Land Petitions of

The Niagara Settlers “Mabee to Matthews”

 

Mabee, Dorothy (Burger)

Upper Canada Land Petition of Dorothy Burger of Fort Erie dated on 21 Oct 1800

“Humbly Shews – That Yr Petitioner is the Daughter of Lewis Mabee a UE. Loyalist and prays Yr Excellency will please to grant her two hundred Acres of Land, and your Petitioner in duty bound will ever Pray.” Dorothy Burger made her mark. “Witness Edmund Warren” Attached notation of John Small, Clerk of the Executive Council: “Lewis Maby on the List—[Initialed] J. S.”. Received at the Executive Council Office on 24 Oct 1800 and read in Council on 29 Oct 1800. Ordered recommended for 200 acres as a daughter of a UE. [Upper Canada Land Petitions LAC “A” Bundle 5, Petition Number 64]

Certificate of John Warren, J. P. attached to the Upper Canada Land Petition of Dorothy Burger

“Dorothy Burger, Daughter of Lewis Mabee maketh Oath that she is Married to Geo. Burger and never received and Lands from the Crown—Sworn before me at Fort Erie the 21st day of October 1800} [Signed John Warren J. P. [Upper Canada Land Petitions LAC “A” Bundle 5, Petition Number 64]

Certificate of John Warren, J. P. attached to the Upper Canada Land Petition of Dorothy Burger

I hereby certify that Dorothy Burger is the Daughter of Lewis Mabee & to the best of my knowledge & belief has never received Lands or any order for Lands from the Crown [Signed] John Warren Senr: JP” [Upper Canada Land Petitions LAC “A” Bundle 5, Petition Number 64]

Mabee, Lewis

Upper Canada Land Petition of Lewis Mabee dated at Newark (Niagara-on-the-Lake) on 8 Aug 1795

“Humbly Sheweth That your Petitioner served His Majesty as a Serjeant in the Corps of Rangers commanded by Lieutenant Colonel Butler during the American War and has resided in this Province ever since the peace, and improved largely in the vicinity of Fort Erie—Your Excellencys Petitioner has Located only Two Hundred Acres of Land, wherefore he prays your Excellency will please to grant him an addition of Three Hundred Acres to compleat his bounty of 500 Acres, he likewise prays your Excellency will please to grant his Son John Mabee an additional Allotment to that already received. —Your Petitioner has a Family, and early took an Active part against the Americans, and suffered in property by their Rebellious Proceedings. Wherefore he hopes your Excellency will please to consider him and give him an Additional Grant as Family Land, and he will ever pray. —[Signed] Lewis Mabee” Received at the Executive Council Office on 17 Aug 1795 and read in Council on 19 Aug 1795. Ordered recommended for the 300 acres to complete his Military Lands. If the son has anything to ask he must come forward in his own person. [Upper Canada Land Petitions LAC “M” Bundle 1, Petition Number 134]

Upper Canada Land Petition of Lewis Maby [sic] dated at Niagara on 13 May 1796 [using a pre-printed form with fill-ins]

“The Petition of Lewis Maby – of the Township of Bertie, late Serjeant in Butlers Rangers—Respectfully shews – That your Petitioner has received 500 acres for himself – but that he never applied for Lands for his Family consisting of a wife & five Children as p. the annexed certificate— That your petitioner is settled on the lands of the Crown in this Province, & has cultivated and improved the same. That he has taken the usual oaths, and subscribed the declaration, that he professes the Christian Religion, and obedience to the laws, and has lived inoffensively in the country. Prays your Excellency, would be pleased to grant him Family Lands upon the terms and conditions expressed in your Excellency’s proclamation bearing date the 7th day of February, 1792, or such other quantity of land as to your Excellency in your wisdom may think meet. And your petitioner as in duty bound will ever pray.” [Unsigned] Read in the Executive Council on 12 Jul. Ordered recommended for family lands if not granted before. [Upper Canada Land Petitions LAC “M” Bundle 2, Petition Number 81]

Upper Canada Land Petition of Lewis Mabee of the Township of Willoughby dated at Niagara on 26 May 1796

“Humbly sheweth That your Petitioner is administrator to the Estate of the late Patrick Conway – formerly of Butlers Rangers deceased who received as such 200 acres of Land and was drowned in the year 1791—Your petitioner therefore prays your Excellency would be pleased to grant him the additional 100 acres due to the said Patrick Conway, and as in duty bound your Petitioner will ever pray. [Signed] Lewis Mabee sole administrator to the Estate of Patrick Conway” Read in Council on 12 Jul 1796. Ordered recommended for 100 acres in addition for himself. None can be granted on the principle of the petition. [Upper Canada Land Petitions LAC “M” Bundle 2, Petition Number 121a]

Certificate of Robert Kerr, J. P. dated at Niagara on 26 May 1796 attached to the Upper Canada Land Petition of Lewis Mabee

“This is to Certify that Patrick Conway was Drowned in the year 1791 and was a Soldier in Butlers rangers during the American War—and lived at the House of Lewis Mabee from the year 1783 untill the Day of His Death [Signed] Robert Kerr” [Upper Canada Land Petitions LAC “M” Bundle 2, Petition Number 121]

Mentioned in the report of Acting Surveyor General David W. Smith dated at the Surveyor General’s Office on 12 Mar 1797 [sic] attached to the Upper Canada Land Petition of Hamonies Hoverland

“May it please Your Honor! In obedience to your Honors reference to me of the 4th April last upon the Petition of Harmonius Hoverland; I reported to your Honor (on the following day) that Patrick Conways name appeared on the Plan of Willoughby in lot No 13 – being the 4th lot from the South East angle of the Township; but that Conway had received no assignment from me—It since appearing however, that Patrick Conway received a Land Board Certificate for that Lot, assigned to him on the 3d of March 1791 by A Jones, & transferred afterwards by the Land Board to Lewis Maby – It becomes my duty to report the same to your Honor—All which is submitted to Your Honors wisdom—[Signed] D W Smith ASG” [Upper Canada Land Petitions LAC “H” Bundle 3, Petition Number 75c]

Mabee, Mary (Secord)

Upper Canada Land Petition of Mary Secord alias Mabee dated at York (Toronto) on 23 Mar 1799

“Humbly sheweth That your Petitioner is the Daughter of Lavinia Mabee of Charlotteville, a Loyalist U. E. and is married to David Secord of the same township – that having never received any Land, your Petitioner humbly prays your Honor for a grant of two hundred acres—as given by His Majestys beneficence to persons of her Description – and your petitioner as in duty bound will ever pray—Mary Secord By her atty and Brother and [sic] law [Signed] Silas Montross” Received at the Executive Council Office on 23 Mar 1799 and read in Council the same day. Ordered 200 acres as the daughter of a UE if not granted before under the New Regulations. [Upper Canada Land Petitions LAC “S” Bundle 4, Petition Number 179]

Mabee, Sufrenus

Undated Upper Canada Land Petition of Sufrenus Mabee received at the Executive Council Office on 21 Mar 1797

“Humbly Sheweth That your petitioner came into this Province in the year 1793 and has never drawn any lands—That your Petitioner is nephew to Lewis Mabee of Bertie who served as a Serjt in Col Butlers Rangers during the American war. That your petitioner has taken the usual Oaths Subscribed the declaration, that he professes the Christian religion and obedience to the Laws – prays your Honor would grant him such a proportion of Lands as to your Honor may seem meet and your petitioner as in duty bound will ever pray—[Signed] Sufrenus Mabee” Received at the Executive Council Office on 21 Mar 1797 and read in Council the same day. Ordered 200 acres if not granted before. [Upper Canada Land Petitions LAC “M” Bundle 2, Petition Number 237]

Macaulay, James

Included in the Upper Canada Land Petition of Captain David Shank and other Loyalist Officers dated at Niagara on 19 Jul 1793

“The Petition of Captain David Shank, Captain Samuel Smith, Captain John McGill, Captain Oneas Shaw, Captain Spencer, Captain Wm Hamilton, Lieutenant Allan McNabb, Lieutenant Arthur H. Brooking, Lieutenant William Mayne Duncanson, Ensign John McGill, & Surgeons David Burns, and James Macaulay—humbly sheweth That agreeable to His Majesty’s Proclamations your Petitioners are severally entitled to certain rated Grants of the Waste Lands of the Crown for their respective Services during the late War in America. That your Petitioners have not as yet received the Complement of lands so due to them as aforesaid. That your Petitioners are desiring of locating a part of the lands to which they stand entitled in respect of their Services as aforesaid, in this District. Wherefore your Petitioners pray that your Excellency would be pleased to allot to Captain David Shank one Thousand five Hundred Acres of land, and to each and every other of your other Petitioners One Thousand Acres of land in a Township laying immediately behind Burlington Bay the front of which is formed by the North side of His Majesty’s Highway leading from the said Burlington Bay to the River Latranche or New Thames as lately traced by Your Excellencys Directions. And your Petitioners as in duty bound will ever pray &ca In behalf of the Petitioners [Signed] David Burns” Read in Council on 23 Jul 1793. Ordered granted. [Upper Canada Land Petitions LAC “S” Bundle 1, Petition Number 4]

Upper Canada Land Petition of James Macaulay dated at Newark (Niagara-on-the-Lake) on 28 Mar 1794

“That your Petitioner wishing to become an Inhabitant in the Town of Newark purposes during the Ensuing season to build a house, has therefore to request that he may take up and occupy Lott No 142 - in said Town for the Purpose above mentioned and as in duty Bound Your Petitioner will ever pray [Signed] Jas Macaulay” No Executive Council notations. [Upper Canada Land Petitions LAC “Mc” Bundle Miscellaneous 1788-1795, Petition Number 5]

Upper Canada Land Petition of James Macaulay dated at York (Toronto) on 2 Nov 1796

“Sheweth That your Petitioner is desirous of Improving on a Town lot. Prays That he may be allowed to exchange one for which his Name is down on the Map, and the first lot on the West side of Yonge Street granted to him when the Town is enlarged. And your Petitioner &c: &c: &c: [Signed] Jas Macaulay” [Upper Canada Land Petitions LAC “M” Bundle 2, Petition Number 258]

Macclennon, William

Undated Upper Canada Land Petition of William Macclennon

“Most humbly sheweth To your Excellency that your petitioner in the year One thousand seven hundred and eighty four bought of Samuel Sober [sic: Soper] late a Soldier in the Rangers, a piece of Land and Improvements laying about One Mile from the Survey of Newark on the Road to the Landing, which Land your petitioner has considerably Improved and, brought into such a state of Cultivation that it enables him to live comfortably in his old age—Some time after Samuel Sober had taken possession of this Land, it was surveyed and made a part of the reserved Land for the Crown, which caused your petitioner to be afraid of purchasing without the Advise of Colonel Depoister who encouraged him, told him Government might perhaps never want it and that he would [insure] it to him for Thirty Years—[your] Petitioner knowing by certain proofs of your Excellencys good and human [dis]position, that you would not wish to see any Subject distressed, more particularly [an] old Man who is unable to labour hard and begin the world again. Your Petitioner therefore most humbly begs that your Excellency in Council will take his Case into your wise consideration, and grant him, if not possible the whole of the said Land, such a part as laies betwixt the Line the late Engineer Mr Humphries run and the Farm called Doctor Kerr’s Farm, which Line takes in near half of his Improvements—Your petitioner further begs that if your Excellency cannot grant any part of the aforesaid Land to him and his Heirs forever, you will be pleased to grant him the whole of his Improvements for his Life or so long a time as to your Excellency in your wisdom may seem proper—Your petitioner as in Duty bound will ever pray” [Unsigned] No Executive Council dates or order noted. [Upper Canada Land Petitions LAC “M” Bundle 1, Petition Number 101]

Undated report of Robert Pilkington, Lieutenant Royal Engineers on the Upper Canada Land Petition of William Macclennon

“May it please your Excellency, I have the Honor of reporting to your Excellency, and the Honorable Council the Circumstance of the Petitioner’s having purchased the Improvement of Samuel Soper, is true & I have no reason to question the veracity of the assertion respecting the encouragement given thereto by Colol Depeyster: it was probably the only cause of the Petitioner’s settling on so uncertain a tenure, and advancing the Cultivation of the Lands in question, which he continued to do, until the receipt of the Genl Orders of the Commander in Chief of the 21st of May 1790: since that period, he has confined himself solely to the Lands then cleared, comprehending about Thirty Acres: Ten of that lying within that part of the Reserve, viewed as a Military Position, I submit he may be permitted to occupy agreeably to the Conditions prescribed for the Holden of Ten Acre Lots, of the other part of his cultivated Lands, as it does not interfere with any military Projects your Excellency’s wisdom can best decide for. [Signed] Robt Pilkington, Lieut R. Engrs” [Upper Canada Land Petitions LAC “M” Bundle 1, Petition Number 101b]

Macklem, Andrew

Undated Upper Canada Land Petition of Andrew Maclem (signed Macklem) received at the Executive Council on 9 May 1797

“That your Petitioner has come lately into this Province with the intentions of residing with his Brother who follows the Mercantile business at Chippawa Creek—That your Petitioner has taken the oaths & Subscribed the declaration & therefore prays your Honor would be pleased to grant him such a proportion of Lands as your Honor may think proper and your Petitioner as in duty bound will ever pray [Signed] Andw Macklem” Received at the Executive Council Office on 9 May 1797 and read in Council on 10 May 1797. Ordered petitioner came into the Province in March last, to lie over for 12 months on the usual terms. [Upper Canada Land Petitions LAC “M” Bundle 2, Miscellaneous 1788-1798, Petition Number 84]

Macklem, James

Undated Upper Canada Land Petition of James Macklem received at the Executive Council Office on 4 Nov 1794

“Humbly Sheweth, That Your Petitioner wishing to reside in this Country, has purposed to Establish himself at the Mount of Chipawa Creek, and on that Centeral Spot to Erect Pot-Ash works and a Lumber Yard. And Prays that your Excellency will Grant him on Lease or Otherwise a Portion of the Public Ground for the above Useful purposes, for which he will thankfully make such Annual Compensation or Rent, as Your Excellency in Your Wisdom may think proper. And Your Petitioner as in duty Bound shall ever Pray [Signed] James Macklem” Received at the Executive Council Office on 4 Nov 1794 and read in Council on 4 Nov 1794. Ordered to be referred to Lieutenant Pilkington for the proper place of location. [Upper Canada Land Petitions LAC “M” Bundle 1, Petition Number 5]

Mentioned in the undated Upper Canada Land Petition of Daniel Hazen received at the Executive Council Office on 11 Jan 1798

“Sheweth That your Honours Petitioner Served His Majesty in the first Battn New Jersey Volunteers, in the war with America and Came to this Province in 1786, and in 1788 and 1789 he was Employed in the Surveying Department, to the amount of 89 Pounds Sixteen Shillings; at the Same Time Your Petitioner took up Necessaries for the Support of his Family, Expecting to Receive his Pay to Discharge these Debts. But your Petitioner having not Received his Pay, and his creditors Charging him Interest, and Pushing for their Money. But Your Honors Petitioner Under the Disagreeable Necessity to Change His Land he Held in the Township of Crowland with Mr james Macklin, Merchant for 600 Acres of unlocated Land and take Pay for his Improvement to Enable him to Pay his Creditors their Demands, without being Put to the trouble and […..] of the Law. Your Honors Petitioner Therefore Humbly Prays your Honor will Please to Grant him Permission to take Mr james Macklins Land in Som Part of the Country of Long Point where your Petitioner may find it Vacant, and your Petitioner as in Duty Bound will Ever Pray [Signed] Daniel Hazen” Received at the Executive Council Office on 11 Jan 1798. Ordered James Macklin permitted to locate the 600 acres ordered him in the Long Point Settlement. [Upper Canada Land Petitions LAC “H” Bundle 4, Petition Number 42]

Undated Upper Canada Land Petition of James Macklem and Daniel Hazen read in the Executive Council on 23 Apr 1798

“Humbly Sheweth. That Daniel Hazen for Want of Money He Ought to have had for Services Done in the Surveying Department ten Years Ago was Obliged to Part with his Land in the Township of Crowland. He Changed with James Macklem and took Pay for His Improvement; to Enable Him to Pay Debts contracted when He was Surveying. The Deed for James Macklems Land from Government not Being Yet Made. Your Honors Petitioners therefore Pray your Honor will Please to grant and Order that the Deed for James Macklems Land May be Made to Daniel Hazen his Heirs and Assigns, and your Petitioners as in Duty Bound will Ever Pray [Signed] James Macklem, Daniel Hazen” Read in the Executive Council on 23 Apr 1798. Ordered the Committee do not recommend the prayer of this Petition – the parties have it in their power to lay their situations before the Commissioners. Revised 16 Feb 1799. Ordered recommended on condition of Hazen’s paying the fees of survey and patent under Old Regulations. [Upper Canada Land Petitions LAC “M” Bundle 4, Petition Number 254]

Certificate of Robert Hamilton dated at Queenston on 20 Apr 1797 attached to the Upper Canada Land Petition of James Macklem and Daniel Hazen

“This Certifies that James Macklem has this day taken the Oath of Allegiance & Subscribed the declaration as directed by Law—Queenston April 20, 1797 [Signed] R. Hamilton J. P. [Upper Canada Land Petitions LAC “M” Bundle 4, Petition Number 254b]

Certificate Robert Hamilton dated at Queenston on 25 Apr 1797 attached to the Upper Canada Land Petition of James Macklem and Daniel Hazen

Mr James Macklem Settled at the Mouth of the Chippewa in the Mercantile Line has been in this Country nearly three years – He is an Officer in the Corps of Militia Artilery & I have always known him as a very Respectable Member of Society [Signed] R. Hamilton J. P.” [Upper Canada Land Petitions LAC “M” Bundle 4, Petition Number 254a]

Upper Canada Land Petition of James Maclem [signed Macklem] received at the Executive Council Office on 25 Apr 1797

“Respectfully Sheweth That your Petitioner came into this Province about three years ago, & has continued to reside therein ever since – That your Petitioner has erected a Store at the Chippawa, and followed the Mercantile business – That your Petitioner has taken the Oaths Subscribed the declaration that he professes the Christian Religion and Obedience to the laws – Wherefore you Petitioner humbly prays that your Honor would be pleased to allow him such quantity of His Majesty’s lands as your Honor in your Wisdom may deem proper, and your Petitioner as in duty bound will ever pray—[Signed] James Macklem” Received at the Executive Council Office on 25 Apr 1797 and read the same day. Ordered 600 acres. [Upper Canada Land Petitions LAC “M” Bundle 4, Petition Number 254d]

Major, Abigail (Pew)

Upper Canada Land Petition of Abigail Major ordered granted on 16 Aug 1794

“Humbly Sheweth That yr Petitioner is the Daughter of Captain Joshua Pell, a Loyalist UE & prays that You will please to grant her two Hundred acres of Land in the Township of Sugar Loaf East & yr Petitioner as in duty bound will ever pray—[Signed] Abigail Major.” No Executive Council dates on the petition. Ordered granted on 16 Aug 1794 and initialed by John Small, Secretary of the Executive Council. [Upper Canada Land Petitions LAC “M” Bundle 2, Miscellaneous 1788-1798, Petition Number 63]

Major, John

Undated Upper Canada Land Petition of John Major ordered granted on 16 Aug 1794

“Humbly Sheweth That yr Petitioner Son of Mrs Abigail Major, being desirous of settling for himself pray that you will please to grant him two hundred Acres of Land in Township of Sugar Loaf East And yr Petitioner as in duty bound will ever pray—[Signed] John Major” No Executive Council dates on the petition. Ordered granted on 16 Aug 1794. [Upper Canada Land Petitions LAC “M” Bundle 2, Miscellaneous 1788-1798, Petition Number 62]

Mallat, Abraham

Undated Upper Canada Land Petition of Abraham Mallat received at the Executive Council Office on 18 Apr 1797

“Humbly Sheweth That your Petitioner is married to Ann Walker, daughter to the late Jacob Walker who served during the American War in Butlers Rangers. Your Petitioner therefore Humbly Prays that the quantity of land as is usual to be granted to women of this description may be extended to the said Anne and your Petitioner will as is in duty Bound Ever Pray” Abraham Mallat made his mark. Received at the Executive Council Office on 18 Apr 1797 and read in Council the same day. Ordered referred to the U. E. List. Jacob Walker is on the UE List. Read again in Council on 21 Aug 1797. Ordered Petitioner’s wife recommended for 200 acres as UE. [Upper Canada Land Petitions LAC “M” Bundle 3, Petition Number 131]

Certificate of Ralfe Clench dated at Newark (Niagara-on-the-Lake) on 18 Apr 1797

“Abraham Mallat is married to Ann Walker daughter to Jacob Walker deceased who served during the American War in Butlers Rangers and died in this Settlement. Newark 18th April 1797 [Signed] Ralfe Clench” [Upper Canada Land Petitions LAC “M” Bundle 3, Petition Number 131]

Mallory, Benajah

Upper Canada Land Petition of Benegar [sic] Mallory dated at York (Toronto) on 13 Apr 1796

“Respectfully Shews—That Your Petitioner settled by mistake on Lot No 2. 5th Concession Daytons Township which proves to be a reserved Lot. Yr Petitioner having built a House and made a Tan-Yard, at a great expense, with other improvements, Prays Your Excellency will confirm him in the said Lot & that the reserve may be laid on some other Lot in the said Township—And in duty bound yr Petitioner will ever pray. [Signed] Beneger Mallory” Read in the Executive Council on 11 Jul 1796. Ordered not recommended as the Petitioner is in his power to be informed by application to the Surveyor’s Office. Ordered revised on 21 Mar 1797. Ordered in consequence of a promise from His Excellency Governor Simcoe that Lot No 2 in 5th Concession of Burford be granted to the Petitioner and the reserve removed to some other lot. [Upper Canada Land Petitions LAC “M” Bundle 2, Petition Number 183]

Certificate of George Forsyth dated on 19 Mar 1797 attached to the Upper Canada Land Petition of Benegar [sic] Mallory

“This Certifies that the Bearer Benajah Mallory has taken the Oath of Allegiance, and signed the Declaration- […….] at Niagara this Nineteenth Day of March 1797 [Signed] Geo Forsyth JP, J. Smith Esqr, Jonathon Couck, George Gener..?]” [Upper Canada Land Petitions LAC “M” Bundle 2, Petition Number 183b]

Upper Canada Land Petition of Benajah Mallory dated at West Niagara on 22 Mar 1797

“Most humbly sheweth—That your Petitioner is one of the original associates of the late Abraham Dayton deceased, for settling the Township of Burford under the authority of an Order of the Honorable the Executive Council, altho your Petitioners name be not individually mentioned in the minutes thereof. Your Petitioner being married to Abiah, Daughter and only child of the said Abraham Dayton, deceased. That there now are Twenty one actual Settlers upon the said Township of Burford, but the severe and long Illness of the said late Abraham Dayton hindered a regular Report to be made into the Surveyor Generals Office thereof, he having been confined to his Room and bed for two years immediately preceding the first day of this present month; on which day he expired—That your Petitioner has lived on the said Township for Upwards of two years, and as well as his said late father in law, has been at much Expense towards opening and settling the same. —That your Petitioner, with moral certainty, assures your Honor that in the course of the approaching Summer he will settle more than the Complement of Forty Families upon the said Township; and within the course of Twelve months, doubts not of augmenting the number to sixty actual Settlers. Wherefore your Petitioner prays that your Honor may permit your Petitioner to be considered, and stand in the Room and Stead of his late father in law, as the acting associate for settling the said Township; and may grant him Twelve Hundred acres of land accordingly, within the same; And moreover that your Honor may suffer the said Township to remain for a few months, after the first of June next, free of Escheat to enable Your Petitioner to fullfill what he has herein before set forth to your Honor; and as in duty bound he will ever pray &c – [Signed] Benajah Mallory” [Upper Canada Land Petitions LAC “M” Bundle 3, Petition Number 199]

Executive Council Orders on the Upper Canada Land Petition of Benajah Mallory

Received at the Executive Council Office on 21 Mar 1797. Ordered to lie over. Read in Council on 5 Jan 1797. Ordered recommended that the remaining lots in the Township of Burford be declared open to the applicants and be forthwith filled up by the Surveyor General. Recommended for 1200 acres in addition to his own 200 acres as a consideration for the trouble incurred by the Petitioner’s late father in law in settling the Township of Burford. The preceding order was crossed out and the following added. Read in Council on 5 Jun 1797 at York (Toronto). Ordered recommended for 1200 acres including former grants and his wife recommended for 200 acres. The unlocated parts of the Township to be thrown open for other applicants. [Upper Canada Land Petitions LAC “M” Bundle 3, Petition Number 199a]

Mann, Darius

Undated Upper Canada Land Petition of Darius Mann of The Township of Stamford, Yeoman received at the Executive Council Office on 29 Mar 1802

“Respectfully shews—That your Petitioner has been in the Province upwards of two years, and is desirous to settle on the Lands of the Crown in this Province, being in a condition to cultivate and improve the same, that he has taken the oaths. Prays yr Excellency would be pleased to grant him 200 acres of Land, and your Petr as in duty bound will ever Pray [Signed] Darius Mann” Received at the Executive Council Office on 29 Mar 1802 and read in Council on 30 Mar 1802. Ordered recommended for 200 acres on Yonge St. Markham or Gwillimbury. [Upper Canada Land Petitions LAC “M” Bundle 5, Petition Number 151]

Mann, James

Upper Canada Land Petition of James Mann read in the Executive Council on 28 Jun 1795

No petition included, just a copy of the minutes of the Executive Council stating Mann was praying for such portion of land as your Excellency shall think proper. Ordered to be referred to His Excellency’s approbation. Ordered granted. [Upper Canada Land Petitions LAC “M” Bundle 1, Petition Number 124]

Mann, Richard

Undated Upper Canada Land Petition of Richard Mann of The Township of Stamford, Yeoman received at the Executive Council Office on 29 Mar 1802

“Respectfully shews That yr Petitioner has been in the Province upwards of two years, and is desirous to settle on the Lands of the Crown in this Province being in a condition to cultivate and improve the same, that he has taken the oaths. Prays yr Excellency would be pleased to grant him 200 acres of Land, and yr Petitioner as in duty bound will ever Pray [Signed] Richard Mann” Received at the Executive Council Office on 29 Mar 1802 and read in Council on 30 Mar 1802. Ordered recommended for 200 acres on Yonge St. Markham or Gwillimbury. [Upper Canada Land Petitions LAC “M” Bundle 5, Petition Number 150]

Mann, Sarah (Jones)

Upper Canada Land Petition of Sarah Mann of Grantham dated on 8 Oct 1801

“Humbly sheweth; That your Petitioner is wife of John Mann of the above named Township – and Daughter of James Jones, late of the same Township, deceased, Loyalist UE, as by return of the Magistrates for the Home District; That your Petitioner has never received any grant or order for Lands, therefore humbly prays your Excellency for 200 acres His Majestys benevolence to persons of her Description – and as in Duty bound your petitioner shall ever pray—” Sarah Mann made her mark. “Signed before me [Signed] John McNabb one of His Majestys Justices of the Peace for the District of Niagara this 8th Day of Octr 1801 [Signed] John McNabb J.P.” Received at the Executive Council Office on 14 Oct 1801. Notation: Examined James Jones on the List. Read in the Executive Council on 14 Oct 1800. Ordered recommended for 200 acres as daughter of a UE. [Upper Canada Land Petitions LAC “M” Bundle 5, Petition Number 122]

Certificate of John McNabb, J. P. dated on 1 Oct 1801 attached to the Upper Canada Land Petition of Sarah Mann

“Personally appeared before me John McNabb Esqr one of His Majestys Justices of the Peace for the District of Niagara, the within named Petitioner Sarah Mann who made oath, that She never has received any Grant or order for Lands in this Province” Sarah Mann made her mark. “Sworn before me this 8th Day of Octr 1801 [Signed] John McNabb J. P” [Upper Canada Land Petitions LAC “M” Bundle 5, Petition Number 122a]

Certificate of John McNabb, J. P. dated on 1 Oct 1801 attached to the Upper Canada Land Petition of Sarah Mann

“I John McNabb Esqr one of His Majestys Justices of the Peace for the District of Niagara Do hereby certify, that Sarah Mann is the person she describes herself to be, and has never to my knowledge or belief ever received any Lands or order for Lands from the Crown—Given under my hand at Grantham this 8th day of Octr 1801 [Signed] John McNabb J. P.” [Upper Canada Land Petitions LAC “M” Bundle 5, Petition Number 122a]

Manning, John

Certificate of Richard Beasley J. P. dated at York on 21 Feb 1803 attached to the Upper Canada Land Petition of Preserved Cooley

“I do hereby certify that John Manning of the Township of Glanford is a Son in Law of Preserved Cooley of the Township of Ancaster.” [Signed] Richard Beasley JP. [Upper Canada Land Petitions LAC “C” Bundle 1, Petition Number 30a]

Mansfield, John

Upper Canada Land Petition of John Mansfield dated on 5 Apr 1794

“Humbly Prays that Lot No 49 in the Town of Newark be granted him and Your Memorialist will as in duty bound Ever Pray [Signed] John Mansfield” No Executive Council dates, just the word “granted” [Upper Canada Land Petitions LAC “M” Bundle Miscellaneous 1789-1803, Petition Number 10]

Marcelles, John B.

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.

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

Marcelles, Tokel

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.

Tokel Marcelles – full fees 200 acres in Ancaster Township [Upper Canada Land Petitions LAC “H” Bundle 4, Petition Number 117b]

Marein, Paul

Upper Canada Land Petition of Paul Marein dated at Newark (Niagara-on-the-Lake) on 4 Feb 1797

“Most humbly sheweth That your Honor’s Petitioner is a Native of Lower Canada but wishing to become an Inhabitant of this Province Humbly prays your Honor for a Town Lot in the Town of Newark and such quantity of Land as your Honor in your Wisdom may think meet. And your Petitioner as in Duty Bound will ever pray” Paul Marein made his mark. Received at the Executive Council Office on 28 Feb 1797. No order given. [Upper Canada Land Petitions LAC “M” Bundle 2, Miscellaneous 1788-1798, Petition Number 81]

Markle, Abraham

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 4 Oct 1796 signed by Acting Surveyor General David W. Smith

22 Aug 1796 Abr. Markle—200 acres

Confirmed in Council on 4 Oct 1796 [Signed] Peter Russell [Upper Canada Land Petitions NAC “P” Bundle 2, Petition Number 9]

Markle, Alexander

Upper Canada Land Petition of Alexander Markle of the Six Mile Creek dated at Newark (Niagara-on-the-Lake) on 9 Sep 1794

“Most humbly shewith That your Petitioner has been a resident of this Province since the Close of the last war, having been only prevented by the want of years from bearing arms for His Majesty during the same Along with his four Brothers who all served in Colonel Butlers late Corps of Rangers. That your Petitioner is married to The Daughter of one Frederick Williams a loyalist who served during the war in the Southern Armies of His Majesty by whom he has a large & increasing Family of five Children. That your Petitioner has a written Promise of two Hundred acres of land for himself under the hand of Major Campbell once Commanding Officer at this post and has been always promised lands for his Wife & Children. That your Petitioner has only Received one Hundred acres of crown lands on which he is settled but finding himself too Much circumscribed wishes to remove to a More extensive tract on which he may locate his Children as they grow up—Wherefore your Petitioner prays That your Excellency may be pleased to grant to your Excellency’s Petitioner in behalf of himself wife & Children such Quantity of the Unlocated lands of the Crown as in your Excellency’s Wisdom may seem Meet—and Your Excellency’s Petitioner as in duty bound will ever Pray &c [Signed] Alexander Markle” Received at the Executive Council Office on 10 Sep 1794 and read in Council on 4 Nov 1794. Ordered granted to point out his tract. [Upper Canada Land Petitions LAC “M” Bundle 1, Petition Number 57]

Upper Canada Land Petition of Alexander Maricle dated at Newark (Niagara-on-the-Lake) on 22 Aug 1796

“Respectfully Shews – That your petitioner served his Majesty during the late Rebellion, & wishing to erect in the town of Newark, prays your Honor for Lot No 182—and Your petitioner as in duty Bound will pray—” Alexr Maricle made his mark. Received at the Executive Council Office on 29 Aug 1796 and read in Council on 8 Oct 1796. Ordered prayer granted. [Upper Canada Land Petitions LAC “M” Bundle 2, Petition Number 141]

Undated Upper Canada Land Petition of Alexander Marekle (Signed Markle) received at the Executive Council Office on 10 Apr 1797

“Humbly Sheweth That your Petitioner has resided in this Province since the Year 1785 – and brought with him a wife – That your petitioner had three Children previous to the Year 1789, and two Since – for whom he has never drawn any lands, prays your Honor would allow him such a grant for his wife and Children as your Honor in your Wisdom may deem proper, and your Petr as in duty bound will ever pray – [Signed] Alexr Markle” Received at the Executive Council Office on 10 Apr 1797 and read in Council on 12 May 1797. Ordered recommended for 200 acres family lands. [Upper Canada Land Petitions LAC “M” Bundle 3, Petition Number 99]

Certificate of Robert Kerr, J. P. dated at Newark (Niagara-on-the-Lake) on 5 Apr 1797 attached to the Upper Canada Land Petition of Alexander Marekle

“I do herby certify that Alexander Marekle has a Wife and five children; and that three of the Children were born before the year 1789 [Signed] Robert Kerr J. P.” [Upper Canada Land Petitions LAC “M” Bundle 3, Petition Number 99b]

Letter from Alexander Markle to Alexander Macdonell Esqr dated at Newark (Niagara-on-the-Lake) on 24 May 1797 attached to his Upper Canada Land Petition

“Sir Please deliver to Andrew Heron The Warrant for Land Granted me in the Council Office [Signed] Alexr Markle” [Upper Canada Land Petitions LAC “M” Bundle 3, Petition Number 99c]

Marakle/Markle, Frederick

Undated Upper Canada Land Petition of Frederick Markle received at the Executive Council Office on 21 Jan 1797

“The petition of Frederick Markle Respectfully Shews That your petitioner served during last War in Colonel Butlers late Corps of Rangers, as Certified by the annexed Certificate and That your petitioner has a Wife and Six children Three of which was born previous to the Year 1789 and likewise his wife is the Daughter of a Loyalist—That your petitioner has only received One hundred acres of Land prays your Honor would be pleased for to grant him him [sic] his residue, and such quantity for his wife and family as your Honor may think proper and your petitioner will as in duty bound ever pray—” Fredk Markle made his mark. Received at the Executive Council Office on 21 Jan 1797 and read in Council on 25 Feb 1797. Ordered recommended for 200 acres to complete his military lands to 300 acres, 200 acres to him as family and 200 acres to his wife the Daughter of a Loyalist. [Upper Canada Land Petitions LAC “M” Bundle 2, Petition Number 228]

Certificate of Peter Ball, J. P. dated 12 Sep 1795 attached to the Upper Canada Land Petition of Frederick Markle

“I do hereby Certify that Frederick Markel [sic] has served in Butlers Rangers during the Rebellion, was very active and always behaved himself as a good solder [sic] he was several times on recruiting parties in the enemies Country made some acquisitions to the said Corps, at the Reduction he settled at the four mile Creek on only one hundred acres of Land which he has greatly improved and I believe is all the Lands he has Located he has now a family consisting of a Wife & six children, his wife is the Daughter of a Loyalist who served in the above Corps [Signed] P Ball J. P. a Lieut of the Late Rangers” [Upper Canada Land Petitions LAC “M” Bundle 2, Petition Number 228b]

Certificate of Ralfe Clench dated on 5 Sep 1795 attached to the Upper Canada Land Petition of Frederick Markle

“Frederick Marakle who served in Butlers late Corps of Rangers was one of the most active men in the Corps, a brave & willing Soldier, he is married to [the] daughter of Wm Pickard an old Ranger, was [ma]rried before the reduction of the Corps.” [Signed] R Clench Lt late Rangers” [Upper Canada Land Petitions LAC “M” Bundle 2, Petition Number 228c]

Marakle, James

Undated Upper Canada Land Petition of James Marakle received at the Executive Council Office on 28 May 1796

“Humbly Sheweth That your Petitioner served in Butlers late Rangers during the late American War, therefore Humbly Prays that your Excellency will be pleased to allow him a Grant of Four hundred acres of Land, one Lott in the 1st Concession of Beverly known as Lott No 3, and one other Lott in the 4th Concession, as yet not numbered, and your Petitioner will as in duty Bound Ever Pray [Signed] James Marakle” Received at the Executive Council Office on 28 May 1796. Ordered recommended for 200 acres if not granted before on producing discharge” [Upper Canada Land Petitions LAC “M” Bundle 2, Petition Number 29]

Mentioned in the Upper Canada Land Petition of Captain Robert Pilkington dated at York (Toronto) on 23 Mar 1799

“Sheweth That Lot Number One in the second Concession of the Township of Grantham containing one Hundred Acres, was given by the Land Board of the District to Thomas Marsh and afterwards transferred by the same Board, for a bona fide consideration to Daniel Cassada of whom your Memorialist purchased the said Lot: as will appear by the Bond of the said Daniel Cassada to your Memorialist, and also a Power of Attorney to take out the Deed. But as the said Thomas Marsh is no longer in the Province, the said Daniel Cassada cannot obtain a regular Title so as to convey the Land in discharge of his Bond, whereby your Memorialist is in danger of losing both his Land and Money: Therefore he prays to surrender His Majesty’s Deed to Thomas Marsh, and that another Deed may issue securing the said Land to your Memorialist. And your Memorialist further sheweth That Lot number One Hundred and Sixty four in the Township of Newark was located by James Merkle of whom John Waterhouse purchased the same, as will appear by certain affidavits made as to that fact; the said James Merkle being now out of the Province. That your Memorialist hath also purchased the said Lot, for a bona fide consideration; and as no Deed hath as yet issued he humbly prays that His Majesty’s Deed may confirm him in the same. Your Memorialist paying the usual Fees on the Deeds, and Your Memorilaist as in duty bound will ever pray [Signed] Robt Pilkington” Received at the Executive Council Office on 23 Mar 1799. Ordered referred to the consideration of a committee of the Council. Read again in Council on 26 Mar 1799. Ordered recommended that the Deed of No 1 in the 2nd Conn of Grantham be cancelled and a new deed thereof issued to the Petitioner. Recommend also that the deed for No 164 in the Township of Newark issue to the Petitioner both on payment of the full fees under Old Regulation on both deeds. [Upper Canada Land Petitions LAC “P” Bundle 4, Petition Number 1]

Markle, William

Upper Canada Land Petition of William Markle dated at Niagara on 25 Apr 1797

“Humbly shews- That His Excellency the Lt Governor on the 27 May 1794 granted your Petitioner 1000 acres in Ancaster, in addition to 200 acres, the quantity of his first Location, but the minute now at the Attorney General’s, mentioning only one Lot, or 100 acres, the actg Surveyor General will only make up the quantity 1100 acres—Your Petitioner therefore prays for your Honors Interference, & that you would be pleased to order his location to be completed to 1200 acres as originally intended, and your Petitioner as in duty bound will ever pray [Signed] Wm Markle” Received at the Executive Council Office on 25 Apr 1797 and read the same day. Ordered the prayer not granted. [Upper Canada Land Petitions LAC “M” Bundle 2, Petition Number 167]

Marr, John

Upper Canada Land Petition of John Marr of Stamford dated at York on 9 Nov 1801

“Humbly Sheweth That your petitioner came into this Province about 2 years ago, from Pensylvania with three of his Brothers and their familys [who are since married], and with his mother and Sister who constituted your petitioner’s family his father being deceased—That your petitioner has a yoke of oxen Two Cows, some Hogs – farming utensils & other property – and being desirous to obtain a Lot of Land, having never before applied – Your petitioner humbly prays your Excellency would be pleased to grant him a Lot in Markham, for immediate Settlement and your petitioner as in duty bound shall ever pray—John Marr” Received at the Executive Council Office on 10 Nov 1801 and read in Council on 11 Nov 1801. Recommended for 200 acres in Markham under the settling duties. [Upper Canada Land Petitions LAC “M” Bundle 5, Petition Number 4]

Marr, Joseph

Upper Canada Land Petition of Joseph Marr of Stamford dated at York (Toronto) on 9 Nov 1801

“Humbly sheweth—That your petitioner came into the Province from Pensylvania about two years ago, and has a wife and three Children—That he has a yoke of oxen & two Cows—besides several Hogs – and farming utensils—That your petitioner has never before applied for any Land, and being desirous to settle in Markham, with several of his friends – your Petitioner humbly prays your Excellency would be pleased to grant him a Lot in that Township for immediate settlement; and as in duty bound he shall ever pray—[Signed] Joseph Marr” Added notation: “The Petitioner has taken the oath of allegiance” Received at the Executive Council Office on 10 Nov 1801 and read in Council on 10 Nov 1801. Ordered recommended for 200 acres in Markham under the settling duties. [Upper Canada Land Petitions LAC “M” Bundle 5, Petition Number 95]

Certificate of John McKerlie, J. P. dated at Stamford on 5 Nov 1801 attached to the Upper Canada Land Petition of Joseph Marr

“Upper Canada. I do hereby Certify that the barer Joseph Marr Came into this Provance about Fifteen Months ago with a wife and two Children and has resided in the Township of Stamford ever Since and behaved him Self as an Honest Industrous man. Given under my hand at Stamford this 5 day of Novr 1801 [Signed] John McKerlie J. P.” [Upper Canada Land Petitions LAC “M” Bundle 5, Petition Number 95a]

Marr, William

Upper Canada Land Petition of William Marr of Stamford dated at York on 9 Nov 1801

“Humb[l]y sheweth, That your petitioner came into the Province with his family, consisting of a wife and three children, about two years ago, from Pensylvania – that he has never before applied for any Lands – and having a yoke of oxen, One Horse – two Cows – several Hogs and other property – and being desirous to settle in the Township of Markham—your Petitioner humbly prays your Excellency would be pleased to grant him a lot in the above Township and your petitioner as in duty bound shall ever pray—[Signed] William Marr” Received at the Executive Council Office on 10 Nov 1800 and read in Council on 10 Nov 1801. Ordered recommended for 200 acres in Markham under the settling duties. [Upper Canada Land Petitions LAC “M” Bundle 5, Petition Number 11]

Certificate of John McKerlie, J. P. dated at Stamford on 9 Nov 1801 attached to the Upper Canada Land Petition of William Marr

“Upper Canada I do hereby Certify that the barer William Marr Came into this province about Fifteen Months ago with a wife and two Children and has resided in the Township of Stamford ever since and behaved him Selfe as an Honest Industrous man. Given under my hand at Stamford this 9 day of Novr 1801 [Signed] John McKerlie J. P.” [Upper Canada Land Petitions LAC “M” Bundle 5, Petition Number 11a]

Marrigan, James

Undated Upper Canada Land Petition of James Marrigan of Niagara received at the Executive Council Office on 10 Nov 1796

“Sheweth That your petitioner came from Ireland to Nova Scotia about 12 years since and served his Majesty in the Naval department on Lake Erie and has at present his discharge from the same. He therefore prays your Honor will take the same into consideration and grant him such a portion of Land as your honor may think fit and your petitioner as in duty bound shall ever pray” James Marrigan made his mark. Initialed “J. S.” by John Small, Clerk of the Executive Council. Received at the Executive Council Office on 10 Nov 1796 and read in Council on 11 Mar 1797. Ordered 200 acres if not granted before. [Upper Canada Land Petitions LAC “M” Bundle 2, Petition Number 230]

Marsh, Joseph

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]

Marsh, Thomas

Mention in the Upper Canada Land Petition of Captain Robert Pilkington dated at York (Toronto) on 23 Mar 1799

“Sheweth That Lot Number One in the second Concession of the Township of Grantham containing one Hundred Acres, was given by the Land Board of the District to Thomas Marsh and afterwards transferred by the same Board, for a bona fide consideration to Daniel Cassada of whom your Memorialist purchased the said Lot: as will appear by the Bond of the said Daniel Cassada to your Memorialist, and also a Power of Attorney to take out the Deed. But as the said Thomas Marsh is no longer in the Province, the said Daniel Cassada cannot obtain a regular Title so as to convey the Land in discharge of his Bond, whereby your Memorialist is in danger of losing both his Land and Money: Therefore he prays to surrender His Majesty’s Deed to Thomas Marsh, and that another Deed may issue securing the said Land to your Memorialist. And your Memorialist further sheweth That Lot number One Hundred and Sixty four in the Township of Newark was located by James Merkle of whom John Waterhouse purchased the same, as will appear by certain affidavits made as to that fact; the said James Merkle being now out of the Province. That your Memorialist hath also purchased the said Lot, for a bona fide consideration; and as no Deed hath as yet issued he humbly prays that His Majesty’s Deed may confirm him in the same. Your Memorialist paying the usual Fees on the Deeds, and Your Memorilaist as in duty bound will ever pray [Signed] Robt Pilkington” Received at the Executive Council Office on 23 Mar 1799. Ordered referred to the consideration of a committee of the Council. Read again in Council on 26 Mar 1799. Ordered recommended that the Deed of No 1 in the 2nd Conn of Grantham be cancelled and a new deed thereof issued to the Petitioner. Recommend also that the deed for No 164 in the Township of Newark issue to the Petitioner both on payment of the full fees under Old Regulation on both deeds. [Upper Canada Land Petitions LAC “P” Bundle 4, Petition Number 1]

Land Board Certificate issued to Thomas Marsh dated on 1 May 1792 attached to the Upper Canada Land Petition of Captain Robert Pilkington (using a pre-printed form with fill-ins)

“The Bearer Thomas Marsh having on the first day of May 1792 preferred to this Board a Petition addressed to His Excellency the Governor in Council for a grant of One Hundred Acres of land in the Township of No 3 in the District of Late Nassau We have examined into his loyalty and character and find him duly qualified to receive a single Lot of about two hundred Acres, the oath of fidelity and allegiance directed by law having this day been administered to him by the board, in conformity to the fourth article of the Rules and Regulations aforementioned. Given at the Board at Newark this first day of May one thousand seven hundred and ninety two To Augustus Jones Acting Surveyor General for the District of Late Nassau. [Signed] R. Hamilton, Robert Kerr, John McNabb” Certificate of the Acting Surveyor: “I Assign to the Bearer Thomas March the Lot No 1 in the 2nd Concessn in the Township of No three in the District of Late Nassau containing one Hundred Acres Twenty Chains by Fifty.” [Upper Canada Land Petitions LAC “P” Bundle 4, Petition Number 1c]

Notation of the Land Board dated on 18 Jan 1794 attached to the Upper Canada Land Petition of Captain Robert Pilkington

“The Land Board Consent to the Transfer of this Lott In [name] Thomas Marsh Soldier in the 84th Regt to Daniel Cassady Land Board Jany 18th 1794 [Signed] R. Hamilton, Robert Kerr, John McNabb [Upper Canada Land Petitions LAC “P” Bundle 4, Petition Number 1e]

Marshall, Ichabod

Upper Canada Land Petition of Ichabod Marshall dated at Newark (Niagara-on-the-Lake on 13 Oct 1796

“Humbly sheweth, That he is desirous of becoming a settler in this province, and wishes such encouragement in donations of land in the town of Newark, and elsewhere, as you, in your wisdom, may think advisable or proper, and as in duty shall ever pray—” [Unsigned] Received at the Executive Council Office on 17 Mar 1797. Ordered not recommended for a town lot. The petitioner must obtain a farm lot instead for recommendation and having been a resident in the Province for twelve months. [Upper Canada Land Petitions LAC “M” Bundle 2, Miscellaneous 1788-1798, Petition Number 85]

Martin, Peter

Upper Canada Land Petition of Peter Martin dated at Niagara on 21 May 1796 [using a pre-printed form with fill-ins]

“The Petition of Peter Martin who served in the late Corps of Butlers Rangers – as p the annexed certificate & never received any Land. Respectfully shews, That your petitioner is desirous to settle on the lands of the Crown in this Province, being in a condition to cultivate and improve the same. That he has taken the usual oaths, & is ready to subscribe the declaration, that he professes the Christian Religion, and obedience to the laws, and has lived inoffensively in the country. Prays your Excellency, would be pleased to grant him Three Hundred acres of land as a discharged Ranger. And your petitioner as in duty bound will ever pray.” Peter Martin made his mark. Received at the Executive Council on 21 May and read in Council on 21 May. Ordered recommended for 300 acres if not granted before. [Upper Canada Land Petitions LAC “M” Bundle 2, Petition Number 35]

Certificate of Peter Ball J. P. dated at Niagara on 19 May 1796 attached to the Upper Canada Land Petition of Peter Martin

“I do hereby Certify that Peter Martin was enrolled & mustered for several years as a pioneer in the late Corps Rangers Commanded by Lieut Colo Butler” [Signed] P Ball J. P & Lieut of Late Rangers” [Upper Canada Land Petitions LAC “M” Bundle 2, Petition Number 35b]

Certificate of Robert Kerr J. P. attached to the Upper Canada Land Petition of Peter Martin

“This is to certify that Peter Martin has taken the Oath of Allegiance to his Majesty King George the third before me this 21st Day of May 1796 at Niagara [Signed] Robert Kerr” [Upper Canada Land Petitions LAC “M” Bundle 2, Petition Number 35c]

Undated Upper Canada Land Petition of Peter Martin received at the Executive Council Office on 28 Sep 1796

“Humbly Sheweth That your Petitioner’s Brother Richard Martin served in Butlers late Rangers during the late American War, and died just about the Reduction of said Corps your Petitioner therefore Humbly Prays that his situation may be taken into Consideration, and that lands may be granted him for his said deceased Brother & your Petitioner will as in duty Bound Ever Pray [Signed] Peter Martin” Received at the Executive Council Office on 28 Sep 1796 and read in Council on 8 Oct. Ordered inadmissible – all such applications having been already refused. [Upper Canada Land Petitions LAC “M” Bundle 2, Petition Number 49]

Certificate of Captain Andrew Bradt dated 26 Sep 1796 attached to the Upper Canada Land Petition of Peter Martin

“This is to Certify that the Late Richard Martin Served in the Corps of Rangers Commanded by Lieut Coll John Butler 26th September 1796 [Signed] Andw Bradt Late Capt in the Corps of Rangers” [Upper Canada Land Petitions LAC “M” Bundle 2, Petition Number 49a]

Upper Canada Land Petition of Peter Martin a Free Negro dated on 20 Aug 1797

“Humbly sheweth That your Petitioner and his Brother Richard Martin served as soldiers in Colo Butlers Rangers four years and half and were regularly discharged at the peace of 1783, soon after which, Richard died—leaving no family – That your Petitioner has received the military Lands granted to persons of his Description, for which he is very thankful – that he and his Brother were born in Colo Butlers family, and at the Commencement of the American war, were taken as part of Colo Butlers property, and sold at public Vendue but they made their escape, joined their master & enlisted in His Corps of Rangers as above mentioned – That your Petitioner is infirm from lameness, and purposing to ransom his Son who lives [at…] Thomas Butlers, (which he understands he may accomplish for the sum of Sixty Pounds N. Y. C. or thereabout) in order he may assist in his Support – your petitioner Humbly prays your Honor would be pleased to grant him such Lands as his said Brother may have been entitled to—and your Petitioner as in duty bound will ever pray” Peter Martin made his mark. “witness T Ridout” Read in the Executive Council on 21 Aug 1797. Ordered recommended that the Military Lands of Richard Martin a deceased soldier amounting to 300 acres issue to Peter Martin his sole surviving next of kin. [Upper Canada Land Petitions LAC “M” Bundle 3, Petition Number 47]

Deed from John Becker to Peter Martin dated on 8 Mar 1796 attached to the Upper Canada Land Petition of William Dickson

“Know all Men by these presents that I John Becker soldier in the late Corps of Rangers commanded by Lt Col. Butler doth bargain and agree to sell to Peter Martin my three Hundred acres of Land coming to me for my services During the Late American War & Do relinquish all right & title to the said Lands in favour of the said Peter Martin, his heirs, assigns and administrators, for the sum of twenty five Pounds N: Y: C: to be paid to the said John Becker. Done at Niagara on this 8th Day of March 1796. John Becker made his mark. “Witness Robert Kerr, Donald Grant” [Upper Canada Land Petitions LAC “D” Bundle 4, Petition Number 1u]

Deed from Peter Martin to William Dickson dated on 18 Jun 1798 attached to the Upper Canada Land Petition of William Dickson

“Know all Men by these Presents, that whereas I Peter Martin, a free Negroe and a Soldier, in the late Corps of Butlers Rangers, did on the 8th day of March 1796, agree for and Bargain with, John Barker, also a Negroe, and soldier in said Corps for Three Hundred acres of land his Military Bounty granted by the King for his services during the War, which agreement and sale is witnessed by Robert Kerr Esquire, and Donald Grant and whereas having Received a valuable Consideration from William Dickson of Newark Merchant, I have agreed and do hereby agree with said William Dickson, for the said three Hundred acres of land, still unlocated, the warrant of Council, now lying in the Surveyor Generals Office, and I do warrant and Defend  him, his heirs Executors or assigns, in the possession of said Three Hundred acres of Land against all persons whatever, And I do furthermore authorise him to do all acts and things to vest the sole and absolute property in him, his Heirs or assigns forever, either by immediately Receiving the Deed from the Crown, or otherways – In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my Hand & Seal this third day of April 1797 – ” Peter Martin made his mark. “Witness Alex Burns, Jas Gray Esqr” [Upper Canada Land Petitions LAC “D” Bundle 4, Petition Number 1v]

Martin, Thomas (1)

Upper Canada Land Petition of Thomas Martin of Willoughby Township dated at Newark on 22 Jun 1795

“Humbly sheweth That your Petitioner is a native of Ireland, served on Board His Majesty’s Navy near Five years, & was made Prisoner at Stony Point. He has been nine years in this Country, with his Family, consisting of a wife and Six Children and has received One Hundred Acres only—but was the Holder of one of Mr Freys Tickets for 300 Acres, which he has lost—He humbly begs your Excellency would be pleased to grant him Lots No 16 & 17 in the 2nd Concession of Willoughby, & also an addition for his numerous Family, should Your Excellency in his wisdom think meet; and your Petitioner as in Duty bound will ever pray—[Signed] Thomas Martin” Received at the Executive Council Office on 24 Jun 1795 and read in Council on 12 Aug 1795. Ordered recommended for 200 acres granted. [Upper Canada Land Petitions LAC “M” Bundle 1, Petition Number 106]

Martin, Thomas (2)

Upper Canada Land Petition of Thomas Marton [sic] of the Township of Newark dated on 8 Apr 1797

“Humbly Shews That your petitioner came into this province In the year 1786 Brought with Him Wife And two childring Has now four childring, your petitioner has not Received any family Lands prays your Honor will please to Grant Him Such Quantity as your Honor May Think Proper and as in Duty Bound your Petitioner Will Ever pray” Thomas Marton made his mark. Received at the Executive Council Office on 8 Apr 1797 and read in Council on 11 Apr. Ordered 200 acres family lands if not granted before. [Upper Canada Land Petitions LAC “M” Bundle 3, Petition Number 7]

Certificate of David Secord, J. P. dated on 8 Apr 1797 appended to the Upper Canada Land Petition of Thomas Marton

“I do Cartify That The Bearer Thos Marton Came into this province in the year 1786 Brought With Him a wife and two childring Has Now four Childring. Given under My Hand this 8 Day of April 1797—[Signed] David Secord JP” [Upper Canada Land Petitions LAC “M” Bundle 3, Petition Number 7]

Mathews, James

Undated Upper Canada Land Petition of James Mathews received at the Executive Council Office on 7 Aug 1795

“most Humbly sheweth That your Humble petitioner is and always was a true subject to our sovereign Lord the King and that your Humble petitioner with his wifes father Joined his Majesties Forces as early after the declaration of the rebel war in the colonies as he possibility could and enrolled themselves into his Majesties first Regiment of New Jersey Volunteers and served in the same seven years. That your humble petitioners Father in laws lands goods and Chattles were confiscated by the rebels to the ruin of himself and family, that your Humble petitioner never had more than four Hundred acres of Land. That your petitioners family Consists of a wife two sons and two Daughters. Your petitioner therefore most Humbly prayeth that your Excellency and Honors will graciously take his oath into consideration and grant him for himself and family such Quantity of Land as you in your wisdom shall think meet the same to be Located on so much vacant Land in Lincoln County and your petitioner as in Duty bound shall ever pray” [Unsigned] Received at the Executive Council Office on 7 Aug 1795. Ordered recommended for 100 acres to complete his military lands and 100 acres for family lands on producing certificates. [Upper Canada Land Petitions LAC “M” Bundle 1, Petition Number 59]

Upper Canada Land Petition of James Matthews dated on 11 Oct 1796

“Most Humbly Sheweth That your Petitioners wife, is A Daughter of Philip Force, A Soldier in the first Battn New jersey Vollunteers. Therefore your Petitioner Most Humbly Prayeth your Honour for A Grant of two Hundred Acres of Land the usual Quantity Given to Daughters of Soldiers, and that the same May be Granted in some Part of the Country of Long Point and your Petitioner as in Duty Bound will Ever Pray [Signed] James Matthews” Received at the Executive Council Office on 12 Oct 1796 and confirmed in Council on 24 Mar 1797. Ordered received his Military Lands before. 22 Oct 1796 ordered it appearing from the certificates adduced that the Petitioners wife is the daughter of a Loyalist. The administrator will recommend him to the Council for 200 acres in her right. [Upper Canada Land Petitions LAC “M” Bundle 2, Petition Number 177]

Note of Peter Russell, Administrator of Upper Canada, dated 11 Oct 1796 appended to the Upper Canada Land Petition of James Matthews

“Daughter of U. E. Loyalists only are entitled to the Kings Bounty in lands—U. E. Loyalists are those who were resident in the Colonies in 1775 and joined the British Standard before 1783. From the Certificates it does not appear that the Petitioners wifes Father comes under this Description – But the Petitioner himself (if he has not yet received his Lands) is entitled in his own right to 300 acres – & he may be located at Long Point. 11th October 1796 [Signed] Peter Russell” [Upper Canada Land Petitions LAC “M” Bundle 2, Petition Number 177]

Mathews, Jonathan

Upper Canada Land Petition of Jonathan Mathews dated on 8 Feb 1797

“Humbly shews, That he was a soldier in the rangers lately commanded by Col. John Butler, and has intermarried with a daughter of James Clendenning, also of the late said corps, agreeably to the annexed certificate, and that he has received his own quantity, three hundred acres of land, and further prays your honor to make such other and farther grant as you in your wisdom may deem fitting, or as he may be entitled to, in consequence of his such intermarriage, and family, and as in duty, shall ever pray” Jonathan Mathews made his mark. Ordered recommended for 100 acres for family lands and his wife for 200 acres as the daughter of a Loyalist. [Upper Canada Land Petitions LAC “M” Bundle 2, Petition Number 256]

Certificate of Ralfe Clench dated 8 Feb 1797 attached to the Upper Canada Land Petition of Jonathan Mathews

“The Bearer Jonathan Mathews, one of Butlers Rangers is married to the daughter of James Clandenning who was also a Ranger and died in this Settlement since the war—has Three children one of which was born before the year 1789 [Signed] R Clench” Received at the Executive Council Office on 9 Feb 1797 and read in Council on 25 Feb 1797. [Upper Canada Land Petitions LAC “M” Bundle 2, Petition Number 256a]

Mathews, Peter

Mentioned in the Report of Acting Surveyor General David W. Smith dated at the Surveyor General’s Office on 12 May 1797 (no petition attached)

“Sir, On the 21st Sepr last, your Honor directed me to locate a man by the name of Jacob Misner, (recommended to you by Captn Ryers,) on a farm Lot in the vicinage of Long Point. After searching the office, I discovered that a man by the name of Jacob Miesner had received an assignment on the 9 May 1795, (no 668) for 200 acres in Crowland, upon a Land board certificate of the 3d May, 1791 – Presuming this to be the same person, altho the orthography of the Sir name differed a little, I refused to locate him, upon your Honors order, & a warrant, which he had lodged the day before (the 20th Sepr) no 276 for 200 acres – until he gave me a Certificate, conjointly with some other person, that he was not the Jacob Misner, who claimed the Lands in Crowland—In consequence of which he with one John Misner Senr gave me the annexed certificate—Upon which, 200 Acres were described in Woodhouse (no 2125) on the warrant—After this the Land board Certificate was sent to me to be described; still conceiving there was another Jacob Misner; & it was accordingly described (no 2149) but there being some instrument in writing on the back of it, I could not divest myself of suspicion; I therefore wrote on the 21st feby last, to Jacob Misner of Woodhouse, & to Jacob Misener of Crowland, to know how they were distinguished – but receiving no answer I began to make inquirys of several persons as to the unity of Jacob Misner & Miesner, & I have reason to believe He is one & the same Person, particularly from the information of one Peter Mathews, who says he has given him a valuable consideration for his land in Crowland—In the hope, however, that this may not affect a second Person, should there be another Jacob Misner, I am your Honors most obed Servant [Signed D W Smith ASG [To] His Honor The Administrator” [Upper Canada Land Petitions LAC “S” Bundle 3, Petition Number 123]

Matthews, Thomas (1)

Undated Upper Canada Land Petition of Thomas Mathews [signed Matthews] for his wife Morilla Mathews

“That she is the Daughter of Charles Burch a Loyalist, Prays yr Honor will please to grant her 200 Acres and Your Petitioner in duty bound will ever pray—[Signed] Thomas Matthews” Received at the Executive Council Office on 30 Dec 1796 and read in Council on 28 Mar 1797. Ordered recommended for 200 acres as U. E. [Upper Canada Land Petitions LAC “M” Bundle 2, Petition Number 208]

Certificate of Moses Mount dated 30 Dec 1796 attached to the Upper Canada Land Petition of Thomas Mathews

“Moses Mount maketh Oath before me that Thomas Mathews married the daughter of Charles Burch a Loyalist U. E. Sworn before me this 30th day of Dec 1796 [Signed] John Small, Moses Mount” [Upper Canada Land Petitions LAC “M” Bundle 2, Petition Number 208a]

Matthews, Thomas (2)

Upper Canada Land Petition of Jonathan Thomas Matthews, late of the Corps of Rangers commanded by Colonel Butler dated on 28 Mar 1797

“Humbly shews, That he is desirous of settling in a mechanical branch in the town of Newark, and therefore prays your honor to grant him a town Lot therein, and as in duty shall ever pray. [Signed] Thos Matthews” Jonathan Matthews made his mark but then struck through. Received at the Executive Council Office on 28 Mar 1797 and read in Council on 2 May. Ordered a Town Lot in Newark. [Upper Canada Land Petitions LAC “M” Bundle 3, Petition Number 32]