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Accession Number: 02-1005


Hastings County scrapbook. -- 1792-1910. -- 1 item.

Biography / History

In 1792, the United Counties of Northumberland and Durham were officially created in a proclamation made by Lieutenant-Governor John Graves Simcoe. The proclamation divided Upper Canada in 19 Counties for representation purposes. The United Counties are bounded by Lake Ontario in the south, Hastings County in the east, Ontario County in the west and Peterborough and Victoria Counties in the north.

Custodial History

Item was in the custody of Hugh Bedford-Jones before being passed to his estate. Item was in the custody of Bill Goodwin, son-in-law, before being donated to Trent University Archives in 2002.

Scope and Content

Item includes a collection of signatures, notes, and documents pasted into a copy of the "Annual Report on Normal, Model, Grammar and Common Schools...," 1857. Materials relate, for the most part, to the Bell and Canniff families of Thurlow Township, Hastings County. Other items of note include a document certifying parents' satisfaction with teacher Robert Laing, Big Island, 1817; a document relating to the building of a bridge across a creek in Thurlow Township, 1832; a notice regarding a meeting to elect officers for the formation of an agricultural society in Hastings County [Midland District Agricultural Society], 1830; and a declaration regarding Stephen Ferguson Bell who saw "a greate shooting of the stars... a continual shooting from the center of the Heavens in every direction," 1833.


Title based on a description of the item.
Generally excellent, with some acidic discolouration.
Item acquired in 2002 from Bill Goodwin.
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