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Catharine Parr Traill – Chronology

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1802 9 January: Catharine Parr Strickland born in Rotherhythe Parish, Kent, England.
1803 Family rents Stowe House near Bungay, Suffolk.
1808 Thomas Strickland purchases Reydon Hall and moves family to the village of Reydon, three miles (4.8 km) from the coastal town of Southwold, Suffolk.
1818 Thomas Strickland dies in Norwich, Norfolk.
1819 Catharine publishes Disobedience or, Mind What Mama Says; and Reformation or, The Cousins (London: James Woodhouse).
1821 Nursery Fables (London: Harris).
1822 Little Downy or, The History of a Field Mouse: A Moral Tale (London: Dean and Munday).
1825 The Flower-Basket or, Poetical Blossoms: Original Nursery Rhymes and Tales (London: A. K. Newman).
1826 Prejudice Reproved or, The History of the Negro Toy-Seller; and The Young Emigrants or, Pictures of Life in Canada (London: Harvey and Darton).
1827 The Juvenile Forget-Me-Not or, Cabinet of Entertainment and Instruction (London: N. Hailes), with other members of the Strickland family.
1827–31 Contributions to English annuals.
1828 The Keepsake Guineas or, The Best Use of Money (London: A. K. Newman); Amendment or, Charles Grant and His Sister (London: Dean and Munday); and The Stepbrothers: A Tale (London: Harvey and Darton).
1829 Engaged to Francis Harral.
1830 Sketches from Nature or, Hints to Juvenile Naturalists (London: Harvey and Darton).
1831 Sketchbook of a Young Naturalist or, Hints to the Students of Nature (London: Harvey and Darton); and Narratives of Nature, and History Book for Young Naturalists (London: Edward Lacey). Lives with Rebecca Leverton in London and travels with her to other English locations. In April attends the marriage of her sister Susanna to John Moodie in St. Pancras Church, London. Ends engagement to Francis Harral. Meets Thomas Traill at the home of Thomas Pringle.
1832 13 May: marries Thomas Traill in St. Margaret's Church, Reydon. Visits Edinburgh and meets Traill's relatives in the Orkneys. 7 July: the Traills sail from Greenock, Scotland, for Canada.
1833 7 June: birth of James George.
1836 The Backwoods of Canada (London: Charles Knight). 8 March: birth of Katherine Agnes.
1837 16 May: birth of Thomas Henry Strickland.
1838 "The Mill of the Rapids: A Canadian Sketch" and "Canadian Lumberers" published in Chambers's Edinburgh Journal. 14 December: birth of Anne Fotheringhame.
1839 Sell farm in Douro and move to Ashburnham (east Peterborough) in Otonabee Township. "The Lost Child" published in Chambers's Edinburgh Journal.
1840 Contributes to John Lovell's Literary Garland. 30 October: birth of Mary Helen Bridges (d. 1841).
1841 7 November: birth of Mary Elizabeth Jane.
1842 11 July: Eleanor Stewart baptized; buried 14 October.
1843 Move to "Saville" in Otonabee Township. "A Canadian Scene" published in Chambers's Edinburgh Journal.
1844 26 July: birth of William Edward.
1846 Move to the "Wolf Tower" on the shores of Rice Lake.
1847–49 Rent "Mount Ararat" near Gore's Landing. 9 August 1848: birth of Walter John Strickland.
1849 Thomas Traill sells his military pension in order to purchase "Oaklands," lot 11, concession 8, Hamilton Township. "The Settlers Settled or, Pat Connor and His Two Masters" published in Sharpe's London Journal; "The Interrupted Bridal: A True Story of the First Rebellion in the Colony," "The Two Widows of Hunter's Creek" and "The Canadian Emigrant's Farewell" published in Home Circle.
1852 Canadian Crusoes: A Tale of the Rice Lake Plains (London: Hall, Virtue).
1852–53 "Forest Gleanings," a series of thirteen sketches on backwoods life and the Rice Lake Plains, published in Anglo-American Magazine.
1853 "The Governor's Daughter or, Rambles in the Canadian Forest" appears in 12 monthly instalments in the Maple Leaf.
1854 The Female Emigrant's Guide, and Hints on Canadian Housekeeping (Toronto: Maclear).
1856 Lady Mary and Her Nurse or, A Peep into the Canadian Forest (London: Hall, Virtue).
1857 Oaklands burns down on 25 August. James Traill marries Amelia Muchall, and the new couple moves to Belleville.
1858 Anne Traill marries Clinton Atwood. November–December: Catharine attends séances with the Moodies in Belleville.
1859 21 June: death of Thomas Traill.
1860 Catharine takes possession of "Westove," Lakefield.
1863 Mary Traill marries Thomas Muchall and moves to Belleville.
1864 William Traill joins the Hudson's Bay Company. Henry Traill marries Lilias Maclean. Elizabeth (Homer) Strickland dies at Reydon.
1866 Walter Traill appointed to the Hudson's Bay Company.
1867 11 January: death of Samuel Strickland at the "Homestead" in Lakefield. 14 April: death of James Traill in Belleville.
1868 Canadian Wild Flowers (Montreal: John Lovell) is published.
1869 William Traill marries Harriette McKay.
1870 Henry Traill murdered at Kingston Penitentiary. Catharine adopts his three-year old daughter, Katharine Parr.
1872 24 February: death of Frances Stewart.
1874 Deaths of Agnes Strickland and Thomas Strickland.
1875 30 April: death of Elizabeth Strickland.
1881 Walter Traill marries Mary (Purdy) Gilbert.
1884 January–April: Catharine visits Agnes Chamberlin in Ottawa.
1885 Studies of Plant Life in Canada or, Gleanings from Forest, Lake and Plain (Ottawa: A. S. Woodburn). 8 April: death of Susanna Moodie in Toronto.
1888 14 June: death of Jane Margaret Strickland.
1890 17 July: death of Sarah (Strickland) Gwillym.
1892 23 May: death of Mary (Traill) Muchall.
1893 Catharine is given Polly Cow Island in Lake Katchewanook.
1894 Pearls and Pebbles or, Notes of an Old Naturalist (Toronto: William Briggs).
1895 Cot and Cradle Stories (Toronto: William Briggs).
1896 Made honorary president of the Peterborough Historical Society and honourary member of the Canadian Women's Historical Society of Toronto.
1897 Receives a grant from the Royal Literary Fund.
1898 Honoured by a public testimonial and a gift of $1000
1899 29 August: death of Catharine Parr Traill, aged 97.

Reproduced with permission from the University of Toronto Press

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