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Accession Number: 76-015

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Upper Canada State Papers. Executive Council records fonds. -- Microfilmed 9 May 1974. -- 18 microfilm reels.

Biography / History

Upper Canada, the predecessor of modern day Ontario, came into existence when the British Parliament passed the Constitutional Act of 1791, dividing the old province of Quebec into Lower Canada in the east, and Upper Canada in the west, along the present Ontario-Quebec border. Most of the first settlers in Upper Canada were United Empire Loyalists from America in the 1790's. The first leader of the new province was Lieutenant-Governor John Graves Simcoe. A second wave of settlers came to the region between 1815 and 1820. These settlers were immigrants from the British Isles who came to the Canadas looking for a better life. By 1838 the population of Upper Canada had risen to more than 400 000 inhabitants. The Rebellion of 1837 was the catalyst that led to the end of the short history of the province of Upper Canada. Lord Durham, in his report of 1839, proposed the union of both Upper and Lower Canada into one Province. In 1840, the British Parliament passed the Act of Union, and it went into effect February 10, 1841, thereby creating the Province of Canada.

Custodial History

The microfilm was created by and in the custody of the Public Archives of Canada before the Trent University Archives purchased it.

Scope and Content

This fonds consists of microfilm of RG 1, E3 which is described in the Public Archives of Canada inventory as a series of loose miscellaneous records which provide the documentation and background for many of the cases referred to the Executive Council of Upper Canada. The cases relate to many topics, some of which are: the 1837 Rebellion in Upper Canada; petitions for land, clemency, and various types of licenses; a few trials for murder and arson; schools; lists of settlers; roads and bridges; and United Empire Loyalists. The records on the microfilm date from 1791 to 1841.

Notes

Title based on the contents of the fonds.

This fonds was purchased from the National Archives of Canada.

The filing system consisted of grouping all material relating to one case together and giving it an endorsement from which a key letter with which the key word began (ie. A1, A2, etc.) Often the numerical sequence was arbitrarily started anew, resulting in several cases being filed under the same letter and number, but in different years. The letter and number were also filed in the Executive Council's minute books opposite the minutes relating to the case.

The originals are located at the National Archives of Canada.

Restrictions: N

Associated material located at the National Archives of Canada.

For related records see: 76-016 and 76-017.

Microfilm. Set 14.

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Partial List of Subjects Reel No.

1. Rebellion of 1837; petitions

2. Tuscarora Indians; Rebellion losses; Clergy Reserves

3. John Beverly Robinson; Peter Robinson; Clergy Reserves; Rebellion of 1837; minutes in council relating to the Union of Upper Canada and Lower Canada

4. emigrants from USA; Rebellion - treason trials; French emigrants; Lord Selkirk; United Empire Loyalists - land claims

5. murder trial; gaols; United Empire Loyalists - land claims

6. Land holdings; Rebellion

7. Indians - River Credit village 1826; Indian Affairs

8. Crown and Clergy Reserves; London District Gaol; Rebellion; lunatic asylums

9. militia; Rebellion; Newcastle District: murder case at Cobourg

10. surveys; timber monopolies; Rebellion; roads and bridges; Oneida Indians; education; Crown Lands; William Dummer Powell (Chief Justice)

11. William Dummer Powell - resignation; Peterborough: erection of government grist and saw mills 1827, sale of the mills; Rebellion; Rt. Rev. Jacob Mountain, Bishop of Quebec - re protestant clergy in Upper Canada

12. Six Nations Indian Reserve; Crown and Clergy Reserves

13. grammar schools

14. Kingston penitentiary; St. Lawrence canal; Rebellion

15. United Empire Loyalists; petitions; Court of King's Bench - constitution

16. Court of King's Bench - constitution

17. Indian lands; Court of AppealInventory

Reel No.

1.
Vol. 1: A's, 1799-1817
Vol. 2: A's, 1831-1837
Vol. 3: A's, [1820]-1838
Vol. 4: B1, 1797
Vol. 5, 6: B2, 1838
Vol. 7: B1 - B28, 1797-1811
Vol. 8: B's, 1829-1838

2.
Vol. 8: continued
Vol. 9: B's, 1828-1840
Vol. 10: B28 - B66, 1839-1840
Vol. 11: B67 - B77, 1837-1838, 1840
Vol. 12: C1 - C68, 1797-1818
Vol. 13: C1 - C26, 1818-1825
Vol. 14: C27 - C42, 1826-1828
Vol. 15: C1 - C24, 1828-1831

3.
Vol. 15: continued
Vol. 16: C1 - C40, 1831-1836
Vol. 17: C41 - C60, 1836-1838
Vol. 18: C1 - C40, 1838-1839
Vol. 19: C43 - C68, 1839-1840; C1 - C8, 1840-1841
Vol. 20: D1 - D23, 1793-1814
Vol. 21: D1 - D16, 1832-1837
Vol. 22: D1 - D41, 1838-1840

4.
Vol. 22: continued
Vol. 23: E1 - E12, 1799-1817
Vol. 24: E1 - E15, 1838-1840
Vol. 25: F1 - F40, 1795-1818
Vol. 26: F1 - F39, 1818-1821

5.
Vol. 27: F40 - F80, 1820-1829
Vol. 28: F82 - F107, 1820-1828
Vol. 29: F1 - F7, 1829-1831; F1 - F33, 1831-1836
Vol. 30: F34 - F54, 1836-1837: F1 - F9, 1831-1832
Vol. 31: F1 - F32, 1831-1840
Vol. 32: G1 - G51, 1799-1818

6.
Vol. 33: G1 - G37, 1823, 1838-1840
Vol. 34: G1 - G5, 1828-1830; G1 - G13, G83, 1833-1838
Vol. 34 pt. 2: H1 - H42, 1798-1818
Vol. 34 pt. 3: H1 - H14, 1820-1828
Vol. 35: H1 - H33, 1831-1837
Vol. 36: H1-H39, 1838-1839; H2, H6, 1840; H42 - H56, 1840

7.
Vol. 36: continued
Vol. 37: I's, 1803-1815; I1, 1798; I1, 1826; I2's, 1826, 1829
Vol. 38: I1 - I27, 1833-1840; I1 - I8, 1838-1839
Vol. 39: J1 - J45, 1795-1804, 1815, 1822
Vol. 40: J47 - J69, 1798-1815
Vol. 41: J1 - J5, 1827-1829; J2 - J19, 1837-1839; J1 - J16, 1835-1841
Vol. 42: K1 - K4, 1799-1807; K1's, 1825, 1828; K1 - K4, 1833-1836; K1 - K6, 1830, 1838
Vol. 43: K7 - K28, 1838-1841

8.
Vol. 43 continued
Vol. 44 pt. 1: L1 - L17, 1797-1812; L's (5), 1814-1816; L1's, 1829, 1819; L2's, 1824, 1825; L3's (2), 1828
Vol. 44 pt. 2: L1 - L19, 1831-1837
Vol. 45: L1 - L15, 1838
Vol. 46: L16 - L44, 1838-1840; L1, L1-L4, 1840
Vol. 47: M1 - M49, 1797-1818
Vol. 48: M1 - M26, 1819-1828; M's (7), 1830-1833; M1 - M8, 1829-1831

9.
Vol. 49, M1 - M47, 1831-1838
Vol. 50: M1 - M19, 1838
Vol. 51: M20, 1838
Vol. 52: M21 - M65, 1838-1840; M1 - M3, 1840; M(no number), 1840
Vol. 53: A. McNab - settlers in McNab Township, 1825-1842

10.
Vol. 54: Mc1 - Mc24, 1838-1839
Vol. 55: Mc25 - Mc48, 1839-1840; Mc1, 1840
Vol. 56: N15, 1840; N(no number), 1816, 1840; N1 - N5, 1804-1812; N1 - N5, 1821-1828; N1 - N10, 1831-1837
Vol. 57: N1 - N16, 1835-1840
Vol. 58: O1 - O53, 1797-1817
Vol. 59: O1 - O6, 1820-1828; O1's, 1832, 1828; O2, O6, 1830, 1836; O7 - O15, 1834-1838; O4 - O15, 1838-1840
Vol. 60: P1 - P78, 1798-1818
Vol. 61: P1 - P24, 1816-1825

11.
Vol. 61: continued
Vol. 62: P25 - P38, 1819-1827
Vol. 63: P1 - P15, 1828-1831; P1 - P33, 1831-1838
Vol. 64: P1 - P30, 1838-1839
Vol. 65: P31 - P37, 1839
Vol. 66: P48 - P57, 1839-1840; P1 - P4, 1840-1841
Vol. 67: Q1 - Q3, 1797-1809; Q1 - Q9, 1838-1839; Q1, 1840

12.
Vol. 67: continued
Vol. 68: R1 - R48, 1798-1802
Vol. 69: R37 - R54, 1810-1815
Vol. 70: R1 - R24, 1817-1824; R96, 1820
Vol. 71: R25 - R39, 1824- 1828
Vol. 72: R1 - R11, 1828-1831
Vol. 73: R1 - R23, 1832-1839
Vol. 74: R22 - R49, 1836-1838
Vol. 75: R1 - R26, 1838-1839

13.
Vol. 75: continued
Vol. 76: R28 - R39, 1839-1840; R1 - R2, 1840
Vol. 77: S, 1796-1816
Vol. 78: S(no numbers), 1798-1799; S1 - S68, 1796-1802
Vol. 79: S69 - S92, 1800 - 1819
Vol. 80: S1 - S27, 1818-1825
Vol. 81: S28 - S44, 1825-1828; S1 - S11, 1829-1832; S2, S16, 1832; S41, 1840; S47, 1836
Vol. 82: S1 - S26, 1831-1834

14.
Vol. 82: continued
Vol. 83: S27 - S69, 1834-1837
Vol. 84: S1 - S20, 1838
Vol. 85: S21 - S69, 1838-1839
Vol. 86: S70 - S93, 1839-1840; S1 - S6, 1840
Vol. 87: Talbot Settlement, 1792-1843
Vol. 88: T1 - T6, 1791-1805; T1 - T9, 1825-1828; T1 - T3, 1829-1834

15.
Vol. 88: continued
Vol. 89: T1 - T6, 1791-1805; T1 - T11, 1833-1837; T1 - T3, 1829-1834; T1 - T9, 1825-1828
Vol. 90: T31 - T52, 1839-1840; T2, 1841
Vol. 91: U1 - U9, 1799-1812; U1, 1839; V1 - V8, 1829-1840; V1, 1840
Vol. 92: W1 - W15, 1799-1806
Vol. 93: W16 - W28, 1806-1819
Vol. 94: W1 - W8, 1820-1828; W1 - W12, 1829-1831
Vol. 95: W7, 1828

16.
Vol. 95: continued
Vol. 96: W1 - W22, 1832-1837
Vol. 97: W1 - W45, 1838-1840
Vol. 98: Y1 - Y7, 1840
Vol. 99: Y1 - Y21, 1783-1797; Y1, 1803; Y1 - Y5, 1838-1839
Vol. 100: Miscellaneous, 1787-1818
Vol. 101: Miscellaneous, 1822-1838

17.
Vol. 101: continued
Vol. 102: Miscellaneous, 1838-1839
Vol. 103: Miscellaneous, 1840-1841

18.
Vol. 104: Miscellaneous, 1802-1843

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