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MC41: McCarthy family fonds

Dates of creation:1827, 1865-1912

Physical description: 1 cm of textual records

Biographical Sketch / Administrative History

Edward 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.

Scope and Content

This 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.



MS1                 Correspondence

            1          1854-1875

            2          1876-1892

            3          1893-1902

            4          1903

            5          1904-1909

MS2                 Accounts

            1          1864-1889

            2          1890

            3          1891-1895

            4          1896-1899

            5          1900-1903

            6          1904-1912

            7          Miscellaneous accounts, 1887-1904, n.d. 

MS3                 John McCarthy papers

            1          Accounts 1827, 1868, 1869

            2          Inventory of the estate of John McCarthy.   This includes a list of heirs (brothers, sisters, nieces & nephews)

MS4                 George Smith’s Penmanship book, (1865), MacDonald Farm, Lower Newcastle.

MS5                 Printed Material

            1          4 almanacs, 1881, 1884, 1885, 1901

            2          Liquor abstinence pledge cards, 1841

            3          Chatham-Tracadie Daily Stage invoice, n.d.

            4          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.

            5          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