John Sinclair at the Hudson Bay Company (HBC) 1806 - 1813

From the HBC Archives

 

 

1806

John Sinclair of Rousay signed a three-year contract with HBC and was described as 19 years of age, signing on 25 June 1806 along with David Geddes and George Geddes.  His annual pay was 8, with a note about a bounty on top of that.

He came out to York Fort in 1806 on the King George, the HBC ship under the command of John Turner. The ship sailed from London to Yarmouth, then to Orkney, laying in Corston Roads from 21 to 28 June, at Churchill from 5 to10 August, and finally arriving at York on 17 August before loading the cargo and returning employees.  The ship was convoyed out by the Bilette and travelled with the Prince of Wales that was bound for Moose Factory. 
From the 1806 logs for the King George in the HBC archives, kept by the Master John Turner and the Mate John Davison -

John Sinclair, Labourer, 19 years of age; wages, bounty and cash each 8.  The others coming from Rousay on the same ship and bound for York were: Alexander Work (20), William Morwick (18), George Morwick (24) and John Morwick (21).

The men sent out on that ship included 15 for Severn (none from Rousay),  21 for York (6 from Rousay) and 26 for Churchill, 14 tailors, carpenters, bricklayers and sailors, and 12 labourers (only one from Rousay, Hugh Craigie, 21, a tailor).

On 28 June 1806 in Stromness they were slinging Hammocks and berthing the Passengers.

On Tuesday, 19 August 1806 the ship was in the York Factory River and the longboat was sent with cargo and passengers.

Clearing Between Decks for Passengers on 23 June.

Receiving some of the passengers on Friday 27 June and others at noon on Saturday 28 June (no names were mentioned).

 

1806-7

Wages paid:  8
Bounty:  2

Goods purchased at York: 2-4-3

Blanket, large

No. 1 1-1-9

Cloth

1/2 Yd   -5-0

Duffle

1   -6-0

Sugar loaf

3 lb   -5-0

Trowsers, duck

1 pair   -6-6

Total

2-4-3

State of Men's Accounts:

John Sinclair, Labourer, Rousay

Contract expires 1809 8 Wages,        Debts  2-4-3

1807-8 Wages paid:  8
Bounty:  2

Goods purchased at York:  11/8d

Brandy

1/8 gallon     -1-0

Knife clasp 

Common No. 1     -0-6

Sugar loaf

1 lb 6

  -10-1

Total

  -11-7

State of Men's Accounts:

John Sinclair, Labourer, Rousay

Contract expires 1809 8 Wages,        Debts  11/7d

1808-9

Wages paid:  8
Bounty for residence:  2

Goods purchased at York:  1-15-6

Blanket stroud

No. 1   -11-0

Flannel

2 Yd     -3-0

Needles

No. 12     -0-6

Tea, green

2 lb 1  -1-0

Total

1-15-6
State of Men's Accounts:

John Sinclair, Labourer, Rousay

Contract expires 1809  8 Wages,       Debts 1-15-6

Note:  stays in hopes of 14 for one year and 16 for two.  A good bowsman and a net maker and well deserves it
He was listed as serving at Sepewisk (on Sipiwisk Lake in North River District, now in northern Manitoba), along with Split Lake, Burntwood River and Grass River, under Laughlin Leith and Thomas Isbester.

He was also listed as going home, but his name was crossed off and he was then listed as returning with a debt of 3/6d.

1809-10

Wages paid:  15

Goods purchased at York:  1-10/-

Blanket 1 point

No. 1     -2-9

Flannel

2 Yd     -3-0

Needles

No. 24     -1-0

Pot tin, 1 qt

1     -1-0

Shirt, flannel

1     -6-0

Soap

1lb 2     -2-6

Sugar loaf

1lb 4     -6-9

Tea, bohea

1/2 lb     -4-0

Thread

 1 oz     -0-6

Tobacco

1lb 1     -2-6

Total

1-10-0
State of Men's Accounts:

John Sinclair, Labourer, Rousay Contract expires 1812 8 Wages,       Debts 1-10/-

Book Debts

Robert Grieve 1-4-0

Magnus Birston 1-1-0

Total

2-5-0
Note:   a good Bowsman and willing man.

1810-11

Wages paid:    15
State of Men's Accounts:
John Sinclair, Labourer, Rousay Contract expires 1812  15 Wages              No bills

Residence  NR (North River)

1811-12

Wages paid:  15
Bill to James Sinclair:  8  
(Balance to New Account)

Goods purchased at York:  2/10d

Crape (crepe)

5 Yd -2-6

Pot tin, 1 qt

No. 1 -1-0

Total

-3-6

1/5 (discount)

-0-8  

Net Purchase -2-9
State of Men's Accounts:
John Sinclair, Labourer, Rousay Contract expires 1812  15 Wages,         Balance  2/9d
Residence  NR (North River)
1812-13 Wages paid:    15     
Bounties:  13
Balance to new Winnipeg River ledger:   6-17-2.

Goods purchased at York  2-4-9
Wages 26 June-2 Oct:   3-6-5
Subscription per M Brown:   6 
Balance per George Geddes:   36-6-5
Notes:  John Sinclair of Rousay, a Bowsman, being paid 15 and working in West Winnipeg District.  Good Bowsman & Willing Man.

1813

John Sinclair went home on the Prince of Wales in 1813, entering the ship in York Fort after it had discharged the Red River settlers in Churchill.

From the logs of the Prince of Wales in the HBC archives -  

John Sinclair, Canoe Man, Rousay, 25 years old, wages 28, discharged 5 November.  Last place York Factory. 

The only other Rousay man returning on the ship was Hugh Craigie, Bowsman, 27, discharged 5 November.   Last place Red River

The Passengers were loaded on 1 - 2 October and the ship left on 6 October.

Thomas Deal fell overboard from the masthead on 28 October, was presumed dead from the fall, and could not be found in the dark.

The Orkneymen with their chests left the ship on Saturday 6 November.

From John Davison, Mate, who repeats the same information and he notes on 6 November - 

At PM got all the Orkney Passengers and their luggage on shore.

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