The Neighbourhood Messenger is an electronic newsletter distributed exclusively to members of the Adolphustown-Fredericksburgh Heritage Society. We suggest that you encourage anyone you think might be interested in receiving a copy of The Neighbourhood Messenger to join our Society. A lifetime membership costs $5, and in addition to ensured e-mail delivery of the current newsletters. Society membership entitles those interested in our local heritage to be kept informed of, and participate in, all aspects of Society activities. Anyone can become a member by sending a cheque for $5 made payable to the Adolphustown-Fredericksburgh Heritage Society, c/o Kathy Staples, 1105-828 Sutton Mills Court, Kingston, Ont., K7P 2S9.
Older issues of the Neighbourhood Messenger will be available on our website.
If you are not currently an AFHS member, please consider becoming one!
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Information on this Website
Cemetery records have been copied from the actual visible stones. In cases where the stone is too damaged, or worn, to decipher, previously recorded lists have been used for confirmation. In some cases, the stones have disappeared altogether, and this has been noted on the transcription entry. The majority of early settlers used wooden markers on the gravesites, which have long since disappeared, and therefore it is highly unlikely that any cemetery records will be found for those who died in the early part of the 1800’s or before. There are a large number of interments in all of these cemeteries that remain unknown or unnamed.
Newspaper Clippings are included here for interest. The “Watson Scrapbooks”, were from the family of John Joseph Watson (1816-1891) who spent his life in the first concession of Adolphustown Township. The books are filled with numerous birth, marriage and death announcements, as well as a number of articles regarding the Quinte area. The clippings have been copied as they appear, spelling mistakes and all :) The scrapbooks cover the years 1870 through 1920. The majority of clippings do not have a year mentioned, nor are they in any particular order in the original books. The dates have been included as they are available.
Birth, Marriage & Death Records are taken from church records, newspaper notices and various family records.
Family Photos are being added as they become available. If you have older family/area photos that you would like to pass on, please let us know. We also appreciate scanned copies of any identified photos that you may have.
Voters’ Lists are taken from original copies. Very few of the older lists remain. If we are able to locate any others, we will include them here.
If you would like to contribute information we are always on the lookout for original data. If you have any old newspaper clippings, voters lists, or other printed information that you think would be of interest, please let us know. We are also collecting old photos of buildings and families in the area (particularly before 1925). For those of you in the local area, we will gladly make copies, and return the originals to you. If from a distance, scanned copies are always appreciated.
For specific family information we suggest that you check the records on the site before you contact us. The search engine on the home page is a good starting point, and works best if you enter the surname only. Remember that various spellings do occur. For example, “Sills” may appear as “Sil”, “Sill”, or “Sils”. With the exception of any census records, all lists are in alphabetical order, so you may want to recheck the lists as you go through. We do not have birth/marriage/death certificates available, nor do we have complete genealogies on each family.
Please use the messages/guestbook for general family information, and to contact others who may be researching the same family. The guestbook is checked regularly, and if we have any further information that we think could be of help to you, we will pass it on.
For information on other areas of Lennox and Addington County you may also contact the Lennox and Addington County Museum in Napanee (check the Links Page).
Publications for Sale include books that the Heritage Society has produced.
A large amount of genealogy can be found in most of the publications, as well as great descriptions of the area.
Our Latest Books - The 2016 publication “Voices Volume 2 - Stories from Adolphustown and Fredericksburgh" is the latest of the books produced by the committee.
If you find any errors on the site please let us know. Please remember that names have been copied and spelled as they appear on the originals, and we have decided to leave them as they are. However, as careful as we try to be, there is the potential for mistakes, and we will double check anything that may be questionable.
The South Fredericksburgh Heritage Committee
Individuals interested in the history of the township met on a number of occasions commencing in the fall of 1987. No minutes were taken during these early meetings. A wide range of options was discussed. Persons such as Dorothy Duncan from the Ontario Historical Society and Jane Foster from Lennox and Addington County Museum and Archives offered suggestions as to the objectives to be considered.
By the fall of 1989 the South Fredericksburgh Heritage Committee was an affiliate of the Ontario Historical Society and registered as a Not-for-Profit Organization.
Fund raising activities included an auction sale and many pie socials. The Committee was fortunate to have also received financial assistance from the municipality. Later, the sale of various publications provided funds for the on-going projects.
To-date, the Committee has published fourteen booklets/books as well as currently compiling photographic archives of township houses. Lists of marriages, births, baptisms and the names of those buried in the township cemeteries have been compiled. Abandoned burial sites have been enhanced, often with the direct physical effort of Committee members. Many photographs have been taken of the house sites in the township and are on file. Since its formation, the Committee has provided historical information at numerous community events.
The Adolphustown-Fredericksburgh Heritage Society
In 2009, the South Fredericksburgh Heritage Committee was expanded to include the townships of Adolphustown and North Fredericksburgh, and the name was changed to the Adolphustown-Fredericksburgh Heritage Society.
Meetings are held the 4th Wednesday of each month at the South Fredericksburgh Community Centre.
Everyone is welcome to attend.