Wolhaupter Family Collection

Antique Pressed Flower

Tufted Vetch

MC300-MS16 York-Sunbury Historical Society Collection Description (page 134) If you are interested in any of these files then please contact the Provincial Archives of New Brunswick. “John Wolhaupter was born in 1771 in New York, and became a watchmaker, clockmaker and silversmith.  He married Mary Payne Aycrigg in 1795.  Because of their loyalist sympathies, their property was confiscated during the revolution and they came to New Brunswick sometime between 1795 and 1799.  Wolhaupter set up a jewellery and clock making shop in St. John and became known as a silversmith.  The family moved to Fredericton circa 1811, opened another shop, and 1825 the business was transferred to the oldest son, Benjamin, who was born in 1800. Benjamin Wolhaupter married Catherine Brannen in 1820.  He built a house at 79 Church Street, which was later sold to Bishop Medley and became known as Bishopscote.  Wolhaupter served as Magistrate of York County; he was involved in the militia; and served as a Director of the Commercial Bank of New Brunswick.  In 1847, he became Sheriff of York County and held that position until his death in 1857.  Benjamin and Catherine Wolhaupter left three sons:  James, Charles, and George. James Matther Wolhaupter was born in 1823, became a physician; practiced in Portland, Maine, and died in 1891. Charles John Wolhaupter was born in 1825, became a teacher; lived in Australia for seven years; returned to New Brunswick and was drowned in 1858.

MC300 MS16/20 Volumes I to VI: George Wolhaupter Pressed Flower Collection

George Philip Wolhaupter was born in 1827; worked as a clerk in the Surveyor-General’s office; and 1854 graduated in engineering from King’s College, Fredericton.  He served as organist and choir master at Christ Church Cathedral and was known for his collection of wildflowers and his skill in decorating programs for the Cathedral services.  In 1858, he married Harriett Amelia Carman.  Their son, Benjamin, was born in 1859.  When George died in 1860, his wife and son moved to Sarnia, Ontario.  Benjamin Wolhaupter possessed great mechanical ability, and ultimately became an engineer who specialized in railroad tracks.  He took out 215 patents for inventions, and was a successful manufacturer and businessman.  He died in Norwalk, Connecticut, in 1949. The Wolhaupter Collection contains a variety of items, which refer to four generations of the family, and date from 1790 to 1950.  Although it is not a large collection, (it measures 5 centimeters), correspondence, certificates, diary and plans, which are included, provide valuable insight into the members of this talented family.”

1  Certificate to John Wolhaupter from the Grand Lodge of the State of New York; June 1, 1790.

2  Receipt to John Wolhaupter from William Thain for sundry goods; Saint John, 1799.

3  Receipt to John Wolhaupter from Sayre & Richards, wholesalers, for sundry goods; New York, March 20, 1810.

4  Letter from Mattew Brannen to Benjamin Wolhaupter giving Brannen’s consent to Wolhaupter’s proposal of marriage to Brannen’s daughter, Catharine; Fredericton, November 27, 1819.

5  Letter from Matthew Brannen to his daughter Catharine P., telling her of his approbation to Benjamin Wolhaupter’s proposal; November 27, 1819.

6  Letter from Catharine P. Wolhaupter to her son, James, who was a doctor in Chatham, giving much detail concerning the sickness of her only daughter, Isabella Margaret and mentioning James McLaughlan, James Taylor, and Henry Sawyer; October 19, 1837.

7  Letter from Benjamin Wolhaupter to his brother, [Charles], concerning his [Charles] being called up as an officer during the threatened invasion, and the need to give all to protect “our country”; Fredericton, February 15, 1839.

8  Part of a diary of George P. Wolhaupter, a clerk in the Crown Land Office, which contains climatic recordings, orthnilogical and botanical observations, as well as a good deal of local news from Fredericton, also contains much on music; May 19-September 7, 1846.

9  Programme for Harriette’s birthday party; June 6, 1855.

10  Christmas programme for Christ Church Cathedral; 1855.

11  Telegraph message to Mrs. J. Fraser, Chatham, from Jo Myshrall telling her of Sheriff Wolhaupter’s death and asking her to inform James at once; Fredericton, January 26, 1857.

12  Certificate of Preliminary Examination to Benjamin Wolhaupter, Sarnia, from the Provincial Land Surveyors’ Board of Examiners qualifying him to be apprenticed to a provincial surveyor in Ontario; October 3, 1877.

13  Graphic plan by Benjamin Wolhaupter for two walnut collection plates for St. George’s Church; July 1878.

14  Letter from Alice C. Wolhaupter to Mrs. Matthewson concerning her father’s pressed flowers; Albany, New York, October 7, 1950.

15  Black ink sketch of the blossom and bulb of the Common Daffodil [by George Wolhaupter]; n.d.

16  Black ink sketch of leaves [by George Wolhaupter]; n.d.

17  Map showing land owned by G.P. Wolhaupter on the Nackawick River, York County, n.d.

18  Clippings on the death of George Wolhaupter, 1860; “Mr. George Wolhaupter and the Emigrants”, 1847; the death of Charles Wolhaupter, [1858]; the death of Benjamin Wolhaupter, [1857]; and “Bliss Carmen, the Young Poet”.

19  Framed silhouette of C.P. Brennan, wife of Benjamin Wolhaupter; cut 1814. Transferred to MS44/222.

20  Wolhaupter Collection of Pressed Wild Flowers.

Adder’s Tongue Arethusa (Arethusa Ophioglossiodes); Anemone; Blue Eyed Grass (Sisyrinchium Ancefus); Blue Flag (Iris Versicolor); Blue Vervain; Bulbous Arethusa and Adder’s Tongue; Bulbous Wiethusa (Arethusa Bulbosa); Canadian Rhodora (Rhodora Canadeusis); Common Blue Vervain (Verbena Hastata); Common Tiarella (Tiarella Cordifolia); Common Yellow Sily (Silium Canadeuse); Craneberry (Oxycoccus Laccinium Macrocarpon); Daisy; Dog Bane (Arocynum Androsamifolium); Downy Spiroea Hardhack (Spireoa Tomentosa); Dutchman’s Breeches (Corydalis Cucullaria); Early Anemone and Claytonia; Erect Trillium (Trillium Erectum); Erythonium; Fall Anemone (Anemone Virginiana); Fall Golden Rod (Solidago Altissima); Fimbriated Orchids (Orchis Fimbriata); Fimbrated Orchis; Fly Honeysuckle (Xylosteum Ciliatum); Fly Honeysuckle; Fringed White Orchis (Orchis Blephariglottis); Fringed White Orchis and Dwarf; Ground Laurel (Epigoea Repens); Ground Laurel (Epigoea Repens); Ground Laurel and Sessile Leaved (Epigoea Repens & Uvularia); Hare Bell & Woodsorrel; Heart Leaved Soosestrife (Sysimachia Cilita); Indian Turnip – Dragon Root (Arum Tripyllum); Labrador Tea; Ladies Slipper (Cypripedium Acaule); Ladies Traces (Neottia Cernua); Ladies Slipper; Linncea Borealis; Loose Strife; Many Flowered Solomons Seal (Polygonatum Couvallaria Multiflora); Milkweed (Asdepias Syriaca); Moosewood; Mountain Laurel; Mountain Laurel; Northern Calla (Calla Palustris); Northern Dracena (Dracena Borealis); Painted Trillium (Trillium Pictum); Pidgeon Berry; Red Actoea Cohush (Actoea Rubra); Round Leaved Cornel (Cornus Circinata); Round Leaved Sun Dew; Round Leaved Wintergreen (Pyrola Rotundifolia); Round Leaved Winter- green (Pyrola); Sarge Bindweed (Convolvulus Sefrium); Silverweed Wild Lansey (Potentilla Ansernia); Sinear Claytonia (Claytonia Virginica); Snake Head (Chelone Glabra); Spiked Willow Herb and Bulbous; Sweet Scented White Violet and Touch Me Not (Viola Blanda & Viola Frubesceus Impatiens Nolitaugere); Tufted Vetch (Nicia Cracca); Twinflower; Unknown; Unknown; Unknown; Unknown; Unknown; White Spiroea Meadow Sweet (Spiroea Alba)

21  Letter to Benjamin Wolhaupter. 


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