Fonds MC285 - Grant diary

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Grant diary

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  • Transcribed [before 1979] (Creation)
    Grant family (Descendants of William and Catherine Grant)

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0.5 cm of textual records

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(Branch begins ca. 1759)

Biographical history

Entries written in two different hands and the references to siblings suggest that this diary was composed by two daughters of Catherine and William Grant of Old Ridge, Charlotte County, New Brunswick. William Grant (1759-1831) was probably born at Strathspey, Scotland. He served as a sergeant in Her Majesty's 71st Highland Regiment, settling at Old Ridge, in the parish of St. Stephen before 1788, possibly as a Loyalist refugee. William and Catherine Grant had no fewer than 11 children: Alex (b. 1788), William (b. 1789), James (b. 1791), Jannet (b. 1793), John (b. 1795), Catherine (b. 1798), Marjory (b. 1800), Charles Douglas (b. 1803), Isabella (b. 1807), Archibald (b. 1811), Absalom, and one of the diarists. Some members of his family may have moved to the parish of Canterbury, York County prior to 1860.

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This diary was transcribed by Mr. Maxwell prior to July 1979.

Scope and content

The Grant diary records the daily activities of the Grant family of Old Ridge, St. Stephen Parish, Charlotte County, New Brunswick, between 29 January 1827 and 30 May 1827. The diarist mentions the wedding of sister Marjory, attending church meetings, work done on the farm, visits to and from family and friends, the weather, and community events.

There is also a brief memo containing genealogical information on the Grant family which was probably compiled by Mr. Maxwell.

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A transcription of the diary was donated to the Provincial Archives of New Brunswick in July 1979 by Mr. Maxwell, being delivered by Mrs. Bettie Whiston.


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