Collection MC167 - Dunham and McDougall family

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Dunham and McDougall family

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  • 1838-1977 (Creation)
    Dunham - McDougall family

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33 cm of textual records
architectural drawings

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(Branch begins before 1838)

Biographical history

Architect David Elson Dunham (1839-1883) was born in Hampstead Parish, Queens County, New Brunswick, the son of Samuel and Mary Ann Briggs Dunham. In 1861 he was living with his parents in Queens County and was working as a carpenter. By 1877, however, he had established himself as an architect in Saint John. At the time of his death in 1883, his firm was engaged in designing several public buildings, such as the Marine Hospital (Saint John) and the Post Office (Woodstock).

David E. Dunham married Mary Ann McDougall (1847-1937), the daughter of Ann Watson McDougall and Jonathan McDougall, a shoemaker. Jonathan had emigrated to New Brunswick from Coldstream, Scotland, probably settling first at Stanley, York County. By 1838 he was residing in Gagetown. A widower since 1837, he married Ann Watson in 1844, and the family relocated to Port Hope, Ontario in 1850. Three years later, the McDougalls returned to Wickham, Queens County. Jonathan McDougall died in 1859, and his only son James Norman McDougall died in 1861.

Custodial history

Mrs. J. S. Vanderploeg of Toronto lent the ledgers, cash books, order book, and office diary to Ann Hale, possibly of Parks Canada, for study prior to 1979.

Scope and content

This collection documents the business and personal activities of members of the Dunham and McDougall families, particularly David E. Dunham. It includes Samuel Dunham's book of timber surveys (1846-1849) in the parish of Hampstead and shoemaker Jonathan McDougall's cash book (1850-1853) and ledger (1851-1859) reflecting the trade conducted in his shops at Port Hope and Wickham.

There are also architect David E. Dunham's account books, order books, and cash accounts (1872-1883); an office diary kept by one of his draftsmen, possibly Arthur Anderson; advertisements for Dunham's firm, giving qualifications and a partial list of buildings designed by him; several architectural plans for and photographs of his buildings; and accounts for private buildings.

Lastly, the fonds contains 7 school exercise or copybooks (1844-1861) belonging to David Elson Dunham, Mary Ann McDougall, James Norman McDougall, or Jessie McDougall; a story by Mary Ann McDougall (1860); family photographs of the Dunhams and McDougalls; family history notes compiled by Mrs. J. S. Vanderploeg; and a typed transcript of a letter from schoolmaster John C. Thompson of Stanley to Jonathan McDougall of Gagetown (1838).

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Samuel Dunham's book of timber surveys was used, at one time, as a scrapbook and child's notebook.

Immediate source of acquisition

Mrs. J. S. Vanderploeg, a descendant of David E. Dunham, donated the bulk of this collection to the Provincial Archives of New Brunswick in June 1979. She donated the photocopies of advertisements and a letter by John C. Thompson in August 1979.


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