Fonds - Edward White family fonds

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Edward White family fonds

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20 cm of textual records
126 photographs

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Edward White was born in 1822 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He grew up near St. Thomas, in Upper Canada, and was ordained by the Wesleyan Methodist Church in 1852. He worked on the Smithville circuit until 1858, when he and three other Wesleyan Methodists were chosen for missionary work in British Columbia. White served alternately in New Westminster and Nanaimo until 1871, when he returned to Ontario. He toured in Britain as an immigration agent for the Ontario government. He died of smallpox at Montreal, on his return trip in 1872.

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Records were kept by Ruth White, great granddaughter of Edward White, and were donated to the Archives by David Ewart in 2003. A second donation was received via BC Archives in 2008.

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Fonds consists of records relating to the Rev. Edward White’s ministry in southern Ontario and British Columbia. Fonds also includes records relating to his son, J.H. White, and his family. Record series include: Diaries (1852-1918); Family correspondence (1862-1932); J.H. White family photographs ([1870?]-[1967]); and Reference materials (1852-1995).

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Some records are fragile

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Records were donated to the Archives by David Ewart in 2003
Accession no. 2008-21 donated by David Mattison of BC Archives in 2008


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Some records are restricted to protect personal information; see file list

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File list available Online finding aid

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Created April 6, 2016
Revised May 5, 2016

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  • English

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