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Accession Number: 77-1021


John Huston letters fonds. -- Photocopied [before 1977]. -- 6 items.

Biography / History

John Huston was born in Ireland in 1790. He married Martha Middleton (1787-1867), also of Ireland, and they came to Upper Canada by way of New York. Together they had four children: Mary Anne, Jane, Eliza, and Joseph. On October 28, 1820, Huston was authorized by the government to assist in surveying the Peterborough area. He also worked closely with Peter Robinson in settling the Irish immigrants into Emily Township in 1825. As well as being a highly respected surveyor, Huston was a Captain in the Durham Volunteer Militia, and a Justice of the Peace. He died in Cavan on May 18, 1845 at the age of 55.

Custodial History

This fonds was in the custody of Mrs. Ian Logan of Bobcaygeon, Ontario before it was donated to the Trent University Archives.

Scope and Content

This fonds consists of photocopies of letters relating to the survey of Verulam Township including a letter of complaint from John Langton to Thomas Parkes regarding errors that were made in the survey; and letters from Huston to Peter Robinson and John Macaulay explaining how the errors were made. There is also a letter of recommendation from G. Boulton to Thomas Ridout recommending John Huston for his surveyor's licence on October 23, 1820.


Title based on the contents of the fonds.

This fonds was donated by Mrs. Ian Logan of Bobcaygeon, Ontario.

The original letters are located at the Archives of Ontario.

Restrictions: N

Associated materials located at the National Archives of Canada, the Archives of Ontario, and the Peterborough Centennial Museum and Archives.

For related records see: 71-006 and 76-1005.