This site was created in March 2000 with the hope of expanding our family research. In the process, we began transcribing available Port Hope and Hope Township historical resources. We hope you find something of value in the 183 pages.
In 2017, we were honoured to have the Ontario Genealogical Society (OGS) approach us to partner with them, ensuring our free future online presence. To visit their website, click the OGS logo.
Barbara Kyle & Peter Bolton
- 16 March 2023: The addition of Maude Bowman to the 'Nursing Sisters' page
- 13 March 2023: Latest version of George Sweanor's Military Contributions of a Small Town
- 13 March 2023: The addition of Thomas Leroy Chambers and Sydney Arthur Martin to the 'Lost Soldiers of WWI' page
- 11 March 2023: 2000-2002 death index (to 31 December 2002: 678 entries)
- 20 February 2023: The addition of Archibald James Mearns to the 'Lost Soldiers of WWI' page
I am hoping someone might lead me to the whereabouts of the Canada General Service Medal (hover over the sample on the right to enlarge) received by my great-grandfather,
Henry Skitch, a bugler with the 46th East Durham Battalion in the 1866 Fenian raids. His name is inscribed on the medal's rim. A long shot, but if I don't try...!
The first section below gives the lineages of our family, while the second is there for you to help discover and share information about members of your ancestors who may have lived in the area.
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We are hoping that relatives will browse through these family pages, recognize a connection, and get in touch!
- Bolton, Gray, Powell, Thomas (Buckinghamshire/Middlesex)
- Skitch, Peardon, Bailey, Harris (Cornwall/Devon)
- Nicholas (Yorkshire)
- Holloway (England)
- Kyle, Carse, Oliver, White (Northumberland, England)
- Currie (Argyll, Scotland)
- Monaghan, Mills, Beatty, McCleary, Campbell (Ireland)
- Frederick, Rush (Loyalists from New Jersey)
- Greenleaf (Bergen Co., New Jersey)
- Marshall, O'Connell (Quebec)
Feel free to list the local surname(s) you are researching.
Local family histories we have received. If you would like yours added, please remove any living relatives from the file (privacy concerns).
Port Hope and Hope Township resource materials
This section provides links to information about Port Hope and Hope Township. Before manually exploring the various sections, try using the following tools.
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This link provides you with a categorized index of all of the webpages on this site.
The following census (and related) materials are available for online searching:
- Crown Deeds of Hope Township
- Elias Smith's 1799 Hope Township report
- Augustus Jones' 1799 Hope Township report
- 1801-1806 Port Hope/Hope Township Oaths of Allegiance
- 1802-1807, 1842-1847 Hope Township tax assessment rolls
- 1803-1841, 1850 Hope Township census indexes
- 1847, 1913 Port Hope assessment rolls
- 1851-1921 Port Hope/Hope Township census returns
- 1856, 1857/'58 business directories
- 1890, 1891 financial reports of the Methodist Church, Canton Circuit
- c1898, 1900 Port Hope Bell Telephone directories
- 1920 Hope Township voters list
- 2008 Port Hope/Hope Township assessment rolls
An index of 34,656 local births, marriages, and deaths, as reported in the 1832-2002 Port Hope newspapers.
152 Port Hope/Hope Township marriages (1804-1854) from Reid's Marriage Notices of Ontario, Wilson's Ontario Marriage Notices, and Marriage Bonds in Ontario.
133 baptisms (1854-1884) from Our Lady of Mercy Roman Catholic Church (Port Hope) registers
The entire BMD (1853-1920) image set for the Church online has not been indexed, so you will need to go through them page by page. You will need to open a free account with the LDS, at which point the above link will work.
148 baptisms (1875-1914) from the Garden Hill Presbyterian Church register
Port Hope/Hope Township extractions from Trent University Archive's extensive collection (#83-016), beginning with this listing of 273 births (1869-1872) from the United Counties of Northumberland and Durham Vital Statistics fonds and transcribed through the kindness of Archivist Bernadine Dodge.
238 Port Hope/Hope Twp. marriages (1869-1872) from the United Counties of Northumberland and Durham Vital Statistics fonds (#83-016). Included are several recently-discovered marriage entries in the 1825-1848 range.
Extracts from the United Counties of Northumberland and Durham Vital Statistics Additions fonds - 1838-1855 (#84-004): baptismal records; marriage lists; and burial lists. The transcription maintains the original spelling - except where known errors have been corrected - so it would be advisable to manually check the database, in addition to using the search engine.
260 Port Hope/Hope Township inquests from the United Counties of Northumberland and Durham Court Records fonds - 1832-1914 (#84-020). This transcription also maintains the original spelling, so you should manually search the database.
Examples of the inquest procedure are shown for Robert Best, who died of exposure in the northern section of Hope Township in 1867, and for James McCabe, a Kingston Penitentiary escapee, shot in Port Hope by Constable William Rankin in 1883.
Vital statistics from local family Bibles
CemSearch—an online database of 442,000+ interments. Information is also provided about local cemeteries.
142 death/funeral notices from 1861-1916
Local funeral home records dating from 1864
Elizabeth Hancocks, of Generation Press, has given permission to list the Port Hope/Hope Township probate entries from Surrogate Court Index of Ontario (1859-1900) Volume 4, Northumberland and Durham Counties.
1,400+ probates (1821-1997) of area residents
WWII veteran and author, George Sweanor's Military Contributions of a Small Town, honouring over 2,200 Port Hope veterans who served in our nation's conflicts
Conflicts prior to the two world wars
1st Regiment of the Durham Militia (15 Dec 1837)
1st-6th Durham Battalions of the Militia of Canada (1847)
1st Battalion of the Durham Regiment of Militia (1856)
The Prince of Wales' Canadian Dragoons (c1857), an article by Neil Dukas
Royal Hospital Chelsea out-pensioners in the Toronto District (1859)
Port Hope Light Infantry Volunteer Company (01 May 1866)
Photograph of the 46th Battalion band at the Commons, southeast of the viaduct (1869)
Photograph of the Fenian Raid veterans of the 46th Battalion of Port Hope (c1870)
With the Midland Battn. during the North West Rebellion of 1885—William E. Young's personal diary
From the 15 Nov 1935 Evening Guide, featuring a reprint of the 1915 Fenian Raid veterans' banquet
World War I
Officers of the 136th Durham Overseas Battalion (15 May 1916)
Decisions of the Appeal Tribunal in Port Hope and Hope Township cases (25 Jan 1918)
Hope Township WWI soldiers (24 Dec 1918)
Book of Remembrance: Local Participants in the Great War (1914-1918) This transcription of the original book includes photographs on permanent display at the Town Hall.
134 letters written at the WWI front and published in the local newspaper. Many of these letters are included in the Port Hope Archives' 2007 reprint of the Book of Remembrance.
Library and Archives Canada's digitization of 620,000+ Canadian Expeditionary Force WWI personnel service files
Library and Archives Canada's digitization of the images from the Circumstances of Death Registers for World War I soldiers. The records for Sims-Z have not survived.
World War II and the Korean War
Biographies and/or photos of the WWII and Korean War soldiers whose names are inscribed on the Port Hope Cenotaph
Service Files of the Second World War - War Dead, 1939-1947 at Library and Archives Canada
Photos of some of Port Hope's WWII veterans, published in the Evening Guide's 11 May 1945 issue
Tax assessment rolls provide a property's physical address, description, and year of building construction. With this information, one can research the history of a property using the land registry books (Crown grants to 1955) and deeds (1867-1955), housed at the Port Hope Archives.
Letters, diaries, and logs dating from 1819, penned by residents of the Port Hope area, including the 1890 log of Sylvan Glen Camp
Port Hope hotels and their owners/operators over the years
Early Council: the Chief Magistrates/Mayors of Port Hope from 1834 to the present day (a work in progress)
By-Laws of the newly-formed Board of Police (1834)
Port Hope's daguerreotypists, ambrotypists, and photographers in the 1850s-1940s (a useful aid for identifying ancestral studio portraits)
Port Hope harbour, as shown in an 1854 plan for the proposed Grand Trunk Railway, with links to an 1831 letter to the editor about the harbour conditions, and the 1846 projected harbour plans
Louis Bertolotto of 1830s London, England, flea circus fame, buried in Port Hope's Union Cemetery
495 local emigrants, mostly to the United States (1889)
Port Hope Fire Brigade members (1891), with some history of the Brigade
Portions of the Port Hope Model High School Register (1891-'92) and the complete Training Register (1884-1904) for those in teacher training. There's also a link to a report card from 1880.
Hope Township School Section student Registers (1892, 1893, 1896, 1897)
Port Hope High School Commencement Exercises (15 Dec 1899), held at the Opera House
Souvenir booklet produced for the 1901 Port Hope Old Boys Reunion, with thanks to Kit Kennard and the Port Hope Archives
The Durham Lodge, No. 78, IOOF annual report, year ending 31 Dec 1907
Nine community plays, performed by Port Hope citizens (1908-1933)
Local I.O.O.F. Decoration Day services (1918, 1921, 1923, 1926, and 1939)
A March 2000 inquiry into the frequency of the number 13 in Port Hope house addresses by noted Canadian medical author, Robert E. Popham. Click here to read a 13 October 2000 Evening Guide article about the investigation.
The Port Hope Archives is located in the refurbished former County Registry Office at the foot of Walton Street.
The Port Hope Public Library has a number of resources, including microfilms of the available newspapers. The Ancestry (Library Edition) programme can also be accessed at the library.
An extensive collection of photos and information gathered by the late local historian, Cal Clayton.
Sites, including the Upper Canada Land Petitions, that we have found useful for research.
If you are looking for information beyond what we have on this site, you might try the sources listed above. Happy searching!
Barbara Kyle & Peter Bolton, UE
Port Hope, Ontario, Canada
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Dedicated to the memory of my grandfather, Captain Lawrence Robb Batchelor, 17th Duke of York’s Canadian Hussars, who courageously fought at and survived the battles of the Somme, Vimy Ridge, and Passchendaele. Did he spend a few moments with some of the Port Hope boys before engaging in one of those battles? I would like to think so.
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