Fonds F 178
6.6 metres of textual records
Fonds consists mainly of records relating to land acquisition and title, as well as some personal records of members of the Williams family. Fonds contains Crown patents for land in 18 townships in the Newcastle District (Counties of Peterborough, Northumberland, and Durham), other land records (including deeds, mortgages, agreements, conveyances, Powers of Attorney, and other records for hundreds of lots of land in Port Hope, Fraserville, and 23 townships, mainly in the Newcastle District, and maps and plans relating to a house and property in western Canada, in Buckhorn, Ontario, and in Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.A.
Personal records of Williams family members include correspondence, financial records (bills, invoices, receipts, accounts), property records (mortgage, insurance, and rental records), estate records of various family members, death certificates of various family members, copy of marriage settlement, deed of separation of Charles and Emma Seymour, and other personal records.
Fonds contains the following series: Business and Personal Papers, 1829- 1919, N.D. (Series A); Land Patents, 1799-1867 (Series B); Land Papers, 1807- 1910 (Series C); Maps and Plans, 1879- 1883, N.D. (Series D); a Scrapbook, 1885- 1886 (Series E)
The Williams family were involved in the military, land speculation, farming, and politics during the nineteenth century.
John Tucker Williams (d. 1854) was a former Royal Navy Lieutenant who arrived at York (Toronto) about 1818 and became a land speculator, M.L.A. and gentleman farmer at Port Hope, Ontario.
Arthur T. H. Williams (1837-1885) was a gentleman farmer, Alberta land speculator, Lieutenant-Colonel of Militia, and Member of the House of Commons during the nineteenth century.
Henry Alfred Ward (1849-1934) was a lawyer, politician, and judge based in Port Hope, Ontario during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
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Biographical sketch information has been gathered from the following sources: The MacMillan Dictionary of Canadian Biography, p. 799; Surrogate Court Records, North. and Durham, Will #1533, # 2074, # 3212, # 375, # 990; Probate Court Records; Surrogate Court Records, North. and Durham, Register F. p. 255; 1871 Decennial Census, Port Hope, pp. 37, 41, 49; Canadian Parliamentary Directory.
Accession Numbers: 10799, 10973, 11037, 11550, 12162.MU 3217 - MU 3233, MU 3383 - MU 3384, MU 3680 - MU 3681.
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