While searching Microfilms of the Ellice Papers or Seigniory of Beauharnois Paper records at the Quebec National Archives, a map was found that appears to show the earliest settlers on the First Concession in Ormstown Region, on the northwest side of the Chateauguay River. The date is unknown but is definitely before the 1812 War when many of the original American settlers abandoned their clearances and probably earlier than 1804. One local expert was of the opinion that the writing was that of Francis Winters, the seigniory agent from 1796 until his death in 1806. Another indication of the date period is from information supplied by a descendant. Ezekial Smith Sr and 6 sons came into Ormstown from Vermont in the 1790s and left in 1813 when they refused to pledge allegiance to the Crown.
There was a list of the first 16 lots with sizes and names as well as names marked on the map lots themselves. In some cases the names are different for the same lot. These have been marked with a *. I am listing the names here just as they appear but keep in mind that the map is very difficult to read so excuse any mistakes in interpretation of names. ? indicate an uncertainity in the spelling or an unreadable letter(s).
The lot numbers shown on the map are not the same as the lot numbers used in the 1822 when the lots were reconceeded. The lots appear to have been surveyed since their dimensions are noted on the map. It is also obvious that the lots were resurveyed and resized to a standard width before they were reconceeded. I have listed both the old original lot numbers and the later lot numbers where they can be determined.
Some allotments are shown behind the riverfront lot. These are marked as "Back". There is one that has 3 lots deep.
|Name||Old lot #||Lot Size
|Later Lot #|
|John Phillips Jr||4||112.5||5|
|John Phillips Sr||4||125||5|
|David Smith||6 back||100|
|Benjamin Bowlling (Boullin)||7||239|
|Ezekiel Smith Sr||8||282.75|
|Ezekiel Smith Jr||9||125|
|Dalio? Francis Sawyers*||10|
|Domain (next to the mouth of Outarde)||16||100||26|
|Ja?? Page?||17,18 Back|
|Del. Sawyers||21 Back|
|Bewall Newcomb||22 Back||117|
|Lyman Morehouse||23,24 Back|
|Grove? Page||25 Back|
|Johnson ?rant||26 Back|
|Levi Wilson||34,35 Back|
|Nathan Page||34,35 BackBack|
|John Monnike||This one is shown as the last lot on the south side of the River (Jamestown Island concession) but without any lot number.|
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