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Object ID # 1959.069.003
Object Name Board, Ironing
Title 19th-century Sleeve Board
Lexicon category 5: T&E For Science & Technology
Date 1850s
Made Burr, William
Place of Origin Sydenham Township (formerly), Municipality of Meaford, Grey County
Description A piece of wood, flat, tear-dropped shaped without the point. Sometimes they are called "sleeveboards".
Provenance Previously owned by Miss Jessie Ross, who formerly lived in Sydenham Township, in the Leith area and then in Owen Sound, Grey County. She said that this item originally belonged to Mr. William Burr at Leith and dated to the 1850s.

The 1901 census of Sydenham Township listed the James F. Burr family at Lot 36, Concession C. It had a son named William L. Burr (then aged 3, born Jan. 28, 1898). James F. Burr was born in 1853, and his wife, Jessie H. Burr, was born in 1872. They were a farming family.

Jessie Ross' father was Mr. William Ross, who lived at "Rossmoyne", near Leith, Sydenham Township, Grey County. He died in 1913. His daughters, the Misses Elizabeth and Jessie Ross, had continued to live on at the Ross family homestead after their mother passed away in 1917.

Mr. and Mrs. William Ross were married on June 10, 1863. Mrs. Ross was the former Margaret Telford (born in Scotland, a daughter of Wm P. Telford (1797-1879) & Elizabeth Telford).

Jessie Ross, died in her 87th year in Feb. 1961. She was survived by her brother John Ross, who at that time was living in Alberni, B.C.
Collection Household Equipment, 19th-c Collection
Material Wood
Dimensions H-1.8 W-13.5 L-66 cm
Found Sydenham Township (formerly), Municipality of Meaford, Grey County
People Burr, William
Ross, Jessie
Subjects Laundry
Irons (Pressing)
Search Terms Sydenham Township
Function Used when tailoring, by women in the home (or men), for pressing seams, etc.