Fonds MS-24 - John William Clutton fonds

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John William Clutton fonds

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  • 1894 (Creation)
    Clutton, John William

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1 cm of textual records

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John William Clutton was born on 26 Feb 1849 in Bridgnorth, Shropshire, England to Elizabeth Ward and William Clutton. He married Jane Sarah Dodd on 12 Mar 1878 in Bridgnorth, Shropshire, England. Jane and John Clutton went on to have seven children (Millie, Mildred, Frederick, Charles, Mary, Harold, Katherine and Jennie). The family came to Edmonton in 1892 to homestead in the Beaumont area. Clutton received a patent for SE of section 24, twp 50, range 24 W of 4th meridian.
Their eighth child, Jennie, was born in Beaumont in 1894. That same year, his wife Jane died. In 1906, John married Mary Walder.
John William Clutton also ran a butcher's shop on Jasper Avenue for some years. He farmed his homestead until retiring to Edmonton in 1927. John William Clutton died 24 May 1936 and is buried at Mount Pleasant Cemetery in Edmonton.
Clutton’s daughter Katherine married George Basnett.

Custodial history

It is not known how Mrs. H. Siemens acquired the records, however, George Basnett, husband of Katherine Clutton Basnett, wrote to Dr. H. Siemens (likely husband of donor) about the records.

Scope and content

This fonds consists of an original letter written in 1894 by John William Clutton to a friend in England, who had shipped a potato-tilling plough to Mr. Clutton. The letter recounts pioneer life and farming in the Beaumont area. It includes references to ‘Gough’, a young man whom Clutton had recruited from England for help and Sandy Lake.
There are also 2 typed transcripts of the original letter.

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This fonds was donated to the City of Edmonton Archives in 1971 by Mrs. H. Siemens.


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Accession numbers: A71-68

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City of Edmonton Archives

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  • Box: MS Room