Diarists

Diaries in Museums and Archives Across Ontario

Find Out More Start End Township Countysort ascending Ethnicity Occupation Posted on Rural Diary Archive Repository
James, William 1877 1884 York York, now Toronto Irish Farmer No Toronto Public Library
Playter, Ely 1801 1853 Lived in Town of York/Toronto York English Tavern-Keeper, Farmer, Lumberman, MP, Militia Officer No Archives of Ontario
Johnson, Captain William 1832 1850 Georgina York Scottish Farmer No Archives of Ontario
Klinck, Myrtle 1908, 1914 1908, 1914 Stouffville Village, Markham York English Teacher, Retired Farmer's Daughter No Markham Museum
Brown, Gertrude 1913 1913 Markham York Irish Farm Woman No Markham Museum
Reesor, Benjamin 1871 1911 Markham York German Farmer Yes Markham Museum
Gohn, George 1889 1921 Markham York German Farmer No Markham Museum
Gibson, David 1834 1852 York Willowdale Scottish Deputy Surveyor of Roads/Farmer No Archives of Ontario & Gibson House Museum
Case, Jacob 1837 1860 Beverly Wentworth Store Owner Yes
Tunis, Cora 1904 1974 Flamboro West Wentworth Welsh Daughter of a farmer No Dundas Museum and Archives
Leith, George 1834 1852 1) Binbrook; 2) Ancaster Wentworth Scottish Gentleman Farmer No Archives of Ontario
Main, Stephen "Sylvester" 1889 1922 Beverly Wentworth German carpenter, photographer Yes Private Donor
Martin, David 1858 1882 Beverley Wentworth Scottish farmer Yes Private Donor
Allan, David 1862 1876 Guelph Wellington South Scottish Miller, Distiller, Farmer Yes Guelph Civic Museum and Archives of the University of Guelph
Philp, Elizabeth (Eliza) 1893 1901 Maryborough Wellington English Farm Woman Yes Courtesy of Private Donor
Philp, Olive 1914 1918 Maryborough Wellington English Farm Woman Yes Courtesy of Private Donor
Sunter , William 1857 1914 Eramosa Wellington Scottish Farmer Yes Archival and Special Collections, University of Guelph
Rea, David 1857 1880 Eramosa Wellington Irish Farmer Yes Wellington County Museum and Archives
Freure, Benjamin 1836 1842 Eramosa Wellington English Farmer Yes Toronto Public Library
Rea, William 1854 1865 Eramosa and West Garafraxa Wellington Irish Farmer Yes Wellington County Museum and Archives
Hill, Matilda 1884 1885 West Garafraxa Wellington English Merchant's daughter Yes Wellington County Museum and Archives
Jeffrey, John 1877 1900 Puslinch Wellington Scottish Farmer Yes Wellington County Museum and Archives
Ross, James 1893 1954 Nichol Wellington Scottish Farmer Yes Wellington County Museum and Archives
Currie, Ada 1902 1902 Erin Wellington Scottish Farm Woman Yes Wellington County Museum and Archives
Sunley, Ann Amelia Day 1878 1879 Eramosa Wellington English Farm Woman Yes Wellington County Museum and Archives
Clarke, Charles Kirk 1865 1866 Elora Wellington English Son of a merchant Yes Simcoe County Archives
Smith, George B. 1868 1869 Arthur Wellington Irish Farmer/student Yes Archival and Special Collections, University of Guelph
Short, Nellie 1926 1981 West Garafraxa Wellington Farm Woman No Wellington County Museum and Archives
Smith , Susanah (Susie) M. 1874 1874 Arthur Wellington Irish Farm Woman Yes Archival and Special Collections, University of Guelph
Beattie, William 1866 1902 Nichol Wellington Scottish Farmer Yes Wellington County Museum and Archives
Gilchrist, John W. 1931 1939 Puslinch Wellington Scottish Farmer No Wellington County Museum and Archives
MacFarlane, Duncan 1878 1892 Puslinch Wellington Scottish Farmer & JP Yes Original in private possession
Martin , James S. 1870 1878 West Garafraxa Wellington Scottish Farmer No Wellington County Museum and Archives
Awrey, Mary Ellen 1910 1916 Erin Wellington English Drugstore Yes Wellington County Museum and Archives
Harris, John 1821 1832 Eramosa Wellington Irish Farmer & Teacher No Wellington County Museum and Archives
Moir, Forbes 1884 1914 West Garafraxa Wellington Scottish Farmer & Post Office Yes Wellington County Museum and Archives
Beaton, Velma 1930 1988 Puslinch Wellington Scottish Farm Woman No Wellington County Museum and Archives
Beattie, David M. 1925 1989 Nichol Wellington Scottish Farmer No Wellington County Museum and Archives
Holmwood, George 1888 1927 Guelph Wellington English Farmer No Archival and Special Collections, University of Guelph
Hutchinson, William 1863 1864 Nichol Wellington English Farmer No Archival and Special Collections, University of Guelph
Bowman , James 1886 1944 Guelph Wellington English Farmer Yes Archival and Special Collections, University of Guelph
Ferrier Hutchinson, Jean 1933 1973 West Garafraxa Wellington Farm Woman No Wellington County Museum and Archives
Hutchinson, Thomas J. 1939 1997 West Garafraxa Wellington Farmer No Wellington County Museum and Archives
Philp Giffin, Clara 1902 1914 Maryborough Wellington English Farm Woman Yes Courtesy of Private Donor
Stewart MacLeod, Harold 1904 1904 Stamford Welland Scottish Farmer No Archival and Special Collections, University of Guelph
Griffiths, Margaret Emma 1899 1901 Thorold Welland Welsh Farm Woman No Archives of Ontario
Cressman, Ephraim 1876 1911 Waterloo Waterloo South Swiss Farmer No Mennonite Archives of Ontario
Kemkes, Edwin 1914 1916 Dumfries North Waterloo South German Farmer No Waterloo Region Museum
Maurer, Ellamanda Krauter 1917 1967 Woolwich Waterloo North German farm woman Yes Archival and Special Collections, University of Guelph
Eby, Gordon 1911 1919 Waterloo Waterloo Pennsylvania Mennonite Gardener No The original diaries are at the Mennonite Archives of Ontario Conrad Grebel University College.
Bergey, David 1866 1924 Wilmot Waterloo Swiss Farmer, Teacher Yes Mennonite Archives of Ontario Conrad Grebel University College
Brubacher/ Bowman, Catherine 1896 1960 Elmira Waterloo German Married to Engineer/Farmer No Waterloo Region Museum
McDonald, Mary Josephine (Minnie) 1917 1919 Cornwall Stormont Scottish Farm Woman Yes Archival and Special Collection, University of Guelph
Bagg, Solomon D. 1858 1865 Cornwall Stormont English, French Farmer No Archives of Ontario
Coleman, William R. 1865 1915 Innisfil Simcoe Irish Farmer Yes Simcoe County Archives
Rothwell , Annie 1894 1895 Innisfil Simcoe Irish Farm Woman Yes Simcoe County Archives
Drinkwater, Sarah Hallen 1840 1880 Orillia Simcoe English Gentleman Farmer No Archives of Ontario , Library and Archives Canada
Standen, William 1879 1895 Vespra Simcoe English Farmer No Trent University Archives, 1879-1895 diary available online at http://www.trentu.ca/library/archives/87-006.htm
Wilson, George 1833 1859 Medonte Simcoe English Gentleman Farmer No Archives of Ontario
Noble, Joseph 1890 1890 Mulmur Simcoe Irish Farmer No Dufferin County Museum and Archives
Noble, Elizabeth 1899 1899 Mulmur Simcoe Irish Farm Woman No Dufferin County Museum and Archives
Smith, Frederic 1869 1877 Picton Prince Edward German Cordwainer No Archives of Ontario
Bowerman, Deborah 1874 1892 Hallowell Prince Edward English Farm Woman Yes Prince Edward County Archives
Bowerman, Vincent 1877 1884 Hallowell Prince Edward English Retired farmer Yes Prince Edward County Archives
Williams, Carolyn (Carrie) 1894 1916 Hallowell Prince Edward English Housewife Yes Prince Edward County Archives
Dick, Thomas 1867 1905 West Hawkesbury 1867-94, Vankleek Hill 1894-05 Prescott Irish Farmer No Archives of Ontario
Birdsall, Richard Everett 1852 1877 Asphodel Peterborough East English Civil Engineer No Trent University Digital Collections, 1874 diary available online at http://digitalcollections.trentu.ca/exhibits/birdsall-rogers/zrdiary1.htm, 1876 diary available online at http://digitalcollections.trentu.ca/exhibits/birdsall-rogers/zrdiary3.htm
Tindle, James 1895 1895 Smith Peterborough ? Farmer No Archives of Ontario
Nelson, David 1864 1886 Otonabee Peterborough Scottish Farmer No Library and Archives Canada
Kollman, Henry 1913 1914 Amulree Perth German Farmer No Waterloo Region Museum
Hyde, Jock 1913 1914 Amulree Perth Scottish Farmer No Waterloo Region Museum
Ferguson , John Harrington 1868 1883 Chinguacousy Peel Scottish Farmer Yes This Licensed Material is provided by the Archives of Ontario in addition to Peel Art Gallery, Museum and Archives
McMahon, Henry 1887 1919 Albion Peel Irish Coal and Potato Merchant , Various other occupations Yes Peel Art Gallery, Museum and Archive
Thompson, Thomas 1883 1900 Toronto Gore Peel English Farmer No Archives of Ontario
McCulloch, Mary 1898 1898 Chinguacousy Peel Irish Housekeeper No Peel Art Gallery, Museum and Archives
Bauman, Angus 1904 1952 Wellington Peel German Farmer Yes Martin Family Private Collection
Rice, Rev. Ebenezer Muir 1861 1870 Blandford, West Oxford; Zone Oxford; Kent From US minister Yes Canadian Baptist Archives at McMaster Divinity College
Corless-Treffry, Alice 1900 1900 Hawtrey, South Norwich Oxford English Married to Farmer Yes Norwich Archives
Poldon, ????? 1873 1876 Norwich Oxford Scottish Blacksmith Yes Norwich Archives
Galbraith, John 1793 1843 Princeton/Blenheim Oxford Scottish Farmer Yes Archives of Ontario
Barnes, William Francis 1834 1836 Norwich Oxford Yes Norwich Archives
Crawford, Benjamin 1810 1859 North Oxford Oxford Irish Farmer No Archives of Ontario
Manson, Edith 1924 1928 Norwich Oxford Scottish No Norwich Archives
Crawford, James Augustus 1865 1880 North Oxford Oxford Irish Farmer No Archives of Ontario
Hagerman/ Poole, Frances 1904 1924 Burford, Norwich Oxford Scottish Married to Farmer No Norwich Archives
Stein, Solomon 1873 1924 East Zorra Oxford German Farmer Yes Tavistock and District Historical Society
Tidy, John Arthur 1838 1845 Norwich Oxford English Farmer, Surveyor, Teacher No Archives of Ontario
Goble, Roseltha Wolverton 1857 1919 Blenheim Oxford English Farm Woman Yes Archival and Special Collections, University of Guelph
McKay, John Sutherland 1866 1873 East Zorra Oxford Scottish farmer No Archives of Ontario
Mott, Phoebe 1888 1891 Norwich Oxford English farm woman Yes Library and Archives Canada
Parson Smith, Mary Emily 1893 1921 Norwich South Oxford English Farm Woman Yes Norwich & District Archives
Treffry , Charles John 1867 1867 Norwich Oxford English Farmer Yes Norwich Archives
Tweedie/Milne , Frances (Frank) 1866 1882 Whitby Ontario then, now Durham Scottish Farm Woman No Archives of Ontario
Johnson, Samuel 1873 1874 Uxbridge Ontario Dutch Farmer Yes Uxbridge Historical Centre
Michie, John Albert 1869 1870 Reach Ontario Scottish Farmer Yes University of Guelph Archives and Special Collections
Lewis , George Edwin 1873 1874 Uxbridge Ontario Welsh Farmer Yes Uxbridge Historical Centre
Michie, Robert 1899 1943 Greenbank Ontario Scottish farmer Yes Privately owned
Wilson, James Henry 1871 1871 Uxbridge Ontario English Plough Salesman, Farmer No Uxbridge Public Library
Brock, Harriet 1832 1836 Monaghan Northumberland English Married to Lieutenant No Trent University Digital Collections, 1835-1836 diary available online at http://www.trentu.ca/admin/library/archives/pengelleydiary2.htm
Hinman, Smith 1858 1909 Haldimand Northumberland English Farmer No Archives of Ontario
Hume, Robert 1845 1867 Hamilton Northumberland English Farmer No Library and Archives Canada
Wooley, Joseph H. 1861 1898 Windham North Norfolk English Farmer No Archives of Ontario
Baker, Lenna 1901 1901 Woodhouse Norfolk English Teacher Yes Courtesy of Private Donor
Barrett, Theobold (Toby) 1911 1941 Woodhouse Norfolk Irish Farmer No Archival and Special Collections, University of Guelph
Olds, Courtland 1867 1894 Woodhouse Norfolk Irish Farmer Yes Archival and Special Collections, University of Guelph
King, Mary Ann 1888 1910 Willoughby Niagara Irish Farm Woman No Niagara Historical Society
Rogers, Timothy 1789 1799 Whitchurch Newmarket English Farmer No http://www.cfha.info/journalrogers.pdf
Butler, Charles 1833 1837 Near Cobourg, Hamilton Newcastle District (becomes Northumberland) English Farmer No Archives of Ontario
Mayes , Rev. Robert 1874 1877 Draper Muskoka English Farmer and Minister Yes Archival and Special Collections, University of Guelph
Butcher, Mary (Minnie) 1891 1918 Port Sydney, Stephenson Muskoka English Married to Salesman/Agent Yes Toronto Public Library
Fallows , Catharine 1899 1903 West Nissouri Middlesex E. English Farm Woman No University of Western Ontario
Jamieson, John 1852 1854 Adelaide Middlesex Scottish Farmer/Teacher No Toronto Public Library
Crombie, Margaret Reynolds 1935 2002 London Middlesex Irish No McMaster University Archives
MacLeod, William Neynoe 1870 1870 Westminster Middlesex Scottish Farm labourer Yes Archival and Special Collections, University of Guelph
Adams, Thomas and Sophia 1880 1900 Delaware Middlesex Irish Farmer No University of Western Ontario
Glen, James 1866 1924 Westminster Middlesex Irish Farmer No University of Western Ontario
Waters, James M. 1908 1920 Williams East Middlesex Scottish Farmer, Carpenter No Waterloo Region Museum
Jarvis , Hannah Owen Peters 1842 1845 Niagara Lincoln English Gentlewoman Yes Archival and Special Collections, University of Guelph
Robinson/Sills , Laura 1901 1945 South Fredericksburg Lennox & Addington Dutch Farm Woman No Queen's University Archives
Wright, George 1872 1879 Amherst Island Lennox & Addington Scottish Farmer, Merchant No Library and Archives Canada, 1872-1879 diary available online at https://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/immigrants/021017-119.05-e.php?&diary_id_nbr=26&page_sequence_nbr=1&&PHPSESSID=brgiaphfug9ikjblt889lo7gp7
Quinn, John Francis 1897 1905 Lansdowne Leeds & Grenville Irish Farmer No Online at Leeds & 1000 Islands Historical Society Newsletter
Jones, Frances (Fanny) 1878 1880 South Augusta Leeds & Grenville Irish Farm Woman No Upper Canada Village
Lancley, Edward 1890 1890 Lansdowne Leeds & Grenville English Farm Labourer No Online at Leeds & 1000 Islands Historical Society Newsletter
Beaty, William 1838 1892 Young & Lansdowne Leeds & Grenville Scottish Farmer No Queen's University Archives
Bellamy, Eliza 1854 1855 North Augusta Leeds & Grenville Irish Married to Miller Yes Upper Canada Village
Andress, Henry M. 1861 1861 Lansdowne Leeds English Miller No Leeds and 1000 Islands Historical Society
Bell, Reverend William 1817 1849 Burgess Lanark Scottish Reverend and Teacher No Electric Scotland Database
Easton , George 1830 1839 Dalhousie Lanark Scottish Farmer/ Teacher Yes Middleville Museum
Carpenter, James W. 1880 1884 Sombra Lambton English Farmer Yes This diary is available in published form: Donald W. Carpenter, ed. Diary of James W. Carpenter, 1880-1907, Corunna: Donald W. Carpenter, 1991.
Needham, George 1875 1892 Moore Lambton English Farmer No Archives of Ontario
Nimmo, William 1871 1909 Bosanquet Lambton Scottish General Merchant No Lambton County Archives
McMackon, Walter 1906 1911 Orford, Sunnidale Kent, Simcoe Irish labourer, book-keeper, farmer Yes Archival and Special Collections, University of Guelph
Shadd, Garrison William 1881 1889 Raleigh Kent African Farmer Yes Buxton National Historic Site & Museum
Shreve, William Jeremiah 1907 1907 Raleigh Kent African Farmer Yes Buxton National Historic Site & Museum
Handy, Ida Katherine (Kate) 1875 1875 Howard Kent Irish Farm Woman Yes Private Collection of Leah Wilson
Watson, William (Henry) 1881 1911 Orford Kent English Merchant/Newspaper Editor Yes Private Collection of Leah Wilson
McMackon, David 1896 1896 Orford Kent Irish Cooper Yes Archival and Special Collections, University of Guelph
Johnstone, Mrs. Frank Edna 1916 1921 McKillop Huron Irish Farm Woman No Huron County Museum & Historic Gaol
McTavish , Douglas 1876 1877 Stanley Huron Scottish Farmer Yes Huron County Museum & Historic Gaol
Green , Mary L. 1899 1900 Colborne Huron Scottish Housekeeper for Farmer Uncles Yes Huron County Museum & Historic Gaol
Schulze, Arthur Emil 1860 1861 Maitlandville, Colborne Huron German Gardener, Cigar Maker No Huron County Museum & Historic Gaol
Watson , Robert 1885 1885 1) Stanley (1881); 2) Tuckersmith (1891) Huron English Framer (1881), Farmer (1891) Yes Huron County Museum & Historic Gaol
Andrew, Amos 1930 1931 Auburn Huron English Farmer No Huron County Museum & Historic Gaol
Washington, Clara and Joseph 1896 1896 W. Wawanosh Huron English Farmer No Huron County Museum & Historic Gaol
Green , Bella 1914 1919 Ashfield Huron Scottish Farm Woman No Huron County Museum & Historic Gaol
Washington, Walter Jenkins 1945 1954 W. Wawanosh Huron English Farmer No Huron County Museum & Historic Gaol
MacFarlane, Eliza Ann 1887 1901 Stanley Huron Scottish farm woman Yes Original in private possession
Campton, Mary Victoria 1861 1863 Marmora Hastings English Farm Woman No Upper Canada Village
Rutherford, Margaret 1917 1917 Sydenham Grey Scottish Farm Woman Yes Grey Roots Museum and Archives
Russell, Robert 1876 1900 Proton (and Melancthon) Grey Irish Farmer Yes Archival and Special Collections, University of Guelph
Williams Trout, Mary 1867 1920 St. Vincent Grey English Teacher, Farmwoman, Housewife Yes Grey County Museum and Archives
Hope, Walter 1847 1880 Sydenham Grey Scottish Farmer No Archives of Ontario
Rutherford, Annie 1894 1895 Sydenham Grey Scottish Farm Woman Yes Private Collection Courtesy of David & Jock Rutherford
Fleming, Roy Franklin 1891 1903 Derby Grey Scottish Farm Boy Yes Grey Roots Museum and Archives, Archival and Special Collections, University of Guelph
Fleming, Jean (Jennie) 1869 1903 Derby Grey Scottish Co-manager of General Store Yes Grey Roots Museum and Archives, Archival and Special Collections, University of Guelph
Bremner , James 1881 1881 Sullivan Grey Scottish Farmer No Archival and Special Collections, University of Guelph
Cameron, James 1854 1902 McMaster's Island Glengarry Scottish Farmer Yes The Archives of Ontario
MacGregor, John 1877 1883 Charlottenburg Glengarry Scottish Farmer No Queen's University Archives
McLennan, Christina 1875 1922 Charlottenburg Glengarry Scottish Farm Woman No Archives of Ontario
Marks , John Bennett 1824 1828 Richmond Frontenac English Farmer No Library and Archives Canada
Jardine, John Sr. 1868 1905 Tilbury West Essex Scottish Farmer No Archival and Special Collections, University of Guelph
Arner, Alfred 1907 1909 Colchester S./Gosfield Essex German Farmer No Harrow Early Immigrant Research Society
Buchanan, John G. 1835 1846 Colchester Essex Scottish Farmer No Harrow Early Immigrant Research Society
Watson, Jeannie 1901 1902 Aldborough Elgin Scottish Farm Woman Yes Elgin County Archives
Oakes, Robert B. 1866 1872 Yarmouth Elgin Scottish Farmer No Elgin County Archives
Patterson , Alice Sophia 1862 1888 Dunwich Elgin Irish Farm Woman No Archives of Ontario
Geddes, Malcolm Daniel 1899 1899 Whitby Durham Scottish Farm Labourer Yes Private Collection of Gordon Darroch & Gail Benjafield
Welch Hill , Sarah 1821 1881 Hope Durham English Farm Woman Yes Archives of Ontario
Wilson, Edmund 1870 1911 Hope Durham English Farmer No Archives of Ontario, John J. Wilson fonds
Wilson, James 1862 1892 Hope Durham English Farmer No Archives of Ontario, John J. Wilson fonds
Middagh , Lucy 1884 1892 Mountain Dundas German Farm Woman Yes The original diaries are privately held.
Middagh, Victoria (Tory) 1887 1888 Mountain Dundas German Farm Woman Yes Private Collection
Simpson, Elizabeth 1877 1902 East Garafraxa Dufferin English Farm Woman Yes Dufferin County Museum & Archives
Simpson, Carver 1878 1882 East Garafraxa Dufferin English Farmer Yes Dufferin County Museum & Archives
Geddes, James 1889 1893 Ryerson District of Parry Sound Scottish Farmer/Lay Preacher Yes Private Collection of Gordon Darroch & Gail Benjafield
Geddes, Jessie Dick Wares 1870 1914 Ryerson District of Parry Sound Scottish Farm Woman Yes Private Collection of Gordon Darroch & Gail Benjafield
Switzer, Christopher 1881 1883 Nepean Carleton, now Ottawa German Farmer No Upper Canada Village
Boothe, Minnie 1897 1898 Osgoode, near Metcalf Carleton Irish Farm Woman Yes Queen's University Archives
Upton, Colonel William R. 1827 1893 Gloucester Carleton English Civil Engineer, Farmer No Library and Archives Canada
Burgess, Elizabeth Oliver 1915 1974 Arran Bruce English Farm Woman No Bruce County Museum & Cultural Centre, 1915-1918, 1920, 1924-1926, 1966-1972, and 1974 diaries available online at https://brucemuseum.pastperfectonline.com/archive/D4D9D3D2-0566-4F0D-946E-164127556622
Davidson, William George 1889 1895 Amabel Bruce Irish farmer Yes Private: Courtesy of the Eby Family
Crombie, Edward Hamerton 1928 1941 South Dumfries Brant Scottish Farmer No McMaster University Archives
Crombie, Edward Rubidge 1903 1930 South Dumfries Brant Scottish Farmer/Retired Banker No McMaster University Archives
Atkins, Vivien Agnus Maud 1902 1905 South Dumfries Brant Irish Farm Woman No McMaster University Archives
Barker, Jean 1926 1926 South Dumfries Brant English Farm Woman No Archival and Special Collections, University of Guelph
Buck, Ernest 1926 1927 South Dumfries Brant German Milkman , Farm Labourer No Archival and Special Collections, University of Guelph
Thomas, Charles 1850 1852 Algona Bathurst District, later Renfrew English Farmer, Trader Yes Library and Archives Canada
Malloch, John Glass 1841 1845 Perth Bathurst District, later Lanark Scottish Lawyer, Farmer, Judge No Archives of Ontario
Phenix, John Jr. 1892 1934 1) Mono, 2) Nottawasaga 1) Dufferin, 2) Simcoe Irish Farmer No Archives of Ontario
Phenix, John Sr. 1869 1875 1) Mono, 2) Nottawasaga 1) Dufferin, 2) Simcoe Irish Farmer No Archives of Ontario
Howell, Samson 1868 1869 1) South Dumfries, 2) Carlow 1) Brant, 2) Huron German Farmer Yes Archival and Special Collections, University of Guelph