Fonds P173 - Elvyn M. Baldwin family fonds

Correspondence written Letter, Cora Lovell to Ruth May Liz Munro, Fred and Rose May The May Family May Family Photograph Group Photograph Clara and Ruth May and her child May Family Photograph Group Photograph Julian, Rose and Fred May Unidentified Child Fred Cooke and Mr. Buckley Clara and Ruth May Group Photograph Darius May Rose May Julian May John May and Edith Ward May Fred Cooke and Clara May Cooke Fred May Ruth May Baldwin Gordon Drew and Irene May Drew Cecil May Laura Fernand May Picnicking at Ayer's Cliff Fair Baldwin Family Photograph Harold Baldwin and Family Ruby, Keith, Elvyn, Eunice and Alice Baldwin Percy A. Baldwin Wedding of Elvyn Baldwin and Erline Jane Ross
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Elvyn M. Baldwin family fonds

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2.09 l.m. of textual records, 937 photographs, 748 postcards, env. 38 maps and plans, 4 drawings, 2 artefacts, 1 x-ray.

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The family of Levi Baldwin immigrated to Canada from Connecticut, USA, in 1799. They settled in Barnston Township where he was a farmer. Levi Baldwin (d. 1843) was first married to Experience Goff (d. 1815) and, second, to Abigail Mills (d. 1830). The children by his first marriage were: Huldah, Lotes, Richard, Deborah and Patience. The children by his second marriage were: Elizabeth, John Percival and Huldah. John Percival Baldwin married Jeanette Baker and they settled near the outlet of Lake Lyster. He became a very successful businessman, having established a sawmill on the Lake. John's youngest son was Willis Keith (W. K.) Baldwin, who married Lill Ferrin from Holland, Vermont. In his lifetime, W. K. was well-regarded and successful in business as wells as politics. While many of the descendants of W. K. and Lill have left, a number still remain in Baldwin's Mills and in the Townships.

The family of Hezikiah May (1775-1857) immigrated to Canada from Vermont, USA, in 1806. The settled in Stanstead Township where he was a farmer. Hezikiah was married to Sarah (Sally) Hayes (1784-1871) and they had eleven children together: Electa, Sylvester, Hannah, Willard, Lyman, Lorenzo, Ruby, Louisa, James, Mary Ann and Maria. Sylvester May moved from Stanstead Township to Barnston Township, near Lake Lyster. Sylvester's oldest son, Darius, also a farmer, married Emma Stevens. One of their daughters, Ruth, married Harold Baldwin, which is how the Baldwins and Mays are related.

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The documents were passed down through members of the Baldwin and May families. Some of the documents were kept by Elvyn M. Baldwin, while others remained in the Baldwin family home until they were divided amongst members of the Baldwin family by Pinnacle Holdings around the year 2000. Elvyn's children donated their documents to the ETRC following his death. David Baldwin and Carolyn Rowell donated their documents to the ETRC in 2022.

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The fonds contains primary source information on the family life; social, religious and economic activities; and education of various members of the Baldwin family, May family and other relatives and friends during the 18th to 21st centuries. It also contains historical information on the Stanstead County and Barnston Township areas, as well as genealogy. The majority of the records were produced in the Eastern Townships, many come from the New England states as well as across Canada and worldwide. It consists primarily of personal and business correspondence, postcards and photographs, maps, historical notes and family history. The fonds is comprised of the following series: Baldwin family ([1783 - photocopied ca. 1999]-2005), May family (1863-[1988, photocopied 2022]), Other Correspondence ([18--]-1970), Genealogy (1832-1999), Photographs ([185-?]-1995), Subject Files and Historical Research (1842-2002), Ferrin Family (1811-1974), Mead Family (1832-1853, 1917, [1934-1948?]), and Stevens Family (1910-1961).

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The documents were donated by Eva Baldwin Morton and Louise Baldwin in 2008, and by Carolyn Rowell and David Baldwin in 2022.


Correspondence written by one individual to another individual who both appear in the classification system has been organized with the author of the correspondence. Envelopes have been preserved only when they contained pertinent information on the author or on the date of the letter.

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The documents are in English and French.

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No further accruals are expected.

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Included among the photographs are 2 ambrotypes, 2 daguerrotypes, 3 polyester negatives, 4 cellulose acetate negatives, 36 tintypes and 23 cellulose nitrate negatives.

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January 28, 2016
March 8, 2023

A large accrual to the fonds was processed by Jazmine Aldrich, Archives Technician, under the supervision of Jody Robinson in 2022 courtesy of funding from the Bélanger-Gardner Foundation.

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