Saturday, August 29, 2015

Goulbourn Twp Survey 1817

29 Aug 2015
  continued from entry 23 Aug 2015
  "When they arrived again at Goulbourn to continue their survey,
one whole week had passed, and John Ryder decided to start on
the seventh line rather than travel another day to continue at the
place where they had stopped the week before.
  Battling swamps, mosquitoes, heat, discontent and even hunger,
the men finally finished the seventy line. By then, their supplies
had dwindled to nothing, and they were obliged to travel to Perth
once again for rations. On the way back to Goulbourn several
days later, a severe storm surprised them on the 26th of October.
  John Ryder notes in his diary:
Oct. 26, The Sabbath. A stormy day of rain, hail and snow...
Oct. 27, We could not proceed, the storm continuing too
desperate; went about two miles; my bread and flour were very
much injured, that I was obliged to stop or lose the whole on
account of my provisions being wet...
Oct. 28, Cleared off and proceeded to N.W. Angle of the 8th
concession of Goulbourn township...
  When they arrived there, they found that a fellow surveyor by
the name of  Benjamin Ecuyer, meanwhile, had surveyed and
laid out in lots the entire eighth line.
  On the 29th of October, they reached the ninth line, planted a
wooden post at the place where the general store at Ashton now
stands, and again proceeded on a course of North 54 degrees East,
planting posts every 990 feet and making allowance for a 66 foot
roadway every five lots. (See sketch)" Will be added when I learn
how to do it. Next entry 5/6 Sept.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Goulbourn Township Survey 1817

23 Aug 2015
Continued from 9 Aug 2015
 "As this system was one of the many variances of the then
common single front systems, it later became known as a
single front special. In this particular system, each lot was
66.7 chains deep and 30 chains wide and contained 200
acres. [1chain = 66 feet].
 Since land to the military was granted according to rank,
a Major for instance, received 1,000 Acres, while a Private
had to be satisfied with 100 Acres and a further
subdivision of the 200 Acre lot was necessary. For this
reason, additional posts were planted along the concession
lines at the middle of each lot, thus creating the common
land description: The East half of lot..... or the West half
of lot..... Yet another division of the 200 Acre lot was
created by drawing an imaginary line through the middle
of the lot parallel to the concession lines, which resulted
in the Front Half [southerly part] and the Rear Half
[northerly part]. The half lot nearest the boundary, which
was measured and on which the wooden posts were
planted, the surveyor called the front half.
  Meanwhile, John Ryder and his men chopped and
measured their way along the town line to the fifth
concession, a distance of nearly four miles. Here they
turned a 90 degree angle eastward and started the survey
of the fifth concession line, reaching the intersection with
Nepean Township on the 8th day of August.
  Returning to the town line on the boundary between
Beckwith and Goulbourn, he measured to the sixth
concession, again turned a right angle and proceeded
eastward on a bearing of North 54 degrees East along
the sixth concession as far as lot 16. By this time, they
had completely run out of food and were obliged to return
to Perth for rations."
  {To be continued on 30 Aug 2015]

Concession VIII Goulb Twp

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Goulbourn Settlement

15 Aug 2015

20 Aug 1915
Newfoundland Reg't embarks from Aldershot, England, for the
Eastern Mediterranean, destined to fight the Turks at Gallipoli.
  There is an article in the Ottawa Citizen dated Sat. 8 Aug. 2015
page C3 re the Gallipoli Campaign " In 1915, the Allies planned a
British led expedition to seize the Gallipoli Peninsula.........
Instead, Gallipoli became a disastrous setback for the Allies"
13 March 1915. Field Marshal Lord Kitchener gives order to invade.

22 Nov. 1915 Kitchener visits the battlefield and agrees to evacuate.
2-9 Jan. 1916 Final evacuation of Cape Helles..

Early Settlers Goulbourn
Surname J
Jones, James  Con. 6, Lot 8W  24 Oct 1821
                      99th Reg't  b. Co. Kildare
Jones, Thomas  Con. 8, Lot 28E  2 Apr 1828
                      99th Reg't  b. Devenish, Co. Fermanagh
Joynt, Galbraith J.  Con. 5, Lots 26,27W  24 Oct 1821
                     103rd Reg't, Captain
Junkin,Dean  Con. 5, Lot 10E  24 Oct 1821
                      99th Reg't  b. Abbeyville, Co Fermanagh

Surname K
Kean. William  Con. 2, Lot 9E  24 Oct 1821
                     99th Reg't b. Co. Carlow
Keilty, John  Con. 2, Lot 1W  24 Oct 1821
                     99th Reg't  b. Dublin
Kerrison, Simon  Con. 6, Lot 17E  24 Oct 1821
                     99th Reg't  b. Norfolk, Eng.
Kitt, Charles  Con. 9, Lot 18E   24 Oct 1821
                     99th Reg't  b. Dublin

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Goulbourn Twp Survey 1817

9 Aug 2015
Continued from 2 Aug 2015 entry.
"Meanwhile, the Surveyor-General in York, Upper Canada,
Thomas Ridout, lost no time and issued survey instructions
to Deputy Surveyor Reuben Sherwood on 24 Feb. 1816.
  Mr. Sherwood, assisted by surveyors Greaves and
McDonnell, commenced with the survey of No. 1 twp
(i.e. Bathurst) and produced the northerly boundry
eastward on a bearing of North 54 degrees East to its
intersection with Nepean Twp, which had already been
surveyed 20 years before.
  Another letter from the Surveyor- General, dated
26 June 1817 confirmed the instructions but now included
the names of five additional surveyors, ie. John Booth,
William Fraser, Duncan McDonnell, John Ryder and
William Conger.
  Upon receipt of the letter, John Ryder, a young deputy
surveyor from the township of Pittsburg, immediately
engaged ten men, including his younger brother Cornelius
and proceeded to Perth for more detailed instructions from
superintendent George Fowler. His assignment was to be
the survey of parts of No. 4 township, which meanwhile,
had been names after the British secretary for the Colonies,
Henry Goulbourn.
  After a short trip to Elmsley Twp., where new settlers had
problems finding the lot posts, Mr. Ryder and his men set
out for Goulbourn. After a long and exhausting trip, they
reached the southwest corner of the new township, on the
town line approximately two miles south of Prospect,
in the late afternoon of 28 July 1817.
  The following day, they began the survey by running
the boundary between Beckwith and Goulbourn on a
bearing of North 36 degrees West planting large wooden
posts at intervals 67.7 chains (4468 feet). This distance
consisted of the depth of each lot at 66.7 chains plus one
chain allowance for the road. (See sketch, to be added later)"

Next entry will be in two weeks.  Next week will be
letters J and K of Goulbourn Military Settlers.

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Goulbourn Twp. Survey 1817

2 Aug 2015
This article appeared in Stittsville News 25 Jan. 1984, pg 14.
Author is G.J. Zeldenrust, S.L.S., C.L.S.,
Goulbourn Historical Society
Data entered by myself will be in [XXX]
Will appear weekly until completed as it is on a
page 11" x 17". There is a drawing to explain the survey,
it is of Lots 6 thru 10, Con VIII, Goulbourn Twp.

"It was the autumn of 1815. Napoleon had been defeated at
Waterloo [18 June 1815], and the War of 1812 had been
concluded with the Treaty of Ghent [24 Dec. 1814] and
Great Britain found itself suddenly overrun with
thousands of discharged soldiers looking for a job.
  However, notwithstanding the apparent peace in His
Majesty's Colonies, the British government soon
recognized that no peaceful settlement of Upper Canada
was possible without a strong defense policy against any
possible future hostilities from the young new republic
along its southern borders.
  With this in mind, it was decided that additional land be
purchased from the Indians, and a second row of townships
be surveyed north of the already established townships of
Burgess, Elmsley, Montague and Marlboro. These were
then to be settled by discharged soldiers from His
Majesty's armed forces and by other citizens loyal to
the Crown.
  The new townships, which were later to become
Bathurst, Drummond, Beckwith and Goulbourn,
had not yet been named at that time and were simply
numbered townships No. 1, 2, 3, and 4 respectively.
  Land purchase negotiations between Captain John
Ferguson, who was the  Agent for Indian Affairs at
Kingston, and the Chiefs of the Indian Nations of
Chippawa and Mississauga, who owned all lands
north of the Rideau, were begun in February 1816.
The total area under negotiation totalled nearly
three million acres, [2,748,000Acres], which of course,
included much more than the above-named four
townships. The so-called surrender was concluded
with the Second Indian Treaty of 1819. [Ref:
Carleton Saga, pages 7-8] (The first one being
the Crawford Purchase of 1783) [Carleton Saga
pages 2-4, map page 3.]"
To be Continued next week