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   Township of Burford

The township of Burford is situated in the north west part of the County. The first conveyance of land in this township which was registered, was a mortgage from one Rolph Church to George Forsythe and John Symington, dated November 8, 1798, and recorded November 19, 1800, on lot number three, in the first concession, and lots seventeen, eighteen, nineteen and twenty in the third concession. The first patent of lands was granted January 9 1798, being on lot 21, in the twelfth concession and lot sixteen, in the fourteenth concession, and various other lots.

Burford was originally surveyed in the early part of 1798, part by the late Deputy Surveyor, Stegman, and part by the late Deputy Surveyor, A Jones. The settlement of Burford began at an early day,  under the superintendence of the late Thomas Hornor, Esq., along the south side of Dundas street, in the first concession, and in the sixth and seventh concessions in the east part of the township.

Burford is the most westerly township in the County of Brant, and is bounded on the north by Dundas Street., (commonly known as Governors Road), on the west by the township of Oxford, on the south by the township of Windham;  on the east by the townships of Brantford and Oakland. The principal roads are the old London Road, leading to the township direct from Brantford to Oxford, a little north of the center of the township; one branch of which leads south-westerly to Norwich from a point a little east of the centre of the township; the other branch leads from about number nineteen northerly to Woodstock. Honor's Creek enters Burford from the north, near the west quarter of the township, runs southerly through the first, second, third, fourth, and fifth concessions; it then turns easterly and leaves Burford near the line between the fifth and sixth concessions, but in the fifth concession, and enters the township of Brantford. There are numerous mill privileges along the route of this creek. A creek known as Big Creek rises in Oxford, and enters Burford at the south west quarter of the west line of the township, and after running diagonally across that part of the township in a south-easterly direction, it passes into Windham, at about the southwest quarter of the south line. There are some valuable mill privileges on this creek. There are other smaller streams in various parts of the township, which are tributaries to the principal streams.

The concessions number from the north, and the lots number from the east. The east part of the township, from the front of the sixth concession is plains land, of a good quality of sandy soil, embracing, perhaps, nearly a fourth-part of the township; the rest of the township is timbered land, and in some parts well supplied with pine lumber. The soil of the timbered lands is a rich sandy loam, and capable of a high state of cultivation. The township is now pretty well settled with industrious and respectable inhabitants.

The villages of Claremont, Burford and Sydenham are situated, the old London Road, and the village of New Durham is on the Norwich Branch of the said road.

Post offices- Burford, Cathcart, Harley, Kelvin, and New Durham. 
In 1817 the population numbered 550; in 1841, about 2000, and in 1852, the number had increased to 4,133. In 1866, the number of acres assessed was 66,654, valued at $ 1,333,052.

RETURNS OF AGRICULTURAL PRODUCE, LANDS HELD,  OCCUPIERS OF LAND 
FOR THE TOWNSHIP OF BURFORD, 1861.

Total occupiers of land, 332; occupiers  of ten acres and under, 4; occupiers  of ten to twenty acres, 5; occupiers  of twenty to fifty acres, 162; occupiers of fifty to one hundred acres, 231; occupiers of one hundred to two hundred acres, 102; occupiers of upwards of two hundred acres 28, amount held in acres, 52,203; acres under cultivation, 30,372; acres under crops 22,514; acres under pasture, 7,284; acres under gardens and orchards, 574; wood and wild lands, 21,831; cash value of farms $ 1,610,060; cash value of farming implements, $ 55,187; produce of gardens and orchards, $ 10,058; quantity of land held by townspeople not being farmers, 1,343 acres; acres of fall wheat, 90,008; acres of spring wheat, 2,450; bushels of spring wheat, 32,394; acres of barley, 636; bushels of barley, 14,420; acres of rye, 102; bushels of rye, 981; acres of pease, 2,250; bushels of pease, 96, 937; acres of oats, 2,220; bushels of oats, 62,508; acres of buckwheat, 437; bushels of buckwheat, 8,089; acres of Indian Corn, 502; bushels of Indian, 12,510 ;acres of potatoes, 574; bushels of potatoes, 65,977; acres of turnips, 288 ;bushels of turnips, 82, 963 ;bushels of carrots, 20, 380; acres of mangel wurtzel, 11; bushes of mangel wurtzel,, 3,450; bushel of beans, 142; bushels of clover, timothy and other grass seeds, 575 ;tons of hay, 4,612; maple sugar, 599, 470 pounds; cider, 17, 441 gallons; wool, 18, 022 pounds; fulled cloth, 7,489 yards; flax and hemp, 290 pounds; bulls, oxen and sheep, 242; milch cows 1, 916; calves and heifers, 1,557; horses over three years old, 1,411; value of same $ 93,668; colts and fillies, 405; sheep, 5,966; pigs, 3,368; total value of livestock, $ 160,102; butter, 123,095 pounds; cheese, 24,435 pounds; beef in barrels of 200 pounds, 132; pork in barrels of 200 pounds, 1,348; carriages kept for pleasure, 418; value of same $ 23,747; carriages kept for hire, 22; Population 5,600

CENSUS OF 1868 - horses 2,114, hogs, 2,947; sheep 13,352; cattle, 4,731; total value of real and personal property and income $ 1,344,407; number of acres, 65,096; occupiers of land, 1,234; number of acres cleared, 37,296. Population, 5,020.

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                          Part 3 Burford Township  

  Concession, Lot,  Freeholder/ Tenant
Joseph Abell 3, 23, f
Wm Abrey 2, 20, f
David Adair 13, 6, f
Mark Adams Tanner, 10, 22, h
Oliver Adams Tanner 9 , 21, f
Wm Aikins 10, 12, f
Wm Aikins 10, 24, f
Adam Akins 10, 13, f
Edward Akins 10, s half 12, f
Wm Allan 3, 1, h
Angeline Allen 8, 21, f
Chas E Allen Carpenter  10, 22, f
Chas H Allen f
Geo S Allen  9, 20, f 
Jas O Allen 8, 21, f
Josiah Allen 10, 20 , f
W R Allen 10, 20, h
David Almas 14, e half 13, f
Geo Alvidge 2, 4, h
Robert Alward 14, 17, f
W Anderson Saw mill, 14, 10, f
Mrs Anderson 1, 24
Thos Anson 7, 18
Geo Armour 11, 13, h
John St Clair Armour 14, 13, f
Adam Armstrong 5, 23, f
Adam Armstrong 5, 22, h
Mary Armstrong f
Joseph Arnold 12, n half 11, f
Geo Aulesbrook 7, 17, h
John Aulesbrook 4, 4, f
Geo Avery 8, 22, h
Silas Avery 4, 11, f
Israel Axford 11, 13, f
Mrs. Ayers 7, 12
Harrison Bailey 2,6,f
James Bailey 2, 6, f
Wm Bailey 2, 8, f
Jas Alfred Bailey 2, 1, h
James Baldwin  
John Ballard 5, 4, f
John Bannister 8, 10, f
John Baker 1, 22, h
Samuel Baker 2, 2, f
Thomas B G Bastedo 2, 13, f
Geo Bates 11, 22, h
John Bates 14, 17, f
John A Bawtinheimer 6, 2, h
Christiopher S Beamer 3, f
David Beamer 1, 9 , h
David S Beamer 1, 20, f
D L Beamer 1, 20, h
Geo Beamer 1, 20, f
Henry Ryan Beamer 1, 9, f
Jacob Beamer 1., 9, f
Rolland Beattie 4, s pt n 1/2 13, h
Jas Beckham 13, 20
John A Beckham 13, 20, f
Jesse Belyed 6, 6, h
Richard Bendin 3, 11, h
Josiah Bennett 9, 13, f
Josiah Bennett 7, 13, h
Wm Bennett 9, 15, h
James Berry 1, 1, f
John Berry 6, 14, f
Ann Bezzo 13, 1, f
Wm Biggar Mt Pleasant P O   10, 10, f


Jacob Bingham 6, 1, f
Jacob Bingham 6, 1, h
Wm Blair 3, 11, h
Charles Blewitt 2, 17, f
Charles Blewitt 2, 17, h
Ezra Bonham 8, 8, h
John Bonham 9, 2, f
John Bonham 10, 16
John Bonney 7, 8, f
Wm Bonney 3, 10, f
Henry L Boss 1, 13, h
Henry Bothwell 10, 12, h
Abm Bowman 14, 4, h
Elias Bowman 12, 13, f
Ephraim Bowman 12, 12 h
George Bowman f
Harvey Bowman 13 s 1/2 10, f
Isaac Bowman 14, 4, h
Jas A Bowman 13, 9, f
John Bowman f
John Bowman 14, 4, f
John S Bowman 12, 13, f
Nelson Bowman 12, 13, h
Peter Bowman 13, 12, f
Solomon S Bowman 12, 14, f
Wm Bowman f
Joseph Boyd 9, 17, f
M Brady 14, 12 f
Joseph Bradley 13, 9, h
John Bradt  14, 19
Hardy Brabbs 14,  5, f
John Brinn 9, 17, f
Thomas Brooks 3, 10, f
Wm Brooks 4, 11, f
Frederick Brown 8, 10, f
John Brown 6, 12, f
John J Brown 8, 10 h
Wm Brown 14, 1, f
Wm Brown 1, 17, f
W Geo Brown 4, 5, h
Wm Bryary 6, 1, f
John Buchannan 1, 5, h
Daniel Buckbrough f
D Buckborough 11, 3, f
Levi Bugbee 3, h
Julliette Burch 13, 13, f
Stephen Burch 13, 10, f
Robert Burn 11, 23, h
Denton E Burns 2, 18, h
Dowie D Burns 3, 15, h
James Burns 3, 18, f
Robert Burns 3, 18, h
Townsend Burtis 12, 21
Jos Butler 5, 22, h
Robert Burton 10, 6, f
Robert Burton 11, s 1/4 7, f
Claudius Byrne Jr 6, 3, h
Claudius Byrne Rev 5, 3, f
Jas Cain 1, 19, f
Michael Cain 1, 5, h
Wm Cameron 9, 22, f
Thomas R Campbell 6, 1, f
Ziba Campfield 14, 13, f
John Carder 7, 22, f
Robert Cardwell 6, 4, h
James Carnes  Jr 10, 8, f
Geo A Carpenter 14, 12, f
George Carroll 2, 3, f
Jacob P Carter 10, 9, f
Joseph Carter 6, 1, f
Robert R Carter 9, 7, h
Samuel Carter 6, 13, f
Aaron Casner 8, 24,h
Wm Casner 9, 24, f
Edward Cassady 2, 1, f
George Catton 7, 4, h
John Catton P M  6, 5, f
Robert Cavin 6, 6
Samuel Cawley 5 ,24 ,f
Charles Chamberlain M D  14, 16 , f
George Chambers 2, 19, h
Silas Chambers 14, 22 ,h
John Chant 5, 17, f
Wm Chapin 14, 20, f
George Chapman 14, 13 , f
John Charles 9, 24, f
John M Charles 3, 15, f
Watts Charles 6, 4, f


Thomas T Chave 5, 13, f
John Chisholm 3, 4, f
Hugh Chisnell 6, 2, h
Margaret Choat 5, 17
Rev Philip Church 2, 4, f
Rev Seth Church 1, 4, h
Charles Henry  Clark 14, 8, h
Hugh Clark 8, 3, f
John Clayton 5, 17, f
Edward Cleark 5, 6, f
George Cleark 2, 6, f
Samuel Cleark 2, 4, f
John Clement 7, 20, f
William Clement Jr 7, 20, f
Eliza Clements 10, 22 f
James Clements 9, 6, h
Margaret Clements f
Sarah Clements f
W Clements Sr 10, 14, f
W T Cleverdon 9,  4, f
William Cline 10, 24, h
Charles Nelson Clubb 1, 15, f
John Cochran Jr 3, 17, h
John Cochran Sr 3, 17, f
Timothey Cockley 7, 16, f
Henry Colclough 7, 13, h
Hamilton Cole 14, 20, f
John Collins 7, 4, h
Burnet Conklin 9, 12, h
Geo R Coon Jr 11, 15, h
Geo R Coon Sr. 11, 16, f
Stephen Coon 10, 16, f
Wm S Coon 9, 18, f
Henry C Cope 4, 9, f
Jonathan Cornell 14, 18, f
Samuel Cornell 14, 18, f
John Coslin 6, 24, f
John Costin 6, 24, f
John Costin 6, 19, h
Thomas Cowan n r h
Henry Cox 6, 3, h
Henry Crabb 14, 7, f
Charles Crane 13, 15, h
Jas B Crane f
Margaret Cred 6, 1
Wm Creighton 7, 23, h
John Crittenden  2, 4, f
Rev Joseph Crocker 14, 13, h
Smith Cronkhite 7, 13
Austin Cronkwright 14, 17, f
Henry Cronkwright 14, 17, f
Adam Croyer 2, 9, h
Wm Crozier Sr. 2, 3, f
Alpheus Crysler 6, 10, h
Dr Crysler 6, 3, h
James Crysler 7, 14, f
Thomas Cullen 6, 5, h
George Daniels 6, 3, f
Lawrence Daniels 5, 2, f
Wm Daniels 6, 3, f
Thomas Darnley 4, 2, h
Dr. Darragh 7, 3, h
Daniel Davis 3, 16, f
Evan Davis 1, 15, f
John Davis 1, 5, h
Charles Day 3, 2, f
Ira Day 7, 4, f
John Denby 9, lot 1 & 2, 12
John Denby 10, 15, f
Joseph Denby 13, 14, f
Joseph Denby 9, 13
Fredk Dewitt 5, 9, h
John Dickie M D 6, 4, f
Jacob Donn 9, 16, f
Delphea Doran 5, 17, f
Pat Doran Jr. 10, 24, h
Pat Doran Sr. 10, 16, f
Peter Doran 4, 16, f
Wm. Doran 6, 14, f
Alex Douglas Brantford P O , 6 ,f
David Douglass 9, 24, f
James Douglass 10, 24, f
John Douglass 9, 24, f
Wm A Douglass 6, 1, f
John Doran Cathcart P O ; f
Jas Doyle 7, 19, h
Wm Dunbar 14, 13, h
Danl Dunn 7, 12, h
John Dunn 12, 4, h
Levi N Dutcher 9, 5, f
Ephraim Dutcher 9, 5, f


Henry  R Dutcher 9, 5, f
Thos H Dutcher 4, 21, f
Thomas Jared Dutcher 6, 1, f
James Eakins 2, 10, f
Solon Eakins 1, 10, h
Joseph Ealand 2, 14, f
Elam Eaton 2, 6, f
Charles Eaton 1, 6, f
Richard Eaton 2, 6, f
Adbul Eddy 12, 1, f
Constant Eddy 12, 1 f
John Eddy 13, 4, h
Joseph Eddy 12. 1. h
John Elkington 4, 5, h
Matthias Elliott f
Matthias Elliott 10, 11, f
William B Elliott 11, 3, f
James Entwisle 12, 20, f
James Entwisle 12, 21
Richard Epps 9,13
George Exelby 14, 20, f
John Exelby 14, 20 , f
Joseph Exelby 14, 21, f
Mathew Exelby 14, 20, f
William Exelby 14, 21, f
Ralph Falconer 11, 18, h
Thomas Farlow 3, 2
Daniel Farrell 12, 15, f
William Farrell 3, 9, h
Adam Farrington 4, 20, f
Robert Fawcett 1, 18, f
John Fidlin 11, 16, f
William Fidlin f
John Findley 7, 1, h
John Fish Jr. 4, 20, h
John Fish Sr. 4, 20, f
Charles Flanagan 3, 1, f
John Flanagan 13, 1, f
George Flewelling 5, 18, f
Gilbert Flewelling  6, 5, f
Isaac Flewelling 5, 18, f
Sam B Flewelling 7, 4, f
Thomas B Flewelling 7, 4, f
Paul Flock 12, 3, f
Jacob Fonger 6, 11, f
Wm Fonger 5, 11, h
Henry Force 10, 23, f
Henry H Force 3, 13, f
James Force 3, 12, f
James Force 9, 22, f
James Force 9, 21
Noah Froce 3, 13, f
Vanransaler Force 9, 22, f
William Force 6, 13, f
William Force Sr. 3, 11, f
William Force Jr. 4, 12, f
Cornelius Forman 14, 12, f
William Forman 8, 19, h
Alonzo Foster Township Clerk 13, 2, f
Fleming H Fountain 6, 8, f
Caleb Fowler 6,5, f
Charles H Fowler 7, 11 , h
David Fowler 6, 12, f
George H Fowler 8, 3, f
Harvey Fowler 7, 10, h
Hiram G Fowler 6, 4, h
John Fowler M D 7, 4, f
Melzar Fowler 3, 3, f
Nathan B Fowler 7, 10, f
Phoebe Fowler 7 cr 5
Stephen S Fowler 6, 4, f
William H Fowler 7, 4, h
William H Fowler 7, 4, h
Peter Fox 4, 17, h
Thomas Fox 4, 4, h
I Frazer 1, 19, f
Havalier Fredenburgh 1, 20, f
Danl. A Freeland 14, 4, f
John Freeland 14, 4, f
Manuel Freeman 2, 10, f
Benji French 4, 19, h
Charles Gage 9, 3, f
Russell O Gage 12, 4, f
Russell D Gage 12, 4, f
Samuel Gamage 8, 5, h
John Geddy 10, 9, f
Jas G Ghant 12, 22, f
W B Ghant 12, 23, f
Richard Gibbard 6, 3, f

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