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Just in time to help commemorate the beginning of  WW1

WW1 Nursing Sisters of Old Durham County


The stories of 36 Nursing Sisters (Nurses) from the old county, where they served, what they did when they came back home.
A Must Have book for anyone interested in local history!
Book is $30.00 
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It's here!  Churches of Old Durham County

At one time there were over 230 churches in the six townships of the old county, now today there are just over 70.  What became of those 'lost' churches?  Why did they close?  Where did the congregations go?

This 322 page book covers the history of our churches from the time of the early settlers up to today (2013).

If you have an interest in the community in which you live, or you have deep roots in Old Durham, this book will appeal to you.

This book also makes a great gift for the older folks in your family.


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The First 200 Years is the story of Darlington Township in the former Durham County, Ontario, Canada.
The township's first settlers came in 1794 - the Conant's, the Burk's and the Trull's.  They were not loyalist families, but they did not like the tactics of their countrymen during their revolution and when they saw a chance to get out, they came to Ontario, where Governor Simcoe was offering free land to any and all settlers, if they would come and be loyal to the Crown.
Chapters in this book include:
1. In the beginning - the first settlers
2. Development - communities springing up in the wilderness
3. Sports - how people entertained themselves from early times
4. Schools and Churches
5. Public Institutions - Police, Firefighters
6. Industry
7. Military
8. Hotels and Taverns
9. Along the Kingston Road - Courtice, Prestonvale, Maple Grove
10. Under the "B" - Burketon Station, Bethesda, Bradley's Corners
11. Dots on Darlington's Map - Shaws, Salem, Stephens' Gulch, Providence, Mitchell's Corners, Taunton
12. The Excellent Villages of - Enniskillen, Enfield and Solina
13. The Milltowns - Hampton, Haydon and Tyrone/Buffalo
14. The Darlingtons - Port Darlington, Darlington Station
15. Epilogue - covers the 200th anniversary celebrations and incloudes the speaches from the descendants of the first three families.
Now in Second Edition
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Clarke Township was one of the 'front' townships in Durham County.  It was settled in 1796 by the Lovekin and Bates families.
Today, the Oak Ridges Moraine in the north end of the township is a thorn in government's side as they try to find ways to develop it.  But this area is a sensitive watershed area and is being protected as best we can from development.  The settlers of that area soon discovered its good points and bad points.  The soil was excellent, if not a bit sandy.  Once it was cleared and planted, the spring rains washed all the soil away without the trees to hold it in place.  Re-forestation became the byword, as farm after farm was abandon for better land.
The title of this book reflects the diversity of the township as it grew and developed.
Chapters are similar to the ones in the Darlington book (each book is set out on much the same pattern to best tell the stories of each township equally)  Available as a Second Edition

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Although Port Hope and the Township of Hope are now amalgamated into one municipal jurisdiction, in the old days they led separate lives.  However, the people out in the township at large depended heavily on the town for their supplies, and occasionally, employment.

This book takes you from the time of the first settler in about 1792 to about 1900.  It not only looks at the agricultural nature of the township, but it looks at the militia, the floods of the Ganaraska and the County Fairs of days gone by.

As one of the 'front' townships, if saw early settlement and early development due to its two ports - Port Hope and Port Britain.  Now in Second Edition.


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This book tells the story of the settlement, and subsequent development of Cartwright Township, one of the 'back' townships, and the last township in Old Durham to see permanent settlement.
Many previously un-published photographs.
Grow with the township from 1834 when George Hall built the first permanent dwelling house to about 1900.  Hear tales of the hardships endured making a home in the bush!  Learn  how the antics of the  'Cavan Blazers' at Cavan Township affected some of Cartwright's citizensLike all the early settlers across the province, there were some real characters among them

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Manvers Township was one of three 'bck' townships in the former Durham County.  As it was first seeing settlers in the mid-1810's, it was administerd by the township council of Cavan Township next door, until there were enough settlers to elect their own township council.
Pontypool was the last of the township's towns to be formed, the others included Bethany and Janetville.
From the time of the first settlers until sbout 1900, discover how the township developed.  Incuded in this book are militia listsNow in second edition

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Irish, Orange and Proud is the story of the building of Cavan Township.  Located north of Port Hope and south of Peterborough, Cavan saw emigration to the 'north country' as people travelled along the Rice Lake Road to seek their fortunes further north.  Some of these people stayed.  Some of these people were mentioned in Susannah Moodie's 'Roughing it in the Bush'.
From the first settler, John Deyell to about 1900, the development of the township is laid out in 12 chapter, and one chapter about the infamous Cavan Blazers!

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Durham County Companion
This seventh book in the series of township histories used to house the index for each volume plus numerous transcriptions of lists of names, as well as updates and corrections for each township. IF you have one of the original 'first edition' books and would like an index, please let me know and I'll send out  a copy free of charge (you pay the postage only)

The new version of the Durham County Companion still has all the lists that the old version had but has been updated and corrected where needed.

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MORE LOCAL HISTORY
Service in Three Centuries

This book is the work of three authors - Sher Leetooze, Roger Leetooze and John Johnson.  Written in 2008 as a project of the Sesquicentennial of Bowmanville, it tells the story of those citizens who had military service.
From the time of the Napoleonic Wars through to today's (2008) UN forces and Peacekeepers, those who have laid their lives on the line have been showcased.  There is even a portion of the book dedicated to the Nursing Sisters of WW1 as they helped to save lives at the front.

Anyone with connections to Bowmanville will be enriched by the stories within these pages.

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Bowmanville - 150 Stories for 150 Years

Written in 2008 by the  Committee for Bowmanville's sesquicentennial, this book is filled with memories of a bygone era.
Many photos have never been published before, and come from the Rehder Collection, now housed in the Bowmanville Museum.
The seniors of Bowmanville told their stories of life in this small town many years ago, and of people who were well known in their day.
If you have connections to Bowmanville, this will take a prized place on your bookshelf.

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FROM THE IMPORTANT FAMILIES SERIES
The Honourable John Simpson

Simpson came to Canada from Scotland with his family at the age of 2 years old, in 1815.  His father, John Simpson, was a shoemaker.  The family lived at Rothes Parish, Moray.
At that time the Canadian government and the British government developed an emgration plan and in 1815 four ships set out for Canada carrying Scottish settlers.  They were bound for Lanark Township near what is now Perth, Ontario.  The idea was that settlers in the area might deter Americans from using the newly created Rideau Canal system to invade Canada.
From these humble beginnings, John Simpson became a merchant, a banker and eventually one of Canada's first Senators when the papers of Confederation were signed in 1867.
An interesting tale of a family whose reach here in Canada far outshone their origins in Scotland.

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Stephen Washington

Yes, related to the 1st President of the United States, this early settler to  Darlington Township emigrated with his family from Westmorland, in northern England in 1829, when Stephen was 16 years of age.  Stephen Washington Sr., his wife Elizabeth Little and their nine children set sail for Canada on May 12, 1829.  Sstephen Sr's sister Elizabeth would join them a few years later after the death of her husband, George Hoggarth.

The Washington's and the Hoggarth's made up a considerable portion of the village of Solina in Darlington Township.

Most of the family were deeply involved in either the Methodist Church or local politics - each making great contributions to their community in their own way.

Stephen Washington Jr. and his wife, Jane Coleman raised 10 children in Darlington Township, and their house stands today as  a reminder of their having come this way.

A must read for anyone with roots in Darlington.   

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