Townsend Township


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Townsend Twp. in historical NORFOLK Co.

Opened in 1792. The township has practically no waste land, and is very fertile. The Culvers were the first settlers, on Lot 24, Concession 11, coming in 1798. The first settler about Waterford, Job Slaght, came before the war. The northeast portion of the township was settled about 1820.

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

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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 leasees - with transcriptions by Elgin Co. OGS-Ontario Ancestors.

RG 1-470-0-0-246 | 1793 | PDF 145 MB

See the Elgin County Archives' Talbot Settlement and Survey Maps, 1793-1849 under two Fonds:
F 501: The Thomas Talbot Fonds * with transcriptions!
RG 1-470: The Ministry of Natural Resources Fonds

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

1 available I0051373

See the Archives of Ontario's Introduction to RG-100 Patent Plans, or Search by Township in the Visual Database, entering keywords as follows:

In the TITLE field enter the township i.e. Gwillimbury
In the REFERENCE CODE field enter: RG 1-100

The names on these maps are not transcribed for the HeritagePIN databases.

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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Townsend names and locations on p. 5 & 21 | PDF 22 MB

See the Elgin County Archives' The Thomas Talbot Fonds.

1857 Norfolk Co. / Earl / free online
 
1867 Oxford & Norfolk / 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: 01 – 15
Norfolk Townsend C-1054 01 02 03
Norfolk Townsend C-1054 04 05 06
Norfolk Townsend C-1054 07 08 09
Norfolk Townsend C-1054 10 11 12
Norfolk Townsend C-1054 13 14 15

 
* 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
12 Norfolk North C Townsend Div 1 C-9909 Link to Start
12 Norfolk North C Townsend Div 2 C-9909 Link to Start
12 Norfolk North C Townsend Div 3 C-9909 Link to Start
12 Norfolk North C Townsend Div 4 C-9909 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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Ontario historical township tax assessments showing concessions and lots

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Township Dates Film Images  
Townsend 1844 8484322 Link to Start
Townsend 1848 8484322 Link to Start
Townsend 1849-1852 8200733 Link to Start

NOTE: The above table is for records BEFORE 1880, only!
Films marked in red are viewable at LDS Family History Centers.


FamilySearch has begun to transcribe: (incomplete)

Ontario Tax Assessment Rolls, 1834-1899
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See FamilySearch Wiki about Ontario Taxation.
Both Owners and Tenants were assessed for taxes (i.e. Freeholders and Householders).
See the Instructions to Assessors from 1847 Norfolk Co.


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: 613, showing 10 per page
SurnameIncidenceTownshipCountyDatesSourceAvailable online?DetailsMisc
[ ]elps 1 Townsend Norfolk 1863 map Link to Source
[ ]sh 1 Townsend Norfolk 1863 map Link to Source
[Six Nations Indians] 2 Townsend Norfolk 1863 map Link to Source
Absolom 1 Townsend Norfolk 1863 map Link to Source
Absolom 1 Townsend Norfolk 1858 directory Link to Source
Allmas 1 Townsend Norfolk 1863 map Link to Source
Almas 1 Townsend Norfolk 1863 map Link to Source
Almas 2 Townsend Norfolk 1858 directory Link to Source
Altway 1 Townsend Norfolk 1863 map Link to Source
Always 1 Townsend Norfolk 1858 directory Link to Source




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.