Fonds 82-002 - Emily Township Municipal Records

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Emily Township Municipal Records

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    • 1850-1966 (Creation)
      Emily Township

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    90 cm of textual records

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    Emily Township in Victoria County, previously Northumberland County in Newcastle District, was partially surveyed between October 18 and December 31, 1818 by Samuel Wilmot. The second part of the survey was completed by March 31, 1819. Emily Township is bounded by Verulam Township to the north, Ops and Manvers Townships to the east, Ennismore Township to the west, and Cavan Township to the south. It was described by Wilmot in a letter to the Suveyor General: "The quality of the land whereon there is maple, oak, elm and beech timber is exceedingly good, but the township is very much cut to pieces with swamps and a river that takes its rise in Manvers, presses diagonally through the township from the 2nd concession on that (west) boundary to the 12th concession on the east boundary, with immense marshes on each side." By the end of 1819, 44 settlers had been granted 100 acre half lots in the six concessions of Emily, between lots 8 and 23. By the end of 1820, the population had reached close to 100. The granting of lots tapered off between 1822 to 1824, and the first half of 1825. This occurred for two reasons: 1) the number of individuals coming to the district to seek land had decreased, and 2) the Land Board showed an interest in sending more newcomers into Smith, Otonabee, Ops and Mariposa Townships. Between 1822 and 1824 only 40 land grants were made in Emily. Even though migration into the township had decreased, the population continued grow. By 1825, the population had more than doubled to 216 inhabitants. From September to November of the same year, there was a large influx of Irish emigrants brought into Emily Township by Peter Robinson. In the following year, the population had increased to 837, three quarters of which were Robinson emigrants. The main source of livelihood for the settlers in Emily Township was agriculture. There were no mills in the Township until 1832, when William Cotnam built both grist and saw mills on his land beside the Pigeon River. Industry never really began and the township has remained mainly an agricultural area to the present day. (taken from Pammett, Howard. "Lilies and Shamrocks: A History of the Township of Emily in the County of Victoria". Lindsay: John Deyell Co., 1974.)

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    This fonds was collected by the Emily Municipal Office. The fonds is on permanent loan to the Trent University Archives.

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    This fonds consists of minutes, by-laws, assessment and collectors rolls, cash books and miscellaneous correspondence of Emily Township, Victoria County, Ontario. The large assessment and collectors rolls are shelved with the Victoria County municipal records.

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    The fonds is on permanent loan from Emily Township.


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        For related records see 75-1008 (Emily Township Petition) and 78-001 (Victoria County assessment and collectors rolls).


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        The oversized Assessment and Collectors Rolls along with the Emily Township financial ledgers are stored on the shelves with 78-001 (Victoria County Collection).

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        Box 1


        1: Municipal Council: minutes of proceedings, Jan 21, 1850 - Jan 11 1862
        2: Municipal Council: minutes of proceedings, Jan 20 1862 - April 4 1884
        3: Municipal Council: minutes of proceedings, Oct 6 1903 - May 28 1918 an oversize volume filed at the end of Box 1
        4: Municipal Council: minutes of proceedings, July 2 1918 - Dec 15, 1926
        5: Municipal Council: minutes of proceedings, Jan 10 1927 - Dec 15, 1942

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        1: Municipal council: minutes of proceedings, Dec 15 1943 - Dec 15 1959 - minutes filed in inverse order
        2: Municipal Council: minutes of proceedings Jan 13, 1947 - Dec 31 1948
        3: Municipal Council: minutes of proceedings, Jan 10 - Dec 15, 1949
        4: Municipal Council: minutes of proceedings Jan 9 - Dec 15, 1950
        5: Municipal Council: minutes of proceedings Jan 8 - Dec 15 1951
        6: Municipal Council: minutes of proceedings Jan 14 - Dec 15, 1952
        7: Municipal Council: minutes of proceedings Jan 12, 1963 - Dec 15 1954
        8: Municipal Council: minutes of proceedings Jan 10 - Dec 15, 1955
        9: Municipal Council: minutes of proceedings Jan 9 - Dec 17, 1956
        10: Municipal Council: minutes of proceedings Jan 14 - Dec 16, 1957
        11: Municipal Council: minutes of proceedings Jan 13 - Dec 15 1958
        12: Municipal Council: minutes of proceedings, Jan 12 - Dec 21, 1959
        13: Municipal Council: minutes of proceedings Jan 11 1960 - Dec 16 1963
        14: Municipal Council: minutes of proceedings Jan 13 1964 - Dec 15, 1966
        15: Municipal Council: minutes of proceedings Jan 9 - March 23, 1967
        16: Municipal Council: by-laws, number 1-361 Jan 9 1850 - March 10 1890
        17: Municipal Council: by-laws number 240-379, June 25 1890- Nov 1 1900 - oversized volume filed at the end of Box 2. Added Oct 1 1985: by-laws 378, 391, 451,

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        1: Financial correspondence 1938-1946 included: Detailed Statement, Receipts and Expenditures of the Township of Emily from Jan 14, 1928 to Dec 15 1928 and Jan 1, 1930 to Dec 15 1930
        2: Jurors, selection of 1940 - 1944 - notices and oath of Selection of Jurors
        3: Live Stock Valuer - reports of the Valuer, 1938-1945 and affidavits of witnesses - concerns the destruction of live stock, especially sheep, by dogs
        4: Medical records 1939 - 1946 available for statistical research only
        5: Miscellaneous 1937-1945 correspondence, memoranda, notices, bills etc. Added Oct 1985: church reports, 3 unidentified photographs, Bell Telephone agreement, correspondence.
        6: Pensions 1948-1944 old age pensions, worker's compensation, lists of pensioners available for statistical research only
        7: Politics and Government 1937-58 - documents relating to both the elected members and the appointed members of the municipal government - applications for positions, declarations and oaths of office, 1948 voters' list for the village of Omemee, 1958 voters' list for Emily Township - an election poster for Emily Township for Friday, Dec 6 and Saturday Dec 14, 1957 which might be used for display
        8: Property 1938-1960 Assessment for taxes on particular properties, appeals, arrears, foreclosures, estates, mortgages. Two original land grants on parchment, 1824, 1834 - Omemee Residential Suggested Assessment - plan of Omemee and surrounding area - H.J. Lytle, Rate Tables for Preparing Collector's Rolls, Lindsay, Ontario, Newton Brothers, Warden Steam Printing House 1889
        9: Roads 1937-1946 - construction and repair, road allowances, snow clearance, claims for damage to vehicles caused by bad roads
        10: Auditor's Reports, Township of Emily - road expenditures, 1930-32, 36-39
        11: School affairs 1936-45 - requests for money to pay teachers' salaries, lists of students, miscellaneous correspondence
        Oversized items stored on shelves with 78-001 (Victoria County Collection):
        Assessment Rolls - Emily 1912, 1926-29, 1930-46, 1949, plus rough undated roll, 1953-59 (1959 unbound), 1961 - post 1950 rolls are combined assessment and collectors' rolls
        Collectors Rolls - Emily 1908-1910, 1912-1913, 1915-1917, 1919, 1921-1922, 1924-25, 1928-29, 1930, 1932- 34, 1936-39, 1940-48
        Assessment Rolls - Omemee 1942, 1944-46
        Collectors Rolls - Omemee 1941-42, 1945-46 (one volume)
        Emily Township Financial Records Debit Ledger 1931-41 Credit Ledgers 1930-35, 1935-38, 1938-40 Cash Books 1912-1924, 1024-30 These are stored with large Collectors Rolls in Victoria County Collection 78-001

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