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Pozer Family Fonds (P016)

1708-1963. - 572 cm of textual records and other documents.

Administrative History - Biographical Sketch:

George Pozer, or Jean Georges Pfotzer, was born in Germany in 1752. In 1773 he immigrated to England and later went to New York where he became a merchant. A loyalist, he left the United States after the Revolutionary War to return to England. In 1785 he came to Canada and settled in Québec City. He made his fortune as a supplier for the British army. He acquired extensive land holdings including the seigneuries of Aubert-Gallion in Saint-Georges de Beauce, and Saint-Étienne in Dorchester County. He was also an important landlord in Québec City, where he owned houses and hotels. He married Magdalene Sneider in 1776; they had seven children.

At his death in 1848, however, he left most of his fortune to his daughter, Hannah and her son, George Alford, a lawyer. The rest of the family contested the will and several years elapsed before the legal wranglings were finally settled. By 1852, one of George Pozer's sons, William Pozer (1787-1861) had his legal rights to the seigneury of Aubert-Gallion confirmed. William Pozer, who had settled on the seigneury in 1830, had married Ann Millbourn (b.1811) in 1831. After his death, his estate became the property of his nine children. His eldest son, William Milbourn Pozer (1834-1890) became the seigneur of Aubert-Gallion. Another son Christian Henry Pozer became the liberal representative for Beauce in both the Québec Provincial Assembly and the Federal House of Commons. He was appointed to the Senate in 1876.

One of William Pozer's daughters, Edith Henrietta (b.1865) married Robert G. Ross (d.1924) a surveyor. Ross' father, Andrew (b.1805) was also a surveyor. Another daughter of William Pozer, Mary G. (1861-1921) married Georges Thomson in 1886. George Trafalgar Pozer (1805-1848), the son of Jacob Pozer (1777-1822) was educated at the Classical and Mathematical School of Quebec and later managed the seigneury of Saint-Étienne for his grandfather, George Pozer.

(Source : Guide to Archival Resources at McGill University : Private Papers At McGill University. McGill University Archives. 1985. Vol.2, p.181.)

Scope and Content:

The Pozer family fonds reflects professional, business and personal activities of several Pozer and Ross family members.

The fonds is constituted of these series: George Pozer, Hanna Pozer Alford and George Pozer, William Pozer family, Jacob Pozer, Ross family, Lilliott family, books and printed documents.

(Source: Guide to Archival Resources at McGill University : Private Papers At McGill University. McGill University Archives. 1985. Vol.2, p.181).