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MS Can 95

Papers concerning Lennox and Addington county and Hastings county, Ontario, Canada, 1791-1913: Guide.

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Descriptive Summary

Location: b
Call No.: MS Can 95
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Title: Papers concerning Lennox and Addington county and Hastings county, Ontario, Canada,
Date(s): 1791-1913.
Quantity: 1 collection (.25 linear feet (1 box)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Transcripts and a few original documents concerning Lennox and Addington county and Hastings county, Ontario, Canada.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

No accession number. Gift of Clarance MacDonald Warner; received: 1929 January 5.
Material not fully cataloged until 2015. It is speculated that the originals of this material are held by the Lennox and Addington County Museum and Archives (Napanee, Ontario, Canada).
Recataloged from MS Am 961.

Processing Information:

Processed by: Bonnie B. Salt

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material. Collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

Papers Concerning Lennox and Addington County and Hastings County, Ontario, Canada, 1791-1913 (MS Can 95). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Related Materials

More extensive holdings relating to this area in Ontario can be found at the Lennox and Addington County Museum and Archives (Napanee, Ontario, Canada).

Biographical / Historical

William Bell (1760-1833) was probably born in Ireland and joined the British Army and fought with the 1st Regiment of Foot during the American Revolution, principally at Lake Champlain. At the end of the war he moved to Canada and settled in Thurlow, Hastings County. He taught school on the Mohawk reservation, and later formed a partnership with his friend and mentor, John Ferguson, and opened a general store. He was appointed Justice of the Peace, and served was the local coroner. John Ferguson served as colonel in command of the 1st Regiment, Hastings Militia and Bell served under him. Bell succeeded him in 1825 as colonel. [Source: Finding aid for the William Bell fonds at the Lennox and Addington County Museum and Archives].
Clarance Macdonald Warner (1874-) was the founding president of the Lennox and Addington Historical Society in Ontario, Canada (1907-1916) and was (1917-1925) curator of Canadian history and literature at the Harvard University Library. Warner was the donor of these papers.

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by author or title.

Scope and Contents

Chiefly typescript (carbon) transcripts of letters and documents concerning the history of Hastings county, Lennox county, and Addington county, Ontario. Many of the items are authored by or concern John Ferguson, William Bell, and the 1st Regiment, Hastings Militia. Also includes: autograph manuscript of the reminiscences of John Collins Clark; photograph of the Fairfield residence in Collins Bay, Ontario; letters to Clarance Macdonald Warner from Alice Fairfield and Clark Walker, both concerning history of the area; and an autograph manuscript by Clarance Macdonald Warner, titled "Appendix."

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