Fonds MC66 - Colter family

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Colter family

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  • 1829-1916, predominant, 1871-1916 (Creation)
    Colter family (St. Mary's)

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30 cm of textual records

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(Branch begins before 1840)

Biographical history

Alexander Colter came to New Brunswick in 1819 with the Johnston family from County Leitrim, Ireland. He had 4 sons: George Johnson (1840-1915), born in Douglas, York County; Newton Ramsey (1844-1917), born in Sheffield, Sunbury County; Thomas Henry (1849-1923), also born in Sheffield; and James (c.1836-1917). George Colter was educated in local public schools, and later moved to St. Marys, New Brunswick, where he settled into business. He also sat on York County Municipal Council, as councilor for his parish and warden of the county. He married Celia Slipp and they had at least 2 sons, Ashley (b. 1888) and George Leonard.

In June 1878 he was elected to the House of Assembly, sitting for 8 years as a Conservative. He was a member of the Executive Council and served as Commissioner of Public Works from 1882-1883. His brother Newton was a medical doctor, who studied in London and the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. By 1871 he had moved to Woodstock and married Eliza Jane Hatt. They had four daughters: Annie, Marion, Eleanor and Jennie. Newton was the Liberal Member of Parliament for Carleton County from 1891 to 1896. On July of 1897 Newton was appointed the Post Office Inspector for New Brunswick.


MC1156 Graves Papers

"Madam Keswick" / Sylvia Sharpe

Custodial history

Information about the custody of these records prior to acquisition is incomplete.

Scope and content

The fonds contains primarily the business records of Alexander Colter and his son, George Colter. There are bonds received and issued, mortgages, election clippings, bank balances, commercial and legal records, and personal letters, including a few from George's son, Ashley. There are some small notebooks containing miscellaneous accounts, a surveyor's notes and diary entries. There is also a set of McKillop's "Commercial and Legal Record," a circular published weekly in Saint John from 1894-1896. An account book for an unknown business concern, probably a sawmill, dated 1829-1845, is also included.

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George Colter, a family member, donated the fonds on 10 February 1978.


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  • English

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MC80/115 and MC1156 both have material relating to the Colter family of New Brunswick, with particular focus on their political biographies.

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