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Accession number: 2013.008

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  • [ca.1930-1995] (Creation)
    Katherine L. Stoddard family

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6 folders of textual records

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Katherine Laura Stoddard was born on June 16, 1927 in Wileville, Lunenburg County. Her parents were Clarence Simon Stoddard and Eva Kathryn Siteman who was the daughter of Charles Edward Siteman and Jessie (Robson) Siteman of Ship Harbour. Katherine grew up in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia and later lived in Hantsport. Like her mother, Katherine worked as a school teacher but was also very active in genealogy. She never married and lives in the Windsor Elms seniors’ home in Windsor, Nova Scotia.

Katherine’s father, Clarence Stoddard, was the son of Robert Jamison Stoddard, originally of Clam Harbour, and Harriet “Edith” Ritcey of Musquodoboit Harbour. Robert Jamison was the son of Thomas Stoddard and Elizabeth Eisan of Clam Harbour. Thomas was a ship captain and died in 1858. Thomas’s grandfather, also Thomas Stoddard (b. before 1740) had come to Nova Scotia from Scotland c. 1760.

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Series forms part of the Katherine L. Stoddard fonds and consists of genealogical research and records pertaining to various Eastern Shore families. The families who feature most prominently are the Stoddards and Ritceys (Henrici), however, the Shellnut, Eisan, Anderson, Siteman, Gaetz (Gates), Newcomb, Bayers, Robson, MacEachern, Blaxland. Records appear primarily the result of research conducted by Katherine Stoddard, however, some records note that documents were copied by Annabel Siteman Ells and may have been intended for Katherine’s mother, Eva, who may also have conducted genealogical research. Series also includes an incomplete copy of A Brief History of the Stoddards of Halifax County written by Elsie Florence Stoddard. Records include information on many pioneer families on the Eastern Shore, including the families of Thomas Stoddard, Leonard and Martin Gaetz, and Henry Seidman (Seidemann) as well as information on the origins of the Ritcey family beginning with Johannis Christophorus Henrici. Records include handwritten information, copies of information from various sources including vital statistics and newspapers, and books in which Katherine Stoddard recorded information about her own family, one of which features a drawing of a map that shows various landowners around Clam Harbour and Owl’s Head.

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