Fonds M006.2 - McDougall family fonds

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McDougall family fonds

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CA ON00373 M006.2

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  • 1833-1965, predominant 1850-1890. (Creation)

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30.5 cm textual records
20 photographs ; b&w ; 30 x 35 cm or smaller
2 postcards ; b&w ; 8.5 x 14 cm
2 maps : 63 x 74 cm or smaller

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William and Mary McDougall were pioneers and longtime residents of Vaughan Township. Born in Scotland, Mary Loynachan (1813-1913) married William McDougall (1812-1889) at an early age. In 1836, William came to Canada, and Mary followed in 1838. The couple started working for the Pease and Davis families on Yonge Street, Toronto. Shortly after, they rented the Mulholland farm on the fifth concession of Vaughan Township and William worked as a blacksmith. Upon the death of her husband in 1889, Mary McDougall moved to Edgeley with her five unmarried children and resided there until her death in 1913. William and Mary McDougall had fourteen children, although only seven survived beyond infancy: William, Donald, Samuel, Silas, Margaret, Caroline, and Eliza Jane. The first five remained unmarried. Caroline married into the Garrett family. Eliza Jane married Michael S. Burkholder, and they had a daughter, Mary (Mrs. George H. Scott). Michael Burkholder worked as a teacher, a cabinet and coffin maker, and an undertaker. His daughter, Mary, did her teacher training at the Toronto Model School and then, after her marriage, taught at Emery Public School in Weston, Ontario. Eliza Jane and Michael resided in Woodbridge, Ont. until her death in 1947.

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Fonds constituted of William McDougall’s blacksmith ledgers 1856-1890; 20 photographs and 2 postcards of the McDougall and Burkholder families 1888-1947; 2 bibles; newspaper clippings regarding the history of Woodbridge and the McDougall family; a map of Markham and a map of the Simcoe, York and Peel regions; a letter to Michael Burkholder from his students dated 1877; Michael Burkholder’s lesson book and his funeral record book; Mary Burkholder’s school autograph book and teaching contract; legal and financial documents (deeds, leases, indentures) regarding the McDougall family’s estates 1849-1951; tuition fees for the seven McDougall children; correspondence 1856-1965; and receipts 1833-1894.

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