Fonds BCHS864 - Prime family fonds

Dr. Prime - Knowlton Dr. Prime, Knowlton physician Dr. Thomas M. Prime Dr. Thomas M. Prime Benjamin Prime Benjamin Prime and Melissa Soles

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Prime family fonds

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  • [1870-1960] (Creation)

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0.05 cm of textual records. - 11 textual records. - 9 photographs. - 1 framed portrait.

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([ca. 1820]-1913)

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Benjamin Worcester Prime (1805-1884) and his brother Thomas Merrell Prime (1800-1844) came to live in Dunham Township around 1820. The two families went to live in Brome, where Benjamin was a shoemaker and Thomas purchased a piece of land in 1842 at the southeast corner of Brome, near the West Bolton line on the old Magog Road [Stagecoach]. There, he built a hotel, which became known as the Prime Tavern. The farm was partially abandoned afterwards and was bought by the Farmer family. His wife Elizabeth Clement remarried in 1850 with William Gates and the family moved to Dunham. Their son Thomas Merrell Prime Jr (1836-1913), who was born in Dunham, studied medicine in the U.S.A. He bought out the practice of Dr. Charles Cotton and lived in Brome until 1874, when he moved to Knowlton.

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The fonds consists of primary and secondary source information regarding the Prime family, particularly the two brothers Benjamin Worcester Prime and Thomas Merrell Prime who owned Prime Tavern. The photographs also includes pictures of the Prime Tavern and of Dr. Thomas Merrell Prime Jr.

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  • English

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The fonds used to be numbered BCHS3508.

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Prepared using Rules for Archival Description (RAD).


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Creation: October 2016.
Revision: August 2022.

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  • English

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