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Item ID# Burgess series 1
Title James Rowand Burgess diaries
Object Name Archival Series
Dates of Creation 1911 - 1918, 1929-1936, 1950-1968
Creator Burgess, James Rowand
Description Series 1 of the James and Elizabeth Burgess family fonds consists of 13 diaries written by James Rowand Burgess, born December 31, 1890, son of Christina Thompson Rowand and William Burgess of Port Elgin, Bruce County, Ontario.

The dates covered by each diary are:
.001 December 25, 1911 - September 28, 1914
.002 September 30, 1914 - August 21, 1915
.003 August 22, 1915 - December 31, 1916
.004 January 20, 1918 - June 14, 1918
.005 January 1, 1929 - July 26, 1930
.006 November 5, 1933 - August 31, 1936
.007 January 22, 1950 - October 18, 1952
.008 May 13, 1953 - September 25, 1954
.009 October 20, 1959 - February 21, 1961
.010 February 22, 1961 - September 8, 1962
.011 September 9, 1962 - October 5, 1964
.012 October 6, 1964 - October 29, 1968

Topics covered in the diaries include: weather, social activities, high school work and activities, community involvement. Makes references to friends, families and neighbours.
Admin/Biographical History James Rowand Burgess, known as "Rowand", was born in Port Elgin, Ontario on December 31, 1890. Elizabeth Oliver Burgess, known as "Olive", was born in Port Elgin, Ontario on June 14, 1896. Their parents were William Burgess, lawyer in Port Elgin, and Christina Thompson Rowand. Neither Rowand nor Olive married.

In 1897, William Burgess purchased a large house at east end of Mill St., Port Elgin. He and his family lived there, but would spend a month or two in the big farm house at lot 13, Con. A, Arran Township, Bruce County where he resided before becoming a lawyer. In 1915, James, Elizabeth and their brother, Wililam Noble Burgess ("Noble"), moved out to live on the farm. Around 1917, William and Christina moved there as well.

Rowand continued to reside at the farm, engaged in farming and carpentry work, until the death of his brother, William Noble Burgess, in 1964 when Rowand moved to Port Elgin to take over his brother's conveyancing business. Noble had also farmed with Rowand until moving to Port Elgin to open a conveyancing business in 1940. After the death of her brothers, Olive went to live in Port Elgin with her sister-in-law Nellie (Mrs. Noble Burgess).

James was an adherent of the Burgoyne Presbyterian church and a member of the Bruce County Historical Society, as well as being secretary of the Bruce Central Credit Union for many years. Olive was active in Church work, the Sunday School, the Bible Society and the Women's Missionary Society at Burgoyne Presbyterian Church.

James Rowand Burgess died in Port Elgin on December 27, 1968. Elizabeth Oliver Burgess died in Southampton on January 13, 1980. Both are buried in Burgoyne, Bruce County, Ontario.
Collection Burgess, James and Elizabeth family fonds
Physical Description 7 cm of textual records (12 volumes)
Subjects Agriculture
Farm life
First World War
Lumber industry
Rural life
Social life
People Burgess, Alfred
Burgess, Elizabeth Oliver ("Olive")
Burgess, James Rowand ("Rowand")
Burgess, William
Burgess, William Noble
Christie, Ethel
Place Arran Township
Saugeen Township
Reference # A2012.087.001-.012
Level of Description Series
Parent Object Burgess family fonds
Child Records A2012.087.003