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George Davidson and Margaret Garden Family

Records documenting the family of George Davidson and his wife Margaret Garden, their daughters Margaret Kempt and Elizabeth Roos, and Elizabeth Roos' daughter Florence (the future wife of Harvey Sims.) Although there are very few letters from George extant, they are enough to show his genial and good-natured love of family, his keen and self-deprecating sense of humour, and his stoic acceptance of circumstances beyond his control. He had an unspecified affliction that require him to walk with canes; and two letters from New York City in 1880 describe in vivid detail the treatments he is receiving, most likely some form of electro-magnetic therapy.
Records making up the series include correspondence from George to his wife Margaret, letters written to Margaret by her daughter Maggie Kempt in Glasgow, letters from family in Scotland and friends in Canada, correspondence from Margaret to her granddaughter Florence, ephemera, and printed music. Some of the correspondence concerns Davidson and Sims genealogy.

Sims family

Haldimand County.

Material relating to the settlement of Petworth emigrants in Haldimand County. Consists of photocopies from 19th century manuscript and published sources.

The Jackman Foundation

Autograph album.

File consists of one autograph album kept by Mary Churchill with entries by family and friends. The album contains extensive passages of poetry and prose as well as illustrations. Names include:

  • Matilda W. Danas;
  • H.J. Ward;
  • C.H.A. Spear;
  • P.H.P.;
  • G.C.B.;
  • Daniel B. Woods;
  • Cyrus Brewer;
  • M.H. Shepherd;
  • L.W. Mears;
  • Lucy A. Parker;
  • L. Churchill;
  • S. Churchill;
  • Ino Coburn;
  • M. Salter;
  • C.W. Belcher;
  • M.W. Field;
  • Lauretta;
  • S.B. Carpenter;
  • L.M. Ingalls;
  • Mary Ann;
  • Peggy Doodle;
  • Francoise Rosulthe de Stelenheim;
  • J. Augustus Parker.

Churchill, Mary B.

Adelaide Township settlement : Crown Lands petitions : Ms 691, Adelaide, inhabitants of Adelaide and Carradoc[sic], public meeting held at Bear Creek, 1 April 1835.

Material relating to settlement of Petworth emigrants in Adelaide Township, Middlesex County, Ont. This folder contains a photocopy from the Archives of Ontario RG1 C-I-1, Crown Lands petitions
Note on folder: Grant to improve road from Longwoods Road to Lot 16 Seventh Concession (south) of Adelaide (originally opened by Mount.)

The Jackman Foundation

Garden, Robert to Margaret, Jane, and Jessy Garden.

Partial letter from [Robert?] Garden dated London, 31 October, 1833, to "Dear Sisters," followed by a long disquisition on the proper response of women to changes in their circumstances: "It is the smile of contentment which ought to be on your lips even in the midst of the greatest difficulty." It is not made clear whether actual changes in circumstance in the financial or social standing Garden family are behind this well-meaning attempt to stave off discontent in the sisters. This is possibly from Garden sisters' brother Robert Garden.

Sims family

Deed of Bargain and Sale

  • SCA23-GA13
  • Fonds
  • 1834

Fonds contains a deed of bargain and sale on vellum. The deed, dated December 12, 1834, details a transaction between Vincent Dewell, and his wife Harriet, with Henry Smith regarding a plot of land in exchange for 50 pounds. The plot of land is identified as the west part of lot 29 on the 8th concession of Hope Township in Durham County, Upper Canada. Two red wax seals appear on the bottom right corner of the deed.

Dewell, Vincent

Wilson, Obed.

Correspondence, ts. notes and transcripts of letters "photocopied by Robert Bell," originally dated 1838-1889.

The Jackman Foundation

Garden, John to Margaret, Jane, and Jessie Garden.

Letter to Margaret, Jane, and Jessie dated London, September 11, 1835 from their brother John Garden, in which he reports on the sad state of his health and wardrobe, asks for shirts and collars, but particularly for "flannel drawers and a surcoat." He reports that on reading Jessie's letter "an overpowering sort of sensation thrilled through me, such as I have not felt since I came here … never did I wish so much to be home" (includes envelope).

Sims family

Forbes, Margaret to Margaret Garden.

Letter from Margaret Forbes dated Inverury, October 4, 1835 addressed to Miss Garden, 204 Gallowgate, Aberdeen, hoping that Margaret will visit after the communion: "It always gives me pleasure to know that you have been favoured with such a Minister, who is likely to be zealous, in the cause of Christ … while God gives much grace to your young minister, he also will be the means of comforting you." She goes on to say, "We at present are well supplied with Gospel ministers, I pray for us, that the Spirit may accompany their labours," and ends by sending love to Jane and Jessy and hopes all can visit or write.

Sims family

Southey, Robert, 1774-1843: ALS, 1836 March 22, Keswick, to unknown correspondent.

Autograph letter. March 22, 1836. Hopes that the recipient obtains "the object of your petition." No Englishman had before him completed the expedition from Peru over the Andes and down the greatest river in South America. All merchants who trade with that part of the world have gained valuable information from his journal of the expedition.

Davis, Bertram R.

Adelaide Township settlement : Crown Lands petitions : Ms 691, Adelaide, received 17 March 1836, Indigent settlers of Adelaide, requesting easier terms for land.

Material relating to settlement of Petworth emigrants in Adelaide Township, Middlesex County, Ont. This folder contains a photocopy from the Archives of Ontario RG1 C-I-1, Crown Lands petitions
Note on folder: Good example of the confusion caused by land granting regulations in Upper Canada.

The Jackman Foundation

England.

Silver groat from England showing on the obverse the head of William IV and on the reverse Britannia seated.

Pyke, Edgar William

Woodstock petitions : AO RG1 : Upper Canada land petitions : Woodstock.

Material relating to the settlement of Petworth emigrants in Oxford County. This folder contains photocopies from the Archives of Ontario RG1 L3, v. 534: Upper Canada Land petitions W, bundle 19, 1835-1836
Notes on folder : Petition for sale of town lots (need a market); Henry Harwood among those who signed; not directly connected to Petworth emigrants and their lots.

The Jackman Foundation

Bowman family fonds.

13 items of correspondence between members of the Bowman family. The topics of correspondence include updates on relatives, current issues and news in Waterloo Region, the American Civil War, and more.

The members of the Bowman family represented in the correspondence include children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren of Rev. Joseph O. Bowman (1766-1849) and Christian Bowman (1766-1824). Although the families share a common distant ancestor the commonality of families in the set of correspondence represented here comes from Elizabeth Bowman (b. 1844) and Nancy Bowman (1839-1925), both children of Samuel B. Bowman, marrying brothers Allan (1841-1928) and Simon (b. 1844) Bowman, children of Samuel W. Bowman. A more complete family tree is included in file 1 of the fonds.

Bowman family

Bowman, Samuel to Samuel Ensley.

One item of correspondence from Samuel Bowman addressed to Samuel Ensley. The letter is dated and addressed June 28, 1837, Waterloo. The letter discusses the purchase of timber between Samuel Ensley and Wendel Bowman that was otherwise intended for the mill of Samuel Bowman.

Bowman family

Woodstock : documents.

Material relating to the settlement of Petworth emigrants in Woodstock, Ontario. Consists of photocopies from 19th century manuscript sources.

The Jackman Foundation

Letters : Ann Mann.

Material relating to a letter by Ann Mann. Includes a photocopy of a letter from Connie Bayley to Sheila Haines dated 1991 and a photocopy of Ann Mann's letter dated 1837 from the West Sussex Record Office.

The Jackman Foundation

Grand River Navigation Act, 1837.

Consists of a ts. (thermograph) Province of Upper Canada act entitled "An Act to Incorporate a Joint Stock Company to improve the navigation of the Grand River,"(Grand River Navigation Act) dated November 18, 1837.

Grand River Conservation Authority

The Sun, London.

File consist of the June 28, 1838 edition of the The Sun, London. This edition reports on the coronation of Queen Victoria.

Ontario History Collection

Amelia Alderson Opie letter.

  • SCA68-WA38
  • Fonds
  • 1838

One holograph letter from Amelia Alderson Opie to an unidentified correspondent dated May 5, 1838 refusing an invitation.

Opie, Amelia

Isle of Man.

Bronze farthing from the Isle of Man showing on the obverse the head of Queen Victoria and on the reverse the three-legged Manx triskelion.

Pyke, Edgar William

Extracts from Clare and other authors, by G. Silverlock : manuscript.

  • SCA294-GA329
  • Fonds
  • 1839-1847

Fonds consists of one ms. copy (1 vol. 299 pp.) of the 1839 edition of John Clare's "Shepherd's calendar with village stories and other poems" transcribed by G. Silverlock and presented to his son Orestes Silverlock. The text includes an introduction from "Village minstrel" as well as poems from other works by Clare. The work is written in fine calligraphy and includes a hand drawn frontispiece, title page, and publishers advertisements. Accompanying the ms. is one item of correspondence from E. Blunden to Mrs. Wrangham discussing the text.

Clare, John

Grand River Conservation Authority Library

The Grand River Conservation Authority Library was donated in 2005, accompanying the archival records of the Authority and its predecessors.

The Library was maintained at the GRCA headquarters for reference and research use and consists of works by and about the GRCA, including both internal and external reports and studies, periodicals, and monographs.

Unpublished library items are described as part of the GRCA archives while published items are catalogued as print material and are listed in the library catalogue.

Grand River Conservation Authority

Newton's Principia

One handwritten notebook with select passages and mathematical diagrams from Newton's Philosophiæ Naturalis Principia Mathematica. A note in the text indicates that this was likely copied from an 1826 edition of the work.

Stowell, Thomas Pollard

England.

Silver two pence from England showing on the obverse the head of Queen Victoria and on the reverse a 2. Also a brass commemorative token issued upon the marriage of Prince Albert to Queen Victoria. The obverse shows the head of Prince Albert and the reverse the words �BORN AUG 26 1819 MARRIED FEB 10 1840� across the field.

Pyke, Edgar William

Peterson, H.W. to Samuel Bowman.

One item of correspondence from H.W. Peterson to Samuel Bowman. The letter is dated and addressed July 31, 1841, Berlin [Kitchener]. In the letter H.W. Peterson, J.P. [Justice of the Peace] instructs Samuel Bowman, in his role as Clerk of the Township of Waterloo, to give money from Benjamin Bowman (poundkeeper) to Jacob E. Schneider (overseer of highways).

Bowman family

William Henderson account book.

  • SCA349-GA399
  • Fonds
  • 1841-1880

Account book kept by William Henderson during the period 1841-1880. Some personal diary entries are also written, including a reference to William's 74th birthday and losing his sister's spectacles. William Henderson likely lived in Dover, New Hampshire and makes references to the Piscataque RIver, Wolfeboro New Hampshire, and Nottingham New Hampshire.

Henderson, William

Mathematical problems.

Notebook containing handwritten mathematical problems, solutions, and diagrams. Also inset are mathematical problems and solutions clipped from a newspaper and a report card from Alexandria Boarding School in Alexandria, Virginia.

Stowell, Thomas Pollard

Eclipse book.

One handwritten notebook with mathematical equations determining the relative positioning of the sun, moon, and earth, during lunar and solar eclipses. Includes information on lunar eclipses that occurred February 1841; November 1, 1844; March 8, 1849 and solar eclipses on: March 1858, May 1854 and July 18, 1860. Also includes other mathematical problems related to astronomy.

Stowell, Thomas Pollard

Arthur Wellesley Wellington letter.

  • SCA76-GA46
  • Fonds
  • 1842

Contains one letter from Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington addressed to Francis Fane, the 12th Earl of Westmorland.

Wellington, Arthur Wellesley

Adelaide petitions.

Material relating to settlement of Petworth emigrants in Adelaide Township, Middlesex County, Ont. This folder contains a photocopy from the Archives of Ontario, RG1, C-IV, Township Papers : Adelaide, Ms 658n, p. 550-553, "Extract of a report of a committee of the Executive Council of the 18th March 1842 . . . " in answer to petitions made by various inhabitants of Adelaide Township, clarifying terms of purchase of and payment for lands.

The Jackman Foundation

Bray family fonds.

  • SCA254-GA265
  • Fonds
  • 1842-1950

Fonds consists of materials from many generations of the Bray family. Includes 26 items of correspondence sent to Abraham Bray, the first Bray family settler to Canada as well as 19 diaries kept by later generations of the Bray family. Includes 18 diaries kept by (George) Murray Bray from the years 1929-1949 as well as one trip diary kept by his mother Florence Murray Bray detailing a variety of trips from 1892-1950.

Bray Family

George Bray to Abraham Bray : April 17, 1842.

One letter from George Bray to Abraham Bray sent April 17, 1842 from Rathmines Mill, near Dublin, Ireland. The letter discusses family news, finances, and a proposed trip to visit Abraham.

Bray Family

Woodstock petitions : Blandford.

Material relating to the settlement of Petworth emigrants in Oxford County. This folder contains photocopies of documents from the Archives of Ontario.

The Jackman Foundation

Sarah Bray to Abraham Bray : May 7, 1843.

One letter from Sarah Bray to Abraham Bray sent May 7, 1843 from Leeds, Yorkshire. The letter discusses Sarah moving to Yorkshire, family news and health, and life in Leeds.

Bray Family

Waterloo documents : printouts.

Material relating to the settlement of Petworth emigrants in Waterloo County. Consists of photocopies from 19th and 20th century manuscript and published sources, including maps.

The Jackman Foundation

George Bray to Abraham Bray : January 8, 1843.

One letter from George Bray to Abraham Bray sent January 8, 1843 from Rathmines Mill, near Dublin, Ireland. The letter discusses family news and health, finances, the First Opium War, facts about Canada and Abraham's life in Canada.

Bray Family

John Lazenby to Abraham Bray : July 5, 1843.

One letter from John Lazenby to Abraham Bray dated July 5, 1843 from Holbech. The letter is written on behalf of Abraham's grandmother, who is unwell, and discusses sending Abraham 20 pounds, the health of the family, and news that friends are on their way to settle in Toronto.

Bray Family

George Bray to Abraham Bray : July 9, 1843.

One letter from George Bray to Abraham Bray dated July 9, 1843 from Rathmines Mill, near Dublin. The letter discusses the price of land in Canada and if Abraham can clear it, money sent to Abraham, and news and health of the family.

Bray Family

John Lazenby to Abraham Bray : July 15, 1843.

One letter from John Lazenby to Abraham Bray dated July 15, 1843 from Holbeck. The letter is sent on behalf of Abraham's grandmother and discusses a bank draft sent to Abraham, friends who are moving to Upper Canada, and the health and news of the family.

Bray Family

George Bray to Abraham Bray : December 31, 1843.

One letter from George Bray to Abraham Bray dated December 31, 1843 Rathmines Mill near Dublin. The letter discusses the health of the family and how they desire to hear from Abraham as they are not sure where he is living. Abraham's sister Hannah also sends a few lines at the end of the letter.

Bray Family

Elizabeth Austin botanical specimen album.

File consists of one blank album used as a botanical specimen book. Includes 84 flower and tree specimens with identifications and descriptions of time of year they were found. An inscription on the first page indicates that the album was maintained by Elizabeth Austin with specimens from S.L. Wood.

Prayer book

Item is a manuscript prayer book from 1844. On the page facing the front cover, at the head of the ownership note, is the motto "God is the purest love". Underneath is a note stating "This prayer book belongs to me, Emiliae Geyer, in Schneidmuhl 1844". On the title page is the motto, "God is our father", and underneath that is a note describing the book as a pious prayer book on prayers for morning, evening, communion as well as holiday prayers and the four alter gospels. The book also contains hand-drawn illustrations in ink and watercolour of religious imagery such as Jesus and St. Johannes.

England.

Silver crown from England showing on the obverse the head of Queen Victoria and on the reverse a crowned shield of arms within olive wreath; thistle, rose, & shamrock below.

Pyke, Edgar William

George Bray to Abraham Bray : March 31, 1844.

One letter from George Bray to Abraham Bray dated March 31, 1844 from Rathmines Mill near Dublin. The letter discusses Abraham's land and how much he has cleared and the money he owes on it, as well as the health and news of the family.

Bray Family

George Bray to Abraham Bray : September 2, 1844.

One letter from George Bray to Abraham Bray dated September 2, 1844 from Rathmines Mill near Dublin. The letter expresses concern for Abraham's well being as the family has not heard from him and offers to send money to help pay the mortgage on his land.

Bray Family

George Bray to Abraham Bray : October 1, 1844.

One letter from George Bray to Abraham Bray dated October 1, 1844 from Rathmines Mill near Dublin. The letter discusses sending money to Abraham and how it should be used to pay his mortgage, as well as news on the family.

Bray Family

Sarah Bray to Abraham Bray : May 20, 1845.

One letter from Sarah Bray to Abraham Bray dated May 20, 1845. The letter was sent to Abraham via their parents and discusses Sarah's life and work and her best wishes to Abraham on the news of his wedding. She also gives a recipe for sealing wax.

Bray Family

George Bray to Abraham Bray : June 1, 1845.

One letter from George Bray to Abraham Bray dated June 1, 1845 from Rathmines. The letter sends Abraham best wishes on his wedding, gives news on family and friends including the death of Mr. Lazenby, and also lists the names and birth dates of Abraham's siblings and aunts and uncles.

Bray Family

Preacher's licenses.

Preacher's licenses for Jacob Wagner from New York state for the years 18451850, 1852-1857. Certificates are in English and German.

Wagner, Jacob

George Bray to Abraham Bray : September 2, 1845.

One letter from George Bray to Abraham Bray dated September 2, 1845 from Rathmines Mill, near Dublin. The letter entreats Abraham to write them more often and gives updates on the family as well as the cloth industry and crop yield in Dublin.

Bray Family

Moyer, Jacob B. and Moyer, Catherine : correspondence received.

One letter received by Jacob B. Moyer from Abraham Bechtel Moyer and Mary Gross Moyer, (nee Nash) December 19, 1845, from Charlotteville, Talbot District, C.W.

Date and Place from: December 19, 1845 Charloteville [i.e. Charlotteville], Tolbert [i.e. Talbot] District, C.W. To Moyer, Jacob B. and Moyer, Catherine From Moyer, Abraham Bechtel, 1809-1865 and Moyer, Mary Gross Nash, 1808-1885.

Schantz Russell Family

George Bray to Abraham Bray : February 2, 1845.

One letter from George Bray to Abraham Bray dated February 2, 1845 from Rathmines Mill near Dublin. The letter expresses concern for Abraham that his money situation has been resolved and gives updates on the family. Abraham's sisters Hannah and Rachel include short notes at the end of the letter.

Bray Family

John Goldie correspondence.

Contains 14 typed transcription copies of letters from John Goldie to James Goldie, and one typed transcription copy of a letter from W. Goldie to James Goldie.
Date and Place From: [184-?] Greenfield, [Ontario] To [Goldie, James, 1824-1912] From Goldie, W. Notes: Carbon copy, typed transcription. Incomplete letter, note on the transcription states that the letter is "from Greenfield" and that "the above appears to be to his brother James, then living in New Jersey".
Date and Place From: December 11, 1846 Greenfield [Ontario] To Goldie, James, 1824-1912 From Goldie, John 1793-1886 Notes: Carbon copy, typed transcription.
Date and Place From: February 9, 1847 Greenfield, [Ontario] To Goldie, James, 1824-1912 From Goldie, John, 1793-1886 Notes: Carbon copy, typed transcription.
Date and Place From: July 10, 1847 Greenfield, [Ontario] To Goldie, James, 1824-1912 From Goldie, John, 1793-1886 Notes: Carbon copy typed transcription.
Date and Place From: November 15, 1847 Greenfield, [Ontario] To Goldie, James, 1824-1912 From Goldie, John, 1793-1886 Notes: Copy, typed transcription.
Date and Place From: May 15, 1848 Greenfield, [Ontario] To Goldie, James, 1824-1912 From Goldie, John, 1793-1886 Notes: Copy, typed transcription.
Date and Place From: March 5, 1849 Greenfield, [Ontario] To Goldie, James, 1824-1912 From Goldie, John, 1793-1886 Notes: Carbon copy, typed transcription.
Date and Place From: July 27, 1849 Greenfield, [Ontario] To Goldie, James, 1824-1912 From Goldie, John, 1793-1886 Notes: Carbon copy, typed transcription.
Date and Place From: September 14, 1849 Greenfield, [Ontario] To Goldie, James, 1824-1912 From Goldie, John, 1793-1886 Notes: Copy, typed transcription.
Date and Place From: March 13, 1850 Greenfield, [Ontario] To Goldie, James, 1824-1912 From Goldie, John, 1793-1886 Notes: Copy, typed transcription.
Date and Place From: July 18, 1850 Greenfield, [Ontario] To Goldie, James, 1824-1912 From Goldie, John, 1793-1886 Notes: Copy, typed transcription.
Date and Place From: February 11, 1852 Greenfield, [Ontario] To Goldie, James, 1824-1912 From Goldie, John, 1793-1886 Notes: Copy, typed transcription.
Date and Place From: April 21, 1852 Greenfield, [Ontario] To Goldie, James, 1824-1912 From Goldie, John, 1793-1886 Notes: Copy, typed transcription.
Date and Place From: March 18, 1854 Greenfield, [Ontario] To Goldie, James, 1824-1912 From Goldie, John, 1793-1886 Notes: Copy, typed transcription.
Date and Place From: September 18, 1856 Greenfield, [Ontario] To Goldie, James, 1824-1912 From Goldie, John, 1793-1886 Notes: Copy, typed transcription.

Goldie, John

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