Fonds 00005 - Logie-McQuesten papers

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Logie-McQuesten papers

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CA ON00131 00005

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  • 1822-1948 (Accumulation)

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39 cm of textual records

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Alexander Logie, son of William Logie and Anne Smith, was born in Rosefield, Nairnshire, Scotland, in 1823. He emigrated with his family to Canada. Alexander was admitted to the Law Society of Upper Canada in 1843 as a Student-at-Law. He was called to the Bar in 1848 and practiced law in Hamilton, Ontario. On October 19th, 1854, he was appointed Judge of the County Court of the United Counties of Wentworth and Halton, where he served from 1854 to 1873. He married Mary Ritchie Crooks (1827–1900), from the town of Niagara. They had three children: Anna Barbara (b.1856), Alexandra Helena, and William Alexander (1866–1933). Alexander was for many years an Elder and Trustee of Saint Andrews (now Saint Paul’s) Presbyterian Church. He was one of the church leaders who personally guaranteed the loan for the building of the new church in 1854. Alexander Logie died December 10, 1873.

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Isaac Baldwin, son of Dr. Calvin McQuesten, studied law and was admitted to the firm of Proudfoot & Jones. When Proudfoot was elevated to the bench, the firm became Jones & McQuesten until they formed a partnership with Chisholm in 1882. Jones retired in 1886 and the firm became known as McQuesten & Chisholm. Isaac Baldwin was married to Mary Jane Baker (ca. 1848-1934) and they had six children: Mary Baldwin (1874-1964), Calvin (1876-1968), Hilda Belle (1877-1967), Ruby Baker (1879-1911), Thomas Baker (1882–1948) and Margarette Edna (1885-1935). None of their children married. In 1885, Isaac and his family moved to Whiterhern, the McQuesten's family home.

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Unknown. The Hamilton Public Library's Local History & Archives Department has no record of this acquisition.

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Fonds consists of textual records relating predominantly to William Logie (1782-1853) and his son, Alexander Logie (1823-1873), Dr. Calvin McQuesten (1801-1885) an iron founder and manufacturer, and his son, lawyer Isaac Baldwin McQuesten (1847-1888), and the Logie-McQuesten law practice, its associates and clients. The records include business transactions such as mortgages, promissory notes, debentures, agreements, receipts and statement of accounts, legal records such as court documents, power of attorney records, estate papers and client files, property records such as land grants, deeds and leases, as well as correspondence and household account books.

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Fonds has been divided into two sousfonds: Logie Papers and McQuesten Papers. The original finding aid was completed in 1981 and the material was arranged into series alphabetically by series title with an accompanying number sequence. The fonds was re-examined in February of 2017 and a decision was made to re-arrange the records according to the functions of the creators.

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Calendars for each sous-fonds were created by E. Fudge in 1981 and updated June 2016. In February 2017, a new finding aid was created for the new arrangement of records by Archives Technician Kelly Bucci.

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The Archives of the Law Society of Upper Canada has a Alexander Logie fonds.

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Revised by Jennifer Dell 09/20/2016 and revised again in February of 2017 by Archives Technician Kelly Bucci

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Fudge, E. Logie–McQuesten Papers Calendar. (1981). Local History & Archives Department, Hamilton Public Library. Updated June 2016 and February 2017.

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