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BOOK - Historical Sketches of the County of Elgin
Originally published by The Elgin Historical and Scientific Institute, St. Thomas, Ontario, 1895
This edition published by Global Heritage Press, Milton, 2009


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Historical Sketches of the County of Elgin provides the reader with a fact-filled early account of the history of present-day Elgin County and the town of St. Thomas. The authors discuss events beginning with native settlements and conflicts, and move forward through the period of French explorers, British invasion and settlement up to 1895, the year that the book was originally published.

A significant portion of the text is dedicated to the period when Colonel Thomas Talbot administered much of southwestern Ontario and organized British settlement. Talbot's administration was considered by many to be despotic. However, under his "rule" the area became one of the most prosperous parts of the province. Eventually Talbot's political demands on the settlers caused his power to be reduced by the provincial government.

Contents include:
  • The Southwold Earthwork
  • The Neutrals [First Nations}
    • De Laroche-Daillon's visit in 1626
    • Brebeuf and Chaumonot's Visit in 1640-1
    • Champlain's Account of the Nentrals in 1616
    • Lalemant's Account of the Neutrals in 1641
    • The Iroquois attack the Neutrals 1650-1
  • The Iroquois' Hunting ground
    • French Exploration
    • Dollier De Casson and Galinee, 1669-70
    • Stimulating effect of their exploration
    • Kettle Creek (Tonty River)
    • The Indian Title - Cession by the Iroquois, 1701
    • The Indian Title - Cession by the Mississagas, 1784
    • The Indian Title - Cession by the Chippawas, etc., 1790
    • ChadevOlx' visit in 1721 Describes the North Shore
  • The British Occupation
    • Land Board at Detroit
    • Patrick McNiff's Exploration. On Lake Erie "Settlement Impossible"
    • Lieutenant-Governor Simcoe
    • His journey to Detroit, 1793
    • Site of London selected for his capitol
    • The Winter-express; Traders; Land-hunters
    • McNiff's map of the Thames, 1793
    • Detroit surrenrlered to the United States, 1796
  • Colonel Talbot
    • Settles at Port Talbot, 1803
    • State of settlement at that date
  • The Talbot Settlement
    • Colonel Talbot's birth and ancestry
    • Colonel Talbot's early career
    • Colonel Talbot and the Duke of Wellington
    • Colonel Talbot's arrival in Canada, 1790
    • Secretary to Govemor Simcoe
    • Application for land grant, 1803
    • Governor Simcoe's letter
    • Lands comprised in first grant
    • Aim and object
    • Extent of settlement
    • Conditions of settlement
    • Roads and road making
    • Mode of recording allotments
    • War of 1812-15 raids on settlement
    • An early settler's experiences
    • Early prices
    • Courts and court houses
    • Turkey Point
    • Vittoria
    • London
    • Sandwich
    • Death of Colonel Talbot
  • Development of the County of Elgin
    • Origin of Local Government
    • Canada
    • Quebec 1763 to 1788
    • District of Hesse 1788 to 1792
    • U. E. Loyalists
    • Western District 1792 to 1798
    • London District 1800 to 1887
    • 0rganization
    • Proceedings of courts 1800
    • Turkey Point
    • The London District
    • Courts
    • Records
    • Court of Requests
    • Vittoria
    • London
    • County of Middlesex 1837 to 1852
    • County of Elgin
  • Appendix
    • List of Surveys
    • List of Parliamentary Representatives
    • List of Wardens
    • Municipal Nomenclature
  • Illustrations
    • Galinee's Map of 1670
    • Portrait of Colonel Talbot
    • Portrait of Thomas Locker
Elgin County includes the historical townships of Aldborough Township, first settled in 1804; Bayham Township, organized in 1810; Dunwich Township, first settled in 1803; Malahide Township, first settled in 1810; South Dorchester Township, surveyed in 1798, not settled until 1826 [part of Middlesex County until 1851]; Southwold Township opened for settlement in 1797, first colonist arrived in 1809; and Yarmouth Township surveyed in 1792, settled in 1810.

This book is an essential read for everyone with an interest in the history and settlement of Elgin County

  • 132 Pages

  • 8.25 X 11" (original was 6 X 9")

  • Maps

  • 1 Foldout map

  • Illustrations

  • Hardcover - premium binding (med. blue Tanotex, deeply grained, gold foil lettering)

  • Book on CD : fully searchable Adobe Acrobat file of complete book (includes Acrobat Reader)

  • Originally published by The Elgin Historical and Scientific Institute, St. Thomas, Ontario, 1895

  • This facsimile reprint by Global Heritage Press, Milton

  • Published, October 10, 2009

  • ISBN 978-1-926797-01-4 (hardcover book)






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