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Francis Hardy Fraser estate sous-fonds
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- Fraser, Francis Hardy
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0.12 m of textual records
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Francis (Frank) Hardy Fraser was born July 8th, 1863. According to his Queen's University registration card he was born in Kingston to Francis Fraser, a merchant from Montreal, and Sarah Hardy. He attended Dr. Tossies School in Toronto and entered Queen's University in 1883, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1887.
Fraser's parents appear to have died sometime prior to 1877 for it is at this time that his grandparents, Edward Hor Hardy and Anne Hardy, left him a sizeable part of their estate. At his point Frank is in the care of his guardian Professor John Bower Mowat (who may have been a relative). Richard Porter Stephens also seems to have been involved in managing Fraser's inheritance.
When Fraser reached the age of majority he had considerable property to administer, in particular he owned buildings on the north west corner of of Ontario and William (128-136 Ontario Street and 6 William Street).
There is no evidence that Frank Fraser engaged in any business or profession, but he appears to have been a young man of means. In 1890 Fraser spent 12 weeks in Kingston General Hospital and was then readmitted in January of 1891. There were several medical consultations but he died January 17, 1891 with no cause given. He is buried at Cataraqui Cemetery.
This sous-fonds forms part of the Kirkpatrick-Nickle legal collection. The documents came from the law firm of Nickle and Nickle, which was founded by Thomas Kirkpatrick in 1828, and which continued under various names (Kirkpatrick Nickle) and with various partners until 1968. The Fraser estate papers were deposited, along with the papers of other clients of the firm, in Queen's University Archives during the 1960's.
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This sous-fonds includes records which reflect the life of a young man of means: bills for clothing, books, cigars, hotels, pool and billiards.There are also records that pertain to his financial dealings regarding the properties that he owned in Kingston (including a floor plan for a house on William Street) and the Chancery case in which he was a defendent. There are a number of documents pertaining to properties in and around Kingston, including Lot 24 of the City of Kingston. There is also correspondence with the Hospital Superintendent which documents the personal hospital-patient relationships that occured in that era.
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