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CA MNBM ID1748
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- Challoner family (Saint John)
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Benjamin Chaloner and his wife Anne Fairchild, originally from Rhode Island, arrived in New Brunswick with the Loyalists in 1783. Their son Job remained in Philadelphia. Their son John Chaloner became Registrar of Deeds for Saint John County sometime after 1783, and held this position for the next 29 years. John and his wife Susan Scott had a son, Benjamin Chaloner, who was appointed tide surveyor, gauger, and weightmaster in 1827. Their nephew, Ninyon Chaloner (d. 14 June 1835) was Registrar of Deeds and Wills for Kings County, New Brunswick.
At the time of his death in 1827, John employed a Black servant named Peggy. Although slavery remained legal in New Brunswick until 1834, slaveowners or slaveholders had begun to emancipate their slaves from about 1800 onwards. Many of the Black servants working in the province in the 1820s had acquired their freedom in this way. Peggy may have been one of them.
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The fonds consists of family records. There are two lot certificates for land on Germain Street, dated 1783, belonging to John Chaloner (lot 553) and Benjamin Chaloner (lot 554). There is a commission of 1827 appointing Benjamin Chaloner tide surveyor, gauger, and weightmaster in Saint John. There is also a bond, dated 1828, given by Ninyon Chaloner to Benjamin C. Chaloner, executor of John Chaloner's estate. It bound Ninyon to ensure that Peggy, a Black woman who had been the late John Chaloner's servant, received comfortable care during her lifetime and at her death, a decent burial at Ninyon's expense.
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Acquired from Guy Humphrey, 1934 and Cyrus Inches, 1955.
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