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Record No: mha00000438
Title: Michael Gill fonds
Dates: 30 Oct 1756
Location: MF-0207 MHA
Provenance: Gill, Michael, 1699-1773
Extent: 2 cm of textual records
Source of Supplied Title: Title based on contents of the fonds
Restrictions: No restrictions
Adm. Hist/Bio. Sketch: Michael Gill (1699-1773), magistrate, merchant and militia officer, was born in Charleston, Massachusetts, the son of Michael Gill, Sr. He died in St. John's in 1773.
     Michael Gill, Sr. was a mariner and merchant, who was trading with Canada and Newfoundland as early as 1698. He was also involved in trade with the southern British colonies, the West Indies and the Mediterranean.
     The oldest son, Michael Gill, Jr. emigrated to Newfoundland in 1721 with his brothers, James and Nicholas. Their firm became one of the more successful mercantile firms involved in the Newfoundland-West Indian trade. Michael Gill became Justice of the Peace (1773), and a judge on the Vice-Admiralty Court. In 1757 he organized a militia to reinforce the garrison at St. John's during the Seven Years War (1756-63), becoming its first lieutenant governor.
Scope and Content: Fonds consists of an autograph letter signed, Port of St. John's, Newfoundland, Oct. 30 1756, by Michael Gill, Commissary, certifying that George Nixon, master of the sloop Diligence, who landed a cargo of lumber from Piscatataqua, may not proceed from the harbour with his vessel as it was condemned. The cargo included a large lumber shipment of oak planks and maple boards, quite likely for shipbuilding for action in the French and Indian war.
Custodial History: Unknown
Description taken from the seller's notes.
Subject: Nixon, George, Capt. fl. 1756.
Subject: Diligence (Ship).
Subject: Shipbuilding Newfoundland.


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