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Patrick, McPherson family fonds

1825-1975, predominant 1845-1946

Physical Description:
14 cm of textual records. -- 18 photographs

Murdoch McPherson, 1796?-1863, was born in Scotland. He entered the service of the North West Company in 1816, and was taken on as a clerk by the Hudson's Bay Company (HBC) in 1821. From 1823 to 1848 he served in the Mackenzie River department, and was promoted to chief factor in 1847. He retired to Nova Scotia in 1851. He was married to Jane Smith, 1805-?, daughter of chief factor Edward Smith. Their son, Joseph Edward McPherson, 1838-?, married Mary Fletcher Hardisty, and they had six children. Margaret Charlotte McPherson, 1865-1940, daughter of Mary and Joseph McPherson, married Allan Poyntz Patrick in 1887. A.P. Patrick, 1849-1948, was the son of Alfred William Patrick and Tirzah Hopkins. He was educated at Upper Canada College. He came west as a Dominion Land Surveyor in 1873, and surveyed in southern Alberta. By 1879 he had started the Mount Royal Ranch on the Ghost River. In 1886 he homesteaded closer to Calgary, to enable him to carry on his survey work. He surveyed most townsites between Fort Macleod and Edmonton, as well as much of Calgary. He later sold his ranch and moved into Calgary. The Patricks had seven children: Mary (Glenday), Lillian (Morrison), Alfred, Winnifred (Heather), Daisy (Vickers), Grace (Spence) and Lawrence. For further information see Don W. Thomson's article "A. P. Patrick, D.T.S, Discoverer of Oil in Alberta" in Canadian Geographical Journal. -- vol. 79, no. 3 (1969), p. 100-104.

Scope and Content:
The fonds consists of Murdoch McPherson's diary (1834), McPherson family correspondence (1845-1895), and miscellaneous family and HBC papers (1825-1893); and Patrick family correspondence (1878-1946), Alfred Patrick's diary (1833), and various family certificates, genealogical charts and newsclippings. Includes Lillian Morrison's nomination of A.P. Patrick as Calgary's Citizen of the Century (1975).
RECORDS RELATED TO THE FOLLOWING SUBJECTS ARE ALSO IN THIS FONDS. SEE INVENTORY FOR DETAILS: Coal mines and mining, Sandford Fleming, Fort Yukon, Capt. John Franklin, J.A. Grant, Bella Hardisty, Richard Hardisty, William Lucas Hardisty, Lapierre House (Yukon), I Macallum, Sir John A. Macdonald, Catherine McLachlan, Alexander Murray Hunter, Patrick Oils Ltd., Sheep Creek Coal Mine, Silver City, Edward Smith, Lord Strathcona, Betsy Sutherland, Catherine Swanston, and John Thomson.

Source of Acquisition:
Gifts of Lillian Morrison, Mary Glenday, Winnifred Heather, and Mr. J. Farish, 1958-1976.

The material is in English.

Originals and Reproductions:
Also available on microfilm.

No restrictions on access.

Finding Aids:
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Call Numbers:
(M=manuscript; N&P=photos; R=sound recordings; S=slides; F=films)
M-941, M-943, M-4109, M-4123, PA-122, PA-1602, PA-1610, PB-44, PC-92, NA-88, NA-176, NA-570, NA-900, NA-987, NA-2678, NA-2758, NA-2807, Microfilm-Patrick

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