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Johnstown District, Upper Canada
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(File:A map of the province of Upper Canada describing all the settlements and townships, 1818.jpg|240px|thumb|right|1818 map of Ontario showing the original Johnstown District)(File:1850 Tallis Map of West Canada or Ontario (cropped - Eastern Ontario).jpg|240px|thumb|right|1850 map of Eastern Ontario showing Johnstown District)The Johnstown District was a historic district in Upper Canada which existed until 1849.

Historical evolution

In 1798, the new Parliament of Upper Canada divided the territory of the Eastern District in two, which went into force in January 1800, and the following counties were withdrawn to form the Johnstown District:{| class="wikitable"weblink !County!Territory
valign="top"|Carleton|the township of Nepean, with the tract of land to be hereafter laid out into townships, between Nepean and a line drawn north fifteen degrees from the north-west angle of the township of Crosby, until it intersects the Ottawa River, with such of the islands in the said river as are wholly, or in greater part opposite thereto
valign="top"|Grenville|the townships of{{div col|colwidth=22em}}
  • Edwardsburg
  • Augusta
  • Wolford
  • Oxford on the Rideau
  • Marlborough
  • Montague
  • Gower, called North and South Gower
{{div col end}}together with such of the islands in the River Saint Lawrence as are wholly, or in greater part opposite thereto
valign="top"|Leeds|the townships of{{div col|colwidth=22em}}
  • Elizabeth-Town
  • Yonge (including what was formerly called Escot)
  • Landsdowne
  • Leeds
  • Crosby
  • Bastard
  • Burgess
  • Elmsley
  • Kitley
{{div col end}}together with such of the islands in the River Saint Lawrence as are wholly, or in greater part opposite thereto
The district town was originally Johnstown, but it was transferred to Elizabethtown in 1808.CANLAW, An Act to provide for the establishment of Courts in the District of Bathurst, and for other purposes therein mentioned, S.U.C., 1808, 15,weblink The District's territory was subsequently reduced in several steps:
  1. In 1822, Carleton County was withdrawn and transferred to the new Bathurst District.Preamble, CANLAW, An Act for building a Court House and Gaol in the Township of Elizabethtown, in the District of Johnstown, S.U.C., 1823, 2,weblink
  2. In 1838, upon the creation of the new Dalhousie District, the township of North Gower and Marlborough were transferred to Carleton County, and the township of Montague, together with those portions of the townships of Elmsley and Burgess lying north of the Rideau River, were transferred to Lanark County.CANLAW, An Act to erect certain townships now forming parts of the Districts of Bathurst, Johnstown and Ottawa, into a separate District, to be called the District of Dalhousie, and for other purposes therein mentioned, S.U.C., 1838, 25,weblink
Effective January 1, 1850, Johnstown District was abolished, and the United Counties of Leeds and Grenville replaced it for municipal and judicial purposes.CANLAW, An Act for abolishing the Territorial Division of Upper-Canada into Districts, and for providing temporary Unions of Counties for Judicial and other purposes, and for the future dissolutions of such Unions, as the increase of wealth and population may require, S.Prov.C., 1849, 78, B,weblink

Further reading

  • Armstrong, Frederick H. Handbook of Upper Canadian Chronology. Toronto : Dundurn Press, 1985. {{ISBN|0-919670-92-X}}

References

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