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Phenix Family fonds (F 1255)


The John Phenix family were farmers in Mono Township, Dufferin County, Ontario during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

John Phenix (b. 1828) was a farmer and lived at Lot #17, Concession #1 east in Mono Township, Dufferin County, Ontario during the nineteenth century.

John Phenix (1860-1934) maintained the family farm at Lot #17, Concession #1 east in Mono Township, Dufferin County, Ontario during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

Fonds consists primarily of diaries of two generations of the John Phenix family. Fonds includes a small number of diaries between 1869-1875, written by John Phenix (b. 1828).

A much longer run of 37 yearly diaries dates between 1892 and 1934 inclusive, although books are missing for 1898-99, 1916 and 1920-1922. These were originally created by John Phenix (1860- 1934). Entries are daily, and note the weather, family events and concerns, the topic of scripture on Sundays, and daily work around the farm. Details about daily work are often specific, in terms of how much was done, with who, and with what implements. The final entry in the diary, dated September 29, 1934, ends with the words "I feel sick".

The fonds also includes a will and other legal documents of the Phenix family.

Phenix Family fonds (F 1255)

Reference Code File Title Dates Archives of Ontario Microfilm Reference
F 1255 John Phenix (b. 1828) diary 1869 and 1875 MS 7637
F 1255 John Phenix (1860-1934) diary 1860 to 1934 MS 7638
F 1255 John Phenix (1860-1934) diary 1914 MS 7639
F 1255 John Phenix (1860-1934) diary 1930 MS 7640

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