Fonds RC0170 - Thompson family fonds

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Thompson family fonds

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  • 1864-1904 (Creation)

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17 cm of textual records

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Sarah Robson was born on 19 October 1816. She married William Thomas Thompson in a Quaker ceremony on 9 February 1842 at Newcastle-on-Tyne. They had two sons, Thomas Phillips (born 25 November 1844; died 22 May 1933) and Theodore (born 2 September 1846; died 16 June 1874). The family emigrated to Canada in 1857, settled first in Lindsay, Ontario, and by 1865, moved to St. Catharines. In 1878 Sarah and her husband returned to England. They were back in North America in 1882, living in Charlottesville, Virginia. The couple died within a few hours of each other on 23-24 April 1883. Thomas Phillips Thompson, Pierre Berton's grandfather, was a journalist, author, and labour organizer. He wrote under the nom de plume of "Jimuel Briggs". He married Delia Florence Fisher on 2 March 1872. One of their children was Laura Beatrice Thompson (born 13 March 1878), the mother of Lucy Woodward and Pierre Berton.

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The fonds consists of diaries of Sarah Robson Thompson (transcribed by Emily Bradshaw, Berton's secretary, in June 1998) and Delia Florence Thompson and family correspondence.

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Fonds was acquired from Pierre Berton in May 1999.


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For letters written by Thomas Phillips Thompson to Lucy Woodward and Pierre Berton, see box 339, file 19 of the Pierre Berton fonds.

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