Fonds ID4789 - McFarlane family

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McFarlane family

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CA MNBM ID4789

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  • 1874-1919 (Creation)
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    McFarlane (family)

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10 cm of textual records

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(Branch begins in 19th century)

Biographical history

Little is known of the McFarlane family (sometimes called McFarlen) beyond what is revealed by their letters. Emmeretta Amanda McFarlane, was the daughter of Henry McFarlan of Didequash, Charlotte County, New Brunswick. She married William James McQuoid of St. Andrews in 1883. Her brother, Lorenzo Augustus McFarlane (b. 1856) emigrated to Eureka, California around 1879 where worked in the woods and did blacksmithing in the off-season. He married Ann Odella (ca. 1864- ca. 1920) of Oregon and they had one daughter, Hazel. Ann McFarlane suffered at least two paralyzing strokes in 1919.

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The fonds consists of correspondence between McFarlane family members. Most of the letters are addressed to Emmeretta Amanda McFarlane, who is usually called Amanda in the letters. Her brother's letters describe life in the California woods in the early 1880s, with comments about wages, the climate and latterly, his wife's strokes and eventual death. Letters from other family members discuss mostly news of family and friends.

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Acquired from L.A. Rollins of Whitneyville, Massachussetts, in 1974

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  • English

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