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City of Chatham

Links to Online Resources

Church Records that have been published

May be available by Inter-Library Loan (ILL); check with your local library. Most are available at Chatham-Kent Public Library, but are reference books, so they cannot leave the library. Available from Kent Co. OGS [$]
  • Primitive Methodist Marriages 1860-1883
  • Early Chatham Presbyterian Marriages 1848-1869
  • Old St Paul's (Anglican), 1829-1841, the "earliest Kent County Anglican records discovered to date." Contains birth, marriage and burial records.
  • Park Street Methodist, 1858-1890

City directories

Available at Chatham-Kent Public Library, Chatham directories are available for the years 1876-77, 1882, 1885-86, 1892 and 1900-present. There are also County Directories available.

1899 Kent County Farmers Directory Chatham Township

Local Information

  • Renovations are underway at the Capitol Theater in Chatham. This is a theater built in 1930, which was used as a movie theater. It was scheduled for demolition in 1995. It is a historic building and has been saved, and is now being restored. Follow the above link for more information, or jump to the page on History of the Capitol Theater.
  • Photo of the War Memorial in Chatham located at the entrance to Tecumseh Park.

Second Heir and Devisee Commission Case Files

The second Heir and Devisee Commission was responsible hearing and determining claims to land brought forward by the heirs, devisees, or assignees of original nominees.

Following is a list of names of those from Camden Township who appear in the Second Heir and Devisee Commission Case Files. If you spot a name of interest, you can

  • consult the reel or reels of microfilm at the Archives of Ontario in Toronto
  • borrow the reel or reels of film through your local library using Interlibrary Loan
  • borrow the reel or reels of film from a Family History Centre of the Church of Jesus Christ Latter Days Saints

List of Names

Cheyney, John Wesley Town of Chatham 1851

Coulter, John Town of Chatham 1854

Crow, John Town of Chatham 1851

Dorland, Gilbert Town of Chatham 1837

Duggan, George Town of Chatham 1842

Eberts, William D. Town of Chatham 1846

Fulford, William Town of Chatham 1835

Hall, Angelique Town of Chatham 1833

Ironside, George Town of Chatham 1852

McDonald, James Town of Chatham 1852

McGregor, Duncan Town of Chatham 1846

McKee, Alexander Town of Chatham 1834

McKee, Alexander Town of Chatham 1835

Meldrum, John T. and Jane Town of Chatham 1850

Newkirk, Mary Town of Chatham 1841

Payne, Robert Town of Chatham 1852

Sharp, George Hamilton Township, Town of Chatham, Town of Sandwich 1804

Smith, William H. Town of Chatham 1856

Steers, Thomas Town of Chatham 1842

Tessiman, Edith Town of Chatham 1852

Thomas, James L. Town of Chatham 1850

 

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