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Home - introductions to the site
Search - a searchable database of letters/essays/etc.
Family - short biographical information of each family member
Photographs - various images pertaining to the McQuesten family
Thesis - essays on the McQuestens and lifewriting by Mary Anderson
Timelines - a chronological list of events in the McQuesten family and corresponding historical events


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Extended Family Tree

Click on a child in the image or on the name below for a brief biographical sketch of each of the six McQuesten children and some details about their relationship with their mother from the time of their father's sudden death and bankruptcy in 1888. Calvin's link will lead to a more extensive biography and his writings. If you are unsure which child is which, hover your cursor over the child and their name will appear.

Mary's letters clearly demonstrate that she, in her matriarchal fashion, assessed each of her children's capabilities according to the family's needs, and guided them accordingly. Mary B. McQuesten was married in 1873 and had seven children in twelve years. The seventh child, Muriel Fletcher McQuesten (1880-1882) died at the age of 21 months. None of the McQuesten children married. Their home, Whitehern, intact with all family contents, opened as a museum of the city of Hamilton in 1971.

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Copyright 2002 Whitehern Historic House and Garden
The development of this website was directed by Mary Anderson, Ph.D. and Janelle Baldwin, M.A.
Please direct questions and comments to Mary Anderson, Ph.D.

Hamilton Public Library This site was created in partnership with and is hosted by the Hamilton Public Library. Canada's Digital Collections This digital collection was produced with financial assistance from Canada's Digital Collections initiative, Industry Canada.