Alexander Hamilton was a businessman, militia officer, office holder, and judge. He was born on July 3rd, 1790 in Queenston, Ontario. He was the son of Robert Hamilton and Catherine Robertson, née Askin.

He attended school at Queenston and Niagara and went to Scotland in 1795 for further education. He worked at his father’s business for a short time after returning from Scotland, but the business failed.

Hamilton was involved in the War of 1812, particularly with small raiding and reconnoitering parties. He became a captain under Major Thomas Merritt in the Niagara Light Dragoons on 1 May 1812 and later served under William Hamilton Merritt.

After the War of 1812, Hamilton applied for posts in the Niagara District as they became vacant. He married Hannah Owen Jarvis in 1816 and they had 8 daughters and 3 sons. In 1817, he received his first commission as a Justice of the Peace. He held posts between 1821 and 1839 as postmaster and deputy collector of customs at Queenston. He was also a surrogate court judge, and Sheriff of the Niagara District. By 1833, he had recouped some of his fortune which allowed him to begin construction at Queenston of a mansion, Willowbank, which still stands. He died on February 19, 1839 in Queenston, Upper Canada.

William Robertson was a Scottish-born businessman and political figure in Upper Canada. He was a merchant in the fur trade. Mr. Robertson was appointed to the district court and land board of the Hesse District of Upper Canada. He had close business ties with the Hamilton Family. Robert Hamilton had married his brother’s widow, Catherine Askin in 1785.

Robert Gillespie was a merchant and businessman who was born in 1785 in Scotland. In 1800, he joined with his brother George in Montreal. At the height of his career, he became a partner in the firm of Gillespie, Moffatt and Co. He eventually moved to England where he died in 1863.

Forsyth, Richardson and Company operated out of Montreal. They were traders who also dealt in real estate.

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Recent Submissions

  • Report of the Board of Health for Queenston

    n.d.
    A report of the Board of Health for Queenston blank.
  • A command from Niagara District – Alexander Hamilton, Esq. Sheriff of the Niagara District to the Keeper of the Gaol Blank

    1830s
    A command from Niagara District – Alexander Hamilton, Esq. Sheriff of the Niagara District to the Keeper of the Gaol. The form is blank.
  • List of Property Taken under Execution Blanks

    1830s
    Two List of Property Taken Under Execution blanks.
  • Upper Canada in the Court of Requests Summons (4)

    1820s1830s
    Four (different) Upper Canada in the Court of Requests summons. These forms are from the 1820s and 1830s. All are blank.
  • Invoice to A. Hamilton from Mr. Thomas McCormick

    McCormick, Thomas (1818)
    Invoice for 11.13.10 ½ and 10.3.9 pounds to A. Hamilton from Mr. Thomas McCormick. Items included, but not limited to: wine, green tea, a toothbrush, a broom head, jars and nutmeg. It is dated 1818.
  • Invoice to Forsyth Richardson from Messrs. Smith and Hamilton

    1818
    Invoice to Forsyth Richardson for the amount of 479.0.8 pounds. There are stains and slight tears in the folds which do not affect the text. The list is made up of sundries sent from Montreal by their order from Messrs. Smith and Hamilton. Items included, but not limited to: military grey cloth, white cottons, blankets, sugar, coffee, ivory combs, fishing lines, a black lamp, wafers, toothbrushes and numerous other assorted items. There is a watermark of a crest in the paper, 1818
  • Invoice of Goods Bought from Robert Gillespie

    Gillespie, Robert (1811)
    Invoice of Goods bought from Robert Gillespie for the amount of 238.7.8 pounds. The list is made up of sundry goods furnished and forwarded by R. Gillespie on the account and risk of Messrs. Hamilton and Askin. Items included, but not limited to: quilts, beaver gloves, Irish linens, mourning shawls, mustard, peppermints, glasses, tea pots, needles, knives and forks, buttons, spices, spades and numerous other assorted items. At the bottom of the list it is written: “errors excepted, Montreal 24th, September 1811” It is signed by Robert Gillespie. There is a watermark of a crest in the paper, 1811
  • Deed from Alexander Hamilton Esquire to Edward Powell Esquire of Stamford

    McLeod, Alexander (1842)
    Deed from Alexander Hamilton Esquire to Edward Powell Esquire of Stamford. This is a writ of Fieri Facias [writ of execution directing a sheriff to take goods or property of someone against whom a judgement has been rendered]. Alexander McLeod of Stamford, is the Deputy Sheriff in the suit of the President, Directors and Company of the Commercial Bank of the Midland District against Cadwallader G. Pelton in the district of Niagara for 68 pounds 4 s. 3 farthings. Hamilton is mentioned in the original writ, but he died before carrying this out. There is a red seal on the lower right hand corner. The document is signed by Alexander McLeod, Deputy and witnessed by G.R. Shears and John McLaren, 1842.
  • A Writ of Execution Issued by William Kingsmill, Sheriff of Niagara Regarding the Estate of Alexander Hamilton

    Kingsmill, William (1841)
    A writ of execution issued by William Kingsmill, Sheriff of Niagara regarding the estate of Alexander Hamilton. Hannah A. Hamilton is the executrix. It contains the matter of David Thorburn who was a merchant, warden and Justice of the Peace for the Niagara District. He was also a political figure in Upper Canada. He sued the estate for damages of 1203 pounds and 12 s. ½. The writ also refers to Joseph Hamilton and lands on the Grand River in the Township of Moulton in Haldimand. There is a red seal on the bottom right hand corner. It is signed by W. Kingsmill, Sheriff. The signatures of the witnesses are A. Gilkinson and David Thorburn. 1841
  • Bill of exchange to Messrs. G. and A. Hamilton

    1809
    Bill of exchange to Messrs. G. and A. Hamilton for flour and offal [entrails and internal organs of an animal used as food] in exchange for wheat in account with Clark and Strud Bridegewater. April 4 – June 13, 1809.
  • Return of Prisoners Confined in the Niagara Gaol, Alexander Hamilton, Esquire, Sheriff

    1834
    Return of Prisoners Confined in the Niagara Gaol, Alexander Hamilton, Esquire, Sheriff [October 1 is crossed out and replaced with January], 1834. Most prisoners were committed on a writ of Capias [a writ issued by a court to bring the defendant, having failed to appear, to answer a civil action against him.]. There is a watermark: “WEBSTER 1831”, 1833-1834.
  • Regulations for the Surrogate Court of the District of Niagara

    Hamilton, Alexander (1824-07-21)
    Regulations for the surrogate court of the District of Niagara. This is written text stating the terms of the settings of the court. It is signed by Alexander Hamilton who is the surrogate court judge. Intermediate office fees and fees are listed.
  • An Invoice for Transactions at Queenston and Chippewa.

    1816-06
    An invoice for a number of transactions at Queenston and Chippewa. The invoice lists a number of people including Alexander Hamilton, W.G. Hepburn, Mr. Brooks, Robert Hamilton, Mr. Thompson and D. Irvine, purser of the navy on Lake Erie. Items include, but are not limited to: rope, kegs containing liquor, chocolates, tobacco, lime juice and oil.
  • Letters of Patent to Establish a Fair or Market in St. Catharines

    Head, Sir Francis Bond; Jameson, Robert S.; Cameron, D. (1836-07-08)
    Letters patent to establish a fair or market in St. Catharines which give Alexander Hamilton the authority as the Sheriff to collect the tolls. The Royal Coat of Arms is in the upper left hand corner of the first page and the document is signed by Sir Francis Bond Head, Lieutenant Governor of Upper Canada; Robert S. Jameson, attorney general and D. Cameron, secretary.
  • A Broadside for Fair or Mart in St. Catharines

    1836-04-15
    A broadside which was printed at the Telegraph Office opposite the British Hotel by Webb, Printer. The notice was given that a fair or mart would be held at St. Catharines on Thursday, May 25th between 9 in the forenoon and sunset, pursuant to His Majesty’s letters patent of July 8, 1836. Alexander Hamilton is listed as the steward. The broadside is dated at Niagara, April 15, 1836. There is an annotation on the opposite side of the broadside regarding the date of the fair, which has bled through.
  • An invoice to A. Hamilton, Queenston, from Mr. John Biggar

    Biggar, John (1818-1819)
    An invoice to A. Hamilton, Queenston, from Mr. John Biggar. Various balances are listed. Items include, but are not limited to: ribbon, sugar, tea, mace, cinnamon, wine and black cloth. It is signed by J. Biggar, Fort Erie.
  • An invoice to James Secord from A. Hamilton Esquire

    Hamilton, Alexander (1819)
    An invoice to James Secord from A. Hamilton Esquire. There are various balances listed. Items include, but are not limited to: linseed oil powder, children’s socks, a warming pan and slippers.
  • An invoice furnished and forwarded by Robert Gillespie on account of Messrs. George and Alexander Hamilton, Queenston

    1811
    An invoice of sundry goods furnished and forwarded by Robert Gillespie on account of Messrs. George and Alexander Hamilton, Queenston. The final balance is 1034.9.6 pounds. Items on the list include: cotton, lace, muslin, gown patterns, boots, camphor gum, teaspoons, pocket knives, snuff boxes, blankets, cheese and iron candlesticks. It is signed “errors excepted, Montreal, 24th September, 1811, Robert Gillespie”, 1811
  • An invoice forwarded by Robert Gillespie of Montreal for Messrs. G. and A. Hamilton of Queenston

    1810
    An invoice of sundries furnished and forwarded by Robert Gillespie of Montreal for Messrs. G. and A. Hamilton of Queenston. The final total is 486.4. 6 pounds. The invoice is for sundry items such as: thread, muslin, quilting, gingham, needles, saws, knives, bridles and chalk. The invoice is signed “errors excepted, Montreal 9th, July, 1810, R. Gillespie”, 1810
  • An invoice from Mr. Wm. Robertson to G. & A. Hamilton

    Robertson, William (1809-1811)
    An invoice from Mr. Wm. Robertson to G. & A. Hamilton. There are various balances 71.10.1 pounds, 6.6.8 pounds, 9.13.6 pounds and 24.17.11 pounds. The invoice is for sundry items such as: rock salt, wafers, cotton wool, umbrellas, soap, flour and whiskey.