Horton Township, Renfrew County, Ontario, Canada
History and Genealogy
February 17, 2013:
Horton Township is located within Renfrew County and has its front on the Ottawa River, between the towns of Arnprior and Renfrew.
Map of Horton Township in 1879
Source: McGill University Digital Map Project
Key words: Castleford, Carswell, Winnoch Lake, (Loch Winnoch), Harcourt, Lac des Chats
See Horton - The Story of a Township, by Doris and Campbell Humphries, 1986 -- it is a very good book about the history of Horton Township.
Some early settlers in Horton Township
Cole, Ezekiel, from Goulbourn Township
Dunlop, Gabriel, from the Gatineau Valley, Quebec (see posting dated March 8, 2013, below)
Source for the next four names: McGill University 1879 Digital Atlas for Horton Township
Mann James Physician and surgeon born from Pakenham, Canada
McLachlan James Farmer from Lanark County, Canada
McNicol Duncan Millwright and builder from Pakenham, Canada
Ward James Tinsmith and Reeve from Lanark County, Canada
March 8, 2013:
Might I suggest the following detail be added to the above-noted page?
It is unlikely that Gabriel Dunlop was an early resident of the Township. Gabriel, my 3 X great grandfather farmed in the Meech Creek
Valley at Old Chelsea. He no doubt visited his brother James Dunlop who was living in Horton Township. I use as a reference
The Founding Families of Admaston, Horton & Renfrew Village, ISBN 971.381 F771 (pages 108-10). [Note that this source itself quotes
The Story of Renfrew, Vol.1, 1919.]
James (c1785, County Roscommon, Ireland) first lived in the Richmond Military Settlement [ref. 1821 census] with wife Mary
(c1794, County Cork, Ireland) and in
1837 moved to the Township from Goulburn and Huntley with his sons Gabriel, James, John and William.
A son Robert remained in Perth.
Gabriel (c1819, Ireland) and wife Mary (c1821, County Tyrone, Ireland) farmed on Concession 3, Horton and had the following children:
Mary, James, Katherine, John, Gabriel, Ann, William, Sarah Jane. [Note: Conflicting data from Notre Dame parish, Bytown holds that
Gabriel's spouse was Anne Patterson (c1821, County Tyrone].
James (c1822, Ireland) and wife Mary (c1821, County Tipperary) was on the adjoining farm in Concession 3 and had the
following children: James, William, Mary, Gabriel, Judith, Robert.
John and wife Rebecca Burwell (c1815, Lincoln, England) farmed in Concession 6 and had the following children:
Elizabeth, John, Anne, Sarah (Sally).
William (b.1826, Hull, PQ) and wife Mary (County Fermanagh, Ireland) farmed in Concession 2 and had the following children:
Robert, Margaret, John, William, Mary Anne.
... Will Dunlop
March 21, 2019: (post retirement)
Horton Township was well known in the 1800's as a leading employer in the Canadian forestry industry.
The following picture shows the steamboat Samson owned by the Upper Ottawa Improvement Company. Our web page for steamboats shows
many of the steamers used on the Ottawa and Rideau Rivers.
Photo source: Horton - The Story of a Township, by Doris and Campbell Humphries, Juniper Books, 1986, page 5.
E-mail Will Dunlop and Allan Lewis
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