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Accession Number: 76-1012


Andrew Mather letter. -- 1839. -- 1 item.

Biography / History

Andrew Mather and his wife, Ann Patterson, came from Belford, Northumberland County, England to Canada in the 1820's. They brought with them their family of four sons and three daughters. Andrew Mather acquired 400 acres of land, Lots 8 and 9, Concession 9, in Otonabee Township, Upper Canada. The Mather family established a farm on the land which they named "Belford Farm" in honour of their former place of residence in England. Andrew's son, Thomas P. moved several miles north of Belford Farm and built his home on the southwest corner of a cross road. The location is now known as Mather's Corners. (Taken from: Nelson, D. Gayle. "Forest to Farm: Early Days in Otonabee." Keene: The Keene, Otonabee 150th Anniversary Commitee, 1975.)

Custodial History

The letter was previously in the custody of Margaret Durham Vanderploeg, great granddaughter of Johnathan MacDougall before it was donated to the Trent University Archives.

Scope and Content

This item is a letter written by Andrew Mather of Beadnell, 9th Concession, Otonabee Township to his son-in-law Jonathan MacDougall after the death of Mather's daughter. The letter outlines the opportunities open to MacDougall if he were to choose to settle in Otonabee Township. The letter also gives news of neighbours and friends. Included is a transcript and comments regarding MacDougall by Margaret Dunham Vanderploeg, great granddaughter of MacDougall.


Title based on the creator of the letter.

This item was donated by Margaret Durham Vanderlpoeg.

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