Fonds 75-1026 - Richard Birdsall fonds

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Richard Birdsall fonds

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CA ON00333 75-1026

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  • 1827-1920 (Creation)
    Birdsall family
  • Photocopied [ca. 1975] (originally created 1837-1839) (Creation)

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23 items
1 metre

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Richard Birdsall (1799-1852) was born at Thorton-le-dale, England, and educated at Londesbrough, Yorkshire. In 1817 he emigrated to Canada and in 1820 was commissioned to survey Newcastle District, where he was to remain for the rest of his life. In 1821 he married Elizabeth Burnham, daughter of Zaccheus Burnham. She died in a tragic fall in 1827 and he remarried 9 years later to Charlotte Jane Everett of Belleville. His work also includes the survey for the town of Peterborough. In 1831, he was commissioned Captain of the fourth Regiment of Northumberland Militia and he led the Asphodel contingent when the militia was called out in the Rebellion of 1837. He was an officer in the Peterborough Regiment and later he served as a Commissioner of the Court of Requests and a Justice of the Peace. In 1841, he was the councillor for Asphodel and from 1850, until his death, he represented Asphodel at the Peterborough County Council as its first Reeve.

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Fonds consists of photocopies of correspondence, petitions, drafts of same to be sent, letters received relating to Birdsall's efforts in organizing a volunteer militia in 1838, and relations regarding the 7th Provincial Battalion. The fonds also includes a few materials relating to surveying. The photocopied records date from 1837 to 1839.

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Fonds acquired in 1975 from an unknown source. Additional material acquired in 2013 from Mrs. Barbara Mather.


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Related material can be found in: 69-001, 71-006, 72-1001, 83-015, 91-1020 and 14-002.

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