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Norfolk County Walsingham Township

"This important township fronts on Long Point Bay. It has Houghton on the west, Middleton on the north, and Charlotteville on the east... Taken as a whole, Walsingham promises to be one of the finest agricultural districts in the county. Much of it is yet new, especially in the west"

"Walsingham was first settled about the year 1791. The south eastern part of the township was first taken up. There was no settler west of Big Creek until Elias and Mary Foster settled with their family in 1803... but previous to that time a number of families had settled near Big Creek and Charlotteville... It appears that the central and northern parts of Walsingham were not settled until between 1840 and 1850. From that time until the present there has been a steady in-pouring of farmers."

[1877 Historical Atlas of Haldimand & Norfolk Counties]

Early settlers include - John Backhouse Family, Samuel Barber Family, Henry Kitchen Family

A township in the Talbot District, is bounded on the east by the township of Charlotteville, on the north-west by Middleton, on the west by Houghton, and on the south by Lake Erie. In Walsingham 18,635 acres are taken up, 5322 of which are under cultivaton. A stream called Big Creek runs through the township from north-east to south-west, at the mouth of which is a settlement called Port Royal, where is a steam saw mill. Near the centre of the south of the township is a shipping place called Port Rowan. The principal part of the timber of the township is pine, and large quantities of sawed lumber are exported. There are two grist mills and six saw mills in the township. Population in 1841, 1,046 Ratable property in the township 18,412

[Reference: Wm. H. Smith's 1846 Canadian Gazetteer. Upper Province or Canada West. Published for the author by H. & W. Rowsell, Toronto, Courtesy of Elva Sanghera, Burnaby, B.C.]

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