Land Petitions of

The Niagara Settlers “Barnum to Beamer”

 

Barnum, Nathan

The Upper Canada Land Petition of Nathan Barnum dated at Newark (Niagara-on-the-Lake on 22 Jul 1793

“That your Petitioner is a Reduced Subaltern Officer in Brigadier DeLancy’s Corps and lately came from Britain with Intention of settling in this Province, therefore prays your Excellency will please to grant him an allotment of Land according to the rank he bore in said Corps. Your Petitioner purchased in Britain, and brought with him, Farming utensils to a considerable amount all of which are now at Kingston; and being desirous of beginning to improve immediately would be glad to receive a Grant of Two Lots at Toronto viz. No. 16 in the first Concession for himself, and No. 7 in the same Concession for one of his Sons, and the remainder of the Land that he may be entitled to, he wishes to take up in some part of the province that remains unlocated, in order to bring forward his children &c. to form a settlement. When he has the pleasure of knowing your Excellencys sentiment on the matter, he will proceed in exploring the Country, and could he be Indulged in taking his lands in a body (clear of reserves) for the greater convenience of a Compact Improvement he would be thankful but submitting his Case entirely to your Excellency hopes you’ll give him such indulgence as through your Goodness may seem meet, and your Petitioner in duty bound will ever pray.” Received at the Executive Council Office on 22 Jul 1793. No indication of being read in Council or order issued. [Upper Canada Land Petitions NAC “B” Bundle 1, Petition Number 102]

The Upper Canada Land Petition of Nathan Barnum dated on 22 Sep 1793

 “That since your Petitioner had the Honor of consulting your Excellency relative to his Lands, he has explored the Country in the vicinity of Long Point on Lake Erie, and find that a quantity of land in that quarter is unlocated. Therefore prays your Excellency will please to grant him the allotment of Land which he may be entitled to for himself and Family as follows—Viz. 1 lot of 200 Acres on which there is an improvement & I purchased the same about Four Mile above Turkey Point; 1800 Acres on both sides the Big Creek between Turkey Point and Long Point about 10 miles on this side the latter; 900 acres for Three Sons on Pattersons Creek—land for Two Daughters adjoining the purchased Improvement first mentioned. Your Petitioner prays your Excellency will take the premises into consideration and grant him the above described Lands or such other relief as through your Goodness may seem meet, and your Petitioner in Duty bound will ber pray. [Signed] Nathan Barnum. The Executive Council ordered two hundred acres only could be granted at present it not being expedient to make settlement in that district at this time. [Upper Canada Land Petitions NAC “B” Bundle 1, Petition Number 21]

Barnum, Nathan Bunnell

Upper Canada Land Petition of Nathan B Barnum dated at Niagara on 26 May 1796

“May it Please your Excellency, Nothing but the urgency of my business together with the great expence I have been at there two years in endevouring to get a Grant for such Lands as I am entitled to as a Suffering Loyalist; could induce me to take this method of Soliciting an Enterview of your Excellency. Not being able to heard by Petition in Council, which I gave in last June to Major Small, and another about Ten days ago, I flatter myself your Excellency will do me that Justice I am entitled to when you hear my Prayer. I am with proper deference your Excellency’s most obedient & devoted Humble Servant [Signed] Nathan B Barnum” Read in the Executive Council on 7 Jul 1796. Ordered to lie over until petition can be found. [Upper Canada Land Petitions LAC “B” Bundle 2, Petition Number 39]

Upper Canada Land Petition of Nathan Bunnel Barnum dated at Newark (Niagara-on-the-Lake) on 27 Nov 1796

“Humbly shews—That your Petitioner has received the grant of Lot No 7—in front of the Township of Charlotteville—the front line of which Lot extends no further that the top of the Bank that his chief Improvements, consisting of a dwelling House, Barn, & part of his arable Land, are in front of said Lot under the Bank and that he originally paid ten guineas—for the improvements thereon. Your Petitioner therefore prays your Honor would be pleased to grant him the Land in front of his Said Lot, extending to the waters Edge; and your Petitioner as in duty bound will ever pray—[Signed] Nathan B. Barnum” [Received at the Executive Council Office on 24 Feb and read in Council on 28 Mar 1797. Ordered recommended if the Acting Surveyor General sees no objection. Upper Canada Land Petitions LAC “B” Bundle 2, Petition Number 117]

Mentioned in the report of Acting Surveyors General Chewett & Ridout dated on 12 Aug 1807 attached to the Upper Canada Land Petition of Jack Baker

“In obedience to your Excellencys order of reference to us to report upon the Petition of Jack Baker—We are to state to your Excellency that the under mentioned Lands have been located in his name—viz. Lot No 36 in the 4th Concession of Beverly 200 acres under a Land Board Certificate transferred to Nathan Barnum—& the Lot No 6 in the 1st Concessn of Crowland 100 acres. Total 300 acres. The last under the authority of a warrant of Survey dated the 6 August 1796, for one Hundred acres in addition. A person by the name of John Baker M. C. was granted 300 acres of Land by an order in Council of the 30 June 1797, 200 acres whereof have been located in the broken Lots No 23 & 24 in the 7th Concession of Wolford—and the Lot No 30 in the 8th Concession of Oxford has been located in the name of John Baker, under a Land Board Certificate dated the 24 August 1792—All which is humbly submitted to your Excellency’s wisdom [Signed] Chewett & Ridout, Actg Surveyr Genl” [Upper Canada Land Petitions LAC “B” Bundle 2, Petition Number 28]

Bartholl, Caphert

Included in a list of persons from whom the Honourable Robert Hamilton, J. P. of Queenston purchased land warrants or rights and the township for which the warrant was issued.

Caphert Bartholl – UE 300 acres in Gainsborough Township transferred by authority of the Land Board [Upper Canada Land Petitions LAC “H” Bundle 4, Petition Number 117j]

Bastedo, David

Upper Canada Land Petition of David Bastedo, nephew of the late Capt. Tice dated at Niagara on 10 Sep 1796

“Respectfully shews That your Petitioner has been many years in the Province and never received any Land & that he is married to Elizabeth, Daughter of Peter McMickan—a Loyalist U. E.—That His Excellency the Lieut Governor was pleased to promise he would recommend his application for Land to the Extent of 1200 acres. Your Petitioner therefore prays your Honor would be pleased to grant him 1200 acres & to his wife 200 acres of Land—and your Petitioner as in Duty bound will ever pray—[Signed] David Bastedo” Received at the Executive Council Office on 3 Oct 1796 and read in Council on 7 Oct 1796. Ordered granted 400 acres in right of himself and 200 acres in right of his wife the Daughter of a Loyalist. [Upper Canada Land Petitions LAC “B” Bundle 2, Petition Number 94]

Upper Canada Land Petition of Christina Tice and David Bastedo dated at Queenston on 18 Jun 1798

“The Petition of Christina Tice widow of the late Capt Gilbert Tice & of David Badstido [sic] Nefew & heir at Law as witt by will to the said Gilbert Tice Humbly Sheweth—That Gilbert Tice by his last will sett aside a portion of his Lands for the payment of his debts some of which have been Sold to different person but cannot be legally transfered, nor the money be received for them, for want of a Deed for these Lands. —To render these transfers more easily effected, than could be done if the Deed shall issue in Gilbert Tice’s name your Petitioners most humbly request that a deed for Six hundred Acres of these Lands may be made out in the name of the Honorable Robert Hamilton One of the Administrators named in the will of the said Gilbert Tice—and that this deed be for Lotts [blank] Containing one hundred Acres each in the Township of Stamford & County of Lincoln & your Petitioners as in duty Bound will ever Pray [Signed] Christina Tice, David Bastedo” Read in the Executive Council on 23 Jun 1798. Ordered recommended that a deed do issue to the Honorable Mr. Hamilton for the six westward lots of the late Capt. Tice lands in Stamford. [Upper Canada Land Petitions LAC “T” Bundle 4, Petition Number 30]

Notation attached to the Upper Canada Land Petition of Christina Tice and David Bastedo

“One hundred in the Second Con. to be included in the Quantity in the name of R. Hamilton” [Upper Canada Land Petitions LAC “T” Bundle 4, Petition Number 30b]

Bawtinhiemer, John

Upper Canada Land Petition of John Bawtin-Himer [signed Bawtinheimer] now of Grimsby dated at York (Toronto) on 10 Nov 1800

“Humbly sheweth – That your Petitioner came into this Province six months ago, from the Jersies with his Family consisting of a wife and Five children—That your Petitioner brought in which him, and now has in his possession—waggon, a pair of Horses, 5 Cows and other valuable property—That your Petitioner now rents a small piece of Land from Abraham Neelis Esqr. but desirous to settle on some of the vacant Lands of the Crown, prays your Excellency for the grant of a Lot upon Dundas Street, for immediate Settlement, on the accustomed Conditions – and your Petitioner as in duty bound shall ever pray—[Signed] John Bawtinheimer” Received at the Executive Council Office on 11 Nov 1800. Ordered recommended for a lot on Dundas Street. [Upper Canada Land Petitions LAC “H” Bundle 5, Petition Number 55]

Baxter, David

Mentioned in the Upper Canada Land Petition of Thomas and John Baxter of the Township of Bertie dated at Niagara on 10 May 1796

“Humbly sheweth That your Petitioners Father, David Baxter, received the annexed Ticket of location for 300 acres, part whereof he located, on Lots No 3 in the 1st & 2nd Concession of the Township of Bertie, on Lake Erie, with the broken front, making together about 240 acres—on which they with their mother have resided several years—& have considerably improved it that your Petitioners as heirs to their Father pray your Excellency would be pleased to grant them the said Lots & broken front & as much elsewhere of the vacant Land of the Crown as may be necessary to complete the sd 300 acres—And your Petitioners as in Duty bound shall ever pray—[Signed] Thomas Baxter” Read in the Executive Council on 12 Jul. Ordered recommended to be confirmed in their fathers land and 200 acres each if of age. [Upper Canada Land Petitions LAC “B” Bundle 2, Petition Number 18a]

Ticket from Major A. Campbell dated at Niagara on 31 Oct 1786 attached to the Upper Canada Land Petition of Thomas and John Baxter

“The Bearer David Baxter is entitled to three Hundred Acres of Land as a Loyalist for himself and Family. [Signed] A Campbell, Majr To the D Surveyor of the Kings Lands Niagara” [Upper Canada Land Petitions LAC “B” Bundle 2, Petition Number 18]

Certificate from Parshall Terry dated at York (Toronto) on 31 Oct 1803 attached to the Upper Canada Land Petition of Thomas and John Baxter

“I do hereby certify that John Baxter is of the age of 21 Years & upwards—[Signed] Parshall Terry” [Upper Canada Land Petitions LAC “B” Bundle 2, Petition Number 18c]

Certificate of John Warren, J. P. dated at Fort Erie on 7 May 1796 attached to the Upper Canada Land Petition of Thomas and John Baxter

“Thomas and John Baxter have resided several years in the Township of Bertie, in which period, from Boys, they have grown up to Manhood and by their honest industry has maintained their Mother and two younger Brothers. On their application it is only doing them the Justice they deserve to say that their modest good behaviour has attracted the attention of the several Commanding Officers of this Post and obtained the friendship of all their acquaintance—[Signed] John Warren J. P.” [Upper Canada Land Petitions LAC “B” Bundle 2, Petition Number 18b]

Certificate of Major Robert Pratt attached to the Upper Canada Land Petition of Thomas and John Baxter

“I have known the above named Thomas and John Baxter during my Command at Fort Erie, and believe them to be honest and Industrious Men—[Signed] Robert Pratt, Major 5th Regt” [Upper Canada Land Petitions LAC “B” Bundle 2, Petition Number 18b]

Upper Canada Land Petition of the inhabitants in the area of Point Abino, Bertie Twp. dated at Point Abino on 14 Jan 1797

“The Petition of the underwritten Inhabitants of the place commonly called point Abino in the Township of Bertie—Most humbly Sheweth That Timothy Skinner and one Crane having petitioned your Honor for Leave to build a Mill on Lot No 32 in the Front or water Concession of the said Township, your Petitioners humbly pray leave to inform your Honor, that if such Mill be built it will be ruinous to all the neighbouring Settlers, as it will be the means of laying under water upwards of three Thousand Acres of their Lands Wherefore they pray your Honor against permission to build that said Mill and as in duty bound they will pray &c. [Signed] James Edsal, David Baxter, Robert Stewart, Michael Shirk, Ob. Dennis, Edwd Stooks, and Peter Cruikshanks” Received at the Executive Council Office on 26 Jan 1797. Ordered referred to the order on Crane’s petition. [Upper Canada Land Petitions LAC “A” Bundle 2, Petition Number 37]

Baxter, John

Upper Canada Land Petition of Thomas and John Baxter of the Township of Bertie dated at Niagara on 10 May 1796

“Humbly sheweth That your Petitioners Father, David Baxter, received the annexed Ticket of location for 300 acres, part whereof he located, on Lots No 3 in the 1st & 2nd Concession of the Township of Bertie, on Lake Erie, with the broken front, making together about 240 acres—on which they with their mother have resided several years—& have considerably improved it that your Petitioners as heirs to their Father pray your Excellency would be pleased to grant them the said Lots & broken front & as much elsewhere of the vacant Land of the Crown as may be necessary to complete the sd 300 acres—And your Petitioners as in Duty bound shall ever pray—[Signed] Thomas Baxter” Read in the Executive Council on 12 Jul. Ordered recommended to be confirmed in their fathers land and 200 acres each if of age. [Upper Canada Land Petitions LAC “B” Bundle 2, Petition Number 18a]

Ticket from Major A. Campbell dated at Niagara on 31 Oct 1786 attached to the Upper Canada Land Petition of Thomas and John Baxter

“The Bearer David Baxter is entitled to three Hundred Acres of Land as a Loyalist for himself and Family. [Signed] A Campbell, Majr To the D Surveyor of the Kings Lands Niagara” [Upper Canada Land Petitions LAC “B” Bundle 2, Petition Number 18]

Certificate from Parshall Terry dated at York (Toronto) on 31 Oct 1803 attached to the Upper Canada Land Petition of Thomas and John Baxter

“I do hereby certify that John Baxter is of the age of 21 Years & upwards—[Signed] Parshall Terry” [Upper Canada Land Petitions LAC “B” Bundle 2, Petition Number 18c]

Certificate of John Warren, J. P. dated at Fort Erie on 7 May 1796 attached to the Upper Canada Land Petition of Thomas and John Baxter

“Thomas and John Baxter have resided several years in the Township of Bertie, in which period, from Boys, they have grown up to Manhood and by their honest industry has maintained their Mother and two younger Brothers. On their application it is only doing them the Justice they deserve to say that their modest good behaviour has attracted the attention of the several Commanding Officers of this Post and obtained the friendship of all their acquaintance—[Signed] John Warren J. P.” [Upper Canada Land Petitions LAC “B” Bundle 2, Petition Number 18b]

Certificate of Major Robert Pratt attached to the Upper Canada Land Petition of Thomas and John Baxter

“I have known the above named Thomas and John Baxter during my Command at Fort Erie, and believe them to be honest and Industrious Men—[Signed] Robert Pratt, Major 5th Regt” [Upper Canada Land Petitions LAC “B” Bundle 2, Petition Number 18b]

Baxter, Margaret

Upper Canada Land Petition of Margaret Baxter received at the Executive Council Office on 9 May 1797

“Humbly Sheweth—That your Petitioner came into this Province in the year 1786 and brought with her four Children—That your Petitioner has never received any lands either for herself or children. Wherefore your Petitioner prays your Honor would be pleased to grant her such family lands as your Honor [rest covered up]” Received at the Executive Council Office on 9 May 1797 and read in Council on 10 May. Ordered to appear personally. Read again on 12 May. Ordered recommended for 200 acres as a settler and 200 acres family lands. [Upper Canada Land Petitions LAC “B” Bundle 3, Petition Number 163]

Certificate of Isaac Swayze, J. P. attached to the Upper Canada Land Petition of Margaret Baxter

“I do hereby Certify that Margaret Baxter came into this Province in the year 1786 and brought with her four children [Signed] Isaac Swayze” [Upper Canada Land Petitions LAC “B” Bundle 3, Petition Number 163a]

Certificate of John Warren, J. P. dated at Fort Erie on 11 May 1797 attached to the Upper Canada Land Petition of Margaret Baxter

“Personally appeared before me John Warren Esqr one of His Majesty’s Justices of the Peace for the Home District, Margaret Baxter, and made Oath, that she came into this Province in the year 1786, and that the under mentioned persons (all her own Children) came along with her: Margaret Baxter (Widow), Thomas, John, William, James born in the Township of Bertie 1788 [Signed] John Warren J. P.” “I certify that the above persons have resided in the Township of Bertie ever since they first arrived in, and that their Character, have gained them the good will of all who know them—[Signed] J. Warren” [Upper Canada Land Petitions LAC “B” Bundle 3, Petition Number 163d]

Warrant issued to Margaret Baxter attached to her Upper Canada Land Petition

“Granted to Margaret Baxter Two Hundred Acres. Order of Council 12 May 1797. To the Attorney General [Signed] John Small CEC” [Upper Canada Land Petitions LAC “B” Bundle 3, Petition Number 163b]

Certificate issued by the Secretary’s Office on 3 Feb attached to the Upper Canada Land Petition of Margaret Baxter

“Margaret Baxter of Bertie – 400 acres By O C 12 May 1797 – for 200 acres as Family Lands & 200 Acres as a Settler in Blenheim – Please to receive the fees thereon & furnish me with a Receipt [To] the Recr Genl [Signed] Wm Jarvis Secy” [Upper Canada Land Petitions LAC “B” Bundle 3, Petition Number 163c]

Certificate issued by the Receiver Generals Office on 3 Feb attached to the Upper Canada Land Petition of Margaret Baxter

“Thomas Baxter has paid into this office £3.6.2 for a Grant of 400 Acres to Margaret Baxter in Blenheim – OR. P. H – the Grant not yet audited. [Signed] Peter Russell R Gnl To the Clerk of the Council. Pray signify this to the Surveys Office that the Grantee may have no difficulty in obtaining the Deed [Initialled] G. R.” [Upper Canada Land Petitions LAC “B” Bundle 3, Petition Number 163c]

Baxter, Thomas

Upper Canada Land Petition of Thomas and John Baxter of the Township of Bertie dated at Niagara on 10 May 1796

“Humbly sheweth That your Petitioners Father, David Baxter, received the annexed Ticket of location for 300 acres, part whereof he located, on Lots No 3 in the 1st & 2nd Concession of the Township of Bertie, on Lake Erie, with the broken front, making together about 240 acres—on which they with their mother have resided several years—& have considerably improved it that your Petitioners as heirs to their Father pray your Excellency would be pleased to grant them the said Lots & broken front & as much elsewhere of the vacant Land of the Crown as may be necessary to complete the sd 300 acres—And your Petitioners as in Duty bound shall ever pray—[Signed] Thomas Baxter” Read in the Executive Council on 12 Jul. Ordered recommended to be confirmed in their fathers land and 200 acres each if of age. [Upper Canada Land Petitions LAC “B” Bundle 2, Petition Number 18a]

Ticket from Major A. Campbell dated at Niagara on 31 Oct 1786 attached to the Upper Canada Land Petition of Thomas and John Baxter

“The Bearer David Baxter is entitled to three Hundred Acres of Land as a Loyalist for himself and Family. [Signed] A Campbell, Majr To the D Surveyor of the Kings Lands Niagara” [Upper Canada Land Petitions LAC “B” Bundle 2, Petition Number 18]

Certificate from Parshall Terry dated at York (Toronto) on 31 Oct 1803 attached to the Upper Canada Land Petition of Thomas and John Baxter

“I do hereby certify that John Baxter is of the age of 21 Years & upwards—[Signed] Parshall Terry” [Upper Canada Land Petitions LAC “B” Bundle 2, Petition Number 18c]

Certificate of John Warren, J. P. dated at Fort Erie on 7 May 1796 attached to the Upper Canada Land Petition of Thomas and John Baxter

“Thomas and John Baxter have resided several years in the Township of Bertie, in which period, from Boys, they have grown up to Manhood and by their honest industry has maintained their Mother and two younger Brothers. On their application it is only doing them the Justice they deserve to say that their modest good behaviour has attracted the attention of the several Commanding Officers of this Post and obtained the friendship of all their acquaintance—[Signed] John Warren J. P.” [Upper Canada Land Petitions LAC “B” Bundle 2, Petition Number 18b]

Certificate of Major Robert Pratt attached to the Upper Canada Land Petition of Thomas and John Baxter

“I have known the above named Thomas and John Baxter during my Command at Fort Erie, and believe them to be honest and Industrious Men—[Signed] Robert Pratt, Major 5th Regt” [Upper Canada Land Petitions LAC “B” Bundle 2, Petition Number 18b]

Signer to the Upper Canada Land Petition of the Inhabitants of Bertie Township dated at Fort Erie on 20 Oct 1796

“We the Inhabitants of the Township of Bertie in the County of Lincoln, are Destitute of a Mill, without going a great distance; as there is a Mill Seat at Point Abino in the said Township which has been granted by His Excellency the Governor Simcoe (for the benefit of the Township or County) to Timothy Skinner, and the said Skinner is transferred the same Mill Seat to Isaac Lane [sic: Laing], inhabitant for 3, 4 years or more ago, and no prospect of any preparation for a Mill yet being builded. – We will therefore be very much oblige to Your Honour – that if Your Honour thinks proper, to grant the said Mill Seat to Jacob Crane an Inhabitant, who promises to immediately commence with the building, and to have it finished as fit to go in the Course of a Year. In Expectation of having this Our Humble Request granted Sir We are Your Most Obedient & Humble Servants [Some of the signatures within each of the families on this document seem to have been signed by the same hand] Silas Carter, John Collins, Thomas Baxter, Joseph Palmer, Jos. Rich. Palmer, Stephen Gill, John Gill, Jeremiah Tuttle junior, Jeremiah Tuttle Senior, John Chambers, Con O’Neil, Daniel Alward, Ellexander McQuine, Daniel McQuene, Ellexander McQuien,  James McQuine, John Beringar, Mathias Hone, Mathias Hone Jun, Daniel Alward Jun, Frederick Buck, John Willson, Stephen Middagh, Jacob Haun, Peter Feere, Edward [Noye], Christufful Ritchards, Frederick Sager, Jacob Crane, Jacb Hous, J George [Shumon], Peter Creager, Mical M Beach, Peter Learn, Azaliah Schooley, John Harret, John Cutler, Jehoiada Schooley, Asa Schooley, Joseph Senn, Michael Huffman, Necol Huffman, Jacob Huffman, Fradric Ankarm Crowell Willson, John Garner, Philip Buck, Adam Burwell, Joseph Marsh” Received at the Executive Council Office on 13 Nov 1796 and read in Council on 9 Jan 1797. Ordered dismissed as inadmissible. [Upper Canada Land Petitions LAC “C” Bundle 3, Petition Number 135a]

Certificate of John Small dated 7 Dec 1796 attached to the Upper Canada Land Petition of the Inhabitants of Bertie Township

“Personally appeared before me John Small Esqr Jacob Crane and John Johnson maketh oath that they on 6th inst called at Timothy Skinners and asked him what he intended to do about building a mill that he had obtained a permission from the Council to build in the Township of Bertie & he the said Timothy answered – that it belonged to one Lane [sic: Laing], and that the said Lane may build when he thought proper, as he the said Skinner had transferred it to the said Lane – and that he the said Timothy Skinner defyed the Governor & Council, that he had get it & put him the said Jacob Crane likewise, at defiance or any one else who might wish to obtain it – That he had now get it, and that it might lay as it was for ages—Sworn before me the 7th day of Decr 1796 [Signed] John Small J. P.” [Upper Canada Land Petitions LAC “C” Bundle 3, Petition Number 135]

Beach, Michael

Upper Canada Land Petition of Michael Beach dated at Newark (Niagara-on-the-Lake) in Dec 1796

“Humbly Shews—That your Petitioner having applied to your Honor during the recess of of Council for permission to locate 200 acres of Land—your Honor was pleased to allow of the same. Your Petitioner therefore prays your Honor to confirm the said location by a Grant—and your Petitioner as in Duty bound will ever pray—” [Unsigned] Added note of Thomas Ridout, N. P.: The above petition was personally applied for by Micl Beach—[Signed] T Ridout N.P.” Received at the Executive Council Office on 26 Feb 1797. Ordered recommended for confirmation. [Upper Canada Land Petitions LAC “B” Bundle 2, Petition Number 128c]

Receipt from the Receiver General’s Office dated at York (Toronto) on 17 May 1827 attached to the Upper Canada Land Petition of Michael Beach

“Michael Beach has paid into this office the fee of survey on Two hundred acres of Land, under regulation of 9th July 1796 pursuant to an order in council of the Survey £1.7.6 Cury [Signed] J M Prentice” Added note: York 17 May 1827 Received the Patent Fee on the under mentioned grant of 200 acres pr Saml Ridout [Signed] Thos Ridout” [Upper Canada Land Petitions LAC “B” Bundle 2, Petition Number 128]

Certificate of the Surveyor General’s Office dated on 17 May 1827 attached to the Upper Canada Land Petition of Michael Beach

“Michael Beach is located on Lot No 8 in the 1st Concessn of Humberstone comg 200 acres, under O. C. 28 March 1797—wart 1211.806 date of wart above the same time—for which no Description has issued—the order to the Sur Genl [….] the S. G. Office [Initialed] TR SG” [Upper Canada Land Petitions LAC “B” Bundle 2, Petition Number 128a]

Warrant issued to Michael Beach (crossed through) attached to the Upper Canada Land Petition of Michael Beach

“Granted to Michael Beach Two hundred Acres. Order of Council 28th March 1797 [Signed] John Small. To the Attorney-General, Warrant received 28 March 1797” Notation on the reverse: “Que[…..] the Son of Samuel, or Stephen Tod Beach [Upper Canada Land Petitions LAC “B” Bundle 2, Petition Number 128b]

Included in Return of Persons who have been permitted by His Honor the Administrator to occupy Lands during the Recess of the Council dated at the Surveyor General’s Office on 24 Jan 1797 signed by Acting Surveyor General David W. Smith

2 Nov 1796 Michael Beach – a Location

Read in Council on 24 Jan 1797 and confirmed. Initialled “PR” by Peter Russell [Upper Canada Land Petitions NAC “P” Bundle 2, Petition Number 73]

Signer to the Upper Canada Land Petition of the Inhabitants of Bertie Township dated at Fort Erie on 20 Oct 1796

“We the Inhabitants of the Township of Bertie in the County of Lincoln, are Destitute of a Mill, without going a great distance; as there is a Mill Seat at Point Abino in the said Township which has been granted by His Excellency the Governor Simcoe (for the benefit of the Township or County) to Timothy Skinner, and the said Skinner is transferred the same Mill Seat to Isaac Lane [sic: Laing], inhabitant for 3, 4 years or more ago, and no prospect of any preparation for a Mill yet being builded. – We will therefore be very much oblige to Your Honour – that if Your Honour thinks proper, to grant the said Mill Seat to Jacob Crane an Inhabitant, who promises to immediately commence with the building, and to have it finished as fit to go in the Course of a Year. In Expectation of having this Our Humble Request granted Sir We are Your Most Obedient & Humble Servants [Some of the signatures within each of the families on this document seem to have been signed by the same hand] Silas Carter, John Collins, Thomas Baxter, Joseph Palmer, Jos. Rich. Palmer, Stephen Gill, John Gill, Jeremiah Tuttle junior, Jeremiah Tuttle Senior, John Chambers, Con O’Neil, Daniel Alward, Ellexander McQuine, Daniel McQuene, Ellexander McQuien,  James McQuine, John Beringar, Mathias Hone, Mathias Hone Jun, Daniel Alward Jun, Frederick Buck, John Willson, Stephen Middagh, Jacob Haun, Peter Feere, Edward [Noye], Christufful Ritchards, Frederick Sager, Jacob Crane, Jacb Hous, J George [Shumon], Peter Creager, Mical M Beach, Peter Learn, Azaliah Schooley, John Harret, John Cutler, Jehoiada Schooley, Asa Schooley, Joseph Senn, Michael Huffman, Necol Huffman, Jacob Huffman, Fradric Ankarm Crowell Willson, John Garner, Philip Buck, Adam Burwell, Joseph Marsh” Received at the Executive Council Office on 13 Nov 1796 and read in Council on 9 Jan 1797. Ordered dismissed as inadmissible. [Upper Canada Land Petitions LAC “C” Bundle 3, Petition Number 135a]

Certificate of John Small dated 7 Dec 1796 attached to the Upper Canada Land Petition of the Inhabitants of Bertie Township

“Personally appeared before me John Small Esqr Jacob Crane and John Johnson maketh oath that they on 6th inst called at Timothy Skinners and asked him what he intended to do about building a mill that he had obtained a permission from the Council to build in the Township of Bertie & he the said Timothy answered – that it belonged to one Lane [sic: Laing], and that the said Lane may build when he thought proper, as he the said Skinner had transferred it to the said Lane – and that he the said Timothy Skinner defyed the Governor & Council, that he had get it & put him the said Jacob Crane likewise, at defiance or any one else who might wish to obtain it – That he had now get it, and that it might lay as it was for ages—Sworn before me the 7th day of Decr 1796 [Signed] John Small J. P.” [Upper Canada Land Petitions LAC “C” Bundle 3, Petition Number 135]

Beachum, William

Undated Upper Canada Land Petition of William Beachum for his wife Tabatha Srawbridge received at the Executive Council Office on 25 Apr 1797

“Humbly Sheweth That your Petitioners Wife is the Daughter of a Loyalist & humbly claims the quantity of Lands that is usually given in such cases and in duty bound shall ever pray.” William Beachum made his mark. Received at the Executive Council Office on 25 Apr 1797 and read in Council on 28 Feb 1798. Ordered certificate of UE is wanting. [Upper Canada Land Petitions LAC “B” Bundle 4, Petition Number 143]

Beam, Abraham

The Upper Canada Land Petition of Abraham Beam dated at Newark (Niagara-on-the-Lake) on 4 Jun 1794

“That Your Petitioner was an Inhabitant of Pennsylvania before the late rebellion in the Colonies. That during that period he experienced all the sufferings generally enumerated in the catalogue of Loyalists and at one time was fined eight hundred pounds Pennsylvania currency. In a word everything he possessed was sacrificed to the fury of an unnatural rebellion, except his life and his integrity and Six Years since he removed with his family into this Province, and now enjoys the happiness of that Government for which was always dear to him and for which he has severely suffered. Your Memorialist begs leave to inform Your Honors that since his removal he has purchased an improvement on two hundred and fifty acres of land [words crossed out] and obtained a right to the soil, which is all the encouragement he has ever received from Government since has been in the Province. Your Petitioner agreeably to the example of others in similar circumstances Begs leave to approach Your Honors on the present Occasion and most humbly requests that Your Honors would grant him a further location for himself and family as much in your Honors in your wisdom shall see fit and as in duty bound he will ever pray. [Signed] Abraham Beam” Received at the Executive Council Office on 4 Jul 1794 and read in Council on 8 Jul 1794. The Council ordered granted 400 acres and referred to the Surveyor General to locate the same. [Upper Canada Land Petitions LAC “B” Bundle 1, Petition Number 40]

Beam, Hannah (Mills)

Upper Canada Land Petition of Hannah Mills Beam dated on 8 Oct 1801

“The Petition of Hannah Mills, wife of Lewis Beam, Late of the State of Pensylvania, Now of the Township of Grimsby, County of Lincoln, & District of Niagara – Humbly Sheweth – That she is of the full age of thirty two years, and has never Received any lands or any Order for Lands from the Crown; Wherefore she prays, that your Excellency would be pleased to grant to her, such a Portion of the waste Lands, of the Crown as to your Excellency May seem Meet, and as in duty bound she will ever pray—[Signed] Hannah Mills” Received at the Executive Council Office on 12 Oct 1801 and read in Council on 20 Oct 1801. Ordered the petitioner not having come into the country as part of her father’s family & having so delayed coming in so long, has forfeited her privilege as the daughter of a UE Loyalist. [Upper Canada Land Petitions LAC “A” Bundle 5, Petition Number 50]

Certificate of Robert Nelles, J. P. dated on 8 Oct 1801 attached to the Upper Canada Land Petition of Hannah Mills Beam

“Personally appeared before me Robert Nelles Esqr one of his Majestys justices of the peace for the District of Niagara, the above named Hannah Mills, who being duly sworn on the holy Evangelist of almighty God, Deposeth that she is of the full age of thirty two years and that she has never Received any Lands or any order for Lands from the Crown—[Signed] Hannah Mills Taken & Sworn before me this 8th Day of Octr 1801 [Signed] Robt Nelles J. P.” [Upper Canada Land Petitions LAC “A” Bundle 5, Petition Number 50]

Certificate of Robert Nelles, J. P. attached to the Upper Canada Land Petition of Hannah Mills Beam

“I hereby Certify that the above named Hannah Mills is the person she Describes herself to be, and that she never has to my knowledge or belief, received any lands, or any Order for lands from the Crown—[Signed] Robt Nelles J. P.” [Upper Canada Land Petitions LAC “A” Bundle 5, Petition Number 50]

Beam, Jacob

The Upper Canada Land Petition of Jacob Beam dated at Newark (Niagara-on-the-Lake) on 29 Jan 1793

“Humbly Sheweth. That your Petitioner in the late American Rebellion was imprisoned in the Province (now State) of New Jersey and suffered the most severe persecution, was obliged to pay a Fine of £500 and upwards enclusive of Court charges and other sums to a large amount. his Grain Cattle &c taken from him, for which he never received any compensation. he was confined in Sussex Gaol in Irons, for harbouring and subsisting Captain Moody when he came out of New York, and for aiding and assisting British Soldiers to make their escapes from imprisonment. After the conclusion of Peace he embraced the earliest opportunity to explore this Province, being desirous to remove into His Majestys Dominions and on his return to Jersey, disposed of his Lands &c and removed to this place in 1788 since which time he has been indefatigable in making emprovements, suffered many inconveniences from the scarcity of Provision the first year, but by perseverance overcame these difficulties. He now begs leave to address your Excellency and hope you will please to take his sufferings into consideration, and from the Imprisonment Fines and Persecutions in General that were inflicted upon him flatters himself he will receive at your Excellencys Hands an additional allotment of Land to that already granted him, or such other relief in the Premeses as your Excellency may seem meet, and your Petitioner in duty bound will ever pray. [Signed] Jacob Beam” The Executive Council received the petition on 17 May 1794 and read it in Council on 27 May 1794 and ordered granted six hundred acres. [Upper Canada Land Petitions LAC “B” Bundle 1, Petition Number 92]

Second enclosed Upper Canada Land Petition of Jacob Beam Senr dated at Newark (Niagara-on-the-Lake) on 16 May 1794

“Humbly Sheweth. That your Petitioner came to this Province in 1788 and improved in Township No. 5 near Lake Ontario; erected Mills on the Thirty mile Creek, in the Gore between Townships No. 5 & 6, and at certain Seasons there is not Water sufficiently to drive said Mills. Therefore your Petitioner prays for Three Hundred and Fifty acres of Land contiguous to said Mills in the Gore that he may improve thereon, this quantity being the Amount of his Family Lands granted by the Land Board when he first came to this Province and your Petitioner will ever pray. [Signed] Jacob “Baum” The Executive Council received the petition on 17 May 1794 and read it in Council on 27 May 1794 and referred the petition to the Surveyor General for proofs and if no objection to be granted. Granted 15 Jul 1794. [Upper Canada Land Petitions LAC “B” Bundle 1, Petition Number 92d]

Third enclosed Upper Canada Land Petition of Jacob Beam of Clinton dated at Newark (Niagara-on-the-Lake) on 11 Oct 1797

“Humbly Sheweth. That your Petitioner has been 9 years in the Province and has received 550 acres of Land—That he has always considered himself a loyalist U. E. That on application to the magistrates in Quarter Sessions, to be admitted as such was informed by them, that although they could not in the strict sense of their instruction admit him as such, yet recommended his application to your Honor in Council. Your Petitioner therefore humbly prays your Honor consideration of the annexed Depositions and Certificate and that your Honor would be graciously pleased to admit him to be entered on the List of U. E. s and your petitioner as in duty bound will ever pray. [Signed] Jacob “Baum” Received at the Executive Council Office on 12 Oct 1797. Appeared in person at York 6 Sep 1798. [Upper Canada Land Petitions LAC “B” Bundle 1, Petition Number 92k]

“Return of Jacob Beams Family when they came to Niagara 1788: Himself & Wife 2; Boys 2; Girls 4; Total 8. Immediately after his arrival, he took up Two Hundred Acres of Land in the 5th Township near the Thirty Mile Creek on which he has made an Improvement, and has received no other Land from Government.” [Upper Canada Land Petitions LAC “B” Bundle 1, Petition Number 92]

Report of the Acting Surveyor General David W. Smith dated at Newark (Niagara-on-the-Lake) on 25 Jun 1794

“May it please your Excellency—In obedience to your Excellencys Reference to me, on the Petition of Jacob Beam, “for Proofs” I find by the certificate of Nathl Pettit Esquire, that “Jacob Beam was imprisoned, indebted & highly fined in the County of Sussex in New Jersey, that there was large fines of cost against Him & that the charges against him was, that He had supported Captain James Moody when out in that Country, in the late war with Provisions and conducted him through that Neighbourhood.” Edward McMichael certifies also that Jacob Beam is a man who has always been considered “firmly attached to the British Constitution. Attached is submitted to your Excellencys wisdom. [Signed] D W Smith” [Upper Canada Land Petitions LAC “B” Bundle 1, Petition Number 92g]

Certificate of Nathaniel Pettit dated 10 Nov 1792 appended to the Upper Canada Land Petition of Jacob Beam

“These Do Certify to whome it may Concern that the Bareers Jacob Beam, Henry Boughner and Mathias Boughner were Imprisoned Indicted and highly find in the County of Sussex in New jersey but the Sums I cannot Remember and that there was Large Sums of cost aganst them and that the charges against them was that they had Suported Captin James Moody when out in that County in the Late War provitions and Conducted him through there Neghborhood, given under my hand the 10th Day of Nor 1792. [Signed] Nathl Pettit” [Upper Canada Land Petitions LAC “B” Bundle 1, Petition Number 92a]

Certificate of Edward McMichael dated at Newark (Niagara-on-the-Lake) on 15 Nov 1792 attached to the Upper Canada Land Petition of Jacob Beam

“I hereby certify that Jacob Beam formerly an Inhabitant of Sussex County in the Province of New Jersey was always considered as a Man firmly attached to the British Constitution; I was sent out of Philadelphia (in March 1777 by His Excellency General Sir William Howe accompanied by Two British Serjeants) into the County af. on Private business; remained there almost Two months, had a great opportunity of knowing the friends to Government, and from his proceedings in General at that time, esteemed him as a man that might be depended upon, and never heard that he deviated from these principles of Loyalty for which imprisonment and Fines were inflictd upon him. [Signed] Edwd McMichael” [Upper Canada Land Petitions LAC “B” Bundle 1, Petition Number 92b]

Certificate of D W Smith dated at Newark (Niagara-on-the-Lake) on 25 Apr 1795

“Land assignment to Jacob Beam for Lot No. L and M in the 2nd 3rd and 4th Concessions in the Township of Grimsby and in the East Gore containing three hundred and fifty acres with a description of the lot boundaries.” [Upper Canada Land Petitions LAC “B” Bundle 1, Petition Number 92i]

Certificate of Henry Buchner dated at Newark (Niagara-on-the-Lake) on 10 Oct 1797 appended to the Upper Canada Land Petition of Jacob Beam

“Personally appeared before me Robert Kerr Esqr this tenth Day of October 1797—Henry Boughner, and being Duly Sworn on the holy Evangelists deposeth. That during the course of the last War he was out in the Country with Captain Moody and lived near a month at Jacob Beams & associated. That Jacob Beam gave the Party arms, Provisions, and every [….] they was in need of when they returned to New York. [Signed] Henry Buchner.” [Upper Canada Land Petitions LAC “B” Bundle 1, Petition Number 92j]

Certificate of Mathias Buchner dated at Newark (Niagara-on-the-Lake) on 11 Oct 1797 appended to the Upper Canada Land Petition of Jacob Beam

“Personally appeared before me Robert Kerr one of His Majestys Justices of the Peace for said District Mathias Boughner who declared himself to be returned on the List of U. E. who being Duly sworn on the Holy Evangelists deposeth that in the beginning of the american war he resided near to Jacob Beam (now of Clinton) adjacent to Sussex Court House in the then Province of West Jersey—that the said Jacob Beam was well known to be attached to His Majesty’s Government, that he was thereupon situated by General Skinner to raise men for his Majestys Service, and that the said Beam in Consequence thereof engaged about Twenty, and that he understood five of them got within the lines, and entered into the King’s Service—The said Mathias Boughner also deposeth, that he and the said Jacob Beam were confined at the same time and in the same Gaol, and were both fettered and the said Jacob Beam was released on paying a fine of Two Hundred Pounds New York Currency lying in Gaol three months after the fine was paid, as a further punishment” [Upper Canada Land Petitions LAC “B” Bundle 1, Petition Number 92j]

Certificate of Nathaniel Pettit dated 11 Oct 1797 appended to the Upper Canada Land Petition of Jacob Beam

“I Do hereby Certify that Jacob Beam Christous Boughner Thos Silverthorne Lenard Mizener had their Names Inrold or Entered under the authority of a [Claim] Commission from General [Directed] to Joseph Barton Nathl Pettit and Robert Allefour for the purpose of Setting up his magestys Standard in the County of Sussex [about] the year 1777. [Signed] Nathl Pettit” [Upper Canada Land Petitions LAC “B” Bundle 1, Petition Number 92l]

Upper Canada Land Petition of Jacob Beam of Grimsby dated at York on 4 Sep 1798

“Humbly sheweth That your Petitioner came into this Province in the spring of the year 1788 – with his family consisting of a wife & six children; that on the 27 May 1794 His Excellency the Lt Governor in Council, was pleased to grant him 600 acres of Land – and on the 15 July the same Year He received a grant of 350 acres, in the Gore of Grimsby – which your Petitioner considered as his family Lands – That having applied some time ago at the Surveyr Generals Office in order to complete the location of the aforesaid Lands, he was informed that as the order for 350 acres was not specifically mentioned as family Lands no more than 600 acres in the whole, could be located – that your Petitioner afterwards petitioned the Honbl Council for a revisal of the said grant – but which he apprehends has not come forward. Your Petitioner therefore humbly prays your Honor would be pleased to revise his former grant and confirm to him the 350 acres as his family Lands exclusive of the 600 acres, which were granted him as a Loyalist, who had exceedingly suffici[en]t[ly] as well as for losses he had sustained – and Your Petitioner as in duty bound will ever pray—[Signed] Jacob Beam” Read in the Executive Council on 29 Apr 1798. Ordered six hundred acres were all that it was intended the Petitioner should have nor are there any circumstances that entitle him to a larger quantity. [Upper Canada Land Petitions LAC “B” Bundle 4, Petition Number 148]

Certificate of Nathaniel Pettit, J. P. dated on 13 Oct 1797 attached to the Upper Canada Land Petition of Jacob Beam

“I do hereby Certify that Jacob Beam of Clinton came into the Province in the year 1788 with a wife & Six Children—[Signed] Nathl Pettit” [Upper Canada Land Petitions LAC “B” Bundle 4, Petition Number 148a]

Certificate dated 20 Aug 1798 attached to the Upper Canada Land Petition of Jacob Beam

“I Do hereby Certifie That the barer Mr Jacob Beam came Into this province in the year 1788 and Brought with him a wife and Six children and that he hath been Ever Since Liveing on the land Then Granted to him and hath made a large and Valuable Improvement thereon Certified by [Signed] Nathl Pettit, [tunis brusin?], Christian Boughner” [Upper Canada Land Petitions LAC “B” Bundle 4, Petition Number 148a]

Certificate of Robert Hamilton, J. P. dated at York on 27 Jun 1800 attached to the Upper Canada Land Petition of Jacob Beam

“That Jacob Beam has been a Settler in the County of Lincoln since the year one thousand Seven Hundred & Eighty Eight – And That he has made very considerable improvements on Consistent with the Recollection & Knoledge of—[Signed] R. Hamilton J. P.” [Upper Canada Land Petitions LAC “B” Bundle 4, Petition Number 148a]

Beam, Jacob Jr.

Undated Upper Canada Land Petition of Jacob Beam Jr. received at the Executive Council Office on 29 Aug 1797

“Humbly Sheweth That your Petitioner is married to Mary the daughter of Mathias Buchner, who adhered to the Unity of the Empire as appeared by the annexed Certificate therefore Humbly Prays that the normal quantity of Two hundred Acres of land may be granted her, or such other quantity as to your Honor may appear meet & your Petitioner will ever Pray [Signed] Jacob Beam Jun” Received at the Executive Council Office on 29 Aug 1797. Ordered the Petitioner’s wife recommended for 200 acres as UE. [Upper Canada Land Petitions LAC “B” Bundle 3, Petition Number 143]

Certificate of Ralfe Clench dated at Newark (Niagara-on-the-Lake) on 29 Aug 1797 attached to the Upper Canada Land Petition of Jacob Beam Jr.

“The Bearer Jacob Beam is married to the daughter of Mathias Buckner a Loyalist who satisfied the Justices in Sessions that he joined the Royal Standard before the year 1783 and adhered to the Unity of the Empire is enrolled in the U. E. list [Signed] Ralfe Clench” [Upper Canada Land Petitions LAC “B” Bundle 3, Petition Number 143a]

Beam, Martin

Upper Canada Land Petition of Martin Beam – (Menonist) of Willoughby dated at Niagara on 31 Jul 1797

“Humbly sheweth That your Petitioner is the son of Abraham Beam, of Black Creek in the above named Township – and has been in the Province several years – That your Petitioner is married and has two children – and having never received any Land, humbly prays your Honor would be pleased to grant him 200 acres, for settlement, and your Petitioner as in Duty bound will ever pray—” Martin Beam made his mark. “witness T. Ridout N. P.” Read in the Executive Council on 1 Aug 1797. Ordered recommended for 200 acres. [Upper Canada Land Petitions LAC “B” Bundle 3, Petition Number 80]

Beaman, John 

Upper Canada Land Petition of David Mills, John Beaman and Lebbeus Porter dated on 19 Jun 1795

“most Humbly Sheweth That your Petitioners having explored this Province from Kingston to this place by the way of York, wishes to settle in Newark: and set up as a Sadler, a Nailor and Blacksmith. They are young men Just arrived to the years of manhood and wishes to settle under the British Government. Therefore prays your Excellency will please to Grant them 200 Acres of Land each, in any unlocated part of this province; and a Town Lot each in Newark, but your Excellency Probably will permit them to settle in York this is Left to your Superior wisdom to point out for them—They pray permission to bring in their Stock as Tradesmen, as above noted according to a List which they herewith present to your Excellency. Your Petitioners will ever Pray—[Signed] David Mills, Jno Beaman, Lebbeus Porter” Read in the Executive Council on 22 Jun 1795. Ordered granted. [Upper Canada Land Petitions LAC “M” Bundle 1, Petition Number 50]

Beamer, Christopher

The Upper Canada Land Petition of Christopher Beamer of Louth dated at Newark (Niagara-on-the-Lake) on 8 May 1797

“Humbly shews. That your Petitioner has been upwards of Eight years in the Province and is married to Elisabeth, a Daughter of Jacob Smith a Loyalist—who having never received His Majestys Bounty to persons of her description your Petitioner humbly prays your Honor would be pleased ot grant him 200 acres in behalf of his wife, and your Petitioner in duty bound will ever pray.” Christopher Beamer made his mark witnessed by Thomas Ridout, J. P. Received at the Executive Council Office on 9 May 1797 and read in Council on 10 May 1797. Ordered the name of the petitioner’s father-in-law is not on the U. E. List. [Upper Canada Land Petitions LAC “B” Bundle “Miscellaneous.” Petition Number 19]

Certificate of Nathaniel Pettit dated 29 Oct 1796 attached to the Upper Canada Land Petition of Christopher Beamer of Louth

“I do hereby certify that Christopher Beamer is married to Elizabeth—a Daughter of Jaob Smith—a Loyalist. [Signed] Nathl Pettit” [Upper Canada Land Petitions LAC “B” Bundle “Miscellaneous.” Petition Number 19a]

The Upper Canada Land Petition of Christopher Beamer dated on 12 Mar 1799

“Humbly Sheweth That your Petitioner is married to the Daughter of a U. E. Loyalist and that your Petitioner has never drawn any lands for Her. Your Petitioner therefore most humbly prays your Honor will grant him Two Hundred Acres of land for her. And your Petitioner as in Duty Bound will ever pray. [Signed] Christopher Beamer” Received at the Executive Council Office on 22 Mar 1799.” Ordered proofs insufficient. [Upper Canada Land Petitions LAC “B” Bundle “Miscellaneous.” Petition Number 34]

Certificate of Peter Ten Broeck dated 7 Mar 1799 attached to the Upper Canada Land Petition of Christopher Beamer

“I Do hereby Certify that Christopher Beamer is lawfully married to Elizabeth Smith Daughter of Jacob Smith U. E. loyalist. [Signed] Peter Ten Broeck.” [Upper Canada Land Petitions LAC “B” Bundle “Miscellaneous.” Petition Number 34b]

Beamer, Henry

Undated Upper Canada Land Petition of Henry Beamer of the Township of Louth

“Humbly sheweth That your Petitioner came into the Province in the year 1787—with his wife & seven children—and has received 200 acres for himself, and two Hundred as part of his family Lands. Your Petitioner therefore prays Your Honor would be pleased to grant him the remaining 200 Acres family Lands and Your Petitioner as in duty bound will ever pray” Henry Beamer made his mark, witness [Signed] T. Ridout. Read in the Executive Council on 10 Oct 1796. Ordered 200 acres due to him for family lands if not granted before. [Upper Canada Land Petitions LAC “B” Bundle 2, Petition Number 65]

Certificate of Nathaniel Pettit and Levi Lewis Sr. dated on 1 Aug 1796 attached to the Upper Canada Land Petition of Henry Beamer

“These Do Certify that I was Long acquainted with the barer Henry Beamer in the Now State of Newjersey and that he was an Industrious Honest man of Good Character and Esteemed to be well Effected to the Constitution and Crown of Great Brittain on acount of which he Suffered in his circumstances by fines and other Impositions And that he came into this provence of Uper Canada in the year 1787 and brought with him a wife and Seven Children which are Some of them Now Setled in this Settlement Certified by [Signed] Nathl Pettit, Levi Lewis Seinor” [Upper Canada Land Petitions LAC “B” Bundle 2, Petition Number 65a]

Beamer, John Jr.

The Upper Canada Land Petition of John Beemer Junior (signed Beamer) dated at Newark (Niagara-on-the-Lake) on 12 Jul 1797

 “That your Petitioner with his family (consisting of a wife & five children) settled in this Province in the year 1790; That he has received two hundred acres of land for himself but none for his family. Your Petitioner therefore humbly prays that your Honor would be pleased to grant him such a portion of land for his family as to your Honor may appear appear meet & as in duty bound he will ever pray. [Signed] John Beamer Junr” Received at the Executive Council Office on 12 Jul 1797 and ordered not granted. The family lands granted […] February 1799. [Upper Canada Land Petitions LAC “B” Bundle “Miscellaneous.” Petition Number 15]

Certificate of Robert Nelles dated 6 Jul 1797 appended to the Upper Canada Land Petition of John Beemer Jr.

“This Certifies that the Bearer Mr John Beamer has been Settled in this place about Six Year and has a Wife and Six Children, During which time he has behaved himself as an Honest good industrious Man, he brought a Considerable of property into this province, but had the Misfortune of having an outhouse Burned Last fall, with a Great Quantity of Carpenters Tools, and other property. from information I have good Reason to believe that he has always been a good Loyalist—he has an Estate left to him in the States, by his father, who Died two years ago which by all Appearance he will bring into this Province. [Signed] Robt Nelles” [Upper Canada Land Petitions LAC “B” Bundle “Miscellaneous.” Petition Number 15]

Beamer, Margaret (Fisher)

Undated Upper Canada Land Petition of Margaret Beamer [signed Bemer] received at the Executive Council Office on 27 Jun 1797

“Humbly Sheweth – That your petitioner is daughter of George Fisher who is entered on the UE List for the Home District, and married to Philip Beamer—and having never drawn any Lands—prays your Honor to allow her a grant of the waste Lands of the Crown as the Daughter of a U. E. and your petitioner as in duty bound will pray – for Margaret Bemer [Signed] Philip Bemer” Received at the Executive Council Office on 27 Jun 1797 and read in Council on 28 Jun 1797. Ordered recommended for 200 acres as daughter of UE. [Upper Canada Land Petitions LAC “B”