Fonds MG 1 volumes 3345-3351 - McQueen, Lowden family

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McQueen, Lowden family

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    MG 1 volumes 3345-3351

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    • 1832-1935, predominant 1866-1924 (Creation)
      McQueen (family)

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    70 cm of textual records and other material

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    Daniel McQueen (1819-1894) and Catherine Collard (Olding) (1822-1916) were married in New Glasgow, N.S. in 1849. They raised eight children in Sutherlands River, Pictou Co., where Daniel was a carpenter and farmer. With the exception of the eldest, all the McQueen daughters were schoolteachers. The eldest child, Jane (1850-1934), was diagnosed with mental illness and for many years was a patient at Mount Hope, Dartmouth, N.S. Mary Isabel (commonly known as "Bell", 1851-1928) married Freeman W. Wisdom in 1880 and lived in Saint John, N.B. Elizabeth Davidson ("Eliza") (1854-1912) married Norman Cunningham, MD, and lived in Dartmouth. Susan Dove (1856-1941) married Edwin Crowell, DD, and lived in Barrington, N.S. George William (1858-1899) moved to New York, N.Y. Margaret Jane ("Jessie") (1860-1934) moved to Nicola Valley, Rossland, B.C., in 1888 to teach school. Daniel Forrester (1863-1864) died in infancy. Annie Lowden (1865-1941) also moved to Nicola Valley, Rossland, in 1887, where she married James Gordon in 1889. Daniel McQueen's younger brother, Duncan McQueen (1828-1884), moved from Pictou Co. to Boston in 1850, and later to Indiana where he became a ship's carpenter.

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    Robert Samuel Lowden (1812-1869) and Elizabeth ("Eliza") Olding (1813-1903) were married 1838 in Pictou County, N.S. They lived in Merigomish, where Lowden was involved in industrial and prospecting ventures such as iron, gold and oil, in Nictaux and Isaacs Harbour, N.S. and Parsons Pond, Nfld. Robert Lowden's brother, Charles Thomas Lowden (1815-1891), and the latter's family moved to Cattarangus, New York.

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    Consists of records documenting the personal and business activities of the McQueen and Lowden families of Pictou County. Includes correspondence, diaries, ledgers, teachers' licences, agreements, mortgages, day-book, and technical drawing of a schoolhouse, created and accumulated by the McQueen family, 1850-1935. Also includes minute book for Chrystal Tide Division No. 372, Sons of Temperance, 1874-1876, and minute book and treasurer's book for Mayflower Juvenile Lodge, 1868-1870, which reflect the family's community involvement. Also contains Robert S. Lowden's ledger as a merchant at Merigomish, 1853-1855, and correspondence, poems, agreements, deeds, diary, and financial records pertaining to the Lowden family, 1832-1885. The correspondence includes letters between Robert S. Lowden and his wife Eliza (Olding); from Nicholas Purdue Olding Patterson to Eliza Olding; and from Charles Thomas Lowden and family of New York. Business correspondents include John Silver of Halifax, among others.

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    Donated by Mrs Relief Mackay of Merigomish (great-granddaughter of Daniel and Catherine (Olding) McQueen and granddaughter of Mary Isabel (McQueen) Wisdom) in 1992.


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        Available on microfilm 12694.

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        Correspondence and other items appear in Relief William Mackay's book Simple Annals: the Story of the McQueens of Sutherland's River (Pictou: The Advocate Printing and Publishing Co. Ltd., 1986.) in the Nova Scotia Archives Library.

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        A website project by the University of New Brunswick McQueen Family Letters was available online and some information remains accessible.

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        Includes 2 photographs, 1 microfilm reel, 1 technical drawing.

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