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Reid family dictionary

  • 99-1003
  • Item
  • [1780]

This accession consists of one dictionary, of which the title page is missing. The oldest date pencilled in appears to be 1780. Signatures include Robert Stewart, William Reid, Mary Stewart, and John Stewart. The dictionary, referred to as "Old Noah" by the Reid family, was passed down through several generations of Reid family. It originated in Ireland, and was brought to Canada by Robert and Maria Reid.

Reid family

Waddell family land document

  • 95-1016
  • Item
  • 10 Oct. 1821

This item is a framed land grant document granting John Meyner one hundred acres of land in Cavan Township and dated 10 October 1821.

Waddell family

Peter Robinson report

  • 92-1001
  • Item
  • 4 May 1827

This item is a report of the selection and despatch of the Irish immigrants that Peter Robinson settled in the Peterborough area in 1825, including names of the ships used, numbers carried, a list of townships in which the immigrants settled and the results of the harvests in 1826. A transcript of the report is included.

Robinson, Peter

Peter Robinson document cover

  • 96-1007
  • Item
  • 13 Nov. 1828

This item is a document cover sheet with an inscription "Glengary 13th Nov. 1828, Bishop McDonell, Cornwall, Private, 25 Nov., [to] The Honbl. Peter Robinson, His Majestys Wardon of Woods in Upper Canada & c., York".

Robinson, Peter

Robert McKay document

  • 98-1002
  • Item
  • 1835

This document is a contract covering the sale of a lot in the Township of Zorra to Robert McKay, signed by Peter Robinson and dated 18 August 1835.

McKay, Robert

Andrew Mather letter

  • 76-1012
  • Item
  • 1839

This item is a letter written by Andrew Mather of Beadnell, 9th Concession, Otonabee Township to his son-in-law Jonathan MacDougall after the death of Mather's daughter. The letter outlines the opportunities open to MacDougall if he were to choose to settle in Otonabee Township. The letter also gives news of neighbours and friends. Included is a transcript and comments regarding MacDougall by Margaret Dunham Vanderploeg, great granddaughter of MacDougall.

Mather, Andrew

Owen Hoey fonds

  • 77-1012
  • Item
  • 1853-1880

The fonds consists of the deeds and other land records relating to property in Seymour Township.

Hoey, Owen

Deed of sale, Manvers Township

  • 91-1012
  • Item
  • 1861

This item is a deed of the sale of land, 1861, to John Wilson, a yeoman of the Township of Manvers, in the County of Durham.

Sheila Boyd fonds

  • 75-1025
  • Item
  • 1875-1894

The fonds consists of photocopies of the following memoirs of settlement in the Bobcaygeon Area. a) Reminiscence of Mossom Boyd, written down by M.M. Boyd, 1875-1877, typescript copy, 5 pages. b) Manuscript copy of J.W. Bicks "Reminiscences and Memorandum on Coming to Canada in 1837 and Dunsford family in 1838;" gathered 1891 (January 9) 5 pages. c) George Dunsford Reminiscences, taken down by H.J. Wickham, 1894 in Miss Boyd's hand.

Boyd, Sheila

Romaine's Map of the Town of Peterborough and Village of Ashburnham / Robert Romaine

  • 01-1024
  • Item
  • 1875

Item is a map entitled Romaine's Map of the Town of Peterborough and Village of Ashburnham. It is "Compiled from Registered Plans and Actual Surveys", and is "Published by Robert Romaine, at the Office of the "Peterborough Review", Peterborough, Ont., 1875". Further description follows: scale equals 4 chains to 1 inch, size 164.5cm x 116cm, original, mounted on linen, laminated, 1875.

Romaine's Map of the Town of Peterborough and Village of Ashburnham / Robert Romaine

Bobcaygeon Road : Somerville Township to Bell's line fonds. Additions

  • 77-1002
  • Item
  • Photocopied [between 1963 and 1973]

This addition to the fonds consists of photocopies of the field notes, diary and report of the survey of the Bobcaygeon Road (Township of Bobcaygeon) from Somerville to Bell's Line, 1858 by Michael Deane. Includes comments on timber and soil with diagrams and a typescript of a letter to the Commissioner of Crown Lands dated September 7, 1858.

Bobcaygeon Road

Bobcaygeon Road : Ridout and Sherborne Townships fonds. Additions

  • 77-1005
  • Item
  • Photocopied [between 1963 and 1973]

This addition to the fonds consists of photocopies of the original report and field notes of the re-survey of the Bobcaygeon Road, between the Townships of Ridout and Sherborne, in the District of Muskoka and the County of Haliburton. The notes are in diagram form with notations regarding soil and timber.

Bobcaygeon Road

Bobcaygeon Road : Re-survey fonds. Additions

  • 77-1004
  • Item
  • Photocopied [between 1963 and 1973]

This addition to the fonds consists of photocopies of the original report, field notes, diary and index of the re-survey of free grants on the Bobcaygeon Road, south of Bell's Line. The field notes are in diagram form with remarks on soil and timber. The fonds also includes notes on side roads, Concession "A", Township of Sherbourne, Ridout, Franklin and the "Queen's Line", and the Township of Franklin. Also included is a typescript of a report dated July 15, 1862 to Hon. Wm. Macdougall, Commissioner of Crown Lands.

Bobcaygeon Road

Peter Russell correspondence copy book

  • 74-010
  • Item
  • Microfilmed [between 1971 and 1972]

The item is a microfilm of a copy book of correspondence from and to Peter Russell, president administering the government of Upper Canada during the period November 1796 to March 1798. The correspondents include Captain William Claus, Superintendent of Indians and Indian Affairs, and Captain Joseph Brant. Included are copies of speeches made by Russell to "Brothers, Chiefs and Warriors of the Six Nations" concerning their land grants on the Grand River, as well as speeches to "Brothers, Chiefs and Warriors of the Chippewa Nation".

Russell, Peter

Richard Birdsall fonds. 1991 additions

  • 91-1020
  • Item
  • Photocopied [between 1971 and 1991]

This item is a photocopy of a lumber notebook of agreements with various people giving permission to cut timber on lots held in various townships (by Richard Birdsall for Canada Company). There is also a listing of lots held by the Canada Company in 40 or more townships and a listing of prices of various woods and staves. There are entries at both ends of the notebook dating from 1831 to 1832.

Birdsall, Richard

Richard Birdsall fonds

  • 75-1026
  • Item
  • Photocopied [ca. 1975]

The fonds consists of photocopies of correspondence, petitions, drafts of same to be sent, letters received relating to Birdsall's efforts in organizing a volunteer militia in 1838, and relations regarding the 7th Provincial Battalion. The fonds also includes a few materials relating to surveying. The photocopied records date from 1837 to 1839.

Birdsall, Richard

C. Beale letter

  • 76-1003
  • Item
  • Photocopied [ca. 1976]

This item is a photocopy of a letter of C. Beale written, in 1838, from Peterborough, Upper Canada, to Captain Gourlay, late 23rd Royal Welch Fusiliers, Saltfleet, near Hamilton, Upper Canada, asking for information on the subject of the grant of land and commenting on the way the grant was being administered.

Beale, C.

Report and diary of Burleigh Road survey / performed by James W. Fitzgerald P.L.S.

  • 77-1015
  • Item
  • Transcribed and photocopied [before 1977]

This fonds consists of typescript and photocopies of the report and diary of the survey of the Burleigh Road performed by James W. Fitzgerald, Provincial Land Surveyor, during the winter of 1860-1861.

Report and diary of Burleigh Road survey / performed by James W. Fitzgerald P.L.S.

John Huston letters

  • 77-1021
  • Item
  • Photocopied [before 1977]

This fonds consists of photocopies of letters relating to the survey of Verulam Township including a letter of complaint from John Langton to Thomas Parkes regarding errors that were made in the survey; and letters from Huston to Peter Robinson and John Macaulay explaining how the errors were made. There is also a letter of recommendation from G. Boulton to Thomas Ridout recommending John Huston for his surveyor's licence on October 23, 1820.

Huston, John

Norman R. McBain manuscript

  • 97-1019
  • Item
  • 1985

This 73-page typewritten manuscript is an anecdotal record of the information McBain amassed about the properties in northeast Cavan Township. It includes a record of the hamlet of Springville west of the Cavan-Monaghan boundary and of Fairmount (formerly Morrow), a crossroads on the 12th Line, and references to Ida and Mount Pleasant on the middle road. There are in-depth references to properties and families on the 11th, 12th, 13th and 14th lines east of the middle road to the Monaghan boundary.

McBain, Norman R.

Beavermead Park land document

  • 97-1024
  • Item
  • [1986]

This item is a 4-page photocopy of an 1869 deed of land of property on the east shore of Little Lake, Peterborough, now known as Beavermead Park, which indicates that the land was once owned by Canada's first prime minister, Sir John A. Macdonald. The property at the time of his ownership was valued at $310.00.

Beavermead Park

Henry Ruttan report

  • 92-1000
  • Item
  • Photocopied [between 1990 and 1992]

This item is a photocopy of an 1840 report written by Henry Ruttan, Sheriff of Newcastle District, as a response to the circular letter of Lord Sydenham. Discussed in the letter are the militia, the roads and other internal improvements, the land granting system, the state of education; the (projected) union of the two provinces and responsible government. Several uncritical pages are missing.

Ruttan, Henry

View of Ashburnham from the Tower of St. John's Church c. 1874 / James Little Photographs courtesy of the Peterborough Museum and Archives

  • 02-1002
  • Item
  • 2001

Items are reproductions of photographs depicting a view of Ashburnham from the tower of St. John's Church, c.1874. The View was constructed from two James Little photographs located at Peterborough Centennial Museum and Archives. One item is a print identified as proof number 9/10; the other is a reduced copy of the View with attached legend showing the names of the buildings.

View of Ashburnham from the Tower of St. John's Church c. 1874 / James Little Photographs courtesy of the Peterborough Museum and Archives

Otonabee Township land document

  • 04-1015
  • Item
  • [18-]

Item is an undated land document and attached hand-drawn plan for Lot 26, Concession 12 in Otonabee Township. The reverse side of the plan has the inscription, "Campbell to Fraser."

Otonabee Township

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