Fonds - Richard James fonds

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Richard James fonds

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  • 1816-1839 (Creation)
    James, Richard, 1796-1856

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4 cm of textual records

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Richard James was born in 1796 at Woolwich, England, the son of Alexander James. In 1820 he married Mary Lomax, who died in 1846. They had 8 children. For a time he served in the British Army. In 1834 James settled in Bridgetown, Nova Scotia and in 1835 built a home which is now the James House Museum in Bridgetown. His sister Eliza came to Nova Scotia following Mary's death to live with James and raise the children. James was a Justice of the Peace, jailor and merchant. He died in 1856 at Bridgetown.

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Records were found in the James home during renovations by the Bridgetown and Area Historical Society. They were plastered to a mainfloor door and wall.

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Fonds consists of correspondance regarding James' military career, indentures, legal papers, pages from a ledger and one letter book.

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Some records are in French

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Some pages of the ledger has been used for writing practice, presumably by a James child.

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