|Died||July 18, 1831 (aged 84)|
|Children||James Edward Small|
Charles Coxwell Small
Life and career
He came to Canada with John Graves Simcoe and built one of the first residential homes in the town of York (now Toronto). His son Charles Coxwell Small expanded the home, which was later called Berkeley House. It was a prominent local building until it was torn down during the 1920s and turned into a brewery.
In January 1800, he fought a duel with John White, the attorney general for the province. White had insulted Small's wife's honour after a quarrel between the two men's wives. Small shot White in the hip, a wound he died from a few days later. He was charged with and acquitted of murder, even though the presiding judge, Henry Allcock, claimed to be a friend of White. Small's reputation in the elite society of York was ruined by the affair.
His elder son, James Edward Small, served in the legislative assemblies of Upper Canada and of the Province of Canada. His younger son, Charles Coxwell Small, followed in his father's footsteps as Chief Clerk. His grandson, also named John Small, served in the parliament of the Province of Canada and in the Parliament of Canada after Confederation.
Dictionary of Canadian Biography: Small, John. Dictionary of Canadian Biography. Archived from the original on August 16, 2016. Retrieved August 1, 2016.
He launched one son, James Edward*, on a successful career as a lawyer and reform politician; the youngest, Charles Coxwell, succeeded him in the clerkship of the crown and pleas as well as in his militia commission. His house at York, handsomely rebuilt by Charles Coxwell, stood until 1925.
- Peppiatt, Liam. Chapter 36: Berkeley House. Robertson's Landmarks of Toronto Revisited. Archived from the original on September 25, 2015. Retrieved August 8, 2015.
George Maclean Rose (1886). A Cyclopedia of Canadian Biography: Being Chiefly Men of the Time. A Collection of Persons Distinguished in Professional and Political Life ; Leaders in the Commerce and Industry of Canada, and Successful Pioneers, Volume 1. Rose Publishing Company. p. 439. Retrieved August 2, 2016.
Charles Coxwell Small.