Fonds P205 - Ward family (Thetford) fonds

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Ward family (Thetford) fonds

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    CA ETRC P205

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    • 1904-1988 (Creation)

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    0,05 m of textual records. - 87 photographs : b&w. - 2 postcards : b&w. - 1 map.

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    Robert G. Ward (1837-1907), was born in Lower Ireland, Megantic County, the son of Rev. Robert G. Ward and Marianne Turriff. He married Annie M. Cairns (born 1861, daughter of Hamby Cairns and Susan Meagher, died 1936). Together they had nine children: Robert Grant "Bob" (1883-?), Hamby Ward (1884-?), Alexander Harry (1885-1964), John Albert (1888-1942), Charles Edgar (1890-1891), James Turriff (1892-?), Annie Maria (1893-1893), Peter Douglas (1895-1977?), and Albion Tudor (1898-1962). Robert G. Ward (II)'s pursuit of mining interests began in 1876 when the discovery of asbestos was made in one of his fields. Subsequently, he purchased the mining rights for the lot in Thetford Township and began the Ward family's mining intersests in the area.

    Albion T. Ward, miner by profession, was married first to Nita Hammerick/Hammerich in 1925 (divorced 1944), and second to Doris Christine Peterson (1913-1986). Robert Grant Ward (III) went west to mine gold as a young man. By 1903, he had turned to amateur boxing in San Francisco. His ability in the ring led him to take the title of amateur heavyweight champion of America and, later on, pro heavyweight champion of the British Commonwealth. Later on he returned to Quebec to pursue mining. Alexander Henry (a.k.a. Harry) Ward married Agnes Gertrude Moore (b. 1899), daughter of William Moore and Sarah Elizabeth Robinson. Together they had seven children: Dorothy (a.k.a. Dolly, b. 1917), Kathleen (b. 1919), Evelyn (b. 1919), Agnes (1921-1921), Robert (1923-1923), Marjorie (b. 1924), and Lois (b. 1928). Lois T. Ward married Wilfred Alan Greatrex in 1950 in Ontario.

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    The documents were kept by various members of the Ward family until they were donated by Sue Fitzgerald, daughter of Lois Ward Greatrex, in 2014.

    Scope and content

    The fonds contains primary source information on the Ward family of Thetford Mines from 1904 to 1988. The fonds consists of photographs, land records, correspondence, which include information on the Royal Scots of Canada, 5th Battalion; mining in the area of Thetford and Black Lake; and includes photographs from Albion Ward's summer home Lower Ireland as well as Robert Grant Ward, boxer. The fonds is comprised of the following series: Business Documents (1925-1977), Births, Marriages and Deaths (1913-1986), Estates (1966-1988), Military (1904), Photographs ([1907?]-[before 1970]), Miscellaneous (1905-1973).

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    • English

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      Les documents sont en anglais.

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      Title based on contents of fonds.
      The fonds was donated in several accessions by Sue Fitzgerald in 2014 and 2015.
      The documents are in English.

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      28 janvier, 2016

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