PHS Research


Township of Puslinch Crest

As part of our ongoing mandate to not only preserve our heritage and history but also to make it accessible to the public we have created this online research portal. Below you will find a wealth of information on the history of Puslinch categorized for easy search. Simply choose a topic below to begin your search.

Rural townships were divided into school sections when public education first began in the mid-nineteenth century. Each area soon became a community of its own and people in Puslinch would say, for example, “We’re from Badenoch.” Immediately other residents would know that they lived in southeast Puslinch. The school sections in the Township were numbered S.S. 1 to 12.

In 2015 the Puslinch Historical Society offered public viewings of their compilation, The Communities in Puslinch. This was presented over 3 evenings, with four of the twelve school districts offered each night.

There have been many requests to see this presentation by people who were unable to attend, so it was decided to post the document on our website. Since the files are mostly pictures – making them large files to download and view – the complete file has been divided into four parts.

Township Papers

Status of Puslinch Township Papers

A few years ago, the Puslinch Historical Society purchased four microfilm reels from the Ontario Archives which contain some early documents relating to settlers in Puslinch from the year 1830 to the 1850s. These Township Papers include queries about available land, letters to land commissioners clarifying locations, transfers of land from one settler to another, quit claims, records of installment payments, petitions and, in a few cases, furious letters detailing the disputes that arose among these early occupiers of Puslinch.

Some of the names are those of people who were speculating in land , some of people who only stayed briefly in the Township and some of people who eventually made a legal land claim and stayed in the Township for up to a hundred years or more. The Papers are arranged in order by lot and concession so that it is relatively easy to find the documents relating to a particular lot and documentary material can be found on almost every lot in the Township.

We undertook to print out as many of the Papers as we could to make research independent of a microfilm reader easier and will be in the process of doing that for some time for there are over 3000 items. However, several binders have already been filled with print-outs and it seems desirable to provide a list of our progress so far. Please note that while some concessions are nearly complete, some which were in response to queries from website correspondents, are barely started. Please let us know if you would like the lot and concession of any land that interests you.

The Gore

Lots 35, 36, 37, 38 and 39

Concession 1

Lots 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 21, 22 and 23

Concession 2

Lots 2, 5, 6, 12, 15, 16, 17, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27

Concession 3

ots 1, 4, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 14, 15, 16, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25

Concession 4

Lots 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 10, 11, 12, 13, 15, 17, 21, 22

Concession 5

Lots 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 13, 15

Concession 6

Lot 15

Concession 7

Lots 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36.

Concession 8

Lots 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10, 11, 12, 13, 15, 16, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36.

Concession 8

Lots 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10, 11, 12, 13, 15, 16, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36.

Concession 9

Lots 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38

Concession 10

Lots 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 25, 27, 28, 29, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37.

Concession 11

Lots 20, 21, 22, 26, 36, 37.

Puslinch is particularly lucky that so many of its Papers are preserved. To see what other townships have such Papers, researchers can look under Townships on the Provincial Archive website.

THE DOCUMENT BELOW READS AS FOLLOWS:

(spelling and grammar as it appeared)

January 11, year? - Please i write unto you hoping you will be as good as send me word if the 29, 28, 27 Lot is taken up or heaney there a bouts fore i wish to no fore iham now liveing with my father in law on the Eight Concession on the Front Half Lot Thirty in the town ship of Pushlinch witch he took up the last Sale you must send me word as soon as possible

you must Direct fore Thomas Kirton Pushlinch with John Linfoot Blacksmith on the 30 Lot

EXAMPLE FROM PUSLINCH TOWNSHIP PAPERS #2019

Puslinch Township Papers Example


[Back to research menu]


Membership

Membership in the society is open to anyone interested in the history of Puslinch Township giving you access to the archives, assistance with your research from committed voluteers, a newsletter and occasional events of historic interest.

Click here for full membership information or to help by donating or volunteering.

Contact Us

PHYSICAL ADDRESS:

29 Brock Road South
Aberfoyle, Ontario

MAILING ADDRESS:

Puslinch Historical Society
c/o Puslinch Library
R.R. #3, 29 Brock Road South
Guelph (Aberfoyle), Ontario N1H 6H9

Click here for full contact information including email addresses and telephone numbers.


This is the work of volunteers in the community.
If using any of the content, please acknowledge the Puslinch Historical Society as the source of the material.