Grimsby Township

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Grimsby Twp. in historical LINCOLN Co.

Opened in 1792. The county was divided in 1850 [north and south] John Greene of New Jersey settled on Lot 10, Concession 1 in 1782 and built a mill. In 1787 Richard Griffin, with seven sons and four daughters settled about Smithville (named for Smith Griffin). The north township below the escarpment, named by Simcoe as Mount Dorchester, is crowded with orchards and vineyards.

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.

1 available I0050715

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).

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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1865 Lincoln & Welland / Mitchell / free online

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1870 Lincoln & Welland / Evans / microfiche

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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: 12 – 21
Lincoln Grimsby C-1049 12 13 14
Lincoln Grimsby C-1049 15 16 17
Lincoln Grimsby C-1049 18 19 20
Lincoln Grimsby C-1049 21    

* 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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Important: See FINDING AID – involves a few steps.
1871 District SubDistrict Div.* Film Images
21 Lincoln F Grimsby Div 1 C-9923 Link to Start
21 Lincoln F Grimsby Div 2 C-9923 Link to Start

Note: Grimsby Twp. Div 1 is missing its first page.

* 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: 212, showing 10 per page
SurnameIncidenceTownshipCountyDatesSourceAvailable online?DetailsMisc
Adams 7 Grimsby Lincoln 1862 map Link to Source
Alexander 1 Grimsby Lincoln 1862 map Link to Source
Allen 2 Grimsby Lincoln 1862 map Link to Source
Allison 1 Grimsby Lincoln 1862 map Link to Source
Alliston 1 Grimsby Lincoln 1862 map Link to Source
Althouse 1 Grimsby Lincoln 1862 map Link to Source
Anderson 5 Grimsby Lincoln 1862 map Link to Source
Aspey 1 Grimsby Lincoln 1862 map Link to Source
Ball 16 Grimsby Lincoln 1862 map Link to Source
Beam 2 Grimsby Lincoln 1862 map Link to Source

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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.