Early History of the Town of Amherstburg: A Short, Concise and Interesting Sketch, with Explanatory Notes

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Echo Printing, 1902 - Amherstburg (Ont.) - 23 pages
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Page 17 - As he led me near Fort Maiden, I took as good a view of it as I could while I passed it. It stands about thirty yards from the river bank. I judged it to be seventy or eighty yards square; the wall appeared to be built of timber and clay. The side from the river was not walled, but had double pickets, and was entrenched round about four feet deep; the second row of pickets was in the entrenchment.
Page 6 - Mr. McKee was to be directed to get the Indians to make over the land to the King, but that "two thousand yards from the centre would be reserved on all sides for the purpose of establishing a fort.
Page 10 - SMITH, Acting Surveyor General. [718] No. 107. Description of a Township to be laid out at the mouth of the River Detroit, by Order of His Excellency the Lieutenant-Governor in Council, to be called the Township of Maiden. To commence on the Streight, at the South Boundary of the Indian land, thence along, and following the Course and Bank of the River and Lake, with the Stream, untill it strikes the West Boundary of lot No. 97, in the Two Connected Townships, County of Essex — thence North up...
Page 10 - Quota of land in the said Township. The Land laying between Captain Bird's lot, and the Indian land, being reserved for Government, Captain Harrow's Petition for that tract is rejected. In all respects the Township of Maiden, to be subject to such general regulations as are, or may be hereafter framed for the Government of Townships. Especial Care to be taken that the reserve be made of the two Sevenths.
Page 3 - I found that three different forts had been constructed, or partly constructed, at Amherstburg at different times, and that the first was officially known as Fort Amherstburg ; the second was known both as Fort Amherstburg and as Fort Malden, and that the third, constructed subsequent to 1837, bore the name of Fort Malden.
Page 17 - The Army entered Amherstburg with the band playing 'Yankee Doodle,' the loyal inhabitants had fled with the army. The ruins of Fort Maiden the dock yard and the public stores were sending up huge volumes of smoke.
Page 15 - Records showing the fort as a five-sided enclosure, the northern most angle in a direct line east of the north end of Bois Blanc, the southernmost corner about opposite the middle of the island and the little town of Maiden extending south to the Caldwell lot just opposite the southern limit of Bois Blanc Island. Mr. James continues as follows: We pass...
Page 15 - It would appear from these documents that the fort was from the first known as "Fort Amherstburg" and that by some at least the group of houses outside the fort to the south was for a time called by some Maiden, the same name as the township. But there was no Fort Maiden in those days. In the...
Page 10 - Elliot and Captain Caldwell, to be the Patentees of the Township. The Persons who have been settled under the authority of the late Governor Hay, and who have actually made improvements are to be confirmed in such improvements, to the extent of 200 Acres, each. The Marsh, it appears, has been granted to the Sons of Captain Caldwell by the Honorable Council of the Province of Quebec. The Indian Officers have it at their option, to complete the Quota of land in the said Township.
Page 12 - Bird lot had first been taken over by the government and a garrison established there with the intention of erecting the fort. Thus we see that in the summer of 1796, the plans are set in motion through the military department for the starting of a town and post opposite Bois Blanc. On January 10, 1797,1" an advertisement was put up at His Majesty's Post, calling for men with teams, oxen, carts, trucks, etc.

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