Item AX2011.602.S01.004 - Daybook

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CA ON00031 AX2011.602-AX2011.602.S01.004

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  • 1902-1928 (Creation)
    Spence, John Harold

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1.5 cm of textual records

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(October 19, 1852 – March 27, 1929)

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John Harold Spence (October 19, 1852 – March 27, 1929) was the son of Captain John Spence and Jane Harold of Southampton, Ontario. He was also known as "Jack Spence" and "John Jr.". He married Martha Rusk, of Southampton, in December 1878. He earned his master's (marine) certificate in 1874.

John H. Spence along with his father, Captain John Spence and his brother, Harry Spence, engaged in a coastal trading and lumber business businesses in the 1880s and 1890s. They also kept general stores in Pike Bay, Dyer’s Bay and Tobermory in Bruce County, Ontario. John H. Spence was also involved with the family's schooners, including Wanderer and Nemesis, which were used in the trade of Hemlock bark taken from Pike Bay to Southampton, Port Elgin or Goderich. The family also shipped Pike Bay cedar to the Detroit area and brought a pay load of supplies in return for their general stores.

John H. Spence was involved in the 1876 daring rescue of the steamer New York on the Michigan coast of Lake Huron during a vicious fall storm by his father, Captain John Spence, and his Schooner, Nemesis. John H. Spence received a silver medal for his role.

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This daybook consists of a daily record of financial transactions, from 1902 to 1928, likely recorded by Captain John Harold ("Jack") Spence. The recorded transactions include the probate and managing of the estate of James Hendry Spence in 1907, with mention on the final page that Harry died November 22, 1906, that probate was granted January 23, 1907, and "resealed in Sask. April 15, 1912." John H. Spence and William McGregor Lambert were executors of the will of Henry James Spence.

The transactions recorded in the book involve individuals including: Alexander Emerson Belcher, Southampton; George E. Smith, Southampton; John Hilditch; Robert Bartley, Peter Knechtel, St. Paul's Church; John H. Spence; H.A. Spence; Cappy Spence, Will Spence, Nellie Currie, John Craig and the Fawcett Farm, some of which appear to have involved the payment of mortgages and transactions with private bankers. The transactions include references to "father's account" in the mid-1902s. The recorded transactions also include the payment of taxes and/or debentures to Eastnor, Lindsay and St. Edmunds townships.

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