Easson family fonds

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Easson family fonds

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MG 1, vol. 3478

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  • 1734-1894, 1924 (Creation)
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    Easson (family)

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  • 23 cm of textual records
  • 4 maps
  • 3 photographs

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John Easson (1715-1790), master artificer, was commissioned by the Board of Ordinance in London and sent to serve in Annapolis Royal in 1737. He received lands and a mill which he operated for grist and lumber. He also worked with Dyson and Company, merchants of Annapolis Royal, and later became a partner with the company. He married Avis Stewart, 27 January 1741, and they had four children. Their son David (1748-1790) married Elizabeth Fisher (ca. 1750-1841) and they had eight children.

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Fonds consists of records documenting business and personal activities of four generations of the Easson family. Fonds contains correspondence, invoices, receipts, account statements, promissory notes, land conveyances, bills of exchange, licences, survey plans, and other material relating to commercial transactions between Annapolis Royal, New England, Halifax, and Louisbourg; shipping in the 1700s including an incident involving a vessel at Tatamagouche; relations between the French and the Mi'kmaq; mill-work; maintenance of aboiteaux and dykes; local government; and social life and customs of Annapolis Royal. Family members represented include John Easson (1715-1790); son David (1748-1790) and his wife Elizabeth (ca.1750-1841); three of their eight children: David (1773-1812) and David's wife Zeruiah (ca.1790-1845), Thomas (1784-ca.1862), and Alexander (1786-1862); and three of Alexander's children: Deborah (1816-1888), Caroline (1822-1885), and David Stuart Easson (1823-1883). Also includes records of Thomas Prior, a free Black (previously enslaved), who was a neighbour of David Easson (1773-1812).

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Donated by David J.C. Nicholl of Hubbards, N.S.

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Fonds organized chronologically following family lines.

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For futher information on the Easson family genealogy, see W.A. Calnek, History of the County of Annapolis and MG 1, vol. 3478, file no. A/1.

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