At first when I made my land petition spreadsheet, I just concentrated on Archibald and Alexander John McDonell’s land petitions. However, as time has gone on I have added more to the spreadsheet. I cannot claim it is complete but it is a good start. As for finding these letters of patent, I give credit to the researcher I hired who did the hard work of locating them at the online Quebec websites and at the BAnQ Vieux in Montreal.
Here is a Word.doc. of the Land Petitions I created. I have focused on the McDonell surname and there are a few McPhersons in Pontiac County. (Click on it and it will open). This information was taken from the previous post on Land Records specifically in my list #1 Family History Library and #2 the Quebec Family History Society.
Click here PDF: BJ’s Land Grants Pontiac Co Quebec
On this spreadsheet are two Land Grants for my great-grandfather Archibald McDonald.
Here are the letters patent:
1. Archibald McDonald, Chichester, Pontiac, Sept. 1, 1868, 86 acres. 8, 103, 828.
A summary of this document which is written part in handwriting and part in a standardized form.
N.F. Belleau, Canada, Province of Quebec, To Whom those Presents shall come —GREETING, Whereas Archibald McDonald of the Township of Chichester, yeoman….sum of Fifty one dollars and Sixty-cents…eighty six acres, The Lot number Forty Three in the Third Range of the Township of Chichester, Recorded 8th September 1868, [M. Neilleur] Deputy Prov’l Reg’r…
Given under the great Seal at Quebec, this First day of September in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-eight and in the thirty-second year of our Reign. Th, J. Jolicoeur, Asst. Secretary and J.O. Beaubein, Commissioner of Crown Lands.
2. Archibald McDonald, Chichester, Pontiac, Oct. 26, 1883, 100 acres, 33, 180, 829
A summary of what is in the document:
Theodore Robitaille 180
Canada: Province of Quebec, To all to whom these presents shall come Greeting: Whereas Archibald McDonald of the Township of Chichester, In Our Province of Quebec, Yeoman, has contracted and agreed with Our Commissioner for the sale of Our Crown Lands, duly authorized by Us in this behalf, for the absolute purchase at and for the price or sum of thirty dollars, of lawful money….
Parcel or Tract of Land in the Township of Chichester in the County of Pontiac; One hundred acres.
The Lot number Thirty-five, in the Second Range of the Township of Chichester aforesaid. *That this grant is subject to the provisions of the Act of 43 & 44, Victoria, Chap. 12, entitled “The Quebec General Mining Act of 1880. Recorded 14th November 1883, John Langelar, Dept. Rov., Regr. The Great Seal of …Theodore Robitaille, Lt, Governor of Our Province and member of the Privy Council for Canada, At Quebec this twenty-eight day of October one thousand eight hundred and eighty-three, in the forty-seventh year of Our Reign, By Command Th. J. Jolicoeur, Asst. Sec. and E.E. Tache, Asst Com. of Crown Lands, Ref. No. 21371 ch/cn.
The copies that were sent to me have this information on the file document at the top left corner:
8-103 LP 001 This is for the Letters patent for 1868
33-180-LP-001 for the 1883 Letters patent.
This is what was on the second or third page.
I have not gone to the Foncier website and signed up to do searches at this time. One of these days I will give it a try, remember it is a touchy system and you need the land description to search. I am also wondering where the supporting documents are such as Archie’s initial application?
If you are familiar with this website in Quebec please make a comment and share your experience.