Hastings County, Ontario, Canada
including the City of Belleville
Local History and Genealogy

June 9, 2013:

Our web site contains some local history and genealogy for Hastings County. However, the
material is scattered over quite a few web pages. This is a new web page to give some background specific to Hastings

A good place to start is at the 1879 property map of Hastings and it's component Townships. By clicking on the Townships
on the Hastings County Map, you will be able to locate the settlers who were there in 1879.
Marmora, Madoc, Elzivir, Rawdon, Huntingdon, Hungerford, Sidney, Thurlow and  Tyendinaga. The major City is
Belleville which is located on the Bay of Quinte on Lake Ontario.

The Iroquois and Algonquin Nations were the first inhabitants of the area (Tyendinega) and Samuel de Champlain was in the area in the early 1600's.
United Empire Loyalists began to arrive from the United States at the end of the American Revolution in the late 1780's. The
Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte are today's main centre for aboriginal history and culture in the area.

Lumbering developed early in the history of Hastings County. The Moira River flows through the county.

Anne Burgess has done a great deal of research regarding emigration from The Fitzwilliam Estate in County Wicklow, Ireland,
from 1846-1854. Quite a few of these assisted emigrants ended up in Hastings County.

Here are some settlers who came from County Wicklow, Ireland to Hungerford Township:

From what I can see, Killinure townland reconstituted itself in the area around 
Camden, Ontario, (nearby Hungerford is in Hastings county):
... Anne Burgess

BYRNE, Patrick and DEEGAN, Alice Killinure Belleville, ON
DEEGAN, James and WHELAN, Catherine KillinureBelleville, ON
DEEGAN, William and DOYLE, CatherineKillinureBelleville, ON
CASSIDY, Samuel and HUGHES, MaryKillinureCamden, ON
DOYLE, Patrick and CatherineKillinureCamden, ON
FLEMING, JoannaKillinureCamden, ON
KAVANAGH, John; Ann; Catherine;KillinureCamden, ON
CASSIDY, John and HARMON, BridgetKillinureHungerford, ON
CASSIDY, Thomas and FOLEY, BridgetKillinureHungerford, ON
CASSIDY, William and DUNN, MaryKillinureHungerford, ON
FENLON, William and DOYLE, BridgetKillinureHungerford, ON
FLEMING, Patrick and McGRATH, MaryKillinureHungerford, ON
HEALY/HEALEY, Bridget MORAN; Lawrence; DenisKillinureHungerford, ON
HEALY, William and KEHOE, Elizabeth; Michael; Mary Anne; John; Peter; Sally; Pat; TomKillinureHungerford, ON
KAVANAGH, AnnKillinureHungerford, ON
McGRATH, JamesKillinureHungerford, ON
McGRATH, JohnKillinureHungerford, ON
McGRATH, NicholasKillinureHungerford, ON
New March 27, 2019: Over 100,000 British Home Children came to Canada between 1870 and 1930. The largest reception and distribution center was the Marchmont Home (see next photograph) in Belleville, in Hastings County, Ontario. Children were sent from England and Scotland to new opportunities and homes in Canada. Photo Surce: The Home Children, edited by Phyllis Harrison, page 200.
Photo of Marchmont Home for British Home Children in Belleville, Ontario ________________________________________________________________________________
To find settlers' names, use the search engine at the bottom of this page. Enter search terms such as Hastings, Hungerford, etc. (one at a time). Here is an extract from the Hungerford Township map in 1879. Source: McGill University Digital Atlas Project And here are many of the settlers from County Wicklow on their land in 1879:
Map showing a Portion of Hungerford Township, Ontario, in 1879
I believe that my Great Great Grandparents, Lawrence Burns and Margaret Doyle may have been connected to the Patrick Byrnes family shown on the map. My Burns (was Byrne) family settled in Osgoode Township, now part of the city of Ottawa. Also, if you are in the Village of Stirling, visit their Library and Genealogy Centre.

Library and Genealogy Centre at Stirling, Ontario, Canada
Here are some local history and genealogy books regarding Hastings County. These books are available for research in the Library of the Ottawa Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society at 100 Tallwood Drive in Ottawa. Search their Catalogue. Bushell Family History: 1792-1992: Ireland and Hastings County, Ontario. Catholic Pioneers of Tyendinaga and Neighbouring Townships. Hastings County Militia 1799-1899 (donated by Don Pounder, 2013). Historical Atlas of Hastings & Prince Edward Counties, Ontario/Illustrated 1878. Index of Personal Names, Places Appearing in "A Backward Glance, a History of Rawdon Township". Loyalist Graves in Bay of Quinte Region, Counties of Frontenac, Lennox, Addington, Hastings, and Edward. Marriages from the Hungerford Township Registers. (1876-1926, Hastings County). We were in Stirling yesterday and attended a Grand Ole Opry performance at the Stirling Festival Theatre. This is a terrific theatre - it reminds me of the elegance of the old Capitol Theatre which was located on Bank Street here in Ottawa.
Stirling Festival Theatre, Stirling, Hastings County, Ontario Stirling Festival Theatre, Stirling, Hastings County, Ontario

June 13, 2013: Hmm ... Looking through the book Catholic Pioneers of Tyendenaga and Neighbouring Townships by Clara McFerran, there are many names of early settlers who may be on the 1817 Elly List of proposed settlers from the Irish Counties of Wicklow, Wexford and Carlow. These settlers would have come to Hastings County about 20 years before the clearances on the Fitzwilliam Estate, 1846-1854 and twenty years after the 1798 Irish Uprising. My Burns ancestors (were Byrnes) had connections to families in the Deseronto and Napanee area. Another early destination was Shannonville. According to the book, the northern part of the township was purchased from the Mississauga First Nation who were non-resident but who came to Hastings County mainly to get supplies of Maple Syrup in the springtime. This may have been an extension of the Crawford Purchase - see http://www.bytown.net/survey200acrelots.htm
January 29, 2015: I found your email addresses while researching some family history in the Stirling area. Coincidentally both my wife and I have roots in Stirling. Is there any information you can provide me on the names Barron and Sprague? Jim Dolson
Newspaper article from 1926 -- the Barron family emigrates from Scotland

Map showing a Portion of Hungerford Township, Ontario, in 1879
November 23, 2015: Hello, I recently bought this old photo at an antique shop in Bobcaygeon, Ontario. I can read the name of the woman on the back, which I believe is Mamie, but can't tell if it says "You and Mamie" or a man's name and Mamie. It was taken by Clarke and Smith. My guess is that is dates to the late 1890s or early 1900s. I thought someone might recognize them by their photo. I'd love to get this old photo back to descendants of the couple in the photo, but don't know who they are. I have done some research on Ancestry, and contacted people who had a Mamie, married in the later 1890s or early 1900s to see if anyone might know who they are. Would appreciate your input. I have sent the front and back of the photo for you to see. Nancy Armstrong
Front of Hastings Photo Back of Hastings Photo

April 2, 2017: Here are the names of persons who travelled from the famine sheds in Montreal to Belleville between 1845 and 1847. It is likely that most of these settlers went to the hinterland of Belleville in Hastings County. Mary Murphy & family Husband in Belleville Mary McDonald & 3 children Belleville Miles McSweeney, wife & 4 children Belleville Dennis Collins, wife & 2 children Belleville Matthew Ring, wife & 4 children Belleville Dolly Cavacan & 2 children Belleville Mary Cosgrave/ Cosgrove & daughter Relations in Belleville Edmond Flaherty Belleville Source: Names of Emigrants from the 1845-1847 records of James Allison, Emigrant Agent at Montreal, Irish Research Group of the Ottawa Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society, publication number 94-2, 1994, ISBN 1-55116-72-8. This publication (112 pages) is now available from Global Genealogy in either hardcopy format or as a download in .pdf format.
Here is an extract from the Belleville map in 1879. Map showing Belleville, Ontario, in 1879

E-mail Anne Burgess, Jim Dolson, Nancy Armstrong and Allan Lewis

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