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Name of Repository

Title/Stmnt of Responsibility

    Macgowan family fonds

Dates of Creation

    1797, 1799, 1859-1904, 1965; Photocopied 2002

Physical Description

    .002 m. of textual records

Administrative History

    Peter Macgowan was born on 22 March 1762 in Bridgenorth, Shropshire, England. He was educated in England and was admitted as an attorney of the King's Bench in Westminster in 1782. Peter married Ann Stainforth (1766-1858) on 23 November 1788. In 1789 the couple emigrated to Prince Edward Island and settled in Gowan Brae near Souris. Peter and Ann had seven children, including Elizabeth, an unknown child, John, William S., William Stainforth, Peter (1805-1890), Mary (1807-1831), and Lydia Cambridge (1809-1835). In 1805, the family was living on Sidney Street in Charlottetown. Peter was appointed Attorney General of PEI in November 1798 and held this position until his death on 19 June 1810 at the age of forty-eight.

    John Macgowan, born on 31 March 1800, was the eldest son of Peter and Ann Macgowan. On 3 April 1845 he married Jane Caroline MacCallum, daughter of Peter MacCallum, Esq., of Hemlock Cottage, St. Peter's Bay. The couple had six children, including Peter Stainforth, Elizabeth Lydia (1848-?), Daniel Hodgson (1852-?), Mary Louise (1855-?), Jane Caroline (1862-1977), and John C. In 1877 the family was living near Hillsborough Square in Charlottetown. John died 15 December 1881 and was buried in the Elm Avenue (now University Avenue) cemetery in Charlottetown.

    Daniel Hodgson, son of John and Jane Macgowan, was born on 26 July 1852 at Gowan Brae, Souris. He was educated at Prince of Wales College in Charlottetown. Hodgson married Frances (Fanny) Isobel Owen (?-1920), youngest daughter of Thomas Owen, Esq., Postmaster General of Prince Edward Island, on 11 September 1879. Hodgson and Fanny had four children, including Elsie Owen (1880-?), Gowan Stainforth (1882-?), Colin Douglas (1883-?), and Keith Campbell (1890-?). For many years Hodgson was connected with the PEI railway, and his occupation is given as Rail Road Conductor on both the 1881 and 1891 census returns. Following the death of his father John, Hodgson's mother Jane came to live with him and is listed as a "lodger" in Hodgson's home in the 1891 census. In the 1901 census, however, Jane is listed as "retired" and a border living in a hotel in Charlottetown run by a Patrick Dougherty. Jane's date of death and final resting place are unknown.

    Hodgson's sister, Mary Louis Macgowan, was born 21 July 1855. On 15 April 1882, Mary married Percy Pope, eldest son of the Honourable James C. Pope of Charlottetown.

    Keith Campbell Macgowan, son of Hodgson Macgowan and Fanny Owen, was born 18 December 1890. He married Gertrude Augusta Rand (1895-1983) on 22 October 1919 and the couple had three children, including Kenneth Owen (1921- ), Barbara Rand (1925- ) and John (1927- ). Kenneth Owen Macgowan, born 11 September 1921, married Audrey Marion Churchill (1922- ) on 31 May 1946 in Montreal. They had three children, including John Douglas (b. 26 January 1953; m. Linda Beth Nortrop); Patricia Elizabeth (b. 29 October 1950; m. Thomas Whittier Warthin); Peter James (b. 26 January 1953; m. Linda Beth Northrup); and Colleen Mary (b. 19 May 1955; m. Roger William Scott).

Custodial History

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Scope and Content

    The fonds contains various papers related and belonging to the descendants of Peter Macgowan, including a petition of appeal (n. d.), land records (1797, 1799, 1874), an unidentified account book (1859-1883), an unidentified sketch (n. d.), a wedding announcement for Aenas A. MacDonald and Margaret J. MacDonald (1904), a soubenir (ca. December 1901) of Elizabeth L. Macdonald who died 12 July 1901, a letter from James C. Pope to a Mr. Tilly regarding PEI joining Confederation (1873), and correspondence regarding a land dispute between John Macgowan and the Estate of John Knight (1871, 1878). There is also some correspondence (1890-1895) relating to the building of the St. Alban the Martyr Anglican Church in Souris to which Jane Macgowan contributed financial support. The fonds also contains transcribed extracts from a scrapbook kept by Jane Caroline MacCallum Macgown, wife of John Macgowan, c.1907. The scrapbook was transcribed by Jane's great-grandson, Kenneth Owen Macgowan, c.1965.

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