Bexley Township

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Bexley Twp. in historical VICTORIA Co.

Mainly rock and stream with patches of arable land. Opened in 1831. The first settler in the township was a cousin of Lord Bexley, Admiral Vansittart, who had a house at Wet Bay, Balsam Lake, as well as one near Woodstock. Coboconk was founded in 1851. Coboconck is an imitation of an Indian word meaning “where the gulls nest.”

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.

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See the Archives of Ontario Summary and Index to Early Patent Maps, or Search by Township.

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).

** This is an 1877-published map. Although the scope of this project is for the Pre-Confederation period (before 1870), we have transcribed names from this 1877 map, as the Victoria Co. directories are limited and do not specify lot locations.

No pre-Confederation era maps have been found, or are known to have been published. See the Patent Maps.
The 1877 VICTORIA Co. Atlas, by Jas. Patterson
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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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1858 Peterborough & Victoria / White / subscr. site
(Names in Towns Only)

1865-66 Peterborough & Victoria / Sutherland / subscr. site

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Find Concession/Lot Locations from the Agricultural Schedules of the Canadian national Censuses.
1842 (limited), 1851, 1861 and 1871.

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Finding Aid | Search Form – LAC | see table, below

1861 District SubDistrict Film     PGs: 66  
Victoria Bexley C-1077 66    

* 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
53 Victoria North D Bexley   C-9982 Link to Start

* The Enumeration Division must match the corresponding Sched. 1 Personal Census.

Header titles on each census page aren't always fully descriptive of the Districts and Divisions. Rely on indexed information at Ancestry or FamilySearch.

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: 69, showing 10 per page
SurnameIncidenceTownshipCountyDatesSourceAvailable online?DetailsMisc
Achison 1 Bexley Victoria 1877 map Link to Source
Adams 1 Bexley Victoria 1877 map Link to Source
Angers 2 Bexley Victoria 1877 map Link to Source
Ballam 2 Bexley Victoria 1877 map Link to Source
Barton 1 Bexley Victoria 1877 map Link to Source
Black 1 Bexley Victoria 1877 map Link to Source
Blanchard 1 Bexley Victoria 1877 map Link to Source
Brentwell 1 Bexley Victoria 1877 map Link to Source
Brownes 1 Bexley Victoria 1877 map Link to Source
Cameron 2 Bexley Victoria 1877 map Link to Source


HeritagePIN's own updated list of Named Villages and Settlements in Ontario, based on the 1857 Canada Directory (Lovell) and the 1869 Province of Ontario Gazetteer and Directory (McEvoy/Clark), and on descriptions found in 30+ Pre-Confederation Directories.

See also notes about Administrative Districts that crossed established boundaries.

Many more details and maps are found in the pages for each Township (follow links).

heritagePIN PROJECT DATABASES | Project Goals and Progress

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.

Transcribed surnames are searchable at each Township's page


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.


Likewise, with historical directories, names have been transcribed by eye, not by OCR (conversion to text). They include those entries for individuals living in towns and cities.


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.