Beckwith Township

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Beckwith Twp. in historical LANARK Co.

In 1815 Lord Bathurst, with the ardent support of Sir George Drummond in Canada, organized an assisted emigration scheme, to meet serious economic difficulties in certain English and Scottish districts, and to provide for discharged veterans of the Napoleonic and American wars. The scheme was to be administered by the military authorities. The terms were that heads of families were to deposit £16; in return they were to get free passage and provisions on the journey to Canada, one hundred acres of land along the proposed military route from Ottawa to Kingston by way of the Rideau, free rations for a period and tools at a nominal price. In July 1815 four ships, the Dorothy, the Baltic Merchant, the Atlas, and the Eliza, brought 722 settlers. These came to Brockville and made their way through the county of Leeds to the Rideau. Meanwhile the Government had surveyed Bathurst, Drummond and Beckwith Townships and had established settlement in headquarters in Drummond, where Perth now stands. The settlers arrived in the Spring of 1816 and were the vanguard of a considerable colony. By October, 1816, over 1400 people were located. In 1817 Rev. William Bell came to Perth as the first Presbyterian missionary.

Jesse E. Middleton, The Province of Ontario: a History: 1615-1927, published 1927

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Early survey maps with names of original patentees¬†–¬†over-written with subsequent owners.

3 available I0041802 | I0041803 | I0041804

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The names on these maps are not transcribed, nor will they be included in our project. However, our databases do include transcriptions of names from early Grant/Patent RECORDS (those issued prior to 1826).

Maps at McGill University's Digital Atlas Project cover the Post-Confederation period (late for the scope of this project). Names of land-owners are transcribed at McGill's site.

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1859 Leeds, Grenville, Lanark & Renfrew / Copleston / free online
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1866-67 Leeds, Grenville, Lanark & Renfrew / Fuller / free online
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Find Concession/Lot Locations from the Agricultural Schedules of the Canadian national Censuses.
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Finding Aid | Search Form – LAC | see table, below

1861 District SubDistrict Film     PGs: 53 – 59
Lanark Beckwith C-1043 53 54 55
Lanark Beckwith C-1043 56 57 58
Lanark Beckwith C-1043 59    

* The LAC search form is pre-set to search this District, and for Agricultural schedules only. However, these indexes are significantly incomplete. ALL IMAGES ARE AVAILABLE by page number, in the chart, above.

The 1861 Census Districts | Re: Bothwell, Cardwell & Monck

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1871 District SubDistrict Div.* Film Images
79 Lanark South I Beckwith Div 1 C-10018 Link to Start
79 Lanark South I Beckwith Div 2 C-10018 Link to Start
79 Lanark South J Carleton Place   C-10018 Link to Start

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The 1871 Census Districts | Maps of City Wards

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Search Surname - by part name, or use a star as a wildcard -- do not use single quote i.e. O'Brien - instead use O(star) IF CONTENT SHIFTS, RE-HIT 'SEARCH':
Total Records Found: 197, showing 10 per page
SurnameIncidenceTownshipCountyDatesSourceAvailable online?DetailsMisc
Alcock 3 Beckwith Lanark 1863 map Link to Source
Allen 1 Beckwith Lanark 1863 map Link to Source
Anderson 5 Beckwith Lanark 1863 map Link to Source
Ashby 1 Beckwith Lanark 1863 map Link to Source
Baker 1 Beckwith Lanark 1863 map Link to Source
Ball 1 Beckwith Lanark 1863 map Link to Source
Barrington 1 Beckwith Lanark 1863 map Link to Source
Barton 1 Beckwith Lanark 1863 map Link to Source
Bell 8 Beckwith Lanark 1863 map Link to Source
Bond 2 Beckwith Lanark 1863 map Link to Source


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HeritagePIN has a number of Name Transcription Projects on the go since 2008. The time period of study is Pre-Confederation (1867). Since Ontario's civil records program took some years to fully implement, this time period has been extended to include Ontario's documented inhabitants prior to the mid-1870's.

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MAPS | project

I had been able to photograph several of the (brittle) Pre-Confederation maps at various universities and archives, and by 2016 the University of Toronto has made images available ONLINE for many more!

The names in these databases have been transcribed by me personally, and include names from the inset town maps, and indexes of subscribers, located in the margins of each map.


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Where maps and directories are sparse for a township, or for an early time period, the Databases are supplemented with record-sets * that show names and Concession/Lot locations *. These include early Land Grant/Patents, and Agricultural Census returns.