Fonds SCA14-WA8 - Damaris Isabella Smith fonds.

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Damaris Isabella Smith fonds.

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SCA14-WA8

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  • [18--]-[19--] (Creation)
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    Smith, Damaris Isabella

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12.5 cm of textual records

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(1831-1913)

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Damaris Isabella McGee Smith was an author and teacher. She was born Sept. 27, 1831 at Somerville, New Brunswick. She moved to Ontario when she was 18 and taught school in the Lee neighborhood [of Hamilton?]. She married Sylvester Smith, son of a United Empire Loyalist, in 1853. She wrote "Pioneer Wife" which describes the condition of life in the early days of settlement in the area. She died Nov. 18, 1913 and was buried in the Stoney Creek cemetery.

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Two scrapbooks, the first compiled by Damaris Smith containing clippings, engravings, stamps and seals, obituaries and biographies of prominent suffragists, literary, political and social women, some British. The second, compiled by her daughter Gertrude, contains an article written by Damaris Smith entitled "Pioneer Wife". As well, it documents the history of the Smith family and contains photographs and a pencil sketch of the "Mountain Hall" homestead.

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Received as part of the Lady Aberdeen Collection which was donated by the National Council of Women of Canada in 1967.

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Re-described by Anita Streicher (April 2010).

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