James Woolrich: Land Baron

 by Mary Ducharme James Woolrich, born in 1762, was a wealthy dry goods merchant in Montreal. When our region was still a wilderness, he bought 12,000 acres of Granted land, including 47 lots in Hemmingford (according to the Hemmingford Statistical Report 1822; records of notary John Gerbrand Beek). Many of the individuals who originally had claims and patents had no intention of living in…

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I remember

by Mary Ducharme  (February 2015) There is an old African saying that when an elder passes away it is like a library burning to the ground. Every senior carries uniquely personal memories of the past that are rarely found in conventional history books. It is the lament of many that…

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A deed of gift

By Mary Ducharme  (December 2014) Among the hundreds of original documents at the Hemmingford Archives are deeds and wills that reveal details of 19th century life. An example is the June 22, 1882 Deed of Gift by farmer George Fiddes to his son James Fiddes of Havelock. In 1882, government…

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1799

by Mary Ducharme  (October 2014) The welcome sign to Hemmingford says “since 1799.” But what does that mean, exactly? It means that in the reign of King George III of England, on March 18 of 1799, according to the document titled “Land Granted by the Crown in the Province of Quebec,”…

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