Fonds F01129 - Herchmer family fonds

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Herchmer family fonds

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  • 1723-1892 (Creation)
    Herchmer (family)

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0.6 m of textual records

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Jugh and Madaline Engheimer came to America in 1721 from tha Palatinate of Alsace and the lower Rhine. They has a patent for a tract of land on the Mohawk River near Herkimer, New York. They had thirteen children. One of the children, Johan Jost Herkimer or Herchmer, the father of the Kingston branch of the family, had served in Butlers rangers during the border warfare. He left his family in the new republic and in 1784 or 1785, or perhaps as early as 1783, with his wife Mary Van Allan settled at Cataraqui (named, in 1788, Kingston). He and his wife had seven children, four boys and three girls. Lawrence, the second son, was a merchant, first at Port Hope and later at Kingston. He married Elizabeth Kirby and together they had 7 children. Charles Lawrence, the fourth son, carried on his father's business after Lawrence's death in 1819. The third son, William Macaulay, became an Anglican clergyman. Two of his sons had careers in the Royal Canadian North West Mounted Police.

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The fonds consists of correspondence from various members of the family, land grants, deeds, mortgages, stocks, wills, probates, power of attorney, financial records and a copy of the Herchmer Family Tree. Most of the material relates to Johan Jost Herkimer; his son Lawrence Herchmer; Lawrence's son, the Reverend Willam Macaulay Herchmer and his wife Frances and his son Col. William Macaulay Herchmer of the North-West Mounted Police.

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  • English

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F3 B3.8 015 I25

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No further accruals are expected

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  • Shelf: 2253
  • Shelf: F3 B3.8 015 I25