Fonds F 103 - Carnegie family fonds

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Carnegie family fonds

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CA ON00009 F 103

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  • 1774-1940 (Creation)

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30 cm of textual records

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John Carnegie (1775-1843) was a magistrate, and lived in Edrom, Scotland during the late eighteenth and early nineteenth century.

He married Jessie Skirving in 1800, and they had four boys - James in 1800, David in 1804, John in 1805 and George in 1808. There is a possibility they had a fifth boy, Adam, who died in 1824, but this has not been verified. His third son John (1805-1871) immigrated to Canada in 1833.

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John Carnegie (1805-1871) was born in Edrom, Scotland and came to Canada in 1833, settling in Douro Township (Peterborough County), Upper Canada.

John married Charlotte Cady Thompson in 1833, and they had two children, Charlotte Erskin (b. 1839) and son John (1837-1910) who became a municipal and provincial politician.

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John Carnegie (1837-1910) was a municipal and provincial politician representing Peterboro West, Director of the County Agricultural Society, Director of the Ontario Mutual Assurance Company, and joint editor and proprietor of two newpapers.

He was born in Douro Township, Peterborough County, to John Carnegie and Charlotte Thompson. He attended Peterborough Grammar School and High School in Brantford, Ontario. After relocating to Peterborough he married Eleanor Hilliard in 1858, and had a single son John (1865-1937), and a daughter Catherine Charlotte Carnegie (1859-1910).

Carnegie was first elected to the Douro Township Municipal Council in 1859, serving on council from 1859-1866, the final three years as Reeve. From 1867-1871 and in 1883 he sat in the Ontario Legislature as Member for Peterboro West. He was the Secretary-Treasurer of the County Agricultural Society, later becoming a Director from 1859 to ca. 1871. As well, Carnegie was joint editor and proprietor of the Peterborough "Review" and of the Canada "Lumberman." He served as a Director of the Ontario Mutual Assurance Company, and had an interest in the Auburn Woolen Mills. He died in 1910 in Guelph, Ontario.

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John Hilliard Carnegie (1865-1937) was a farmer and an Ontario Conservative politician representing East Victoria during the late nineteenth and early twentieth century.

John Hilliard Carnegie (1865-1937) was born at Peterborough to John Carnegie (1837-1910) and Eleanor Hilliard. He attended High School in Peterborough, then studied at the Guelph Agricultural College, and finally in Scotland. Carnegie settled at Indian Point, Balsam Lake (in Victoria County south of Coboconk) working as a stock farmer until 1909. In the 1894 Ontario general election he was elected as a Conservative for East Victoria, and was subsequently re-elected in 1899, 1902, 1905 and in 1908. In 1897 he married E.J. (Jennie) Laurie (d. 1904) and had a daughter Frances (b. 1898) and a son John (b. 1899). Carnegie remarried in 1907 to Edith Rennie. In 1909 Carnegie gave up farming and moved to Toronto, where he died in 1937.

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Originally from Scotland, the Carnegie family came to Upper Canada in the early nineteenth century, where two of its members served as Conservative politicians in Ontario.

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Fonds consists of textual material created, received and collected by members of the Carnegie family.

Fonds includes correspondence (1781- 1940) written to various members of the Carnegie family over several generations. Prior to 1833 the correspondence originates from Scotland. After this date, much of the correspondence is written from Canada to Scotland, and largely deals with family matters and experiences as immigrants to Canada.

Remainder of fonds consists of a variety of textual materials. These include documents on the political career of Hillyard Cameron (1902); legal documents pertaining to a plantation owned by David Carnegie, as well as documents dealing with wills and the assignment of trustees and estate settlements.

Also included in the textual material is a Carnegie Family Genealogy, covering the period 1728-1974, a biography of John Hilliard Carnegie by Sir Charles G.D. Roberts (1939), a baptism certificate, and information on painters and art owned by the Carnegies (1850-1919). As well, there are four election returns appointing John Hilliard Carnegie to the Legislative Assembly of Ontario (1894-1908), a copy of an order-in- council respecting certain roads in the Township of Bexley, newspaper clippings, receipts, a cancelled cheque, two notes to the "Conductor of the farmer's magasin", a souvenir programme from Liverpool Seaman's Orphanage, and a seed brochure.

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Fonds was donated to the Archives of Ontario in 1984 by James Carnegie of Toronto, Ontario.


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Copyright held by creator. These materials cannot be published without permission of the copyright holder.

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