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Accession Number: 95-1002


Margaret Love Bird fonds. -- Photocopied [between 1993 and 1995]. -- 1 item.

Biography / History

Margaret Love was born September 15, 1819 in Dublin, Ireland to Michael Love and Margaret McGowan. In 1819 the family left for Newfoundland where Margaret's father had been posted. In 1824 her father died and the family returned to Ireland. Her mother died in 1845. At this point Margaret's sister Ann, who was married and living in Canada, sent money to Margaret to emigrate to Canada. During her first year in Canada Margaret worked out in service to other families. On July 10, 1846 she married Robert Bird. Like other pioneers they did much of the work themselves. She died while she was in her nineties.

Custodial History

This item (in typescript) was given to the great granddaughter of the recipient of the letter (a friend of Margaret Bird) by a cousin. She sent it to an associate who subsequently forwarded it to the Kawartha Branch of the Genealogical Society to the care of Kathleen Bowley who donated a copy to the Trent University Archives.

Scope and Content

This item is a 26 page photocopy of typescript of a letter of reminiscence written in 1910 by Margaret Bird, of Peterborough, Ontario, when she was an elderly woman. It tells of her abuse at the hands of her husband including one attempt to poison her. It describes her difficult life in late nineteenth-century Peterborough.


Title based on original writer of the item.

This item was donated by Kathleen Bowley of the Kawartha Branch of the Genealogical Society.

Restrictions: Not to be copied.