Fonds F 543
38 centimetres of textual records
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.
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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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)
Title based on content of fonds.
Accession Number: 10767, 12312.
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