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Finding Aid - Walter Roe fonds (PF60)

Walter Roe fonds

1789, 1796
2 p.

Biographical Sketch
Walter Roe was born circa 1760 in London, England. After enlisting in the Royal Navy in 1779, he immigrated to Montréal, articled there in the mid-1780s and was called to the Bar in 1789. Roe was appointed court clerk in the District of Hesse (what is now the counties of Essex and Kent, in Ontario) and began to practice law, which included the collecting of debts, certifying land transfers and attending to estates. In 1796, Roe was appointed land registrar by John Graves Simcoe. Roe was one of the first benchers of the Law Society of Upper Canada, although there is no evidence he attended any of the meetings.
Roe lived primarily in Detroit. He married Ann Laughton of Detroit on 1 March 1790, and had four children. When the British troops surrendered the regions south of the Great Lakes in 1796, Roe was given the responsibility of handing the keys of the fort to the U.S. troops. Roe then moved to Windsor and continued serving as a clerk. He died in an accident on 7 August 1801 while travelling on duty as a clerk.
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of certificates relating to the legal career of Walter Roe. Included is a certificate appointing Roe an advocate in the Province of Quebec and a certificate appointing Roe as Deputy Registrar of the Western District.
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Reference code / Title / Date
991053-001 Commission appointing Walter Roe, advocate, to appear in all His Majesty's Courts. -- 13 Apr. 1789
991053-002 Certificate appointing Walter Roe as Deputy Registrar of Western District. -- 3 May 1796
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