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Tilbury, Ontario, Canada - Church of St. Peter 5425 Tecumseh Line, Tilbury East, ONTARIO Established 1802 Source: Google maps

Tilbury is located 56 km east of WINDSOR. It was a town from 1910 to 1998, when it was amalgamated with the new municipality of CHATHAM-KENT.

The community began as a railway stop in 1872 on the Canada Southern Railway line between Fort Erie and Windsor. By 1887 the community had grown sufficiently to be incorporated as the village of Tilbury Centre. The name was chosen because the village was located between Tilbury East, Tilbury West and Tilbury North townships, and refers to the town of the same name on the Thames River near London, England. This area of Ontario was heavily forested, and many of the first businesses in Tilbury were based on these lumber supplies.

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Church of St. Peter
5425 Tecumseh Line, Tilbury East, ONTARIO
Established 1802
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Tilbury, Ontario, Canada

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Church of St. Peter
5425 Tecumseh Line, Tilbury East, ONTARIO
Established 1802
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Church of St. Francis Xavier
32 Canal St. W, Tilbury, ONTARIO
Established 1855
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Tilbury, Ontario, Canada

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Church of St. Francis Xavier
32 Canal St. W, Tilbury, ONTARIO
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Queen Street, Looking South, Tilbury, Ont.
Tilbury, Ontario, Canada

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Queen Street, Looking South, Tilbury, Ont.
Queen Street, Tilbury, Ont.
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1802 - Church of St. Peter established in Tilbury East

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1855 - Church of St. Francis Xavier established in Tilbury

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1872 - Tilbury - First settled in 1872 when the Canada Southern Railway was built, a post office and general store opened and the tiny settlement became known as Henderson.

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1873
TILBURY EAST, a post village in Kent co., Ont., 20 miles from Chatham. It contains a steam flouring mill and several stores. Pop. 150.
Lovell's gazetteer of British North America; J. Lovell; Montreal, 1873
The "Tilbury Times" newspaper was founded in 1884

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In 1887 the community became the village of Tilbury Centre.

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In 1890 the Canadian Pacific Railway located a station in Tilbury on its new branch from Woodstock to the Detroit River, which increased shipping facilities.

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1906
Tilbury, a banking post-village and outport of Kent co., Ontario, on the Canadian Pacific and the Michigan Central Rs., 32 miles E. by S. of Windsor. Pop. in 1901, 1012.
Lippincott's New Gazetteer: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World, Containing the Most Recent and Authentic Information Respecting the Countries, Cities, Towns ... in Every Portion of the Globe Publisher J.B. Lippincott Company, 1906
1910 - The village became the Town of Tilbury.

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2023 - Here's a list of some of the best places to go and things to do in and around Tilbury:
Tilbury Area Action Team (TAAT) Trails:

Take a stroll or bike ride along the Tilbury Trails. It's a great way to enjoy the outdoors and get some exercise. The trails are well-maintained and offer a peaceful escape.

Tilbury Conservation Area:

If you're into nature, the Tilbury Conservation Area is a must-visit. It's a beautiful spot for bird watching, picnicking, or just enjoying the serenity of nature. There are walking trails and green spaces for a relaxing day out.

Visit Lake St. Clair:

Tilbury is close to Lake St. Clair, so if you enjoy water activities, consider spending a day at the lake. Whether it's fishing, boating, or just relaxing by the shore, the lake offers a tranquil setting.

Tilbury Auto Sales RV & Marine:

If you're into RVs and marine life, this could be an interesting stop. Even if you're not in the market for a vehicle, it's fun to explore and dream a bit.

Local Shops and Cafés:

Tilbury has some quaint local shops and cafes. Take a stroll... Read MORE...

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Ancestors Who Were Born or Died in Tilbury, Ontario, Canada

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female ancestorFrancoise SOUCHEREAU (1747, , Québec Province, Canada (Quebec) - 11 April 1829, Tilbury, Ontario, Canada)
male ancestorJoseph PHANEUF (6 August 1778, Saint-Antoine-sur-Richelieu, Québec, Canada - 8 September 1838, Tilbury, Ontario, Canada)
male ancestorCharles THIBEAU (26 January 1811, Sorel, Québec, Canada (Saint-Pierre) - 17 July 1886, Tilbury, Ontario, Canada)
female ancestorFrançoise BIBEAU (1813, , Québec Province, Canada (Quebec) - 2 October 1886, Tilbury, Ontario, Canada)
male ancestorEdouard MARCHAND (8 December 1822, L'Acadie, Québec, Canada (Sainte-Marguerite-de-Blairfindie) - 13 April 1901, Tilbury, Ontario, Canada)
female ancestorJulienne GIROUX (27 January 1826, L'Acadie, Québec, Canada (Sainte-Marguerite-de-Blairfindie) - 16 November 1882, Tilbury, Ontario, Canada)
male ancestorClément THIBAULT (1837, Sorel, Québec, Canada (Saint-Pierre) - 6 February 1871, Tilbury, Ontario, Canada)
male ancestorAntoine THIBAULT (12 February 1839, Sorel, Québec, Canada (Saint-Pierre) - 24 November 1913, Tilbury, Ontario, Canada)
male ancestorJoseph GIROUX (29 January 1840, Lacolle, Québec, Canada (Saint-Bernard-de-Lacolle) - 21 March 1925, Tilbury, Ontario, Canada)

Ancestors Who Were Married in Tilbury, Ontario, Canada

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male ancestorAntoine THIBAULT (12 February 1839 - 24 November 1913) and female ancestorMarianne MARCHAND (1842 - 30 May 1888) married 11 January 1858
male ancestorTimothy MOYNAHAN (15 September 1846 - 3 September 1929) and female ancestorJulia Ann CARR (15 June 1850 - 19 October 1925) married 9 May 1871
male ancestorCamille BOURDEAU (15 February 1834 - 26 February 1912) and female ancestorEsther PAQUETTE (18 June 1844 - 19 April 1916) married 13 February 1877
male ancestorAntoine THIBERT (10 August 1862 - 24 October 1923) and female ancestorEudoxie PINSONNAULT (30 April 1855 - October 29, 1934) married 11 October 1881
male ancestorMaurice THIBAULT (22 September 1867 - 12 December 1942) and female ancestorEveline Jeanne LECOUNT (23 January 1881 - ) married 25 October 1897
male ancestorWilliam LARSH (LARCHE) (8 March 1876 - 1935) and female ancestorCesarie BOUDREAU (2 November 1875 - 1 July 1935) married 23 August 1898
male ancestorJoseph THIBEAULT (25 March 1899 - 5 January 1978) and female ancestorLucy Marguerite LARSH (25 August 1902 - 18 April 1930) married 22 May 1922

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