Fonds MC382 - Frost family

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Frost family

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  • 1777-[ca. 1960] (Creation)
    Frost (family)

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1 cm of textual records and 2 photographs

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(Branch begins in 1751)

Biographical history

William Frost (1751-1827) was born in Yorkshire, England, and immigrated to Connecticut and later New York. In 1783, at the end of the American Revolutionary War, he relocated to what is now New Brunswick, eventually settling his family in the parish of Kingston, Kings County where he worked as a shoemaker. He was elected to the second vestry of Trinity Church in 1785. He and his wife Sarah Schofield (1754 -1816), the daughter of another Loyalist family, had no fewer than eight children: Henry, William, Ezra, James Scovil, Hannah, Mary, Elizabeth, and Sarah.

Henry Frost, the son of William and Sarah Frost, was born in 1774. He and his wife Elizabeth Elevalett (1786-1861) had several children, including Hannah (1802-1842), Robert C. (1809-1880), and Henry. Henry Frost, Sr. was a schoolteacher, a shoemaker, and a merchant in Saint John, N.B. He died on 19 February 1827, predeceasing his father by four months.

Custodial history

David Myles of Fredericton, N.B. purchased this fonds from the Fred Mayes estate auction in Saint John in 1980.

Scope and content

The fonds consists primarily of the records of Henry Frost, Sr. It contains a leather-bound account book which records Henry Frost's general income and expenditures, and includes many payments for "schooling" of individual children and for repairing and making shoes in connection with his shoemaking business,1803-1804 and 1810-1815. The volume was used as a scrapbook in the latter part of the 19th century and contains press clippings.

There is also a listing of accounts of the executor of the Barnes estate, 1777-1791. It appears that Sarah Schofield Frost was related to the Barnes family. A few notes pertaining to the Frost family genealogy, compiled in the 20th century, are also included. Two tin type portraits of Henry and Samuel Frost have been copied and filed in the Photographic Section.

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This fonds was acquired by the Provincial Archives of New Brunswick from David Myles in October 1980.


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