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Settlers story in 1815

Murray Township near Carrying Place

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Records of the Bay of Quinte

These documents tell a great story about a group of emigrants and show the government process for getting them settled. They are in Montreal in August 1815 and arrive by batteau in Kingston about 10 days later before going up to the Head of the Bay of Quinte at Carrying Place to receive their land. Official concern is expressed about tools for settlement and that some are "sickly". The last document is a locations report from 1816 showing the emigrants located on their lots in Murray Township along with others settlers.
There are lists of the names of these settlers at various spots below.

The canal reserve mentioned was set aside in 1796 and it was not till 1889 that the Murray Canal was finally completed. Randy Saylor,  transcribed Dec 2011


Use these links to jump up and down this page.
1. List of emigrants at La Chine, Montreal
2. List of emigrants at Kingston
3. Four letters about surveying the settlement area
4. Locations of settlement for emigrants and others
5. Map of Murray Township, 1878



1. List of emigrants at La Chine, Montreal

Quarter Mr Generals Office
Montreal 16th August 1815

Sir

In obedience to the Quarter Master General’s Commands, I have the honor to enclose you a list of settlers, who are on their way to Kingston under the charge of Captain Bullock of the 41st Regiment, I respect the whole will leave La Chine to day if a sufficient number of batteau men can be procured.

I have the honor to be
Sir
Your most obedient, humble Servant
Glt Barnes Cat Dm Dm Gent

[addressed to]
His Excellency
Major General Sir Frederick Robinson
KCB etc etc



Returns of Settlers and their Families for Upper Canada
La Chine 15th Aug 1815
Men Women Children
Cn Ricrd Bullock Mrs Jane Bullock } seven children

Eliza Bullock }
Edward Hatfull Martha Hatfull One
John Nicklin Mary Nicklin Five
James H Powers Ann Powers 1st }
James Powers Ann Powers 2nd } One 
Samuel Powers Frances Powers }
John M Flindal Susanah Flindal 1st }

Susanah Flindal 2nd Four

Charlotte Flindal }
Henry Melville Mary Melville Four
Thomas Smith Mary Smith Four
Thomas Potts Charlotte Potts Five
Wm Brown Ann Brown Two
Ralf Bell Sarah Bell One
William Brauch [Branch]
Caroline Brauch One
Gilbert Cowan

Edward Evans

Total 15 men 16 women 35 children



Signed Richard Bullock

Captain 41st Regiment

[to] G? Barnes Capn

D? DM Genl




2. List of Emigrants at Kingston

Returns of Settlers & their Families from Quebec

Kingston 26th Aug 1815
Settlers Names Women No of Children
Capt Richd Bullock Mrs Jane Bullock eight children
Edward Hatfull Martha Hatfull One
John Nicklin Mary Nicklin Five
James Holt Powers Ann Powers 1st
James Powers Ann Powers 2nd } One 
Samuel Powers Frances Powers }
John Flindal Susanah Flindal 1st

Susanah Flindal 2nd } Four

Charlotte Flindal }
Henry Melville Mary Melville } Four
Gilbert Cowan
}
Thomas Smith Mary Smith Four
Thomas Potts Charlotte Potts Five
Willm Brown Ann Brown Two
Ralph Bell Sarah Bell One
William Brauch [Branch]
Caroline Brauch One
Edwd Evans

Total 15 men 15 women 36 children



[Signed] Richard Bullock

Captn 41st Regiment


Source: Civil Secretary's Correspondence, Upper Canada Sundries, 1766-1841, RG5 A1, LAC, film also at AO, Vol 23, C-4545, pp. 10348-51, 10407-08 [ above 3 items]

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3. Four letters about surveying the settlement area

Surveyor Genl Office
York 17th September 1815

Sir
I had the honor to receive two days ago, from Major Rogers, your Excellency’s commands to me of the 6th instant.

I have now the Honor to transmit copy of my letter of this date, aforesaid to Mr John Ryder licenced surveyor or to any other surveyor, directing him to place himself, without delay, under the orders of major Rogers at the Carrying Place at the Head of the Bay of Quinte.

I also commit to the care of Major Rogers Plans of Murray & Cramahe, on which the Persons are marked together with such other observation as may serve as a guide to the surveyor in his operations.

I beg leave to state to your Excellency that the canal Reserve in Murray, to the extent of 3000 acres, was ordered to be reserved by Lieut Governor Simcoe, in Council, on the 18th July 1796 “for the purpose of facilitating the cutting of a canal between the Bay of Quinty and Newcastle, or for such, public benefit as it may be appropriated.”

On the 16 March 1810, John Drummond Smith was ordered by Lt Governor Gore, a licence of occupation for 800 acres of land being part of the Canal Reserve  in Murray, & composed of Lots no  22. 23.24 in the broken concession B and Lots no 22. 23.24 in the broken concession C. C. This licence is only during pleasure – and may be rescinded at any time by Your Excellency in Council.

I have written to Mr Sherwood desiring him to survey such lands as may be required by Mr McDonnell for the settlement of his people and a Mr Sherwood has executed many surveys in the District of Johnstown, I humbly conceived that he will be able to direct the applicant for the Crown Reserve, and such other vacant Lots, as I have reported to the Superintendant, with much difficulty.

I have the Honor further to state to Your Excellency, that I have this day (the 18 Sept) given to Major Rogers, a List of the Crown Reserves in the Township of Sidney & Thurlow amounting to 71 Lots of 200 acres each, for which no description of Lease has issued – and one Lot of 125 acres in Sidney.

I have the Honor to be with the greatest Respect
Your Excellency’s most dutiful Servant
Thos Ridout
Surveyr Genl

[addressed to]
To His Excellency
Sir Frederick Robins KCB

Provl Lt Governor of Upper Canada

Source: Civil Secretary's Correspondence, Upper Canada Sundries, 1766-1841, RG5 A1, LAC, film also at AO, Vol 24, C-4545, pp. 10625-27


[17 Sept 1815]
To Mr John Rider surveyor or any other licenced surveyor

Sir
His Excellency the Provl Lieutenant Governor having required that a surveyor be sent to the to the Carrying Place at the Head of the Bay of Quinte to assist in the locating the settlers who are lately arrived there from England, I am to request and that you will without loss of time go thither and place yourself under the direction of David McGregor Rogers Esq Dept Superintendent of locations for the said settlers, and execute all such surveys and other services as may be deemed necessary for locating the said settlers upon the lands intended for them, for which services, I am the informed, you will be allowed the sum of 10 shillings currency per diem together with a ration, during the time you may be employed, to be born on the accounts of, and paid by the department appointed for locating the new settlers or in such other way as His Excellency may be pleased to direct.

I now deliver to Major Rogers plans of the township of Murray and Cramahe to be your guide in your operations, having marked the Crown and Clergy Reserves in the said Townships, and placed the names of the persons on the Crown Reserves, for whom the descriptions for lease have passed this office  - The crown reserves and on which no name is written, may be considered as vacant – all the other lots excepting those on which the word “vacant” is written are under location.

I am Sir
Your Obedt humbl Servt
Signed Thos Ridout
Survr Genl

[addressed to]
Surveyor General Office
York 17th Sept 1815

Source: Civil Secretary's Correspondence, Upper Canada Sundries, 1766-1841, RG5 A1, LAC, film also at AO, Vol 24, C-4545, pp. 10628-29




Haldimand 8th Oct 1815

Sir
I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your letter with my instructions and also orders to receive sundry persons as settlers.

I have also received the directions respecting their rations to be issued at the Carrying Place with directions to guide himself by it in all future issues of provisions.

Immediately upon my return from York I forwarded a letter to His Excellency from the Surveyor General, in answer to the one I took up, and a letter from myself to you, those letters were sent to Mr. Graham a merchant of Kingston, and I hope he delivered them safe, I have to lament that I have as yet received no answer to mine or any directions wither I should cause the Canal Reserve to be Surveyed or not. You will observe by the Survr Genls letter that he did not think proper to give directions to have that land surveyed as it was received by order of the Lt Govr in council, I therefore was in hopes to receive further orders as I had no orders to get the land surveyed myself .

The settlers that have come up are as yet at the Carrying Place where their accommodations are by no means good, and many of them are quite sickly, and I fear that by the delay in getting the lands surveyed I shall not be able to get them on their lands this fall.

I was quite disappointed to find that no tools had been sent up with the provisions or since. I was informed that all that was required could not be furnished at Kingston, but that they were in the store filling axes Trooz? Whip saws & grindstones if a few of those had been sent up with the settlers, they would have been very useful. I have not yet been able to procure axes for them to cut firewood but in trying to furnish a few here as it is impossible for to do without them.

I beg you will be pleased to inform me by the bearer Mr. Ruttan whether the Canal Reserve is to be surveyed or not and how soon I am to expect the tools for the settlers. I received from the Survr Genl a list of Crown Reserves not leased in the Townships of Cramahe Murray Sydney and Thurlow[,] some of which I have given tickets of location for, but as those lots are very much scattered they will not suit the immigrants that came up with Captn Bullock if they can settle together on the canal reserve as they at first expected. 

I have the honor
Sir
Your most Obedt huml Servant
DMG Rogers

Dy Supert of Locations

Source: Civil Secretary's Correspondence, Upper Canada Sundries, 1766-1841, RG5 A1, LAC, film also at AO, Vol 24, C-4545, pp. 10722-24.



Headquarters Kingston

12th October 1815

Sir
Understanding that Major General Sir Fredk Robinson previous to his transferring the command in this province to me, had directed the transmission to you of all papers respecting the settlers arrived from Great Britain, I have the honor to enclose to you a letter from Major Rogers Depty Supt of Locations , stationed at the head of the Bay of Quinte, requesting instructions respecting the settlement intended to be formed upon the Canal reserves. 

The tools mentioned by him I learn from the Commissary Lieut are now on their way up.

I have the honor to be
Your excellency’s
Most Obedient and Most Humble Servant
L De? Watteville
Major Lieut Commands 

[addressed to]
Your Excllency
Francis Gore Esqr
York

Source: Civil Secretary's Correspondence, Upper Canada Sundries, 1766-1841, RG5 A1, LAC, film also at AO, Vol 24, C-4545, pp. 10720-21

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4. Location list for Emigrants and others

Surveyor Generals Office
York 11th September 1816

Sir
I have the honor to acquaint you for the Information of His Excellency the Lieut Governor, that no return of Location made under the Superintendent or Deputy Superintendent of Emigrant Settlers etc in the Eastern & Johnstown Districts since the 16th March – or in the Midland and Newcastle Districts since the 24th of April last, has been transmitted to this office.

Copy of the Report of Locations made in the Township of Murray including the lands at the Canal Reserve, is herewith enclosed –

I have the honor to be
Sir
Your Most Obedient humble Servant
Thos Ridout
Surveyr Genl

[addressed to]
Edward Malcolm Esq
Ass Secretary to His Excellency
The Lt Governor


Return of Persons who have received Locations of Lands in the Township of Murray from the locating department at the Head of the Bay of Quinty


To the 24th April 1816
Names Description Number of Lot Con Acres Remarks
Edward Hatfull Purser Royal Navy 20 A
200 Improved by 100 acres, see report
John Brock Sergt Cannadn Fencibles West Side 12 B 100
Joseph Harvey Private 41st Regt East Side 12 do 100
William Joy Captn   Do   Do West Side 12 [sic] do 100 Perhaps west side No 13
William Ireland Settler East half 13 do 100
Capn Richd Bullock 41st Regt & receiving Officer 15 do 100
Henry Melville Emigrant East half 16 do 100
Gilbert Cowan    do West half 16 do 100
Edward Evans    do East half 17 do 100
Thomas Pots    do West half 17 do 100
Thomas Smith    do East half 18 do 100
William Brown    do West half 18 do 100
James Holt Powers    do East half 19 do 100
Samuel Powers    do West half 19 do 100
William Branch    do East half 20 do 100
Ralph Bell    do West half 20 do 100
John Metcalf Sergt 19th Dragoons East half 21 do 100
William Meredith Private 90th Regiment West half 21 do 100
John Bowerman Privt Glengy Lt Infy West half 7 C 100
William Smith Junr do   do   do    do   9 do  100
John Flindall Emigrant    do   8 do  100
John Sweep Copl Glengy Lt Infy    do   10 do  100
Enoch Allard Privt Glengy Lt Infy    do   13 do  100
Peter Valliere    do   do   do    do   14 do  100
Joseph Gold    do   do   do    do   17 do  100
John Nicklin Emigrant    do   18 do  100
John Jackson    do    do   19 do  100
Lewis Lewis Privt 6th Regt    do   20 do  100
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William Page Settler West half 21 C
100

Dirk Yeons? Privte Cannadn Fencibles    Do   22 do
100
Daniel Walker Privt Glengy Lt Infy    Do   23 do 100
Andrew Hoffman    do   do   do    Do   24 do 100
Nicholas Huff    do   DeWallevilles Regt    Do   25 do 100
Luther E Eastling    do   Glengy Lt Infy    Do   26 do 100
Edward Bamber Emigrant front pt   5 9 100
John Bluett    do front pt   9 2 100 Improved by S Sherwood, see report




2800
Total
No of Persons 36










Surveyor Generals Office "signed" DMG Rogers 



York 11th September 1816 Dy Supt of Locations



A true copy




Thos Ridout




Surveyor Genl





Source: Civil Secretary's Correspondence, Upper Canada Sundries, 1766-1841, RG5 A1, LAC, film also at AO, Vol 30, C-4547, pp. 13624-27
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5. Map of  Murray Township 1878
Below is part of Murray Township from the well known Belden Atlas, 1878. Note the Canal Reserve. The emigrants above settled in Concession B, just above the Canal Reserve and some of the surnames are still evident 60 years later - Powers, Flindal, Evans and Rogers. The road going through these lots was named English Settlement Rd in honour of this event and is seen on this page from Google Maps.

Click here to see a larger map.
Murray map

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