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Ontario Government Record Series RG 1-149

Fiats and warrants for land grants - United Empire Loyalists (U.E.) and military claimants (M.C.)


About these records

Title
Fiats and warrants for land grants - United Empire Loyalists (U.E.) and military claimants (M.C.)
Dates of Creation
1789-1865
Physical Description

3.75 metres of textual records

Scope and Content

Series consists of individual fiats and warrants issued in conjunction to land grants to privileged persons and registers of these records. Through royal instructions, issued to Governor Haldimand (16 July 1783) and to Lord Dorchester (23 August 1786), and through an order-in-council of the colonial government, dated 9 November 1789, provisions were made for land grants to privileged persons - United Empire Loyalists and their children ("families who had adhered to the Unity of the Empire and joined the Royal Standard in America before the Treaty of Separation in the year 1783") and military claimants. These grants were free of all survey and patent fees. During the next half century, millions of acres of Crown land were transferred to privileged persons as a reward for their loyalty. It was a complex process to receive a land grant. Many offices were involved and each office (Executive Council Office, Receiver General's Office, Attorney General's Office, Surveyor General's Office, Provincial Secretary's Office, etc. ) maintained its own numbering system for the documents it generated or received relating to these transactions. Within the Surveyor General's Office, U.E. and M.C. fiats were numbered and filed separately from other types of fiats.

The series is arranged into four sub- series based upon the arrangement of records in the office of origin and records type.

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Restrictions on Access
Original records are closed for conservation reasons.
Terms For Use and Reproduction
Copyright is primarily held by the Crown. No restrictions on reproduction. Permission of the Archives of Ontario is required for publication; submit a Request for Permission to Publish, Exhibit or Broadcast Form.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Records were transferred to the Archives of Ontario by the Department of Lands and Forests.
Associated Material

Library and Archives Canada holds a register (Reference code RG 1 L 7, volume 14) documenting "Warrants issued to the sons and daughters of the United Empire Loyalists under the Regulations of 1796, 1797 and 1804" as well as warrants issued to the sons and daughters of United Empire Loyalists commencing 2 April 1817. Additionally, they also hold warrant book for "grants under sundry regulations and orders SUE, DUE, etc." for the period 1805 to 1823 (Reference code: RG 1 L 7, volumes 7 and 10).

Related Material

Sub-series RG 1-53-15 contains descriptions of military grants.

Availability of Other Formats

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Agency or agencies that created these records

These records were created by the following Ontario government agency or agencies. Click on the agency reference code for information about this agency and other records it created.

1789-1791 :

Surveyor General's Office (BA139)

1791-1845 :

Surveyor General's Office (BA84)

1845-1865 :

Crown Lands Department (AA100)

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Sub-series that make up this series

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Reference Code Sub-series Title
RG 1-149-1 Individual fiats for land grants - United Empire Loyalists (U.E.) and military claimants (M.C.) (1st Series)
RG 1-149-2 Individual fiats for land grants - United Empire Loyalists (U.E.) and military claimants (M.C.) (2nd Series)
RG 1-149-3 Individual warrants for land grants - United Empire Loyalists (U.E.)
RG 1-149-4 Registers to fiats and warrants for land grants - United Empire Loyalists (U.E.) and military claimants (M.C.)