Fonds F 543

Abraham Nelles family fonds

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Abraham Nelles family fonds
Dates of Creation
Physical Description

38 centimetres of textual records

4 plans

2 maps

Scope and Content

Fonds consists of records of Abraham Nelles and of other Nelles family members, including: correspondence, militia records, land records, genealogical material, business records, records relating to the district of Niagara, Grimsby church records, records regarding native lands, and other materials.

Correspondence consists of letters received by Abraham Nelles relating to: family matters, business deals, elections, land matters, and other subjects. Correspondents include: Thomas Ridout, George Ridout, Colonel C.L.L. Foster (Adjutant General of Militia), J.B. Robinson, John Brant, Thomas Bell, George Rykert, John Lyons, and others.

Militia records include: correspondence involving the appointment of magistrates, the adoption of price scales to control rates of local farmers, the Corps of Colour, and other issues. Also included are: returns; general orders; muster rolls; field reports; accounts; affidavits containing sworn statements pertaining to underage recruits and the eligibility of veterans and widows for pensions; memoranda; and other materials.

Land records consists of indentures, agreements, bonds, memorials, maps and plans, and notes.

Genealogical materials consist of letters, notes, and a family tree of the Nelles family.

Business records include: accounts (of Nelles' saw mill, accounts with Robert Hamilton and George Forsyth, as well as road, postage, farming, and mill expense accounts); receipts; and promissory notes.

Records arising from Abraham Nelles involvement in various local affairs in the Niagara District include: legal records including summons and other documents; survey records including correspondence, petitions, reports, agreements, bonds, and field notes; records of the elections returning officer including warrants appointing Abraham Nelles the returning officer for the ridings of West York, Haldimand, and 1st Lincoln; and, records relating to Grimsby Church.

Native land records include: a memorandum of Grand River grants made by the government to Stedman, Beasley, Wallace, Pilkington, Canby, Selkirk, and Clark; a petition from Joseph Brant that the government grant William Nelles a patent for a tract of land bought from Grant; an indenture leasing native Indian land to Abraham Nelles; letters from the Brant family; Joseph Brantís last will and testament; and other correspondence.

Fonds also includes a copy of William Nelles' will, a subscription list for contributors to the construction of the Grimsby Town Hall, commissions relating to Nelles appointments, and other materials.

Administrative History or Biographical Sketch

Abraham Nelles (1775-1839) was a land surveyor, militia officer, Grimsby Township Council member, and a member of the Legislative Council of Upper Canada during the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries.

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Nelles, Abraham, 1775-1839

Restrictions on Access
This material is not accessible for conservation reasons. Contact a Reference Archivist for more information.
Terms For Use and Reproduction
Copyright primarily held by creator. Fonds also contains material owned by various other copyright owners. To find out more about the copyright status of the particular material you wish to use, consult a Reference Archivist. There are no restrictions on reproduction for research and private study. If you wish to use other than for research and pritvate study any of this material, submit a Request for Permission to Publish, Exhibit or Broadcast Form.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Materials in this fonds were acquired by the Archives of Ontario in 1975 and 1978 from Colonel Frank Hull of London, Ontario and Professor W.H.N. Hull of St. Catharines, Ontario. Accruals to this fonds were acquired by the Archives of Ontario in 1997 and 2013.
Related Material

The Archives of Ontario also possesses the records of Abraham Nellesí father, Hendrick William Nelles (F 529), and of his brother, Robert Nelles (F 542)

Availability of Other Formats

Most records are available on microfilm MS 502.

Title based on content of fonds.

Former Codes

Accession Number: 10767, 12312.

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