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MC1802: O’Connor family fonds: [1853-1890, 1922-1927]

Dates of creation: Photocopied 1990

Physical description: 24 pp. of textual records

Biographical Sketch / Administrative History

Timothy G. O'Connor was born in Ireland in the second decade of the 19th century.  He settled in Fredericton, New Brunswick where he married Ellen Cooney on 7 October 1832.  They had no fewer than 4 children: Timothy G., Dorah, Charles A. and Frances C. The O'Connors were Roman Catholic. 

By 1861 the O'Connor family was living in Carleton Ward, and Timothy Sr. was working as a clerk in the Crown lands office. Ten years later, he had risen to the position of head draughtsman in the same office, and Timothy Jr. was working as a clothier.

The O’Connor’s' youngest children Charles and Frances C. were born in New Brunswick about 1844 and 1848 respectively.  Charles attended the Baptist Seminary at Fredericton, entering the University of New Brunswick in 1860, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1862 and a Master of Arts degree in 1864.  Charles later studied law and probably practiced his profession at Manchester, New Hampshire or Yarmouth, Nova Scotia or both.  For a time, he was United States Consul at Yarmouth.

Frances O'Connor remained in Fredericton, N.B., until at least the late 1920s and perhaps for her entire life.  During that decade she lived at 107 St. John Street. In 1922 she visited her brother in New Hampshire.

Scope and Content

This fonds consists primarily of correspondence written by Charles A. O'Connor of Manchester, New Hampshire to his sister Frances C. O'Connor of Fredericton, N.B.  He comments on family matters, his career and education, his health and that of his sister, and his personal activities.  A few recipes for tonics are attached.

The fonds also contains a few letters written to Timothy G. O'Connor, Sr., in the 1870s, 1880s, and 1890s regarding his work in the Crown lands office.  A survey report containing statistical information, several personal accounts, and a few business receipts, all relating to T. G. O'Connor, Sr., are also included.



MS1                 Personal Correspondence

A          4 letters, 1 with envelope, from Charles A. O’Connor to his sister, Frances C. O’Connor, 1926, and 4 miscellaneous envelopes.

B          Page 4 of a draft letter, probably written by Charles A. O’Connor, [18--].

C          Letter to Mrs. Thomas Blakely from Charles A. O’Connor, 1927.

MS2                 Surveying Records

A          Correspondence and notes regarding surveys, 1870-1871  (Includes a small sketch of the Southwest Miramichi River area)           

B          Letter to T. O’Connor regarding timber lands, 10 November 1877

C          Letter (possibly a draft) regarding a plan showing licensed lands east of Nackawic, 1877

D          Survey notes, [18-?]

E          Receipts, 1871-1890

MS3    Recipes for tonics [18--] and account for botanic medicines purchased from B.O. & G.C. Wilson, Botanic Druggists (1853)

MS4    Notes of Pitman shorthand, [18--]