This fonds consists primarily of diaries of Alvaretta Estabrooks and Hannah Estabrooks. Alvaretta Estabrooks's diaries cover the years, 1889 to 1893. She mentions friends and neighbours, in Coldstream, and records deaths in the area. As well, she notes her activities -- housekeeping, raising crops, sewing, quilting, hooking mats, crocheting and knitting. Alvaretta devoted daily attention to her music but set aside Sunday for Sunday school and prayer meetings.
Hannah Estabrooks's diary covers the periods, January 1903 to June 1903 and January 1905 to April 1906. She records information about her family and friends, as well as about working in the local store and in the home -- churning butter, knitting, candling eggs, tending the lambs, working in the barn.
The fonds also contains information on the Estabrooks family history, as well as a letter from Richard Burpee to his father, Thomas Burpee, of Saint John, dated 26 March 1845. Richard Burpee was reportedly the first Baptist minister from New Brunswick to go as a missionary to India. His sister, Adeline Burpee, married Jacob Estabrooks, of Carleton County, which may explain the presence of this letter in this fonds. The letter deals with the prospect of Richard Burpee's trip to India.