Collection Acc2379 - Muster rolls for Loyalists granted land on St. John's Island, 1784

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Muster rolls for Loyalists granted land on St. John's Island, 1784

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  • Textual record

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  • Source of title proper: Title based on contents of collection

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CA PCA Acc2379

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  • Copied 1972, 1978, 2002 (Creation)
    Nova Scotia Archives

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.01 m of textual records

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Nova Scotia Archives

Administrative history

On 30 April 1857 the Nova Scotia House of Assembly passed a resolution providing for the examination, preservation, and arrangement of the records and documents that illustrate the history and progress of society in the province. One hundred and sixty-five years later, Nova Scotia's archives and records management programme continues with the preservation of the province's corporate memory. In 1996, Nova Scotia Records Management was combined with the Public Archives of Nova Scotia. In 1997, this integrated organization became known as Nova Scotia Archives and Records Management (NSARM), although the archives facility on University Avenue retained the name of the Public Archives of Nova Scotia. In April 2009, responsibility for the records management was transferred to Treasury and Policy Board, and in March 2011 NSARM became known as the Nova Scotia Archives to reflect its changed mandate. In 2022, the Nova Scotia Archives was part of the Department of Communities, Culture, Tourism, and Heritage.

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Scope and content

This collection consists of copies of muster rolls and related papers for United Empire Loyalists from Shelburne, Nova Scotia, who were granted land on St. John's Island (Prince Edward Island) in 1784. The documents which form the basis of this collection are held by the Nova Scotia Archives and were copied in 1880 for the Record Commission of Nova Scotia from muster rolls in possession of J. W. Lawrence of St. John, New Brunswick, and previously among the papers of Ward Chipman, Chief Justice of New Brunswick. Included are correspondence between government and military officials, muster rolls, returns which document the numbers of people involved, and other related documents. The original documents are dated 25 October 1783 to 29 September 1784.

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  • English

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Location of originals

The copies in this collection were made from records held by the Nova Scotia Archives (RG1, Volume 376). The Ward Chipman fonds, which may be the basis of the original information found in this collection, can be found at Library and Archives Canada (MG 23 D1). A searchable database of the Ward Chipman Muster Master’s Office records can be found online ( ; accessed August 2022)

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See also: RG14, Loyalists

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  • English

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