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Accession Number: 05-013


Jean Shearman fonds. -- ca. 1840 - 2004. -- 1 m of textual records. -- ca. 650 photographs : ca. 300 negatives.

Biography / History

Jean Shearman (1925-2005) was born in Montreal. She was a great great granddaughter of Thomas Alexander Stewart and Frances Browne Stewart, and great granddaughter of their son, William Stewart and his wife, Louisa McNabb. She spent much of her life transcribing the Frances Stewart letters and researching the genealogy of the Stewart family and families with whom the Stewarts had some relationship. Ms. Shearman wrote A Sense of Continuity: The Stewarts of Douro along with her sister, Elizabeth Shearman Hall. She died in Toronto in 2005.

Custodial History

This fonds was acquired from the estate of Jean Shearman and was in the custody of Reverend John Shearman before it was forwarded to Trent University Archives in August 2005.

Scope and Content

Fonds consists of research materials relating to early nineteenth-century Irish immigrants, Thomas Alexander Stewart and Frances Browne Stewart, of Douro Township, County of Peterborough in Ontario. Included in the research materials are photographs (including 3 daguerreotypes), genealogical family charts, and articles and papers relating to Stewart family descendents and other Peterborough settler families. Also included is the personal correspondence of Jean Shearman.


Title based on the creator of the fonds.
Fonds acquired from Reverend John Shearman in August 2005.
Restrictions: N
For related records see: 78-008, 94-006, and 02-001.
Correspondence of the Stewart family, including letters written by Frances Browne Stewart and some of her children, has been removed to 78-008.

Finding Aid

Box 1

(Note: the photographs are comprised of originals, copy photographs, and scanned images)
(Note: some folders include descendents to 2005)
(Note: some folders include genealogical information)

1. Thomas Alexander Stewart (1786-1847), husband of Frances Browne Stewart

2. Frances Browne Stewart (1794-1872)

3. Anna Maria Stewart, daughter of Thomas & Frances Stewart and wife of Dr. Thomas Hay - folder also includes descendents

4. Catharine Mary Stewart, daughter of Thomas & Frances Stewart and wife of Robert A. Brown - folder also includes descendents

5. Charles Edward Stewart, son of Thomas & Frances Stewart and husband of Charlotte Ellis - folder also includes descendents

6. Eleanor Susannah Stewart, daughter of Thomas & Frances Stewart and wife of Andrew Charles O'Rielly Dunlop - folder also includes descendents

7. Elizabeth Lydia Stewart, daughter of Thomas & Frances Stewart and wife of Edward W. Brown - folder also includes descendents

8. Francis Thomas Stewart, son of Thomas & Frances Stewart and husband of Joan Brown - folder also includes descendents

9. George Alexander Stewart, son of Thomas & Frances Stewart and husband of Cecilia M. Ward (1st wife) & Frances McCormack (2nd wife) - folder also includes descendents

10. Henry Louis Stewart, son of Thomas & Frances Stewart and husband of Georgina Innes (1st wife) & Caroline Mathias (2nd wife) - folder also includes descendents

11. John Stewart, son of Thomas & Frances Stewart and husband of Annie M.C. Johnston - folder also includes descendents

12. William Stewart, son of Thomas & Frances Stewart & husband of Louisa McNabb - folder also includes descendents, as well as a Stewart family servant, Betty (Note: folder includes 2 daguerreotypes)
13. William Stewart, as above - folder includes Williams family photographs (Note: William Stewart's daughter, Anna Maria, married George Edward Williams) - (Note: folder includes 1 tintype)
14. William Stewart, as above - folder includes Shearman family photographs who are descendents of William Stewart (Note: several photos are unidentified but were included in an album with title "Shearman"; some photos are of Ottawa fire, flood, and Queen's mourning, ca. 1900-1901, and "Victory Loan" parade, 1918)
15. ibid.
16. William Stewart, as above - folder includes Wood [Shearman] family photographs

17. Group photos of grown children of Thomas and Frances Stewart, i.e. Catharine, Anna Maria, Elizabeth, Eleanor, plus Eleanor's husband Charles Dunlop; also unidentified men

18. Parents & siblings of Thomas Alexander Stewart (1786-1847)

19. William Benjamin Stewart Mathias: grandson of Thomas A. Stewart's sister, Anna; includes wife & descendents

20. People, identified (miscellaneous) (Note: includes daguerreotype)

21. People, unidentified (Note: includes 3 tintypes)

22. Buildings, scenes, etc. including:

Auburn & Goodwood (Stewart family homes)

scenic views of Stony Lake from Catamaran; Eel's Creek (see also Box 1 folder 19); Peterborough from Armour Hill; Lake Placid (all 1957)

John Stewart home, Illinois; Windy Bank

scenic views of [Victoria, B.C.]

bateau used on St. Lawrence River in the 1820s

Ireland photos: Ballydrain buildings and scenery; Wilmot House; Drum Church, Drumbeg, Co. Down; Malone Rd.; churches & houses

23. negatives

Box 2

1. A Sense of Continuity: the Stewarts of Douro: correspondence, publishing information, 1979 & 1992-1994; final proof
2. "Twisted Threads": genealogy of Shearman, Wood & Williams families)
3. Papers and articles about Thomas & Frances Stewart
4. Information re Stewart family heirlooms, crest, etc.
5. Auburn excavation report / Mary Lucyk Heaman, 1973
6. Memorial dedication in honour of Douro Township settlers, 1990
7. Thomas A. Stewart Secondary School: opening, 1967
8. Stewart and Stewart/Read family reunions, including some photographs
9. "Malone" - information re historic home of Charles Dunlop & Eleanor Stewart Dunlop

10. Miscellaneous items:

medal - "George V and Queen Mary, May VI, MCMXXXV"

3 postcards
- "Amusement Group, British Prisoner of War Camp, Soltan, Germany"
- "H.M. Hospital Ship "ABA"
- wounded soldiers on horse-drawn railway cart

[piece of cloth that covered Queen Victoria's coffin, 1910]

"Language of Flowers" (list of flowers and their meanings)

"The Story of a Church: Trinity United Church, St. Eustache, Que.," 1961 (booklet prepared by Mr. & Mrs. E.J. Shearman)

"Living Our Faith: The History of First United Church, Ottawa, Ontario," 1961 (includes tribute to Miss Edna Shearman)

The Settlement of Otonabee Township (typescript)

a few newspaper clippings

"Star pattern for Quilt" - handwritten photocopy

Lock of hair (in envelope) believed to be that of Frances Browne Stewart

Title page (photocopy only) of Our Forest Home, with inscription "Stewart Brown with love & best wishes from Aunt E.S. Dunlop, Dec'r 89"

Box 3

Materials written by or about descendents of Thomas and Frances Stewart

1. Stewart - McVittie - Hamilton - Feltus family trees compiled by W. Darcy McKeough [1993-2005]. (Note: This material was acquired from W. Darcy McKeough in August 2005).
2. Articles about George Stewart (son of Thomas & Frances Stewart & surveyor and first superintendent of Banff National Park); also by Louis Stewart (son of George & Cecilia Stewart, surveying professor at University of Toronto)
3. Articles and papers by Walter Louis Stewart, 1974-1980
4. Newspaper articles re Karen Kain, ballerina, descendent of Henry Stewart
5. Mary Cunningham Johnston journal, 1834 (photocopy & transcript only; title: "Journal of Mary [Cunningham] Johnston & Her Infant Daughter Annie as kept on Their Journey from Glasgow Scotland to Haldimand Ontario in 1834"); daughter Annie married John Stewart, son of Thomas and Frances Stewart
6. "Reminiscences by Miss M.I. Wilson", November 4, 1873 (copy only, multipage, handwritten in a notebook)
7. Recollections of Anna Louise Stewart Shearman, mother of Jean Shearman: handwritten copies originally located in envelope titled: "mother's recollections of her parents and family" (2 sections, one titled "William Warran"and one re Anna Maria Stewart, daughter of William and Louisa Stewart)

Box 4

Correspondence, primarily between Jean Shearman and others, 1961-2004

1. [Hall], Betty correspondence, 1977-1986
2. Lewis, Joyce correspondence, [1979]
3. Shearman, George correspondence, 1984-1991
4. Shearman, John correspondence, 1969-1990
5. Shearman, Stewart correspondence, 1983-1990
6. Trent University & Archives of Ontario, 1978-1979

Correspondence, general
7. 1961
8. 1962
9. 1968
10. 1969
11. 1970
12. 1971
13. 1973
14. 1974
15. 1975
16. 1976
17. 1977
18. 1978
19. 1979
20. 1980
21. 1981
22. 1982
23. 1983
24. 1984
25. 1985
26. 1986
27. 1987
28. 1988
29. 1989
30. 1990
31. 1991
32. 1992
33. 1993
34. 1994
35. 1995
36. 1996
37. 1997
38. 1998
39. 1999
40. 2000
41. 2001
42. 2003
43. 2004
44. no date

Box 5

1. Shearman family history (includes miscellaneous correspondence, transcripts of family stories and letters, samples of souvenir stamp designed by Arthur Shearman, Bible with nameplate "Ernest Shearman")

2. Shearman family genealogy

Two large volumes of family genealogy charts pertaining to the Stewarts of Douro, Ballydrain, Wilmot, & Peterborough

One black volume of family genealogy charts pertaining to the Reid & Strickland families

Box 6

Folders 1-6.
Stewart family genealogy charts and research material
Note: Folder 1 includes some original handwritten charts that appear to have been created in the 19th century

Folder 7.
Richard B. Stewart research material, genealogy charts, correspondence 1994-1998

Folder 8.
Photocopies of correspondence re Thomas A. Stewart land acquisition of 1200 acres in Douro Township in 1822 (these copies are for research purposes only and may not be reproduced)

Box 7

1. Dunsford, Denison, Clementi family genealogies (Peterborough area families)
2. Caddy, Geale family genealogies (Peterborough area families)