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  • People Who Conducted Business With Hiram Capron
        Local historian Roger Sharpe transcribed by hand the information below, which are lists of the names with the page number in each of Hiram Capron's Ledger books. The original books are held at the Paris Museum and Historical Society. You can consult the Ledgers to learn the business each person ...
      Local historian Roger Sharpe transcribed by hand the information below, which are ...
  • Mortgage Between John Holme and William Dickson
        This 1819 mortgage documents the sale of a large plot of land by William Dickson to John Holme. This transaction gave Holme lots 29, 30, 31 and 32 in the 1st Concession of Dumfries, which makes up the majority of the land of Paris north of the forks. In return, ...
      This 1819 mortgage documents the sale of a large plot of land ...
  • Indenture of Water Privileges between Hiram Capron, Mary De Long Capron and Daniel Church
        This agreement grants Daniel Church water privilege on Hiram Capron's dams and water-mills on the Nith River, then known as Smiths Creek. Church owned an iron foundry and machine shop and used 5 horsepower of waterpower.
      This agreement grants Daniel Church water privilege on Hiram Capron's dams and ...
  • Indenture of Water Rights on William Street Dam, 1849
        This substantial agreement documents a major transaction concerning the water power generated by Hiram Capron's William Street dam. It provided 87 horsepower in total, divided among the various parties. It has a total of 13 signatories, including Capron but excluding witnesses. The total list of signatories is: Norman Hamilton Archibald ...
      This substantial agreement documents a major transaction concerning the water power generated ...
  • Grant of Dumfries Land to Thomas Gadd
        This grant from the Province of Upper Canada gives Thomas Gadd 446 acres of land in Paris (then the Township of Dumfries), north of Dundas Street. His land is described as bordering Capron's.
      This grant from the Province of Upper Canada gives Thomas Gadd 446 ...
  • Land Indenture between William Holme, Thomas Clark, and Samuel Street
        This indenture documents the sale of lots 29, 30, 31 and 32 in the Township of Dumfries (later Paris) from William Holme, who had received it from his brother John, to Thomas Clark and Samuel Street. It was signed on August 19th, 1824. This land would later be sold by ...
      This indenture documents the sale of lots 29, 30, 31 and 32 ...
  • Land Indenture Between William and John Holme
        This 1824 indenture documents the sale from John Holme to his brother William of land in what was then the Township of Dumfries, and now Paris. This land comprised lots 29, 30, 31 and 32, which makes up most of what is today Paris north of Dundas Street. John received ...
      This 1824 indenture documents the sale from John Holme to his brother ...
  • Land Indenture Between Hugh Finlayson, George McVicar, James Montgomery and the Municipality of the Village of Paris
        In this 1853 indenture, Hugh Finlayson, George McVicar, James Montgomery and their wives Joanna Finlayson, Martha McVicar and Catharine Montgomery sold a strip of land located in the north half of Lot 6 by Burwell Street to the Municipality of the Village of Paris in exchange for £20. This area ...
      In this 1853 indenture, Hugh Finlayson, George McVicar, James Montgomery and their ...
  • Indenture Concerning the Chancery Sales of Hiram Capron's Properties
        This indenture documents the finalization of the sales of the properties which had belonged to Hiram Capron at his death. His will had specified land to be left to his wife, certain daughters and Banfield; however, other children were not accounted for, and many of his lands were not explicitly ...
      This indenture documents the finalization of the sales of the properties which ...
  • Norman Hamilton Account Book, 1850-1874
        This account book, or ledger, documents the business of Norman Hamilton, one of the earliest prominent businessmen in Paris alongside Hiram Capron. Hamilton operated a grist-mill, plaster mill, and a booming whiskey business. His business affairs are documented in this ledger. Its contents span the years from 1850 through 1874. ...
      This account book, or ledger, documents the business of Norman Hamilton, one ...
  • Statement of Hiram Capron’s Oath of Allegiance
        This 1829 statement confirms Hiram Capron’s oath of allegiance to the King, a provincial requirement for foreign-born residents in order to obtain the full rights of a natural born British subject. An earlier statement, from 1822, also exists and is included in this collection.
      This 1829 statement confirms Hiram Capron’s oath of allegiance to the King, ...
  • Statement of Hiram Capron’s Oath of Allegiance
        Statement confirming Hiram Capron’s oath of allegiance, which he undertook on July 13th, 1822, after renouncing his American citizenship in order to obtain the full rights of a British subject in Canada. A later statement, from 1829, also exists and is included in this collection. This statement was referenced in ...
      Statement confirming Hiram Capron’s oath of allegiance, which he undertook on July ...
  • Letter from W.G. Keele to Hiram Capron
        In this letter, Keele reports on the status of several of Capron’s confirmed land claims and requests documentation about others in order to finish settling accounts.
      In this letter, Keele reports on the status of several of Capron’s ...
  • Death of Hiram Capron, Esq.
        A newspaper obituary documenting Hiram Capron’s death, which appears to be contemporary, and an obituary of his son William Hiram Capron. The two men died three years apart from each other. Both articles appear to be local. The reverse contains unrelated articles about Napoleon III, Count D’Orsay, and Byron, as ...
      A newspaper obituary documenting Hiram Capron’s death, which appears to be contemporary, ...
  • Land agreement with Great Western Railroad Company
        This agreement documents Capron's sale of a strip of land to allow the Great Western Railroad Company to run a track on his property. He additionally sold a plot to allow for the construction of a depot, and agreed to construct a wooden fence along the length of this track. ...
      This agreement documents Capron's sale of a strip of land to allow ...
  • Letter Inviting James Bruce, 8th Earl of Elgin to Visit Paris
        This letter invites James Bruce, Lord Elgin, governor general of Canada from 1847-1854, to visit “the Village of Paris.” It is signed by Hiram Capron, J.M. Smith, and Hugh Finlayson, all of whom were councilors of Paris beginning 1850.
      This letter invites James Bruce, Lord Elgin, governor general of Canada from ...
  • Draft Telegraph Announcing Mary De Long Capron’s Death
        This draft telegram from Hiram Capron to a friend announces the death of his wife the month before, and the circumstances of her death. This telegram is referenced on page 35 of At the Forks of the Grand, Volume I.
      This draft telegram from Hiram Capron to a friend announces the death ...
  • Timeline of Hiram Capron’s Life, 1864
        Description: This short memorandum contains a brief timeline of Hiram Capron’s life to the time it was written. Capron was then 64 years old. He notes several setbacks in his affairs, and that his current financial situation is poor. It is written on the back of an insurance slip belonging ...
      Description: This short memorandum contains a brief timeline of Hiram Capron’s life ...
  • Hiram Capron Ledger Excerpt
        These four pages from one of Capron’s ledgers demonstrate some of his financial affairs and interests during the 1850s and 1860s. It includes lists of his land sales; the population of Paris, with a rough geographical sketch; his “bad debts;” and his taxes from 1852 through 1864.
      These four pages from one of Capron’s ledgers demonstrate some of his ...
  • Auction Booklet for Sale of Hiram Capron’s Estate
        This is the catalogue covering the sale of Hiram Capron’s estate at auction. It provides descriptions of each numbered lot of land for sale, in addition to the rules of the auction. The auction was held by Henry Hart of Paris and S. J. Jones of Brantford, who are credited ...
      This is the catalogue covering the sale of Hiram Capron’s estate at ...
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Hiram Capron Collection