Dysart Township

The township of Dysart was part of the nine township block of lands owned by the Canadian Land and Emigration Company. The township takes its name from the sea town of Dysart, on the Firth of Forth, Fife, Scotland. “The first shanty in what is now Haliburton village, was inhabited by Willett Casey Austin, a fur-trader and trapper, born in Picton, Ontario.” Willett (born 1825/07/25, died 1910/11/29) occupied a cabin at Stewart’s Narrows, between Head Lake and Grass Lake, with his wife, Esther Adelia (nee Holland). Esther was the sister of James Holland. Other 'squatters' in the township included David Sawyer, William and James Murray, James Holland, and William Gainforth.

By the early 1860's more settlers including the Parsonages, Charles R. Stewart, Steven Thompson, John Lucas, Charles Wastell, William Menzies, Alex Pogue, William Elstone, Richard Thompson, John Leper, Samuel hart, Thomas Gould, William Conner, H. Mitchell, George and John Harcourt, George Little, James Irwin, D. McFarlane, Willett C. Austin, Andrew and James Heard, A.H. Garratt, and Edward Pockett.

The 1871 Peterborough County Directory records the population of Dysart Township as about 500 persons. Settler's names included James, Franklin and Willett Austin, Thomas and William Beavis, William and Thomas Beamish, Peter Borden, William Brownrigg, Archibald Burke, William Cashmore, Robert Clerk, George Cole, John Croston, Fred Cullaren, Peter J. Cype, Thomas Dart, William Davis, James Dover, William Dugan, Richard and William Elston, James and John Erskine, Colin Everett, Peter Ferguson, James Fowlds, William Gainforth, A.H. Garrett, Thomas Gould, William Gugan, George and John Harcourt, James and William Holland, Andrew and William Heard, Samuel Hurt, James Huthason, James Huthings, Harold, Walter and William Illman, Henry and James Irwin, George Johnston, Thomas Lane, Daniel and Thomas Laughlin, Francis Leaper, James Letherby, George Little, John Lucas, Samuel McClugan, Charles McDonald, Daniel Mcfarlane, Jeremiah Maguire, John Main, William Menzies, Thomas Moon, Adam Moffatt, Hamilton Mitchell, William Murray, Alex Niven, Henry Pamplin, Walter Parish, Abraham Parsonage, Adam Paterson, Samuel Peaver, Edwin Pocket, J.C. Pritzeow, Andrew Quarry, John and R.A. Rutherford, William Ritchie, David Sawyer, William Shaw, William Smith, Charles Stewart, John and William Stothart, John Strain, John Sunderland, George, John, Richard and Stephen Thompson, Charles Wastel, J.W. Watson, William Woods, John Wolstolm, and John Young.

  Central Upper Canada (Ontario) Marriage Database 22650 Marriage Records Indexed 

  Central Upper Canada Baptism Database 25000 Anglican, Methodist, Roman Catholic and Church of Scotland Marriages indexed

Upper Canada (Central Ontario) Burial Database 4500 Anglican, Roman Catholic, Methodist and Church of Scotland Burials indexed

  Eastern Upper Canada Marriage Database 1200 Anglican, Roman Catholic and Church of Scotland Marriages indexed

  Eastern Upper Canada Baptism Database 3000 Anglican, Roman Catholic and Church of Scotland Baptisms indexed

  Eastern Upper Canada Burial Database

Upper Canada Land Petitions 51000 Records Indexed

  Upper Canada Land Leases and Miscellaneous Petitions 10000 Records Indexed 

Upper Canada (Ontario) Sundries Database 

  Upper Canada (Ontario) Toronto Insane Asylum Database

  Upper Canada (Ontario) Kingston Insane Asylum Database

  Upper Canada (Ontario) London Insane Asylum Database 

  Upper Canada (Ontario) Malden Insane Asylum Database

  Ontario Genealogy Historical Newspaper Collection  Historical Newspaper Files from various regions of Ontario 

NEWSPAPER Genealogical and Historical Records - Thousands of entries

  Ontario (Upper Canada) Map Collection  Great site for locating your ancestors in Ontario

Ontario Genealogy Postcard Site - Great old-time landscape views

Newcastle District CRIMINAL Database

  Upper Canada and Ontario CRIMINAL Database 

Ontario Genealogy Database Index Site 400 000 Genealogy Records Indexed

  January 2004 Join the Ontario Genealogy mail list now. Discussion group for genealogy and history of the Province of Ontario post 1867, or join the Upper Canada (Ontario) mail list now, discussion group for genealogy and history of Upper Canada prior to 1867.

Subscribe: Type subscribe in message subject and body.

Ontario Genealogy Mail List

Upper Canada Genealogy Mail List

Need HELP With Your Family Research?...

Northumberland County Genealogy and History

Victoria County Genealogy and History

Durham County Genealogy and History

Haliburton County Genealogy and History

Peterborough County History and Genealogy

Newcastle District (Upper Canada) History and Genealogy

Ontario County History and Genealogy

Upper Canada History and Genealogy

Echoes of the Past - Ontario Genealogy Home

Search the Ontario Genealogy Website