Discrete Item F2988 - Ledger of Thomas Burrowes, Justice of the Peace

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Ledger of Thomas Burrowes, Justice of the Peace

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  • 1841-1865 (Creation)
    Burrowes, Thomas
    Kingston Mills, Ontario

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1 bound volume

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Born in 1796 in Worcester, Worcestershire, England, Thomas Burrowes served as a Corporal in the Royal Sappers and Miners from 1813 until 1824, the last nine years of his enlistment being in Canada. Following a short stay in England Burrowes returned to Canada with his family in 1826, and secured a position as Overseer of Works on the Rideau Canal construction project. Thomas Burrowes worked with John Burrows, a fellow Overseer of Works, who claimed that he trained Thomas Burrowes in the skills of surveying, preparing Thomas for his registration as a Provincial Surveyor. Later promoted to Clerk of Works of the southern section of the Rideau Canal, Burrowes continued in this service until 1846. Based at Kingston Mills during these years, he chose to retire there at the end of his service, taking up the roles of farmer, postmaster and Justice of the Peace in the local community. During these years, Burrowes lived in his cottage"Maplehurst" overlooking the Rideau waterway and Kingston. Burrowes died in 1866 and was buried in the Cataraqui Cemetery.

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This ledger was found intermingled with court records held by the Yorktown/Mt. Pleasant Historical Alliance in Indiana. The material was offered to Queen's Archives by the President of the Alliance, and subsequently transferred.

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Item is a handwritten ledger reflecting the work of Thomas Burrowes Justice of the Peace at Kingston Mills, Township of Kingston, Frontenac County. The ledger contains Memoranda of Fees and Charges, Return of Convictions and printed Schedules of Summary Convictions. The ledger documents the nature of the case, offense committed, dates, names of all parties such as prosecutor, witness(es), defendants, and Constables involved. It also notes fees levied and paid. There are a few loose receipts pinned onto one of the blank pages towards the back of the ledger. Of particular note is a hand drawn map of Pittsburgh Township, from Opinicon to Kingston along the Rideau Canal, dated May 4, 1841.

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Conservation #5-15.

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  • Portfolio case: F3 E9