Letitia MacTavish Hargrave

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Letitia MacTavish Hargrave
Letitia MacTavish Hargrave
Born Letitia MacTavish
Edinburgh, Scotland
Died 18 September 1854
Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario
Cause of death Cholera
Resting place Toronto, Canada (St. James Cemetery)
Residence York Factory, Manitoba
Nationality Scottish
Known for letterwriter
Spouse(s) James Hargrave
Children Joseph James Hargrave
Parent(s) Dugald Mactavish and Letitia Lockhart
Relatives William Mactavish (brother)

Letitia MacTavish Hargrave (born Letitia MacTavish in 1813 in Edinburgh, Scotland) was the eldest of nine children of Dugald Mactavish and Letitia Lockhart. She married Hudson's Bay Company Chief Trader James Hargrave on 8 January 1840. The Hargraves lived at Hudson's Bay Company's York Factory from 1840 to 1851, when James was transferred to Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. Letitia died of cholera during an epidemic in 1854. She is best known for her letters, which were saved by her family and compiled as a book in 1947 by Margaret MacLeod.[1] These letters are an important primary account of pioneer women in 19th century Western Canada.

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  1. ^ MacLeod, Margaret Arnett (1947). Letters of Letitia Hargrave. Toronto: Champlain Society. p. 488. ISBN 978-0-8371-5065-9. 


  • Hargrave, James (1969). The Hargrave Correspondence, 1821-1843 (Champlain Society Publication). Greenwood Press Reprint. ISBN 0-8371-5062-0. 
  • Letters from Rupert's Land, 1826-1840: James Hargrave of the Hudson's Bay Company (Rupert's Land Record Society Series). Montreal: McGill-Queen's University Press. 2010. ISBN 0-7735-3573-X. 
  • McGoogan, Kenneth (2002). Fatal passage: the true story of John Rae, the Arctic hero time forgot. New York: Carroll & Graf Publishers. ISBN 0-7867-1156-6. 
  • York, Lorraine Mary; Jennifer Blair; Coleman, Daniel; Kate Higginson (2005). ReCalling Early Canada: Reading the Political in Literary and Cultural Production (cuRRents). Edmonton, Alberta, Canada: The University of Alberta Press. ISBN 0-88864-443-4. 

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