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"Township papers" - Taken From Micro-Film from Ontario Archives 

These are the various pieces of paper and include --- in addition to other forms:

1 - Petitions to purchase land

2 - Patents granted by order-in-council

3 - Location tickets and certificates

4 - Confirmation that settlement duties have been performed.

5 - Militia grants

6 - Crown Land Sales

7 - Surveys and surveyor- general's reports

8 - Affidavits in support of petitions

9 - Affidavits re: death of petitioner or original grantee.

10 - Copies of receipts

11 - Power of Attorney

12 - Family correspondence

All entries are for the Township specified unless stated otherwise

Dates are those on one of the papers. (NOT the dates for all correspondence on the matter) The document #'s I have given for a particular name may not be the only one for correspondence on this lot ---- All correspondence for the lot in question should be consulted! Many of these papers predate available census information.

Information re: length of time on lot; relationship with other parties, occupations, new residences of parties, dates of death, immigration or original claim appears on some of these documents. The grants usually name the former regiment of the settler. Some entries are a wealth of information. There are frequent disputes and many documents describe relationships between neighbours. Petitions for a lot might be received from two persons only days or weeks apart. Many documents are enclosures of cash installments as payment for the lot in question and several files include accumulated receipts of payments made over many years--with the addition and subtraction necessary to compute transactions. Included in these files are many letters from officials acknowledging receipt of these monies. Surveyor's documents often describe the land in detail.

Because a name is on the list --- this does not mean that the person actually ever settled on the lot in question (or any other lot in the township) but there is a document recording that person's name associated with the lot. Some names are just as witnesses to a signature or are officials - even in Toronto, Quebec or Kingston --but in many documents there is a signature (or mark) of the person mentioned and often a petition written in one's ancestor's own hand.

Lots are in order as they appear on the film. If the lot does not have a description- there was none.

An entry marked "SEE" or "AND" is what appears on the cover sheet for that particular lot. I have no further information. Occasionally another lot is mentioned in the body of a document, if I noted it I have entered this information.

Mea Culpa: There will inevitably be errors -- the films were ordered from Ontario Archives, read at a library, data entered to a notebook, notes then transcribed at home. Time was critical and I was able only to briefly scan the documents. In several instances, I forgot to enter a date for a document. The film has been returned and I cannot recover this information. I have checked the information I did record with what I have transcribed. I kept no additional information except on my own ancestors.

These films may be ordered from the Archives of Ontario on interlibrary loan.