Collection MG27 - Dr. George Boardman Noyes fonds

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Dr. George Boardman Noyes fonds

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  • 1871-1940 (Creation)
    Noyes, George Boardman, Dr.

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40 cm of textual records
38 photographs
30 glass negatives
2 film negatives

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Biographical history

Dr. George Boardman Noyes (1837-1927) was born at Atkinson, Maine, to David Jewett Noyes (1809-1883) and Nancy Barney (1817-1859). During the American Civil War, he served in the 11th Maine Volunteers as a company sergeant in 1861-1862 and as a hospital steward in 1864-1865. He married Sarah Elizabeth Lake in 1865. The couple moved to Grand Manan Island, New Brunswick, where Noyes practised medicine at North Head from 1871 to 1892. Three of their sons--George H. (1867-1881), Everett C. (1869-1880), and Benjamin Lake (1870-1945)--were born in Phipsburg and Lisbon, Maine. After they moved to Grand Manan, six more children were born: David Jewett (b. 1872), Abbie W. (b. 1873), Florence May (b.1876), Percy (1878-1880), George B. (b. 1881) and Galen C. ( b. 1885). 3 children were lost and buried at North Head.

Noyes purchased forty acres of land on Grand Manan from Mr. Brancroft on which he built a house, an orchard, and a vegetable garden. While on Grand Manan, Dr. Noyes became a naturalized Canadian citizen, and was an active member of the community. He was given a license to preach by the Free Will Baptists, was a justice of the peace and acting magistrate, served as a member of the County Council and chairman of the local Board of Health, and also served terms as road commissioner and school trustee. Moreover, he was a member of the Grand Council of the Lodge, and owner of the Island Press. Dr. Noyes left Grand Manan in 1892. He died in Stonington, Maine, in 1927.

Source: Karen Small family research; Grand Manan Historians;

Custodial history

Dr. Noyes passed on the records to his son Dr. Benjamin Noyes who passed them on to his daughter, Genice Noyes Welcome of Deer Isle, Maine.

Scope and content

This fonds consists of two medical journals--one containing records kept during his medical practice (14 April 1884 - 29 May 1892), the other recording daily transactions (1 October 1887 - 1 April 1892), a scrapbook containing photographs, loose photographs, and glass negatives. It also contains a biography file containing photocopies of newspaper stories and photos of Dr. George Noyes, and a handmade scrapbook by his son Benjamin L. Noyes entitled "Historical & Scenic Volume, Grand Manan Island, Charlotte County, N.B."

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The "Star Weekly" newspapers of this collection are very well preserved.

Immediate source of acquisition

Donated by Genice Noyes Welcome of Deer Isle, Maine in 1989.


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  • English

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Glass plate negatives in box 4 are restricted to Archivist only.

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American repositories: More of Dr. Noyes' papers are held at the Archives of Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine, much of which was written during his time in Canada. The papers consist of six series with catalogue numers M141.1-M141.6. See:

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