Birth, marriage, and death indices for Port Hope and Hope Township
(1832-1992)

Sarah Griffiths (d1832) In 2000, then-Chief Librarian Patricia Enright suggested that Barbara and I index the birth, death, and marriage notices reported in the microfilmed Port Hope newspapers. With the help of Barbara Trumper and Shirley Horner, we completed all known issues to 1927. Not all entries were recorded: only those pertaining to Port Hope/Hope Township families.

In 2011, Walt Sammis of Florida located issues for 1928-1954, long believed to have been lost to fire and/or flood, which were acquired through the efforts of Sun Media's Darlene Robertson and microfilmed with the financial aid of Cameco Corporation. They were indexed over four months, with the added help of Bill Hubbs and Allan Mackenzie. As the transcriptions were done by six people, the amount of material varies. Where there are both weekly and daily issues, the former were indexed, as the material in the dailies was usually repeated in the weeklies.

Sadly the Evening Guide ceased publication on 13 February 2009, and we are endeavouring to index the remaining issues to that date.

The Library staff prepared a comprehensive finder's index to the complete collection.


1832-1899 (3,894 entries)

These entries generally contain a considerable amount of information, including cross-referencing with the cemetery database (CemSearch) and Ancestry.ca.


1900-1930 (8,722 entries)
Note There are only a few issues for 1927.


1931-1982 (18,299 entries)
Note The birth index (5,873) has been taken offline due to concerns about the potential for identity theft. Should you be interested in a search of those years, we'll be pleased to do so.
The existing sixteen issues for 1941 have been indexed, but not yet microfilmed. Missing are issues for Jul-Dec 1950 and May-August 1964. As many of the entries are for weekly issues, accurate dates were often difficult to ascertain (eg. "Married Tuesday last...").


1983-1993 (2,242 death entries)
Note We are recording death entries only form this point for privacy issues, and only those that indicate local people. The descendents, where listed, only include those in the area at the time. There may have been six offspring, but only the area one(s) will be shown.


1994 (39 death entries to end of February)


A number of original issues (1877-1927: 18 entries), housed at the Port Hope Archives.

The following seven entries were transcribed in full from issues housed at the Port Hope Archives, which, due to their fragility, are not accessible to the public.

Port Hope Watchman - 11 July 1850 (3/1):

  • Birth of a daughter to Nathaniel Bate on 09 Jul 1850 at Port Hope.
  • Death of Alice Annette (15 months, 10 days), only daughter of James Grant of Port Hope, at Beloit, Wisconsin, on 10 Jun 1850.
Port Hope Watchman - 11 July 1851 (2/6):
  • Birth of a daughter to James Grant at Port Hope on 05 Jul 1851.
  • Birth of a son to M.F. Whitehead on 09 Jul 1851.
  • Marriage of Rev. H.E. Plees, Missionary in the Eastern District, and Catherine, 2nd daughter of Morgan Jellet of Cobourg, at Port Hope on 25 Jun 1851 by Rev. Jonathan Shortt.
  • Death of Edward Warren Powers. The obituary reads:
         "Died, At the residence of his father, in the Township of Hope, on the 7th instant, after a long and painful illness to which he submitted with singular patience and fortitude Edward Warren, eldest son of Samuel S. Powers, Esq., aged 21 years. The early death of this amiable and promising young man, is deeply regretted by a very large circle of relatives and friends. His manners were gentle, winning and unassuming; and his intellect was such as led those who were intimately acquainted with him, to predict that his future career would be one of usefulness and honour. But the angel of death stood over him and he withered, like a flower that is cut down at noonday. He was perfectly conscious for several weeks that his end was approaching, but he was not afraid to die. He departed in the unshaken belief that "this mortal shall put on immortality," and met the icy gaze of the pale King of Terrors with the calm and sublime triumph of a chritian. The lines underneath were handed to him a few hours before he expired, and which he perused with great pleasure. Tiddy, in the concluding stanza, was the pet name of a beautiful and interesting little sister of his that died about twelve years ago."

    TO EDWARD
    Above this world of care,
    Of anguish and despair,
    Above earth's night of sorrow,
    Above the loftiest star,
    Heaven's shining mansions are,
    And an immortal morrow!
    There no sad mourners weep,
    No looks turn hoary,
    And brows forever keep
    Their gladness and their glory.
    There little Tiddy stands
    Eager to meet you,
    And lifts her angel hands
    To clasp and greet you!
    T.C.W.
Port Hope Times - 06 Sep 1876 (5/4):
  • Death of Frederick Jacobs (10 months), youngest son of T. Hewson, at Port Hope on 04 Sep 1876 (of whooping cough).

Peter and Barbara Bolton - Port Hope, Ontario
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