Item - North Oxford and West Zorra Road Company fonds

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North Oxford and West Zorra Road Company fonds

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  • 1855-1885 (Creation)
    North Oxford and West Zorra Road Company

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3 ledgers

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On March 7, 1855 the stockholders of the North Oxford and West Zorra Road Company meet at the Town of Embro for the purposes of constructing a road from the north side of the Great Western Rail Road at Beachville Station through the Township of North Oxford to where the line between the fifth and sixth concessions of West Zorra strikes the Governor’s Road, from thence to Embro, and from Embro north to the line between the fourth and fifth concessions of the northern limit of the Township of West Zorra. Abram Carrall, J.J. Dent Esq., Warren Henry, J.M. Ross, and Walter Tait were nominated as the first Directors of the Company and William Sutherland served as Secretary-Treasurer.

The following were named as original Stakeholders:

William Hook Jr. John M. Ross James Sutherland John McKay
James Burdick John D. Wilkerson D. Matheson Gunn James Adam
W.C. Loveys John Youngs Dr. G. Duncan Thomas Cooke
Asa Hallock J.C. Reid James Innes John Fraser
James McKay G.W. Sanderson A. Mathews Silas Cook
Daniel Karn Juia Dawns Alexander Gunn Joshua H. Youngs
James Henderson William Grant John McKay Walter Tate[sic]
John McDonald Mann Bros. John Cooke John D. Dent
William Sutherland David Innes Edward Higgins D.P. Youngs
L.S. Youngs A. McLeod Jacob Dean Denson Pelton
C. Martin Donald R. McPherson Warren Henry George Burton
Hugh Ross Charles Mason Abraham Carroll M.L. Green
Daniel Carrall Andrew Caroll Joseph Laycock Theron Hallock Jr.
Mervin Cody John Chalcroft George Gordon William Midgley
William Smith George Adam Roderick M. Fraser

By 1899, the road was owned by Malcolm McNeill, of the Village of Embro, and was known as the North Oxford and West Zorra Gravel Road.

In May 1901, the ratepayers of both the Township of North Oxford and the Township of West Zorra petitioned Oxford County Council to take such steps as may be necessary to abolish the toll gates on the said road, and a similar petition was once again presented in February 1903 by the ratepayers of Embro North Oxford, and West Zorra. In May 1904, an indenture was signed by Malcolm McNeill, and the Townships of North Oxford and West Zorra regarding the abandonment of the road and the abolition of the tolls thereon.

Today, the road is known as Oxford County Road No. 6.

Custodial history

The records were created and maintained by the North Oxford and West Zorra Road Company. They were eventually donated to the Woodstock Public Library, who in turn, transferred the records to the Oxford County Archives in April 2024.

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The fonds consists of three bound ledgers related to the day to day operations of the North Oxford and West Zorra Road Company between the years 1855 to 1885.

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The Records are in good condition.

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Oxford County Archives received the records from the Woodstock Public Library in April 2024.


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    The fonds is open to publish research. However, please contact the archivist responsible for the records regarding access, as some materials may be too fragile to handle. The Archives will make every effort to supply reference copies where feasible.

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    Copyright is held by the archives. Researchers are responsible for observing copyright regulations that may apply to the publication of their research. If you wish to publish any of this material, please contact the archivist responsible for the records.

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    Associated materials

    RG2 County of Oxford fonds, Series 4 Clerk, Subseries G: Roads & Bridges
    RG3 Zorra Township fonds, Series 3 West Zorra Township and Series 4 North Oxford Township
    COA149 Woodstock & Norwich Gravel Road Company fonds

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