|Description: A marriage licence, separated at one of the folds into 2 sections. 1) The top part of the license. There is an embossed paper seal that is faded & dirty, attached in the upper left corner. In the centre, there is a stamped black crest, faded. Below in black type reads: "Sir Peregrine Maitland, Knight Commander of the Most Honourable Military Order of the Bath, Lieutenant Governor of the Province of Upper Canada, and Major General Commanding His Majesty's Forces therein, etc.etc.etc.." On the reverse, handwritten in faded ink is: "Cobourg, March 19th 1826. I certify that the within mentioned marriage was duly solemnized by me W. Macaulay, Off Min'r." 2) The bottom part is the marriage license. It contains black type, with handwriting to fill in the blanks. It concerns William Henry Draper of Hamilton and Augusta White of Hamilton. The date was January 10, 1826. It is signed "Maitland". On the back, handwritten in pencil reads: "Township of York, Jan 12th, 1826. Witnesses: Mr. Parsons, Mrs. Parsons." |
The Harris family of Benares married into the Draper family with the marriage of Annie Harris (1882-1986) to Beverly Draper Sayers (1883-1976) in 1906. Beverly was related to William Henry Draper (1801-1877), who was Canada's first colonial politician to be styled premier and was instrumental in establishing the Conservative party. He supported the Family Compact, which attempted to create an aristocracy linked by family, patronage and political and social beliefs to the professional upper middle class. See: George Metcalf, 'William Henry Draper', “The Canadian Encyclopaedia, Year 2000 Edition” (McClelland and Stewart, 1999), 693.