Muskoka Township

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Muskoka Twp. in historical MUSKOKA Dist.

Opened 1857. The Town of Gravenhurst had its beginning in 1861 with McCabe’s Tavern. In 1865 P. Cockburn and Sons opened a large saw-mill. Mr. A.P. Cockburn built in 1866 the Wenonah, the first steam on the Muskoka Lakes.

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

[About 1864 when existing shipping between Washago and Bracebridge was by overland segments due to shallow river areas,] Mr. Holditch… constructed a large flat boat to be propelled by horse-power. The boat was built at North Falls (Bracebridge) and made a trip to McCabe’s Bay (Gravenhurst), but never returned again, the craft, or rather its propelling arrangements, being a failure. The boat occupied upwards of twelve hours in going on her trip.

A. Kirkwood, The Underdeveloped Lands in Northern & Western Ontario, published 1879

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HINT: Before fine-searching the online maps, verify from the database of transcribed names (bottom).

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

0 available

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).

No pre-Confederation era maps have been found, or are known to have been published. See the hand-drawn Patent Maps.

The University of Toronto’s Digital archives has a PDF file of the 1879 Guidebook & Atlas for MUSKOKA & PARRY SOUND. See these maps superimposed on a modern map at the Muskoka Story Map application!

** Names have been transcribed for Database, below, as Pre-Confederation sources of names/locations are limited.

Ontario’s Ministry of Natural Resources has placed online “Historical” (undated) Mining Claim Maps. They may be helpful for locating Concessions and Lots in northern townships.

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1866-67 Simcoe Co. / McEvoy / subscr. site
Only Morrison & Muskoka townships

Links & Transcription Progress

1872-73 Simcoe Co. & Muskoka / Irwin / free online
Only Cardwell, Monck, Morrison, Muskoka & Watt

Links & Transcription Progress

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: 78 – 79
Simcoe Morrison & Muskoka C-1073-1074 78 79

* 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 Film Images
85 Muskoka B Muskoka C-10022 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) :
Total Records Found: 367, showing 10 per page
SurnameIncidenceTownshipCountyDatesSourceAvailable online?DetailsMisc
Adams 1 Muskoka Muskoka 1871. census Link to Transcription
Adams 1 Muskoka Muskoka 1873 directory Link to Source
Alport 1 Muskoka Muskoka 1871. census Link to Transcription
Alport 1 Muskoka Muskoka 1867 directory Link to Source
Alport 3 Muskoka Muskoka 1873 directory Link to Source
Archer 1 Muskoka Muskoka 1873 directory Link to Source
Archer 1 Muskoka Muskoka 1878 map Link to Source
Austin 3 Muskoka Muskoka 1873 directory Link to Source
Bailey 1 Muskoka Muskoka 1873 directory Link to Source
Bain 5 Muskoka Muskoka 1871. census Link to Transcription


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.