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Item ID# Burgess series 2
Title Elizabeth Oliver Burgess diaries
Object Name Archival Series
Dates of Creation 1915-1918, 1920, 1924-1926, 1966-1972, 1974
Creator Burgess, Elizabeth Oliver
Description Series 2 of the James and Elizabeth Burgess family fonds consists of nine diaries written by Elizabeth Oliver Burgess, born June 14, 1896, son of Christina Thompson Rowand and William Burgess of Port Elgin, Bruce County, Ontario.

The dates covered by each diary are:
.013 July 19, 1915 - April 12, 1917
.014 Jan. 18, 1918- July 19, 1918
.015 May 1, 1920 - December 31, 1920
.016 January 1, 1924 - March 1925
.017 1 page, January 1, 1926 - January 7, 1926
.018 August 10, 1966 - June 6, 1967
.019 September 1, 1967 - October 23, 1968
.020 December 25, 1968 - November 9, 1970
.021 January 1, 1971 - October 10, 1972
.022 February 6, 1974 - December 31, 1974

Many of the diaries have a record of letters sent and received.

[Diaries numbered A2012.087.013, A2012.087.014 and A2012.087.016 are also described separately as they have either been scanned, transcribed, or reviewed in more detail.]
Admin/Biographical History Elizabeth Oliver Burgess, known as "Olive", was born in Port Elgin, Ontario on June 14, 1896. Her parents were William Burgess, lawyer in Port Elgin, and Christina Thompson Rowand. She had two brothers: Rowand Burgess (1890-1968) and Noble Burgess.

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, William Noble Burgess ("Noble"), moved out to live on the farm. Around 1917, William and Christina moved there as well. After the death of her brothers, Olive went to live in Port Elgin with her sister-in-law Nellie (Mrs. Noble Burgess).

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 6 cm of textual records
Subjects Agriculture
Farm life
Farming
First World War
Lumber industry
Organizations
Rural life
Social life
Weather
People Burgess, Alfred
Burgess, Elizabeth Oliver ("Olive")
Burgess, James Rowand ("Rowand")
Burgess, William
Burgess, William Noble
Christie, Ethel
Place Arran Township
Saugeen Township
Related Units of Description A2014.008.0048, .0049 - Photographs of Burgess Burgoyne home and Olive on a horse next to her father.
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Reference # A2012.087.013-.022
Level of Description Series
Parent Object Burgess family fonds
Child Records A2012.087.014
A2012.087.016
A2012.087.013