Haldimand Township Road Surveys Fonds F837

A O5

Date of the items: 1836; 1950-1889

Physical description: 1 42 x 25 x 10 cm ledger; 1 printed book

Title: Haldimand Township Road Surveys Fonds

Creator: Haldimand Township Roads Committee

Repository: Trent Valley Archives

Reference number: TVA Fonds 837

Scope and contents: Fonds consists of a large ledger containing correspondence, reports and survey maps pasted in to the pages; organized by concession lines, 1836, 1850-1889, of Haldimand Township in Northumberland County. Surveyors include J. Russ, Edward C. Caddy and J. Daintry. It contains about 375 documents, of which 87 are maps or plans.

The fonds also includes a printed book by Gordon Roper, A Caddy Chronicle, 2nd printing, 2001, 95 pages which contains extensive information about Edward C. Caddy. This is an extraordinarily useful family history, and contains helpful connections to the Caddy neighbours in North Douro and in Haldimand.

Access Conditions: No Restrictions

Finding aid: None

Accruals: No further accruals are expected

Custodial history: The item was listed in List 8-2007 from John Rush Books, Hamilton, ON, and was acquired by Gordon C. Dibbs from York North Archaeological Surveys. It was sold to Elwood Jones for $2,000 in 2020 and then donated by him to the Trent Valley Archives in June of 2020.

Administrative history: Haldimand Township was established in 1871 in Northumberland County. Its namesake is Governor in Chief of Canada Sir Frederick Haldimand, who occupied the position from 1778-1796. It was populated by settlers from the British Isles and a few Americans, who were drawn to the area after it was surveyed in 1797 and 1822. At the time, the villages included in the township were Grafton, Eddystone, Centreton, Vernonville, Fenella, Bowmanton, Burnley, Colbourne and Wicklow. It was amalgamated with Alnwick township in 2001.

Related fonds at TVA: Trent Valley Archives has the land records for Peterborough County, which contains survey notes and maps on occasion; however nothing as comprehensive as this. Some items related to Haldimand County are in Upper Canada collection, voters lists, and the library. TVA has the township records for Burleigh, Anstruther and Chandos townships, but a comparable file was not contained there.

Access Points:
Northumberland County
Alnwick Township
J. Russ
Edward C. Caddy
J. Daintry
Caddy Family

Guide to the contents of the ledger:

As the items are pasted in by concession, there are many pages between the concessions that are blank. This suggests the ledger was used while the items were being added.

  1. Chronological Register of items received, 1849-1854, listed 1 to 1086. 26 pages
  2. Concession A, 1859-1880, 28 documents, 9 maps
  3. Concession 1, 1857-1881, 40 documents, 10 maps
  4. Concession 2, 1850-1878, 35 documents, 11 maps
  5. Concession 3, 1850-1889, 26 documents, 7 maps
  6. Concession 4, 1836-1864, 35 documents, 11 maps
  7. Concession 5, 1853-1877, 11 documents, 8 maps
  8. Concession 6, 1850-1874, 17 documents, 3 maps
  9. Concession 7, 1857-1875, 15 documents, 7 maps
  10. Concession 8, 1850-1878, 36 documents, 10 maps
  11. Concession 9, 1857-1878, 32 documents, 5 maps
  12. Concession 10, 1853-1878, 14 documents, 6 maps