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Accession Number: 88-018


A. Jeffrey & Son fonds. -- 1861-1869. -- 13 cm of textual records.

Biography / History

Andrew Jeffrey was a long term resident of Cobourg, Canada West. He is mentioned in the book "Cobourg Early Days and Modern Times" as being nominated as an elder of the Presbyterian Church in 1827. He was elected to the Board of Police in 1837 after the town became incorporated. In the same year, as a member of the Board of Trade, he and other merchants decided to close their businesses at 7 pm from December 22, 1837 to April, 1838 in order to have the benefits that businessmen in Toronto and Montreal enjoyed. He was a councillor in 1851 and Mayor in 1852. He kept a private school at the corner of King and D'Arcy Streets. Throughout this time he ran a Foundry and later a Hardware Store. Cobourg has named a street after A. Jeffrey. In 1853 A. Jeffrey had his son-in-law, Robert Kingan, open a branch store in Peterborough (Taken from: Kidd, Martha Ann. "Peterborough's Architectural Heritage", p 26.) (Please see other Peterborough histories in order to find more information on the Kingan branch of the Jeffrey family.)

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Scope and Content

This fonds consists of one ledger and one letter book of A. Jeffrey & Son of Cobourg, Canada West and Ontario. These are excellent records of who supplied goods to merchants in Canada West and how they were shipped.


Title based on creator of fonds.

This fonds was donated by an unknown source.

Restrictions: N

Finding aids: Y

For related records see: 01-1022.

Finding Aid

Ledger: Ledger dates from 1851 to 1869. Page 3 concerns accounts of foundry repairs totaling 461.3.3. Page 8 lists account of A. Moscrip of Cobourg (see 88-014). Articles sold were various items of hardware: white lead, putty, varnish, glass, nails, rope, scythe and so forth. Customers listed include Thomas Short, Keene, Trustees of the Grammar School, Ontario Distillery, Foulds Brothers. Cover is labelled: 1868 A. Jeffrey & Son, Cobourg, Ontario.

Letter Book: This letter book is a record of orders placed by A. Jeffrey & Son, Cobourg  

- Entries such as the following appear on page 1: Order for Sundries to be furnished by Messrs. Henry Rogers Sons & Coy, Wolverhamton, England, on account of A. Jeffrey & Son Cobourg C.W. to be shipped by first steamer from Liverpool to Montreal fully insured this to Cobourg and marked: B AJ & SC

- The order which follows is 3 pages long and includes such items as 6 dozen padlocks, 3 gross pen holders, 1 dozen japanned coal scoops, 48 Fosters plow moulds. Order is dated Cobourg, 7th June 1862, A. Jeffrey & Son.

- A. Jeffrey regularly ordered Phoenix bar iron (round, square, flat and half-round) from Coatbridge, Scotland. - glass products such as lamps and lamp chimneys were ordered from the New England Glass Company in Boston to be shipped by Grand Trunk Railway via Portland. Locks, keys, door knobs, escutcheons etc. were ordered from New York and shipped by canal to Oswego and thence by lake to Cobourg.