Canada GenWeb         Ontario GenWeb
Welcome to Huron County
Ontario GenWeb

Have you hit a brick wall with your Huron County ancestors? Search for your family origins on Huron County GenWeb. I hope this site will help you find that brick-wall ancestor. Another great place to start is the AskOliveTree blog where you can submit your genealogy challenges and brickwalls to Lorine for help.
Read about COMPLETE Canadian Census 1851-1916 Online
Huron County Home | Huron County Queries | Huron County Libraries & Archives | Huron County Maps | Huron County History & Timeline | Huron County Resources | Huron County Site Map | Huron County Links

 

2 Thumbs Up
To Library & Archives Canada for putting digitized images and an index online for Soldiers of the South African War 1899 - 1902
Tip of the Month
25 Most Popular Genealogy Blogs 2009
Huron County Records
Cemetery Records
Census Records
Church Records
Court Records
Home Children
Land Records
Lookups
Military Records
Newspapers
Obits
Orders in Council
Archived Queries
Settlers & Biographies
Township Records
Vital Stats (Births, Marriages, Deaths)
Wills
Featured Genealogy
WALLACE, DEAN, MITCHELL, JOHNSTON Family Album of Bruce & Huron County, Ontario Surnames include Wallace, Dean, Mitchell, Johnston. Locations include Lucknow, Ripley, Kincardine, Bruce Co., Goderich, Huron Co., Clinton, Orangeville, Marquette Michigan
Criminal Assize Clerk criminal indictment files, 1853-1929 (210 Huron County names)
Quick Links
Find census records and build your family treeCensus Records Canada
Find naturalization records and build your family treeNaturalization Records Canada
Find naturalization records and build your family treeAncestors At Rest Death Records
Find surnames, ancestors and build your family tree Past Voices: Letters Home
Find surnames, ancestors and build your family treeOlive Tree Genealogy
Genealogy Blog Feeds
Genealogy Blogs
Olive Tree Genealogy Genealogy updates of free records online and tips for finding those elusive brick-wall ancestors
Ask Olive Tree! Submit your genealogy questions to Ask Olive Tree. One question answered each day on AskOliveTree.blogspot.com (Chosen as BEST NEW GENEALOGY BLOG for 2009)
The Paper Trail Eclectic mix of old documents - you may just find an ancestor's will, land record or general store receipt here!
Past Voices Letters, letters and more letters! Letters from Civil War soldiers, from wives to husbands, sons to mothers, sisters to sisters...
Ancestors at Rest - The blog for AncestorsAtRest.com website. Contains death records of all kinds - funeral cards, death notices, cemetery receipts, obits...and more
Family Bibles - Another AncestorsAtRest.com blog of Family Bible entries and pictures of the births, marriages and death pages
Antique Hunter - If you like antiques or collectibles, this brand-new blog will be one you don't want to miss!

 

TOWNSHIPS

Stories and information on Huron County Townships taken from the book The Settlement of Huron Countyby James Scott, 1916. Ryerson Press, 1966
Ashfield
Colborne
Goderich
Grey
Hay
Howick
Hullett
McKillop
Morris
Stanley
Stephen
Tuckersmith
Turnberry
Usborne
Wawanosh E.
Wawanosh W.

USBORNE TOWNSHIP

Usborne was named after one of the first directors of the Canada Company, Henry Usborne who had great faith in the investment potentials of Canada. This Township is bounded on the north by the Township of Tuckersmith, on the east by the Township of Hibbert, Fullarton and Blanchard, all in the County of Perth; on the south by the Township of Biddulph, in the County of Middlesex; and on the west by the Township of Stephen and Hay. It has an irregular shape and contains 42,681 acres. Until 1845 it had only 283 inhabitants but increased to 1,484 by 1852. The major crop ws wheat, then turnips, oats, potatoes, peas and hay. Sheep were important livestock, followed by hogs and cows and a considerable dairy industry was developed in butter and cheese. For many years one of the staple crops in Usborne was maple sugar and maple syrup.

The early settlers in the township were James Willis and William McConnell and who settled in the area that was later called Exeter and largely responsible for the original development of this settlement. Long before Exeter, another area called Devon which was 3 miles to the south of Exeter was developed. In this area a Devonshire man, John Balkwill, cleared four acres about a little over a mile south of Exeter. He returned to England and was so enthusiastic about the prospects of a new and more prosperous life in the Huron Tract that he attempted very successfully to convince a good number of his friends and neighbours to come out to this country. The first of these was his brother-in-law, William May, who arrive with his family in 1832 and registered his land in 1833. Between 1833 and 1835 several of Thomas Balkwill's brothers came out and took up land on both the Usborne and Stephen sides of the London Road. Another Devonshire man, George Snell, settled in Usborne. A brother of James Balkwill who arrived in 1835 was so good in urging new settlers to take up land in this area that the Canada Company made him its constable and agent for the Usborne Township District.

Usborne Township Records

Mary Ann Kehoe McGee Obituary 1855-1945 Usborne Township

 


Contact Huron County GenWeb Host. My email address is huroncogenwebATgmail.com Repalce AT with @ before you send your message. If you're ready, click here to send email

URL: http://www.rootsweb.com/~onhuron/           All rights reserved        Privacy Policy
Copyright 2004-present These pages may be freely linked to but not duplicated in any fashion without my written consent