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MC 1132:  Charles Moffitt fonds: [1854-1902]

Dates of creation: Microfilmed in October 1975

Physical description: 20 pp. of textual records and 3 reels of microfilm

Biographical Sketch / Administrative History

House carpenter and joiner, Charles Moffitt, the son of Jane Alexander and Charles Moffitt, was born at Moyle, Ireland, in April 1821, of Scottish ancestry. About 1846 he emigrated from County Donegal to New Brunswick, settling in Fredericton.  He married Eliza Fowler (1825-1881), the daughter of John Fowler, in 1853, and they had 11 children, including Jane Dinsmore (1854-1922), Margaret Alexander (1860-1898), Charles Edward Ackland (1862-1906), Fanny (Arnold), Mary Elizabeth (1859-1922), and Annie Maria (1865-1869). The family lived on Charlotte Street and attended Christ Church Cathedral. 

Well-known in the community, Charles Moffitt kept abreast of political, social, and religious events, recording many of them in his diaries. For over 30 years, he worked for James Agneau, a master carpenter, who was contracted to build many structures in Fredericton and surrounding area.  Charles Moffitt was also an avid gardener and voracious reader. He spent many hours reading histories, newspapers, novels, and biographies. Charles Moffitt died at Fredericton on 27 February 1905, age 85, and was buried in the Old Burial Ground.

Scope and Content

This fonds consists of microfilm copies of Charles Moffitt's diaries, dating from 1854-1902, that provide information about the Moffitt family and numerous Fredericton residents, including Bishop John Medley and Mrs. Medley. Moffitt also offers details about the structures he helped build and reports on local, national, and international events, such as the fall of Sebastapol (1855); the 1860 visit of His Royal Highness Albert Edward, the Prince of Wales, to New Brunswick; the 1862 Fredericton fire; provincial and local elections; and the laying of the first stone for the iron bridge at Fredericton by Lady MacDonald (1887).

There is also detailed genealogical information on the Moffitt family and a 20 pp. edited typescript entitled, "Items of Interest from the Diary of Charles Moffatt, Senior," by an unknown author.


                        MS1                 Diaries and typescript of excerpts

                                    A          Diaries, 1854-1902

                                         1     1854-1869                   F593

                                         2     1869-1892                   F594

                                         3     1892-1902                   F595

B          Excerpts from the diary of Charles Moffitt, Fredericton N.B., entitled “Items of Interest from the Diary of Charles Moffatt, Senior.”