Vital statistics, Collector Rolls, and Bylaws were digitized in August 2009
24.5 m of textual material
History / Biography
The Township of McNab, Renfrew County, Ontario, was incorporated effective January 1, 1850 under the terms of the Baldwin Act, Chapter 81, Canada Statutes, 1849. This act provided for the creation of municipal governments at the town, village and township levels and identified those which would automatically be granted municipal status when the act came into effect, January 1, 1850. The township of McNab was surveyed and named McNab in 1824; the area covered approx. 64,000 acres. The first group of settlers arrived from Scotland to the township in 1825. Between 1840 and 1844, cultivated acreage in the township rose by 65%. Before the first McNab township hall was erected, the town council met in the house of Daniel McIntyre (an early Stewartville resident). Later, the council met in Stewartville’s township hall. Allan Stewart donated land for the township hall in 1850.
Under the provisions of Bill 26, the Savings and Restructuring act, 1996, McNab Township was amalgamated with Braeside village to form the new Township of McNab/Braeside effective January 1, 1998. The Village of Braeside was part of the Township of McNab until its incorporation in 1921.
The records were transferred from the basement storage room of the McNab Township office in 1993 and 1999. In 2008, Mrs. Nancy Argue donated 1877 Collector's Roll (Accession 2008-0234).
Scope and Content
The collection is arranged into three series:
I: McNab Township
II: Village of Braeside
III: Township of McNab/Braeside
Each series consists of sub-series relating to the administration of the township or village.
McNab Township Series 1
Bylaws and Minutes Sub-Series 1.1
The minutes of McNab Township date between 1850 and 1978. Along with the bylaws, they reveal in detail how the township developed and was governed for over 100 years.
Bylaws from 1846 to 1952 are described separately and have been digitized. See McNab Township Bylaws Sub-Series and Item Level descriptions.
For textual records relating to McNab Township Bylaws see also Township of McNab Sub-series: Administrative Files, Box 1 .
For records relating to the township before this period, researchers must enquire at the Archives of Ontario and the National Archives of Canada.
Assessment, Collection and Non-resident Sub-Series 1.2
Assesment, Collection and Non-resident rolls list the household heads residing on each property and their addresses, form of tenure, and other relevant information relating to the value of property within the township. Please note that due to the fragile condition of some of these records, all rolls that pre-date 1900 are CLOSED. However, the digitized copy of the Collector's Rolls are available for viewing.
Assessment Roll 1906 - 1917 B1
Assessment Roll 1918 - 1935 B2
Assessment Roll 1936 - 1948 B3
Assessment Roll 1949 - 1957 B4
Assessment Roll 1958 - 1961 B5
Notes: 1924, 1925 rolls missing, 1937/38 = 1 volume, 1959/60 = 1 volume, two copies of 1943, 1944, 1948, 1949, 1950 and 1957 exist.
Note: The Collector's Rolls to 1888 have been digitized and available for viewing.
The Administrative Files Sub-Series includes correspondence, various municipal returns, agreements between the Township and other parties including the Ontario Hydro-Electric Commission, cemetery records etc.
Box 1: B12
County Rate Levies/ Trustees Levies. -- 1870-1906.
Petitions to Council, Various Issues. -- 1850-1944.
Watercourses and Ditches Act, Awards, Appeals, Agreements. -- 1876-1928.
Assessors Notices and Appeals. -- 1886-1942.
Surety Bond Returns. -- 1938-1951.
Municipal Returns, Debts. -- 1877-1919.
Municipal Returns, Statistics from Assessed Values and Taxation. -- 1891-1934.
Return of Assessment Officers. -- 1935-1952.
Application for Municipal Subsidy. -- 1939-1948.
Municipal Returns, Statistics from the Assessment Rolls. -- 1912-1934.
Municipal Returns, Statistics from the Collection Rolls. -- 1890-1904.
McNab Township, Ontario Hydro Electric Commission. -- 1937-1957.
County Treasurer, Re: Arrears of Taxes. -- 1877-1937.
Various Agreements, McNab and Other Parties. -- 1909-1946.
McNab Bridges: Burnstown 1899, 1913
McNab Bridges: Dochart Creek 1909, 1942
McNab Bridges: Cameron Bridge 1940
McNab Bridges: McGregor Bridge 1941
McNab Bridges: Clay Bank Bridge 1897, 1904
McNab Bridges: Bridge over Gully between Lots 9 and 10 on 10th
Concession McNab Township 1944
McNab Bridges: White Lake Creek at Paris' Mill 1890
McNab Bridges: Stewartville 1909
NB. See blueprints of bridges listed in miscellaneous series below
Records belonging to this series have not yet been transferred from the Township office.
Records of Births, Marriages and Deaths are restricted for 104, 80 and 70 years respectively. All records are subject to the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.
Further accruals are expected.
See also the Louise Matiece-Richardson Collection #94-0025 for bylaws that are not included in this fonds.
Researchers may also wish to examine the land records relating to transactions within the township of McNab which are held in the Arnprior & McNab/Braeside Archives. Separate abstract indexes were produced for the areas of Sand Point, Mansfield, Dochert and Braeside. The records of various Women’s Institutes such as Burnstown, Clay Bank, White Lake and Braeside should also be consulted particularly for details of social and farm history of the area. See also Accession No. 1993 0014 McNab Township Heritage and Museum Committee.
See also Dochert Creek Park master plan Accession No. 2005-0182
See also Mary Campbell fonds for the 1870 Township of McNab Assessment Roll. 2019-0395