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Shelburne historical records collection [textual record]. 

Collection consists of



Place of creation

No place, unknown, or undetermined

0.09 m of textual records.

Scope and content

Collection consists of records relating to the community of Shelburne include the minute book of the Port Roseway Associates, 1782-1783; several muster rolls of Loyalists, 1783-1784; proceedings of the Court of Quarter Sessions, 1784-1860; and a register of writs, 1787-1807. The collection is available on microfilm reel H-984.

Textual records
90: Open
Former archival reference no.

Terms of use

As a protective conservation measure, the original records and transcripts (volumes 1-7) have been withdrawn from circulation. Researchers must use the microfilm for both consultation and reproduction purposes.

Biography / Administrative history

At the British evacuation of New York in 1783, hundreds of Loyalist refugees joined as the Port Roseway Associates with the intention of finding new homes and creating a new settlement together in Nova Scotia. The arrival of these Loyalists, with their families, servants and slaves, brought into being the community of Port Roseway, shortly renamed Shelburne. The free Blacks amongst the Loyalists formed a separate enclave known as Birchtown. Within a decade, many of the Loyalists migrated elsewhere in search of better opportunities.

Additional information

Volume 1 (formerly in the Phillipps Collection, #22186) was acquired in 1913. Volume 2 was received in 1915 from Robert Thomson of Shelburne. Volumes 3-6 were transcribed in 1915 from originals, respectively, in the possession of Mrs. George Cox of Shelburne, in the office of the Registrar for Shelburne County, in the possession T. Howland White of Shelburne, and in the custody of Shelburne County Council. Volume 7 was acquired in 1970.

Availability of other formats note
The complete fonds, microfilmed in 1981, is available on microfilm.

Subject heading

1. Nova Scotia. Court of General Sessions of the Peace (Shelburne), 1784-1860.
2. Shelburne County (N.S.)
3. Eliza (Ship)
4. Eliza (Navire) .
5. Black loyalists Canada.
6. Loyalistes noirs américains Canada .
7. History Nova Scotia
8. Histoire Nouvelle-Écosse
9. Birchtown (N.S.)
10. Birchtown (N.-É.)
11. Representative government and representation Canada.
12. Gouvernement représentatif Canada .
13. Shelburne (N.S.)
14. Shelburne (N.-É.)
15. Nelson (Ship)
16. Nelson (Navire)
17. Social conditions . Nova Scotia
18. Conditions sociales . Nouvelle-Écosse
19. Social life and customs. Nova Scotia
20. Moeurs et coutumes . Nouvelle-Écosse
21. Privateering Nova Scotia.
22. Guerre de course Nouvelle-Écosse.
23. Public welfare Nova Scotia.
24. Aide sociale Nouvelle-Écosse.
25. Black loyalists New York.
26. Black loyalists Nova Scotia.
27. Loyalistes noirs américains Nouvelle-Écosse .
28. Courts Nova Scotia.
29. Tribunaux Nouvelle-Écosse.
30. Robertson, Alexander.
31. Campbell, Samuel.
32. Land grants History . Nova Scotia
33. Concessions de terres Histoire . Nouvelle-Écosse
34. United Empire loyalists Colonization Nova Scotia Shelburne (County)
35. United Empire Loyalists Colonisation Nouvelle-Écosse Shelburne (Comté)
36. Ross, Robert.
37. Port Roseway Associates.
38. Bird, Thomas.
39. United Empire loyalists.


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