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Russell County was established in 1800 from Stormont County.
Named for Peter Russell, an Upper Canada government administrator.
It was originally comprised of the townships of Clarence, Cumberland, Cambridge and Russell - Cumberland later became part of Carleton County. And at one time Gloucester and Osgoode were also in Russell County (later removed to Carleton County).
Settlement in the county's early days was slow due to no main road having yet been built. In the 1850's there was an influx of settlers from French Canada.
"Population 2,870 in 1852 and 20,892 in 1966."3
Russell County is located in South-Eastern Ontario.
Prior to 1800 - Stormont County
1800-1816 - part of Eastern District
1816-1849 - part of Ottawa District
1822-present - part of the United Counties of Prescott and Russell
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1 Lovell's Gazetteer of British North America 1873
3 Place Names of Ontario by Floreen Carter, 1984