Join Linda Corupe, U.E., as she presents "The Hard Road Ahead - Addington Colonization Road" on February 1st from 2:00 - 3:00pm.

Among the first of more than 400 colonization routes built in the mid to late 19th century, the Addington Road played a vital role in drawing new settlers to the once pristine wilderness of central and northern Ontario. Surveyed by Provincial Land Surveyor Aylesworth Bowen Perry and administered by his brother Ebenezer, the road stretched from the Clare River in Sheffield Township to the Peterson Road in Brudenell Township, a distance of 73 miles. Free lots were given along most of its length to qualified settlers, who were obligated to build a home and clear and cultivate 12 acres of land over the course of four years. It was a hard life, with crop failures, frequent fires, and other hardships. Inadequate drainage along the length of the road resulted in frequent washouts, and log jams in the spring could easily take out vital bridges. Many settlers gave up and left, but of those that did remain, communities were formed, and the land was opened up.  

This presentation will make use of documents and reports from various sources, including government agencies and the Perrys themselves, to explore this difficult but exciting time in our province's history.

The cost is $3 per person and pre-registration is not required.

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About the Presenter: 

Linda Corupe, U.E., has authored over 50 books on genealogy and history over the past 40 years. The descendant of a United Empire Loyalist from the Napanee, Ontario area, her early forays into publishing covered vital statistics and census, mainly of the Bay of Quinte region.  Over the last few years, however, she has expanded her focus to include all of early Upper Canada.  Notable among her books is the series of annotated transcriptions of the records of the Assize Courts of the Province, currently spanning the years 1792 to 1829, as well as the complete records of the First Heir and Devisee Commissions of Upper Canada, 1797 to 1804.  Her current project involves transcribing bastardy affidavits from early Ontario.  The first volume, those of the Newcastle District and of Northumberland & Durham Counties have now been completed.

Linda earned her B.A. from McMaster University and is a member of both the Ontario Genealogical Society and the United Empire Loyalist Association of Canada.  She is on the Archives of Ontario recommended researchers list, providing personalized services for clients, and is very experienced in helping to secure the proofs needed for United Empire Loyalist certificates.