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SAMUEL SPARROW ~ 
18TH-CENTURY CAPE BRETON ISLAND 

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TRANSCRIBED DOCUMENTS

APPENDIX TO THE TRANSCRIBED DOCUMENTS

CHRONOLOGY OF PROPERTIES GRANTED, 
BOUGHT AND SOLD MENTIONED IN THE 
TRANSCRIBED DOCUMENTS 

(I) NOVA SCOTIA

(1) HALIFAX

North Suburbs

After 1749:

(1) Halifax was divided into five divisions or wards, called Callendar's [Alexander Calendar?], Galland's, Ewer's, Collier's and Foreman's divisions, after the names of the persons who were appointed captains of Militia
(2) Each ward was large enough to supply one company
(3) Salter Street was the south limit; and Buckingham, the north.

By 1760: 

Halifax consisted of three towns: 
(1) The downtown area which had been set up in 1749
(2) "Irish Town" to the south [South Suburbs]
(3) "Dutch Town" to the north [North Suburbs]

Sources: Thomas B. Atkins, History of Halifax City

(A) PROPERTY

UNDATED

NOTE: If the Water Lot is # 29, then the Land Lot behind would be Block Letter A, Lot No. 12

PROPERTY  DESCRIPTION

YEAR

TRANSACTION

29 Front, Water Lot, 46 feet, Dutch Town

Not Dated

Allotted by license: To Samuel Sparrow

A Plan of the Water Lotts in front of the Dutch Town

Please click on the above image 
of the plan to enlarge it

Note: To understand where water lot # 29 stood of the 44 numbered water lots:

#1 was Joshua Mauger [The Mauger Wharf stood at the foot of  Jacob Street which would be later affected by the Scotia Square Development. Foreman's Division was eventually added as far as Jacob Street]
# 27 was Barnards Dock [Mathew Barnard?]
# 30 was the Street Bridge
# 43 was Brymer [Alexander Brymer]
Next after #44 was Jos. Gray, 
and then finally, the Dock Yard

1878
City Atlas of Halifax, Nova Scotia. From Actual Surveys and Records by and under the supervision of H.W. Hopkins, civil engineer. Provincial Survey and Pub. Co. G. B. Vandervoort Manager.
https://novascotia.ca/archives/maps/plate.asp?ID=2

(B) PROPERTY

OCCUPIED C. 1782 OR EARLIER - MARCH 5, 1782

PROPERTY  DESCRIPTION

YEAR

TRANSACTIONS

Store

1782 or Earlier

Sparrow Formerly Occupied the Store Operated by Louis Poesche on June 18, 1782.

(C) PROPERTY

OWNED MARCH 5, 1782 - ?

PROPERTY  DESCRIPTION

YEAR

TRANSACTIONS

 Letter C, Ground No 4, Foreman's Old Division, Halifax 

[Foreman's Division, Block Letter C, Lot No. 4 ]

N/A

Sold: Moses Delesdernier to Andrew Cuenod

Bought two Adjoining Houses, of which one presently occupied by Sparrow

March 5, 1782 Sold: Andrew Cuenod to Samuel Sparrow

Foreman's Old Division, Halifax:
 - 1/2 of Letter C, No 4 
- To the north,  all of Ground No. 5, 

[Foreman's Division, Block Letter C, Lot No. 4 ]
[Foreman's Division, Block Letter C, Lot No. 5 ]

May 6, 1782 [Registered: May 21, 1782]

Sold: Andrew Cuenod to Samuel Sparrow for 450, without Sparrow's Signature 

Note: In 1777, James Brown bought a property described as follows:

"for the consideration of  four hundred pounds the grantors [Richard John Uniacke] transfer to Mr. Brown the lot and house in Hollis Street, Letter C, Number 4, in Foreman's Division ..."
Collections of the Nova Scotia Historical Society, Volume 9, (1895) p. 82.

(D) PROPERTY

OWNED JANUARY 23, 1783 -  c. 1798-1799

NOTE: If Block Letter A, Lot No. 12 is the Land Lot, then its Water Lot in Front is # 29

PROPERTY  DESCRIPTION

YEAR

TRANSACTIONS

[North Suburbs], Letter A, No 12, in the Water lots, 56 feet  in front, x 256 feet in depth

April 15, 1779
[Oath: September 1, 1779]
[Registered: January 22, 1783]

Sale power of attorney Samuel Sparrow for William Randall, without Sparrow's Signature

Letter A, No 12, 56 feet on Water Street leading to the Careening Yard x 256 feet of depth, with the House known as the Red Hospital

May 16, 1780 [Registered: January 22, 1783]

Sold: Samuel Sparrow for William Randall to William Slater for 100, with Sparrow's Signature

(1) 1/2 of of Ground Lott described as Letter A, No 12, 50 feet fronting easterly along Water Street with the house known as the Red Hospital; 
(2) [1/2] of Water lot in front, 50 feet x c. 300 feet into the harbour

January 20, 1783 [Registered: January 25, 1783]

Sold: William and Lydia Slater to Samuel Sparrow for 320, without Sparrow's Signature

Large and Substantial Store and Wharf, opposite to Mr. HATTONS about Fifty one feet long, and Thirty three feet wide, which at a small expence may be converted into a DWELLING HOUSE, AND TWO CAPACIOUS STORES, it being in its present undivided state capable of Housing a large Ships cargo

October 30, 1798

To Be Sold

(E) PROPERTY

HOLLIS STREET

OWNED PRE-SEPTEMBER 6, 1783 TO POST 1784

PROPERTY  DESCRIPTION

YEAR

TRANSACTIONS

House

September 6, 1783

Rundel is occupying Sparrows house

Store, Hollis Street

1784

Sparrow Lately Occupied the Store Operated by John Rundle on January 20, 1784

Sparrow House

April 15, 1784

Of Large Value

(II) CAPE BRETON ISLAND

(1) SYDNEY

(A) PROPERTY

BLOCK C, NORTH CHARLOTTE STREET

OWNED JUNE, 1785 - POST SEPTEMBER 27, 1787

PROPERTY  DESCRIPTION

YEAR

TRANSACTIONS

4 Town Lots, Block C

June, 1785

Assigned: to W. John Wilkinson (Agent for Samuel Sparrow)

 4 Town Lots, Block C

July 16, 1787

Executive Council Proposed Land Grant: To Samuel Sparrow 

Block C, North Charlotte Street , south of John Rundle's property

September 27, 1787

 

(B) PROPERTY

BLOCK C, LOT 6, NORTH CHARLOTTE STREET

OWNED SEPTEMBER 27, 1787 - POST AUGUST 8, 1818

PROPERTY  DESCRIPTION

YEAR

TRANSACTIONS

Block C, Lot 6

[1784-1787].

Crown Land Grant to J. Rundel [Rundle]

Book A, Page 244, Charlotte Street

1787

Registered Land Transaction: John Rundle to Samuel Sparrow

Block C, Lot 6, North Charlotte Street, 40 feet on North Charlotte (Doctor Aubrey to the north, Samuel Sparrow to the south) x 100 feet deep, with a dwelling house

September 27, 1787

J. Rundel sold the property to Samuel Sparrow for 412, with Sparrow's Signature

Block C, Lot 6, which Sparrow had cleared, fenced and built upon, and held by the tenant J. Rundel since c. 1800

1815, March 6

John Edwards Acres Petition, on Behalf of Samuel Sparrow, to Take up this Property

....

June 12, 1815

Certificate of Registry: Sarah Acres formerly Sarah Sparrow, deceased to John Edward Acres

Book D, Page 308 

1817

Probate Court: Samuel Sparrow to John Acres

.....

August 19, 1817

Probate Court: Samuel Sparrow to John E. Acres

Block C, Lot 6

1818, August 8

.

(C) PROPERTY

BLOCK C, LOT 7?, NORTH CHARLOTTE STREET

PROPERTY  DESCRIPTION

YEAR

TRANSACTIONS

Block C, Lot 7?, North Charlotte Street: Samuel Sparrow to the south of Block C, Lot 6

Earlier than September 27, 1787

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(D) PROPERTY

BLOCK K, LOT 6, SOUTH CHARLOTTE STREET, [BLADEIN?]\

OWNED SEPTEMBER 26, 1787 - ?

PROPERTY  DESCRIPTION

YEAR

TRANSACTIONS

Block K, Lot 6, [Bladein?], 40 Feet along South Charlotte Street x 100 feet, with a dwelling 

June 24, 1786

Thomas Garsoiss? to John Smith

Block K, Lot 6, [Bladein?], South Charlotte Street , 40 Feet along South Charlotte Street x 100 feet, with a dwelling

September 26, 1787 [Registered September 26, 1787]

Sold: John Smith to Samuel Sparrow along with two other properties that together totalled 516 13 shillings,  with Sparrow's Signature

(E) PROPERTY

BLOCK A, LOT 27, CORNER OF NORTH CHARLOTTE STREET AND AMELIA STREET
(54 Charlotte Street)

OWNED PRE-SEPTEMBER 24, 1787 - SEPTEMBER 25, 1787

PROPERTY  DESCRIPTION

YEAR

TRANSACTIONS

Block A, Lot 27, 40 feet along Charlotte Street, 100 feet of depth

June 2, 1786

Crown Land Grant to Henry Archer

Building

Plan of July 20, 1786

.

Lot Number 27, corner of North Charlotte Street and Amelia Street (Dwelling only a possibility)

September 24, 1787

Sold: Samuel Sparrow to Colin Fraser for 5 shillings, with Sparrow's Signature

Lot Number 27, corner of North Charlotte Street and Amelia Street (Dwelling only a possibility)

September 25, 1787

Sold: Samuel Sparrow to Colin Fraser for 60, with Sparrow's Signature

(F) PROPERTY

BLOCK A, LOT 8, ESPLANADE

OWNED SEPTEMBER 26, 1787 - ?

PROPERTY  DESCRIPTION

YEAR

TRANSACTIONS

.

[May] 17, 1786

Crown Land Grant: John Smith

Block A, Lot 8, Esplanade, 40 feet along the Street x 100 feet

September 26, 1787
[Registered September 26, 1787]

Sold: John Smith to Samuel Sparrow along with two other properties that together totalled 516 13 shillings, with Sparrow's Signature

(2) SYDNEY RIVER

(A) PROPERTY

SOUTH SIDE OF THE SOUTH WEST BRANCH OF SYDNEY RIVER

OWNED NOVEMBER 1786 - DECEMBER 1, 1798

PROPERTY  DESCRIPTION

YEAR

TRANSACTIONS

Lots 10, 11, 12

1786, November 29

Registered Land Transaction: Crown Land Grant to Samuel Sparrow - Crown Land Grant

.

1798, December 1

Transfer of Indenture of Mortgage, Sparrow to John Wilson, with Sparrow's Signature

Lots 10, 11, 12, , South side of the south west branch of Sydney River, beginning at a Ver Tree, Three Chains distant from the Western line when produced of of [sic] Lots number Seven eight and Nine thence to Run by the Magnet South Thirty one degrees East fifty seven Chains more or less / of four rods each / until it meets the Road leading to Peters Bay thence along the said Road South Fifty Nine Degrees, West - Twenty one Chains Thence North Thirty one Degrees West Seventy Seven Chains more or less to the South West Branch aforesaid thence by the several courses of said Branch down Stream to the Boundary first mentioned containing in the Whole by Estimation one Hundred and Forty five Acre

1798, December 1

Property Deed, Sparrow to John Wilson, with Sparrow's Signature

Book B, Page 252

1799

Registered Land Transaction: Assignment of Mortgage, Sparrow to John Wilson

Book B, Page 254

1799

Registered Land Transaction: Assignment of Mortgage, Sparrow to John Wilson

(B) PROPERTY

SOUTH [WEST OR EAST?] BRANCH OF SYDNEY RIVER

OWNED NOVEMBER 1786 - DECEMBER 1, 1798

PROPERTY  DESCRIPTION

YEAR

TRANSACTIONS

.

August 21, 1786

Crown Land Grant: To John Smith

 [forty?] 7. or 49, 86 1/2 long, South Branch of Sydney River 

September 26, 1787
[Registered September 26, 1787]

Sold: John Smith to Samuel Sparrow along with two other properties that together totalled 516 13 shillings, with Sparrow's Signature

Book A, Page 246

1799

Registered Land Transaction: John Smith to Samuel Sparrow

(3) MIRA

(A) PROPERTY

OWNED 1787 - ?

PROPERTY  DESCRIPTION

YEAR

TRANSACTIONS

Book A, Page 206

1787

Registered Land Transaction: Crown Land Grant to Samuel Sparrow

(4) TO BE DETERMINED IF A SPARROW PROPERTY

PROPERTY  DESCRIPTION

YEAR

TRANSACTIONS

Book D, Page 306, Cape Breton

1817

John Smith to John Acres

(5) NEAR THE TOWN OF SYDNEY

(A) PROPERTY

LOT 31

NOT A SPARROW PROPERTY

PROPERTY  DESCRIPTION

YEAR

TRANSACTIONS

Lot 31, 2 acres

1815, March 6

John Edward Acres requests a Land Grant since Block C, Lot 6, North Charlotte Street, Sydney, lacked sufficient ground to meet his needs

Lot 31, 2 acres 

1817

Grant of Warrant to Survey: John Acres

Lot 31, 2 acres 

1817, September 26

Order given for it to be laid out near the Town of Sydney, with a plot or description rendered in 6 months

(B) PROPERTY

LOT 32

NOT A SPARROW PROPERTY

PROPERTY  DESCRIPTION

YEAR

TRANSACTIONS

Lot 32, 2 acres 

1815, March 6

John Edward Acres requests a Land Grant, since Block C, Lot 6, North Charlotte Street, Sydney, lacked sufficient ground to meet his needs

Lot 32, 2 acres 

1817

Grant of Warrant to Survey: John Acres

Lot 32, 2 acres 

1817, September 26

Order given for it to be laid out near the Town of Sydney, with a plot or description rendered in 6 months

 


SOME COMMENTS

NOTE: This entry is rather confusing for me. The maps I have checked out put Gibbon on one side (west side) of Sydney River, yet the two named for grants are on the opposite side (east side) of the river. Maybe someone could clarify this for me. Place Names have Alexander Haire (C.B. I-184), Samuel Sparrow (C.B. 40). The Hon. R.Gibbons (C.B. 494) also lived on the east side of the Sydney River as Haire and Sparrow and they are listed in the Sydney River area according to grant map. To me it appears that John Lewis Stout (C.B.330) and Alexander Cantley (C.B.293) are located where Gibbon is marked on my map.

For help Gibbon is located: -at 4606'27"N, 6014'09"W in the Marconi Drive region of the Cape Breton Island, Cape Breton county.

Surrounding Communities include:

Coxheath (Rural 0.97 kms)
Sydney River (Rural 1.19 kms)
Prime Brook (Rural 2.95 kms)
Jefferson (Rural 3.72 kms)
Westmount (Rural 4.13 kms)
Hardwood Hill (Subdivision 4.19 kms)
Sydney (Cities 4.47 kms)
Howie Centre (Rural 4.56 kms)
Dutch Brook (Rural 5.50 kms)

This is the entry for Gibbon in Place-Names:

GIBBON, Cape Breton County, p. 231 It is on the railway spur between Sydney and the Point Edward Naval Base near the point where the line crosses the Sydney River. It was named after the Gibbons Family, several members of which lived here in the late 19th century. A station was established here in the early 1940's when the railway spur was built. Settlement probably began here in the late 1780's, and land was granted in 1786 to Alexander Haire and Samuel Sparrow.

Farming is the basic industry.

.... Happy hunting Juanita MacDonald

From: joseph macdonald Subject: [NS-CB-L] CAPE BRETON PLACE NAMES Date: Tue, 28 Jan 2003 02:08:24 -0400 - http://newsfeed.rootsweb.com/th/read/NS-CAPE-BRETON/2003-01/1043734027 -
Source:
C. Bruce Fergusson, ed., Place Names and Places of Nova Scotia (Halifax, 1967), pp. 231-232.  See also: http://www.gov.ns.ca/nsarm/virtual/places/

GIBBON

This community is located on the south side of the Sydney River .... Much of the land was granted to Loyalists. Some of the grantees were Samuel Sparrow on 1786; William Brown and John Storey in 1786 ...

Source: C. Bruce Fergusson, ed., Place Names and Places of Nova Scotia (Halifax, 1967), pp. 662-663. See also: http://www.gov.ns.ca/nsarm/virtual/places/


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