MC300 MS16 Wollhaupter Family Collection
Dates of creation
John Wolhaupter was born in 1771 in New York , and became a watchmaker, clockmaker
and silversmith. He married Mary Payne Aycrigg in 1795. Because of their
loyalist sympathies, their property was confiscated during the revolution and they
came to New Brunswick sometime between 1795 and 1799. Wolhaupter set up a
jewellery and clockmaking shop in Saint John and became known as a silversmith.
The family moved to Fredericton circa 1811, opened another shop, and 1825 the business
was transferred to the oldest son, Benjamin, who was born in 1800.
Benjamin Wolhaupter married Catherine Brannen in 1820. He built a house at
97 Church Street which was later sold to Bishop Medley and became known as Bishopscote.
Wolhaupter served as Magistrate of York County; he was involved in the militia;
and served as a Director of the Commercial Bank of New Brunswick. In 1847,
he became Sheriff of York County and held that position until his death in 1857.
Benjamin and Catherine Wolhaupter left three sons: James, Charles, and George.
James Matther Wolhaupter was born in 1823, became a physician; practiced in Portland,
Maine, and died in 1891.
Charles John Wolhaupter was born in 1825, became a teacher; lived in Australia for
seven years; returned to New Brunswick and drowned in 1858.
George Philip Wolhaupter was born in 1827; worked as a clerk in the Surveyor-General's
office; and 1854 graduated in engineering from King's College, Fredericton.
He served as organist and choirmaster at Christ Church Cathedral and was known for
his collection of wildflowers and his skill in decorating programs for the Cathedral
services. In 1858, he married Harriett Amelia Carman. Their son,Benjamin,
was born in 1859. When George died in 1860, his wife and son moved to Sarnia,
Ontario. Benjamin Wolhaupter possessed great mechanical ability, and ultimately
became an engineer who specialized in railroad tracks. He took out 215 patents
for inventions, and was a successful manufacturer and businessman.  ; He died
in Norwalk, Connecticut, in 1949.
Scope and content
The Wolhaupter Collection contains a variety of items which relate to four generations
of the family, and dates from 1790 to 1950. Correspondence, certificates,
diary and plans which are included provide valuable insight into the members of
this talented family.
An inventory is available.
to John Wolhaupter from the Grand Lodge of the State of New York; June 1, 1790.
John Wolhaupter from William Thain for sundry goods; Saint John, 1799.
John Wolhaupter from Sayre & Richards, wholesalers, for sundry goods; New York,
March 20, 1810.
Mattew Brannen to Benjamin Wolhaupter giving Brannen's consent to Wolhaupter's proposal
of marriage to Brannen's daughter, Catharine; Fredericton, November 27, 1819.
Matthew Brannen to his daughter Catharine P., telling her of his approbation to
Benjamin Wolhaupter's proposal; November 27, 1819.
Catharine P. Wolhaupter to her son, James, who was a doctor in Chatham, giving much
detail concerning the sickness of her only daughter, Isabella Margaret and mentioning
James McLaughlan, James Taylor, and Henry Sawyer; October 19, 1837.
Benjamin Wolhaupter to his brother, [Charles], concerning his [Charles] being called
up as an officer during the threatened invasion, and the need to give all to protect
"our country"; Fredericton, February 15, 1839.
Part of a
diary of George P. Wolhaupter, a clerk in the Crown Land Office, which contains
climatic recordings, orthnilogical and botanical observations, as well as a good
deal of local news from Fredericton, also contains much on music; May 19-September
for Harriette's birthday party; June 6, 1855.
programme for Christ Church Cathedral; 1855.
message to Mrs. J. Fraser, Chatham, from Jo Myshrall telling her of Sheriff Wolhaupter's
death and asking her to inform James at once; Fredericton, January 26, 1857.
of Preliminary Examination to Benjamin Wolhaupter, Sarnia, from the Provincial Land
Surveyors' Board of Examiners qualifying him to be apprenticed to a provincial surveyor
in Ontario; October 3, 1877.
by Benjamin Wolhaupter for two walnut collection plates for St. George's Church;
Alice C. Wolhaupter to Mrs. Matthewson concerning her father's pressed flowers;
Albany, New York, October 7, 1950.
sketch of the blossom and bulb of the Common Daffodil [by George Wolhaupter]; n.d.
sketch of leaves [by George Wolhaupter]; n.d.
land owned by G.P. Wolhaupter on the Nackawick River, York County, n.d.
on the death of George Wolhaupter, 1860; "Mr. George Wolhaupter and the Emigrants",
1847; the death of Charles Wolhaupter, ; the death of Benjamin Wolhaupter,
; and "Bliss Carmen, the Young Poet".
of C.P. Brennan, wife of Benjamin Wolhaupter; cut 1814. Transferred to MS44/222.
Collection of Pressed Wild Flowers.
Adder's Tongue Arethusa
Blue Eyed Grass
Bulbous Arethusa and Adder's Tongue
Common Blue Vervain
Common Yellow Sily
Oxycoccus Laccinium Macrocarpon
Downy Spiroea Hardhack
Early Anemone and Claytonia
Fall Golden Rod
Fringed White Orchis
Fringed White Orchis and Dwarf
Ground Laurel and Sessile Leaved
Epigoea Repens & Uvularia
Hare Bell & Woodsorrel
Heart Leaved Soosestrife
Indian Turnip - Dragon Root
Red Actoea Cohush
Round Leaved Cornel
Round Leaved Sun
Round Leaved Winter-green (Pyrola)
Silverweed. Wild Lansey
Spiked Willow Herb and Bulbous
Sweet Scented White
Viola Blanda & Viola
Touch Me Not
White Spiroea Meadow Sweet