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Title: Book- Commemorative Biographical Record of the County of York Directory
Identifier: 2007.1.40
Donor: unknown
Item Date: 1907
Image Creator: Museums of Mississauga
Creation Date: 2007
Location: Museums of Mississauga

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Description: A book entitled "Commemorative Biographical Record of the County of York Directory" published by J. H. Beers and Co. in 1907. The book provides biographical information about people who lived in York County. The front cover is made of black leather and has borders and some scrolls impressed in the leather. There is also a flower or four leaf clover as well. The front cover is decorated on the inside by clovers printed in green. See index for a list of people included. Also, accession file has a list of those whose portraits are included. On page 23-4 there is an entry for Frederick William Jarvis, Sheriff of the Counties of York and Peel for thirty years, and on page 24 there is a footnote about Captain Skynner (his father-in-law). History: The book provides biographical information about 'influential' people who lived in York County. On page 23-4 there is an entry for Frederick William Jarvis, Sheriff of the Counties of York and Peel for thirty years, and on page 24 there is a footnote about Captain Skynner (his father-in-law). John Skynner (1762-1846) was born in England in 1762 to a family steeped in the traditions of the Royal Navy as both his father and grandfather had been high ranking officers. Skynner immigrated to Upper Canada in 1839 and made his home in The Anchorage, a comfortable and stylish cottage on the shores of Lake Ontario. The property itself had belonged to the Jarvis family who had used the protected waters as a shipping point for goods to and from York (Toronto) and Niagara. John Skynner and his family moved into The Anchorage after his retirement from the Royal Navy. Skynner fought at the Battle of the Nile and later served in all of Admiral Nelson's campaigns except for Nelson's decisive victory over Napoleon, at Trafalgar. Captain Skynner was commanding his own ship, the Hirondelle, with the Mediterranean fleet at the time. For information on Skynner: O'Byrne’s Naval Biographical Dictionary, 1849. For information on the Napoleonic Wars, see: Guther Rothenberg "The Napoleonic Wars" (London: Cassell & Co, 2000). The Skynner and Jarvis families were connected through two marriages: Henry Skynner (1825-) and Mary Jarvis (1828-1861) married in 1851, and Caroline Skynner (1826-1916) and Frederick William Jarvis (1818-1887) married in 1857. Their parents were Frederick Starr Jarvis (1787-1852), eldest son of Stephen Jarvis (1756-1840), and Susan Isabella Merigold (1786-1852), daughter of Thomas Merigold (1761-1826), Mississauga's first Loyalist settlers in Toronto Township. See: Dorothy L. Martin's "The Families of Merigold's Point" (Mississauga: Mississauga Heritage Foundation, 1984); Ann Jarvis Boa "My Eventful Life: Stephen Jarvis, U.E, 1756-1840" (Montreal: Price-Patterson Ltd., 2002).
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