Classification scheme: 

Title: Mennonite Archives of Ontario collection of legal documents

Dates of creation: 1816-

Scope and content: This series consists of miscellaneous legal documents not located in personal or institutional collections.

  1. Will, Peter Martin, Dec. 1, 1830; notarized copy, March 22, 1968
    Will, Christian Martin, Nov. 29, 1860; copy, Aug. 23, 1864
  2. Migration list of Mennonites from Moscow to Canada, Paraguay, Brazil, Mexico and Argentina via Germany in 1930, 49 p. Photocopy provided by A.A. Dyck, Virgil, Ontario
  3. Documents re East Half Lot 7, Con. 3, Eiber Township, Ontario. This was the Cornelius C. Penner and Eleisabeth Penner property at the Reesor, Ontario settlement, 1925, 1930, 1945.
  4. Court case, Alfred Penner, Petitioner and Edward Schreyer and George Epp, Respondents, June, 1974; plus photocopies of clippings related to case. An attempt to invalidate election since George Epp, a lay Mennonite minister, was returning officer. Donated by Frank H. Epp, July, 1974.
  5. Court report, Corporation of the Village of Stouffville, Appellant and Mennonite Home Association of York County and the Corporation of the Village of Stouffville, Respondents, October, 1972. A taxation issue.
  6. Indenture (Deed of partition) between Elizabeth Bowman (widow) and Anna Bowman (single woman), both of Berks County, Pa., Oct. 11, 1816. Divides property owned in Waterloo Township, Ontario.
  7. Court case, Friesen-Braun lawsuit in Saskatchewan, 1926-1929. The collection consists of photocopies of clippings and letters related to this legal case, 100+ pages.
  8. Will, William Koplin Eby, (Potter), August 26, 1910 (Registered Nov. 16, 1910); Will dated Jan. 15, 1906. He died Oct. 27, 1910.
  9. Will, Tobias Martin, July 30, 1910 (Registered Sept. 29, 1917)(he died Sept. 4, 1917); Amanda Martin, Dec. 26, 1921.
  10. Land petitions for Wilmot Township, 1833-1835, "W" Bundle 18, RG 1, L 3, Vol 533 (a). See Hist.Mss.11.12, Reel 4.
  11. Estate, Release to Executors of George Schultz, n.d. Photocopy, 2 p.
  12. Fire Insurance regulations, 1933 (Photocopy)
  13. Agreement between the Trustees appointed by the Mennonite Society and the Corporation of the Town of Waterloo, transferring the principal of Abraham Erb's legacy ($500) of 1829 to the City, provided it was still used for the benefit of the poor, Dec. 30, 1889. Signed by Elias Snider, Andrew Gorff and John E. Brubacher for the Mennonites and Mayor Kumpf for the Town.
  14. Trial transcription, "The King Against Emanuel Tomlinson, Morrison Porteous, Eliakane Whitney (has absconded)" [183-?]
    Physical description: 9 pages of textual material
    Custodial history: Received from Cameron Knight in 2011 
    Scope and content : Transcription by Cameron Knight from the Upper Canada Sundries (microfilm C-68895, pages 100205 to 100223). Several Markham area Mennonite family names are found among the witnesses, including Wismer, Reesor, Brake [Break], Ramer. File also includes correspondence between Cameron Knight and Laureen Harder-Gissing.
  15. Will, Adam Break (photocopy), 28  Apr 1868, Township of Markham.   - Donated to the Archives by Cameron Knight in 2011. - Executors were David Break, Daniel Break, and Joseph Break; see also Hist.Mss.21/14 and Hist.Mss.1.4.1/L19
  16. Dominion of Canada non-interest bearing certificate "Series B," 14 May 1942.
    Physical description: 2 pages of textual material
    Custodial history: Donated to the Archives by  Erma (Martin) Bauman in 2015.
  17. Immigration documents of Abram P. Rempel and Helena (Bueckert) Rempel.
    Biographical sketch: Abram Rempel (1892-1959) and Helena Rempel (1902-1998) married in 1922 and migrated to Canada from the Soviet Union in 1926. They settled in Rosthern, Saskatchewan.
    Scope and content: Soviet passport, birth, baptism and marriage records, CPR identification card, National Registration card (1940), Canadian citizenship documents.
    Custodial history: Received from Hilda Rempel and Willard Pottinger of Hamilton, Ontario in 2014
  18. Certificates of membership, 1847, 1856, 1864
    Administrative history: Early membership certificates in the "Mennonist Society" (Mennonite Church) in Upper Canada issued by Mennonite bishops. These would have been used to verify a young man's status for exemption from militia service.
    Custodial history: Transferred from the Mennonite Church USA Archives
    Scope and content: Certificate signed by Henry Shantz (2 copies; blank); certificate for Christian Eby signed by Benajmin Eby, 28 Jun 1847; certificate signed by Joseph Hagey for Henry Kolb, 13 May 1856; certificate signed by Joseph Hagey for Isaac Kolb, 29 Dec 1864.
  19. National Selective Service (Alternative Service Division) agreement with Red Cross, 1946
    An agreement by which Laverne Lichti of R.R.#3 New Hamburg agrees to pay the Canadian Red Cross Society $5 per month as a conscientious objector self-employed in agriculture.


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