In honour of Black History Month, we are taking a closer look at stories of the residents of Hastings County who were recorded as being of African origin in the Canadian census of 1881. We have identified 13 families across the region and you can find out more about them by clicking on their names below. This project is a work in progress: if you have more information about any of the individuals featured here, please let us know and we will add it.


Map of Hastings County with circles showing the location of Black families in 1881.


1881 Hastings County Residents with African origins
Number on mapFamily/Individual
1 McCoy family
2 Claus family
3 Johnston family
4 William Henry Berry
5 Wilson family
6 Howard family
7 Halliday family
8 Buckner family
9 Minor family
10 Mann family
11 Butler family
12 Jackson family
13 Thomas family