Fonds F 19

Marshall Spring Bidwell family fonds

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Marshall Spring Bidwell family fonds
Dates of Creation
1750-1952, predominant 1790-1890
Physical Description

10 centimetres of textual records

Scope and Content

Fonds consists of records of Marshall Spring Bidwell, Barnabas Bidwell, and other members of the Bidwell family. Records of Barnabas Bidwell include correspondence, certificates, legal documents, and financial records. Included are letters and court records regarding the deficit in the accounts of Berkshire County. Records of Marshall Spring Bidwell include correspondence, degrees, certificates, licences, deeds, mortgages, wills, property records, Crown land grants, and other records. Bidwell's business correspondence consists of letters sent to John Bogert or to the firm of Ford and Bogert, Barristers in Brockville. Other letters are from Bidwell to Henry Cassady, a Kingston lawyer who looked after Bidwell's Canadian affairs after his departure.

Records of the Bidwell family include genealogical information, information on properties held by family members, as well as correspondence, notebooks, diaries, legal records, clippings, and other records of individual family members.

Administrative History or Biographical Sketch

The Bidwell family were involved in law and politics in the United States and Upper Canada during the eighteenth and nineteenth century.

Barnabas Bidwell (1763-1833), was a lawyer and politician in the United States before moving to Upper Canada, where he established a school in the village of Bath and assisted his son, Marshall S. Bidwell (1799-1872), in his law practice.

Marshall Spring Bidwell (1799-1872) was the leader of the Moderate Reformers in Upper Canadian politics prior to the Rebellion of 1837.

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Bidwell, Marshall S. (family)

Bidwell, Barnabas, 1763-1833

Bidwell, Marshall S. (Marshall Spring), 1799-1872
Restrictions on Access
No restrictions on access.
Terms For Use and Reproduction
Copyright for original materials held by creator. These materials cannot be published without permission from the copyright holder. All requests for publication of materials on MS 761 must be forwarded to: Manuscripts and Archives. Yale University Library. Box 1603A, Yale Station. New Haven, Connecticut, U.S.A. 06520.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Original correspondence was donated to the Archives of Ontario in 1938 by Dr. Jabez H. Elliott of Toronto, and by Judge McDonald of Brockville.
Associated Material

The microfilm in MS 761 was purchased by the Archives of Ontario in 1985 from the Yale University Library in New Haven, Connecticut, U.S.A. A finding aid for the microfilmed material purchased from Yale University Library is available at the beginning of the first reel of MS 761.

Related Material

Other Bidwell letters may be found in the W.H. Merritt fonds (F 662)


Title based on content of fonds.

Former Codes

Accession Number: 16638.MU 5816.MS 93.MS 761.

Finding Aid
An inventory (F 19) is available for the original correspondence in this fonds. An online listing is available for part of the fonds, namely a calendar of the personal letters (Section 1).

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