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Accession number: 2013.008

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  • 1922-1994 (Creation)
    Katherine L. Stoddard family

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1 folder 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 is part of the Katherine L. Stoddard fonds and consists of various articles and excerpts pertaining to different aspects of life and culture on the Eastern Shore including Musquodoboit Harbour, Petpeswick, and Ostrea Lake. Series includes recollections of life, events, and activities in the area in the late 19th and early 20th centuries and poems describing local scenes. Series includes an excerpt from the Evening Mail in 1922 containing stories of the Greenoughs of Petpeswick and memories, recollections, facts, and stories from Musquodoboit Harbour, Ostrea Lake and Point Pleasant, both about places themselves and the people, including one mention of R.J. Stoddard. Articles included describe sealing adventures in which Eastern Shore residents participated, hijackers on the Old Guysborough Road in the 1890s, and the history of the Ritcey family. There is also a copy of a poem about Petpeswick Harbour written by Verna MacDonald and an excerpt of an article describing the buildings that used to make up the village centre of Musquodoboit Harbour as well as an article about Robsons who moved from Clam Harbour to Estmere in Cape Breton and lived there from 1901 to 1909.

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Included in the series was a copy of Robert Ritcey Sr.’s recollections of life on the Eastern Shore in the 1920s and 1930s from 1986 but this was discarded as the archives already possesses the original and several copies. See Robert M. Ritcey fonds.

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