Northumberland County Petitions
|From Original Land Memorials in Crown Lands Office
Department of Lands and Mines Fredericton, New Brunswick
Copied From Originals by Louise Manny
Petition of Andrew Cheap and Robert Reid
January 10, 1785
Andrew Cheap and Robert Reid entered into a co-partnery under the
Firm of Messrs. Wishart and Co., under the patronage of Captain Shank,
in order to carry on a salmon fishng on the River Miramichi, on that lot
formerly occupied by and the undoubted property of Messrs. Wishart, but
which they were necessitated to abandon in the year 1779, after being
plundered of their Effects, first by the Crews of the different
Privateers belonging to the Rebel States, and afterwards by the Savages,
and were obliged to fly for refuge to Quebec, where General Haldimand
appointed them Lieutenants in His Majesty's Service on the Lakes. While
they were away, a William Leaden availed himself thereof and took
possession of the Houses, etc, belonging to the Messrs. Wishart, which
he still unjustly occupies, notwithstanding the many requisitions made
for him to quit the same. Cheap and Reid ask to have Leaden removed.
Petition of Alexander Henderson and Others
Mark Delesdernier, acting as agent for the only Principal and old
settlers on the Miramichi River who have licenses from the Government at
Said settlers received from the Honourable Captain Boil, 1777, a
memorial of regulations as follows: Captain Boil called the old settlers
together and had them properly qualified to Government by Government
advice and order - and his consideration of the barrenness and obscurity
of the place, and the settlers forther benefit of the fishing, Capt.
Boil nominate each to take up one-half mile of front, and to keep and
hold the same in possession till further orders from Government.
Alexander Henderson, wife and 8 children (12 in number) (sic. Must
refer to servants as well - Louise Manny).
John Murdoch, wife and 7 children (9 in number).
Martin Lyons, wife and 4 children (7 in number).
Widdow Blake, 4 children, 1 servant (6 in number).
John Toshen, and John Fishgerral, and I servant (3 in number)
John Malcolm and family
They ask for their names to be kept in the Register kept for the
The Petition of John Toshen and Others
John Toshen, William Atkinson, Martin Lyons, John Mark Delesdernier,
John Henderson, John Parsons, William Dryesdale, Jonathon Malcolm,
Alexander Henderson, James Henderson, John Delesdernier
they are all
inhabitants of Miramichie, they are informed that thirty families of
Loyalists have obtaned 15,000 acres of land on this River. Your
Memorialists claim a small Tract of Salt Marsh Lands on south side of
River Miramichie called Kinadian Point,
have cleared, enclosed, and
occuped said lands since 1777, and therefore ask that the land be
granted to them.
The Petition of Alexander Henderson
March 5, 1785
Alexander Henderson is the first settler on His Majesty's lands below
the grant in Miramichi, has resided here with his family six sons and
two daughters, they have improved and occupied his possession of
Morefield since the year 1776, while during the late commotions
undergone the greatest hardship and oppression, being often robbed and
spoiled of all he had and daily threatened being sacraficed by the
Barbarous Ingeons. Honourable Captain Boyle of HM Hunter (?Frigate) of
war, with advice of Government, came here July 1775 when he adopted
every man's place below the Grant of one-half mile fronting the river -
this on consideration of the barrenness of the ground, and for the
benefit of the fishing which he
the settlers and left written
Institution. Your petitioner now setting out his family - have taken of
land adjoining to his possession as settlement for eight families,
William, James, Peter and George Hendersons, James Henderson, James
Newlands, James Gillice and John Taylor's with their familys, emigrants
from Scotland, brought out at the expense of your petitioner. This are
possessions lying on the north side of the River opposite to Middle
Island, three leagues below Mr. Davidson's Grant. (JM Delesdernier,
bearer, and William Davidson will give informaton if asked), asks for
3000 or 4000 acres of land for himself and the other families, including
Middle Island opposite, on which about one acre of pasture is cleared).
Petition of William Brown
March 8, 1785
William Brown of Miramichi says he has been in Province 21 years, has
6 children, 5 born in this province, has resided on the Miramichi 8
years, fished and cleared land, now settled on lot adjoining Henry
McCullam on the south side of the river a little below Davidson and
Cort's Grant, asks that he be continued in this lot, he being the first
and only man that ever possessed it, and was ordered to settle there by
John Boyle, Esq in 1777, then commanding HMS Hunter - also asks a lot
for his son Robert Brown, who was a soldier in Colbeck's Battalion, to
be on lands not yet occupied, adjacent to the memorialist's lot. Mark
Delesdernier bears this petition.
The Petition of Martin Lyon and Alex. Henderson
April 16, 1785
Martin Lyon, for himself and Alex. Henderson of the River Miramichi,
refers to a prevous memorial asking for certain lots of land improved by
himself and Henderson on the River Miramichi, for which they obtained
Licence of Occupation from Sir Andrew Snape Hammond. Asks for an answer,
since he is far from his family and the season is now getting dangerous
for travelling on the ice.
(encl.) Licence from Hammond to occupy lands they now possess
including all improvements:
July 19, 1782
Alex. Henderson - 250 acres on north and 250 acres on south side
Thomas Yeoman - 200 acres north side
Martin Lyon - 300 acres north side
John Malcolm - 100 acres north side
John Farseau - 100 acres north side
John Pearsons - 300 acres south side
John Murdoch - 500 acres south side
John Blake - 350 acres south side
The Petition of William Cort
May 18, 1785
To Governor Carleton:
William Cort of the River Miramichi - Your Memorialist, unable to bear
the many and repeated wrongs and injuries received from different
inhabitants of his Place, most humbly desireth that He and all his
Majesty's loyal subjects may be secured in their Lives and Properties
from the unlawful attempts of People accustomed to Robbery and Plunder.
Your memorialist entreats Your Excellency's attention while He relates
part of their behavior towards His unhappy Family at a time when your
memorialist was but a child, His Father absent, and His Mother on her
Death-Bed. They were so daring as to form a Court of Judicature among
themselves; They then broke open and plundered a store belonging to his
Father of Goods to the amount of L200 and upwards. Your memorialist came
to this country on Hearing of his Father's decease. On his arrival he
unfortunately found that some of these people under false pretences had
gotten Possession of His Father's Books, papers, Household furniture,
etc., to finish the process, they were proceeding to demolish a House,
as also the Fishing Furniture of your Memorialist and had not been so
fortunate as to arrive in time so as to prevent the latter part of their
intentions. Your memorialist hath several times demanded those who had
thus unlawfully seized on His property to return it to Him.
Notwithstanding they have no Reason for thus acting. They have alays
refused complying with the Request of your Memorialist, who hath been
treated with all manner of abuse and Bad language. So little regard have
they to Law and Justice that some of them have said "That there
never was and never would be any law in Miramichi". Your
memorialist being the Eldest of a Family which hath had the misfortune
to lose their parents at an early Period of their lives, hopes that Your
Excellency by enforcing laws so as to protect the Community in General
will be a means of assisiting Your Memorialist to provide for the other
children of his Father's family.
Endorsed: "Rec'd 18 May, 1785".
The Petition of Alexander Wishart
August 12, 1785
Alexander Wishart says he and his brother settled here 1775, and
built a house and shed for curing of salmon, and cleared some land,
which house is now on Lot No.3, north side of the River and also
occupied from Lot Nos. 2 - 9, but in 1778 we was plundered of a very
considerable amount by the privateers of the states, and in 1779 by the
savages, and lost everything. They went to Quebec in HMS Viper, Lord
Hervey, where we both obtained commissions to serve His Majesty on Lake
Champlain, under command of Captain William Chambers, and at the
conclusion of the war six of us entitled to lands Intered into a
Co-partnery in order to carry on merchandising, fishing and farming at
the place formerly occupied by me and my brother. On their arrival last
year with a cargo from London, was interrupted by a William Ledden, who
had taken violent possession of my house
who said he had got a grant
of it from William Davidson, and would not give up the house to them,
but was obliged to put up with one end of it, and we, having a valuable
property, was exposed to many risques and when I arrived here this
spring he still would persist in keeping possession of the house,
although knowing it well to be my property, he is lickways marked to Lot
No. 4, which cuts off the whole fishing on Lot No. 3. He is a man of
very indifferent character, and never was of any service to King or
Country, but I have had the honour to serve His majesty in the two late
wars, so that I hope your Excellency will be pleased to honour me with
your advice relative to the memorial. Presented to your Excellency by
Mr. Robert Reid Dated January 10, last (1785).
(encl.) Quebec, August 26, 1784, to Messrs. Wishart, Hutchison and
Company, " I have this moment made the strongest interest with
Governor Wentworth who is
General of all the woods in America, and
who has from my representation of you all assured me who will stand your
(?firm) friend, and will himself get you and me land, and desired me to
tell you that you must write him, acquainting him when you want your
land, and that he will order a person to survey your land, and put you
in possession. Mr. Reid will therefore write him
Your friend, John
The Petition of Benjamin Steimeist
August 13, 1785
Benamin Steimeist, Farmer, native of Gravesend on Long Island near
New York, and was settled at Hampstead at the commencement of the late
Rebellion, fled to Statten Island, and when New York was evacuated came
to this province. He has been about twelve months in the County of
Northumberland Miramichi, and is beginning to make a settlement at a
place called Bettvin in Miramichi Bay. Has a wife and five children
unmarried, all above the age of ten years.
The Petition of Benjamin Marston
August 15, 1785
Alexander Wishart, Ship Master, Robert Reid, Cornel's Place, John
Watson, Alexander Henderson, ask that John Tushie, who has acted as
Pilot on this River since 1775, never lost a vessel, recommend him for
Pilot, very active, sober and industrious man. Francis Harriman, Master
of the Ship Viper, certifie that
have been piloted up and downe this
River several times by this Mr. John Tushie.
Thomas McKinnon, Ship Builder
(encl.) in a letter, Marston to Jonathon Odell
The Petition of John Malcolm
September 5, 1785
To Governor Carleton:
John Malcolm has been appointed by the ancient Inhabitants of Miramichi
to present the enclosed memorial and asks to be heard personally in
(encl.) Memorial of the Ancient Inhabitants of Miramichi, to wit,
Martin Lyons, Alexander Henderson, John Henderson, Robert Bec, Thomas
Yeomans, William Drisdail, William Atkinson, John Parsons, John Tushie,
John Malcolm, and William Brown, had for many years improved and enjoyed
in common right a tract of Marsh or meadow land usually called Canadian
Point as a conveniency in cutting hay for our cattle, and which has
matrially assisted us during a long period of general distress. In these
parts in the means of supporting our families, well knowing the
important of so essential a necessity as hay, in this river, rendered
still more so by the increase of Inhabitants since the terminaton of the
war we petitioned
for this tract of land in common
as they live
near it, and as it is not suitable for further cultivation or for
settlement, petition sent to Parr Town March, 1785, by Mark Delesdernier
but was never presented, some collusion and artifice having
prevented its natural course. Also Mr. John Willson was appointed a
magistrate, not by the approbation of the old inhabitants, as being
strangers to his capacity, was the only person who employed people to
cut down the hay, and said the memorialist could bring to him what hay
he had remaining after supplying himself
Your memorialists ?-
petition Benjamin Marston, Esq, our present Sherriff, who forbade John
Willson from cutting or carrying away the hay untill the Government's
pleasure was known, the people whom he employed said was he to order
them they would have cut down your memorialists' corn
dispossessed of our ancient rights by strangers - rights which
cultivation and long posession
would give us a prior claim to our
meadows which are now destroying and violently cut down before half
grown. We likeways complain of the partiality used by Mr. Misheau, the
late surveyor, in laying out to us in part 40 roods only in front by
which reson we are deprived of a great part of our uncleared lands, and
part of our houses and unsettled lands adjoining have 60 roods front.
Ask that they may occupy their meadows with molestation, and that
Benjamin Marston make a new survey.
Endorsed: "September 20,1785, Marsh at Canadian Point to be
assigned to them in common".
The Petition of Alexander Henderson
September 6, 1785
Alexander Henderson, inhabitant of Miramichi, last fall petitioned
the Government in Halifax, requesting indulgence for the building of a
Saw and Grist Mills - this declined on account of the Government being
separate - now applies to Governor Carleton - has cleared the place and
runs and reared two habitable houses on the spot where mills are
designed - asks for such lands as are usually granted for that intent.
He and other of the old Inhabitants complains of the injustice done by
Mr. Mishaud, the Survier, who has subtilly alloted all the houses and
improvements belonging to your petitioner, marking the same down in plan
of the river in the name of others, etc. Asks that Benjamin Marston be
empowered to take a new survey of the River.
The Petition of Alexander Wishart
February 18, 1786
Alexander Wishart has no reply to Memorial of January 10, 1785 or
letter August 6, 1785 - expecting the lands and fishing places formerly
occupied by me and brother was to be continued or part at least of the
fishing place on it, but is entirely cut off By Lott 4, which was
occupied by us for several years and seems to have loast it, by our
services to Government
Lot 3 is all a flat muddy sand a good
distance from the shoar so that we cannot sett a nett anywhere on this
Lott, but in the centre between the two lotts, but in opposition to us,
the netts from Lott 4 is sett right in front of ours and so close that
they often intangle with ours, to the Great Detterment of our Business.
For further particulars, refer to the Bearer, Mr. Adam McAllen, a
partner of ours.
(encl.) St John, February 18, 1786
I should gladly have complied
but Lot No. 4 was already assigned to another person
apply to Mr.
Marston (draft of letter).
The Petition of Benjamin Marston
March 27, 1786
To Govenor Carleton and H.M. Council: Being engaged in a plan of
business which will wholly engage my time and attention, and will
frequently occasion my being absent from the County of which you have
done me the honour to appoint me the Sheriff, I humbly beg the favour of
Your Excellency and Your Honours to permit me to resign that office. The
necessary attention to my own affairs and the proper attention to duties
thereof being utterly incompatible, I have the honoiur to be, with the
truest Respect, Your dutiful and most obedient Humble Servant, Benjamin
St John, March 27, 1786
Endorsed! "Complied With".
The Petition of Alexander Wishart
December 30, 1786
To Governor Carleton:
Alexander Wishart has the remains of a house built on Lott 10, north
side of Miramichi River in 1777, and designed to Build a Miln, as there
is a small rivulet falls into that cove, but being plundered of all his
effects, thought it more prudent to leave this place and serve his King
and country as he had done the last French war, and having received no
lands for his service
asks for this lot.
Endorsed: "Granted to Mr. Delesdernier".
The Petition of John Wilson, J.P. and Others
We would wish to inform government that there is a number of lots of
land on the River Miramichi that are located to persons that are not nor
never was Residenters here and as they are gone to difrant parts it is
thought never will be improved by them, as they have been absent a long
John Wilson, J.P.
A list of names that have located lands and all gone to diferent
parts of this river.
The Petition of John Willson
May 12, 1787
To Governor Carleton:
I beg liberty to inform Your Excellency of the disorderly Riots is
comeing on in this place occasioned by people going to fish contrary to
all customs been known in this place. Most of them improve no land, but
locate for the purpose of fishing, running up and down fishing in such a
matter that they do and will deprive the Honest and Industrious people
of the privileges Your Excellency Bestowed on them. They are now gone
betwixt us and the River mouth with Drift, Drag, ?- Stop nets and
other machines of fishing which is thought will destroy the whole by
turning the course of them
they passed the last season expecting
some requisitions would be made but as there is an exception in the
County of Northumberland and no information of what has been done the
last season they are most determined to go take their nets and machines
prepared for their purposes from them by force, the others giving out
Great threats that they will fish and bid defiance swaring they will
of their lives on those threats. The inhabitants do and was going about
their Intention now came to me and fearing there would be bloodshed made
I could with the most moderate part of them, with great
difficulty appeased them on promising them that I would inform Your
Excellency of the matter by sending express immediately. On this they
promised they will refrain ?- return as they want nothing but
Requisition as the other counties and to hinder all the cross nets and
merchants from other points from fishing as they did last season, and as
there is no magistrate acts in this county but your petitioner humbly
begs orders how to act in this matter.
The heads of those dissolute fishers is John Barr and Rob Shaw from
, John Carpenter and Jonathan Lufbury; James Davidson, and hands of
William Davidson, Esq.
Note from Louise Manny: This is not in Willson's handwriting but it
is his signature.
The Petition of Duncan McGraw
July 31, 1787
To Governor Carleton:
Duncan McGraw, late of the 42nd Regiment, has resided at
Miramichi some time pase. Lot No. 7, south side, is vacant - he asks for
Endorsed: "Complied With".
The Petition of Philip Hierlihy and Patrick Barry
August 1, 1787
Philip Hierlihy, late Sergeant of the Prince of Wales American
Regiment, and Patrick Barry have no title to lands - want land below
Mishau's survey, north side.
Endorsed: "Land has already been assigned"
The Petition of John Menzies and Duncan Robertson
September 5, 1787
John Menzies and Duncan Robertson have lived at Miramichi 12 months,
want Lots No. 5 and 6 on south side of the River.
Endorsed: "Duncan Robertson, No. 5 and John Menzies No. 6".
The Petition of Phillip Hierlihy
January 6, 1788
To Governor Carleton:
Phillip Hierlihy, late Sergeant of the Prince of Wales American
Regiment, applied for land at Miramichi last summer. Wants Lot No. 70,
The Petition of Charles Stuart
April 25, 1788
Charles Stuart, late private soldier of His Majesty's 82nd
Regiment of Foot, has a minute of Council dated April 25, 1788 for Lot
No. 27, south side, and thereon had built an house which got consumed by
fire when burning the wood and brush that lay round it, by supposition
being about two acres and a half that was then cut down and almost
cleared, on part of which there has been potatoes planted. Since that
house has been burned your petitioner hath built another house,
dimensions 18 x 14 feet, in which he should (God willing) have resided
last winter, but to oblige the Publick and to encourage the most
laudable branch of agriculture, hath attended a mill, no miller being
here but your Petitioner, nor mill but that he occupied. Of course his
attention hath been employed both spring and fall, grinding such grain
as was brought to the mill, the only seasons that he should improve said
Lot, never having drawn any of His majesty's lands but that lot, not yet
three years since he has been the proprietor, the whole of the
inhabitants can evidence the truth of what this Petition contains and
several are pleaed to testify the same by subscribing their names
thereto. A certain Alex Gillis, living on this River not yet two years,
being at Fredericton lately, rumoured through the neighbourhood at his
return from thence that he made application for said Lot No. 27 and
obtained his request. Therefore beseeches His Excellency for justice.
Names attesting to the truth of the petition:
Alex. Taylor, sr.
Note From Louise Manny: "And Many More"
The Petition of John Julien
January 10, 1789
Return of John Julien, Chief of the Miramichi Indians, and his Tribe
A Tract of Land
in the parish of Newcastle, Northumberland County
beginning at a marked white birch tree on the northerly shore of the
NW branch of the Miramichi River opposite the lower or easterly end of
Beobair's Point, said tree being on the upper or south west corner of
Lot N. 3 in the grant to Williamson, thence running by the magnet along
the west line of the said Lot No. 3, and along its prolongation, north
22.30 West, until it meets the prolongation of the easterly line of Lot
No.4 in the Grant aforesaid, thence along said prolongation and easterly
line of the said Lot No. 4, south 13 degrees and 30 minutes west ...
containing 3033 acres, with allowance of 10% for roads - annexed plan -
Note from Louise Manny: No plan with this memorial.
The Petition of Duncan McRaw
March 12, 1790
Duncan McRaw, late a Private Soldier in the 42nd Regiment
of Foot, had land on the River Nashwaak, relinquished it in order to
obtain a lot of land on the River Miramichi
he moved here three
years since, and has made comfortable settlement. He has 5 head of
needs a meadow
asks for 25 acres of marsh (unoccupied)
at the commencement of Grand down Creek or Marsh. Certificate by Dug'd
Campbell, says "Duncan McRaw has been his servant about six years,
recommends him as a very deserving, industrious man, and one that will
make a very valuable settler"
Endorsed: "March 12, 1790, will have a lot assigned him when the
survey is completed".
The Petition of John Murdoch
March 25, 1791
John Murdoch of Mirimishie has got Arthur Nicholson to "run my
line from Mirimishie to Napan River, which is two miles, and Duncan
Robertson's lot next to me is Lot No. 5, which makes 3/4 of a mile of
vacant land on the front of that lot, which fronts the River Napan. On
said land there is a good spring of water, which my land is quite
destitute of, as it is the only one betwixt that and the mouth of the
river". Wants the vacant lot to enable him to make a good farmhouse
and barns with other houses to accommodate his store of chattles, as the
Hay he cut there would be "nigh to my house, which makes me at
present to be at a Great Expense and trouble in bringing it home".
Endorsed: March 25, 1791.
Note from Louise Manny: This memorial is beautifully written in style
of 17th century handwriting.
The Petition of Benjamin Stymitson, Jr.
January 16, 1793
Benjamin Stymitson, Jr., has never drawn any lot, asks for a Lot on
the West side of Black River, between lots of Thomas Provan and Farquhar
McAuley, lately thrown up by William McAuley.
Endorsed: 1) "Certified to be vacant by the Department
Surveyor" 2) "Relinquished by subsequent application".
The Petition of John Bigs
April 29, 1793
To His Excellency Governor Carleton:
John Bigs of Miramichi, Stone cutter "
I have made and finished
two pair of good millstones in Miramichi, first for John Henderson's
mill in 1787 and second for Jonathon Lufberry's mill in 1792. I also
lettered and carved a tombstone to be laid on body of deceased William
Davidson, Esq in year 1791. I have the pleasure of being first in the
county and only person who can do such".
The Petition Of William Allan
December 27, 1797
William Allan have resided in Miramichie for a considerable space of
years, and to his knowledge inoffensive to any individual, and that he
has never received any lands within the province, but
become a settler in this part of the county. Asks for Lot No. 30, north
side, with any improvements other than a few trees cut down by James
Connors who misfortunately drowned September, 1791. Certified by Alex.
Taylor, J.P., that William Allan "is not only a very honest well
respected man, but have been very serviceable to a great many people by
keeping school and teaching their children in the dead seasons of the
year and laboriously working to those who employed him the other parts
of the year.
Endorsed: "Lot is vacant, G. Sproule (first registered to George
The Petition of Benjamin Stymist, Jr.
March 4, 1799
Memorial of Benjamin Stymist, Jr. on behalf of himself and John
Bailley Williston. Benjamin Stymist has resided upon this river with his
parents for the space of fourteen years, and till now has never applied
for any land, and has always behaved as a good and loyal subject, and
being now arrived at the years of maturity has entered into a
co-partnership with the person above mentioned for the purpose of
building a sawmill (for which the timber is now ready) upon what is
commonly called or known by the name of Bay du Vin River
asks for a
survey of Tract to commence immediately below the Rapids and extend up
Stream on both sides as far as Your Excellency shall seem meet. James
Fraser, J.P certifies that Benjamin Stymist is a sober honest
industrious young man
and that John Bailley Williston have a mill
frame in great forwrdness
they are both good subjects and good
Endorsed: "Vacant, G. Sproule".
The Petition of Thomas Loban and Others
March 18, 1799
Re: Alexander Taylor, J.P. Causes of Complaint Against Alex. Taylor,
That Alex. Taylor having drunk rum in the house of William Simpson till
drunk, the said William Simpson not willing to give him more rum, he,
the said Alex. Taylor, Esq., put the said Simpson forsibly out of his
own house, went to his cellar and drew what liquor he pleased. That the
said Alex. Taylor, Esq., without any offence fell upon a Robert England
and beat and bruised the body of the said Robert in a terrible manner.
That the said Alex. Taylor, Esq., did at the Sessions in March, 1796,
assault and beat a James Donald in the Court House in the face of the
publick and threatened others so that His Majesty's Subjects is in
danger while they attend on the duty of their Country.
That the said Alex. Taylor, Esq., did in the house of the above
mentioned William Simpson at another period with a large Iron Tongs
struck the said Simpson on the head so that he lay dead some time, and
his recovery almost despaired of.
The morning of the 27th June last we the Subscribers being
called out on our duty as inspectors of the fishery, He, the said Alex.
Taylor, Esq., threatened to shoot us through the heads if we would
measure his nets, he not knowing that we had already measured them and
found them too long by several fathoms.
And upon our duty at other places, he, the said Alex. Taylor, Esq.,
did issue a warrant, in consequence of which we were hunted up and down
the Country, and taken as felons, and we, the accused, were arraigned
before the County with an intent to subject us to a trial for our lives,
for no other cause but acting according to the laws of the country and
under the duty of our oaths, but we were acquited by the unanimous
verdict of the Country. This, with many more accuations which can be
proven when required, the said Alex. Taylor, Esq., has rendered himself
odious and a pest to the Community.
Memorial of the above petitioners, that they were appointed and
qualifyed as inspectors of the fishery in the Bay, river and its
branches of Miramichi, were in the execution of their office grossly
insulted and materially injured by Alex. Taylor. Alex. Taylor have not
only in the present instance, acted contrary to the duty of his office,
but also since his installment thereunto have committed several
outrageous actions (too tedious to be inserted in a petition, but
hereunto annexed) so that like a running evil in successive gradation,
the laws have been openly violated, justice buried in oblivion and
forsed to seek an assylum in the abyss of obscurity while licentiousness
have marched in triumph, Yea! and by a person in authority. That the
effect of power in his hands are as a sword in the hands of madman who
void of reason and fear, agitated by the freaks of frantick folly,
stricks and smites all around him. Thus the man armed with the sword of
justice, whose line of conduct is not founded on the sure basis of moral
virtue, who takes not the laws of the land for his guide, not lighted by
the lamp of justice and by that sure pilot, unerring reason, but on the
contrary actuated by the principles of wanton Caprice, wrecks and abuses
he laws which he ought to protect, so hat the publick peace and safety
is in danger while power is lodged in is hands. That your Petitioners
contious of the bad consequences arising from such a person being in off
ice and with full confidence of meeting with every just satisfaction
from the hands of him whose characteristick have qualifyed to fill your
Excellency's exalted station, and as subjects availing themselves of
their right to petition Respectfully lay their complaint before you,
humbly request you would be pleased to take it into your wise
consideration and grant us such relief as may seem most proper to you
and most conducive to maintain the publick peace and safety of His
Majesty's Subjects under Your Excellency's government and protection.
And your Petitioners as in duty bound will ever pray,
Endorsed: "At the motion of Messrs. Fraser, Lee and Carpenter,
after proper expostulation with Mr. Taylor, and his promise to guard
againt any future cause of complaint, the above mentioned Complainants
hve consented to withdraw this memorial.
The Petition of Duncan McRae
November 5, 1803
Duncan McRae has been settled sixteen years on Lot No. 7, south side
of Miramichi, in which time he has burnt off all the firewood that was
on the lot, asks for a piece of hardwood land in rear of said lot, to
continue it out to great Napan River, which is ten or twelve chains
larger than the ordinary length of the lots in that block.
Endorsed: "In Council, 25 May, 1804, to be Registered".
The Petition of the Presbyterian Congregation of Miramichi River
August 4, 1809
The Presbyterian Congregation of Miramichi River have at great
expense cleared away and fenced in he piece of ground on the point at
the confluence of the south west and north west branches of Miramich
River, formerly set a part for the purpose of a burying ground, and have
at heir own sole expense erected a decent and commodious house for
Publick Worship. It not being the intention of your Memorialists of
hindering or obstructing any other denomination of Christians from
interring their dead in the said burying ground, ask for a grant to the
John Urquhart, Minister of the Presbyterian Congregation
William Davidson, Chairman of the Committee for Regulating the
Affairs of the Presbyterian Congregation of Miramichi
Certified by Alex. Allan "I certify that the Presbyterian
Congregation have made improvements on the burying ground on the point
of Miramichi to a large extent for the decent accommodation of the
worship of God and to keep the General plan of Interment from being
exposed to Hogs, etc."
Note by G. Sproule: " A small lot containing a few acres used as
a burying ground, has been reserved for that use at the extremity of
Beobear's Point, Miramichi.
The Petition of John Campbell
February 1, 1810
John Campbell came with his stepfather, John McLeod, to this province
in year 1803 and has resided since that time on River Tabusintac where
he had a lot of 200 acres surveyed for him, on which he began to make
improvements, but found the land so bad that it is impracticable to make
a farm. Asks for Lot No. 3, on same river surveyed for Robert Black, who
has removed to Richibucto, and for the marsh lot belonging to it in
addition to his former allotment.
Note by G. Sproule: "the lot was alloted to Robert Blake,
applicant must prove that Blake has abandoned the lot, which I suspect
is not he case, he having applied to be included in the General
Endorsed: "Cannot be complied with".
The Petition of Alexander Taylor
February 10, 1810
Alex. Taylor, Esq., of Miramichi, was first new settler in Miramichi
and made the fourteenth settler in it. That for Martin Lyon's lot to the
entrance of the river, about 26 miles, there was not a single
inhabitant. He has been a great instrument in bringing settlers here and
populating the place. There is few, if any, that has made such
improvements which he can appeal (for the truth of) to Coll. Caylor and
Capt. McLean, if he holds no lands in front of Miramichi River, but one
lot only and none in any other places that is of any use to him or his
numberous family (of 12 children) only a little grass he has been
allowed in the Bay, that notwithstanding his neighbours did request of
him to frame a mandite from them, directed to James Fraser, Esq., and
himself to apply Government for back lands for them, which he'd comply'd
with. That your Memorialist in the Interim fell sick almost to Death and
was speechless, during which time they were persuaded by an ill
designing man to have a petition made out and subscribed, and
accompanied by two or three of themselves and left my name out, and it
is evident and visible that there are more than one enrolled in the
Petiiton or memorial of theirs that hath resided within the space of one
year to the time your memorialist has, and at this period they have not
one single line that can be called clear, and has preached such Doctrine
to others as, let them clear land that could do better, for they should
clear as little as possible. That your memorialist hopes your Honor will
take this situation and deserving into consideration and allow him 200
acres, bounded by parallel lines with the Lot No. 63 granted him, and
which he now resides upon, as he has now nigh one third of it clear, and
has to go half back upon it before he can obtain a stick of firewood.
Endorsed: "Complied with".
Attached: Letter from Alex. Taylor to G. Sproule.
" An Alex. Stewart of this place has told you that you wished
David Goodfellow's son to take up lands at the back of the Lot I reside
upon, because I would not buy any more lands. This I think very hard for
two reasons, first because I have not been granted any lands that is
there on, only the lot I reside upon and a little Marsh
Grass that I got at Point Cheval Lot, the other Beech or Marsh Lots, I
have no more than an equal share with the general run of the
neighbourhood In short, no man can say that I have an acre of improvable
land, only the single lot I live upon, on which I have cleared nigh
double of any of my neighbours. It seems very strange to me, Sir, that
such as Alex. Hay and Alex. Stewart who possesses each of them three of
the best front Lots in Miramichi, and Andrew Hay two lots at Bartibog
and one and a very equivalent of mine at Point Cheval, should be thought
entitled to back lands. I beg that you will not think that I presume to
criticize on your conduct, far from it, its only necessity makes me lay
this before you, because its evident that in the course of ten or twelve
years hence I shall not have a stck of firewood left on my Lot, and has
nowhere else to go to cut any; at Point Cheval were it contiguous as it
is rather impracticable to go there, not one single stick of firewood is
there only Hecmiteck Swamp, Dugald Campbell, Esq., surveyed for me a
piece of vacant land at Bay du Vin betwixt Stymest's Lot and Thom Iann's
Lot that I purchased from Duncan McCraw, but it is worth nothing now
should I paid for surveying it had I not had the land adjoining it, its
altogether Swamp and Barron. I hope Sir, you'll consider and excuse me,
for I assure you these is God's truth. I am very respectfully your very
Humble and Obedient servant,
The Petition of Benjamin Stymest and James William Hierlihy
March 1, 1810
Benjamin Stymest and James William Hierlihy. Stymest is a married man
24 years of age and Hierlihy upwards of 20 years (single) has resided in
the county of Northumberland upwards of 20 years, and have no grants,
though they understand some land was minuted to them. Styment has the
ability to cultivate, and has a large stock of cattle and other
property. Hierlihy has six head of cattle and has resided on a farm of
his mother's and brought up to farming and fishing. As for a lot each on
north side of River Tabusintac between the Indian location and the land
laid out for Jonathan Lufbury, also a piece of vacant marsh on
Tabusintac bay lying outside of French grant on beach side of said
Benjamin Stymest Jr.
For Himself and Hierlihy
Certified by P. Campbell of Benjamin Stymest Jr. - is the son of an
old loyalist, is an ambitious, sober honest man, and I have ever looked
upon him as a good settler. I am not acquuainted with Hierlihy, but I
have always understood that the family are respectable people".
The Petition of Moses Austin
August 4, 1813
Tabusintac. Moses Austin is a single man and a true and loyal subject
who has been a resident in Canada and in this province thirteen years
and is 33 years of age. In Quebec served three years in Capt. Muir's
uniform Company, City Militia, and last winter three months at
Fredericton in Cappt. Macdonald's company, Northumberland Militia. He
has no granted lands in this province, wishes to settle at Tabusintac
River. Asks for 200 acres of upland jioning to a tract of land
memorialized for (a mill tract) by Benjamin Stymeist at Tabusintac.
Certified by William Ferguson, Deputy Surveyor, that this aplication
"is really for the purpose of aiding Mr. Stymeist to put up a mill.
Applicant is an honest and active member of society and will improve the
Endorsed: "situation is vacant". G. Sproule.
The Petition of Catherine Murdock and Others
May 28, 1814
Catherine Murdoch, Alex. Rankin and Hugh McDonald, all of Miramichi,
have (by letters under seal of Northumberland July 16) 1813 been
appointed and sworn to the faithful administration of all and singular
goods, chattles, and estate of John Murdock, late of Miramichi, who died
intestate. They sold all the late John Murdock's personal property,
using the proceeds to discharge his debts, and it appears the said
Estate will be insolvent. Ask for commisioners to inquire into
insolvency and settle claims. Ask for Benjamin Beckwith, William
Bannerman and Lewis Henry to be appointed. Amount of acounts exhibited
against the Estate of John Murdock deceased £523
of sales of personal property £182 .. 4
6. Amount of deficiency
Endorsed: "27 February 1815, Commissioners to be apponted as
(1) January 28, 1815. James Beckwith, William Bannerman and James
Wright, commissioners appointed to inspect the affairs of Jonathon
Lufbury, Esq., deceased say that the personal assets will be
insufficient to satisfy the demands made against his estate, and it will
be necessary to sell a part of his real property. (2) Copy Appraisement
of personal property of the late John Murdoch of Miramichi, deceased,
taken by John English, Andrew Hay and Duncan McGra on 11 August 1813.
2 drawing knives
2 pair edge hinges and 6 coopers
3 joiners moulding planes
tennant saw, beval and square
3 gallon jar
tongues, shovel, brander, frypan, doghouse
parcel of tobacco pipes
2 old vats
horse, yolk of oxen
1 bull, ewe and lamb
30 tons 36 feet pine timber
old broken fiddle
scythe and cross cut saw
oxen bows, hoops
Supplementary appraisement of - Sheldrake Island being a property now
pointed out to us as belonging to Estate of late John Murdoch which was
not shewn to us at time of making first appraisement and which we are of
opinion is of value of L350.
(3) Amounts of accounts exhibited against estate of John Murdoch
Patrick Taylor £28
George Henderson £3
Wiliam Gordon £12
George Taylor £11
John Taylor Sr. £29
Benjamin Stymeist £50
Gilmour and Rankin £61
Fraser and Davidson £ 9
The effects, as previously listed were sold at Public auction and
6 after duty was paid. Purchasers were: John
Taylor, Napan; Duncan McGraw; William Gillies; Peter Henderson; William
Loggy; Robert Loggy; George Taylor; Alex. Murdoch; etc.
Notes by Louise Manny:
"Many names, have listed a few".
"I notice the lamp is listed as an oil lamp - sold for 3s., 3d.;
chairs for 17s.; a Ladies' saddle for L3, 5s.,6d. Almost all prices
The Petition of Francis Peabody and Others
January 25, 1815
(1) Estate of the late Jonathan Lufbury, Esq. Balances and notes
which appear on books against the following persons:
John Anderson £5, 12s., 2d.
John and Robert Blake £8, 19s.
John Blake £4 , 2s., 6d.
Rev. Jonathon Urquharts Estate £L1, 6s., 8d.
TOTAL £1900, 5s., 8 1/4d.
Many of the debts mentioned in foregoing are not recoverable. Some
are utterly denied and others disputed in part by persons against whom
they stand charged.
For Self and others.
(2) List of balances which Estate owes:
John Blake £2, 14s.
George Brown £10, 17s., 11d.
James Brown £2, 14s.
Duffy Gillies 10s., 1d.
Mrs Hierlihy £2
John Henderson, Esq. £18, 6d.
John Ledden £5, 3s.
William Ledden and Sons £1, 18s., 6 1/2d.
John McLeod (Tab.) £2, 4s.
Alex. Murdoch £1, 17s., 11 1/2d.
Peabody and Simonds £1034, 4s., 1/2d.
William O'Dell, Esq. £8, 7s., 11d.
Francis Peabody £557, 9s., 8d.
Otho Robichaud, Esq. £3, 17s., 2 1/2d.
Benjamin Stymest, Jr. £15, 13s.
Benjamin Stymest, Sr. £1, 4s.
William Taylor £2, 14s.
TOTAL £3867, 18s., 6d.
Note by Louise Manny: "Long List - I have only put down some of
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