Collection ID148 - J.E. Humphreys historical

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J.E. Humphreys historical

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  • [1900 - 1936] (Creation)
    Humphreys, James Edward

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18 cm of textual records

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([ca. 1861] - 1940)

Biographical history

James Edward Humphreys was born around 1861 in Westmorland County, New Brunswick. He was the son of Hiram Humphreys, a merchant, and his first wife, Mary M. Humphreys (1824 or 1825-1867). James E. Humphreys had several siblings: Eliza J., Ada, Mary A., Helen J., and Frederick M. J.E. Humphreys married Mary Agnes Wilmot in 1905 and they had one daughter, Mary Elizabeth, who was born 18 June 1906.

J.E. Humphreys had a great interest in the history of Westmorland and Albert counties and conducted considerable research of these areas. He wrote papers (unpublished) on various aspects as well as transcribed various records for both counties. James E. Humphreys died in 1940.

D.F. Johnson, Vital Statistics from New Brunswick Newspapers, 1867

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

Scope and content

The fonds consists of historical and biographical notes and manuscripts, correspondence, and printed material. The notes focus on the early history and settlers in Westmorland and Albert counties. There are biographical notes of the first English speaking settlers in Salisbury parish, including the Babcock, Beck, Blakeney, Eagles, Chapman, and other families.

Humphreys' correspondence with W. F. Ganong, 1927-1928, and 1929-1936, primarily discusses nomenclature of places in New Brunswick, mostly Westmorland and Albert Counties. There is an unpublished manuscript of ""History of the Petitcodiac"" by J.E. Humphreys which includes an index of major topics. A copy of an unfinished manuscript titled, "The History of Albert County" by W.C. Milner is included along with the author's notes. This work was published by the New Brunswick Museum in 1989.

There are also some publications written by W.F. Ganong, 1900-1928, dealing with the nomenclature of places and the origins of the boundaries of New Brunswick.

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Acquired from H. Parker of Welsford, New Brunswick in 1958


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  • English

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One of the manuscripts, published as "The History of Albert County" by W.C. Milner by the New Brunswick Museum in 1989 is located in the Milner collection, S 13.

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One of the manuscripts, published as "The History of Albert County" by W.C. Milner by the New Brunswick Museum in 1989 is located in the Milner collection, S 13.

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