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Acres, John Edward Of Halifax; Husband of Sarah Sparrow (m.1803-d. c. 1815); Principal Probate suretier of Sparrow; Administrator of the Estate of Samuel Sparrow (upon the Death of Sarah)
Acres, Sarah

(See Sarah Sparrow)

Adam, W. .
Addington .
Archer, Henry Of Sydney (1785); Merchant/Trader (1785); Loyalist;

[Note: He delivered  2500 feet of boards to Cape Breton in 1785 [NAC, CO 217, Volume 103, p. 132, December 27, 1785, which Henry W. Perry, of London, acknowledged on August 21, 1786]

Aubrey, [Frederick?], Dr. Cape Breton Landowner (1787)

[Note: He delivered  1000 feet of boards to Cape Breton in 1785 [NAC, CO 217, Volume 103, p. 132, December 27, 1785, which Henry W. Perry, of London, acknowledged on August 21, 1786]

Bainbridge, George Esquire On the 1790 panel hearing the Samuel Sparrow versus JFW DesBarres case in London
Belcher, AndW Witness (1798); [Possibly: Of Halifax, Merchant and partnered with Alexander Brymer's nephew (1784-1795); Chief Agent for Brymer's London-based commercial empire (1795)]
Bennett, Rob Printer (1790)
Betsey At Halifax (May 24, 1785) and to go to Sydney; Schooner; Rundle Master [1785]; Sloop (1785);
Blenheim J.F.W. DesBarres, Lieutenant-governor of Cape Breton, assembled 129 settlers (not loyalists) in England, that including disbanded soldiers and tradesmen and placed them (but not himself who went separately to Halifax in another ship) aboard the 600-ton Blenheim. The Blenheim arrived at Louisbourg on November 5, 1784 where it was met by Abraham Cuyler and his Loyalists. Without the Loyalists, the Blenheim sailed to Spanish Harbour, landing at Point Edward, on November 24, 1784. Immediately afterwards  the settlers moved into some ancient buildings (barracks) at [Sydney Mines]. (Note: DesBarres arrives on Cape Breton, in Louisbourg, in January, 1785, and then by sleigh, in February, went to Sydney Mines)
Blowers, Sampson Salter Harvard Graduated Lawyer; served as attorney (defence)  for Rex v. Wemms, et al. at the Boston Massacre Trials (1770); Loyalist (Noted in September 1778 Banishment Act of the State of Massachusetts); Good friend of Benedict Arnold whom he again met in Halifax in 1780; Nova Scotia Public Attorney; Attorney General of Nova Scotia (December (1784-1797?); Halifax Attorney  (1788, 1790) for Sparrow; Attorney (1792, 1793), Chief Justice of Nova Scotia (1797)
[Bonner?], Jos Printer (1790)
Bridge, Thomas Halifax Signing Witness; Justice of the Peace [Perhaps the son-in-law of Malachy (Malachi) Salter; Thos. Bridge a merchant of Halifax [1770]]
Brown, William Cape Breton Island Master Carpenter of the Public Works (1786-); Loyalist?; Blacksmith (1786); Schallop Owner; Signing Witness
[Bruser, Rd ]

Sparrow's 1790 attorney

Buston, & Tyson

DesBarres bill held on Buston & Tyson

Byles, Mather Halifax Signing Witness. [Perhaps Church of England clergyman, married three times: to Rebecca Walter on 12 May 1761 in Roxbury (Boston); to Sarah Lyde on 10 Feb. 1777 in Halifax, N.S.; and on 2 Oct. 1788, also in Halifax, to Susanna Reid, née Lawlor;  In 1776 he fled with the British troops to Halifax, where he lived precariously as chaplain to the garrison and assistant to the rectors of St Paul’s Church. In May 1784 he went to England to press his claims for compensation as a loyalist. Awarded £120 and an annual pension of £100 in the form of “a perfect Sinecure,” the lifetime chaplaincy of the Halifax garrison, he returned to Halifax in May 1785.]

- 1768


Located in Surrey, England. For centuries Camberwell [well of the crooked or cripples] was a village that provided cures for cripples and flowers and fruits to the London, the capital.
Cannon, Mary ("Polly") Of Castle Frederick, New Brunswick; Common law wife of Joseph Frederick Wallet DesBarre; Administered DesBarres' Nova Scotian estates after he left for England during October of 1773 and Castle Frederick (1773-1827).  On her appointment as his agent in 1776 she was given power of attorney in land transactions, and was to consult him only for final decisions.
Cape Breton Island

From 1763 to 1784 the island was administratively part of the colony of Nova Scotia and governed from Halifax. In 1784, Britain split the colony of Nova Scotia into three separate colonies: New Brunswick, Cape Breton Island, and present-day peninsular Nova Scotia, in addition to the adjacent colonies of Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland. The colony of Cape Breton Island had its capital at Sydney on its namesake harbour fronting on Spanish Bay and the Cabot Strait. In 1820, the colony of Cape Breton Island was merged for the second time with Nova Scotia; this being present-day peninsular Nova Scotia. [ ].

Cape Breton Island - Mira

The Mira River (to the French known as the Miré), is located 14 miles south of Sydney

Cape Breton Island - Sydney River

Sydney River (originally Spanish River) is located just west of Sydney

Carr, Samuel Halifax Signing Witness.
Castle Frederick In Falmouth, Cumberland, Nova Scotia,; A place 52 miles from Halifax
Charleston, South Carolina

In 1800, Charleston (this spelling was adopted in 1783), was the 5th largest city in North America, behind Philadelphia, New York, Boston, and Quebec City. 

Charlotte Street (London) JFW DesBarres writes (1790) from this location, in the heart of the west end on May 3, 1790.
Clunes, Alexander Of Halifax (1786); Carpenter; Sparrow supplied him with building materials
Cossit, George Witness (1798)
Cork & [Co Sears], Mssr or Cork & [Co Sears], Mssr Cases of Plates & Charts of the Atlantic Neptune were deposited in a warehouse belonging to Mssr Cork & [Co Sears] in 1790; Snow Hill
Crawley, Thomas Of Westmount, Cape Breton; Surveyor General of Cape Breton (1803-1809); Surveyor General of Lands (1809-1834)
Crown - British

The symbol of the power of the British monarchy; GEORGE III (r. 1760-1820) became heir to the throne on the death of his father in 1751, succeeding his grandfather, George II, in 1760. He was  served by two long-lasting ministries: that of Lord North (1770-82) and that of  Pitt the Younger (1783-1801).

Cuenod, Andrew Halifax Merchant; Nova Scotia Landowner; Owned Two Halifax Houses (1782) sold to Sparrow; To Leave Nova Scotia (1782)
Cumberland DesBarres held property here that Sparrow serviced with product; Castle Frederick was a place 52 miles from Halifax
Cumming, Andrew Late of Halifax; Cabinet Maker, Upholsterer; Co-Partner with John George Cumming
Cumming, John George Late of Halifax; Cabinet Maker, Upholsterer; Co-Partner with Andrew Cumming
Cuyler, Abraham Cornelius Former Mayor of Albany, New York; Esquire; Cape Breton Island Loyalist; Secretary Registrar and Clerk of the Council (1784-1787)

"Abraham Cuyler, Esq., former mayor of Albany, residing in London in 1784, laid a memorial before the King stating that he and others were deprived of their property on account of their loyalty to their country and were desirous of coming to Cape Breton. The memorial was favorably received and a number of people styling themselves « Associated Loyalists » sailed in three vessels for Cape Breton, in charge of Colonel Peters, Captain Jonathan Jones and Mr. Robertson, late officers in the Corps of Royal Rangers, and associates of Mr. Cuyler, and arrived at the end of October. About 140 persons, furnished with clothing and provisions from the British Government, and under the charge of Captain Jones and Mr. Alexander Haire, came to Cape Breton by these vessels."  ["Laurence Kavanagh," By The Rev. D. J. Rankin," CCHA Report, 8 (1940-1941), 51-76 ]

Cuyler, William


Daywell, Mr. On the 1790 panel hearing the Samuel Sparrow versus JFW DesBarres case in London
DesBarres, Joseph Frederick Wallet  [Des Barres, Joseph-Frédéric Vallet], Esquire Born at Basel, Switzerland (1721); At Louisbourg (1758); of Halifax c.1761 to 1773; 1784); While in Halifax, charged by the Admiralty to make accurate surveys and charts of the coast and harbours of Nova Scotia; Of England (1773-1784); While in England, he oversaw the publication of his Atlantic Neptune; At St. Peters/Louisbourg (1784-1785);  Of Sydney (7 January 1785); Lieutenant Governor (August 26, 1784-1787) of Cape Breton Island; Suspended February 26, 1787; Quit the Government on October 7, 1787 and sailed for England in the same month; of England  (1787-1804);  Of  Prince Edward Island (1804-1812); of  Amherst (1812-1817); Of Halifax (1817-1824).
Delesdernier, Moses Gentleman; Late of Halifax; French Swiss; Emigrated to London, England, in 1740, and ten years later came to Halifax with Gideon Delesdernier (brother or his uncle);  Landowner; Land agent.
Deschamps, George Judge, Common Court of Pleas, Hants County, Nova Scotia
Diane Sparrows account books in Halifax were to arrive in England upon this ship in 1790, but did not arrive until 1791
Dodd, Archibald Charles Cape Breton Island Signing Witness; Esquire; Collector of Customs (1787-1794); Private Secretary to Lieutenant Governor Governor Macarmick (1794-1795); Chief Justice (1797-)
Doe, John Halifax Supreme Court (Eastern Term - 1785)
Dolben, Sir William Bart. On the 1790 panel hearing the Samuel Sparrow versus JFW DesBarres case in London
Donnelly, Lachlin Of Halifax (1785); Dealer; Sparrow supplied him with merchandise
Dorset, Johnson, and Co. Dorset, Johnson, Wilkinson & Berners, 68, Old Bond Street, Bankers [SOURCE: Kent's Directory for the Year 1794. Cities of London and Westminster, & Borough of Southwark ]
Down, Charl Jn Engraver (1790)
Drummonds, Messrs Of Charing Cross, London; Bankers; The bank of Alexander Leslie (1785), J. F. W. DesBarres (1793); John Drummond (1793) 

[Note: Fludyer and Drummond [1761]; Harley and Drummond [1776]; Andrew Drummond founded his Drummond's Bank in 1717, and by 1744  he had over 400 accounts in his ledgers and his diverse clientele included English as well as Scottish aristocrats, men of the arts, hospitals and religious and charitable institutions. In 1760, he moved the firm to a commissioned building on the bank's present site on the west side of Charing Cross. Andrew Drummond died in 1769 and a series of subsequent partnership agreements divided the business among three branches of the Drummond family. 

During the last quarter of the eighteenth century, many important professions and crafts used Drummonds for their banking needs. As well, two of the partners were involved in substantial Treasury contracts (payment of British troops in Canada and America) with the firm also keeping accounts for King George III and his family. 

The present Royal Bank of Scotland was created through a series of mergers and acquisitions, including Drummonds Bank in 1924

The Ledgers, which contain customers' accounts since the founding of the bank, still exist, housed in the Board Room. There is also an archives.]

Eaton Street


DesBarres writes from here in 1793
Edgeware Road


Home of McKerby
Fanning, Edmund Lieutenant-Governor of Nova Scotia (September 23, 1783-1786); Lieutenant-Governor of St. John Island [Prince Edward Island] (November 4, 1786 to May 10, 1804); On PEI, Fanning turned to his Nova Scotia Loyalist friends and placement on the civil list in an attempt to govern (1786-1790); Sparrow debt (1789)
Finucane, Byran, Esq. Witness; Perhaps Chief Justice of  Supreme Court (1778-1785) until his death
FitzGerald, Gerald Halifax Attorney (1784/1785) for Sparrow
Fleet Street



Fleet Street is named after the Fleet River, a river that flowed  into the Thames. It was the centre of London's publishing industry from 1500 until the late-20th century.

Foller, Edward England; Proctor
Frasier or Fraser, Colin 33rd Regiment; Cape Breton Island Loyalist; Illiterate; Labourer
Garsoiss?, Thomas Cape Breton Island Landowner
General Elliott Ship Of London, England; In Halifax (1784) - Of interest, on July 21, 1784 (i.e. post visit to Halifax), Peter Lilley (or Lilly), now outward bound in the Good Ship General Elliott [perhaps named after Governor the Right Honorable General Elliott of Gibraltar], made out his will - 
Gibbons, Richard Esquire; Born about 1734 in England; President of the Executive Council of Cape Breton Island; Chief Justice (1784-); Died in a French prison in Nantes in 1794.
Gould, H An official attending the 1790 lawsuit between Sparrow and DesBarres
Gravois, Joseph Of Halifax (1783); a Mariner; Sued Sparrow for payment of wages (1783) 

[Note: Is this the same Joseph Graveis who delivered 3500 feet of boards to Cape Breton in 1785 [NAC, CO 217, Volume 103, p. 132, December 27, 1785, which Henry W. Perry, of London, acknowledged on August 21, 1786]

Gray & Ogilvie DesBarres bill held on Gray & Ogilvie [Financial agents. London, 1775-1798?]
Grays Inn Coffee House or Gray's Inn Coffee House


Samuel Sparrow versus JFW DesBarres held here in 1790s.  [Inquisitions were generally held in taverns and coffee-houses up until the 1880s, when courtrooms started to take over. One of the most popular venues was Gray's Inn Coffee-House, next to the gateway to Gray's Inn in High Holborn, London]
Green, [Francis] Halifax County; Sheriff; Second son of Benjamin Green; Loyalist; Returned to Nova Scotia in June 1784 and in November was appointed sheriff of Halifax County, succeeding William Shaw; lost lawsuit to John Stairs in 1787; Temporary treasurer of the province (1793); Judge of the Inferior Court of Common Pleas (1794)
Haire, Alexander Cape Breton Island Loyalist; Commissaire of the Cape Breton Loyalists; Chief Surveyor (1787); Member of the Executive Council of Cape Breton Island

Founded in 1749, ""The town was laid out in squares or blocks of 320 by 120 feet deep, the streets being 55 feet in width. each block contained 16 town lots, forty feet front by sixty deep, and the whole was afterwards into five divisions or wards, called Callendar's, Galland's, Ewer's, Collier's and Foreman's divisions, after the names of the persons who were appointed captains of Militia, each ward being large enough to supply one company." [Akins, "History of Halifax City", The Nova Scotia Historical Society, vol. #8, 1895), p. 10. Salter Street was the south limit; and Buckingham, the north.

Halifax - Callenders Division

See Halifax

Halifax - Careening Yard

The Halifax careening yard was established in 1758

Halifax - County of

Halifax County, established by Order-in-Council on August 17, 1759, comprised all that part of peninsular Nova Scotia except for Annapolis, Kings, Cumberland and Lunenburg counties. After 1763, Cape Breton Island was formally annexed to Nova Scotia and for a time formed a part of Halifax County

Halifax - Dutch Town - Dutch Village In the North suburbs of Halifax and first Settled by German ("Deutsche" corrupted into "Dutch"); First there was the downtown area established in 1749 with, to the south of that, "Irish town"; and, to the north, "Dutch town." 
Halifax - Foreman's Old Division

See Halifax

Halifax - Supreme Court of Nova Scotia

Jonathan Belcher, a New Englander was sworn in as chief justice of the newly established Supreme Court on October 21, 1754. The court began sitting once or twice a year in communities outside Halifax in 1774.

Halifax - Red Hospital Former Hospital; Number 12, North Suburbs  fronting easterly on Water Street Leading to the Careening yard; A large house, dating from at least 1766, leading to the Careening Yard.-

"Another hospital, referred  to as the Red Hospital, was advertised for sale later in a December issue of the Gazette; it was described as a large house leading to the Careening Yard. The Red Hospital was located very close to the water's edge, as described in a petition 220 from Samuel Sparrow, in which he asked for a water lot "opposite to the Red Hospital." ... the Red Hospital dated from at least 1766, for in July of that year, Francis Elliot was granted a license to occupy the beach between the Red Hospital and Mr William Fury's lot to the north of Barnard Wharf. 221 Also, the Gazette of 24 July 1769 advertised "a [James Doble] house for sale situated on the beach near the red hospital."

See: Allan Everett Marble, Surgeons, Smallpox, and the Poor: A History of Medicine and Social Conditions in Nova Scotia, 1749-1799 , p. 133.


[Note: Soon after the founding of Halifax, public works were undertaken to construct an Orphan House, a Workhouse, a Hospital and a Poor House]; In the year 1765 there were two hospitals in the north suburbs, near the beach at the foot of Cornwallis Street called the Red and Green Hospitals. They were there in 1785. One stood on the site of the present North Country or Keating's market, the other stood on property now owned by the heirs of the late H.H. Cogswell. [A. Aikins, History of Halifax City, p. 213.]

Keating's market stood at 3 and 5 Cornwallis Street [McAlpine's Halifax City Directory for 1886-87, p. 159]

"In 1765 there were two hospitals near the Beach at the foot of Hawe's
Hill, now Cornwallis Street, called the red and green hospitals. They were
there in 1785, one stood on the site of the north country or Keating's market, the other on the property now owned by the heirs of the late H. H. Cogswell. " These hospitals were named after the colour painted and were probably used for naval men or sick seamen. Keating's market was at the foot of the hill on the north side of this cross street, which was called Hawe's Hill, after a trader who kept a store on the Beach or Water Street, just opposite the hill. The location of this hospital is referred to in the following advertisement in a Nova Scotia Chronicle of 1769, "For sale-a good house and store situate on the beach near the red hospital."

This old store is probably the one owned by Mr. Hawe and was occupied
by the family as late as 1820, when Cornwallis Street (Hawe's Hill) was the
northern boundary of the town. The business was then carried on by Mrs. Hawe, an old lady who was noted for her only daughter, a very beautiful girl who was said to have been the belle of the town. On the opposite corner at the foot of the hill was an old town pump called Hawe's pump.

In 1880 are records of two houses still to be seen on this old street, one at
the foot of the hill on the north side (the red hospital) and the other east of
Mr. McQueen's confectionery, Brunswick Street. This may have been the
green hospital, which was ''further up the hill" ...

[Norman H. Gosse, "Water, Salt, and Sugar," in The Nova Scotia Medical Bulletin, 1938 Vol. 17(4), pp. 235-236]

Halifax - North Suburbs On the peninsula, this was Halifax central or the core of the city, but is now Halifax's North End
Halifax - South Suburbs The south suburbs stretched to South Street
Halifax - Water Lots Stood in Front of Dutch Town
Halifax - Water Street

South Suburbs

Hall & Co.


Harrison & Co; Harrison, Bainbridge [Rainbridge?] & Co [circa 1793] ; House of Harrison & Co London Representative for Sparrow [Note: There was a Harrison & Co, 18, Paternoster row, that was a London publisher at this time, and which, earlier, had published some of the maps of Captain James Cook - also a Harrison & Co., Perfumers, 56, Cornhill ]; London Merchants.
Hatton, William - Water Street, whose premises led to the Navy Yard  Sparrow owned a store and wharf lying opposite Hattons
Haywood, Robert Of Halifax; Deceased by 1788
[Hintch Ink Fields] Sparrow/DesBarres Court Case held held here in 1790 [Perhaps address of Gray's Inn Coffee House or near-by]
Hirnish, Gotlieb Of Lunenburg in the County of Lunenburg (1787); Dealer; Sparrow sued him re promissory note 
Hockenhull, John Administrator of the estate of Robert Haywood; Halifax Shopkeeper (1793)
Hope Schooner, wrecked without insurance
Hopkins, Richard England; Lord Commissioner of the Treasury [- 1794  -];
Howe, Lord He served from 1783 until 1788 as First Lord of the Admiralty during the Younger Pitt's first ministry.
Hurd, Thomas Esquire 
Industry Merchant Ship; Sparrow served on it 
Island of St. Peters  (St.-Pierre ) Sloop Nancy sold there
Jodrit, John, [Jodrid, John, Jodrid, Jn]

Master of the Schooner Swallow

Johnson Of London
Johnson Sparrow valued DesBarres' Impressions here
Kavanau Jn Kavanaugh
Kavanaugh, Jn' Of Cape Breton
Kent England; County
Kerby [Kirby], John Of Halifax (1781); Attorney (1789) for Sparrow; Merchant (1790)
Kerby [Kirby], Edward Of Halifax (1781); Gentleman Probate Suretier of Sparrow (1815)
King George III

See Crown - British

Kirby, [Kerby?] John  Of Halifax
[Kriol], Mr Produced 2 Imperfect Sets of Atlantic Neptune for Sparrow

- 1768


Sparrow, formerly of South Lambert [Lambeth], Surry - Lambeth, which fronts the Thames River, includes: Camberwell, and the Parish of Saint Gilles. Peckham is its neighbour.
Lambert See Lambeth
Leake, John Martin England; Auditor
Leightheizer, W. J. Halifax Signing Witness.
Leslie, Alexander

Of Halifax (1785); Merchant; 3rd party Sparrow held 2nd party Thomas Maxwell bill  of exchange drawn in favour of  defaulted 1st party Alexander Leslie
[Possibly the Loyalist, Alexander Leslie, Sr. who arrived in Halifax in 1784  on the Transport Clinton? - "Loyalist, "an Inhabitant and Citizen of New York", which he abandoned before the evacuation and thereby sacrificed a great proportion of his property ..."-   ]

Lidstone, Thomas Halifax Signing Witness
Lloyd, William Halifax Signing Witness; Supplied Cape Breton Island 
London It had a population of just under 600,000 at the beginning of the 18th-century. By 1800, with over a million people, it was the largest city in the world and London's suburbs had rapidly encroached upon the surrounding villages. West London was fashionable but slums were the norm on the eastern edge of the city.
Long, Charles


Macarmick, William Lieutenant General of Cape Breton Island (February 26, 1787 to October 7, 1787 when DesBarres quit the Government - May 27, 1795)
MacKworsth, Sir Herbert Bart. On the 1790 panel hearing the Samuel Sparrow versus JFW DesBarres case in London
MacWorth See MacKworsth, Sir Herbert Bart.
Maria Ship at Halifax (1781)
Maxwell, Thomas

3rd party Sparrow held 2nd party Thomas Maxwell bill  of exchange drawn in favour of  defaulted Ist party Alexander Leslie 

McCarty, Margaret Cape Breton Island Signing Witness (1787)
McKerby 1790 Sparrow/DesBarres Court Case; No 26, Edgeware Road
McKinnon, H [D or perhaps even W] Registrar (1799)
McKinnon, William Of Carolina, Born in Scotland; Cape Breton Loyalist; Esquire, Land Grants Secretary and Registrar; Secretary and Register of Deeds; Secretary Register and Clerk of the Council (1792-1793)
McMonasle, Hugh Of New Brunswick, County of Westmoreland, Estates of Petticoudiac and Memramcook,
Medcalf, Thomas Medcalf held a Sparrow promissory note obtained by Robert Heywood 
Millett, William Jr. Of Halifax (1782); Auctioneer, Merchant
Monk, George Henry  Attorney-at-law (1788 (Halifax), 1792)
Moody, James Merchant; Witness for John Hockenhull
Moody, J. W.  .
Morden College England, County of Kent, England, Blackheath; Morden College was built in 1695 for Sir John Morden to accommodate pensioners: "poor, honest, sober and discreet merchants who shall have lost their estates by accidents and perils of the seas, or by any other accidents, ways, or means, in their honest endeavour to get their living by way of merchandising"; Believed to have been built a on maze (ancient sacred site); 19 St Germans Place, Blackheath, London, SE3 0PW

"These with the poor Merchants are to have a Common Table in the Hall, to eat and drink together at Meals; And each have their convenient Chambers and Apartments, with Cellars.

The exact Number of such as are to be admitted there, is not appointed; but to be more, and augmented according as the Estate will bear, and the necessary Expences allow of. But it is thought the Number may at least amount to Forty Persons; there being Harbour for that Number. The Number of such as are to be admitted.

The Pension allowed to each Person admitted there, is 20l. per Ann. for their Commons, Firing and other Necessaries. Each to wear Gowns in the College with the Badge of the Founder, and to be 50 Years of Age at least. "

Morris, Charles, Esquire Of Halifax; Registrar of wills and probate (1792-1798); Surrogate General of the Probate Court (1798-1802)
Mugrave, W. England; Auditor
Nancy Sloop; Foreign Built, American vessel, Sold at the island of St. Peters  (St.-Pierre )
Newman, Timothy Of Halifax; Trader
Nepean, Evan, Esquire London; Under-Secretary, Home Office (1782 to 1795).
Neptunia Of London
Old Bond Street


Dorset, Johnson, Wilkinson & Berners
Parliament Street Coffee House


Samuel Sparrow versus JFW DesBarres held here in 1790s. [A masonic lodge, founded 1757 as the Parliament Street Coffee House Lodge. It adopted the name Castle Lodge in 1773 and was subsequently renamed Shakespear Lodge?]
Parsons, L. England; Surrogate 
Peabody Printer (1790)
Peckham [Peckham, Camberwell, Surrey]

Part of Surrey - Lambeth, Camberwell and Clapham

- 1820 and
- 1820

- 1768

England, Surrey:  "Peckham, on the Surrey side, between two and three miles SE. from London-bridge, lies for the most part rather low, but on gravelly soil. The large open common of Peckham Rye, and is neighbour, Goose-green, are on higher ground; the ascent continuing to Nunhead and Honor Oak, which latter stands about on a level with the Crystal Palace. Houses are to be had in the lower part of Peckham at a rent as low as £30 a year, but they are of course small. As the ground rises in situation the rents rise with it; and though they never attain the standard of such situations as Sydenham, Richmond, &c., they are considerably beyond what would be required for houses of the same class at a similar distance on the northern side of town. Taken altogether, however, the Peckham district may be considered, as in proportion to its advantages, one of the cheapest in London. NEAREST Railway Stations, Peckham Rye and Queen’s-road, Peckham; Omnibus Route, Peckham-road." [Victorian London - Directories - Dickens's Dictionary of London, by Charles Dickens, Jr., 1879: Go to Source  ]

In the 1790s and early 1800s, Peckham was a fairly small village within the much larger parish of St. Giles [the patron saint of cripples], Camberwell [well of the crooked or cripples]

In other words, Peckham was a hamlet of the parish of St Giles, Camberwell "An 1868 Gazetteer description of the following places in CAMBERWELL : ..."PECKHAM, a hamlet and suburban district in the parish of Camberwell, E. division of the hundred of Brixton, county Surrey, 3½ miles S. by E. of St. Paul's, London. Until a few years ago it was an inconsiderable village, forming one principal street, but has recently become a suburb of London, containing 28,135 inhabitants, besides 8,154 within the ecclesiastical district of St. Mary Magdalene ...

Perry, Henry Widmore Cape Breton Island Loyalist; Commissaire of Stores; Private Secretary to Desbarres (June 24, 1784-October 12, 1787); Examiner of the Public Accounts
Peters Bay

St Peter's Bay

Peters, Dr Note from Sparrow to Dr. Peters
Peticodiac Estate New Brunswick; J. F. W. Desbarres Estate
Pictoo Pictou
Piers and Hill Halifax Auctioneers (1782)
Pitt, William, Honourable England; Prime Minister of Great Britain (19 December 1783 – 14 March 1801); Chancellor of the Exchequer (December 19, 1783 – March 14, 1801); Chancellor and Under Treasurer of the Exchequer (- 1794 -); First Lord Commissioner of the Treasury (- 1794 -)
Poesch, Louis Halifax [Merchant](1782)
Porridge, Mr. 1790 Sparrow/DesBarres Court Case
Pott, P. J. L. England; Notary Public
[Proad?], John Witness for John Hockenhull
Randall, William, Esquire [Possible Variation Rundal] Of Morden College, County of Kent, England; Nova Scotia Landowner, [Note: William Rundal, North Suburbs, in 1752]
Rialto Of London; Ship at Halifax (1781) With Goods for Sparrow as well as for John And Edward Kerby
Roberts, William, Esquire London, Charleton Street, Marylebone; DesBarres Personal [Financial] Agent
Robertson, Neil, Esquire


Rodgers, George, Esquire Cape Breton Island Surveyor (1785-); Superintendent of the Public Works at Sydney (May 1786);  Secretary to DesBarres (July 12, 1786-June, 1787); Member of the Executive Council of Cape Breton Island
Roe, Richard Halifax Supreme Court (Eastern Term - 1785)
Rogers, William Of Halifax; Gentleman Probate Suretier of Sparrow (1815)
Rundle, John He occupied a Halifax house owned by Sparrow in 1783; Merchant (1784); Occupies (1784) Store on Hollis Street, Lately Occupied (1784) by Sparrow; Cape Breton Island Property Owner; Coroner (- 1794); Coroner (1791); The parishioners of St. George's Church, Sydney, met on October 2nd, 1786, at 12 o'clock. The appointed Church Wardens chose, among others,  Mr. Rundle as a Vestry Man for the year [The Cape Breton Historical Society - Some Papers and Records of the Society 1928 to 1932, No 1, 1932,"The First Seventy Years of St. Georges", p. 12]
Russell, Thomas Surrey; Sparrow Acquaintance
Saint Bride London Parish (Fleet Street); There is a Medieval Chapel at Saint Bride's Church which is the journalists church. As it was the hub of the publishing industry, generations of British writers from Shakespeare to Dickens knew it intimately. [ ]
St. George's Grenada
St Giles [Saint Gilles, Saint Giles, St. Gilles] [Camberwell (Parish of St Giles), Surrey, London] Surrey Prish (Camberwell); Parish of St. Giles [the patron saint of cripples], Camberwell. [Parish of Saint Gilles, Camberwell in the County of Surrey] The main burial grounds in use in Camberwell in the early years were the parish churchyards of St Giles and St George as well as the burial ground at Dulwich.
St.-Pierre See Island of St. Peters
Salter, William Halifax Signing Witness 
Shadds Place See Shards Place 
Shards Place or Shard's Place


This plan shows land in Peckham owned by Charles Shard in 1830. His land is shown coloured green.

A small terrace of houses off Meeting House Lane, near the centre of Peckham, Surrey. Shard was the name of a landowning family in the district.

In the Surrey Collection in the Lambeth Archives Library there is a map of the Estate of William Shard in 1775. The Shards were Peckham landowners, and this map shows all the small strip fields which William Shard held in Peckham North field. -

Sherlock, George William, Esquire Halifax County Justice of the Peace; Merchant (1792, 1793)
Sheriff of Cumberland [Charles H. Chandler was sheriff of Cumberland for 38 years and was succeeded in turn by his son Joshua who held it for 28 years - one of these?]
Slater, Lydia Nova Scotia Co-Landowner (with William Slater); Estranged wife of William Slater
Slater, William Halifax Merchant; Nova Scotia Landowner; Signing Witness 
Smith, John Esquire, Sydney Merchant; Cape Breton Island Landowner; Provost Marshall (1791-1792)
Snow Hill London (1790); Warehouse belonging to Mssr Cork & [Co Sears] in 1790; Snow Hill
South Lambert [South Lambeth]
- 1820

- 1768

England, County of Surrey
South Carolina By the 1750s, rice and indigo had made the planters and merchants of the South Carolina lowcountry the wealthiest men in what would become the United States. Government encouragement of white Protestant settlement in townships in the interior and migration from Pennsylvania, Virginia, and North Carolina were to give the upcountry a different character: smaller farms and a larger percentage of German, Scots-Irish, and Welsh settlers. By 1790, this part of the state temporarily gave the total population a white majority, but the spread of cotton plantations soon again made African American slaves the majority ... South Carolina became the eighth state to ratify the United States Constitution in 1788, and in 1790 moved its seat of government from Charleston to the new city of Columbia in the state's midlands.  [ ]
Sparrow, Samuel, Esquire Of South Lambert [Lambeth], County of Surrey, England; Late of Shadds Place, Peckham, Parish of St. Giles (Camberwell), County of Surrey;  Halifax Merchant (c. 1774-); Sometime Holder of Power of Attorney; Agent for DesBarres; Sydney Merchant; Member of the Executive Council of Cape Breton Island; Cape Breton Island Justice of the Peace; On the ship Industry; Of South Carolina, Late of Charleston (d. c. 1799)
Sparrow, Sarah Wife of Samuel Sparrow (m. ?- d. c. 1799; Wife (m. 1803-d. c. 1815) of John Acres.
Spiller, R, Esquire

DesBarres bill held on Spiller

Stairs, John Of Halifax; Merchant: Stairs sued Francis Green in 1787 for allowing a man Stairs had confined to debt to escape in 1786 and won; bankrupt c. 1789; Debtors prison; Masonic friends bailed him out of prison; Departed for Philadelphia 1793
Stansbury, Elizabeth Sister of Samuel Sparrow
Steele .
Sterns Assistant to George Henry Monk (1788)


Stephens, Philip, Esqr.

Sir Philip Stephens (1723-1809) was Secretary to the Admiralty for 32 years from 1763 to 1795. He was a Lord Commissioner of the Admiralty from 1795 to 1806.

Stout, Richard, Esquire Of Halifax; Of a Loyalist family; Of Cape Breton (c. 1788); Cape Breton Merchant; Partner and local Cape Breton agent in the Firm, Tremain, Stout and White (- 1790 -);  Member of the Executive Council; Surrogate General; Assistant Secretary and Clerk of the Council; Deputy Provost Marshall; Provost Marshall; Deputy Secretary
Stuart, J Witness (1798)
Supreme Court of Halifax The Supreme Court of Halifax was established in 1754 (Jonathan Belcher the first Chief Justice) and it initially heard cases only in Halifax. The court house stood at Northup's Corner, northeast corner of Buckingham and Argyle Streets. In 1774, a circuit for the Court, to Horton, Amherst and Lunenburg, was established.

Part of Surrey - Lambeth, Camberwell and Clapham


England; County; Located South of London - The county of Surrey included the present-day London boroughs of Lambeth, Southwark and Wandsworth until 1889.
Swallow Schooner (1785)
Swayne [Benjamin Swain? Loyalist] [Carpenter]
Sweet, Richard, Esquire Cape Breton Island Surveyor (1785-); Member of the Executive Council of Cape Breton Island
Sydney The Metropolis of Sydney (Work began November 19, 1784); Located on the South West Arm of Sydney Harbor, it was founded by United Empire Loyalists in 1785. Originally known as Spanish Bay, Joseph Frederick Wallet Des Barres, lieutenant-governor of the colony of Cape Breton, renamed it Sydney in honour of the Hon. Thomas Townshend, first Viscount Sydney.
Sydney Schooner (1785); John Wilson Master
Sydney - [Bladein?]


Sydney - Amelia Street

North End

Sydney - Charlotte Street


Sydney - Esplanade


Sydney, Lord; also Thomas Townsend Home Secretary (1784)
Sydney - North Charlotte Street


Sydney - South Charlotte Street


Sydney River - South West Branch of Sydney River One of  the two branches of the River where there was settlement, just beyond the Town of Sydney
Sydney River - North West Branch of Sydney River One of  the two branches of the River where there was settlement, just beyond the Town of Sydney
Swallow Schooner
Taitt, David, Esquire Of West Florida and Carolina; Cape Breton Island Loyalist; Provost Marshall (1784-); Surveyor (1785-1787); Cape Breton Island Signing Witness (1787)
Taylor, Mr. Assisted DesBarres at his 1790 England court case
Todrid, Jn [Joduit, John]


Townsend, Gregory Halifax; Commissary of Stores and Provisions for Cape Breton Island
Townshend, John Thomas England; Lord Commissioner of the Treasury (-1794-)
Tremain [Tremaine]& Co. Firm, Tremain, Stout and White ( - 1790 -); Jonathan Tremain; loyalist; of Halifax (1786);  Halifax merchant
Twaddle, John Yoeman; Witness for John Hockenhull; Labourer (1793)
Uncle, Thomas Esquire; Loyalist; Collector of His Majesty's Customs at Sydney
Underwood, William Halifax Signing Witness; Illiterate 
Uniacke, Richard John jr. Of Nova Scotia; Lawyer; Born (1753) at Castletown, County Cork, Ireland, of landed gentry; Arrived in Nova Scotia via  Philadelphia (1774); Returned to Ireland  (1777) to complete his law studies; Settled in Halifax (1781); Appointed solicitor general for the province (1781); Elected to the Nova Scotia House of Assembly (1783); Advocate general of the Vice-Admiralty Court (1784); Became Speaker of the House of Assembly (1789); Halifax Attorney for John George and Andrew Cumming (1797); Appeared for Mary Cannon (1787); Attorney General (1797-1830)
Venture, Mr.


Wakeham, Thomas Junior Mariner of St. John's Newfoundland (1788, 1791)
Wapping John Marius Wilson,  Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales, 1870-72: WAPPING, a parish in Stepney district, Middlesex; on the Thames, at the London docks, 2 miles ESE of St. Paul's, London. It forms a low strip along the river's bank; was overflowed or marshy till the time of Elizabeth; was then reclaimed, embanked, and converted into meadow and building site; had only one street in the time of Charles II.; was the scene of Judge Jeffries' capture in a sailor's disguise in 1688; formed part of Whitechapel parish till about 1695; became all occupied with streets or with appurtenances of London harbour; is now occupied, over considerable space, by part of the London docks; suffered demolition of many houses for dock extension prior to 1861.

See British-History's Map - # 24 - St. John Wapping

See Map St. John's Wapping

WAPPING, St. John, Church Street [1617, out of Stepney 1694] gutted in WW2, tower remains, small church built in ruins, parish united to St. Peter, London Docks.

Wells, Jn Engraver (1790)


Whiston, Robert Whiston Wharf (1781); Randall claimed (1782) it was granted to Whiston in error and it belonged to him
White, Joseph Of Ketch Harbour, County of Halifax (1785); Fisherman; Supplier of fish to Sparrow October 5, 1784-August 12, 1786
Wigglesworth, John, Esquire Of England; Inspector General
Wilkinson, Samuel


Wilkinson, John  Banker
Wilkinson, John 
[Is John W. Wilkinson?]
From London; Milliner and Mantua Maker (1785)
Wilkinson, W. John [Is John Wilkinson?] Cape Breton Island Supplier; Sparrow Agent/Clerk (1785); Super Cargo; Distressed Lame Man Receiving Welfare (1796)
Wilkinson, John [Is John Wilkinson?] Desbarres would appoint a John Wilkinson to his Council.
Williams , Mrs Had lodged and boarded at Sparrow's House at Halifax
Wilson, John Master (1785) of the Schooner Sydney; Of Sydney (1799); merchant; Cape Breton Island Landowner (1799)
Witts, Broome Phillips, Gentleman Of London; Sparrow Acquaintance; Broome Phillips Witts of Friday Street, Cheapside, London, silkweaver
Wood, Daniel Jun  Halifax Signing Witness; Clerk; Halifax Attorney (1789, 1792, 1793) 

[Source: The Transcribed Documents (1749-1817) and expanded upon using many other sources]

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