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Accession Number: 14-011


Atwood family fonds. -- 1865-1968. -- 6 cm of textual documents. -- ca. 120 photographs. -- 1 sketch.


The Atwood family is associated with nineteenth-century settlement in the Lakefield, Ontario region. James Parr Clinton Atwood (1836-1912) immigrated to Canada from Gloucestershire in 1855 and married Anne Traill Fotheringhame (Annie) Traill (1838-1931), daughter of Thomas Traill and Catharine Parr Traill, in 1858. Together they had seven children: Henry, Emily, Clinton, Katharine, George, Anne, and Florence. The Atwood family is related to the Upper Canada pioneer Traill, Moodie, and Strickland families.


Fonds consists of photographs, correspondence, and miscellaneous documents pertaining to the Atwood family of Lakefield, Ontario. Also included are materials pertaining to Anne Atwood's family, the Traills; a sketch identified through an accompanying note as Ernest Shackleton; and correspondence between Edwin Guillet and explorer George M. Douglas.


Custodial History: Fonds was in the custody of Kathy Hooke before being donated to Trent University Archives in 2014.

Immediate Source: Fonds acquired from Kathy Hooke in 2014.

Restrictions: N

Related fonds in Trent University Archives: 79-002, 90-008, 74-003, 96-1012, 69-1001, 89-1062, 11-004, 83-1021, 83-1003, Stewart family fonds, Isolated Manuscript #26.

In some instances, the name “Atwood” appearing on the photographs is spelled “Attwood”; for the purpose of this finding aid, the spelling “Atwood” is used, as this is the spelling customarily used in published references to the family.

Photograph descriptions are taken from the inscriptions found with the photographs.

Many photographs are mounted with glue on loose pages which had once been part of a photograph album(s). The photograph album(s) covers were not received in this donation.

Finding Aid

Box 1



Catharine Parr Traill; daughter Kate Traill Atwood; nieces Ethel Traill and Katie (Katherine Barbara) Traill - at daughter Kate’s Stoney Lake cottage, 1890s

“Katy and Emily (Atwood) Lingwood”; on reverse: “Stoney Lake, about 1903” - Juniper Island Store with people in front)

Catharine Parr Traill at Westove (as an elderly woman; perhaps quilting or mending)

Catharine Parr Traill’s desk in Christ Church, Lakefield

Catharine Parr Traill, Samuel Strickland, Agnes Strickland (3 separate photos held together by cardboard border)

Mr. and Mrs. Clinton Atwood and family, 1904

Clinton & Eric Atwood

Fred and Emily Lingwood

Florence Atwood

Annie Atwood and nephew Harry

Annie Atwood and nephew Eric

Katy (Mrs. Todd later)

Mrs. C. Atwood at Rice Lake with Katy, Annie, Florence and Harry

Rev. Atwood (grandfather in England)

Grace Atwood, Clinton Atwood (father of Miss A. Atwood)


Reverend H.A. Ben Oliel & family

[Maxie] Mackenzie

Charlie J. Blomfield, March 30 1865 – Mr. Blomfield

C.C. Rolleston

Mrs. Geale, 1903

Footlands Camp, 1903

Thomas Traill

Rev. J.L. Taylor, [Lakefield]

Mr. Watson, Sexton, St. John’s, father of Percy Watson

Baby Willie Bate, 1904

“Grandmother Traill’s Tombstone…” (tombstone of Catharine Parr Traill)

“Group at Fairhaven – The Atwood family with Mrs. Page & Eva, Aug’t 10th, 1904”

“Perry’s Creek picnickers stranded on Uncle Roland’s [Strickland] island – caught by storm Aug. 6th, 1903” (cottage at Perry’s Creek next to lock at Burleigh)

George Simpson, 1903

S.S. picnic, Juniper Island, 1903

Mrs. Paterson, 1903

Photo of cake and tea setting in celebration of Mr. and Mrs. John Peck’s 50th anniversary, 1948

Frances Stewart [Note: this image is identified by some as being Frances Stewart; this has been disputed, however: see further discussion in 05-013/1/2 and 12-012/1/14]


Gore’s Landing, Rice Lake, Ontario – postcards

Church of England (Christ Church), Lakefield, Ontario – postcards and photographs

Strickland homestead, Lakefield, Ontario

Westove, home of Catharine Parr Traill (one photograph includes Catharine Parr Traill – blurry)


Unidentified people and places


Sketch of Ernest Shackleton by his sister Kathleen Shackleton, 1929, Chicoutami (a note which accompanies the sketch reads: “Ernest Shackleton. Sketched by his sister, Kathleen Shackleton, and given to her friend Gladys McCorkindale Atwood, whose father was at one time minister of the Presbyterian Church in Lakefield.”)

Also, a page from the book Canadian Mosaic by John Murray Gibson, 1938, with a sketch by Kathleen Shackleton titled “French-Canadian Type” (the person portrayed in this sketch is similar in appearance to the sketch identified in the note as Ernest Shackleton)


Correspondence, 1945-1955: letters between Edwin Guillet and [George M. Douglas]: subjects include American Canoe Association Meet of 1883 at Stoney Lake and attended by George M Douglas; Luther Paine [Payne] family information; Clauge family; Bold Hill [Arundel Hill’s son]; Samuel Strickland’s agricultural students


“A letter to Susanna Moodie from her daughter Katie Vickers, August 31, 1873” (reprint, Canadian House, 1968)

“Auction Sale Catalogue of Household contents of Ashelworth House adjacent to the Grove school Lakefield, Ontario, all belonging to The Estate of the Late Anne Traill Atwood”, [1950]

Miscellaneous notes (4), one of which pertains to photographs in this fonds