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Miller family
MG 1 volumes 582-695 · Fonds · 1676-1944, predominant 1804-1889

Consists of records documenting five generations of the Miller family of Halifax and Lunenburg County and related families. The bulk contains correspondence, accounts, and bills relating to the business affairs of Jacob Miller, his son Garret, and his grandsons Garret, Jacob, and Joseph. The records also document the public offices held by the Miller men including their involvement in the Lunenburg County Court of General Sessions and militia and local church. Also contains family letters, deeds, indentures, briefs and other legal records, memo books, journals, scrapbooks and ephemera relating to various members of the Miller family and several generations of related families including Pernette, Allan, Aitkens, Hall, Godard, Mack, Owen, Erad, and Zouberbuhler. Journals kept by William D. Hall describe gold prospecting and mining activities and include mention of the Central Gold Mining Co. Also included are maps of Nova Scotia counties, Bridgewater and the Miller estate property, and Pernette property in Petite Riviere.

Miller family, 1742-
CO · Collection · 1703-1886

Consists of portions of the Colonial Office records containing information about Nova Scotia through the British colonial period. The collection includes the original correspondence or dispatches (in-letters) of the various colonial governors of Nova Scotia or other senior officials responsible for administering the colonial government, as well as entry books (out-letters) consisting of copies of Colonial Office replies. These are supplemented with various indexes, registers, acts passed by the colonial legislature, Blue Books of Statistics, sessional papers and miscellanea.

John Gorham
2013-014 · Fonds · 1748-1750

Consists of a single volume used as a waste or note book in which Gorham recorded, for the most part, financial transactions. In places the book displays some evidence that entries were later copied to ledger books recording the accounts of his ventures and pay of his men and many entries are about payments on accounts rather than direct cash transactions. The book covers activities during the period 1747 to 1750 and includes lists of expenses for recruiting, equipping and provisioning his company of rangers, lists of expenses for the upkeep and provisioning of several ships including the sloop Diligence and the schooners Warren and Anson. For the most part the volume documents the issuance of provisions and supplies to his men recording the distribution of food, clothing and to a lesser extent equipment and goods. Some entries record in the French language transactions with Acadians at Pizaquid (now Windsor, NS) for the provision of fresh meat and goods. Entries for wages paid, sometimes with the signed or marked receipts of his men appear throughout the book.

The start of the book contains many entries related to his establishment on Sable Island, some entered retrospectively from 1747, and other island entries are scattered across the volume. Entries generally record where the activity was happening be it Annapolis Royal, Chebucto (now Halifax,NS), Minas or Boston (MA, USA).

The volume also includes copies of a few letters. One in particular to a Mr Owles, speaks to the recruitment of rangers, the size of companies, some conditions of service and what happens in a peace. Also included in the volume is a crude manuscript map showing houses and names of some families, presumably along a portion of Cape Breton Island, NS – from Cape 'Shebnacada' (Shenacadie) which is a settlement located on the south end of St. Andrew’s Channel to past 'Grand Ance' (Grande Anse) which is on the north side of Lennox Passage. The volume ends with a description by Gorham in a two page entry of a skirmish with Mi'kmaq encountered by his sloop Diligence while sailing along the coastline in August of 1748 from 'Port Mahoan'(Mahone Bay) to 'Cape Porpicom'. (Portapique, Colchester County or Pubnico have been suggested as possible contemporary locations for "Porpicom".)

Gorham, John
RG 47 · Fonds · 1749-1994

Consists of original land transaction registers containing transcribed deeds, mortgages and other documents pertaining to land transactions as they were deposited by land grantees (buyers) and grantors (sellers) for most counties in Nova Scotia. Also includes other documents affecting title to land which were sometimes kept in separate books such as judgment books, will books and mortgage registers. Other documents which may be recorded in the registers include: quit claim deeds, wills, mechanics liens, power of attorney, right of ways, bills of sale, and assignments. Subsequent to 1851, the includes land grant records, mainly in microfilm format as these were required to be deposited with the Registry of Deeds offices under the Crown Lands Act (R.S., C.114, s.1).

Nova Scotia. Registry of Deeds, 1752-
RG 20 Series C · Fonds · 1750-1905

Consists of eleven series: Crown Land grants plans, surveys and other records, 1753-1864, predominant 1784-1830, Indexes to grant books and other material, [ca. 1750]-[ca. 1880], Land grant maps, Land petitions and other material, 1765-1914, Applications for Purchase and Ungranted Petitions, 1781-1910, Cape Breton land petitions and other material, 1787-1864, predominant 1787-1843, Commissioners' correspondence and other material, 1765-1905, Commissioners' letterbooks, Financial records, 1791-1925, Township records, 1759-[ca. 1847], and Journal of Titus Smith, 1801-1833.

Nova Scotia. Commissioner of Crown Lands
Sydenham Howe
1994-272 · Fonds · 1757-1917, predominant 1853-1889

Consists of a scrapbook compiled by Sydenham Howe, mostly documenting his family and his literary and artistic interests. Includes correspondence, predominantly written to and from Hon. Joseph Howe; printed and handwritten poems by Joseph Howe, Maria Morris, Mary Jane Katzman Lawson, and others; prints of engravings and lithographs, many of which depict women's fashions of the mid-19th century; newspaper clippings, several pertaining to poetry and curling; sketches and watercolours by artist Maria Morris as well as Mary Currie and S.J. Howe; visiting cards; autographs dated 1757 onwards; printed material and ephemera, including invitations, the Victoria School of Art and Design exhibition of loans catalogue, 1887, and 1889 issue of Halifax Carnival, and three Notman photographs of John Howe and John and Mary (Currie) Ross. Also contains correspondence and other items relating to the McNab family.

Howe, Sydenham, 1843-1929
Nehemiah Porter family
MG 1 volume 770A · Fonds · 1765-1860, 1898, predominant 1767-1776

Consists of original and typed copies of correspondence, 1767-1812 (fragmentary) written and received by Rev. Nehemiah Porter and his son Nehemiah Porter Jr. Includes letters from Rev. Porter to his children in Massachusetts and Yarmouth, and letters written to Nehemiah Porter Jr. in Yarmouth from his father and siblings. Letters include mention of work, travel, family news, and religious reflection. Also contains deeds, indentures, will, and other documents, mostly concerning the estate of Rev. Porter and property in Yarmouth; "Journal from N. England to Capeforsoe in Nova Scotia" kept by Rev. Porter, 1767-1769, which includes mention of his parishioners, sermons and ceremonies performed, travels, family activities, and weather. Also included are photograph portraits, 1898, and prints of Rev. Porter's children and grandchildren, and Porter and Chipman family residences; indenture and photograph of indenture concerning the apprenticeship of David Dire, African-Nova Scotian; and letter and receipt dated 1860 pertaining to Capt. Porter at Yarmouth.

Nehemiah Porter family, 1720-
Nova Scotia Post Office
RG 24 · Fonds · 1769-1897, predominant 1769-1878

Consists of 4 Series: Postmaster General's correspondence (1825-1862); Financial records (1769-1868); Returns and other material (1846-1897); and Tenders (1851-1859).

Nova Scotia. Post Office
RG 2 · Fonds · 1771-1997

Consists of records arising from and documenting the functions of the Lieutenant Governor. Contains four series: Petitions, annual returns, correspondence, and proclamations and other material.

Nova Scotia. Governor
Moody family
MG 1 volume 2684 · Fonds · 1777-1986

Consists of business and personal correspondence with James Moody (1744-1809), and his second wife Jane Moody, grandson Elisha William Budd Moody (1799-1863) and great grandson John Wentworth Moody (1826-1894); business letters of John Wentworth Moody (1826-1894) and John W.’s son Elisha William Budd Moody (1863-1942); Philip Moody’s (1890-1975) childhood letters to his mother in 1890s; commissions to militias; certificates; memorials and testimonies in support of James Moody’s military actions; property deeds (including one for the purchase of an enslaved girl named Sylva 1807), wills, powers of attorney and other legal documents; two original land grants 1787 and 1816; an inventory of John W.’s possessions 1892; and family photographs and coat of arms. Also includes invitations, family genealogical records, and transcripts of some letters. The records document James Moody’s activities as a loyalist and immigrant to Nova Scotia, and the activities of his descendants in Nova Scotia.

Moody family
RG 4 · Fonds · 1789-1928

Consists of records documenting the functions of the Legislative Council (1838-1928) and the legislative functions of His Majesty's Council to 1837. Includes three series: Journals and proceedings, Bill books, and Petitions and other material.

Nova Scotia. Council
School Records
RG 14 · Collection · 1789-1985

Consists of warrants for payments to trustees, general correspondence about schools in the county, statistical returns and reports, petitions, grants, abstracts, some minutes of the school boards, teacher contracts, attendance records, financial account books, home and school association minutes, Halifax Commercial College finances (1887-1892), and in the 1820's and 1830's there are some general returns giving the names and ages of pupils and names of parents or guardians, and lists of schools in the county. Also includes Annual School Directories of NS (1952-1954) and material on school boundaries.

2013-017 · Fonds · 1790-1981

Consists of correspondence, research files, reports, minutes of meetings and conferences, statistics, press clippings, subject files and publications pertaining to the history of the medical profession in Nova Scotia, especially of doctors. Society collected records, journals, etc. from other jurisdictions and created its own records.

Medical Society of Nova Scotia
Almon family
MG 1 volumes 10-17A · Fonds · 1793-1989

Fonds consists of records documenting five generations of the Almon family and related families. Includes microfilm reels containing correspondence, financial accounts, legal and probate records, and letterbooks of WJ Almon and Son. Fonds also includes original and typescript copies of correspondence, short-hand diaries of Susanna Almon, literary manuscripts, legal records, newspaper clippings, articles, certificates, ephemera, Dr. Bruce Almon's register of infectious diseases and medical case histories, meterological readings taken by Cotton Mather Almon, and a scrapbook originally compiled by Senator W.J. Almon and later continued by his granddaughter Susanna. The scrapbook primarily covers the early 1700s to ca. 1954 and contains photographs, lithographs, newspaper clippings and other original material and reproductions concerning the Almon family and other early New England and Nova Scotian families such as Ritchie, Johnstone, Dodd, Byles, Cotton, and Mather, many of which were related to the Almons. Scrapbook also includes mention of "Rosebank", the Almon estate in Halifax, and local and international events. Fonds also includes records relating to Mary and Catherine Byles, daughters of Rev. Dr. Mather Byles, and original letters written to Philip Dodd, seizing officer in command of provincial schooners, from Joseph Howe, Hugh Bell, and James B. Uniacke. Some duplication in the fonds exists in transcripts found in MG 1 vol 163 and microfilm reels 810-811.

Almon (family)
John Clarkson
MG 1 volume 219 · Fonds · 1800s

Consists of transcripts of John Clarkson's journal documenting his trip from London to Halifax, his activities in Halifax, and the trip to Sierra Leone from 6 August 1791 to 18 March 1792.

Clarkson, John, 1764-1828
Nichols family
MG 1 volumes 2420-2422 · Fonds · 1807-1900, 1941, predominant 1830-1884

Consists of records documenting the personal and business activities of the Nichols family and related individuals, predominantly Rev. Edward Elisha Budd (E.E.B.) Nichols and his father George K. Nichols. Includes diaries kept by E.E.B. Nichols, 1875-1884, while rector of Trinity Anglican Church, Liverpool which mention daily weather, activities, services and ceremonies performed. An earlier diary, 1846-1868, contains the number of sermons, type and number of ceremonies, sick visits, missionary visits, and other activities peformed by Nichol each month. Correspondence includes letters written between E.E.B. Nichols and family members and acquaintances, 1830s-1890. Also includes business correspondence, receipts, and accounts of George K. Nichols, 1827-1852, and some personal letters written and received by him, and his grandson George Everard Edgehill Nichols, 1896-1900; ledger, 1816-1821, and day book, 1826-1829, of George K. Nichols; correspondence, accounts and other items pertaining to Peleg and Mary Wiswall, 1807 onwards, and their son-in-law Charles Budd; a few Lynch family letters, 1941; wills of a few residents of Liverpool, Milton, and Western Head, Queens Co.; Trinity Anglican Church Sunday School and confirmation class rosters, 1876-1882; accounts for the Liverpool Marine Railway Company, 1862-1886; and other miscellaneous items. Records document social and political life in Digby and Halifax, business and property transactions, dental and medical health, education, travel, temperance, Anglican church issues including divisions in church and divorce, and also mention King's College and Digby Board of Health. Includes photographs of Anglican clergymen and Trinity Anglican Church and Liverpool Public School, taken by various local professional photographers including Notman and Parish and Co., 1860s-1870s.

Nichols family, 1790-
1997-174 · Collection · 1808-1989

Consists of receipts, invoices, account statements, and related shipping documents from various vessels that sailed from the Maritimes to various foreign ports. The contents of the collection include documents for the following vessels: Annapolis, J.W. Parker, L. Delap, Ostrich, Pandora, Avon, S.S. Lovat and Waterloo among others. Also includes captains' documentation (certificates, logbooks), a Sable Island logbook, images from the Halifax Port Authority, and some records of Pickford and Black and the White Ensign Association.

Maritime Museum of the Atlantic
Bliss family
MG 1 volumes 1597-1604 · Fonds · 1749-1920 (predominant 1810-1872)

Fonds consists of correspondence and other records created and accumulated by four generations of the Bliss family, most of which relate to Henry Bliss. Includes letters written to Henry by his brothers Lewis and William Blowers beginning at King's College, Windsor, and continuing almost until their deaths. Letters discuss personal and family news, leisure and business activities, and local and international events. Also includes letters written to Henry from other family members, friends, and business acquaintances, and letters to his business associates including Jack Brown and Robert Gordon. Also contains correspondence received by Lewis and William Blowers Bliss, mostly from Henry Bliss, assorted correspondence between Bliss family members, journals, diaries, legal and financial records, literary manuscripts, certificates, notes and charts on Bliss family geneaology, newspaper clippings, broadsheets and other ephemera. Other family members and individuals represented in the fonds include Jonathan Bliss, wife Mary (Worthington) Bliss, William Blowers Bliss II and wife Emily (Steen) Bliss, Sarah (Anderson) Bliss, Sampson Salter Blowers, and related families Binney, Odell, Dwight.

Bliss (family)
John Allen
2006-052 · Fonds · 1812-1814, 1824

Consists of eight letters, most written to John Allen, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia from 1812-1824. The majority of the letters were from his cousin, Robert Allen, of Boston, Massachusetts. Due to the War of 1812, the letters were transported by a third person by ship from Boston to Nova Scotia. They contain Robert's comments on the hostilities between Britain and the United States, as well as family matters such as illnesses and deaths, and intemperate behavior on the part of certain relatives. One letter is written to John's brother, William, of Dartmouth, from a business supplier in Maine regarding funds owing. Some letters are difficult to read due to illegible handwriting.

Allen, John, 1771-1849
Ben Church Hicks
MG 1 volumes 2059-2107, 2620-2621 · Fonds · 1814-1981, predominant [1920]-1969

Fonds consists of records documenting the Hicks family of Annapolis County, N.S., predominantly created and accumulated by Ben Church Hicks, as well records documenting his personal activities and interests. Includes personal diaries kept from 1910 to 1981 (irregular entries), correspondence, essays, newspaper clippings, articles, legal and financial records, research and genealogical notes, diagrams, reports, minutes of meetings, pamphlets and other publications. Among the subjects covered are: Fundy tidal power, nuclear power, electricity and electrical systems, engineering profession, genealogy, philosophy, and science. Organizations represented include: Shawnigan Water and Power Company, Southwest Petroleum Corporation, Canadian Engineering Association, and Annapolis Valley Pioneer Museum. Fonds also contains correspondence, accounts, legal and other material documenting the personal and business activities of the Hicks family, 1814-1925, including John H. Hicks Sr., John H. Hicks Jr., J. Herbert Hicks, Edward A. Hicks, Phebe A. Hicks, Grace (Watson) Hicks, as well as John Church and the Fowler family of Annapolis Co. Also includes photograph albums, ca. 1865-1945, mostly kept by Mary Helena Hicks and Ben Church Hicks depicting family (Hicks, Fowler, Hall, Clark families) and scenes of Bridgetown.

Hicks, Ben Church, 1901-1982
Ross family
MG 1 volumes 794-795 · Fonds · 1816-1920

Consists of correspondence, newspaper clippings, petitions, deeds, and minutes accumulated by Captain William Ross regarding the Ross family and the development of the Sherbrooke military settlement, later called New Ross, 1816-1822. Also contains correspondence and other material relating to property in New Ross and the 75th Battilion Infantry, 1846-1920, and correspondence and diary of Edward Ross relating to business and social activities in New Ross, Halifax, and Lunenburg County, 1835-1891.

Ross (family)
RG 3 · Fonds · 1821-2004

Consists of records deriving from and documenting the ministerial functions of the Executive Council. Five series available.

Nova Scotia. Council
Archibald family
2008-044 · Fonds · 1819-1890s, predominant 1826-1831

Fonds consists of letters between brothers Charles, Edward, John Duncan, and Samson Salter Blowers Archibald as well as their father, S.G.W. Archibald, concerning family news, legal proceedings and letters from acquaintances discussing legal cases. The fonds also includes a poem and a discussion of current events including the American Civil War.

Archibald (family)
Weymouth NS Township book
Fonds · 1834-1864, microfilmed 1992

Contains 1 bound volume of records of births (1834-1861), marriages (1841-1864), and deaths (1842-1850), and registers of log marks and cattle and sheep marks. Births include name of child, date of birth, names of parents and residence. Marriages include names of the bride and groom, parents names and marriage date. Deaths include name of deceased, parents names, and date. The Register of Cattle and Sheep Marks includes the owners' name, residence, livestock, and description of their mark or brand. This was done to identify ownership when using common grazing lands.

Weymouth, Nova Scotia
Fonds · 1835-1879 (with gaps)

Consists of three court proceedings books (1835-1837; 1847-1856; 1861-1864) in which the clerk of the peace recorded the actions of the court at Arichat, Richmond County, Nova Scotia; one file of assessment rolls for property taxes levied on residents of the townships of Arichat, Port Hawksbury, Lennox and Maitland (1843, 1862-1863); two files of outgoing correspondence of the justices to the provincial secretary at Halifax as well as certificates of their appointment, oaths of office, lists of justices, some sheriff appointment bonds, and witness statements and a petition in French from residents of L’Ardoise concerning justices of the peace conduct (1840-1879); one file of sheriff appointment bonds of surety along with a list of sheriffs (1837-1865); two files of lists (called returns) of all the criminal and civil cases heard each year, including minutes of the investigation prompted by the L’Ardoise petition (1835-1853); two books of revenues and expenses of the court kept by the Treasurer of the Grand Jury that includes messages to the Court justices, amounts of taxes collected and paid out to officials, and names of court officers, sheriffs, clerks, workmen and jury members (1831-1879); and one book of floor plans and expenses to build a new courthouse in Arichat (1851-1858).

Proceedings books include lists of members for the Grand and Petit Juries, dates of court hearings, names of plaintiff and defendant, the decision and any actions by the court, names of justices of the peace presiding, and taxes levied and paid out to officials. The earliest book, covering 1835 to 1837, also includes a list of supplies purchased for court operations in 1843.

Assessment rolls provide male names as “head of families” and amount of taxes owed organized by geographic district within the county.

The returns or lists of civil cases heard contain names of plaintiffs and defendants, their place of residence, court orders (called writs) issued, amounts of debt and fees owed. Criminal case lists include date of hearing, names of parties, offence charged, final judgment and punishment, and if carried out.

Richmond County (NS). Court of General Sessions of the Peace