Papers : 1762-1839.

Call Number: HIL-MICL FC LFR .B6A4P3
Category: Family
Creator: Botsford, Amos, 1744/45-1812.
Description: 1 microfilm textual records () ; 35 mm
            Amos Botsford was a native of Newton in Connecticut. He graduated from Yale College in 1763, and later practised law in Connecticut. In 1779 he was forced to flee from New Haven and took refuge in New York. His property was confiscated by the Connecticut state authorities. 

In 1782 he was appointed an agent of the British government to conduct a survey and make preparations for the settlement of Loyalists at Annapolis and Conway (Digby), Nova Scotia. Disagreements arose between Botsford, Governor John Parr and Charles Morris, the Surveyor General, as well as between Botsford and some of the settlers who accused him of giving preferential treatment to the elite.

In 1784 Botsford moved to Dorchester in the newly formed Province of New Brunswick. He received appointments of clerk of the peace, judge of the Inferior Court of Common Pleas, and registrar of deeds for Westmorland County. He represented Westmorland County in the House of Assembly from 1785 until his death in 1812 and served as speaker of the House throughout this period. In 1790 he moved to Westcock, but died while on a visit to Saint John in 1812 and is buried in Fernhill Cemetery.

Amos Botsford's only son William was born in 1773 in New Haven, Connecticut, and educated at Yale College, becoming a member of the New Brunswick Bar in 1795. He moved from Saint John to Westcock in 1808 to become a partner with his father and succeeded him as member of the House of Assembly in 1812. He was speaker of the House and solicitor general from 1817 until 1823 when he was named to the New Brunswick Supreme Court, retiring in 1854. He died in 1864 and is buried beside his father in Fernhill Cemetery, Saint John.

            The papers accumulated by Amos Botsford (1744-1812) and William Botsford (1773-1864) consist of correspondence, notes, land records and related papers arranged in five subject files: correspondence, pages 1-88; records of Loyalist settlements, pages 89-172; land grants, pages 173-177; miscellaneous memoranda and notes, pages 178-296; and judicial commissions, pages 297-300. Much of the material surrounds Amos Botsford's role as settlement agent for the British government. 

Also included are letters concerning family and personal affairs, in particular from his daughters Anne and Sally Botsford; accounts; legal documents; and court proceedings.

Originals: The original records are held by Library and Archives Canada.
Archival Ref. No.: LAC MG 23, D 4.
Finding Aids:

Online: The online catalogue for Library and Archives Canada contains a document listing; also known as Finding Aid 525.  This is found also in The Loyalist Collection red binders.

A brief inventory description and chronological table of contents are located at the beginning of the reel; also available in The Loyalist Collection red binders.

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Notes: Several of the pages in the first sequence are not numbered, making for a larger file than is indicated.
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