Sampson Salter Blowers was born in Boston, Massachusetts, the son of John Blowers, a lieutenant who died shortly after returning from the siege of Louisbourg in 1745. He was raised by his grandfather, Sampson Salter, graduated from Harvard with a Master of Arts in 1765 and became a barrister in the Massachusetts Superior Court in 1770. Because of his Loyalist sympathies, he was forced to leave Massachusetts and sailed for England. In 1777 he returned to America and settled in Newport, but was evacuated to New York where he was employed in the Vice-Admiralty Court. In 1783 he came to Halifax, Nova Scotia, where he practiced law for many years and received a number of appointments: attorney-general of Nova Scotia and speaker of the House of Assembly in 1785; first Loyalist member of the Legislative Council in 1788; chief justice as well as president of the Legislative Council in 1797; and judge of the Vice-Admiralty Court, 1821-1833. Retiring in 1833, he died in Halifax on 25 October 1842 at the age of 100 years.
Included on the reel are stock certificates, 1798-1826; land records, which also include a sketch of the arms and crest of the Blowers family, 1783-1822; notes from the College of Heralds with a card from Sir George Naylor; miscellaneous papers, n.d.; and legal records, 1779-1797, consisting of several appointment documents.