East and West Hawkesbury Townships, Ontario, Canada
Including the Town of Hawkesbury and Village of Vankleek Hill
History and Genealogy
Also, the Carillon Dam and Canal



March 29, 2011:

Map Source: McGill University Digital Atlas Project, 1879 Map showing Hawkesbury Village in 1881, Ontario, Canada
Map showing Vankleek Hill Village in 1881, West Hawkesbury Township, Ontario, Canada
September 18, 2012:
Source for text below: History of the Counties of Argenteuil, Quebec and Prescott, Ontario, page 564 Vankleek Hill was founded by Simeon Vankleek, a Dutchman from New York State, USA. He was a United Empire Loyalist (UEL) Vankleek Hill, Ontario, Canada


The Ontario Genealogical Society, Ottawa Branch has the following publications related to Vankleek Hill in their Library: Greenwood Cemetery - Vankleek Hill, West Hawkesbury Township, Prescott County, Ontario McLaughlin Cemetery, Vankleek Hill, Chamberlain Township, Prescott - Russell County, Ontario Jeannette Logan, Margaret Patenaude Report for Abandoned Cemeteries: Higginson Family Cemetery Lot 66, Vankleek Hill, West Hawkesbury Township, Prescott County See the Library Catalogue for more details. You can also search for Prescott and Hawkesbury, for example. Musée Vankleek Hill Museum is sponsoring a Family History Weekend on October 27 and 28, 2012.
March 6, 2014: As early as 1879, there was a canal and a dam located between what are now the villages of Carillon, Quebec and Pointe Fortune, Ontario on the Ottawa River. See map below:
Map Source: McGill University Digital Atlas Project Carillon Dam, Ottawa River, 1879 map
During the time of Samuel de Champlain, the fur traders, the logging industry and the steamboats, this set of rapids presented a major obstacle to travellers on the river. The most recent dam was constructed beginning in 1959. At that time, an early canal (see map) was shortened and there is one lock on the canal today. Here is a wonderful photograph taken by Ian White in 2013:
Carillon Dam, Ottawa River, Photo taken by Ian White, 2013

New May 22, 2016: Cliff Seibel from CanadianHeadstones.com posted the following to the Facebook Group: Ottawa Branch, Ontario Genealogical Society today. ST. ALPHONSE DE LIGOURI RC CEMETERY, Hawkesbury, Prescott & Russell County, Ontario was recently completed by Monique Macdonald. There are 2646 photos and 10613 name entries. Many thanks to Monique for her dedication in completing this large cemetery. http://canadianheadstones.com/on/cemetery.php?cemID=2804 ... Al

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