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Fonds Level Description

Accession Number: 08-013


Mather Funeral Home Collection. -- 1888-1979. -- 6 volumes.

Biography / History

The Mather Funeral Home, Keene Ontario was established in the late nineteenth century. It developed from the carriage making business of W.T. Mather (1853-1913).

Custodial History

This collection was created by the family of Mrs. Barbara Mather of Mather's Corners near Keene, Ontario and was in her possession until donated to Trent University Archives.

Scope and Content

Collection consists of six registers maintained by the Mather Funeral Home, Keene, Ontario. Volume 1 (1880-1903) was strictly a funeral register. Volume 2 (1910-1928) consists of a day book for a cabinet maker and carriage maker who also handled funerals by providing caskets, embalming services, wreaths, shrouds and so forth. Remaining registers recorded funerals only. The registers record names of deceased, age, cause of death and where buried.


Title based on contents of the collection.
Collection acquired in 2008 from Mrs. Barbara Mather.
Restrictions: Registers 1-3 open; registers 4-6 restricted use - permission of the University Archivist required.
No further accruals expected

File List


Volume 1: 1888-1903 (funeral register)
Volume 2: 1910-1928 (day book)

Note re 1910-1928:
"Mather Funeral Home Records MP 08, 1910-1928" by the Kawartha Branch Ontario Genealogical Society, added 2014; this is a record of names appearing in a funeral register for 1910-1928. The original register is not part of this fonds.

Volume 3: 1928-1949 (funeral register)


Volume 4: 1949-1970 (funeral register)
Volume 5: 1970-1978 (funeral register)
Volume 6: 1978-1979 (funeral register)