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SAMUEL SPARROW ~ 
18TH-CENTURY CAPE BRETON ISLAND 

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TRANSCRIBED DOCUMENTS


APPENDIX TO THE TRANSCRIBED DOCUMENTS


CHRONOLOGY OF THE LIFE 
OF SAMUEL SPARROW

YEAR

DESCRIPTION

 

YEAR ?

date Sparrow of South Lambert, Surry
date Late of Shadds Place, Peckham, in the parish of St. Giles, Camberwell, Surry
 

c. 1774 - 1776

1774 or, more likely, 1775 or most probable, 1776, Halifax

Samuel Sparrow, by his own admission, arrived in Halifax at about 1774. According to DesBarres, it was 1776, arriving from Wapping. Sparrow was a merchant.
 

1779

1779, April 15, Halifax

William Randall gave Sparrow, a merchant of Halifax, his power of attorney to sell Randall's North Suburb "Red Hospital" Halifax property.
 

1780

1780, May 16, Halifax

Sparrow, present at that time in Halifax, sold the North Suburb Randall "Red Hospital" property to William Slater for 100
 

1781

1781, August 7, Halifax Newspaper advertisement that Sparrow has goods, just imported upon the Rialto and Maria, available for sale
 

1782

1782 or Earlier Sparrow formerly occupied the store operated by Louis Poesche 
1782, January 1, Halifax Newspaper advertisement that Sparrow has goods available for sale
1782, March 5, Halifax Newspaper advertisement that Sparrow has purchased the two adjoining North Suburb houses of Andrew Cuenod who is leaving for London, England

1782, May 2, Halifax

Sparrow, who perhaps at that time was not present in Halifax, purchased the North Suburb Cuenod property for 450
1782, June 18 Sparrow no longer is occupying the Louis Poesche store
1782, July 9, Halifax Sparrow sells the remaining stock of Mr. Louis Poesch at an auction on Sparrow's premises
1782, November, Halifax Sparrow is the Agent and Attorney for William Randall and is petitioning for the return of  the newly granted North Suburb Whiston water lot property opposite the "Red Hospital" to Randall the previous owner
1782, December 2, Halifax Sparrow (through an auction house and private sale) is attempting to sell off all the stock that he has on hand
 

1783

1783 Joseph Gravois vs Samuel Sparrow, Supreme Court of Halifax (Debt: 40)

Sparrow was absent from Nova Scotia when Joseph Gravois (mariner) commenced this Supreme Court law-suit

1783, January 20, Halifax

Sparrow (possibly not present in Halifax) purchased 1/2 of the former Randall property that contained the "Red Hospital", a portion of the property (sold in 1780 to William Slater) from William Slater Plus their Water Lot that stood in front for  320 
1783, July 22, Halifax Sheriff ordered to attach Sparrow's goods, chattels and/or estate for payment of  wages in the Gravois law suit 
1783, September 6, Halifax Sparrow 's Hollis Street house ("of large value"), occupied by Rundel, was attached to satisfy the Gravois suit before the Supreme Court
1783, October, Halifax Sparrow ordered to appear before the Supreme Court of Halifax to answer the Gravois suit
 

1784

1784, January 20, Halifax John Rundle selling goods off the General Elliott at the Hollis Street Store lately occupied by Sparrow
1784, April 15, Halifax Sparrow was shortly expected to arrive back shortly in Nova Scotia. 
1784 Mary Cannon, of Falmouth  (New Brunswick), applied to Samuel Sparrow, Merchant of Halifax, for an assortment of different kinds of merchandises, proper for supplying the Estates of Lieutenant Governor DesBarres , at Pettitcoudiac and Memramcook ( New Brunswick) and for some other Goods, for the use of the said Lieutenant Governor DesBarres and his Family which Sparrow would furnish on April 7, 1785
date? J. F. W. Desbarres applied to Sparrow to supply his Cape Breton Government with building materials, provisions, and money to pay workmen
 

1785

1785 Samuel Sparrow vs. Lachlin Donnelly, Supreme Court of Halifax [Easter Term - Note: Began two weeks (and a day) after Easter Sunday that fell on March 27, 1785] (Debt: 34 3 3 )
1785, Halifax Samuel Sparrow vs. Alexander Leslie, Supreme Court of Halifax [Trinity Term - Began a week and day after Trinity Sunday] (Debt: 40 2)
1785, February 2, Halifax Lachlin Donnelly was found in arrears to Sparrow for merchandise delivered before February 1
1785, April 7 Sparrow supplies Mary Cannon with articles worth 115 1p (Account #1) as well as, on a later date, other articles worth 757 14s (Account #2)
1785, April 19, Halifax Sheriff directed to retain Alexander Leslie, accused of  owing Sparrow
1785, May 24, Halifax Sparrow, agent, advertises for freight and passengers to go on the Betsey bound for Sydney [Note: Betsey, in Halifax cleared out, July 19, 1785, for Annapolis Royal; Betsey, in Halifax, arrived from Sydney, September 6, 1785]

 c. Spring 1785, Halifax

Sparrow, as an Agent of Lieutenant Governor J. F. W. DesBarres, provided the Governor with building materials, provisions, and money to pay workmen, for the construction of the public works of Cape Breton Island. He shipped from Halifax to Sydney using at least the schooner Betsey (May 24, 1785 advertisement), the  Sydney, and the Swallow.

(Date?)

Having abandoned his affairs in Halifax, and leaving the collection of his Halifax debts to others, Sparrow arrived in Sydney, seeking payment for the bills which he held. 

1785, June, Sydney, Cape Breton Island

Sparrow had already improved and enclosed a town property, and was awaiting his Crown land grant to a lot in Block C [W. John Wilkinson was also awaiting a Crown land grant] 
1785, June 13, [Sydney] Rundle, master of the 20 ton, 3 man crew Betsy, entered inwards [to Sydney] from Halifax with Naval stores and dry provisions
1785, June 20, [Sydney] Rundle, master of the 20 ton, 3 man crew Betsy, entered outwards [from Sydney] to Halifax with coals
1785, June 24, Halifax Sparrow present in Halifax before the Supreme Court  concerning Alexander Leslie's law suit
1785, c. 1 October- 31 December, Sydney Governor DesBarres paid Sparrow as per voucher (Debt: 432 2 6)
1785, October 6, Halifax Supreme Court of Halifax found Lachlin Donnelly guilty in the Sparrow law suit
1785, October 28, Halifax Newspaper advertisement that Sparrow has goods available for sale
1785, October 28, Halifax Newspaper advertisement that Wilkinson, from London, has goods available for sale at Sparrows
 

1786

1786, Halifax Samuel Sparrow vs. Alexander Clunes, Supreme Court of Halifax (Debt: 14 14)
1786, Halifax Samuel Sparrow vs. Joseph White, Supreme Court of Halifax  (Debt: 36 8)

1786, May 9, Sydney

Sparrow first took his seat as a member of Executive Council

1786, May 9, Sydney

Sparrow nominated as a Justice of the Peace for Cape Breton
1786, May 9, Sydney Sparrow moved that a Committee be struck to examine the Public Accounts for the period November 19, 1784 to March 24, 1786 which DesBarres had laid before the Board
1786, May 9, Sydney Sparrow and George Rodgers appointed the Committee to examine the Public Accounts
1786, May 11, Sydney The Executive Council meets with Sparrow in attendance
1786, May 15, Sydney The Executive Council meets with Sparrow in attendance
1786, May 17, Sydney The Executive Council meets with Sparrow in attendance
1786, May 23, Sydney The Executive Council meets with Sparrow in attendance
1786, June 2, Sydney The Executive Council meets with Sparrow in attendance
1786, June 2, Sydney Sparrow and George Rodgers appointed Assistant Justices of Peace  during the absence of the Chief Justice
1786, post June 2, Sydney Samuel Sparrow acquires the Henry Archer Block 27, Lot A property to which Archer received a grant on June 2
1786, June 4, Sydney The Executive Council meets with Sparrow in attendance
1786, June 4, Sydney Sparrow and George Rodgers report upon the Public Accounts (14,145 14 s 4 p) for the period November 19, 1784 to March 24, 1786
1786, June 5, Sydney The Executive Council meets in the morning with Sparrow (but not DesBarres) in attendance
1786, June 5, Sydney The Executive Council meets in the afternoon with Sparrow in attendance
1786, September 14, Halifax Sparrow, present in Halifax, issued a promissory note to pay Thomas Medcalf  on demand 181 8 1 that on the same day Robert Heywood [accepted]
1786, September 15, Halifax Sparrow present in Halifax before the Supreme Court to satisfy Sparrow lawsuit against Alexander Clunes 
1786, October 19, Sydney Governor DesBarres drew a Bill (Debt: 547 18 2 = 493 2 5) on the Lords Commissioners of His Majesty's Treasury in favour of payment to Sparrow
1786, October 20, Sydney Governor DesBarres drew a Bill (Debt: 40 17 1 = 36 15 5) on the Lords Commissioners of His Majesty's Treasury in favour of payment to Sparrow
1786, October 24 Sparrow initiates lawsuit against John George and Andrew Cumming  for payment of debt

1786, October 28, Sydney

Governor DesBarres acknowledged his unpaid debt for what Sparrow had provided to the colony in c. 1785. Prior to October 28, 1786, he had also converted the impressions and plates of the Atlantic Neptune into a pledge or security for payment to Sparrow [i.e. if the Board ever tendered and paid him for the plates - he wanted 5,000 ] for a part of the debt.
1786, November 27, Halifax Sparrow present in Halifax before the Supreme Court to satisfy Sparrow suit against Joseph White
1786, November 29 Sparrow receives a Crown land grant to Sydney River Lots 10, 11, 12
1786, December 19 Governor DesBarres issues a Bill (Debt: 493 2s 5d - provisions) on the Lords Commissioners of His Majesty's Treasury in favour of payment to Sparrow
1786, December 19 Governor DesBarres issues a Bill (Debt: 36 15s 5d - building materials) on the Lords Commissioners of His Majesty's Treasury in favour of payment to Sparrow
1786, December 28, Lunenburg G. Hirnish drew up a promissory note for 67 10 6 in favour of Sparrow
 

1787

1787, Halifax Samuel Sparrow vs. John George and Andrew Cumming, Supreme Court of Halifax (Debt: 22 11 4)
1787, Halifax Samuel Sparrow vs J. F. W. DesBarres, Supreme Court of Halifax (Debt: 4041)
1787, Halifax Samuel Sparrow vs. G. Hirnish, Supreme Court of Halifax (Debt: 67 10 6)

1787, Mira, Cape Breton Island

Sparrow receives Crown land grant to a Mira property

1787, Sydney

Sparrow purchased a Sydney property
1787, March 24, Halifax Sparrow present in Halifax before the Supreme Court to satisfy Sparrow suit against John George and Andrew Cumming 
1787, July 16, Sydney The Executive Council meets with Sparrow in attendance
1787, July 24, Sydney Governor DesBarres issues a Bill (Debt: 375 7 9 = 337 17 0 - provisions) on the Lords Commissioners of His Majesty's Treasury in favour of payment to Sparrow

1787, September 24, Sydney

Sparrow, who was present at the sale, sold Sydney property Block A, Lot Number 27, corner of North Charlotte Street and Amelia Street to Colin Fraser for 5 shillings

1787, September 25, Sydney

Sparrow, who was present at the sale, sold Sydney property Block A, Lot Number 27, corner of North Charlotte Street and Amelia Street to Colin Fraser for 60

1787, September 26, Sydney

Sparrow, who was present at the sale, bought from John Smith Block A, Lot 8, Esplanade, for 516 13 [this price included for 2 other properties as well]
1787, September 26, Sydney Sparrow, who was present at the sale, bought from John Smith a South Branch of Sydney River  property (47 or 49) for 516 13 [this price included for 2 other properties as well]
1787, September 26, Sydney Sparrow, who was present at the sale, bought from John Smith Block K, Lot 6, [Bladein?], South Charlotte Street for 516 13 [this price included for 2 other properties as well]
1787, September 27, Sydney John Rundle sells Block C, Lot 6 property, North Charlotte Street, between Doctor Aubrey to the North and Sparrow, who was present at the sale, to the South, to Sparrow for 412
1787, September 27, Sydney Sparrow, who was present, owned a Block C property, North Charlotte Street, to the south of  John Rundle, North Charlotte Street
1787, October 18, Halifax, Lunenburg Sheriff ordered to attach the estate of Hirnish re promissory note re the Sparrow law suit
1787, October 27, Sydney Lieutenant Governor Maccarmick noted that Sparrow's attendance on the Executive Council was always uncertain and he was in danger of being replaced
1786, October 27, Sydney Lieutenant Governor Maccarmick  nominated Sparrow and others as Justices of Peace for the Counties of Sydney, Louisbourg, and St. Peters
1787, October 30, Halifax Sparrow present in Halifax before the Supreme Court  concerning his law suit against J. F. W. DesBarres 
1787, October 30, New Brunswick New Brunswick Sheriff  ordered to attach the New Brunswick Estate of J. F. W. DesBarres (Castle Fredericke in the Township of Falmouth and Menaudie in the County of Cumberland) as per Sparrow lawsuit (5 1/2 rights of farm and marsh land - this meant that Sparrow's suit had placed restrictions on the tenants and had attached DesBarres grain and cattle). [In one summary, DesBarres states that Sparrow had attached his Peticodiac Estate for the entire 4041 suit]
1787, c. October 30 - c.November 25, Halifax Sparrow possibly present in New Brunswick at Castle Fredericke
1787, November 6, Halifax Sparrow, present in Halifax, appeared before the Supreme Court re his law suit against Hirnish 
1787, November 27, Halifax Sparrow, present in Halifax, asserts his right to his seat on the Executive Council of Cape Breton, from which he had been removed on the grounds that he was not a resident
1787, November 27, Halifax John Stairs made a promissory note for 41 10 10  in favour of Sparrow
 

1788

1788, Halifax John Hockenhull vs. Samuel Sparrow, Supreme Court of Halifax [Trinity Term - Began a week and day after Trinity Sunday] (Debt: 181 8 1)
1788, April, Halifax  Sparrow attachment against DesBarres in his law suit against DesBarres

1788, April 14, Sydney

Sparrow, now in Sydney, claimed that when he had been in England, some in Sydney had attempted to ruin him

1788, April 14, Sydney

Sparrow claimed he was a creditor of nearly 5000 of  the protested bills of DesBarres
1788, May 13, Halifax April 15 arrest warrant issued for Sparrow as per the Hockenhull lawsuit
1788, [May?] 16, Halifax Sparrow is delivered to bail on arrest
1788, May 27, Halifax Timothy Newman issued a promissory note promising to pay Sparrow 18
1788, July, Halifax Hockenhull  for Robert Hayword (deceased) is suing Sparrow 
1788, July, Halifax Sparrow put S. S. Blowers, his attorney, in his place in the Hockenhull law suit where he says Sparrow did not promise Hayword as stipulated

1788, October 28, London

Sparrow was in London, attempting to get payment for the DesBarres debt. He  had also relinquished all his Halifax concerns.
1788, October 28, London Sparrow asks Evan Nepean if he may be permitted to hope for an appointment

1788, November 3, London

Sparrow was in London, where he noted that the protested DesBarres bills he held totalled 3103 14 10 [that included 493 2 5 + plus 36 15 5 + 337 17 0 + 17 other bills] + interest and other charges for which, at the time, he had only charged DesBarres a commission. 
 

1789

1789, Halifax Samuel Sparrow vs. Timothy Newman, Supreme Court of Halifax (Debt: 18)
1789, April 16, London Sparrow, in London, was arrested for 400 on a bill endorsed by him for DesBarres
1789, April 16, London Sparrow suggest to Evan Nepean that he could be of use [i.e. he is looking for an appointment] to the finances of Cape Breton
1789, July 8, London Sparrow describes a a bill drawn in his favour by Lieutenant-Governor Fanning of St. John Island
1789, August 4, Town Sparrow receives news that the Admiralty Office will not purchase the Des Barres plates that Sparrow has in his possession
1789, December 12, Halifax John Kerby, attorney, represented Samuel Sparrow in his lawsuit against Timothy Newman in the Supreme Court of Halifax
 

1790

1790, Halifax John Hockenhull vs. Samuel Sparrow, Supreme Court of Halifax (Debt: 181 8 1)
1790, October 4, London Sparrow declared to be in London
1790, October [19], Halifax S. S. Blowers, attorney for Sparrow, sues John Stairs for 41 10 10
1790, October 4, London Sparrow residing in London
1790, October 18, London The John Hockenhull vs. Samuel Sparrow, Supreme Court of Halifax law suit which first begun 1788 was being heard before a jury that day in the Supreme Court of Halifax 
1790, October 29, Halifax A recovery judgement in the Hockenhull law suit against Sparrow was delivered, producing an arrest warrant for jail and an attachment within the County of Halifax on any of his goods, chattels, lands, or tenements until payment is received
 

1791

1791, Halifax Samuel Sparrow vs. John Stairs, Supreme Court of Halifax (Debt: 41 10 10)
1791, March 11, London Sparrow asks for the help of Evan Nepean to have his [protested] accounts settled
1791, October 14, Halifax Sparrow was awarded 19 9 2 in the law suit against Stairs
 

1793

1793, January 7, South Lambert

Sparrow letter to Treasury concerning Governor DesBarres [1785 voucher] of 432 2 6
Pre - 1793, February 15 [perhaps between 1789-1793], London An arbitration decided that the claims of Mr. Sparrow against DesBarres were unfounded
1793, February 15, London Desbarres demands a trial upon, among other things: "Complaints of Samuel Sparrow, through Harrison & Co. Sparrow was a trader, who having sold articles to the government, seized DesBarres property for payment" 

London, November 7, 1793

Treasury finally approved DesBarres expenses as Lieutenant Governor for the period 1784-1787.
  

1794

1794, January 16, London The Treasury approved Desbarres expenses were declared before Pitt. As to what was authorized as owing to Sparrow, it was  2116 8 10 or c. 1/2 the 4041 0 that Sparrow was claiming
1794, May 1, London Sparrow asks Evan Nepean to suggest a situation to which he could apply

1795

1795  Lambeth, Surrey Land Tax (Samuel Sparrow)
1795, June 5, [London?] Sparrow asks Evan Nepean for an interview with Pitt regarding his suggestions for raising revenues [for Cape Breton?]

1796

1796 Lambeth, Surrey Land Tax (Samuel Sparrow)

1798

1798, October 30 - post 1798, December Selling Store and Wharf c. 51 feet long x 33 feet wide, located opposite Hattons, on Water Street, whose premises led to the Navy Yard
1798, December 1, [Halifax] Assignment [transfer, Conveyance] of Mortgage from Sparrow to John Wilson for 55 for [Sydney River, Lots 10, 11, 12]
1798, December 1, Halifax Property deed , from Sparrow, who was in Halifax, to John Wilson for 40 for Sydney River, Lots 10, 11, 12
 

1799

1799, July 7, Charleston, South Carolina Sparrow, in Charleston, issued his last will and testament, leaving  everything to his wife Sarah. He died perhaps here, and certainly somewhere in America. By the time of his death, besides in America, Sparrow had lived  formerly in South Lambert, Surrey, and then in Shadds Place, Peckham, Parish of St. Giles, Camberwell, Surrey, and afterwards on the merchant ship Industry prior to going to Charleston.

1799, Sydney and Sydney River

The Sparrow mortgage had been assigned on several Cape Breton Island properties.
1801, February Sparrow, Samuel, formerly of Peckham. Surrey, afterwards of the merchant ship Industry, but late of Charleston. South Carolina. Administration of the will to the sister. Elizabeth Stansbury.
 

1803

1803, May 15, London

John Edward Acres married the widow Sarah Sparrow
1803, December 20, London Sparrow's South Carolina will was authenticated at probate

1804

1804, January 7, Canterbury Will of Samuel Sparrow of South Carolina, North America  registered at the Prerogative Court of Cantebury - Administration  which was granted to Elizabeth Stansbury was revoked and granted to Sarah Sparrow, now the wife of John Edward Acres
1804, March, Canterbury Administration of the will of Samuel Sparrow granted to Sarah Sparrow, now the deceased wife of John Edward Acres, granted to John Edward Acres

1806

1806, February 9,
Lambeth, Surrey

Baptism of the various children - born 1796, 1797, 1798 - of Samuel and Sara Sparrow

 

1815

1815, March 6, [Cape Breton Island] John Edwards Acres petitioned to take up Block C, Lot 6, which Sparrow had cleared, fenced and built upon, and held by the tenant J. Rundel for the last 15 years
1815, March 6, [Cape Breton Island] John Edwards Acres petitioned for land grants to Lots 31, 32 and 33 [near] Sydney
1815, March 6, [ Cape Breton Island] John Edwards Acres sought Lot adjoining No 31 East of Doblien [Doblin?] Street, on the north by Meloneys arm so call'd and on the south by the Commones

1815, June 12, Cape Breton Island

Certificate of Registry granted to John Edward Acres for probate of the Estate of Samuel Sparrow on Cape Breton Island

1815, September 11, [Cape Breton Island]

John Edward Acres, Edward Kirby, and William Rogers, suretiers, bound  to Charles Morris, surorgate general, for the probate of Sparrow's estate and for granting of letters of administration for 400
1815, December 9, [Cape Breton Island] John Edward Acres to produce an inventory of the Sparrow estate and to exhibit it before the Register of the Court of Wills and Probate on or before this date
1816, January 11, [Cape Breton Island] John Edward Acres, having disposed of the Sparrow estate,  and paid debts, to produce an inventory of the estate and to exhibit it before the Register of the Court of Probated Wills on or before this date
1817, Cape Breton Island John Edwards Acres granted warrants to survey Lots 31 and 32  [near] Sydney, but lot 33 was not mentioned
1817, January 11, [Cape Breton Island] John Edward Acres to produce a true and just account on or before this date
1817, March 11, [Cape Breton Island] John Edward Acres to make true account of the Sparrow Estate, and what's left will be distributed
1817, September 26 Order given for Lots 31 and 32, two areas each, to be layed out near the Town of Sydney for John Edward Acres

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