Papers : 1775-1910.
|Call Number:||MIC-Loyalist FC LFR .S2J6P3|
|Creator:||Saunders, John, 1754-1834.|
|Description:||5 microfilm textual records () ; 35 mm|
The Saunders family was established in Virginia long before the outbreak of the American Revolution. John Saunders' father, Jonathan Saunders, owned an estate of 1200 acres when he and his wife died within a few years of each other. The management of the property, and the care of the younger children, fell to Jacob Ellegood and his wife Mary, John's older sister. In 1775 John Saunders assumed control of the estate, and as the Revolution progressed his situation became more difficult. Finally, because he refused to endorse the Continental Association of October 1774, he was denounced and ostracized.
The collection consists of correspondence and other papers of John Saunders and his son, John Simcoe Saunders. Much of the correspondence is between John Saunders and his father-in-law, James Chalmers of Chelsea, England. Other correspondents include: members of the Saunders family, Col. Nesbet Balfour, Francis Marion, Sir Howard Douglas, Thomas Carleton, Arthur H. Gordon, George Street, John Graves Simcoe, Lt. Col. James Chalmers, Col. Edmund Fanning, Lt. Robert Mackenzie, Maj. Gilfred Studholme, Lt. Col. John Watson, Jacob Ellegood, Jonathan Odell, George Randall, George Storie, Oliver Arnold, Thomas Baillie, and many others, 1780-1891.
|Originals:||The original records are held by the University of New Brunswick Archives.|
|Archival Ref. No.:||UNB Archives MG H 11.|
A card index to the Saunders Papers has been microfilmed and is available on a separate reel.
|Electronic Finding Aid Record:||
Saunders, John Shelf List.pdf
There are two copies of the index reel.
Because the military records in the Saunders Papers are not concentrated in one section, copies of all military-related material were made from the microfilm by B.J. Grant and are available for consultation in the UNB Archives.
John Saunders' Account Book: 1789-1807, is available in the Loyalist Collection and is shelved at MIC-Loyalist FC LFR .S2J6A2.
Two collections of family papers which interconnect with the John Saunders Papers are: Parker Family Papers, 1760-1795. MIC-Loyalist FC LFR .P3F3P4 and Jacob Ellegood Papers, 1785-1918; predominant 1785-1829. MIC-Loyalist FC LFR .E4J3P3