Fonds F 4421
9.1 metres of textual records
238 volumes of textual records
Fonds consists of records relating to early Loyalist settlement in the Niagara region including documents relating to claims for compensation for losses incurred during and following the American Revolutionary War, as well as early military records including records relating to the American Revolutionary War and the War of 1812.
These records document the military involvement for multiple generations of Cryslers and Crysler relations as volunteers and sometimes regiment leaders for various causes.
Extensive correspondence and diaries from the mid-1800s until the early 1980s provide a comprehensive perspective of pioneer and more recent farm and family life in the Niagara region.
Detailed financial accounts and receipts document a wide range of expenditures and produce sales in the operation of a fruit and dairy farm throughout much of the twentieth century.
Mortgages, deeds, wills and estate records provide much detail about property transactions relating to members of the Crysler family over two centuries of land ownership in Niagara Township.
Beginning in approximately 1920, several family members developed an interest in family and local history and compiled research notes and family trees about Cryslers and related families including: Clements, Durhams, Cosbys, Fields and others.
The fonds includes photographs in many formats of family members, friends, social occasions and family properties. In addition, the fonds includes ephemera in the form of greeting cards, advertising, posters, broadsides, maps, programs and other materials.
Pencil and watercolour sketches and artworks created in the mid to late nineteenth century portray birds, horses, family members and other subjects.
The Crysler family (1746-2002) flourished in Niagara Township from the late eighteenth century, holding prominent community roles until the twentieth century as military, business, farming and church leaders.
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The records were in the custody of the Crysler family over successive generations, with most of the fonds stored at the family farm.
For associated records consult: Library and Archives Canada for land records related to Adam Crysler (1732-1793) as mentioned in Series 4421-2.
For related records consult: Niagara Historical Society Collection (F 1138); County of Lincoln fonds (F 1741); District of Niagara fonds (F 1804); Town of Niagara fonds (F 1805); Township of Niagara fonds (F 1806); Lundy's Lane Historical Society fonds (F 1137).
For land-related records consult: Crown land agents' records for the Niagara District (RG 1-498).
For records related to the Jacob Ball family (related by marriage to the Cryslers) consult: Jacob Ball fonds (F 4234).
Original order of the records in this fonds is uncertain. The state of the records at donation required the imposition of a generational arrangement to provide an imposed order loosely structured on one series per generation. Individuals responsible for creating a significant amount of records especially in the later generations were accorded their own series if warranted by volume of records.
No further accruals are anticipated.
Accession number: 45229
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|Reference Code||Series Title|
|F 4421-1||Jeronimus Crysler (1713-1751) records|
|F 4421-2||Adam Crysler (1732-1793) records|
|F 4421-3||John Crysler (1765-1839) records|
|F 4421-4||Ralph Morden Crysler (1795-1865) records|
|F 4421-5||Leonard Crysler (1836-1885) records|
|F 4421-6||Lewis Clement (1787-1879) records|
|F 4421-7||John Crysler (1831-1893) records|
|F 4421-8||Ellen Crysler (1834-1850) records|
|F 4421-9||Records of the children of John and Catherine (Clement) Crysler|
|F 4421-10||John Morden Crysler (1862-1947) records|
|F 4421-11||John Murray Crysler (1889-1984) records|
|F 4421-12||Maud Crysler Stirling (1891-1974) records|
|F 4421-13||R. Morden Crysler (1894-1969) records|
|F 4421-14||Alfred Cosby Crysler (1901-1970) records|
|F 4421-15||C. Lorene Stirling records|