Brackenridge Family Fonds F288

A G3; A H2; A H6

Date of the items: 1850-1950

Physical description: 0.15 m

Title: Brackenridge Family Fonds

Creator: Brackenridge Family

Repository: Trent Valley Archives

Reference number: TVA Fonds 288

Scope and contents: Fonds consists of genealogical notes and photographs, including historical notes on Westwood, Ontario; an 1850 ALS holograph letter from John and Margaret Brackenridge to their son John; a certificate for J.P. for R. C. Brackenridge, 1930; professional photographs for a 1904 golden wedding anniversary and a 1949 wedding, both with excellent identifications; a business account book, 1931-1933, for a grinding business; record books for Life Saver Teas, 1950; monthly report forms, never filled in, from the Dominion Bureau of Statistics; a scrapbook of clippings pasted into a 1931 furniture catalogue for McLagen Furniture, Stratford, Ontario; together with several photographs. Of particular note is an 1860 off print of a poem by A. B. Todd as a tribute to Robert Burns: Burns: or the Ploughman Bard, that was dedicated to John Brackenridge in 1874 by the author who was his uncle. The photos include two tintypes and an ambrotype.

Access Conditions: No Restrictions

Finding aid: See separate file listing in Excel

Accruals: No further accruals are expected

Custodial history: Donated by Stan McBride Jr, Peterborough in 2008 and 2009. The interconnected family papers in the Trent Valley Archives include the Stan McBride fonds, the Berta McBride fonds, and the Archer family fonds. The materials were brought in at different times and, where possible, arranged in fonds according to the creator. However, the McBrides were also collectors and were astute family genealogists, and records that were created for such purposes were assigned, on the basis of internal evidence and deduction, to the fonds of the likely creator. We recommend that researchers check all four fonds. As well, there is information about the family in other collections fonds at the Trent Valley Archives.

Biographical sketch: See family trees in early files. There is also a family history in Graham, Asphodel, pp 71-74. John and Margaret Brackenridge, Mauchline, Scotland, had nine children, four of whom came to Canada.

Related Fonds at TVA: See F538 McBride Family for more materials related to the Brackenridge family.

Access Points:
McBride family
Westwood, Ontario
Community Nursing Registry
Robert Burns (Robbie)

List of Files:
See separate file listing in Excel.