Sous-fonds SF34 - Robert Sproul estate sous-fonds

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Robert Sproul estate sous-fonds

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  • 1840-1901 (Creation)
    Sproul, Robert

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0.45 m of textual records

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Robert Sproul (1808-1860) emigrated to Upper Canada from County Fermanagh, Ireland; his wife Sarah, from County Down. Prior to her marriage to Sproul, Sarah was married to Edward Savage, innkeeper at Kingston. Sproul and his family resided in the village of Clark Mills, now called Camden East, from the early 1840's until 1858. His occupation at this time is documented as farmer and innkeeper. In 1857 or 1858 he moved to Kingston where he leased properties for business and residential purposes on Princess Street near Clergy. Most notable of these were Storrington House and Addinton House, both likely used as hotels. Sproul died on August 21, 1860 and was buried at Clark Mills. He was survived by his wife and seven children

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This sous-fonds forms part of the Kirkpatrick-Nickle legal collection. The documents came from the law firm of Nickle and Nickle, which was founded by Thomas Kirkpatrick in 1828, and which continued under various names (Kirkpatrick Nickle) and with various partners until 1968. The Sproul estate papers were deposited, along with the papers of other clients of the firm, in Queen's University Archives during the 1960's.

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The sous-fonds consists of correspondence, legal and business papers including documents relating to land lots in the Townships of Ernestown, Camden and Hungerford. The papers have been arranged into the following series: Documents relating to Land Lots, 1840-1872; Papers concerning Insurance of Township Properties, 1850-1874; Papers relating to Storrington House, 1858-1862; Legal Papers and Litigation, 18 42-1860 - including suits against George Mink with related correspondence; Estate, Legal and Business Papers, 1829-1877; Correspondence, 1845-1875 - of particular note is a petition from Sarah Sproul to Viscount Monk regarding her son John who had joined the U.S. Calvary without her knowledge or consent; and Miscellaneous Papers, 1879-1901.

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  • Shelf: 2269.11