Fonds BCHS225 - McLoughlin-Willard Family fonds

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McLoughlin-Willard Family fonds

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0.48 m.
740 textual records; 4 photographs; 5 printed booklets.

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Joseph Amos McLoughlin, born December 24, 1822, was a principal and school inspector in the Missisquoi, Brome and Shefford areas for more than 40 years from the mid to late 1800s. McLoughlin was appointed school inspector in 1870, taking the place of the first inspector, Rotus Parmelee. Traveling across the country from school to school during the winter months was not an easy life and he continued as long as he was physically capable. In October 1888, he applied for sick leave, and on December 17, 1888, he died of consumption at his home in Sweetsburgh, at the age of only 66.
With his first wife, Jane Antoinette Hewitt, whom he married on January 7, 1859, they had two sons, only one of whom survived, Joseph Wilson McLoughlin. Joseph A. McLoughlin's second wife, Charlotte Elizabeth Willard, born April 18, 1844, was the granddaughter of Samuel Willard, the chief of the first Associates in the settlement of Stukely Township. She is also a descendant of the Knowlton family, as her mother was Merab Anne Knowlton of South Stukely. The couple united their destiny on May 8, 1873, and together they had four sons (William, John, George, Samuel) and four daughters (Antoinette, Mary, Sarah, Merab) two of whom died in infancy. Most McLoughlin-Willard children became talented citizens who promoted the value of a good education. Charlotte Willard died in February 1912.

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The fonds consists of primary source information regarding the McLoughlin and Willard families from the late 18th century to the mid 20th century. It is divided in four series:
1) Joseph Amos McLoughlin: The first series focuses on Joseph's personal, professional and legal endeavours throughout his life. There is an emphasis on his time as an Inspector of School for the District of Bedford (1870-1888).
2) Charlotte Elizabeth Willard: This second series focuses on Charlotte's personal and legal responsibilities as an estate executor. There is an emphasis on her extensive correspondence throughout her life with family and friends.
3) McLoughlin Willard families: The third series highlights the implications of both families mainly in correspondence in the early to mid 19th century and some photographs. There is also a significant amount of letters from the children of Joseph and Charlotte McLoughlin.
4) Family photographs, including John A. McLoughlin and Charlotte Willard portraits.

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Finding aid prepared using Rules for Archival Description (RAD).


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Creation: November 12, 2016.
Revision: September-December 2021.

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