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Canada / Re: 1861 Census Darlington Township
« on: Friday 04 March 11 23:06 GMT (UK)  »
This is interesting-
I went to the Pickering Ajax Digital Archives site and searched for Jeremiah Field.  I found this about his twin daughters in the Sparks family history -

I am not sure what the other find shows.  He must be in there somewhere. 

Are you interested in other memebers of the Field family in Ontario, or were you looking specifically for Jeremiah and Harriet in the censuses/maps?  If you want to find out more, there are lots of links on the Canada Resources Board under "Ontario" that will help with research, now that you know the counties and townships to look for. 

If you need help finding out anything about other members of this family, please let us know!! 
RK :) :)

Canada / Re: 1861 Census Darlington Township
« on: Friday 04 March 11 22:44 GMT (UK)  »

I see that there are some early census records for Darlington Twp.

You know that your ancestors arrived sometime between 1831 and 1849, so they should appear on one of these censuses.   

Since these are very early records, the geographical name of the area is different.  You are now in Newcastle District, but "Darlington Township" is still called the same name. 

Here are the microfilm numbers from the Ontario Archives.  You ought to be able to get these through interlibrary loan.  Just scroll down to Darlington Township.

Canada / Re: 1861 Census Darlington Township
« on: Friday 04 March 11 21:47 GMT (UK)  »
Hi there,

Just a couple of notes about how a lot of Ontario farm land is divided (sort of like latitude and longitude):

Running east to west are parallel, numbered Concession roads.  These numbers go up as you go north.  They are often expressed as Roman Numerals.     

Then the land is further divided into Lots.  So, if you have an "address" of Concession VI, Lot 9.  It is sort of like "Bingo" - count up to find the concession road (often shown on the side of the map as a roman numeral), then count over to find your lot number, and there you have it.   Lots can be further divided into halfs or quarters, so you might have the north east quarter, or the west half or something. 

If you have an "address" from the 1861 census (or if you can find the agricultural schedule to the census), you could get the co-ordinates from there.   

I would suggest that you pull up the Darlington Township map from the Digital Atlas project site that I sent to you.  If you have a laptop, turn your computer sideways because Lake Ontario should be to the SOUTH in this map.  Somebody thought it would be a good idea to put the map on its side!!  You can blow the map up as needed  - to see the concession roads/lots and get an idea for locations.  The Concessions are numbered on the edge of the map and the lots are shown as tiny numbers on the north side of the map (opposite from the lake).   If you can get your bearings on a more easily readable map , this may help you to make sense of the "fuzzy" 1861 one. 

I see on the site where you found the 1861 map - there are some references to books about the history of the area.  It might be worth seeing if you can get these through interlibrary loan. 


** added - the link to the Darlington TWP map on the Digital County Atlas site:

OOPS - it didn't go straight there.  Just select Darlington from the drop down list of Townships. 

Canada / Re: 1861 Census Darlington Township
« on: Friday 04 March 11 18:39 GMT (UK)  »
Hi there,

Perhaps I can help a bit.  Darlington Twp was certainly in old Durham County.  If you look here, you can see the historic townships of Durham county - and their major towns.,_Ontario

Pickering would be in old Ontario County:
As you can see, it was between Durham County and York County.

York County encompased Toronto and the surrounding areas. 

I find the County Atlas Project to be a great source for historical maps (as well as locating ancestors)
Just go to the maps button and type in the county you want.  This is a fabulous resource.

It is certainly possible that your family moved around between these areas - mine did :)

Free Photo Restoration & Date Old Photographs / Re: letters 1826
« on: Friday 04 March 11 17:33 GMT (UK)  »

I just typed "Burleigh Newport" into Google Maps and I came up with Burleigh House and Burleigh Academy.   So, there are some things named Burleigh in the area.   Perhaps it also refers to that part of town?


Canada Lookup Request / Re: Maple Creek Saskatchewan - Bevans
« on: Friday 04 March 11 03:47 GMT (UK)  »

I don't know if you have done a Google News archives search yet, but if you search for Bevans Maple Creek, you will find a few mentions of Duke Beavans, or M. Beavans.   The Regina Leader Post entries are free to view.

RK :) 

Free Photo Restoration & Date Old Photographs / Re: letters 1826
« on: Friday 04 March 11 03:24 GMT (UK)  »
How about

William Higgs, Esquire



Hi Redroger -

Is this the template you mean?  Great resource!!,491796.msg3492675.html#msg3492675

RK :)

Canada / Re: Joseph Pollard Hodgson
« on: Sunday 27 February 11 21:34 GMT (UK)  »
Susan, you are amazing!  

Here is a huge article in the Vancouver Sun (1932) about the construction of the bridge.  It takes a while to load, but there is a picture of J.P. Hodgson here.


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