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Henry Dochstader Letters
Posted by: raymond lozon (ID *****2687) Date: July 31, 2006 at 09:24:50
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A few years ago when I first began family research my husband and I went to the Ontario Archives at 77 Grenville Street, Toronto Ontario. In a file cabinet under the "D" I found a card for Henry Dochstader. The card read
"Ont. Archives
MS 500
Henry Dochstader
Street (Samuel) Papers

1816 Letter, Henry Dochstader, Caistor to Sam'l Street re loan of Samuel Street's cattle. Orders a barrel of salt. Nov. 4, 1816
1817 Same to same. Sends his bond to replace that of Caleb and himself. Oct. 17, 1817
1821 Letter, Henry Dochstader, Caistor, to Sam'l Street. Arranges to execute the deed to his land in settlement of his debts. Dec. 19, 1821"

I copied these letters to the best of my ability and I will post them. I'd like to hear comments from any one that is interested or has knowledge of Henry of Caistor. The 1816 letter is hard to decipher so my transcription starts well into it. It is a cattle deal.

"Nov. 4 1816
_______________provided they were _________will return to you the coming summer but if they or other of them dies with distemper or sickness of any kind the loss to be yours, but if by ______ or neglect of good usage to be mine
-- and Sir please to send me one barrel of salt by William McDonald and you will oblige
yr. Humble Servant
Henry Dochstader

Samuel Street Esq.

N.B. if my son William should want a few small articles in yr store please to let him have them on my acct.


"Caistor Oct. 17, 1817
My son William attends on you with a bond which I send to you in order to exchange it for the bond you had against Caleb Taylor and me. as I have examined the States the Logs are in and also the order the Cattle are in that he got of you and I have agreed with Taylor to take the Logs and the cattle and lift his bond from you for the same. Now Sir if you like the bond I send you you'll please to send Wm. Taylor's and my Obligation as I want to have the Cattle in my possession and if you don't like this bond you may keep it until I see you and I will give you one to your satisfaction as for the logs if the freshes come this fall I shall take them down before Winter. I wish to lift the obligation as I want the Cattle in my possession as one of them is getting blind and many of the logs lie in the Creek on my own ground.
I am your very Humble Servt
Henry Dochstader

Samuel Street Esq."

"Oct. 17, 1817
Know all men by these presents that I Henry Dochstader Sr., yeoman, of the township of Caistor, Niagara District in the Province of Upper Canada am held and firmly bound unto Samuel Street Esq. of the township of Stamford, district and Province of the aforesaid, in the just and full sum Eighty-Six pounds three Shillings and seven pence N.Y.Cy" [New York Currency] "--Now upon Demand with legal interest from the first day of January last to be paid to him his heirs Execeutors administrators and assigns the payment of which truly to be made and done I bind myself, my heirs Executors and administrators firmly by these presents sealed with my seal and dated this seventeenth day of October in the year of Our Lord one thousand eight hundred and seventeen.
The Condition of the above Obligation is such that if the above bounden Henry Dochstader shall Deliver or cause to be delivered at the Mouth of the Chippewa a sufficient quantitiy of good saw Logs well rafted to amount to the above specified sum the said logs to be valued at three Dollars per ___ thousand feet and to be delivered on or before the tenth day of May next ensuing the date hereof then the obligation to be void and of none effect otherwise to remain and be in full force and virtue in Law.
Signed sealed and Delivered
in the Presence of
Wm. B. Wilson
Catherine ____

Henry" [Dochstader is cuto out of original document]

"Caistor December 19, 1821
Samuel Street Esq.

Sir, The roads have been so bad making it difficult for me to go down to see you but you may rely on my coming to see you to arrange our business as soon as the sleighing will permit to execute a deed to you for the lands you hold against me with the buildings ____ which I expect will be a clearance for me of the debts by me owning to you as also to settle the obligation in favour of Wm. Canby against me for seventy-seven Acres of Land which was left in your hands by Mr. Benjamin Canby when I gave you the said mortgage as also to clear me of a certain further sum of ninety three pounds two shillings and six pence N.Y.Cy. together with the interest on the ____ same it being a debt to Mr. Canby. I would have been down at any rate before this but I have been ___________ and not able as the travelling was to ___on you. Mr. Canby called on me this day and agrees to accompany me down to your place by the first good sleighing as this will naturally by executing the aforesaid deed ____ me out of the possession of said land I must request the priveledge when I come down to execute said deed the priveledge of remaing on the ______ing for one year and will allow you the third of the Production or whatever is customary.
I remain Sir yours truly

Henry Dochstader"

And that is the 3 letters plus the bond of 1817. There are a few _____'s where I could not decipher the words. Henry Dochstader signed them himself and, as I recall, it looks like he wrote them himself.

This is probably the son of Henry Dochstader and Magdalena Weber, born 1767, in New York. He had received 200 acres on the Chippewa River and settled on Lot 2, Concession 1, Caistor Twp., Lincoln Co., Upper Canada (DDR pg.33).
There is also a Henry Dochstader who bought 200 acres from Lyman Burnham and Catherine (Dochstader) Burnham in either Canborough Twp. or Dunn Twp. in Haldimand Co. in 1820. (Microfilm #C11,472, #287, RG10, Vol.103 National Archives, Ottawa) Perhaps this is Henry, Jr. (or the 3rd) the son of Henry of Caistor, born in 1767. They could be the same Henry but the signatures differ somewhat.

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