Fonds MG 1 volume 483C - Alexander Houston

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Alexander Houston

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    MG 1 volume 483C

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    • 1778-1788 (Creation)
      Houston, Alexander, [174-]-1824

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    1 volume of textual records

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    Biographical history

    Alexander Houston is believed to have been a native of Galway [Galloway, Kirkcudbrightshire], Scotland, born circa 1746-1747. He emigrated from Scotland to Virginia and fought on the British side during the Revolutionary War. After the peace he accompanied his family of four, along with two servants, from New York to Shelburne, Nova Scotia. Once there the Crown granted him one farm lot, one town lot, and one water lot. According to his headstone in the Shelburne Presbyterian Cemetery, he died in July 1824. His wife, Janet, died on 26 August 1837 at 87 years of age.

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    Fonds consists of a bound diary in two sections. The first section was writen from 7 January 1778 to September 1779 while Houston was in New York. It recounts details of the weather, arrivals and departures of ships, troop movements, and various battles of the American rebels and their French allies against the British during the Revolutionary War. The second section of the diary was written in Shelburne, Nova Scotia and covers the period from 18 March to 30 May 1788. It details the weather, crop plantings and failures, ice conditions, hauling seaweed, dealing with the black flies, work around the house and other daily events. It is not certain that both portions of the diary were written by Alexander Houston because of differences in the handwriting.

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    The binding is coming apart and there is some damage consisting of torn and loose pages. Use microfilm.

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    Donated by the Nova Scotia Historical Society 1970.


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        Microfilm 23744.

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        No photocopying of original.

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