The 1786 Cox Muster and Authorizing Documents for Crown Grants and related Settlement in Quebec
This is a previously little-known muster taken in 1786. Residents of Cox (New Carlisle) and other British settlements in Quebec had to take oaths of allegiance in order to obtain land grants from the King. This muster of some Cox-area lot-holders contains much of genealogical significance. Moreover, a comparison of this muster with the 1784 lot drawing muster as well as the 1784 Embarkation List and 1785 muster on Raymond Garrett's pages may also reveal important items, e.g. occupations, new children, marriages, lots owned and the like.

Immediately preceding this muster on the microfilm from the National Archives of Canada is a series of remarkable documents. They are the authorizing documents from King George to Frederick Haldimand, the Governor of Quebec, to establish British settlements in Quebec by the granting of land to British subjects who met certain criteria and were willing to take specified oaths of allegiance.

These documents not only spell out the oaths of allegiance, but also clearly and concisely the criteria to be met by British subjects who desire the land grants.

These criteria and catagories bear on the issue of whether or not these British settlements are strictly Loyalist settlements. It is abundantly clear from the documents that being a Loyalist is only one category of persons who can qualify for land grants. Another category includes disbanded or reduced British regulars, like Samuel Chatterton, Richard Billingsley, and perhaps Robert Flowers and others. This document merits further study. The documents and muster are from the National Archives of Canada, RG 4, A-1, Vol.29, pp. 9408-9423, Reel C-3001. A transcription of the muster follows on this page and the authorizing documents on another.

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I certify that I have adminstered to the several Persons named in the annexed Paper, the Oaths directed by Law and the Declaration mentioned within, and have received their Subscriptions severally

So answers

Nichs Cox

[Names in italics were signed by that man. Non-italicized names were signed by "his mark."]

Year and Day
No. in Family
Month Persons Signatures Wives Males Age Females Age Professions Township No Lot
1786
January 12 John Scot 1 Farmer Paspebiac 1
James Astle 1 3 6,2,1 2 12,7 Taylor 2
Patrick Trainer 1 2 5,2 3
Abraham Brown 1 3 12,8,5 1 4 Labourer 4
Andrew Naughton 1 1 Captain 5
Jonah Cass Senr 1 5 23,21,20,8,7 3 14,3,1 Farmer 6
Thomas Sherar 1 2 16,5 4 12,10,4,1 Dyer 7
Thomas Sherar 8
Geo Longmore Surgeon 9
George Cowll Carpenter 10
Lacklan Hannigham Coal Maker 11
Josiah Cass Junr Farmer 12
James Stone Artificer 13
Thomas Pryce Jones 1 1 16 Merchant 14
Richard Billinglsy Lock Smith 15
16
Willm Thomson 1 2 6,3 Butcher 17
Edmond Pursell 1 21 Carpenter 18
John Grant 1 3 10,9,1 1 6 Farmer 19
Simcon Shurman 1 2 15,13 2 8,3 Carpenter 20
John Restell 1 1 1 1 4 Lock Smith 21
Willm Patterson 1 1 12 1 13 Carpenter 22
Martin Kelly Labourer 23
John Pamphery 1 1 5 1 10 Farmer 24
Laurence McKenzie 1 2 12,7 3 16,14,2 Mason 25
Wm VondenVelden 1 Dy. Surveyor 26
Wm VondenVelden 27
John Richie 1 3 12,8,7 Carpenter 28
William McAdams 1 1 1 Shoemaker 29
John Chisholm 1 3 13,6,3 3 10,5,2 Carpenter 30
Elihu Cass Farmer 31
Robert Flowers 1 2 7,3 2 10,1 Button Maker 32
January 13 Azrh Pritchard 1 2 17,12 1 7 Capt 33
34
James Astle 1 2 6,2 2 12,7 As above No 2 35
36
37
38
Laurence McKenzie As above No 25 39
John Pamphery 1 1 5 1 10 As above No 24 40
Wm Kemp Miller 41
Wm Kemp 42
43
Saml Windman Farmer 44
Benjamin Bloom 1 1 9 Shoemaker 45
Benjamin Bloom 46
Christr Pearson 1 3 17,14,7 3 18,11,11 Leather dresser 47
Archd Cambridge 1 2 10,1 Taylor 48
Archd Cambridge 49
James Shaw 1 Grocer 50
Christr Pearson 1 3 17,14,7 3 18,11,11 As above No 47 51
52
53
54
Hamilton Maxwell 1 1 2 3 9,5,1 Lieutenant 31st Regt 55
John McCarty 1 2 3,1 Labourer as above No. 16 56
Andrew Teague Farmer 57
Isaac Man Junr Quarter Master 58
59
Josiah Cass Senr 1 5 23,21,20,8,7,2 3 ?,3,1 As above No 6 60
Joseph Cass Farmer 61
62
63
Patrick Trainer 1 2 5,2 As above No 3 64
Andrew Coulter 1 3 13,9,7 2 17,14 Farmer 65
Josiah Cass Junr As above No 12 66
January 14 Alexr Brotherton 1 1 7 2 12,5 Carpenter 67
Alexr Brotherton 68
69
Thomas Richardson 1 Farmer 70
71
72
Thos Burrow 1 1 18 Corporal 73
Nichs Cox 74
Nichs Cox 75
Nichs Cox 76
Nichs Cox 77
Willm Garret Stocking Weaver 78
John Fitzivie Labourer 79
Abraham Brown 1 3 12,8,5 1 4 As above No 4 80
John Becker Fisherman 81
Thos Man 1 Ensign 82
Benjn Hobson 1 School Master 83
Samuel May 1 Weaver 84
James McNiven 1 85
86
Christr Pearson 1 3 18,14,8 3 18,11,11 As above No 47, 51 87
John ? 1 1 2 88
John ? 89
Robert Flowers 1 2 7,3 2 10,1 As above No 32 90
91
92
Patrick Clansey Fisherman 93
94
95
96
97
98
Laurence McKenzie As above No 25 and 39 99
Laurence McKenzie 100
101
102
Azrh Pritchard 1 2 17 1 7 As above No 33 103
Azrh Pritchard 104
John McLeod Shoemaker 105
Willm Huntington Orphan Carpenter No 1, 50 acres
John Teaback Farmer Coxes Lakes 1
John Manning Farmer 2
William Robinson Mason 3
Robt McCutchan Labourer 4
Nichs Connor Farmer 5
John Ross Farmer 6
John Glass Shoemaker 7
John Donaldson Labourer 8
John Gillon 1 1 5 1 1 Labourer 9
Wm Harlow 1 1 2 Carpenter 10
Henry Daly Farmer 11
Josiah Cass Senr 1 5 24,21,20,8,7 3 14,3,1 As above No. 6 and 60 12
Nichs Cox 13
Geo Longman Surgeon 14
Willm VondenVelden 15
Andr Coulter 1 3 13,9,7 2 17,14 Farmer 16
Thomas Sherar 1 2 16,5 4 12,10,4,1 As above No. 7,8 17
Hugh Munro Farmer 18
Anthony Fleetwood New Lake 1
John Cordue 1 Taylor 2
Jeremiah Frazier Labourer 3
George Johnson 1 Provincial Navy 4
George Johnson Warrt offr of the 5
Ronald McDonl 1 1 12 2 15,10 Shop Keeper 6
7
8
9
Hamn Maxwell 1 1 1 3 8,3,1 Lieutt 10
John Oechlinshlager 1 2 4,1 2 7,5 Cooper 11
Robt Williamson 1 1 1 Taylor 12
Frederic Lo Kempfer Lieutt in the 13
Frederic Lo Kempfer German Service 14
Janry 16 George Miller 1 1 2 Farmer Hopetown 1
Robert Caldwell 1 4 21,19,15,13 1 17 Farmer 2
George Young 1 1 [no age given] Carpenter 3
Samuel Perry 1 4 20,7,5,3 4 17,15,13,11 Farmer 4
David Scott 1 3 21,17,13 Farmer 5
Christr Lieme 1 1 3 Carpenter 6
John Lane 1 2 15,11 Labourer 7
John Graves 1 1 17 1 13 Farmer 8
William Powell 9
John Mathw Diesen Butcher 10
Thomas Orr 1 Taylor 11
12
13
L Quintin 1 Farmer 14
Jacob Tague 1 1 15 4 12,13,9,1 Cooper 15
Wm Bolster 16
Thomas Rafter Fisher-Man 17
18
Jeremiah Francis Cutler 19

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