Fonds ID279 - Thomson family

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Thomson family

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  • 1788-1964; predominant 1800-1850 (Creation)
    Thomson family (Saint John)

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10 cm of textual records

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(Branch begins before 1825)

Biographical history

John Thomson had been a ship-owner in Dumfries, Scotland, but when he emigrated to Saint John, New Brunswick, with his brothers, Robert and George, he engaged in mercantile business on Water St. until his death in 1841. John was a freeman of both Dumfries (1825) and Saint John (1836). His brother George became a shipbuildier. John Thomson and his wife, Jessie, had fourteen children. His son, William Thomson (1816-1891) was a ship broker and commission merchant, and subsequently owned a number of sailing vessels which he employed in the foreign carrying trade. He was married in 1841 to Elizabeth Rachel Scoullar (d.1883) of Saint John, a daughter of James Scoullar, another Scottish immigrant. They had seven children: Robert; John Henderson; Marion m. Allen O. Cruckshank; Annie Walker m. James F. Robertson; Alice Cameron m. Surgeon Wade; George Greig; and Andrew.

In 1870, William Thomson made a partnership with his son Robert Thomson and William C. Watson that lasted for six years. At that time William formed a new partnership, including himself and his two sons, Robert and John. By 1900, the firm had built some 14 ships and barques, three steel ships and nine steel ocean steamers. Their steamers constituted what was known as the Battle Line. William's son Robert Thomson was born on 1842. At seventeen, he became junior clerk to he office of Duncan & Kendall in Liverpool, England. In 1862 he returned to Saint John and entered his father's office. Robert was Imperial German consul and director in the Bank of New Brunswick. In 1870, he married Louisa Anne, daughter of the Rev. William Donald, pastor of St. Andrew's Church. They had four children: William S (d.1872); Percy W.; Mabel G; and Mona C. His brother John H. Thomson was born in 1848. He became vice-consul to Norway and Sweden. In 1877 he married Ella Violet, daughter of Wesley Thompson. They had two children: John R. and Muriel.

Source: Biographical Review, Province of New Brunswick, 1900

Custodial history

These records appear to have been assembled by a Miss Helen Thomson of Rothsay, New Brunswick in the 1920s and 1930s.

Scope and content

This fonds consists mainly of the correspondence between John and his brother George while John was in Dumfries, 1826-1832, with George's accounts, 1821-1829. They record both sides of a business importing goods from Scotland and shipping timber to Scotland. There are also family records of the Thomson family, 1788-1908, Scoullar family, 1796-1856, and the Walker family, 1799-1835

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Acquired from private donors, [193-?] -1969


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S 54 A - 3

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