Smith, Damaris Isabella fonds

Smith, Damaris Isabella, 1831-1913.
Damaris Isabella Smith fonds. - [18--?].

5 cm of textual records (2 v.).

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Damaris Isabella McGee was born Sept. 27, 1831 at Somerville, N.B. She moved to Ontario when she was 18 and taught school in the Lee neighborhood [of Hamilton?]. She married Sylvester Smith 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.


Fonds consists of two scrapbooks. The first was compiled by Damaris Smith and contains 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.


  • Title based on content of the fonds.
  • Received as part of the Lady Aberdeen Collection which was donated by the National Council of Women of Canada in 1967.
  • Related family material may be found in Elizabeth Smith Shortt fonds, and Mauritana Smith fonds.

Call number: WA 8