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Below is a wonderful petition praying for the Lieut Governor to name their village on Cold Creek to the "generally approved" name of Frankford. The petition is signed by 80 inhabitants. Cold Creek enters the Trent River a few miles above Trenton, Ontario. Thanks to Linda Smith who drew this petition to my attention and helped in the transcription and also Peter Johnson for his best shot at transcription. Readers are encouraged to contact me in helping to decipher those difficult signatures..
Source: Petition to name Frankford, 1836, Upper Canada Sundries, LAC, C-6892, 65062-64, film on line at Heritage Canadian, see starting at image 1349
© Randy Saylor, Oct 2015
To His Excellency Sir Francis Bond Head , Knight Commander
of the Royal Hanoverian Guelphic Order, Knight of Prussian Military Order of
Merit , Lieutenant Governor of the Province of Upper Canada etc etc
May it please your Excellency
We the undersigned inhabitants of the village situate at the mouth of the Cold Creek in the township of Sidney, County of Hastings, Midland District, are desirous of obtaining a name from your Excellency for this said village.
Within the last three years several houses have been built and inhabited in the above village, and a number of village lots have been purchased, under the express condition that houses shall be built on those lots within two years from the day of sale. Besides houses, there are in the village four Merchants Stores, Grist Mill, Saw Mill, Cording and Fulling Mill, two Tanneries, a Carpenter’s shop, a Coopers shop and the Blacksmiths shop. There is also a reasonable prospect that the village will continue to increase, from the many local advantages it possesses.
As we have always had reason to believe that your Excellency is friendly to the general improvement of this province, more especially by the establishment of farms and markets, we humbly beg leave to represent that it would be of great advantage not only to the inhabitants of the village, but to those of a pretty thickly settled country around it, if your Excellency would also be pleased to appoint two fairs, to be held annually in this village, for the sale of agricultural produce and the improvement of cattle and stock in this section of the province. Such fairs to be held on the first Tuesday in April and the first Tuesday in October in every year.
And finally, we humbly request that the said village be called Frankford as being the name most generally approved of by those already holding a property in this said village, and that lots at one, two, three and four of the fifth concession in the township of Sidney be constituted the said village.
Sidney, December 1836
We the undersigned being occupiers of land in the neighbourhood of Cold
Creek, do hereby recommend the annexed address to the favourable
consideration of His Excellency the Lieutenant Governor|
Sidney, December 1836
Inhabitants of Cold Creek, Newcastle District, December 1836
Praying the Lieut Gov to confer the name of Frankford on Cold Creek, and also to charter a semi annual fair at the place
Answered 27th of June 1837