• Probate of the Last Will and Testament of Joseph Clement

      1810
      Probate of the Last Will and Testament of Joseph Clement of the Township of Niagara, May 14, 1810 but it is noted that this is a copy of the original will and this copy was filed on Feb. 26, 1815, Nov. 25, 1875. This is accompanied by an envelope addressed to Sheriff Woodruff and postmarked Hamilton, Nov. 25, 1875.
    • Clipping of an advertisement for Thomas Steers and Abraham Steers, Land Agency and Conveyancing Offices

      1844-07-17
      Clipping of an advertisement for Thomas Steers and Abraham Steers, Land Agency and Conveyancing Offices, July 17, 1844.
    • Statement signed by Hume Blake who has read the will of Joseph Clement and the will of Mary M. Clement

      1845-05-09
      Statement signed by Hume Blake of Toronto (2 ½ pages) who has read the will of Joseph Clement dated May 14, 1810 and has also read the will of Mary M. Clement dated Sept. 10, 1842. He states that the devise to James D. Clement and Joseph Clement is void. “The executor therefore take the personal estate … and the lands devised to James and Joseph Clement descend unencumbered to the heir of the testator Joseph Clement.” This document is slightly burned on the edges but text is not affected. The outer page says “Mr. Hume Blake for Brock Woodruff, May 9, 1845.
    • The letter is addressed to Samuel D. Woodruff and is signed by Thomas Steers

      Steers, Thomas (1847-03-23)
      Letter which is very stained, fragile and has holes in it. Text is partially illegible and faded. The letter is addressed to Samuel D. Woodruff and is signed by Thomas Steers. It is written in ink, but someone has added comments in pencil. It regards Richard and William Woodruff. There are questions on the document which include: “Has M. Clement died interstate?” [in pencil – “he has”]; “Has he an heir at law other than” [the rest is faded, someone has written in pencil “he has, Richard and William Woodruff”], March 23, 1847.
    • Letter to S.D. Woodruff from Thomas Steers and W. M. Kelly

      Steers, Thomas; Kelly, W.M. (1847-05-14)
      Letter to S.D. Woodruff from Thomas Steers and W. M. Kelly regarding the patent for Mrs. Clement. The writer says that he will write to Mr. Woodruff fully respecting the claim of the younger Clement, May 14, 1847.
    • Letter to Samuel D. Woodruff from Thomas Steers and W.M. Kelly

      Steers, Thomas (1847-06-25)
      Letter to Samuel D. Woodruff from Thomas Steers and W.M. Kelly stating that they have been successful in getting the patent through for Mrs. Clement for Lot no.30, Concession 2 in Enniskillen. James Clement is not of age and he cannot transfer his right to his brother Joseph. There is no obstacle of the patent being issued in Richard’s name. There are some notes in pencil on this document. The document is torn, and stained, but text is not affected. The postmark on the outside is Montreal, June 26, 1847, June 25, 1847.
    • Letter to Mr. Lee who was clerk of the Heir Devisee Committee in Toronto from Samuel D. Woodruff

      Woodruff, Samuel D. (1847-07-19)
      Letter to Mr. Lee who was clerk of the Heir Devisee Committee in Toronto from Samuel D. Woodruff. [The Heir and Devisee Committee was formed to clarify the titles to land of heirs of people who had been assigned Crown lands before 1795. Many of the original grantees had not taken out patents to confirm their legal right to the land.] This letter confirms that steps have been taken to issue the patent, July 19, 1847.
    • Letter to Thomas Steers of Montreal from Samuel D. Woodruff

      Woodruff, Samuel D. (1848-02-09)
      Letter to Thomas Steers of Montreal from Samuel D. Woodruff asking for information on the progress of the patent which will expire on the 16th of March, Feb. 9, 1848.
    • Letter to Mr. Lee from Samuel D. Woodruff

      Woodruff, Samuel D. (1848-02-21)
      Letter to Mr. Lee from Samuel D. Woodruff which states that in July the affidavits were sent for the purpose of getting the patent for Lot no.30, Concession 2 in Enniskillen. Mr. Woodruff requests a receipt of that information and he would like to know about the progress on the patent. The left hand of the letter is completely burned away although most of the text is still intact, Feb. 21, 1848.
    • Letter to Mr. Steers from Samuel D. Woodruff regarding Lot 30

      Woodruff, Samuel D. (1848-04-18)
      Letter to Mr. Steers from Samuel D. Woodruff regarding Lot 30, Concession 2 in Enniskillen (1 double sided page). Mr. Woodruff is asking Mr. Steers to inform him if he will attest to the claim of Mr. Clement. This letter is written in pencil and is quite faded but the text is still legible, April 18, 1848.
    • Letter to Samuel D. Woodruff from Mr. Steers

      Steers, Thomas (1848-04-24)
      Letter to Samuel D. Woodruff from Mr. Steers stating that the claim will be brought forward in July. The writing on this letter is smeared due to moisture, but the text is legible, Apr. 24, 1848.
    • Letter to Mr. Joseph Woodruff

      1848-12-04
      Letter to Mr. Joseph Woodruff stating that the affidavit which was taken by him [Joseph Woodruff] over a year since of Richard and William Woodruff attesting to the death of Richard Clement and of James Duffin Cleveland for Lot no.30, Concession 2 of Enniskillen was held by Mr. Thomas Bell and agents. All of his papers were consumed by a fire. The writer asks for a new form to be drawn. [The letter is unsigned but is from Port Robinson and most likely written by Samuel D. Woodruff], Dec. 4, 1848.
    • Letter to Mr. Thomas Bell

      1848-12-15
      Letter to Mr. Thomas Bell asking him to use all due diligence to bring this claim before the committee. [This letter is unsigned but is from Port Robinson and likely written by Samuel D. Woodruff], Dec. 15, 1848.
    • Letter from Port Robinson to Mr. Bell

      1849-04-10
      Letter from Port Robinson to Mr. Bell acknowledging the receipt for the affidavits which were sent. The writer says that he is not the owner of the land as Mr. Bell supposes. The writer is anxious for this matter to be brought before the committee and says that this matter has been 2 years in Mr. Steer’s hands in neglect. [The letter is unsigned, but the writer is probably Samuel D. Woodruff], April 10, 1849.
    • Letter from Mr. Thomas Bell to Samuel D. Woodruff

      Bell, Thomas (1849-07-12)
      Letter from Mr. Thomas Bell to Samuel D. Woodruff informing him that he has taken the claim of James D. Clement before the Heir and Devisee Committee and he requires more money (1 page, double sided), July 12, 1849.
    • Letter to Mr. Thomas Bell from S.D. Woodruff

      Woodruff, S.D. (1849-07-16)
      Letter to Mr. Thomas Bell from S.D. Woodruff concerning the claim of Mr. James Clement. Mr. Woodruff trusts that Mr. Bell has the application made for the patent. He encloses $10 to cover the fees. He states that he has authorized Mr. Thomas Steers to prosecute the claim, July 16, 1849.
    • Letter addressed to D. M. McFarland, M.P.P. from S.D. Woodruff

      Woodruf, S.D. (1850-07-10)
      Letter addressed to D. M. McFarland, M.P.P. [Duncan McFarland had a seat in the 3rd parliament of Canada as a member of the Welland riding] from S.D. Woodruff. Mr. Woodruff expresses his gratitude to Mr. McFarland for taking the trouble to meet with Mr. Thomas Bell regarding Lot 30, Concession 2 of Enniskillen, July 10, 1850.
    • Letter from Thomas Bell to S.D. Woodruff

      Bell, Thomas (1850-08-10)
      Letter in which Thomas Bell informs S.D. Woodruff that he has the patent for Lot 30, Concession 2 in Enniskillen and he will hand it over himself, Aug. 10, 1850.
    • Letter from George S. Papps to Sheriff Woodruff

      Papps, George S. (1875-11-24)
      Letter bearing the letterhead “George S. Papps, Barrister-at-Law, Hamilton”. The letter is written to Sherriff Woodruff. Mr. Papps requests that Sheriff Woodruff return a will which has remained in his possession, to the rightful owner, Nov. 24, 1875.