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Accession Number: 13-003


Theodore Thorne Hamilton family fonds. -- ca. 1890-1959. -- 26 cm of textual records. -- ca. 30 postcards. -- ca. 270 photographs. 


The Theodore Thorne Hamilton family is associated with the earliest settlement of the Bobcaygeon area and later relocation to western Canada, where Theodore Thorne Hamilton was a telegraph operator with the Canadian National Railway. Hamilton was born 10 April 1890 in Bobcaygeon and died 3 August 1959. While in western Canada, he resided in Eudako, British Columbia.


Fonds pertains to the life of Theodore Thorne Hamilton (1890-1959) and his extended family. The documents, comprised of original letters, vital statistic certificates, photographs, and postcards, are interleaved with detailed biographical information compiled by the donor, Mr. Jim Hamilton, a second cousin (twice removed) of Theodore Thorne Hamilton. Included are approximately 100 photographs pertaining to the Skeena River flood of 1936, approximately 30 early 20th-century Bobcaygeon area postcards, and two Bibles.


Custodial History: Fonds was in the custody of Jim Hamilton before being donated to Trent University Archives in 2013.

Immediate Source: Fonds acquired from Jim Hamilton in 2013.



Note: The following files include photographs and biographical details pertaining to Hamilton family members; the biographical details were provided by the donor, Mr. Jim Hamilton. Some photographs were taken in the Bobcaygeon area while others were taken in western Canada.
Box 1Folder
1. Theodore Thorne Hamilton (1890-1959): photographs, correspondence, memorabilia, 1926-1927; 1957
2. Theodore Thorne Hamilton: documents and miscellany, 1890-1959
3. William Henry Hamilton (1857-1928): family photographs, Bobcaygeon, [1914-1926]
4. Margaret Emma (Maggie) Trennum (1867-1949), wife of William Henry Hamilton: photographs; funeral card
5. Hamilton Bruce Hamilton (1886-1970): photographs; plus 4 postcards sent to Thorne Hamilton, 1957-1959
6. Josephine Olive (Daisy) Hamilton (1887-1927): photographs
7. Lloyd Earl Hamilton (1892-1939): photographs (includes portrait of his children, Lloyd and Norma)
8. Russell Bernard Hamilton (1893-1966): photographs
9. William Dwight Hamilton (1895-1954): photographs
10. Hazel Agnes Hamilton (1897-1943): photographs; also two letters from Hazel to her brother Thorne and wife Lois, 1927
11. Blossom Lillian Hamilton (1904-1997): photographs; also copy of letter from Blossom to Louella Lamb, 1960
12. Lottie Sophia Hamilton (1907-1980): photographs (all depict a girl with canoe)
13. Nora Janet Hamilton (1909-1913): photographs
14. Emma Pauline Hamilton (1912-1984): photographs
15. Jack Bruce Hamilton (1916-1972): photographs
16. Thurston family, Verulam Township (relatives of Margaret Emma (Maggie) Trennum, wife of William Henry Hamilton: photographs, ca. 1911-1912
Box 2Folder 1: Bobcaygeon photographs, early 1900s; subjects include: bathers; Lintonia (steamer which plied Sturgeon Lake)
Folder 2: Bobcaygeon postcards, ca. 1909-1919; includes a souvenir packet of 10 plus 21
Envelope 1: Skeena River flood, 1936 (103 photographs); note: Salvus train station is depicted in some photographs; the photographs depict devastation caused to the rail line by the Skeena River flood of 1936 (photos were by or for Theordore Thorne Hamilton, Canadian National Railway Endako Station agent)
Envelope 2: Unidentified people (some photographs were taken in British Columbia and Saskatchewan)
Envelope 3: Unidentified places
Bibles (2): one inscribed with "To Thorne with Best love and good wishes From Mother, April 10/1933"