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Accession Number: 77-005


Williams family fonds. -- 1838-1900. -- 30 cm of textual records.

Biography / History

John Tucker Williams, former Commander in the British Royal Navy, arrived in Canada in 1812 and commanded a vessel on the Lake (Lake Ontario) during the War of 1812. He eventually settled in Port Hope and established a farm/estate. He later became the first Mayor of the town of Port Hope. During the Rebellion of 1837, he commanded the Durham Regiment. He then represented Durham East in the Legislative Assembly of United Canada from 1840 to 1848. He married Sarah Ward, daughter of Judge Ward of Durham. Their children include sons Arthur T.H., Henry J.B., and Charles H.A., and daughter Amelia. John Tucker Williams died in 1854. His eldest son, Arthur Trefusis Heneage, was born at Port Hope in 1837. Arthur was educated at Upper Canada College, Toronto, and Edinburgh University, Scotland. He returned to Canada after graduating and like his father became a gentleman farmer. Also like his father, Arthur was active in politics and the military. He represented East Durham in the Legislative Assembly of Ontario from 1867 to 1875, and in the House of Commons in Ottawa from 1878 to 1885. During the Northwest Rebellion of 1885 he was Lieutenant-Colonel commanding the 46th Battalion of volunteer militia, and took part in the Battle of Batoche. Shortly after the battle, Arthur became ill and died near Fort Pitt, Saskatchewan on July 4, 1885.

Custodial History


Scope and Content

The fonds consists of correspondence and accounts of John Tucker Williams (1841-1854) and of his son Arthur T.H. Williams (1860-1885). Included are leases, deeds and lists of John Tucker Williams' land holdings; correspondence and accounts relating to the Canada Company; material relating to the John Tucker Williams' estate; material relating to the estate of Silas Williams and Company, merchant tailors; and other material relating to various members of the family.


Title based on the contents of the fonds.

The fonds was donated from an unknown source.

The fonds is arranged into series by person, and then files by record type.

Restrictions: N

Finding aids: Y

Associated material on the Williams Family is located at the Metropolitan Toronto Reference Library and the Archives of Ontario.

Finding Aid

Box 1


1: Correspondence, 1850-1854
includes letters from Frederick Widder of the Canada Company and letters from tenants on Williams' land Handbill with text of speech given by John Tucker Williams to "the free and independent electors of the County of Durham" 9 January 1841

2: Lists of J.T. Williams' land holdings; leased lands and to whom leased; taxes n.d., 1854
Leases, J.T. Williams to various people, of lots in the Townships of Hope, Cavan, Cartwright, Douro and Clarke, 1838-1853
Promissory notes

3: Canada Company account
Receipts and promissory notes, 1843- 1852

4: Receipts, John Tucker Williams Estate
Receipts, 1860-1886; 1900 chiefly for taxes on land
Correspondence, February to May 1855, mostly to William Fraser, relating to Williams' estate

5: John Tucker Williams Estate
Tax statements, 1851-1860
Correspondence, 1851; 1856-1863 re land in Hope and North Monaghan Townships
Mortgage, Benjamin Seymour to McDermot and Walsh, August 1854

Box 2


1: A.T.H. Williams
Correspondence, 1860-1881 - re rent on land; taxes; family matters

2: A.T.H. Williams
Correspondence, 1882-1885 - re land in Asphodel and Hope; timber rights; mortgages
Last Will and Testament of A.T.H. Williams, 30 April 1881
Deed, James Crofts Kennedy to Arthur T.H. Williams, 3 August 1874 Part lot 9 Concession 1 Hope.

3: A.T.H. Williams - Accounts, 1853-1881
Charles Williams - Accounts, 1860
Miss Williams (Amelia) - Accounts, 1861

4: Mrs J.T. Williams -Accounts, 1860; 1862
Henry J.B. Williams Estate - accountant's report from origin of estate to 1st September 1882 dated 6 October 1882
letter, John Ogilvy, Montreal to A.T. Ogilvy commenting on above report.

5: Silas Williams and Company - correspondence relating to the estate of S. Williams and Co., insolvents (merchant tailors), 1887-1888 - mostly between Henry White, assignee of the estate and Mills and Hutchinson, Montreal, woollen merchants - Fire Insurance policy, 11 March 1886

6: Miscellaneous
- newspaper clipping
- biography of A.T.H. Williams
- receipts, 1847-1887
- deed between Alexander Brown and George Reynolds, NE 1/4 lot 21 Concession 7 Cavan 22 Dec 1865
- assignment, David Irwin to W. Hodgson, Lot 19 14th Concession, Mariposa, 24 December 1855
- bill of complaint, The Midland Loan and Savings Co. vs Thomas Emmerson et al. n.d.