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List of Settlers, Percy Township, 1797

[Northumberland County]

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Records of the Bay or Quinte

Percy Township, now in Northumberland County, was settled early and the lists below were prepared as "returns" to measure the improvments that had been made. These men were granted land as "settlers" and not as Loyalists and likely came from the States. A few had previously settled in the Quinte area and were trying to get extra land. As of 1794, a settler had only to occupy the lot and build a house to get a patent. Further conditions were added in 1798 requiring settlers to clear and fence 5 acres.

For these Percy settlers,
Asa Danforth and Aaron Greeley were acting as "agents" for American speculators Baker Associates, called 'nominees', who were to get a fee for each settler who got a patent. Greeley was an authorized deputy surveyor who settled near Carrying Place in 1795 and then got involved with Danforth. When the scheme came to nothing he returned to the States in 1806. See They Left Their Mark, Surveyors and Their Role in the Settlement of Ontario, John L Ladell, Dundurn, 1993, Chap. 8.

There are 3 separate sets of these lists presented below.  The second list has quite a few notes that were filed with the bundle and t
hese notes are indexed by name, date and a comment at the end.

Use these links to jump up and down this web page.
  1. June 1797 list
  2. Aug 1797 list
  3. Index of Notes from the bundle above
  4. May 1799 list
All three lists are found in the Upper Canada Land Petitions, LAC, RG 1 L3.
  1. 1797, V400a, bundle P3, #88 & 89, film at AO C-2489
  2. 1799, V400a, bundle P4, #11, film at AO C-2489
Names transcribed as written and can be a challenge to decifier. Let me know if you think names have been misread.
Randy Saylor, Jan 2012



1. June 17, 1797 - A List of Settlers Names in the Town of Percey [88]
by Danforth & Greeley agents for Baker Associates.
Council Office, York
June 17, 1797
The [below] is a true list
[signed] Asa Danforth [&] Aaron Greeley
PR [Peter Russell]

Names of Settlers Lots Cons
Samuel Potts 24 1
Samuel Danforth 22 Ditto
John Dunn 15 Ditto
Gardner Cleaveland 18 Ditto
Thomas Gastin 17 Ditto
Amasa Brunson 24 2
Elias Thurner 20 1
Daniel Silver 9 4
Resolved Cleaveland 18 1
Abner Silver 14 3
John Richardson 17 Ditto
Benjamin Richardson Jnr 18 Ditto
Joseph Richardson 19 Ditto
Roger Merrill 24 Ditto
Ezra Woodworth 15 Ditto
Stephen Tucknor 12 Ditto
John Devine 16 Ditto
Ezra Wildman 18 Ditto
Rolluff Whitney 19 Ditto
Barnabas Brunson 23 Ditto
John Dickey 24 Ditto
Elihu Linclon [sic] 12 Ditto
Solomon Woodworth 22 Ditto
Rufus Wells 13 4
Charles Tripp 8 Ditto
Ezra Woodworth 14 Ditto



2. 29 Aug 1797 - Town of Percey [89]
Aaron Greeley
Signed and sworn in Council 1 Sepr 1797
[signed] Peter Russell
29 Aug 1797

Sworn in Council 1 Sep 1797

Town of Percey Lot Concessions
Elihu Lincoln 12 5
Samuel Pitts 24 1
Samuel Danforth 22 1
John Dunn 15 1
Gardner Cleavland 18 1
Thomas Gastin 17 1
Amasa Brunson 24 2
Elias Turner 20 1
Daniel Silver 9 4
Resolver Cleavland 19 2
Abner Silver 14 3
John Richardson 17 3
Benjamin Richardson Jnr 18 3
Joseph Richardson 19 3
Rogger Merrill 24 3
Ezra Woodworth 14 4
Stephen Tuknor 12 4
John Devine 16 4
Ezra Wildman 18 4
Ruloff Whitney 19 4
Barnabas Brunson 23 4
John Dickey 24 4
Solomon Woodworth 22 4
Rufus Wells 13 4
Charles Tripp 8 4
William M Orr 12 7



3. Index of Notes from the bundle above.
Amasa Brunson 7 March 1806 David McGregor Rogers Esq paid patent fees for Amasa Brunson
Resolved Cleavland 15 June 1801 Has cleared 7 acres and has a house 11 by 14 ft lot 9, Con 7 and is settled with his family; Alexander Chisholm 
Ezra Woodworth 2 April 1804 certify has 5 acres of improvements and a house on lot 14, con 4. Benjamin Richardson JP
Roger Merrill 31 July 1811 Paid patent fees by agent Asel Jerome
Elihu Lincoln 23 Aug 1808 Paid patent fees. Lot 13, con 4 has a log house better than 16 by 20 ft and cleared 20 acres.
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4. 1 May 1799 - A List of Settlers in the Township of Piercey
Rec'd 7 May 1799
Thomas Gastin Lot 17, Con 1 3 acres partly cleared; said to be gone to the States after his family to bring them in
Gardner Cleaverland Lot 18, Con 1 No improvements; said that his sickness prevented him improving also said that he has gone to the States to bring his family and settle
Elias Turner Lot 20 Con 1 about 2 acres partly cleared said to be in the States
Justus Spalding Lot 14, Con 2 about 10 acres clear
Resolved Cleaverland Lot 19 Con 2 about 8 acres cleared occupied by a tenant
Barnabus Brunson Lot 24 Con 2 about 10 acres clear
Abner Silver Lot 14 Con 3 about 3 acres clear; not settled
Jacob Dingman Lot 12 Con 3 about 7 acres clear
Roger Merrill Lot 24 Con 3 about 4 acres clear
Ezra Woodworth Lot 14 Con 4 a very triffling improvement gone to the States some time since
Richard Sharp Lot 12 Con 4 a small house and a triffling of clearing
Elihiu Lincoln Lot 12 Con 5 about 6 acres clear
Rufus Well Lot 13 Con 4 about 4 acres clear; living in Cramahe
Amos Brunson Lot 23 Con 4 about 3 acres clear; not settled

NB. Partly cleared meaning about the half the work done to be fit for use; that cut and small timber - piled -
[signed] A. Jones D.P.S.
1 May 1799
[signed] A Jones D.P.S.
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