Fonds MC353 - Moses Mitchell

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Moses Mitchell

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  • 1905-1908 (Creation)
    Mitchell, Moses

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7 pp. of textual records

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Biographical history

Contractor and builder, Moses Mitchell, the son of Martha Pickard and Lewis Mitchell, was born born at Scotch Settlement, York County, New Brunswick, on 3 May 1866. On 11 April 1888, he married Annie Elizabeth Coburn, and they had no fewer than two children, namely, Lillian M. (b. 1890) and Jennie Coburn (b. 1896). The family made their home, at different times, at Keswick Ridge, Scotch Settlement, and Fredericton, in York County, and in the United States.

Newspaper reports indicate that Lewis Mitchell and his family were part of the late 19th century out-migration movement that saw hundreds of New Brunswickers leave their province in search of work. About 1890, Moses Mitchell left New Brunswick for California, where he worked for two years as a carpenter in San Franscisco, Oakland, and elsewhere. By 1893, he had moved to the eastern seaboard of the United States, and was working in the building trades in Chelmsford, Massachusetts. He remained there for at least two years.

By 1901, and probably before that date, Moses Mitchell had returned to New Brunswick where he worked as a builder and contractor. In that year the Mitchell family was living in Wellington Ward, in Fredericton, at 6-8 Brunswick Street. He probably lived in Fredericton for the remainder of his life, passing away on 1 September 1939, aged 73. Moses Mitchell was buried in the Rural Cemetery, Fredericton.

Sources: Daniel F. Johnson's, Vital Statistics from New Brunswick Newspapers on-line; Cenus of Canada 1901 and 1911; and Vital Statistics from Government Records RS141 (births, marriages, death).

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Robert Power, of the Historical Resources Administration, recovered this fonds while researching New Brunswick historical topics. It was found in the Mitchell house in Fredericton.

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The fonds contains seven invoices for building supplies.

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Donated to the Provincial Archives of New Brunswick by Robert Power, of Historical Resources, on 16 January 1980.


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