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BOOK - VOLUME 12: EASTERN DISTRICT MARRIAGE REGISTER 1801 - 1865
by Dan Walker & Fawne Stratford-Devai
Published by Global Heritage Press
In October of 1792 the old District of Lunenburg (1788-1792) was renamed the Eastern District and included the present counties of Stormont, Dundas, Glengarry, Prescott, Russell, Leeds, Grenville and Carleton. In the Act of 1798, Proclaimed in 1800, the Counties of Leeds, Grenville and Carleton were separated out of the Eastern District to become the Johnstown District. In March of 1816, the counties of Prescott and Russell became the Ottawa District. Effective 1831 marriage returns for the Eastern District were required to be returned to the Clerk of the Peace in the District town of Cornwall. Returns were sent to the Clerk from clergy who performed marriages, with the exception of Anglican and Roman Catholic ministers. As of January 1850 all Districts were abolished and the Eastern District became the United Counties of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry and remain the United Counties to this day.
This printing of The Eastern District Marriage Register includes a complete transcription of the original register created by the Clerk of the Peace. The register itself is titled: A Registry of certified Marriages of Members of the Church of Scotland, Lutherans, Congregationalists, Baptists, Independents, Methodists, Menonists, Tunkers, Presbyterians or Moravians. Each ministers entries include the page number in the original register where those entries are located.
In addition we have also included the few Eastern District Marriage Licenses which have been found at the Archives of Ontario for 1806 & 1807. These marriage licenses are all that appear to survive for this early period. They are available at the Archives of Ontario in Record Group (RG) 22, Unprocessed - Crown Attorney, Clerk of the Peace Records, Eastern District. Unfortunately they have not been microfilmed and are therefore not available on inter-library loan.
Finally, we are grateful to Jack Schecter, former archivist at Upper Canada Village for bringing to our attention a few marriage licenses and certificates which were acquired by the Archives of Upper Canada Village in Morrisburg, Ontario. Unfortunately, the licenses and certificates have not been microfilmed and are not available on inter-library loan. The authors have donated their copies to the Toronto Branch of the United Empire Loyalists.
Please keep in mind that in most cases the returns were submitted by ministers who were circuit riders. If you cannot find the marriage in the Eastern District register you would be well advised to search bordering districts such as the Ottawa District Marriage Register The Johnstown District Marriage Register and even the Midland District Marriage Register.
An example of some of the towns and townships where marriages occurred and were reported in the Eastern District Register include: Richmond, Matilda, Cornwall, Mountain, Edwardsburgh, Osnabruck, Williamsburgh, Charlottenburg, Hawksbury, Lochiel, Kenyon, Seignory of the Petit Nation (Lower Canada [Quebec]), Breadalbane, Winchester, Prescott, Martintown, Lancaster, Coteau du Lac, Point Fortune, Alfred township, Oxford township, Saint Andrews, Longuiel, Clarence, Roxborough, Nerston (in Quebec), Caledonia, Finch, and a number of other areas.
EASTERN DISTRICT MARRIAGE REGISTER 1841 - 1857 includes a complete transcription of the Eastern District Marriage register at the Archives of Ontario as well as Marriage Licenses of the Eastern District (various 1806, 1807) and certificates and licenses (various years). The Eastern District includes the present counties of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry.
More than 165 pages including maps and full name index.
This Revised and Expanded Edition published in 2000
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About Dan Walker
Dan Walker has spent much of his adult life transcribing genealogical and historical information for publication. His primary focus has been on pre-confederation Ontario vital records. Dan is well known and respected for his meticulious attention to detail, and for the accuracy of his transcription work.
About Fawne Stratford-Devai
Fawne Stratford-Devai's work on Land Records and early Ontario records is well known in the genealogy community. A published author of several Canadian and UK research books, she has also contributed articles to the Ontario Genealogical Society's newsletter "Families" as well as writing for the online family history newsletter the "Global Gazette". Biography
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