Land grants, deeds, and wills

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Land grants, deeds, and wills

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Accession number: 2013.008

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  • [ca. 1784-1924] (Creation)
    Katherine L. Stoddard family

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2 folders of textual records

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Katherine Laura Stoddard was born on June 16, 1927 in Wileville, Lunenburg County. Her parents were Clarence Simon Stoddard and Eva Kathryn Siteman who was the daughter of Charles Edward Siteman and Jessie (Robson) Siteman of Ship Harbour. Katherine grew up in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia and later lived in Hantsport. Like her mother, Katherine worked as a school teacher but was also very active in genealogy. She never married and lives in the Windsor Elms seniors’ home in Windsor, Nova Scotia.

Katherine’s father, Clarence Stoddard, was the son of Robert Jamison Stoddard, originally of Clam Harbour, and Harriet “Edith” Ritcey of Musquodoboit Harbour. Robert Jamison was the son of Thomas Stoddard and Elizabeth Eisan of Clam Harbour. Thomas was a ship captain and died in 1858. Thomas’s grandfather, also Thomas Stoddard (b. before 1740) had come to Nova Scotia from Scotland c. 1760.

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Series forms part of Katherine L. Stoddard fonds and consists of three land deeds including one for land in Hantsport purchased from Charles Cowley Brown and his wife Emma by Robert J. Stoddard, Master Mariner, for six hundred dollars in 1924; one for land in Kings County purchased from George A. and Louise Yeaton by Robert J. Stoddard for one dollar in 1924; and one for land in Horton, King’s County, purchased by Robert J. Stoddard of Musquodoboit Harbour from John L. and Eunice E. Graham for three thousand six hundred dollars in 1923. Series also includes transcripts of a grant for five hundred acres to Thomas Stoddard dated September, 1784. Also includes typed transcripts of memorials written by Michael Eisan to the governor discussing a request for land in Jeddore and a later purchase of land in Ship Harbour c. 1786-1791 as well as another memorial dated 1796, wherein Eisan requests that he be granted permission to take possession of some back lands to attempt to raise grain in order to sustain his family, as he and his neighbors were having difficulty doing so on their current land in Ship Harbour; it being so close to the sea. Another transcript includes a deed for 200 acres on Lot. 20 purchased by Eisan from Joseph Lumb (or Lamb) for nine pounds in 1791. The transcripts also include a rejected petition made by Michael Eisan, Loyalist, for relief due to loss of property in South Carolina. The series also includes transcripts of the will of Thomas Stoddard of Clam Harbour dated 1813, bequeathing his land to his sons Walter Hercules, Thomas Ratchford, George William Sherlock, and Edmund Fanning.

Michael Eisan (1730-1833) was the grandfather of Katherine Stoddard’s great grandmother Elizabeth Eisan.

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