Elgin County ArchivesArchives of OntarioARCHIVES OF ONTARIO – THOMAS TALBOT FONDS F 501
DIGITIZATION PROJECT

Elgin County Archives. Thomas Talbot at his Port Talbot home, ca. 1850. Richard Airey: watercolour on paper.
Elgin County Archives. Thomas Talbot at his Port Talbot home, ca. 1850. Richard Airey: watercolour on paper.

Map of the Talbot Tract, from Frederick C. Hamil's 'Lake Erie Baron: The Story of Colonel Thomas Talbot'
Map of the Talbot Tract, from Frederick C. Hamil's Lake Erie Baron: The Story of Colonel Thomas Talbot

The Elgin County Archives is proud to participate in the Archives of Ontario’s Digitization Loan Program, whereby qualifying archival institutions are granted permission to borrow and digitize original Archives of Ontario records and, under license, to publish and host the resulting digital archives online. The Elgin County Archives has now completed a project to digitize and publish online the Archives of Ontario’s Thomas Talbot fonds, F 501.

The fonds includes 45 large-format plans (registered 1802-1832; incorporating annotations dated 1810-1849) and a lease settlement register (created and maintained 1842-1846; includes retroactive entries dated 1825-1836) documenting land distribution in the Town of London and 30 townships in 6 Counties throughout southwestern Ontario in which Talbot controlled land allocation. The plans show survey grids, clergy and school reserves, town sites (including London), first nations villages, mill seats, footpaths, trails, waterways and crossings, local and regional roads. Most significantly, perhaps, the plans include personal land settlement information, with the names of grantees and dates of occupation pencilled in by Talbot on individual lots.

A note on dating the maps: in many cases, Talbot treated them as working documents, adding, removing, overwriting and revising annotations, often over a period of several years, and, in a few instances, including information retroactive to the creation of the document. For example, item F 501-1-0-0-18 was registered in 1824, but incorporates annotations dated 1817-1840. 34 of the plans have been registered, and their registration dates have been adopted as a "date of creation". 10 plans bear no registration date, but do incorporate dated annotations: in the absence of other evidence, the earliest and latest dated annotations in these plans have been adopted as representing the plan's temporal scope. 1 plan (F 501-1-0-0-38) contains no dated data and has been assigned an estimated date based on internal evidence and comparison with related plans.

The records digitized and made accessible through this site remain the exclusive property of the Archives of Ontario. Use of these records is for research and private study only. Requests for reproduction of the records presented on this site must be directed to the Archives of Ontario: reference@ontario.ca

The Elgin County Archives’s digitization and online publication of the Thomas Talbot fonds has been financially supported by the Elgin County Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society. The Branch has also provided invaluable assistance in creating indexes to property holder names and occupied/granted properties shown in the plans. The indexing of the maps is a work in progress: as individual map indexes become available, this will be indicated in the table below with the presence of the camera icon which will serve as an active link to the PDF format index file.

Township/County
Reference #
(Link to descriptive record)
Date of Registration (R) or Annotation (A)
Digitized Plan
(PDF)
Index of Property Holders
(PDF)
Index of Occupied/Granted Properties
(PDF)
Bayham/Elgin F 501-1-0-0-1 1811-1817 (A)

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Bayham/Elgin F 501-1-0-0-2 1810-1839 (A)

Link to PDF

   
Blandford/Oxford F 501-1-0-0-3 1826 (R)

Link to PDF

   
Caradoc/Middlesex F 501-1-0-0-4 1821 (R)

Link to PDF

   
Ekfrid/Middlesex F 501-1-0-0-7 1820 (R)

Link to PDF

   
Gosfield/Essex F 501-1-0-0-8 1832 (R)

Link to PDF

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Harwich & Howard/Kent F 501-1-0-0-10 1816-1817 (A)

Link to PDF

   
Houghton/Norfolk F 501-1-0-0-11 1814 (R)

Link to PDF

   
Houghton/Norfolk F 501-1-0-0-12 1819 (R)

Link to PDF

No indexable data No indexable data
Houghton/Norfolk F 501-1-0-0-13 1823 (R)

Link to PDF

   
Howard/Kent F 501-1-0-0-14 1816 (R)

Link to PDF

   
Howard/Kent F 501-1-0-0-15 1824 (R)

Link to PDF

   
Howard & Orford/Kent F 501-1-0-0-9 1811 (R)

Link to PDF

   
London (Township)/Middlesex F 501-1-0-0-16 1818 (R)

Link to PDF

   
London (Town)/Middlesex F 501-1-0-0-17 1826 (R)

Link to PDF

   
Maidstone & Rochester/Essex F 501-1-0-0-19 1826 (R)

Link to PDF

  Link to PDF
Maidstone, Rochester & Sandwich/Essex F 501-1-0-0-18 1824 (R)

Link to PDF

  Link to PDF
Malahide/Elgin F 501-1-0-0-20 1816-1837 (A)

Link to PDF

Link to PDF

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Mersea/Essex F 501-1-0-0-21 1816 (R)

Link to PDF

  Link to PDF
Mersea/Essex F 501-1-0-0-22 1827 (R)

Link to PDF

  Link to PDF
Middleton/Norfolk F 501-1-0-0-5 1814 (R)

Link to PDF

   
Middleton/Norfolk F 501-1-0-0-23 1816-1817 (A)

Link to PDF

   
Middleton/Norfolk F 501-1-0-0-24 1818-1819 (A)

Link to PDF

   
Mosa/Middlesex F 501-1-0-0-25 1820 (R)

Link to PDF

   
Orford/Kent F 501-1-0-0-26 1825 (R)

Link to PDF

   
Raleigh/Kent F 501-1-0-0-27 1811 (R)

Link to PDF

   
Raleigh/Kent F 501-1-0-0-28 1816-1817 (A)

Link to PDF

Link to PDF

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Raleigh/Kent F 501-1-0-0-29 1826 (R)

Link to PDF

   
Romney/Kent F 501-1-0-0-30 1811 (R)

Link to PDF

   
Romney/Kent F 501-1-0-0-31 1832 (R)

Link to PDF

   
Sandwich/Essex F 501-1-0-0-32 1826 (R)

Link to PDF

  Link to PDF
Southwold/Elgin F 501-1-0-0-6 1810 (R)

Link to PDF

   
Southwold/Elgin F 501-1-0-0-33 1819 (R)

Link to PDF

   
Southwold/Elgin F 501-1-0-0-34 1816-1819 (A)

Link to PDF

   
Tilbury East/Kent F 501-1-0-0-35 1832-1843 (A)

Link to PDF

   
Tilbury West/Essex F 501-1-0-0-36 1826 (R)

Link to PDF

   
Westminster/Middlesex F 501-1-0-0-37 1811 (R)

Link to PDF

   
Westminster/Middlesex F 501-1-0-0-38 ca. 1810

Link to PDF

No indexable data No indexable data
Westminster/Middlesex F 501-1-0-0-39 1823 (R)

Link to PDF

   
Yarmouth/Elgin F 501-1-0-0-40 1802 (R)

Link to PDF

Link to PDF

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Yarmouth/Elgin F 501-1-0-0-41 1816 (A)

Link to PDF

Link to PDF

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Yarmouth/Elgin F 501-1-0-0-42 1814 (R)

Link to PDF

Link to PDF

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Yarmouth/Elgin F 501-1-0-0-43 1819 (R)

Link to PDF

   
Yarmouth/Elgin F 501-1-0-0-44 1823 (R)

Link to PDF

   
Zone/Kent F 501-1-0-0-45 1818-1840 (A)

Link to PDF

   
Talbot Settlement Lease Book F 501-2 1842-1846

Link to PDF

   


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