Place Published: Montreal
Publisher: George McBeath, was a fur trader, James Reid, lawyer and others
Date Published: 1797 to 1807
Binding: No binding
George McBeath, fur trader, and others, Montreal legal cases with documents dating from 1799 to 1807 with James Reid lawyer defending. 11 letters and 19 documents. A number of documents signed by George McBeath (c1740-1812)
Some case files:
1799 William Harkness, merchant of L’Assomption plantiff vs George McBeath & William Shepparo
1800 Catherine Tarrand*, widow of John Valentine, plantiff vs George McBeath
1806 James Watson, plantiff vs George McBeath
1806 Nicole Graham, plantiff vs George McBeath
*In the winter of 1803-04, Robert I. D. Gray went to Albany. On his return he wrote a letter to his cousin, Mrs. Catherine Valentine. Mrs. Valentine was Catherine Farrand, sister of Mrs. Joseph Anderson. She married John Valentine, adjutant of the 1st Battalion, K. R. R., N.Y.
George McBeath was a fur trader, politician, office holder, and militia officer. He was born in Scotland around 1740 and came to Quebec around 1760. McBeath entered the fur trade in 1765, travelling to the Lake Superior region. In 1772, he became part of a company based at Michilimackinac. He became partners with Simon McTavish and then went into business on his own. With Peter Pond and others, McBeath purchased shares in the North West Company, which he held until 1787. He settled at L'Assomption in 1785. He was one of the founders of the Beaver Club at Montreal. McBeath was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Lower Canada in a 1793 by-election held after the death of François-Antoine Larocque. He was named justice of the peace for Montreal district in 1795 and, in 1799, he was appointed customs collector for the port of St Johns (later Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu). McBeath also served as lieutenant-colonel in the militia and was reportedly a Freemason. McBeath was quite an important figure in the fur trade, but he never had the stature of those who at one time or another in their careers were in a position to aspire to sole control of it. He died at Montreal in 1812.
Collection on consignment with LDRB.
Good. Item #8536