Melancthon Township

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Melancthon Twp. in historical DUFFERIN Co.

Opened in 1821 and named after one of the leaders of the German Reformation. This township, like Luther, was swampy and was slow in settling. The first land-holder was Allan Robinet, to whom several lots were patented in 1826. Peter Sager, who came in the same year, was one of the first actual settlers, but the land was not generally taken up until the decade following 1850…. says Miss Weaver: “There is pitiful pioneer tragedy connected with Horning’s Mills. One day a son of Horning and three other children named VanMeer were sent to fetch the cows for milking and from that hour were never seen again.”

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.

2 available I0050869 | I0050870

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).

Prior to 1879, Melancthon was a part of Grey Co. No pre-Confederation era maps have been found, or are known to have been published. See the hand-drawn Patent Maps.

Prior to 1879, Melancthon was a part of Grey Co. Melancthon in the 1880 GREY Co., by H. Belden

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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1837 Toronto & Home District / Walton / free online
Mono * then in HOME DIST.


1865-66 Grey Co. / Smith / free online
Melancthon * then in GREY

1866-67 Simcoe Co. / McEvoy / microfiche
Mono & Mulmur * then in SIMCOE

1867 Wellington Co. / Irwin & Burhnam / subscr. site
Amaranth, Garafraxa East & Luther East * then in WELLINGTON

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1872-73 Simcoe Co. & Muskoka / Irwin / free online
Mono & Mulmur * then in SIMCOE

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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: 01 - 72
Grey Melancthon C-1028 01 02 03
Grey Melancthon C-1028 04 05  

 
* 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
36 Grey South D Melancthon Div 1 C-9951 Link to Start
36 Grey South D Melancthon Div 2 C-9951 Link to Start

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

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The 1871 Census Districts | Maps of City Wards

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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


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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.

 
DIRECTORIES & GAZETTEERS | project


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.

 
ADDITIONAL RESOURCES


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.