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Re: Rev. William Troy
In Response To: Rev. William Troy ()
I'm currently on a business trip in Minnesota and won't be back home until next week, so I'm unable to do any lookups at the moment.
However, let me provide some information that might be useful to you. There's a wonderful resource book called "Blacks in Canada, 1861," by Barry Noonan in which he has extracted all the blacks from the 1861 Ontario, New Brunswick, and Quebec censi (Nova Scotia didn't ask for race in the 1861 census). I'll do a lookup next week to see if I can find Rev. Troy and his family. That will provide me with their ages, place of birth, religion, and the exact census page where I can refer you for more research.
Birth records in Ontario didn't start to be kept until 1869, but there are many church records available. The Salt Lake City Mormon library has all the printed indices but some are available online as well. In addition, Bill Martin's genealogy pages are a MUST for all Ontario researchers. Here's his URL: http://my.tbaytel.net/bmartin/earlyont.htm
The Ontario Cemetery Finding Aid (see URL below) has cemetery transcriptions that go back hundreds of years. It's free and searchable.
By the way, there was no 1850 Ontario census. They occured every ten years beginning in 1851. The 1871 Ontario census index is searchable online at the Canadian Archives http://www.archives.ca/02/02010803_e.html. Most blacks were designated as being of "African" origin, so you can limit your search using that. I just did a quick search of surname TROY of African origin and got no hits. I then tried it with no origin, but in Essex County (where Amherstburg is located) and still got no hits. Then I did a TROY search with all locations and got 23 hits, but none appear to be a match. You can also do a wildcard search to increase your chances.
Finally, the 1851 census has no online index, though several branches of the Ontario Genealogical Society (OGS) have begun to extract this info and publish them. They have a very impressive collection of publications that you can purchase, but if you're a member, you can email a request for a lookup. This is one branch of which I'm a member and I recommend you consider joining as well. Here's the URL for their publications: http://www.rootsweb.com/~onsxogs/ogspub.htm
They (Essex County branch of the oGS) have church records, marriage records, cemetery records, city directories, etc. I'm SURE you can find something of use there... I just wish they'd put some of the data online, but they need to make money to support their activities.
Since, sadly, the Essex County OGS has not published an index for the 1851 census, your only choice is to go through the census, page by page, county by county, which can be painful. And just because the Troys ended up in Amherstburg doesn't mean that's where they started. If you dont' find them in the Amherstburg 1851 census, they may have been in other nearby towns where many blacks settled, (Colchester, Chatham, Buxton, etc.). Good luck. I've done this type of search and my eyes STILL hurt :>).
I'll be in touch with you mid-week next week. All the best to you in your research. My family also lived in the Amherstburg area, but they had left by 1810 or so.
- Lisa B. Lee
: Rev. William Troy moved to Cincinnatti, Ohio in about 1848. He
: In about 1861 he wrote a book, "Hair-breadth Escapes from
: William had 4 children at that time. Fanny Ellen, Annie, Willie and
: William is in the 1880 census, living in Richmond, Virginia, so
: Does anyone know where I might start searching for birth records
: I'm also going to have to break down and spend some time in the
: Thanks for any help or ideas.
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