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  • Abraham Neff Photograph
    Imagecomment       A photo of Abraham P. Neff (December 7, 1802- December 16, 1874) wearing traditional Mennonite clothing. He was 10 years old when Michael Graybiel made the bellows for his father Peter Neff in 1812 to begin the Neff metal-working tradition. Abraham came form a Mennonite family of strong faith who ...
    Imagecomment     A photo of Abraham P. Neff (December 7, 1802- December 16, 1874) wearing traditional Mennonite clothing. He was 10 years old when Michael Graybiel made the bellows for his father ...
  • Letter from James Fortier, Port Colborne Light Keeper, to the Honourable Jean Chabot- 1854
    Text       A transcription of a letter written by James Fortier, the Port Colborne Lighthouse keeper, to the Honourable Jean Chabot regarding a salary adjustment. The original letter is currently unavailable. In the letter, Fortier discusses his participation in the War of 1812. He states his involvement at the Battle of Fort ...
    Text     A transcription of a letter written by James Fortier, the Port Colborne Lighthouse keeper, to the Honourable Jean Chabot regarding a salary adjustment. The original letter is currently unavailable. In ...
  • Indentured Servant Agreement between William [Tosdevine] and Tunis Snook- Kingston, 1814
    Text       An agreement for an indentured servant, dated August 1st, 1814 in Kingston, Upper Canada. It states that William [Tosdevine] of Kingston, under his own free will and with the consent of his father Peter [Tosdevine] (also from Kingston), agreed to become an apprentice/servant for Tunis Snook of Kingston. The length ...
    Text     An agreement for an indentured servant, dated August 1st, 1814 in Kingston, Upper Canada. It states that William [Tosdevine] of Kingston, under his own free will and with the consent ...
  • Land Deed No. 5125- Between Isaac and Abraham Laing and William Haun of the Township of Humberstone
    Text       A deed between Isaac and Abraham Laing and William Haun of the Township of Humberstone for Lot 9, Front Concession of the Township of Humberstone for 37 pounds, 10 shillings.
    Text     A deed between Isaac and Abraham Laing and William Haun of the Township of Humberstone for Lot 9, Front Concession of the Township of Humberstone for 37 pounds, 10 shillings.
  • James Fortier Photograph- Fort Detroit Medal
    Image       A copy of an original photo of James Fortier (April 10, 1792- January 11, 1865) wearing a medal that was awarded in 1849 for his participation at the Battle of Fort Detroit under Major General Sir Isaac Brock. He was also in charge of a gun boat that captured the ...
    Image     A copy of an original photo of James Fortier (April 10, 1792- January 11, 1865) wearing a medal that was awarded in 1849 for his participation at the Battle of ...
  • James Fortier Letter To W.H. Merritt, Chief Commissioner of Public Works in Toronto- 1850
    Text       A letter written by James Fortier who was the Port Colborne Lighthouse keeper after his War of 1812 Service. He had participated at the Battle of Fort Detroit under Major General Sir Isaac Brock for which he received a medal in 1849. He was also in charge of a gun ...
    Text     A letter written by James Fortier who was the Port Colborne Lighthouse keeper after his War of 1812 Service. He had participated at the Battle of Fort Detroit under Major ...
  • Eve Neff (nee Sherk) photograph
    Image       A black and white photo of Eve Sherk Neff, dressed as a Mennonite, standing with her right hand on a well pump and a screen door behind her. The photo is on a buff matte and is surrounded by a black matte. On the back is written "Aunt Margaret from ...
    Image     A black and white photo of Eve Sherk Neff, dressed as a Mennonite, standing with her right hand on a well pump and a screen door behind her. The photo ...
  • Lt. David Morgan's Cabin Photograph
    Image       This is a photo of Morgan Cabin that was owned by Lieutenant David Morgan. Chief (Major) John Norton was known to have visited this cabin in April 28, 1809; before becoming an important First Nations officer in the War of 1812. Norton wrote of his visit in his Journal as ...
    Image     This is a photo of Morgan Cabin that was owned by Lieutenant David Morgan. Chief (Major) John Norton was known to have visited this cabin in April 28, 1809; before ...
  • Fraktur Mennonite Birth Certificate- Abraham Neff, 1802
    Text       "Fraktur" Mennonite artwork which celebrates the birth of Abraham Neff. It reads: "In the year of our Lord, December 7, 1802 ". Abraham was 10 years old when Michael Graybiel made the bellows for his father Peter Neff in 1812 to begin the Neff metal-working tradition. Abraham came form a ...
    Text     "Fraktur" Mennonite artwork which celebrates the birth of Abraham Neff. It reads: "In the year of our Lord, December 7, 1802 ". Abraham was 10 years old when Michael Graybiel ...
  • Deed of Land Transcript- To Christian Kniseley from King George III, 1818
    Text       A six page photocopy of a transcript of a Deed granting 25 acres of land in the Township of Humberstone, County of Lincoln, District of Niagara, to Christian Kniseley from King George III, on September 29, 1818. The lot is described as "part of the near of Northern half of ...
    Text     A six page photocopy of a transcript of a Deed granting 25 acres of land in the Township of Humberstone, County of Lincoln, District of Niagara, to Christian Kniseley from ...
  • Christian Zavitz, Jr. Log cabin
    Image       A photo of Christian Zavitz, Jr.'s log cabin from the "Port Colborne News", Second Section, Centennial Edition, Page 9B, August 1967. The cabin was located where the eastern part of Oakwood Cemetery is today in the Wainfleet Township. In late 1814, it was believed to have been looted by American ...
    Image     A photo of Christian Zavitz, Jr.'s log cabin from the "Port Colborne News", Second Section, Centennial Edition, Page 9B, August 1967. The cabin was located where the eastern part of ...
  • Zavitz Family Mill- Port Colborne, c.1800
    Image       A photo of Zavitz Mill standing beside the sand dunes which were once located there. The mill was built by Christian Zavitz and was operated by his son, Jesse, at the Lake Shore outlet of the Mill Pond (Eagle Marsh Drain at Gravelly Bay in Port Colborne) from 1780-1830. It ...
    Image     A photo of Zavitz Mill standing beside the sand dunes which were once located there. The mill was built by Christian Zavitz and was operated by his son, Jesse, at ...
  • Abraham Laing's Lead Bucket and Metal Ladle
    Objectcomment       A lead bucket and metal ladle that are believed by some to have been used for making bullets. The ladle has a copper scoop and measures 35 cm long with a hook on the end. The bucket, with a metal handle, is stamped with what looks to be an A ...
    Objectcomment     A lead bucket and metal ladle that are believed by some to have been used for making bullets. The ladle has a copper scoop and measures 35 cm long with ...
  • Powder flask & stopper
    Object       A hand-made powder horn, dated approximately 1800, that is believed to have existed since 1790. Both the flask and the stopper are made wood. For more information, read “‘Scruples of Conscience’: The War of 1812 in the Sugarloaf Settlement” by Donald G. Anger, the Port Colborne Historical and Marine Museum. ...
    Object     A hand-made powder horn, dated approximately 1800, that is believed to have existed since 1790. Both the flask and the stopper are made wood. For more information, read “‘Scruples of ...
  • Large Copper Powder Flask
    Object       This large copper powder flask has a brass rim and spout at the top. Below the spout is marked "Dixon & Sons", the Manufacturer. The spout is marked: "DRAMS 4 1/2 4 1/2 4 3 3/4 3 1/2. Below the spout is a lever to open. There are also four ...
    Object     This large copper powder flask has a brass rim and spout at the top. Below the spout is marked "Dixon & Sons", the Manufacturer. The spout is marked: "DRAMS 4 ...
  • Powder flask
    Object       A small copper flask that was presumably used for gun powder. There is a brass rim at the opening and a metal lever to open it. The design on the face is the same on both sides: Trees, a hunter and a dog. For more information, read “‘Scruples of Conscience’: ...
    Object     A small copper flask that was presumably used for gun powder. There is a brass rim at the opening and a metal lever to open it. The design on the ...
  • Marriage Certificate Between Peter Neff and Maria Durrin
    Text       A marriage certificate between Peter Neff and Maria Durrin. Clockwise starting from top right: Peter Neff a son of Abraham Neff. Bottom Right: was born the 23 October, 1780 in Yorck County, Pennsylvania. Bottom Left: his wife Maria Neff is born Durrin. Was born the 13 November 1779, Top Left: ...
    Text     A marriage certificate between Peter Neff and Maria Durrin. Clockwise starting from top right: Peter Neff a son of Abraham Neff. Bottom Right: was born the 23 October, 1780 in ...
  • Zavitz Mill Stone
    Object       A mill stone from the Zavitz Mill located near the Eagle Marsh Drain (western end of Tennessee Avenue and Lakeshore Road in Port Colborne). The Zavitz Mill was one of the first mills in the southern end of the Niagara Peninsula. Another stone is located near the Port Colborne Hospital ...
    Object     A mill stone from the Zavitz Mill located near the Eagle Marsh Drain (western end of Tennessee Avenue and Lakeshore Road in Port Colborne). The Zavitz Mill was one of ...
  • Mennonite Exemption Certificate- John Graybiel,1812
    Text       An original hand-written certificate dated August 31, 1812 declaring that John Graybiel of the Township of Wainfleet, County of Lincoln was a "manonist" and a son of a "Manonist" (meaning a Mennonite). This certificate, which the Militia Act required to be signed by three members of the congregation, exempted 16 ...
    Text     An original hand-written certificate dated August 31, 1812 declaring that John Graybiel of the Township of Wainfleet, County of Lincoln was a "manonist" and a son of a "Manonist" (meaning ...
  • Proclamation By Lt. Col.  Jas. P. Preston of the Invading American Army
    Text       A Proclamation dated 30 May, 1813 by Lt. Col. James P. Preston of the invading American Army upon the taking of Fort Erie during the War of 1812. He warns Canadian residents to resist taking up arms against him. He also invites the residents to voluntarily sign their names to ...
    Text     A Proclamation dated 30 May, 1813 by Lt. Col. James P. Preston of the invading American Army upon the taking of Fort Erie during the War of 1812. He warns ...
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