Alison Pearce fonds - Pearce Family Genealogy series
14.3 cm of textual records
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of records created or collected by Alison Pearce, mostly during her genealogical research project on the Pearce family, which informed the publication "The Pearces of Little Ireland". Includes records and photographs related the Pearce, Backus, Storey, Patterson and Goddard families of Elgin County. Fonds is arranged into the following series:
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1 map; 24 x 33 cm
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Scope and Content
Map depicting townships in Middlesex, Oxford, and Norfolk Counties, including townships that formed Elgin County in 1852. Several of the villages noted on the map have since disappeared or changed names. These include: Selborne, Five Stakes (now Talbotville), Temperanceville, Jamestown, Sandytown (now Straffordville). Map also depicts early roads and the route of the Great Western Rail Road through Oxford and Middlesex Counties.
Generally good to excellent, but ledgers have spine damage
History / Biographical
Donald Hume Anderson (1910-2004) was a prominent business man in St. Thomas, Ontario, directing the operation of the family business known as the Anderson Department Store from 1932 until his retirement in 1967.
Mr. Anderson was also a passionate supporter of the arts, and assembled one of south western Ontario's largest private collections of art, books, local history records, maps, furniture and other artifacts. He was particularly interested in cartography and local history and thus collected books and documents concerned with the history and prominent citizens of St. Thomas and Elgin County as well as early survey maps of Elgin County communities and the concession roads linking its villages and towns.
Much of Mr. Anderson's collection was sold at auction following his death in February 2004, but many items were donated to the St. Thomas-Elgin Public Arts Centre where they remain on display.
The records comprising the fonds were originally in the custody of the Anderson family, and were transferred to the Elgin County Archives in 2004.
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of selected items from Donald Hume Anderson's private collection including photographs; an early survey map and surveyor's report; books of poetry; ledgers maintained by temperance societies in Vienna, Ontario and other Elgin County communities, including The Sons of Temperance and the Masonic Lodge; and bailiff's ledgers from the 1st Division Court, Vienna, Ontario.
Fonds will be of particular interest to researchers studying the Pre-Confederation history of Elgin County, particularly the emergence of the Temperance Movement, the development of transportation systems and urban/rural planning, and the administration of justice at village and town courthouses.
Donald "Don" Leroy Cosens was born in St. Thomas, Ontario, on April 4, 1935, to Charles Roy Cosens and Viola Lulu Cosens (nee Smith). Cosens attended Myrtle Street Public School and St. Thomas Collegiate Institute in St. Thomas, and later, Westervelt Business School in London, Ontario. He married Lynda Karen Gloin of Yarmouth Centre, Ontario, on July 20, 1968, and they had two children, Mark and Josie (married Mike Nichol).
Don worked for about three years at Clevite Corp, then became a law clerk at Stafford and Fanjoy Law Firm in St. Thomas, in 1960. A few year later, in October 1962, Cosens began working at the Elgin County Registry Office. He was appointed Senior Deputy Registrar three years later, and retired from the registry office in 1994 after a 31-year career. In 1969, Cosens also established an auction business, from which he retired in 1989, and his son, Mark Cosens continued this business.
Cosens was involved in many local organizations in various capacities, including various masonic fraternal organizations and the Independent Order of Oddfellows. He served on various boards, including as a Member of the Board of the Canadian Red Cross, Member and President of the Board of Directors of the St. Thomas Cemetery Company, Member and Vice-President of the Board of the St. Thomas Mausoleum Board, and Trustee of the Talbotville Cemetery Board. He was also an active member on the Resoration Committee of the Old St. Thomas Church.
Cosens had an interest in genealogy and local history, and was a member of the Backus-Page Tyrconnell Heritage Society, Heritage Port, the Elgin Historical Society and the Elgin County Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society. He also served as Director of the St. Thomas Jumbo Foundation and was Vice-Chairman of the St. Thomas Jumbo Centennial Committee.
Don Cosens died on March 15, 2019, shortly before his 84th birthday. He is buried at Union Cemetery.
Collection was purchased from the Estate of Don Cosens.
Scope and Content
Collection contains historical material pertaining to the history of Elgin County, which was collected by Don Cosens throughout his lifetime. Material includes photographs, postcards, business records, records from local families and individuals, ephemera, land records, estate records, scrapbooks, newspapers and newspaper clippings, fire insurance plans, art and reference material and books. The collection also contains material that reflects Don Cosen's personal involvement in a number of local organizations, as well as personal photographs.
The collection is arranged into the following series:
Duncan C. McKillop Collection - Miscellaneous Historic Documents series
2.8 cm of textual records
1 photographic negative
Scope and Content
Collection contains materials collected or created by Duncan C. McKillop including business ledgers, photographs and miscellaneous historic documents and ephemera. Also contains records from Elgin County residents and families including Samuel M. Pearce, the McKillop family, the Fowler family, and from Edward Frost.
The Elgin Historical Society was formed under its original name, the Elgin Historical and Scientific Institute, on April 29, 1891, and was soon thereafter affiliated with the Ontario Historical Society.
A separate women's section of the Institute, variously known as the Ladies' Auxiliary or Women's Historical Society, was formed in 1899 and continued in operation until the early 1920s.
For many years the Institute maintained offices, a library and a small museum in the St. Thomas Court House, initially in the original building (destroyed by fire in July 1898), and subsequently, beginning in 1900, in the new Court House.
Prominent early Presidents of the Institute included James H. Coyne, Registrar of Deeds for Elgin County, who also served as President of the Ontario Historical Society and the Royal Society of Canada; Judge C.O. Ermatinger; and long-time Elgin County Clerk K.W. McKay.
The Elgin Historical and Scientific Institute collected, preserved and exhibited archival documents and artifacts, and sponsored numerous publications relevant to the history of Elgin County. At its regular meetings, Institute members presented essays on various subjects. In addition, the Institute raised funds to organize public events and to support the erection of numerous markers and memorials commemorating individuals and events significant in the history of Elgin County, including, in 1903, a four-day celebration in St. Thomas of the Talbot Centennial, marking the 100th anniversary of the establishment of the Talbot Settlement by Colonel Thomas Talbot.
As a result of declining membership, the Society ceased active operations in the early 1940s. At this time, the Society donated a significant portion of its collection of archival documents and artifacts to the Public Archives of Canada.
The Elgin Historical Society was reconstituted in 1967 as a centennial project and has continued in operation since then. For many years, The Society maintained its library and archive of artifacts and documents in the Elgin County Pioneer Museum, St. Thomas.
The Society's objectives as outlined in its constitution are to "bring together those people interested in the diverse heritage of Elgin County and St. Thomas...to research, retain, preserve and present historical data pertaining to the region...to solicit for preservation artifacts, arms, uniforms, military accoutrements, and other objects of historical interest...to solicit for preservation manuscripts, letters, documents, maps, books, pictures and other materials relating to the Society's objectives...to participate in public functions designed to perpetuate the memory of the past...[and] to publish and republish historical material with the aim of disseminating local history over a wide area."
The records composing the fonds were created, collected and maintained by the Elgin Historical and Scientific Institute and the Elgin Historical Society. Records were stored as part of a much larger collection at the Elgin County Pioneer Museum, and moved to the basement of Yurek's Drug Store, St. Thomas after the Museum fire in 2001. Records were donated to the Elgin County Archives in December 2002.
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of records created, collected and maintained by the Elgin Historical Society and its predecessor the Elgin Historical and Scientific Institute. Fonds includes minutes of Society meetings; administrative records including annual reports, constitution and by-laws, financial statements, lists of officers, programmes, newsletters and membership lists; correspondence; photographs; records relating to the Society's involvement in the annual Talbot Anniversary Dinner; Society-sponsored publications; and papers and essays prepared for or presented to the Society. The Miscellaneous Records series principally consists of archival records relating to various Elgin County municipal officials, institutions and agencies, collected and maintained by the Society as part of its mandate to preserve and provide access to resources for the study of Elgin County history. Fonds also includes records of the Ontario Historical Society, collected and maintained by the Elgin Historical Society and the Elgin Historical and Scientific Institute, and an 1886 colour perspective map of the City of St. Thomas that includes a classified business directory and illustrations of prominent city buildings.
Fonds is arranged in the following series:
2. Talbot Anniversary Dinner
5. Papers and Essays
8. Ontario Historical Society Records
10. Miscellaneous Records
John Southam Ker was born in Hamilton, Ontario. He was educated at the Royal Canadian Naval College and served as a Lieutenant in the Royal Canadian Navy. When his father, former newspaper executive Frederick I. Ker, bought the Talbot Estate in 1954, John managed the property and turned it into a successful farming operation. Both John and his father were avid historians and encouraged schools, historical societies and other interested groups to visit Malahide, as they renamed the estate in honour of Col. Talbot's ancestral home. John conducted research into Col. Talbot, his nephew Richard Airey and the estate and was involved in creating the Col. Talbot room at the Elgin County Museum as well as celebrations of events in the area's history. He was also a Councillor for Dunwich Township, Chairman of the Elgin Deanery Great Chapter, President of the Aldborough-Dunwich Progressive Conservative Association, and President of the Elgin Historical Society in addition to serving on a number of other committees and associations throughout his life. He died on March 26th, 2014 at the age of 86.
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of records collected and maintained by John S. Ker primarily relating to the history and management of the Talbot Estate (or Malahide as it was later known) and his research into the life of Richard Airey.
"A Map of the Seminary Burying Ground on Lot No. 11 on the 4th Concession of the Township of Yarmouth as directed by the Proprietors November 26th, 1823, and since revised with an extension of ground".
-Also included in this file is a photocopy of an Indenture of Bargain and Sale, for the land known as "Seminary Burying Ground", from Benjamin Doan of the Township of Yarmouth, December 16, 1865.
In January, 1891 George E. Neilson began publishing "The Municipal Miscellany" in Arnprior, Ontario. After publishing twelve issues, Neilson sold his journal to K.W. McKay, who moved its operations to St. Thomas, Ontario and in January, 1892 resumed its publication under a new name, The Municipal World.
Municipal World Limited originally operated from an office in the Journal Building on the north west corner of Talbot and Hiawatha Streets, St. Thomas. The Journal Building was demolished in 1936.
In 1895, the company moved its operations to a small cottage located at 28 Elgin Street, St. Thomas, adjacent to the home of K.W. McKay.
In September, 1901 Municipal World moved into a large two-storey building on Talbot Street that became known as the Municipal World Building. This served as the company's base of operations until 1988.
In addition to publishing Municipal World magazine, Municipal World Limited designed, printed and distributed forms, stationery, ledgers, election materials, seals, dog tags and other supplies to municipalities and municipal officials in Canada and the United States.
In 1927, W.S. McKay joined Municipal World as Associate Editor, rising to become Editor following K.W. McKay's retirement in 1941.
Until 1968 Municipal World maintained its own on-site printing facilities. From 1951 to 1968 the printing division operated under the name "The Printing World". In 1968, the printing division was sold to Phibbs Printing, St. Thomas.
In 1964, Michael J. Smither joined Municipal World as Associate Editor. He became Editor in 1974 following the retirement of W.S. McKay, and Editor and Publisher in 1984.
In 1988, Municipal World relocated to a retrofitted former school house in Union, Ontario.
Susan M. Gardner joined Municipal World in 1989. She was appointed Assistant Editor in January, 1994 and became Executive Editor in 2001, following the retirement of Michael J. Smither.
The records comprising the fonds were in the custody of Municipal World Inc. at its corporate offices in Union, Ontario. The records were donated to the Elgin County Archives by deed of gift in March, 2006.
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of records created, collected and maintained by Municipal World Inc. and its predecessor, Municipal World Limited in the course of operating a publishing and printing business in St. Thomas and Union, Ontario. Details of the content of the fonds are provided in the various series and sub-series-level descriptions.
Port Burwell Provincial Park, located in the village of Port Burwell in Elgin County, was established in 1968 by Ontario Regulations as a recreational park and includes the area known as Iroquois Beach Provincial Park (1971-1986). The Port Burwell area also contains three other designated park areas administered by Ontario Parks: Beattie Access, John F. Pearce Provincial Park, and Port Bruce Park. Beattie Access, established in 1966, is in Aldborough Township and is classified as a day park. It contains the longest stretch of protected shoreline on Lake Erie,1157 feet. John F. Pearce Provincial Park was established in 1959 and has been classified as a nature reserve. Iroquois Provincial Park was established in 1971 as a recreational park and was amalgamated into Port Burwell Provincial Park in 1986. Port Bruce Park is not an official Provincial Park, but is operational for day use. The village of Port Burwell is located on the North shore of Lake Erie, and has a population of approximately 1000. Its main industries are tourism and commercial fishing.
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of records related to the history and operation of Port Burwell Provincial Park. It also includes operational records of Iroquois Beach Provincial Park, Beattie Access, Port Bruce Provincial Park and John E. Pearce Provincial Park. Fonds includes Superintendent’s Annual Park Reports, photographs, a history of Port Burwell, Park Information Guides, a plan of the park site, and a plan of one phase of land acquisitions in the park.
The fonds has been arranged into the following series:
Fonds contains miscellaneous material collected by Robert and Patricia Moore, with relevance to St. Thomas and Elgin County's history. Includes photographs, newspapers and newspaper clippings, magazines, publications, documents, maps, miscellaneous ephemera and a philatelic collection containing envelopes, postcards and stamps. Collection is arranged into the following series:
1. Philatelic Collection series
2. Ephemera series
3. Scrapbook series
4. Elgin County history series
5. St. Thomas history series
6. Maps series
7. Newspaper series
8. Photographs series
9. Publications series
10. Railway records series
11. County records series
Series and File-level descriptions are available.