Fonds 484 Davis, Hodgson, Coulter fonds

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1821-[1940]. — 3 cm of textual records. — 31 photographs.


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Biographical Sketch

The records in the Davis, Hodgson and Coulter fonds were found together in the mid 1960s, in an abandoned log house which had once belonged to Robert and Ruby Coulter.

Research revealed that the documents and photographs were from the descendants of three English men who had arrived in what was then Ruperts Land to work for the Hudson’s Bay Company around the turn of the nineteenth century. All three of these men took “country wives” (i.e. indigenous women) as partners. This was a common practice in the fur trade because it gave the trader negotiating power and protection as well as a partner who was skilled in surviving the wilds of Canada. In the next two generations, the three families became strongly inter-related.

The first to arrive was John Hodgson, son of Ephraim Hodgson from London, England, in 1774. He entered service with the Hudson’s Bay Company at the age of 12, and was sent to Rupert’s Land (later Canada) because he had a good education in mathematics, and would be useful for “taking the Distance of Places and making Plans” (citation). He married an unidentified native woman and had several children, including a son named James.

In 1781, when John was the Chief Factor at Ft. Albany on Hudson’s Bay, young Robert Goodwin arrived. Robert married Moostigoosh, daughter of Puckwanesh, a highly regarded Cree headman. Their daughter Caroline later married James Hodgson.

In 1801 John Davis, also from England, joined the HBC. He married a woman identified only as Nancy/Anne. Their daughter Catherine married John Hodgson the third, a grandson of John and his first wife.

In the 20th century, a descendant of John Davis married Thelma Lois Coulter, the daughter of Robert and Ruby Coulter, and the documents were recovered from the Coulter family home.

Custodial History

Found in an old log house on the NE 9-77-6-W6, originally owned and built by Robert and Ruby Coulter.

Scope and Content

Documents and photographs from the Davis, Hodgson and Coulter families. They include a parchment copy of an 1821 Last Will and Testament for John  Davis, 1850 and 1856 probates of the will for John & Nancy Davis and their children; a 1902 Agreement for Sale of land and a 1916 lease by William Herbert Davis from St. Andrews, Manitoba; a 1930 mortgage for Robert J. Coulter at Bridgeview; three photographs of WW I soldiers from the Hodgson family, [25] photographs from St. Andrews, Manitoba; and two photographs of a WW II soldier.

Notes

Table of Contents

Series 484.01Davis family
Series 484.02Photographs of St. Andrews
Series 484.03Hodgson family
Series 484.04Coulter family

 

Series 484.01Davis family. — 1821-1919. — 3 cm of textual records.
John Davis, of Clerkenwell, London arrived in Canada when it was still Rupert’s Land in 1801, to work for the Hudson’s Bay Company. After working at two other posts, he arrived at Henley House in 1812. After two years at Henley, he went on to Osnaburgh and Martin Falls, where he became the chief factor in 1821.  He married a woman identified only as Nancy/Anne. Their children were Elizabeth, born [1812]; Mathilda Anne, born 1814; Anne (Nancy), born June 30, 1816; William, born [1820]; Catherine, born [1822] and George, born Apr 23, 1824. In 1820, John Davis prepared a will, from which it is clear that he was concerned about the welfare of his wife and children: “Codicile to my will made in the summer of the year eighteen hundred and twenty and which Will is in possession of my wife Nancy I now will desire and do appoint Thomas Vincent Esquire Chief Factor to the Hudsons Bay Company a joint executor to my last Will jointly with my brother William and my sister Nancy Davis. I am induced to add this codicil to my Will on reflecting on the uncertainty of life and the situation I leave my dear wife and the children I leave with her in particular my mind will then be relieved from a load of anxiety as my highly esteemed friend is one to whom I can look up with confidence…” In 1822, John went to England for a furlough, taking with him his two children, Matilda and Elizabeth, to be educated in England. After returning to Canada he was the Chief Factor at two other posts before he drowned in Hannah Bay on a journey from Moose Factory to Mistassini. John and Nancy’s oldest daughter, Elizabeth died in 1834 at the age of 12. Matilda Ann returned from England and in 1840 established a school for Metis girls called Oakfield in St. Andrews Parish, north of Winnipeg. She died in 1859, but the school continued and is now a provincial heritage site. Anne (Nancy) married Nicol Finlayson, another HBC Factor and had two children. Catherine married John Hodgson the third, a grandson of John Hodgson and his aboriginal wife. George Davis married Catherine Yorkstone and had several children, including William, whose papers are in this collection.
The series consists of documents and photographs originating with the Davis family. They include two copies of an 1820 Last Will and Testament for John Davis with probate attachments dated 1850 and 1856; a 1902 Agreement for Sale of land and a 1916 lease by William Herbert Davis from St. Andrews, Manitoba; and a printed brochure for the Municipality of St. Andrews Manitoba.
 
Will with Codicil, 1850
Parchment
Folded copy of the 1820 Will of John Davis titled Administration (with the Will and Codicil annexed) of the unadministered Goods of John Davis, deceased.  Dated 2nd January 1850. Extracted by Slade, Wadeson & Crickitte, Proctors; Doctors’ Commons. Attached is a probabe document from 1850. The transcription of the Last Will and Testament is as follows: “In the Name of God Amen. I John Davis of Albany Factory Hudsons Bay in North America being in perfect mind and memory do hereby declare this to be my last will and testament hereby revoking all former wills by me made. I give and bequeath whatever money or sums of money I may be posessed of or may be due to me at the time of my decease to my brother William Davis and likewise my sister Ann Davis both of London to be put out at interest for the use and benefit of my wife Nancy and my children who may be alive at my decease share and share alike.  And my will and desire is that in case of the death of my wife or the death of one or more of our children the interest or annuity arising from the above mentioned money shall be applied as aforesaid for the use of the survivor or survivors of my children and further my will and desire is that on the death of all my aforesaid children then and in that case I give and bequeath the whole of my money aforesaid to the issue of my two sons John and William and to their heirs forever. If no such issue should be alive at the decease of all my children I bequeath the aforesaid money to my brother or his heirs forever. And I do hereby appoint my brother William Davis and my sister Ann Davis the executors of this my said will. And I bequeath to my brother William Davis one hundred pounds sterling and to my sister Nancy ten pounds sterling to purchase a trinket in remembrance of an affectionate brother and to my other sisters I give five pounds sterling likewise to purchase a trinket in remembrance of me and that these legacies be paid directly after my decease in witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 31st day of August in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and twenty.  John Davis, LS, signed, sealed, published and declared by the above named John Davis to be his last will and testament in the presence of us who have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses. Jacob Corrigal, Robert Elliott Byfield. The transcription of the Codicil is as follows: Codicile to my will made in the summer of the year eighteen hundred and twenty and which Will is in possession of my wife Nancy I now will desire and do appoint Thomas Vincent Esquire Chief Factor to the Hudsons Bay Company a joint executor to my last Will jointly with my brother William and my sister Nancy Davis. I am induced to add this codicil to my Will on reflecting on the uncertainty of life and the situation I leave my dear wife and the children I leave with her in particular my mind will then be relieved from a load of anxiety as my highly esteemed friend is one to whom I can look up with confidence and I flatter myself myself Thomas Vincent Esquire will in case of my death accept of my Silver Hunting watch (No. 3923) and five guineas to purchase a ring or other trinket to keep in remembrance of me. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the 9th day of September in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and twenty-two. John Davis, LS, signed, sealed, published and declared by the above named, John Davis, in the presence of us who have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses in the presence of the testator. D R Steuart. Erland Erlandson. Extracted by Slade, Wadeson, Crickett & Appach, Proctors Doctors Commons. A probate document attached to the Will and Codicil is transcribed as follows: John Bird by divine province Archbishop of Canterbury, Primate of all England, and Metropolitan, to our well-beloved in Christ “Elizabeth Davis, Spinster, the natural and lawful daughter of John Davis late Chief Factor of Hudsons Bay in North America deceased, Greeting: Whereas the said John Davis having wilst living, and at the time of his death, goods, chattels, or credits, in divers diocese or jurisdictions: did (as is alledged) in his lifetime rightly and duely make his Last Will and Testament with a Codicil (hereunto annexed) and did therein name his brother William Davis and his sister Ann Davis Spinster and in the said Codicil Thomas Vincent Esquire Executors.  And whereas in the Month of November 1825 the said William Davis alone took upon himself the Probate and execution of the said Will and for some time intermedeled in the Goods of the said deceased. And whereas the said William Davis survived his Co-executors and died on or about 16th August 1848, intestate leaving part of the said goods unadministered and whereas the said deceased did not in his Will and Codicil name any Residuary Legatee and Nancy Davis, Widow, the Relict of the said deceased died without having taken upon her the Letters of Administration with the same annexed of his Goods, Chattels and Credits” AND WE, being desirous that the said Goods, Chattels, and Credits, may be well and faithfully administered, applied, and disposed of according to Law, DO therefore by these Presents grant full Power and Authority to you, in whose fidelity we confide, to administer and faithfully dispose of the said Goods, Chattels, and Credits left undadministered according to the Tenor and Effect of the said Will; and first to pay the Debts of the said deceased which he did owe at the time of his death, and afterwards the Legacies contained and specified in the Will, so far as such Goods, Chattels, and Credits, will thereto extend and the Law requires: You having been already sworn well and faithfully to administer the same, and to make a true and perfect Inventory of all and singular the said Goods, Chattels, and Credits left unadministered and to exhibit the same into the Registry of Our Prerogative Court of Canterbury, on or before the last day of July next ensuing; and also to render a just and true Accompt thereof. And we do by these Presents ordain, depute and constitute you Administratrix of all and singular the Goods, Chattels, and Credits of the said deceased (with the said Will annexed). Left unadministered as aforesaid. Given at London the 2nd day of January in the year of our Lord, One thousand eight hundred and fifty in the second year of  our translation (Signatures not clear–deputy registers) Sworn under two thousand pounds and that the testator died on or about 3rd Sept 1824. R A Former grant Nov 1825 sworn under same sum. Extracted by Slade, Wadeson & Crickett, Proctors Doctors Commons.
Location: 0484.01.01
Will with Codicil, 1856
Parchment
Second folded copy of the 1820 Will of John Davis titled “Administration (with the Will and Codicil annexed) of the Goods left unadministered of John Davis, deceased.  Dated 31st March 1856. Extracted by Slade Wadeson Crickitt & Appach, Proctors Doctors’ Commons. Attached is a probate document from 1856. The transcription of the probate document is as follows: John Bird by divine providence Archbishop of Canterbury, Primate of all england, and metropolitan, to our well-beloved in Christ “Matilda Davis, Spinster, the natural and lawful daughter of John Davis late chief factor of Hudsons Bay in North America, Deceased.  Greetings: whereas the said John Davis having wilst living, and at the time of his death, Goods, Chattels, or Credits in divers Dioceses or Jurisdictions: did (as is alledged) in his lifetime rightly and dueily make his last Will and Testament with a Codicil (hereunto annexed) and did in said Will name his brother William Davis and his sister Ann Davis Spinster and in the said Codicil Thomas Vincent Esquire Executors.  And whereas the said William Davis duely prooved the said Will and for some time intermedeled in the Goods of the said deceased, but died leaving part thereof unadministered. And whereas the said William Davis survived his Co-executors and died intestate and Nancy Davis, Widow, the Relict of the said deceased died without having taken upon her Letters of Administration (with the said will and codicl annexed) of the unadministered Goods of the said deceased. And whereas in the Month of January 1850 Letters of Administration (with the said Will and Codicil annexed) of the unadministered goods of the said deceased were granted to Elizabeth Davis Spinster the natural and lawful daughter also of the said deceased who for some time intermedeled therein but died on or about the 15 Dec 1834 leaving part thereof still unadministered.  AND WE, being desirous that the said Goods, Chattels, and Credits, may be well and faithfully administered, applied, and disposed of according to Law, DO therefore by these Presents grant full Power and Authority to you, in whose fidelity we confide, to administer and faithfully dispose of the said Goods, Chattels, and Credits left undadministered according to the Tenor and Effect of the said Will; and first to pay the Debts of the said deceased which he did owe at the time of his death, and afterwards the Legacies contained and specified in the Will, so far as such Goods, Chattels, and Credits, will thereto extend and the Law requires: You having been already sworn well and faithfully to administer the same, and to make a true and perfect Inventory of all and singular the said Goods, Chattels, and Credits left unadministered and to exhibit the same into the Registry of Our Prerogative Court of Canterbury, on or before the last day of July next ensuing; and also to render a just and true Accompt thereof. And we do by these Presents ordain, depute and constitute you Administratrix of all and singular the Goods, Chattels, and Credits of the said deceased (with the said Will annexed). Twice left unadministered as aforesaid. No resideuary legaty being named in the said will. Given at London the 31st day of March in the year of our Lord, One thousand eight hundred and fifty-six and in the ninth year of  our translation. (Signatures not clear–deputy registers) Sworn under two thousand pounds and that the testator died on or about 3rd Sept 1824. R A Former grants Nov 1825 and Jan 1850 under same sum. Extracted by Slade Wadeson & Crickett & Appach, Proctors Doctors Commons.
Location: 0484.01.02
Davis and Allan Land Agreement, 1902
document
Legal agreement dated March 22, 1902 for the sale of land described as the NW 1/4 of Section 24 and the north half of the NW 1/4 of Section 13, Township 15, Range 3, East of the Prinicipal Meridian. The vendor is William Herbert Davis of the Parish of St. Andrews and the purchaser is John Allan of the City of Winnipeg.
Location: 0484.01.03
Christmas Dinner Place Card, 1909
paper artifact
Placecard for Mr. Davis for Christmas Dinner in 1909. The menu for the dinner is listed inside the card.
Location: 0484.01.04
Dance Card, 1914
paper artifact
Dance card for the 50th Anniversary celebration of Mr. & Mrs. Edward Hay at Lockport, Manitoba dated 1914. Edward Henry George Gunter Hay was the first MLA in the 1870 Manitoba parliament for St. Andrews South. He married Frances Gibson at St. Andrews, Manitoba in 1864.
Location: 0484.01.05
Sympathy Card, 1909
paper artifact
Black-bordered sympathy card on the death of Frances Ann Hay, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Edward Hay, who died of pneumonia at St. Boniface Hospital on February 25, 1915. The card reads, :Mr. and Mrs. E.H.G.G. Hay and Family sincerely thank you for your kind expression of sympathy in the irreparable loss of their daughter, Frances Ann Hay. March 11th, 1915. The Heights, St. Andrews.
Location: 0484.01.06
Davis and Liss Lease Agreement, 1916
document
Lease Agreement between Teddy Liss of St. Andrews, Manitoba and the National Trust Company for the lease of River Lot 58 on the Red River in the Parish of St. Andrews from William Herbert Davis, dated May 9, 1916.
Location: 0484.01.07
Rural Municipality of St. Andrews Debenture Brochure, 1919
printed material
1919 circular for the Rural Municipality of St. Andrews regarding a debenture issue for road construction. It inculdes a 1918 map of the municipality which is on the west side of the Red River south of Lake Winnipeg.
Location: 0484.01.08
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Series 484.02Photographs of St. Andrews. — [1905-1923]. — 23 photographs.
The community of St. Andrews is located on the banks of the Red River, north of Fort Garry (now Winnipeg). Originally it was called “The Rapids” and the first Anglican log church (1831-1849) was referred to as “The Rapids Church”.  Lord Selkirk in his journal, referred to the rapids as the Limestone Rapids and at one time considered establishing his settlement (Fort Garry) here rather than at the forks of the Red and Assiniboine, which were prone to flooding. When the Hudson Bay Company and the North West Company amalgamated in 1821, it was this area where many of the retired HBC employees were settled. Each employee was given land fronting on the Red River as it was the main means of transportation, and also provided them with fish for food. The narrow river lots provided close neighbours for help when needed. There were houses located on every river lot from Parkdale to Lower Fort Garry. The river road then was only a trail that went in front of the houses Rev. William Cockran’s stone church built in the area of the Rapids, was consecrated and named St. Andrews by Bishop Anderson on December 19, 1849. St. Andrews is the patron saint of Scotland and the majority of the settlers here came from the Orkney Islands in Scotland. The area from then on became known as St. Andrews.
The series consists of photographs from St. Andrews dated ca. 1905-1923. They include an unidentified family and their farmstead, paddle-wheelers on the Red River, St. Andrews Church, St. Andrew’s Locks built ca. 1907, the champion team of the Selkirk County Cricket League, and photographs of unidentified inhabitants of St. Andrews.
 
Farmstead at St. Andrews, 1905-1906
2 photographs; b & w; 4 x 4 in.
Two photographs of a farmstead, believed to be in the municipality of St. Andrews Manitoba, dated July 1905 and July 1906.
Location: 0484.02.01-02
Along the Red River, 1907
3 photographs; b & w; 4 x 4 in.
Three scenes of the Red River, dated June 1907, two showing a paddle-wheeler barge or ferry in the middle of the river and one showing men working on a boat berth alongside the river.
Location: 0484.02.03-05
Three Men and a Horse, 1907
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 3 in.
Cardboard frame with photograph adhered in centre, showing three men and a horse in front of a grove of trees.
Location: 0484.02.06
St. Andrews Church, 1907
1 photograph; b & w; 2 x 4 in.
St. Andrews Church, in St. Andrews, Manitoba, was built in 1907. It is now a provincial historic site.
Location: 0484.02.07
Friends at St. Andrews, 1909
1 photograph; b & w; 2 x 4 in.
Six young women lying on the grass. Label on the back of the photo says, “St. Andrews, Aug 20th, 09.”
Location: 0484.02.08
Saints Rest, St. Andrews, Manitoba, 1909
1 photograph; b & w; 2 x 4 in.
An older couple beside a young tree on the riverbank. Label on the back of the photo says, “Saints Rest, St. Andrews, Manitoba, Aug 22nd, 09.”
Location: 0484.02.09
Four Belles at St. Andrews, Manitoba, 1909
1 photograph; b & w; 2 x 4 in.
Four young women in white cotton on the porch of a large frame house. Label on the back of the photo says, “St. Andrews, Manitoba, Aug 15th, 09.”
Location: 0484.02.10
Playing Croquet, 1910
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 4 in.
Older couple playing croquet in the yard of a frame farmhouse. Date on the back is July 1910.
Location: 0484.02.11
Relaxing Outdoors, 1910
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 4 in.
Mother with grown children–two daughters and a son sitting under the trees outdoors. Date on the back of the photograph is July 1910.
Location: 0484.02.12
St. Andrews Locks, 1910
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 4 in.
St. Andrews Locks on the Red River north of Winnipeg. Date on the back of the photograph is July 1910.
Location: 0484.02.13
Champions of the Selkirk County Cricket League, 1913
1 photograph; b & w; 2 x 3 in.
Champions of the Selkirk County Cricket League may have been the St. Andrews team. Older man on the right looks like Edward Hay, first MLA for St. Andrews South.
Location: 0484.02.14
Party of Five, 1917
1 photograph; b & w; 2 x 4 in.
Party of five sitting in the shade of a grove of trees. Two of the girls have parasols. Date on the back is August 12th, 1917.
Location: 0484.02.15
Party of Six on the Riverbank, 1917
1 photograph; b & w; 2 x 4 in.
Three couples sitting on the banks of the Red River at St. Andrews, Manitoba. Note on the back says At. Andrews, August 26th, 1917.
Location: 0484.02.16
Young Man on Tour, 1918
1 photograph; b & w; 2 x 3 in.
Young man in a three piece suit and boater hat. Note on the back says “Looks as if he had just come in violent contact with the toe of a boot. July 1918”.
Location: 0484.02.17
Young Man, 1918
1 photograph; b & w; 2 x 4 in.
Young man in shirt and tie sitting in the yard. Note on the back of the photograph says August 1918
Location: 0484.02.18
Swimming in the Red River, 1920
1 photograph; b & w; 2 x 4 in.
Young man in swimming attire sitting in the shallow waters of a river assumed to be the Red River. Note on the back of the photograph says July 19th, 1920.
Location: 0484.02.19
Donald and W.H., 1922
1 photograph; b & w; 2 x 4 in.
Two copies of a photograph showing toddler and father on the porch of a tall frame house, the same house as the early photographs in this collection but now with a vine covering portions of the front of the building. Note on the back says, “Donald and W.H. July 25th, 1922”.
Location: 0484.02.20a-b
Building a Fire, 1923
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 4 in.
Couple building a fire outlined by railroad spikes (for kettle to sit on?) in the yard of a country home. The note on the back says, August 2, 1923.
Location: 0484.02.21
Sitting in the Shade, [1920]
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 4 in.
Three unidentified women and a child sit in the shade of a ship-lap sided home.
Location: 0484.02.22
Standing by the River, [1920]
1 photograph; b & w; 2 x 4 in.
An unidentified man standing on the shore of a river, probably the Red River.
Location: 0484.02.23
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Series 484.03Hodgson family. — [1915-1916]. — 6 photographs.
John Hodgson, son of Ephraim Hodgson from London, England, entered service with the Hudson’s Bay Company at the age of 12 in 1774. He was sent to Rupert’s Land (later Canada) because he had a good education in mathematics, and would be useful for “taking the Distance of Places and making Plans” (citation).  The common practice in the fur trade at the time was for the Hudson’s Bay men to take native wives. This gave the trader negotiating power and protection as well as a partner who was skilled in surviving the wilds of Canada. It was either he or his son James who later married Caroline Goodwin, daughter of Robert Goodwin and Moostigoosh, daughter of Puckethwanish, a Cree Headman. John Hodgson, a grandson of the original, married Catherine Davis. Their son Albert was 28 years old when the Riel Rebellion and may have been involved in the rebellion. The census records are not reliable for First Nations and Metis, and they cannot be found in the 1891 Census, but in 1901 Albert and his family are living in Duck Lake, Saskatchewan, where the first battle of the Riel Rebellion was fought in 1885.  Albert’s three sons, William, Arthur, and Llewellyn enlisted in the Canadian Overseas Expeditionary Forces in World War I. William died overseas.
The series consists of six photographs identified as belonging to the Hodgson family. Three of these are World War I portraits of Albert Hodgson’s sons: William, Arthur, and Llewelyn.
 
Pte. W. J. Hodgson, [1915]
1 photograph; b & w; 4 x 6 in.
Full-length army portrait of Pte. W.J. Hodgson, 53rd Battalion, Canadian Overseas Expeditionary Forces. Taken by Bates & Co., Bramshott.
Location: 0484.03.01
Pte. Arthur Hodgson, [1915]
1 photograph; b & w; 4 x 6 in.
Head and shoulders army portrait of Pte. Arthur Hodgson, 65th Battalion, Canadian Overseas Expeditionary Forces. Taken by Lusk, Saskatoon.
Location: 0484.03.02
Bugler L.V. Hodgson, [1915]
1 photograph; b & w; 4 x 6 in.
Head and shoulders army portrait of Bugler L.V. Hodgson, 65th Battalion, Canadian Overseas Expeditionary Forces. Taken by Lusk, Saskatoon.
Location: 0484.03.03
W.J. Hodgson and Friend, [1915]
1 photograph; b & w; 4 x 6 in.
Postcard of a studio army portrait of Pte W.J. Hodgson and a friend, both solders for the Canadian Overseas Expeditionary Forces.
Location: 0484.03.04
Two Young Metis Men, [1915]
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 5 in.
Postcard photograph of two unidentified young Metis men in suits.
Location: 0484.03.05
Indian Head, Saskatchewan, 1916
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 4 in.
Woman driving an open car. Note on the back says, “Taken at Indian Head, Saskatchewan, September 18th, 1916.
Location: 0484.03.06
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Series 484.04Coulter family. — 1930-[1940]. — 2 pp. of textual records. — 2 photographs.
Robert Coulter arrived in the Peace Country with his wife, Ruby Hamilton Coulter, four children, and the rest of the Hamilton family in 1927. In 1929 he took a homestead in the Bridgeview area and four more children were born between 1929 and 1938. The Great Depression was difficult for someone just starting to farm, as is evident from the documents showing Robert had to mortgage two horses and two cows in 1930.  It is not clear how the documents came to be in the Coulter home. There is some evidence that Ruby Hamilton was a descendent of Robert Goodwin, another HBC employee, but the direct relationship to the Davis and Hodgson families is not known.

Update: Harriet Davis was the daughter of George Davis (William Davis’s sister). She married George Currie & lived at Sexsmith, AB. She inherited stuff from her father upon his death. Her son, Robert Davis Currie, married Thelma Lois Coulter. Thelma was the daughter of Robert and Ruby Coulter. Hence why the Davis/Hodgson/Coulter papers ended up where they did. (Thank you to Erin Millions for sharing her research with us).


The series consists of two documents from the Coulter family while they were living at Bridgeview, south of Spirit River, and two photographs of a World War II soldier, identified as Douglas, with his wife and his family.

 
Chattel Mortgage, Livestock, 1930
document
Mortgage agreement between Robert J. Coulter and John H. Blair (grain buyer) in the amoutn of $385.00 for “1 Bay Mare 6 years old white face, white hind feet named Judy; 1 Black Mare white star face, one white foot, named Peggy; 1 Black and white cow three years old; 1 Red and White cow seven years old.”
Location: 0484.04.01
Discharge of Chattel Mortgage, 1932
document
Discharge of Chattel Mortgage from John Blair to Robert J. Coulter in which Mr. Blair acknowledges that he has “received all the moneys due or to become due under the Chattle Mortgage” dated March 29th, 1930. Accompanied a Court House Receipt for payment and the envelope it was mailed in from R.C. Fitton, Agent and Notary at Spirit River.
Location: 0484.04.02a-c
 
Douglas & Juanita, [1940]
1 photograph; b & w; 2 x 3 in.
World War II Soldier with his girl. Note on the back says, This is (Juanita? Hand-writing illegible) and Douglas.
Location: 0484.04.03
Douglas, [1940]
1 photograph; b & w; 2 x 3 in.
World War II Soldier with a family which has been tentatively identified as Ruby Coulter’s mother, Mrs. Hamilton. The note on the back says, “This was taken at the house when Douglas & (Juanita? Hand-writing illegible) were here. Would you know me?”
Location: 0484.04.04
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