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Finding Aid - William Hamilton Ponton fonds (PF97)

William Hamilton Ponton fonds

1.5 cm of textual records

Biographical Sketch
William Hamilton Ponton was born in Scotland, the son of Mungo Ponton, surgeon, and Grace Ponton. He married Selina P. Hanwell on November 8th, 1870. William Ponton apprenticed from 1828 to 1831 with George Cameron, a solicitor from Inverness, Scotland. Ponton immigrated to Canada shortly after the apprenticeship was completed. He was living in the Town of York (Toronto) in 1831, and from 1841 onwards, appears to have been based in Belleville, Victoria District, later Hastings County. He was admitted as a student-at-law by the Law Society of Upper Canada in 1850 and was called to the Bar in 1856. Ponton was appointed a court clerk, court register, and electoral returning officer.
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of records relating to the personal life and legal career of William Hamilton Ponton. Records includes an indenture for an apprenticeship with a Scottish solicitor, commissions within the District of Victoria and the County of Hastings, court admission certificates, letters, an oath taken by Judge William Smart, and a bill of lading for the ship 'Freedom'.
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Reference code / Title / Date
985256-001 Indenture between George Cameron and William Ponton. -- 1828-1831
985256-002 Note regarding power of attorney. -- 10 Oct. 1831
985256-003 Appointment as Clerk of the Victoria District Court. – 1839
985256-004 Commission to receive bails and affidavits. -- 2 Mar. 1841
985256-005 Appointment as Clerk of First Division Court. -- 19 Jan. 1846
985256-006 Commission of appointment as Clerk of Bankrupt Court. -- Aug. 1846
985256-007 Commission. Wm. Hamilton Ponton to be a public notary in that part of the Province formerly Upper Canada. -- 3 Sept. 1849
985256-008 Commission appointing William H. Ponton the Register of the County of Hastings. -- May 1854
985256-009 Commission to Wm. Hamilton Ponton - Returning Officer Electoral, Division of Trent. -- 1 Sept. 1856
985256-010 Court admission certificates. -- 15 Nov. 1856
985256-011 Surrogate Court: oath of office. -- 4 Sept. 1858
985256-012 Bill of lading: G. Hanwell, Captain C. Schaderstram. -- 24 Sept. 1861
985256-013 Deed. Canada Company to W.H. Ponton. -- 2 Apr. 1867
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