Loyalist Women in New Brunswick, 1783-1827: Primary Documents

Primary Documents

The primary documents in this collection include the letters and legal records relating to women in three generations of the Winslow family and a range of sources — letters, diaries, memoirs, poems, and newspaper records — of five other Loyalist women in colonial New Brunswick.

The Winslow Letters

The Winslow documents transcribed on this website are part of a larger collection of Winslow Family Papers housed in the University of New Brunswick Archives and Special Collections department. Consisting of over 3,600 items and 11,000 pages covering the period from 1695 to 1866, the collection is one of the richest sources extant on the history of colonial North America. Only a small portion of these documents were written by or, as in the case of wills and other legal documents, directly concern the women in the Winslow family. Like their male relatives, the Winslow women were avid letter-writers but only a few of their letters have survived the ravages of time.

The primary sources in this collection include documents written by or relating to women in the Winslow family:

The collection also includes letters from Edward Winslow (1746-1815) to his wife Mary Symonds (1754-1808) written in 1784 and 1785 as the family was getting settled in the British North America.

A short biography of each of the Winslow women can be found under Historical Context.

Five Loyalist Women

Five Loyalist women, contemporaries of Sarah and Penelope Winslow, offer a range of female experiences in colonial New Brunswick:

A short biography of each woman can be found under Historical Context.

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Behind the Scenes

Interested in digital photography, document transcription, or markup techniques for archival documents? Read a technical summary of how this collection was digitized for the web.