olan Family

105 Richardson Edward, Eliza Williamson

106 Rowan Family

107 Rowland William George

108 Russell Levi Charles

109 Russell Foster Meharry

110 Rutherford Charles Euphemia Scott

111 Sanderson Family

112 Seney Family

113 Sharpe David, Elizabeth Bradburn

114 Shield Joseph, Elizabeth Humble

115 Sing (Synge) Edward, Elizabeth Badington

116 Sissen Family

117 Smith Family

118 Smith Leonard Wesley, Sara Kathleen McNeil

119 Sowden William Henry 1 Mary Eliza Gove 2 Mary Ann Ashford

120 Staples Family

121 Stewart Samuel

122 Sutton Edward, Susannah Swain

123 Swain William, Jane Staples

124 Syer Thomas, Ann Matchett

125 Tate Family

126 Thexton Family

127 Thoms John, Eleanor Richmond

128 Tully Alexander, Mabel Gertrude Feir

129 Turner Family

130 Walsh John, Mary Sharpe

131 Walsh William, Margaret Howden

132 Walsh Brothers

133 White Thomas Mary Ann Wood

134 Whitfield Family

135 Williamson Family

136 Wilson George, Amy Booth

137 Winslow George, Mary Ann Foster

138 Wood Arthur, Roberta Belle Pue

139 Wood Family

Box 2


1 Research - Physical Geography

photo of archaeological remains

map of area

2 Research - Immigration

-letter to Marilyn from cousin John excerpt from book

"British Emigration Policy 1815-1830"

-Map of the Trent Waterway Valley

3 Research - Settlement

-Irish, English and Scottish immigrants

-population growth over the decades

-harvesting the forests: saw mills, export of timber


4 Research - Agriculture

-changing technology: oxen, horses, steam, gas tractors

-evolution of crops; changing markets

-services to agriculture: grist, woolen, fulling mills, blacksmith, farriers, wagon-makers, coopers, wheelwrights, tanneries, veterinaries

-services to home: furniture makers, bonnet makers, distilleries, general stores, dry goods

-agricultural societies and fairs

-photo 424 winter logging

-photo 241 poster of agricultural society meeting

-photon 979 horse and buggy

-photo 837 parade

-photo 996 2 horse team

-photo 425 barn, cattle

-photo 452 farm machinery

-photo 247 sheep

-photo 328 quilting bee, 1951

-photo 346 Harry Patterson with prize Clydsdale stallion

-photo 230 threshing

-photo 792 horse and colt

-photo 1037 Third Agricultural Class 1914

-photo 423 harvest

-photo 574 garden

-photo 347 hay wagon

-photo 969 agricultural fair - cattle

-photo 985 cattle judging

-photo 983 4 team wagon

-photo 995 Clydsdale judging

-photo 452 "Natty on tractor," "Wilbert on thresher," "Bruce Parker on water tank"

-photo 234 G. McBean's hired man H.P. Opre July 190?

5 Research - Rural Life

-the mills of Cavan and Millbrook by Kay Fallis

-anecdotes from the Bothwell Family

-photo 442 Needlers Mill

-list of known mills in area with map

-photo Octagon Mill donated by Arnold Armstrong

-photo 800 Adam Scott Mill

-photo Adam Scott Mill after Scott half was renamed and installed at Millbrook

-Needler's Mill after restoration, 1984

-photo 797 Adam Scott Mill before south side removed

-photo 847 Restoration of Millbrook's last remaining mill began in 1979

6 Research - Village Life

-list of shop keepers

-list of distillers

7 Research - Agricultural Societies and Fairs

-list of agricultural society purchases

-research notes on agricultural fairs

-prices from agricultural society Minute Book 1906-1942

-typed copy of May 5, 1881 newspaper article concerning Hope Agricultural Society horse competition

-newspaper article July 10, 196 Millbrook Spring Fair prize list

-short history of Cavan branch of Durham Agric. Society

-photocopy of flyer for auction sale

-letter from Edna Barrowclough to Bertha Elliott March 1987 - describes some Cavan history - photocopy of stories from Cavan News June 3, 1893

-letter to Bertha Elliott from Edna Barrowclouth May 1, 1989 - questioning the agric. society's inclusion in the book

-photo 684

-notes on the agricultural society

8 Research - Religion - Churches


-United Church and its antecedents: Methodist and Presbyterian


-Roman Catholic

9 Research - Transportation

-trails: foot, snowshoe and horse

-roads and maintenance

-railways, trains, stations


-photo # 672 Jameson's horse

-photo # 552 cutter in winter

-photo # 465 stone bridge

-photo # 239 railway yard

-photo # 343 Engine

-photo # 431 1917 Ford touring car advertisement

-photo # 472 engine

-photo # 475 winter train scene

-photo # 728 Millbrook railway station winter

-photo # 474

-photo # 884 Bethany Junction

-photo # 473

-photo # 476

-photo # 48 engine with snowplough

-photo # 224 Pete Stuart

-photo # 3 women by stream

10 Research Political History

-surveys: when and by whom

-allotment of crown lands

-acts of incorporation: Millbrook, Cavan, Township


11 Research - Communities - Millbrook

-notes on history, community life

-photo # 446 view near Millbrook 1863

-photo Millbrook 1863

-photo Millbrook

-photo # 779 Millbrook

-photo # 367 view of Millbrook

-photo # 132 Millbrook

-photo # 67 Millbrook - flood

-photo # 76 Millbrook streetscape flood

-photo # 71

-photo # 95 Millbrook General Store

-photo # 5 Millbrook grocer

-photo # 399 Millbrook hydro

-photo # 370

-photo # 776 King Street Millbrook

-photo # 403 Millbrook road work

-photo # 6 Burham's grocery store

-photo # 11 Millbrook streetscape

-photo # 60 Millbrook streetscape

-photo # 14 Queen's Hotel Millbrook

-photo # 54 Millbrook

-photo # 446 Millbrook town view

12 Research - Communities - Cavan - Mt. Pleasant

-photo # 636 Mt. Pleasant cheese factory

-photo # 630 James Mclean's house and store Queen Street Mt. Pleasant

-notes on communities and life

13 Research - Communities - Bailieboro, South Monaghan, Fraserville, Springville

-notes on towns and community life

14 Research - Communities - Ida, Carmel, Fairmount, Lebanon

-notes on towns and community life

15 Research- Hospitality - Inns, Hotels, Restaurants

-taverns, applications to operate

-inns and hotels


16 Research - Law and Order

-sheriffs and police


-lawyers and courts

-jails and correctional institutions

-coroner's requests

17 Research - Coroner's Reports

-various reports for deaths in the Millbrook Cavan area

18 Research - Armed Forces

Battalion "Bell of Batoche: A Letter of Clarification from the past" - article from the Millbrook Times Aug 10, 1992 repeating a letter to the editor July 19, 1888 from C.H. Winston, Capt Midland

-photo # 1070 Frog Lake bell

-photo # 361 Millbrook Cenotaph

-photo # 486 soldier

-photo # 109 Arthur Richard and Harold Wiseman

-photo Col. Arthur Thorn

-photo # 199 Bruce Dawson

-photo # 62 Cadets in Millbrook

-army and militia, history - including Durham Militia and Midland Batallion

-veterans organizations

19 Research - Medicine





-photo # 208 Dr. Burham

-photo # 1032 Dr. Wright

-photo # 1033 Dr, Hobbs

-photo # 217 Dr. H.A.Turner

-photo # 1035 Dr. Turner

-photo # 1034 Ms. Turner

-photo # 326 Beatrice Turner (Nurse)

20 Research - Public Service

-post office



-power and illumination

-water and sewer


-public health

-photo # 514 Isabell Knownlson

-photo Bill Davidson

-photo OF Johnson

-photo Beatty and Mabel Fee

-photo Beatty and Mabel Fee C. 1909

-photo Ted Morton

-photo H. J. Allen General Store

-photo mail delivery to post box

-photo Roy Lough Postmaster Ida 1928-1954

-photo Ted Norton and sulky

-photo Post Office Centreville "South Monaghan"

-photo Morrow post office

-photo Beatty Fee mail carrier 1928-1965

-photo # 363 Millbrook Post Office

-photo # 911 Store of A. Goodfelllow Springville

-photo # 86 Firefighters 1946

-photo # 331 The old Fire Hall

-photo # 1065 firefighters in front of Station No. 1

21 Research - Business


-farm machinery

-real estate

22 Research - Fraternal Organizations

-Orange Lodge

-Masonic Lodge


-Historical Society

-Women's Institute

23 Research - Sports

-competitive: lacrosse, hockey, baseball

-recreational hunting, fishing, riding, tennis, skiing

-photo # 305 Millbrook Lacrosse Team Central Ontario Champions 1885

-photo # 924 Mount Pleasant Ball Club

-photo # 455 Stone bridge with man fishing

-photo # 307 tennis players on lawn

-photo # 368 Mansion grounds

-photo # 369 Beginning of trout season

-photo Millbrook ball teams

24 Research - Entertainment

-theatricals, concerts


-radio, television

-photo # 869 Band

-photo # 435 cast of the Belle of Barcelona 1953

-photo # 238 Community concert ad Jan 30, 1931

-photo # 383 lawn tennis players

25 Research - Miscellaneous


-additions to family histories

-Barnardo Children

-photo # 768 Jack and Bob Barnardo Boys

-photo # 939 house

-photo # 937 "Fairweather" Collins house

-photo # 880 display in Cavan Town Hall

26 Research -Additional Family History

27 Research - Publicity

-correspondence regarding the publication of the book

-published notices about the book

28 Research - Pamphlet

-mock up of the book order pamphlet

29 Minute Book East Durham Agricultural Society, 1906-1943

30 "That's a Nice Arch" re political history of Millbrook

31 Articles from the Millbrook Reporter by Ernest S. Clarry

32 Thresher's Book (includes photographs of tractors, threshing machines, & other farm equipment, ca.1930)

33 Shingle Honouring Rev Howard

34 copy of Samuel G. Wilmot's Survey

35 copy of Tremaine's 1861 map of Cavan Township

36 Municipality of Cavan road numbering map

37 Information regarding Wood and Kells Bank, originally located at 14 King St. West in Millbrook; sold to Bank of Toronto in 1912. [Information added in 2004]

38 Research - Education, Schools, Mechanical Institutes, Libraries, Bussing

  • photos - schools & students (Cavan School, Cairo, Cedar Valley, & Matchett's School)

  • photo - Millbrook H.S. Orchestra, 1946

  • photo - Millbrook Cadet Corps, No.403, Imperial Team 1929 (2 copies)

  • photo - School Inspector Colonel O'Dell, 1921

  • photo - Third Agricultural Class, Millbrook, [1914]

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