Fonds P004 - Hyatt family fonds

A list of the Associates of the Town of Ascott

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Hyatt family fonds

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  • 1789-1991; predominant 1789-1832 (Creation)

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0,04 m of textual records. - 6 photographs.

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The Hyatt family came to the United States from England in the mid-17th century. Abraham Hyatt and his family were living in Schenectady at the start of the American Revolution. He supported the Loyalist side and enlisted in the army with two of his sons, Gilbert and Cornelius. Around 1778-1780, Abraham Hyatt, his wife, and his ten children (Gilbert, Cornelius, Abraham, Jacob, Charles, Isaac, Joseph, Anna, Mary, and Merriam) took refuge in the province of Quebec. After the Proclamation of 1792 permitting the colonization of the Eastern Townships, Gilbert Hyatt and 204 associates requested the Township of Ascot. In 1792, having obtained authorization to survey the township, Gilbert and many members of his family settled in. It was not until 1803, however, that he and 30 associates received the letters patent for the land. Gilbert Hyatt held many public offices. He was appointed as Justice of the Peace in 1806 and in 1808, as Commissioner to administer the oath of allegiance to applicants for land in the Township of Ascot in 1808. He died in Sherbrooke on 17 September 1823, aged 62.

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The documents in the fonds were donated in several accessions by two people, Doris M. Fisk of Hawaii (1984) and Glenn C. Taylor of Phoenix, Arizona (1991-1994). Mrs. Fisk donated ten items related mainly to Abraham Hyatt Jr. The other accessions, from Mr. Taylor, consisted largely of documents on Gilbert Hyatt. These had been preserved by Mary Louise Hyatt (Mrs. Galen Canfield), who gave them to her daughter Ella Hyatt Canfield Taylor, who transferred them to her son Glenn Canfield Taylor, who passed them on to his own son Glenn C. Taylor.

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The fonds contains source material on the settlement of the Hyatt family, and more specifically Gilbert Hyatt, in the Township of Ascot between 1789 and 1832. It is also of value as a source of information on the genealogy of the Canfield and the Hyatt families. The fonds consists mainly of original 19th-century documents, but also includes reference materials gathered by donor Glenn C. Taylor in the 1980s and the 1990s. It is comprised of the following series: Notarial and Judicial Documents (1796-1832), Parliamentary Documents (1789-1800), Correspondence ([182-]-1830), Transcriptions (1991), Biographical and Genealogical Documents ([198-]-1991), Press Clippings ([190-]-1953), Photographs ([187-?]-[1991?]), and Miscellaneous Documents (1797-1828).

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Transcriptions and photocopies of the records of accession 91-255 are available for researchers in the Old Library in McGreer Hall. Copies are also for sale at the Eastern Townships Research Centre. Extracts were also published in the Journal of Eastern Townships Studies/Revue d'études des Cantons de l'Est, No. 1, Fall 1992. The Journal is for sale at the Eastern Townships Research Centre.

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Documents dating from the 19th century were put in polyethylene enclosures.
The documents donated by Glenn C. Taylor were numbered by him for the purpose of transcription. The arrangement of the documents does not respect this original order, but the numbers are indicated on the polyethylene enclosures to help researchers use the transcription.
The documents are in English.

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28 janvier, 2016

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