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Accession Number: 12-006


Leggott family fonds. -- 1863-1980. -- 12 cm of textual records. -- 1 medal.

Biography / History

Samuel Leggott was born in 1825 in England. He immigrated with his wife to Rochester, New York and later moved to Canada in approximately 1851 with their two sons, Samuel Richard and Thomas Walter (1850-1932). Thomas became a Reverend and married Lydia Knight. Samuel Richard married Annie Trude of Lakefield; they had 3 children, Samuel Trude (Truddie), William and Henrietta (Etta). Samuel Trude married Dora Pemberthy. He joined the Gas and Electricity Inspection Service with the Department of Trade and Commerce in 1922. In 1923, he was stationed in Belleville where in 1938 he became the District Inspector of Electricity and Gas. In 1905 the Leggott family purchased Reydon Manor (200 Queen Street Lakefield ON), the former home of Robert Strickland, son of Samuel Strickland.

Scope and Content

Fonds consists of correspondence, legal and financial documents, newspaper clippings, photographs and memorabilia relating to the Leggott family of Lakefield Ontario.


Custodial History: This fonds was created by the Leggott family and in the custody of Susan Taylor before it was donated to Trent University Archives.

Condition: Some of the items are brittle and very fragile. Handle with care and do not photocopy. Some of the photographs have been encapsulated in mylar.

Immediate Source: Fonds acquired in 2010 from Susan Taylor.

Restrictions: N

In some sources there are variations of the name Leggott, i.e. Leggot, Leggett, Legget.

We gratefully acknowledge the assistance of students in Fleming College's 2011 Archival Management class who helped to process this collection.

Reydon Manor, Lakefield, Ontario (between 1905 and 1936)

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Box 1

1. Correspondence, Samuel Richard Trude, 1907-1931; notable correspondents include C. Strickland, Northern Engineering and Contracting, Mississauga Tie and Lumber Company.
2. Correspondence, 1914-1943; Letters and legal documents relating to property in Alberta and Saskatchewan.
3. Correspondence, 1925-1936; Correspondence and legal and financial documents concerning property matters.
4. Correspondence, Samuel Trude Leggott, 1895-1936.
5. Correspondence, Mrs. Leggott, 1905-1989 (1939?)
6. Correspondence, Miscellaneous, 1893-1946.
7. Mementos, 1863-1980; includes 4 greeting cards, 1 birth certificate (Henrietta Elizabeth Leggott, bd. 1 Nov 1898)), 1 marriage certificate (Samuel Richard Leggott and Annie Trude, 21 Oct 1885), 8 collectible poetry cards, 1 set of cuff links in box, 1 Clementi Lodge medal and accompanying certificate.
8. Mortgage Documents, 1908-1935.
9. Personal Receipts, 1926-1932; includes household, personal and medical receipts.
10. Business Documents, 1911-1937; includes cheques, account statements, tax documents, and correspondence.
11. Posthumous Documents, 1890-1943; includes newspaper clippings, funeral cards, and funeral receipts.
12. Photographs (6): includes 1 unidentified tintype of a small girl; 2 photographs of the Cavendish Lumber Co. mill fire, 27 July 1907; 2 original photographs of "Reydon Manor" house [between 1905 and 1936]; 1 undated photograph of students and teacher in a Lakefield classroom, ca. 1910.

Lakefield, Ontario School, ca. 1910

Sam M. Hunter Trudie Leggot G. Northev [Balsdon] Blewett
Aubrey Miss Duff [C. Hatton] [Kelly] Graham Joe Laplante
Percy [Ned] C. McWilliams Don White Dunsford Kennedy
Mr. Hull P. Sherin Joe Hill [Labelle] Hendren  
[ ] Hill F. Hill T. Madhill [Baker] [Saulter]