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Accession Number: 90-006


Tuer family fonds. -- 1855-1956. -- 30 cm of textual records and other materials.

Biography / History

The Tuer family originated in or around Liverpool, England. Part of the family emigrated to Canada, possibly around the 1840's, and settled into the Port Hope area. They maintained strong links with the family residing in Liverpool as can be seen by the wills and estate settlements in the fonds. One of the Tuer family members, a Peter Tuer (died December 22, 1849), the father, married Mary and they had Peter (who married Lucy and he died April 1, 1855) Charles, Robert, James, William Henry (died January 1, 1853), Clara Tuer (married Henry Gregory), Thomas, Eliza (married Richard Gregory) and Sarah (married Currie Busfield). William Henry, (died 1853) had four children: Fanny (married Robert Olden), Ann (married Lionel Smith) and Francis Hugh and Sarah who were infants at the time of his death. Another Tuer family member was Thomas Tuer (died November 15, 1881) who married Elizabeth Jane Kilshaw and they had Thomas, Henry, Mary, Henry Arthur, Margaret, Jessie and William Frederick Joseph. Thomas Tuer was a bookkeeper living in Liverpool in the County of Lancaster, England, Great Britain. There are a number of family members on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean who carry the same names and this makes it difficult to ascertain familial relationships. (The preceeding information has been found in the wills and estates records within the fonds.)

Custodial History


Scope and Content

This fonds consists of the Tuer family records. It includes family photographs and correspondence; estate records (including the "Kilshaw" records); last will and testament of Thomas Tuer 1873; music examination records of Mary Tuer; and teaching certificates of Margaret Tuer 1899-1918.


Title based on contents of fonds.

This fonds was donated from an unknown source.

Restrictions: N

Finding aids: Y

For related records see: 75-1001 (Mary Tuer Diary) and 76-041 (Seth Soper Smith fonds--has estate of Mary Tuer).

Finding Aid

Box 1


1: Photographs

2: Photographs

3: Photographs

4: Keepsakes - religious mementos; autograph book; poetry; `T. Tuer' glass nameplate 3"x6"x1/4"

5: Printed ticket vouchers of "Grafton and Co." clothing manufacturers; printed advertisements

6: Mary Tuer - music examination papers

7: Sheet music, songs of praise, etc.

8: M. Tuer - study notes (history and politics), plus 2 French language instruction booklets

9: Margaret Tuer - teaching certificates and related documents 1899-1918

10: Miscellaneous insurance documents, bank documents, etc. - Donald Robertson fire insurance document 1870; T.M. William insurance document 1882; Mamie Tuer account book 1898; bank statements, cancelled cheques, and bank pass-books 1912-1913, 1956; miscellaneous statements.

11: Miscellaneous theatre and concert programs; Vermont Life magazine Summer 1954 with article entitled "Fletcher Farm"; newspaper review of Dorothy Canfield's book A Harvest of Stories; Baxter Prints article

12: Peter Tuer - estate document Nov. 22, 1855

13: Thomas Tuer - will (probate of last will and testament Feb. 24, 1873) with attached Surrogate Court document Sept.12, 1882

14: Thomas Tuer - estate documents (re: Costs of Plaintiff's Solicitors - in the High Court of Justice Chancery Division)1888-1891

15: Kilshaw - estate documents: financial statements 1887-1911; sales document "To Close a Trust Estate" 1902; "Release and Discharge" document 1912

16: Frederick Tuer - estate documents (National Trust Company) 1949-1955

17: Jas. Hallows - correspondence 1881-1897 18: Mrs. Kilshaw - correspondence [c: 1883- 1888]

19: The Sovereign Great Priory of Canada /Thomas Tuer - correspondence [c:1912]

20: Miscellaneous correspondence 1887-1910

21: Miscellaneous correspondence 1911-1912

22: Miscellaneous correspondence 1913

23: Miscellaneous correspondence 1914-1915

24: Miscellaneous correspondence undated;

miscellaneous envelopes