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From: "Penny Durst" <>
Subject: Re: [ONT] 1851 Census Wellington Co.
Date: Wed, 20 Apr 2005 23:42:20 -0400
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According to the Alberta Family Histories website there was an 1851 census for Wellington County. There is a contact email address there: http://www.afhs.ab.ca/registry/regon_census51.html<about:blank>; The index to the 1851 Census of Canada West - Ontario - Wellington County is available at a cost of $45 at this website: http://www.wcm.on.ca/giftshop.php<about:blank>;. The following history of the District of Wellington may clarify where Guelph was located:
District of Wellington

The District of Wellington was created from parts of the Counties of Halton and Simcoe in 1838 by an Act of the British Parliament. According to the Act, proclaimed April 20, 1838, the District was to include the Townships of Proton, Luther, Melancthon and Amaranth (from the County of Simcoe in the Home District), and Garafraxa, Erin, Eramosa, Guelph, Waterloo, Wilmot, Woolwich, which included the future Pilkington Township, and Nichol Townships (from the County of Halton in the Gore District). The above mentioned Act was not to come into force until proclaimed by the Governor, pursuant to construction of a jail, court house and appointment of officials, etc. The District of Wellington therefore was not proclaimed a separate district until 18 June 1840.

In 1845, an Act, "for better defining the limits of the Counties and Districts in Upper Canada," stated that the following townships made up the District of Wellington: the Townships of Arthur, Amaranth, Bentinck, Derby, Eramosa, Egremont, Guelph, Glenelg, Garafraxa, Holland, Luther, Mornington, Minto, Maryborough, Melancthon, Normanby, Nichol, Peel, Proton, Puslinch, Sydenham, Sullivan, Waterloo, Wilmot, Woolwich and Wellesley. The Township of Dumfries was considered part of the District of Wellington for the purpose of representation in the Legislative Assembly only. The Township of Erin was part of the District for all purposes except representation in the Legislative Assembly.

Another Act, the Municipal or Baldwin Act, became law on 1 January 1850. All Districts were abolished as of this date. Wellington District became the United Counties of Waterloo, Huron, Perth and Bruce. The Township of Mornington was detached from the County of Waterloo and added to the County of Perth; and the Saugeen Peninsula lying North of the Townships of Derby, Arran and Saugeen was annexed to the County of Waterloo and, in 1852, to the County of Bruce. Wellington County came into being effective 1 January 1852. As of the same date the Township of North Dumfries was created and detached from Halton County to Waterloo County, which consisted thereafter of the Townships of North Dumfries, Waterloo, Wellesley, Wilmot, and Woolwich.

My g.great grandfather was one of the early settlers in Amaranth Twp., Wellington Co. near Orangeville. Here is a tidbit from my family history:

"In 1844 William Hunter was appointed collector and assessor for Amaranth and Melancthon Twps. He held this position for many years, walking from settler to settler and then walking the 35 miles to give the money collected to the county treasurer Col. Hewitt in Guelph."

Hope this helps.

Penny Durst
----- Original Message -----
From: Jane Watt<mailto:>
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Sent: April 20, 2005 10:10 PM
Subject: Re: [ONT] 1851 Census Wellington Co.

In the book I have from the Archives of Canada doesn't list a 1851 census
for either place so I would assume that they do not exist.
Jane in Cooksville (Mississauga) Ontario, Canada
----- Original Message -----
From: Janice Brain <<mailto:>>
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Sent: Wednesday, April 20, 2005 1:25 PM
Subject: [ONT] 1851 Census Wellington Co.

> I have recently checked out the 1851 Census for Wellington County and
noticed that Guelph Twp. & Guelph City are missing. Can anyone tell me
where I might find a copy of this census?
> Regards
> Janice
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