File contains scrapbook pages that contain records mostly relating to the Patterson family of the Township of Dunwich. Includes a letter from the Archivist of Ontario to John E. Pearce regarding records donated to the Archives of Ontario, a newspaper clipping titled "Life of Col. Patterson" and a souvenir ribbon from the Centennial picnic on July 14, 1909 in honour of the landing in Port Talbot. Also includes copies of letters sent to Patterson from Colonel Thomas Talbot.
Series contains original and copied correspondence relating to the Patterson family. Includes copies of letters sent to Leslie Patterson by Colonel Thomas Talbot (1812-1842), as well as a letter, dated July 25, 1830, addressed to Captain John Stephens from his nephew, Edward Matthews. Also includes a scrapbook, mostly containing copies of letters sent from Colonel Thomas Talbot.
The Backus family was one of several families that had obtained land from Colonel Thomas Talbot and settled in the area which quickly came to be known as Little Ireland (a namesake due to the Irish ancestry of the settlers).
The Backus-Page House Museum is located within the grounds of the John E. Pearce Provincial Park, situated within a restored Georgian style house which was constructed in 1850. It is one of the first brick homes built in what would eventually become Dunwich Township.
The house was commissioned by Andrew and Mary Jane Backus. The property that Andrew built his house on was given to him by his grandmother, Mary Storey, who received her original land grant in 1809.
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Records created, collected and/or maintained by the Backus family of Dunwich Township. The fonds is comprised of the following series:
File contains miscellaneous land records grouped together in a folio. Includes the following items:
-Bargain and Sale, Samuel McIntyre to Daniel McIntyre, dated May 16, 1821, for part of Lot 1, on the North Branch of Talbot Road, Township of Southwold.
-Bargain and Sale, Colonel Thomas Talbot to Bray Willie, dated October 9, 1830, for Lot 19, Concession 9, Township of Dunwich.
-Bargain and Sale, Joseph DeFields and Elizabeth DeFields to David Stewart, dated August 9, 1830, for the north half of Lot 113 north on Talbot Road East, Township of Southwold.
-Mortgage, Simon Bradt and wife to Barzillia Samson, dated July 13, 1839, for
-Mortgage, Samuel Burwell to Amasa Wood, dated June 21, 1841, for Lot 19, on the south side of Talbot Road East, Township of Southwold.
-Deed of Bargain and Sale, Henry Tisdale to Solomon Dils, dated February 27, 1841, for Lot 13, Concession 2, Township of Malahide.
-Mortgage, Henry Bowen and James Bowen to David Parish, dated February 8, 1847, for part of Lot 1, Concession 1, Township of Yarmouth.
-Bargain and Sale, Heirs at Law of the Estate of John Richardson to William Phineas Barber, dated April 18, 1859.
-Deed of Land, Robert Kerr to the Trustees of School Section No. 3, Township of Aldborough, dated July 29, 1874, for the northerly corner of Lot 12, Concession 12, Township of Aldborough, to be used for school purposes.
-Deed of Land, Archibald McAlpine to Archibal McAlpine and Duncan McAlpine, dated December 11, 1879, for the southerly half of Lot 19, Concession 2, Township of Aldborough.
-Deed of Bargain and Sale, Hugh Gunn to Alexander Gunn, dated November 3, 1853, for the southeasterly quarter of Lot 4, Concession 7, Township of Dunwich.
-Deed of Bargain and Sale, James Blackwood to William Hillis, dated August 30, 1859, for Lot 3 on Tecumseh Street in the Village of Tyrconnel, and art of Lot 8, Concession 9, Township of Dunwich.
-Deed of Bargain and Sale, James Blackwood to Henry Hamilton, dated August 20, 1859, for Lot 9, south side of Victoria Street in the Village of Tyrconnel.
-Deed of Bargain and Sale, James Blackwood and George Wright, dated August 20, 1859, for Lot 4 on Scotland Street in the Village of Tyrconnel.
-Deed of Bargain and Sale, James Blackwood to Georgina Forbes Blackwood, for Lots 10 on Wellington Street and 173 on Ireland Street in the Village of Tyrconnel.
-Deed of Bargain and Sale, James Blackwood to the Corporation of Dunwich, dated December 24, 1860.
-Conveyance of Land, Meredith Conn to Deborah Blackwood, dated December 5, 1873, for Lot 9, Erie Street, according to the plan of Lot 8, Concession 10, Township of Dunwich.
-Deed of Bargain and Sale, James Hamilton to Calvin Witt, dated October 31, 1848, for Lot 35, north side of Talbot Road East, Township of Southwold.
-Copy of Lease, Stephen Backus to Elginfield Oil and Gas Developing Company, dated May 13, 1898.
-Bargain and Sale, Andrew McDiarmid to William Cassers, dated June 21, 1853, for part of Lot 10 on the Northside of Talbot Road, Township of Southwold.
-Bargain and Sale, Thomas Pettit to Thomas Brady, dated March 11, 1863, for Lot 11, South of Lake Road, Township of Southwold.
-Mortgage, John Boughner to Colonel Crutchley, dated March 12, 1861, for the south half of Lot 43, east side of the North Branch of Talbot Road, Township of Southwold.
-Bargain and Sale, Elisha Pettit to Thomas Pettit, dated March 28, 1862, for Lot 7, south of Lake Road, Township of Southwold.
-Bargain and Sale, Adam Robins to William Francis, dated April 14, 1864, for the east half of Lot 5 in the second Range East of River Road, Township of Southwold.
-Indenture of Life Lease between Peter Sutherland and James Donaldson Barber, dated May 30, 1865.
-Mortgage, Henry Berdan to Cordelia Jane Vanseder, for the southwest quarter of Lot 32, North Branch, Township of Southwold.
Archives of Ontario - Thomas Talbot fonds, F 501 - Plans of the Talbot Tract series, F 501-1
1 plan ; 76.5 x 52 cm
1 inch equals 40 chains
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Digitized copy of an original survey plan of the Township of Blandford, County of Oxford, registered May 16, 1826, Surveyor General's Office, York, Thomas Ridout, Surveyor General. Scale 1 inch equals 40 chains. Various lots shown in the plan are colour in gray and red ink, and the legend indicates that this signifies Clergy (gray) and Crown (red) reserves. The future site of the Town of Woodstock is shown (tract marked "Reserved" in the southwest corner). Land in this township was distributed principally to former Royal Army and Royal Navy officers as compensation for their service: accordingly, several lots shown in this plan are marked as reserved for or granted to Captain Andrew Drew, R.N., 1792-1878; Admiral Henry Vansittart, R.N., 1777-1843; Major Edward Buller, 1764-1824; Colonel Philip Delatre, 1777-1848; Major Hugh Barwick, who later served as Oxford County Treasurer; Colonel R.A. Hunter, who is credited with establishing the first grammar school in Oxford County in 1848; and William Allan, ca. 1770-1853, member of the Legislative Council of Upper Canada 1825-1841.
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Report of a Committee of the Whole Council upon the claim of certain persons who have received gratuitous locations of 50 acres from Colonel Talbot with a promise by him, of a further grant of 100 acres from the Crown, dated July 17, 1821. Report was made to His Excellency Peregrine Maitland and signed by William Dummer Powell. This document is described as a "true copy" and signed by John Smale, Clerk of the Executive Council.
A true copy of a declaration made by Thomas Talbot, October 15, 1818: "I hereby give notice that such persons as may be disposed to settle on my land, that I will give free of costs, fifty acres to each male of seventeen years and upwards, and that in addition, fifty acres of the Crown Lands will be reserved for each person of the above description." Copy produced August 9, 1820 and signed by John Smale.
The Burwell family emigrated to Upper Canada in the aftermath of the American Revolution, settling in the Niagara District in Bertie Township. A son, Mahlon Burwell, born in 1783, trained as a provincial land surveyor and came to Port Talbot in 1811 to work for the District's Crown Land Agent, Thomas Talbot. He surveyed most of the townships in the London and Western Districts and laid out the town plot of London. He was appointed to several key offices in the district including Registrar, was the Chairman of the Court of Quarter Sessions, the regional government of the day, and was elected several times to the Colonial Assembly. He was regarded as the region's contribution to the Family Compact.
He married Sarah Haun in 1810 and together they had 8 children. Several of his sons rose to positions of local significance within their communities, including Isaac Brock Burwell of Caradoc, John Burwell of Port Burwell, a community founded by his father, Hannibal the creator of this collection and Hercules, who succeeded him as Registrar of Middlesex.
Hannibal took over Mahlon's estate in Elgin County near Port Talbot and lived there with his family until 1871 when he moved the family to London. There he entered the city's elite, supporting the Church of England as had been the family's tradition. Hannibal's daughter Hannah married Rev. David Williams, destined to become the Bishop of Huron and the Archbishop of Ontario.
Of Hannibal's sons, only Alfred E. is represented in this collection. He received his father's papers and associated artifacts which after his own death in 1943, passed to his niece Mary Gweno Williams (later Mrs. K. Boughner) and thence to her daughter, the donor, Rebecca Boughner.
Records were in the custody of Colonel Mahlon Burwell, ca. 1835-1846; from 1846-1886, to his son Hannibal Burwell; 1886-1943 to his son Alfred E. Burwell; 1943-1968, to his niece Mary Gweno Williams Boughner; 1968-2013, to her daughter Rebecca Boughner (the donor).
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The Burwell Family fonds is primarily comprised of the personal and buisness papers of Hannibal Burwell (1825-1886), his son, Alfred E. Burwell (1871-1943) and his daughter Hannah Alberta Eliza Burwell (1864-1929), later Mrs. David Williams.
There are 20 related artifacts including two family bibles, a portable writing desk belonging to Hannibal's father, Mahlon Burwell (1783-1846), a prominent surveyor, Justice of the Peace and MLA, Albert Burwell's South Africa War medals and volunteer service medals and a portrait of Mahlon's daughter Louisa Burwell (1818-1834).
The fonds is divided into the following series:
-Associated Artifacts series, ca. 1800-1914
-Books series, 1808-1931
-Personal Documents and Ephemera series, 1810-1932