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Research Note: Captain James B Harris Land Grant
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Title: Research Note: Captain James B Harris Land Grant
Identifier: 2005.1.123.15
Donor: Geoffrey and Kathleen Sayers
Item Date: 1970-1975
Creation Date: 2011
Location: Benares Historic House

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Description: A piece of paper containing typewritten information about a grant of land in Oxford Township to Capt. James B. Harris, 24th Regt. of Foot. It says "On 24th June, 1840 Lt. Gov. Sir Geo. Arjthur granted to Capt. James B. Harris 46 acres in the Township of Oxford, East Division, County of Oxford, District of Brock composed of Lot 21 in the 6th Concession." The reverse is a blank form, an invoice or statement from Geoffrey H. Sayers, Insurance.

This item is part of a box of original papers, transcripts, research notes, and newspaper clippings compiled and transcribed by Geoffrey and Kathleen Sayers between 1970-1975. The notes and transcripts were written on the backs of papers related to Geoffrey’s job in Insurance.

Geoffrey's great grandfather Captain James Beveridge Harris purchased Benares in 1837. Captain Harris and his wife Elizabeth (nee Molony) had 8 children but only one surviving son; Arthur, who inherited the house and property. Arthur and his wife Mary (nee Magrath) had two daughters, Annie and Naomi. While Naomi spent her entire unwed life at Benares, Annie was married to Beverley Sayers. Their three children, Geoffrey Harris Sayers, Dora Sayers Caro and Barbara Sayers Larson, donated the home and many of the original furnishing to the Ontario Heritage Foundation (now Ontario Heritage Trust, or OHT) upon the death of their aunt, Naomi Harris in 1968. It was restored and fully furnished with Harris Family items and opened to the public in 1995.
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