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First and Second Heir and Devisee Commission Records

Resource Format: 

  • Online

Place: 

  • Ontario

Record Type: 

  • Land Records

Additional Information: 

  • Prior to 1795, no system existed for issuing patent deeds to settlers who had received land grants in Upper Canada.
  • In 1797, the Heir and Devisee Commission was formed to clarify the titles to those properties.
  • The Heir and Devisee records include a wide variety of documents, such as affidavits, bonds, location certificates, powers of attorney, orders-in-council, copies of wills, mortgages, deeds of sale, testimonial letters.
  • The First Heir and Devisee Commission lasted until 1805.
  • In 1805, the nature of the commission changed significantly.
  • From 1805 until 1896 approx. it was called the Second Heir and Devisee Commission.

1797 - 1805  First Heir and Devisee Commission


1805 - c1896  Second Heir and Devisee Commission Case Files