A Petition for the Dissolution


Mrs Martha J Jeune's

Commercial Partnership


Samuel Mersman

Toronto, 1910


first read before

Mr Justice Francis R LATCHFORD. 


Martha Jane [nee ALLEN] Jeune was born on Quebec's Gaspe Penninisula in 1852, She married there in 1874, and travelled with her husband and their growing family through Montreal and Sherbrooke, Quebec, before settling finally in Toronto, Ontario, by mid-1891. In Toronto, some time between the fall of 1906 and 1910, Martha Jane entered in to a business partnership with Samuel Abe Mersman. Samuel had been born in Russia in 1880, and emigrated to Boston, Massachuesetts, USA, in 1896. He Petitioned for US citzenship in Massachusetts in 1906, married in Cambridge, Mass, a few weeks later, then moved to Toronto. By 1910, he was employed at the 'Ontario Brass & Copper Company', where Martha Jane's only son - Aubrey Edwin Havelock Jeune, appears to have been a manager. But this was not the business concern that Martha and Samuel had partnered over, rather their concern was the 'Canada Brass Manufacturing Company'. The equipment and assets of the 'Ontario Brass & Copper Company' were sold in June of 1910, and moved to Brantford, Ontario. Aubrey Edwin Havelock Jeune became the manager of the 'Canada Brass Manufacturing Company' some time after 1910, and by early 1911, Samuel Mersman and his family had moved from Toronto to Detroit, Michigan, where Samuel soon reverted to his oldest occupational association - he was identified in 1940 as being a 'wholesale poulterer's helper'. Mr Justice Latchford was Francis R Latchford, who in 1910 was the Puisine Justice of the Supreme Court of Ontario. Mr. Justice Latchford's 'Benchbooks' covering the period of this case have survived - at the Archives of Ontario. The Archives' catalogue of holdings also shows that the original Petition, Affidavits, Declarations and Evidence associated with the case can be accessed there, as can be a separate set of files which relate to the final Judgment in the case. Unfortunately, because of current COVID-19 mitigation regulations, access to these and all records at the Archives is severely limited at present. An examination of the relevant documents must be postponed until the Archives of Ontario is more fully opened to external researchers.

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