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Accession Number: 86-028


John Bee fonds. -- 1848-1853. -- 12.5 cm of textual materials. -- ca. 50 photographs.

Biography / History

John Bee owned Lot 16, Concession 1 in Cavan Township in the 1850's. His family owned and operated a grist and saw mill on the Ganaraska River near Port Hope from the 1850's onwards. John was also a cobbler from 1847 onwards. Hiram Bee had a store and at some point the Bees married into the Austin family.

Custodial History


Scope and Content

This fonds consists of day books, account books, miscellaneous invoices, and photographs relating to the John Bee family who operated a saw mill near Port Hope in the 1850's.


Title based on the creator of the fonds.

This fonds was donated by an unknown source.

Restrictions: N

Finding aids: Y

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Box 1


1: Cobbler's Day Book -April 15th, 1848 to January, 1953. -John Bee -Entry after Dec 17th, 1848: "John Bee BELEBURREN (Bailieboro?) P.O. Caveng (Cavan?) CONTY OF DERRHAM (County of Durham?) CANADA WAST (Canada West?)"

2: Miller's Day Book -May 3rd, 1861 to 1864 -John Bee -lumber, flour and other items

3: Cobbler's Account Book -1848 to 1856 - John Bee

4: Butcher's Account Book -1914 to 1924 (approximate) -Harry Austin -Port Hope

5: Butcher's Account Book -1912 to 1913 - Harry Austin

6: Butcher's Account Book -1918 to 1919 - Harry Austin

7: Merchant, etc. Day Book -Jan 1861 to 1866 -Hiram and John Bee -written in at least two places "Command you may your mind from play every moment in the day."

8: Miscellaneous invoices -1847 to 1866 - regarding John Bee

9: Merchant's Day Book -1858 and 1870 - Hiram Bee

10: Miscellaneous invoices to Matthew Winter 1905 to 1908

11: Farm Lease to John Bee 1873

12: Photographs -medium sized -unidentified -29

13: Photographs -small sized -unidentified - 24 + 4 tintypes

14: Photographs -some annotations on back - 10

15: Miscellaneous -addresses