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MC300 MS16Wollhaupter Family Collection

Dates of creation
1790-1878; 1950

Physical description
31 cm.

Administrative history
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.

Language
English

Restrictions
No restrictions

Finding Aid
An inventory is available.

Inventory

1 Certificate to John Wolhaupter from the Grand Lodge of the State of New York; June 1, 1790.

2 Receipt to John Wolhaupter from William Thain for sundry goods; Saint John, 1799.

3 Receipt to John Wolhaupter from Sayre & Richards, wholesalers, for sundry goods; New York, March 20, 1810.

4 Letter from Mattew Brannen to Benjamin Wolhaupter giving Brannen's consent to Wolhaupter's proposal of marriage to Brannen's daughter, Catharine; Fredericton, November 27, 1819.

5 Letter from Matthew Brannen to his daughter Catharine P., telling her of his approbation to Benjamin Wolhaupter's proposal; November 27, 1819.

6 Letter from 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.

7 Letter from 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.

8 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 7, 1846.

9 Programme for Harriette's birthday party; June 6, 1855.


10 Christmas programme for Christ Church Cathedral; 1855.

11 Telegraph 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.



12 Certificate 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.



13 Graphic plan by Benjamin Wolhaupter for two walnut collection plates for St. George's Church; July 1878.


14 Letter from Alice C. Wolhaupter to Mrs. Matthewson concerning her father's pressed flowers; Albany, New York, October 7, 1950.


15 Black ink sketch of the blossom and bulb of the Common Daffodil [by George Wolhaupter]; n.d.


16 Black ink sketch of leaves [by George Wolhaupter]; n.d.

17 Map showing land owned by G.P. Wolhaupter on the Nackawick River, York County, n.d.


18 Clippings on the death of George Wolhaupter, 1860; "Mr. George Wolhaupter and the Emigrants", 1847; the death of Charles Wolhaupter, [1858]; the death of Benjamin Wolhaupter, [1857]; and "Bliss Carmen, the Young Poet".



19 Framed silhouette of C.P. Brennan, wife of Benjamin Wolhaupter; cut 1814. Transferred to MS44/222.


20 Wolhaupter Collection of Pressed Wild Flowers.

Adder's Tongue Arethusa

Arethusa Ophioglossiodes


Anemone


Blue Eyed Grass

Sisyrinchium Ancefus


Blue Flag

Iris Versicolor


Blue Vervain


Bulbous Arethusa and Adder's Tongue


Bulbous Wiethusa

Arethusa Bulbosa


Canadian Rhodora

Rhodora Canadeusis


Common Blue Vervain

Verbena Hastata


Common Tiarella

Tiarella Cordifolia


Common Yellow Sily

Silium Canadeuse


Craneberry

Oxycoccus Laccinium Macrocarpon


Daisy


Dog Bane

Arocynum Androsamifolium


Downy Spiroea Hardhack

Spireoa Tomentosa


Dutchman's Breeches

Corydalis Cucullaria


Early Anemone and Claytonia


Erect Trillium

Trillium Erectum


Erythonium


Fall Anemone

Anemone Virginiana


Fall Golden Rod

Solidago Altissima


Fimbriated Orchids

Orchis Fimbriata


Fimbrated Orchis


Fly Honeysuckle

Xylosteum Ciliatum


Fly Honeysuckle


Fringed White Orchis

Orchis Blephariglottis


Fringed White Orchis and Dwarf


Ground Laurel

Epigoea Repens


Ground Laurel

Epigoea Repens


Ground Laurel and Sessile Leaved

Epigoea Repens & Uvularia


Hare Bell & Woodsorrel


Heart Leaved Soosestrife

Sysimachia Cilita


Indian Turnip - Dragon Root

Arum Tripyllum


Labrador Tea


Ladies Slipper

Cypripedium Acaule


Ladies Slipper

Neottia Cernua


Ladies Slipper


Linncea Borealis


Looses Trife


Many Flowered

Polygonatum Couvallaria


Solomons Seal

Multiflora


Milkweed

Asdepias Syriaca


Moosewood


Mountain Laurel


Mountain Laurel


Northern Calla

Calla Palustris


Northern Dracena

Dracena Borealis


Painted Trillium

Trillium Pictum


Pidgeon Berry


Red Actoea Cohush

Actoea Rubra


Round Leaved Cornel

Cornus Circinata


Round Leaved Sun


Dew


Round Leaved

Pyrola Rotundifolia


Wintergreen


Round Leaved Winter-green (Pyrola)


Sarge Bindweed

Convolvulus Sefrium


Silverweed. Wild Lansey

Potentilla Ansernia


Sinear Claytonia

Claytonia Virginica


Snake Head

Chelone Glabra


Spiked Willow Herb and Bulbous


Sweet Scented White

Viola Blanda & Viola


Violet and

Frubesceus Impatiens


Touch Me Not

Nolitaugere


Tufted Vetch

Nicia Cracca


Twinflower

Linnoea Borealis


Unknown


Unknown


Unknown


Unknown


Unknown


White Spiroea Meadow Sweet

Spiroea Alba



21 Letter to Benjamin Wolhaupter.