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Up To Rawdon
© 2018, Daniel B. Parkinson

General Research

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Making Best use of Quebec Church Registers - Originally published in QFHS Connections September 1994, Vol. 17, #1, page 2 as Church Registers in the Province of Quebec
copy of an 1821 Map of the original Rawdon Township, drawn by Surveyor Joseph Bouchette (revised June 27, 2013)
1822 - 1829
Royal Institution for the Advancement of Learning - transcription of correspondence concerning the first Rawdon school with editorial comment by Daniel B. Parkinson
Rawdon Township, Leinster County Census
Rawdon Township, L'Assomption County Census
(revised March 4, 2016)
1832 - 1892
partial catalogue of Marriages, Baptisms and Burials for Protestant Settlers in the St-Felix area east of Rawdon and Kildare
1837 - 1839
Rawdon Loyal Irish Volunteers. (revised April 24, 2014)
1838 - 1839
Kildare Sedentary / Volunteer Infantry. (added March 16, 2014)
Rawdon Township Map - was used by William Holtby, when he was Township Secretary-Treasurer. It includes the lower ranges that became parts of Ste-Julienne and St-Liguori. It was taken to Minnesota by his grandson John Thomas Holtby after he emigrated in 1880, perhaps after his father died in 1889. It is available to us through the kindness of John's great grandson Michael Holtby of Denver, Colorado. Click to enlarge so that you may read the names on each lot. (revised March 22, 2017)
1842 - 1909
transcription from Drouin Index of Baptisms, Marriages and Burials of St. John's Anglican Church, Kildare(revised April 2, 2013)
Rawdon Township, Leinster County corrected names from Census (February 1852) (revised April 9, 2013)


Diocesan Archives, Bishop's University, Volume B 19

In June 2006, I spent a few days in the Diocesan Archives at Bishop's University in Lennoxville (Sherbrooke), Quebec. I was able to review all the documents there with references to Rawdon, Quebec; they are in Volume B 19. Many files were of great interest and provided insight into early life in the township as well as the religious life of the community. I have completely transcribed the ones of particular interest. Some have only been excerpted and a few which duplicated material are merely referred to by number.

The files are presented here in Chronological order. The file numbers are of little help in determining either date or content.

They have been transcribed as exactly as possible with original spelling and line breaks some were marked with = instead of a dash or hyphen.

Explanatory notes are in either endnote or footnote style as appropriate to the layout of the document.

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1828 est
File 60B: Burton's copy of the 1828 petition which was circulated against him and from which settlers withdrew their signatures..
1828 est
File 65: c. 1828 Survey addressed to and completed by Burton
File 59: Deposition of Arthur Hamilton concerning an event on Oct 8, 1827
File 60 A: Deposition of James Mason
File 97: Depositions of James Herbert and John Byrn
File 111: Burton's letter to the Archdeacon of Montreal
File 112: Deposition of Samuel Knowlton
1829-10 est.
File 61: Deposition of John Brennan
Files 63 and 64: Deposition of James Herbert
1829-10 est.
Files 113 and 114: Deposition of James Mason
File 62: Support for the Reverend Burton
Files 95 and 96: Burton's response
File 72: Some excerpts from references for Mr. Bourne
File 71: Another reference for Mr. Bourne. Files 68, 69, 70, 74 are also references for Bourne including from New York.
File 67: Certificate of Birth for R. H. Bourne
Files 75 and 76: Mr. Bourne's Ordination
Files 77 and 78: Survey of the Mission, R. H. Bourne's responses to the printed questionnaire
File 108: Petition for the removal of Mr. Bourne, based on misinformation, which was circulated by Griffith and signed by the militia hence the subsequent removal of names.
File 107: Letter of the Church Wardens which accompanied the petition.
File 109: Reaction to the Petition and support for Mr. Bourne
File 110: Mr. Bourne's letter to the Bishop in his own defence
File 116: 11 Dec. 1840 Excerpts from letters of R. H. Bourne to Bishop Bethune
File 119: Regarding purchase of additional church land
File 121: Bourne on purchasing glebe land
File 123: from Bishop Bethune regarding Glebe land
File 122: Summary of negotiations by Mr. Bourne concerning adding to church property
1843 - 1851
Files 80-83, 86, 127: relating background of Charles Rollit and miscellaneous letters to him