Dover West Township

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Dover West Twp. in historical KENT Co.

Surveyed in 1794. Within the borders of Dover along the Chenal Ecarte of the River St. Clair is the site of Lord Selkirk’s Baldoon Settlement, established in 1803. High water in subsequent years made marshes which caused much sickness. The place was ravaged by American troopers in 1812, and in later years was the scene of certain mysterious manifestations which suggested witchcraft. Today a single battered and empty frame dwelling long known as “the haunted house” is the only relic of this colony. Wallaceburg is the heir-at-law of the romance of Baldoon. It was named for the Scottish hero, William Wallace, and the Macdonald and Johnson families have not yet died out.

Jesse E. Middleton, The Province of Ontario: a History: 1615-1927, published 1927 (referring to the township, undivided)

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Early survey maps with names of original leasees - with transcriptions by Elgin Co. OGS-Ontario Ancestors.

RG 1-470-0-0-54 | 1805 | PDF 220 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.

2 available I0042473 | I0043396

THE ABOVE LINKS ARE BROKEN. These had been off-site links to the Archives of Ontario's RG-100 Patent Plans. In 2023 the A of O replaced the 'Archives Descriptive Database' with the 'AIMS' database. Please direct inquiries to the Archives of Ontario quoting the RG 1-100 collection and urging for restoration of *large-sized* map images. (I'm always happy to hear from you too).

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

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

Maps at University of Toronto’s Ontario Historical County Map Project, usually cover the Pre-Confederation period, but in this case have a later atlas.

The 1876 KENT Co. map by Shackleton & McIntosh
250 MB jpg file (Right-click link. Save Link As…)


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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1864-65 Kent Co. / Sutherland / free online

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Sutherland / 1870-71 Kent & Essex Counties / free online

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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: 29 – 36
Kent Dover E&W C-1041 29 30 31
Kent Dover E&W C-1041 32 33 34
Kent Dover E&W C-1041 35 36  

* 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
02 Kent E Dover E&W Div 1 C-9891 Link to Start
02 Kent E Dover E&W Div 2 C-9892 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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* tab marked (Tax Rolls) = no records for entire County

Ontario historical township tax assessments showing concessions and lots

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Township Dates Film Images  
Dover E&W None Available

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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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: 8, showing 10 per page
SurnameIncidenceTownshipCountyDatesSourceAvailable online?DetailsMisc
Bagnell 1 Dover West Kent 1864 directory Link to Source
Dolsen 2 Dover West Kent 1864 directory Link to Source
Jubenvile 1 Dover West Kent 1864 directory Link to Source
Purser 1 Dover West Kent 1864 directory Link to Source
Reaume 2 Dover West Kent 1864 directory Link to Source
Ronalds 1 Dover West Kent 1864 directory Link to Source
Russell 1 Dover West Kent 1864 directory Link to Source
Thompson 1 Dover West Kent 1864 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


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.