McCarthy family fonds
description: 1 cm of textual records
Sketch / Administrative History
McCarthy (1844-1910) was the youngest son of John McCarthy (McCarty) who came
from Ireland in 1815 and settled on a farm at Bartibogue in Northumberland
County, New Brunswick. Edward's five older brothers were Michael, who moved
to Menominee, Michigan; Thomas of La Cross, Wisconsin; James of Chatham, N.B.;
John of Chatham, N.B. (d. 1892), who worked in Michigan; and Patrick of Lower
Newcastle, N.B. He also had a half-sister, Ann, who married John Sullivan, a
blacksmith, of Newcastle. Edward was a farmer and owner of rental property in Chatham. The family used the spelling McCarthy and McCarty interchangeably for most of the
period; however, "McCarthy" was used on probate documents, other
legal papers and most letters after 1900.
fonds consists of McCarthy family correspondence and accounts (1867-1912). Most
letters prior to 1900 are between the siblings, but also include correspondence
from other individuals regarding payments. The families correspondence provides
insight into life in New Brunswick and parts of the United States and reveals
how close knit the family was. Their letters deal with a variety of topics, including
cholera, education, working in the woods, staple supplies, legal issues, and
visits to family members. After 1900, most of the letters are between members
of the next generation, especially Patrick McCarthy's children. These letters
discuss work in the timber industry, leisure activities, the winter weather,
and family news. This fonds also contains records of the families accounts, an
inventory of John McCarthy's estate (1892) and a penmanship book belonging to
Patrick's brother-in-law, George Smith.
accounts, 1887-1904, n.d.
1827, 1868, 1869
Inventory of the estate of John McCarthy. This includes a list of heirs (brothers,
sisters, nieces & nephews)
George Smith’s Penmanship book, (1865), MacDonald Farm, Lower Newcastle.
4 almanacs, 1881, 1884, 1885, 1901
Liquor abstinence pledge cards, 1841
Chatham-Tracadie Daily Stage invoice, n.d.
International Exhibition Envelope, 1898; Riverview Hotel Card, 1902; Miramichi Exhibition,
1903; Account book, 1905-1906, Christmas Fair, n.d.; Steamer Alexandra Summer
Time Table, n.d.; Chemist card, n.d.; Society of the Guardian Angel Catalogue,
n.d.; Working Men’s Benevolent Association Table of Fees, 187[ ]; Envelope,
n.d.; Mrs. J. McCarthy name card, n.d.; Billet of Affiliation, 187[ ];
Arithmetic book, n.d.
Miscellaneous documents: Letter from the Right Reverend Dr. Rogers, Bishop of Chatham, to R.
Sutton, Esq.; bank statement; clippings from The Sacred Heart Union, 1901;
Annual Report of the Bank of Nova Scotia, 30 December 1905; The Semi-Weekly
Telegraph, 12 February 1910