Albert White diary

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Albert White diary

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Accession number 2013.012

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  • June 2, 1897- October 7, 1897 (Creation)
    White, Albert

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1 folder of textual materials

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Biographical history

Albert White was born in England on December 31, 1874 in Frome, England to parents Charles and Charlotte. He came to Canada as a “home child” when he was about ten years old, possibly in 1884 on the Caspian. He was adopted by John Martin Prest of Mooseland (then called Arlington), Nova Scotia, but retained the surname “White.” He would have been about twenty-three years old at the time he wrote this diary. He married Nellie Crossland Morris on December 12, 1900 in Tangier. At the time he was working as a lumberman. He died in Mooseland, Nova Scotia in 1965 and is buried at St. Thomas, Mooseland. His children were Lee, Ella Ann May (1903-1973), Guy Morris (1904-1980), Ray Murray White (1908-1972), Rex White (1912-1912), and Marguerite A (1915- ).

Custodial history

Diary was donated to the Eastern Shore Archives by Marilyn Prest, wife of Bernie Prest who is a descendant of John Martin Prest, adoptive father of Albert White. John Martin Prest was born c. 1831, son of John Martin Prest and Eliza Glawson. He married Jane Amelia Champley on February 4, 1860 in Ship Harbour. Between 1871 and 1881 he lived and worked as a miner at Spry Bay and later farmed at Mooseland. In 1891 he was employed as a farmer and mine owner. He died in November of 1899 at Mooseland. In addition to his adopted son Albert, John Prest had a son and two daughters, Reuben Wellington (1860), Gertrude Mae (1862), Nancy Jane (1869) and also a second adopted son, Charles Donicker (b. 1884).

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This diary is a discrete item and is a copy of the diary written by Albert White during the course of a trip to England from June to October of 1897 to visit family and to witness and participate in the celebration of Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee on June 22nd. He sailed from Rimouski on June 6th on the Vancouver and left Liverpool on September 16th on the Scotsman. While most of the diary is related to his visit in England, an account of his journey from Mooseland to Rimouski gives an accurate account of transportation during the late 19th century.

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Diary was donated to the Eastern Shore Archives by Marilyn Prest.


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  • English

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The original diary of Albert White is in the possession of Marilyn Prest (wife of Bernie Prest).

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A digital copy exists on compact disc and is housed with the printed copy of the diary. An electronic copy of the diary is also available.

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Open to researchers without restrictions.

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The diary is a bound photocopy of the original.

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Province of Nova Scotia (2011). Nova Scotia historical vital statistics. Retrieved Jan. 22,
2013, from

Stevens, Robert Kim (2001). Eastern Shore families: Genealogical notes on Pope’s Harbour and Spry Bay, including the localities of Pope’s Harbour, Glawson’s Island, Gerrard’s Island, Spry Bay, Spry Harbour, Taylor’s Head, Mushaboom, Mooseland. Lake Charlotte: Maritime Imprints.

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