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/ Biographical Sketches. 




Andrews is the owner of " Fairmount Farm, " a homestead of 300 acres, com- 
posed of lots 2 and 3, on concession D of the Township of Southwoid. He was born 
in what is now the City of St. Thomas, October ist, 1831, and was married October 
31st, ICS55, to Isabella McLarty, who was born in Scotland, in July, 1829. Of this 
unio^ five children, viz., Richard A., Mary J., Margaret W., Albert E., and Isabella 
L., have been born. Mr. Andrews has officiated for two years in the Town.ship 
Coupcil, and was also elected .st Deputy Reeve, and returned to the same position 
twice by acclamation. The father of John Andrews was Rev. Richard Andrews, a 
mmister of the Congregational Church, who was born in Cornwall, England, in 1794. 
Hei married, in his native county, Mary Slee, and in the spring of 1831 emigrated 
tQ. Canada, arriving at St. Thomas in June of that year. This place was then a 
npere hamlet, ana as there were none of the Congregational denomination in the 
neighborhood, Mr. Andrews joined the Baptist Church, and became its pastor. He 
also became teacher of the St. Thomas Seminary, and instituted the first class in 
Hebrew ever organized there. He was, besides, a land surveyor, and laid off a 
portion of the future city of St. Thomas. Rev. Mr. Andrews afterwards took up 
farming, and died in 1849, his widow following him to the grave in 1855. Seven 
of deceased's children are still living, viz.: John, who.se name heads this sketch; 
Richard, who is in Chicago ; William and Thomas, in Oregon ; Albert, a farmer in 
J Ingham County, Mich.; Elizabeth, wife of a Mr. Whitnam, St. Thomas; and Mary, 
wife of D. IV McRae. Mr. John Andrews has been identified with the Farmers' 
j-Mutual Fire Association since its organization, and was its president for one year. 

I Dknnis Avev owns 50 acres of land on lot 13, concession 5 of the Town.ship 

f of Aldborough, which is worth about $2,000. Mr. Avey was born in Suffolk, Eng- 

■\ land, in April, 1821. His parents liad thirteen children, of whom two are dead, and 

^the remaining ten reside in England. Mr. Avey married Mary Ann Rosher, of the 

* County Norfolk, England, in 1856, and came to America the same year. At first 

the young couple settled in Toronto, but at the end of a year removed to London, 

where they lived for thirteen years, and then took up the land which they now 

occupy. They have had three children, viz. : George Vanderdeck, deceased ; another 

infant son, also deceiused ; and William George, who is now living with his parents. 



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Philip Avknt, who owns 65 acres on lot 21, concession i, of the Trttnship of 
Bayham, was born in Devonshire, England, in iiSi8, and settled in the Co^ty of 
Elgin about 1850. In 1848 he was married to Margaret Scanlan, of Irelrfd, and 
one daughter, Mary Ann, has been born to them. Mr. A"ent has work«Sf hard to 
improve his property, which is worth about $2,000 at pre.sent. *%» 

Stki'iikn Ha( kus, of the Township of Dunwich, was born on the farm \^^herc he 
now live-s. May 15th, 1825. He owns 480 acres of land, and resides on concession 
10, lot 13, of this townshij). In i860 he was married to Elizabeth Huraess, of 
Fingal, Ont., but has no family. Our subject's father, Stephen Backus, (%ne to 
Canada from New York State, about 18 10, and his mother, Anna Story, was a, native 
of Ireland. Their family consisted of Andrew, Joseph, Thomas, Mary, Olivy Sarah, 
Hannah, Stephen, Robert, Henry and Walter, of whom all but three survive. 'i»(Qjming 
to Canada when it was but a wiklerness. they endured all the hardshijis incident to 
pioneer life ; but prosperity followed their efforts, and each of their sons succeedied to 
200 acres of fine land. The old homestead, one of the best farms in the township, 
is now occupied by the subject of this sketch. ^ 

Andrk.w Backus, lot 11, conce.ssion 10 of the Township of Dunwich, owns a 
homestead called " Lake View," com|)rising 460 acres. He was born in that towilship 
January ist, 181 2. Mr. Backus always was interested in military matters, and ha.'^ .served 
in the militia as ensign, lieutenant and captain. His wife was Miss Mary Jjine 
Hamilton, who was born in Ireland, November 30th, 1816. They were married May 
2nd, 1839. Of this union twelve children were born, six .sons and si.\ daughteH* 
Seven of these are now living, viz., Mary, Stephen, William, yXndrew, Sarah, Catherine 
and Amelia. Andrew, the youngest .son, has .served for several years in the militia, 
and recently resigned with honors. Our subject's father and mother are elsewhere 
mentioned in these sketches. 4i 



RoisKUT Backus, of "Maple Grove," a farm of 250 acres, lot 13, of the Qt' 
concession of the Township of Dunwich, was born in the same township, June 15th, 
1827. His wife, Jane Pearce, was also born in Dunwich, and they were united 
October 20th, 1858. Four children, three sons and one daughter, were born of 
this union ; their names are William, Frederick, John and Anna. Mr. Backus is 
the youngest living .son of Stephen Backus and Anna__Story, whose names have been 
previously mentioned. His farm is in a fine state of cultivation, and is valued at< 
$20,000. 

John Bouiku, of the Township of Dunwich, deceased, owned 600 acres of land, 
valued at $40,000. He was born in the County of We.xford, Ireland, in 1800, and, 
lived to the good old age of 80 years, being a farmer all his life. He first settled 
in the County of Elgin in 1825, and was married, in 1829, to Jane W'ellwood, a 
native of County Carlow, Ireland. Their family consisted of thirteen children, 6f 
whom twelve, viz., Joshua, Mary, Thomas, Sarah, Harriet, John, Joseph, Richard, 
Louisa, David, Amelia and Alfred, are now living. Mrs. Bobier is now in her 74th 



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year. The late Mr. Hobier took a great interest in fine stock cattle, and did much 
to advance the interests of stock-raisers in his section of country. He served as a 
major in the militia, and was a man much respected by all who knew him. 

Joshua Boimiok, deceased, was born in County We.xford, Ireland, in 179S, and 
first settled in Elgin County in 1825. He was a farmer, and at the time of his 
death, *i85o, owned 200 acres of lot 15, in the 9th concession of the T-wnship of 
Dunwich, which is now valued at $12,000. Deceased was married, in 1833, to 
Mary Patterson, a native of Dunwich Township, by whom he had five sons and two 
daughters, of whom five, viz., Sarah, Leslie, Josjbua, John and Mary, are now living. 
Mrs. Bobier is in her 75th year, and lives with her son on the old homestead. 

John Bkown, farmer, of the Township of Dunwich, owns 105 acres of land in 
lot 2b, of the nth concession of the township, which he values at about $6,000. He 
was born at Surrey. England, August 14th, 1830, and first settled in the County of 
Elgin in 1849. Since 1881 Mr. Brown has held the position of Postmaster at Port 
Taibot. He was married Jrnuary 30th, 1861, to Mary Jane Dennis, of Cornwall, 
England, by whom he has had nine children, two sons and seven daughters. Eight 
of these, viz., Bessie, Ernest, Emily, Mary, Ellen, John, Bertha and Eva, are now 
living. Mr. Brown came out to Canada with Col. Talbot, in whose em])loy he was 
for some time. He was the first importer of pure Southdown sheep, of which breed 
he brought a number into this province. He has always taken a great interest in 
stdck raising, which he has gone into with considerable success. 

v^ Duncan Black, one of the leading pioneers of Elgin, owns lot 16, on the 2nd 
concession of the Township of Dunwich. his property being worth $25,000. He was 
j^orn in the Township of South wold in 1835, and in 1839 espoused Catherine 
' Duncanson, of Eckfrid Township, by whom he had eight children, five sons and 
three daughters. John Black and Nancy Munro, the parents of the subject of this 
sketch, came to Canada from Argyleshire, Scotland, and settled in Southwold Township. 
They had six children, of whom two are now living. Mr. Duncan Black is in every 
.sense an old settler, and has witnessed many improvements since he first took up 
land in the bush. 

David Bknnf.t owns a fine farm, worth $15,000, on lot 18, concession 4 of 
the Township of Dunwich. He was born in Clackmannanshire, Scotland, in 1S28, 
and settled in this country in 1852. He was married the same year, to Euphemia 
Campbell, a native of Argyleshire, Scotland, and they had six children — David, Jane, 
Sarah, Ann, John and James. When he was an infant of a year old his father died, 
and at the age of 17 he had the misfortune to lose his only remaining parent. He 
then decided to seek a home in America, and accordingly came as a pioneer to the 
Township of Dunwich. 

James Butciikr has a farm of T^^ acres on lot 26, concession i of the Township 
of Bayham, which is worth about $2,500. He was born in Norfolk, England, in 
1826, and came to Canada with his parents, Mark and Sarah Ann Butcher, in 1837. 



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Mr. Butcher, Sr., first settled in Buffalo. N.Y., where he remained tv.o years, and 
then moved to Bayham. James Butcher was married in 1872 to Margaret Hunter, 
of Malahide Township, by whom he had five children, of whom four, viz., Mark, 
Matilda, Arabella and Alexander, are now livinj^;. 

Thomas J. Bkadv was born in Toronto Townshi|) in 1S40, and settlec^ in tiie 
County of VA\(\\\ in 1S75. He now farms 50 acres of land on lot 2, concttesion 3 
of the Township of Bayham, which is valueil at $2,500. In 1865 Mr. Brady was 
married to Margaret J. Chisholm, al.so of Toronto Township, and they have had si.\ 
children, viz., Annie K., Monta Lena, Kllen, Francis, James and John C. '" 

Ja.mks Wvx.c, owns 100 acres of land on lot 42, Talbot Street, Township of South- 
wold, which is worth about $12,000. Mr. Begg was born in Glenbucket, Scotland, 
March 15th, 1812, and first came to the Town.ship of Southwold in October, 1846. 
During the winter of 1846-7 he lived in St. Thomas, and then settled upon the 
farm which he now occupies. Mr. Begg has filled every imi)ortant municipal position 
in the township, having served as Reeve, Deputy Reeve and Councillor. He was 
married in June, 1856, to Margaret Currie, a native of Argyleshire, Scotland, and they 
have two children, viz., Margaret Elizabeth and James, who reside with their parents. 
Mrs. Begg is a daughter of Donald Currie, whose father emigrated from Scotland with 
his family, and settled in Yarmouth Township. Mr. James Begg is the only member 
of his family who came to America. ^ 

John Buigiitman Clark emigrated from Northampton, England, in 1856, and 
settled at St. Thomas, where he followed the occupation of butchering about eighteen 
years. He then purcha.sed 35 acres of land on lot 45, North Talbot Street^ in the 
Township of Southwold, which he values at about $3,500, and has lived there ever 
since. Mr. Clark was born in Northampton, May 21st. 1831, and in 1852 married 
Eliza Rogers, of Westone, Warwickshire, England. They have no family. Mr. Clark 
is in comfortable circumstances, having accumulated considerable means when engaged 
in the butchering business. 

Edwin Baknks owns 80 acres of land on lot B, on the north branch of the 
Talbot Road, in the Township of Southwold, which is worth about $6,000. His 
father, Joseph Barnes, came with his parents from Pennsylvania in 1780, and settled 
in Chipjiewa. He lived there until after the War of 18 12, and moved to St. Thomas 
in 181 5, where he took up farming near the present site of the Michigan Central 
depot. Josei)h Barnes had three sons and two daughters, viz., James, Lydia Ann, 
J nas, Mary Jane and Edwin. Of these the daughters are deceased. Edwin Barnes 
was married in 1869 to Nancy Smith, of Port Stanley, and by her has one son 
named John Wesley. 

Thomas Bkadv emigrated from In-land with his father, James Brady, in 18 18, 

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when only 7 years of age. Mr. James Brady settled in Southwold, County of Elgiri, 

and remained there farming until his death in 1842. Thomas. Brady resided with 

his father until the latter's death, and then purchased a farm in Yarmouth, where he 



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rcsideil for twenty yciirs. On leaving Yarmouth \\v. piirchascil the lanti he now 
occupies, viz., 95 acres on lot 7, Lake Road, Township of SouthwoUl, which is 
valued at $5,500, and is called " Apple Grove I'arni." Thomas Urady was born in 
County Mayo, Ireland, October, iSii, and was married, in 1S37, to Margaret Hrady, 
a native of Ireland. They had eight children, four sons and four daughters, viz. : 
Mary, who resides at home ; Jane, at home ; Thomas, lives in Chicago ; John, at 
home ; Ellen, lives in Chicago ; Francis, Catherine, and another son, deceased. 

JouN Hkook owns 79 acres of land on lot 6, on th- Talbot Koad, Township 
of Southwold; valued at $7,000. His parents, John i<rook, Sr., and Mary Pheli)s, 
his wife, were natives of Nova Scotia. John Brook, Jr., came to the Township of 
Southwold, west of Fingal, in 1849. He was born, in 1S21, in Nova Scotia, and 
was married, in 1S44, to Sarah Lowther, also of Nova Scotia. They had eight 
children, three sons and five daughters, viz. : Hiram, farmer in Southwold ; William, 
James, Mary Ann, Jane, Elizabeth, Sarah and Emma. All reside near home, except 
Mary Ann and Elizabeth. Mrs. John Brook is a daughter of Jonathan Lowther, a 
native of England, her mother coming from Nova Scotia. 

James Hknrv Best is a son of Elisha Best and Dorcas Philpott, his wife, who 
were married in Southwold Township in 1842. Elisha Best was a i-on of James 
Best and Amy Bodine, his wife. Elisha was born June 27, 1816, and died in 1862, 
his wife Dorcas being still alive. James Best, the grandfather of James Henry, was 
a U. E. Loyalist, and came to Southwold from the State of New Jersey, in 181 2, 
setding on the farm now occupied by his grandson, viz., 200 acres on lot 7, on the 
Talbot Road, valued at $14,000, and called "Apple Grove." James Henry Best 
was born in Southwold in 184S, and was married in 1874 to Christina McColl, who 
was born in Southwold, 1850. They have a family of four, three sons and one 
daughter, viz., Herbert McColI, Ernest Elisha, Nichol and Mary Jennet. Mr. Best 
has three brothers, viz,: Leonidas Elisha, born March 10, 1844, a doctor^ of medicine, 
practising at Grand Rapids, Mich.; Robert Bruce, born Nov. 19, 1849, also a doctor, 
in Holland City, Mich. ; McKendra, born June 30th, 1855, also a doctor in Con- 
stantine, Mich. Mr. J. H. Best has been a Township Councillor for two years, 
and still holds office. Mrs. Best's father was M.P.P. and Township Councillor for 



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PniNEAs Bakiseu is a son of John Barber and Hannah Donaldson, both natives 
of Pennsylvania, from whence they emigrated to Southwold in 1810, and settled on 
the Talbot Road, on land obtained from Col. Talbot. John Barber had five children, 
viz.: Phineas, born February 18, 1812; Jane, married Leslie Pierce, deceased; John, 
deceased ; Maxfield, who resides in Iowa ; and Donaldson, who lives on the old 
homestead. Phineas was married, July 8th, 1834, to Susan Marr, a native of North- 
umberland County, Penn., and they have six children, viz. : William, born 20th May, 
1836, practises medicine in Waverly, Iowa; Hannah, born 20th April, 1837, married 
Daniel Johnson, and died February 19th, 1873 ; John, born 19th July, 1839, practises 
medicine in Arcadia; Indiana; James, born 2nd December, 1841, farms in Muskoka ; 



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DavitI, born iilli August, 1S44, farms with his father; Da.iii:!, Ijorn October, 1847, 
farms in Dakota. Mr. I'hincas Harbt-r owns 350 acres of land on lots 17 and iS, 
on Talbot Street, Township of Southwold, the proptirty being valued at $25,000, and 
called " Woodburn I'arm." He has been Reeve of the townshij) for three years, 
and an elder of the Presbyterian Church for forty years. ^^ 

RicilAUD Hknni;tt was born in Lancashire, lingland, in 18 ly, and settled in 
lilgin County in iSSi. He now owns a farm of 9.S acres on lot 4, concession 1 
of the Township of Mayham, valueil at $6,i30o. lie w.is married in iMiglanil to 
Mary Atkinson, a native of the same county as himself. Mr. Bennett, on arriving 
in Canada at first located in Norfolk County, where he remained five years. He 
then moved to Elgin, remained there three years, and moved once more to Norfolk, 
but fmally came back to lilgin, and took uj) the land which he occupies at present 

DoNALO Cau.miciiael emigrated from Scotland, where he was born in Argyleshire 
in 1S21, and came to Southwold in 1S50, purchasing 200 acres of land on ioi 14, 
Talbot Koad, valued at $12,000, which he calls " Aird's Farm." His father's name 
was John Carmichael, and his mother's was Catherine McColl. Mrs. Carmichael 
came to Southwold with her son, and lived there until the time of her death in 
1S77. Mr. John Carmichael had si.\ childn-n, viz : Jennet, who marrieil Donald 
Cameron (lie died in 1S55, on his return from Australia); Donald, who farms in 
Southwold ; Mary, who died in Scotland ; Margaret, who married I'eter Stevenson, 
farmer, of Southwold ; and Dugald, decea.sed. Donaid Carmichael, the subject of this 
sketch, has never been married. 

James Casky has 1 10 acres of land on lot 5, on the East River Road, in the 
Township of Southwold, which is worth about $9,000. His father, James Ca.sey, 
emigrated from Ireland in 1S50, and settled in Southwold, about four miles west 
of Fingal. He died in 1870, at the age of 72 years. James Casey was born in 
Southwold, in March, 1S43, and was married to Margaret Ann Megean in 1.S78. 
Two children have been born to them, viz,, James and Eliza Ann, both of whom 
are living. Mrs. Megean is a daughter of James Megean, and is a native of 
Hamilton, Ont., her parents emigrating from Ireland in 1865. Mr. James Casey, .Sr., 
had fourteen children, as follows : Thomas, William, James, Frank, Owen, Edmund, 
Geo.ge, Hannah, Julia, Ellen, Margaret, Sarah, Mary .Ann and Delia, 

EwEN Ca.meron, Jr., is the owner of 150 acres of land on lot 13, concession north 
and south of Lake Road, Township of Southwold, known as " Chestnut Grove Farm," 
and valued at $12,000. Ewen Cameron, Sr., and Ellen Cameron, were his parents, 
and they emigrated from Scodand in 1821, and settled in Southwold in 1822. Ewen 
Cameron, Jr., was born in Southwold in 1832, and was married to Maria Williams, 
a native of Southwold, who was born in 1835, and they have had three sons and 
three daughters, viz. : Annie, married to James Steele, a farmer of Southwold ; Mary, 
Harry, William, Laura and Thomas ; the last five all live at home. Ewen Cameron, 
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upon the above farm. \\v was horn in 17S7, ami is still living, although he has 
reached the age; ol 9S years Flis wife Ellen died in 1881, at th(! age of 84 
years. Their surviving chililren are: Charles, a lawyer in Chicago; Kwen, the 
subject of this sketch ; Alexander, a lumberman in Mississippi ; and Christina Ann, 
married to Russell I'errin, who lives in Kansas City. Mrs, Kwen Cameron is a 
daughter of Thomas Williams, J, I'., who settled in Southwold in 1S15. 

John H. Cmai'I.ow is a son of William Chaplow, who emigrated from England 
in 1843, and settled in St. Thomas, Elgin County, where he carried on the business 
of a manufacturer for some s(!venteen years. He then bought the farm now occupied 
by his sons, John H. and William, and went into farming and stock dealing, until 
his death, which took place October 2;Uh, 1884. John li. Chaplow wis born in 
St. Thomas, October 17th, 1849, and on November 23rd, 1881, was married to Mary 
Lock, of Yarmouth Township, the latter being then in her 26th year. Mrs. Chap- 
low's father is a farmer, and lives about a mile north of St. Thomas. Me came 
to Canada from Somersetshire, England, in 1848, and has lived in Yarmouth ever 
since. Mr. and Mrs- John H. Chaplow have had one daughter born to them. Mr. 
Chai)low's farm consists of 55 acres of land on lot 10, on the River Koad, of the 
Township of Southwold, which he values at $5,000. The propc^rty has been named 
" Eden Ternice." 

John Cami'I'.f.i.i, owns a farm of 120 acres on lot 8, River Road West, of the 
Township of Southwold, which he calls "Apple Grove I'"arm," and values at $12,000. 
He is a son of John S. Campbell, who emigrated from Scotland in 1835, and settled 
in Southwold, on a farm now occupied by Dugald, his son. John Campijell was 
born in Lanarkshire, Scotland, December 6th, 1822, and on February 20th, 1849, 
married Lydia Robins, of Devonshire, England, by whom he had eight children, of 
whom the following are now living, viz., Lydia Ann, Jennie, Grace, Neil and George. 
Mrs. John Campbell's father, Richard Robins, died when on his way to Canada from 
England, leaving a widow and two children, viz., Mrs. John Campbell and Adam 
Robins, the latter being now in business in St. Thomas. 

Ai.KXANDKK CAMi'iiKi.L is a native of Argyleshire, .Scotland, where he was born 
in 1813. In 1 81 8 yXrchibald Campl)ell and Mary Brown, his wife, the parents of 
Alexander, came to Caiiiula, bringing with them three children, two more being born 
in this country. In 1834 our subject purchased the land which he now occupies, 
and commenced clearing off the bush. He was married in 1843 to Grace Morrison, 
of Argyleshire, Scotland, by whom he has had six children, viz., Archiba'd, Jane, 
Robert, Mary Ann, Grace and Alexander. Mr. Campbell's farm, which is an excel- 
lent one, consists of 100 acres of land on lot 4, concession 4 of the Township of 
Aldborough. 

Alkxandku Cami'UKM, owns a farm of 128 acres of land on lot 4, concession i 
of the Township of Aldborough, which is worth $7,000. He was born in Argyle- 
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Canada in 1818. They first settled on what was known as Brock's Creek, the whole 
country being then a forest. Alexander C\!npbell was married, in 1833, to Catherine 
Campbell, also from Argyleshire, Scotland, and they have had a family of eleven 
children, of whom nine are now living, viz., Donald, Archibald, Mary, Flora, Duncan, 
John, Alexander, Thomas and Dugaiil. The subject of our sketch is now in his 
77th year, and is in good health, notwithstanding the many hardships he has expe- 
rienced in his pioneer life. 

P^RKEMAN CiiUTK owns loo acres of land on lot 6, concession 2 of the Township 
of Bayham, which is worth about $6,000. He was born in Nova Scotia in 1832, 
and in 1842 came to the County of Elgin with his parents, Andrew and Olivia. 
Their family consisted of thirtt:en children, of whom eleven are now living, viz., 
Edmund, Sarah, Ann, Harriet, Alfred, Sidney, I^zekiel, Freeman, William, Sintha and 
John M. Mr. F'reeman Chute has been married twice. By his first wife, Elizabeth 
Dodge, of the County of Oxford, he had four chiklren, three of whom are now 
living, viz., Edgar M., Warren L. and Harvey H. Mr. Chute held the |)osition of 
TownsIu'iJ Councillor for a year. 

Wai.tku Ci.auk has a farm of 100 acres in lot 9. concession 2 of the Town- 
ship of Dunwich, which is worth ai)out $10,000. He was jjorn in this township 
alx)ut 1S42, and was married to I-'lora McArthur, a native of the same place, in 
1879. John Clark and Flora (iraham, the parents of Walter, came to Canada from 
Argyleshire, Scotland, in 18 19, first settling in the Lovvx.-r Province, where they remained 
for eight years. They thiMi came to I-llgin, and locatetl a little south of what is 
now the Village of Dutton, remaining there for six years. They finally remov'ed to 
the farm which Mr. Walter Clark now occujiies. They had seven children, of whom 
six are now living. 

Ai.r.XANDi'.R Cami'Iskm., who was born in Dumbartonshire, Scotland, in 1814, first 
.settled in the County of Elgin in 1837, vhere he now owns 300 acres of land, 
partly on lot 22, on the 2nd concession of the Township of Dunwich, which is worth 
about $20,000. Mr. Campbell was married, in 1849, to Janet Carswell, of Aldborough 
Township, and eight children were born to them. b'ive of thc:se, viz., Archibald, 
John, Dugald, Margaret and jane, are now living. Mr. Campbell was one of the 
Dunwich pioneers, and settled on his present property when the whole district was 
a forest. 

Elijah Ci.akk, a native of the Township of .Southwold, was born September 
22nd, 1825, and is now farming 142 acres of lot B, on the 9th conce.ssion of the 
Township of Dunwich, which is valued at $10,000. He married, September 25th, 
1849, Susan jane Keillor, of Nova Scotia, and ten children were born to them, six 
being sons and four daughters. .Seven of these, viz., Junius, Lemuel, Mary, Augustus, 
Vesta Ann, Roland and Eaura, now survive. Lemuel is now practising medicine at 
Otsego, Michigan. The parents of the subject of this sketch, John Clark and Ruth 
Hamilton, came to this province from Nova .Scotia about 1S18. Mrs. Elijah Clark 
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John Carswell was born in the Township of Aldborough, and owns a farm of 
275 acres on the 8th concession of the Township of Dunwich, which is worth about 
$20,000. He was married, March 9th, 1865, to Nancy Sinclair, a native of Argyle- 
shire, Scothmd, Ijy whom he had six children, five sons and one daughter. Archibald 
Carswell and Isabella Gillies, father and mother of the subject of this sketch, came 
to Canada from Argyleshire in 1819. They had five children, one son and four 
daughters, four of whom are now living. Mr. Carswell for a long period has been 
one of the leading farmers o<" the Township of Dunwich, having been connected with 
the Dunwich and Southwold Branch Agricultural Society for upwards of twenty years. 
He devotes considerable attention to bee culture. 

Peter Crane, deceased, was born at Port Talbot July 6th, 18 10, and at the 
time of his death resided at "Chestnut Grove," 100 acres of beautiful land on lot 6, 
concession 9, in the Township of Dunwich. He was married to Mary Willson on 
August 27th, 1833, the latter being then in her 19th year. Their family consisted 
of twelve children, five sons and .seven daughters, of whom ten are now living. Of 
their five .sons two are farmers, two carpenters, and one a painter. Mr. and Mrs. 
Crane first began housekeeping in the Township of Euphemia, near Bear Creek, and 
remained there about four years, when they removed to the Township of Dunwich. 
In 1851 they settled on what is now the old homestead, but what was then a 
dense forest. 

Anthony Crane owns 300 acres of fine land, partly on lot 15, in the nth 
concession of the Town.ship of Dunwich ; ht; calls his property " Lake View Villa," 
and was born there in 181 2. He was married to Mary McVicar, January 12th, 
1853, and has seven children, viz., George Alexander, William, Christiana, Eliza, 
Anthony, Charles and Mary. George Crane, the father of the subject of this skc;tch, 
was a soldier in the British army, and came to Canada from England. He was 
married here to is.ibelia iMnlay, a native of Glasgow, vScotland. They had nine 
children, William, Charles, Peter, Anthony, Maria, Hannah, Jane, Ale.xander and 
Adam. Of these, Anthony, Peter and Adam settled in Canada, the others finding 
homes in the Western .States. Mr. George Cr.nie died intestate, and in consequence 
his real estate all went to his eldest son, and Anthony was left to car\r. out a 
fortime for himself This he has managed to do with great success, having no other 
aids but industry and perseverance. 

W. D. Dedkkk owns 100 acres of land on lot 27, concession i of the Town- 
ship of liayham, which is worth about $3,000. He was born in Walsingham 'Township 
in October, 1830, and settled in Bayham in 1865. In 1880 he married Annii- .S. 
Millard, of Malahide Township, and one daughter has been born of this union. His 
father, Cornelius, came to Canada from Pemisylvania when he was about 4 years 
of agi', his parents being U. V.. Loyalists, The children of Cornelius were eight in 
number, of whom seven, viz., .Samuel S., Hannah, Sarah W. !)., Lucretia, Cornelius 
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Archibald Duncan, lot 12, concession 10 of the Township of Dunwich, owns 
223 acres. He was horn in Dumbartonshire, Scotland, April uSth, 1836, and first 
settled in the County of Elgin in 1857. He was married, February 19th, 1862, to 
Lydia Patterson, daughter of Leslie Patterson and Lydia Backus, by whom he had 
two children, of whom a son named John survives. Mr. and Mrs. Duncan reside on 
the Patterson i.omestead, which well deserves its name, " .Sunnyside." 

Neil Dewkr is a son of Alexander Dewer and Nanc)- Hrodie, his wife, both 
natives of Scotland. His father came tf) .South wold in 1830, and settled on the farm 
now occupied by his son Neil, anti grandson John, \iz., 136 acres of land on lots 
4 and 5, 2nd range from Lake Road, Township of .Southwold, x'aluecl at .$9,000, and 
called " Duntroon Farm." Neil vas born in Argyleshire, -Scotland, in 1805, and was 
married, in 1840, to Catherine Dewer, also from Argyleshire, by whom he has three 
sons and two daughters, viz. : Ale.xander, farmer in thi; Township of Dunwich ; John, 
farmer, who resides at home; Nancy, who also lives at home; Neil, who was formerly 
a merchant at Lambeth, Middlesex County, Ont., but now resides in Toronto; and 
Margaret, who married William Argyle, a resident of .St. Thomas. 

William Davis owns "South View Farm," a handsome property of 100 acres, 
situated on lot 4, River Road, Township of .Southwold, and worth about $6,000. 
Mr. Davis is an Irishman, having been born in Tipperary in 1848. He is a son 
of John Davis, who died in New Jersey in 1856. William was brought up by his 
uncle James, and adopted as his heir. James was an early pioneer of .Southwold, 
and died in 1877. Mr. William Davis, in 1878, married Sarah M. Potticary, daughter 
of James Potticary, al.so one of .Southwold's pioneers. Two children, a boy and a 
girl, have been born of this union. 

Horatio N. Drai-er, deceased, owned at the time of his death 150 acres of 
land, which he cleared for himself, on lot 26, concession 4 of the Township of Bay- 
ham, and which is worth about $5,000. Mr. Draper was born in V^ienna, Elgin 
County, in 1826, and in 1849 married Eldura Price, of Darlington Township, who 
was born there in 1833. Mr. and .Mrs. Drajjer had a family of six children, four 
sons and two daughters, viz., Amelia A., Marion W., .Samuel, Eliza, Isaac and Albert, 
who are all well provided for. Mr. Draper died in 1874. 

George Dobb'k, deceased, lot 14, concession 7, Bayham Township, owned 200 
acres of good land, and was born in .Scotland in 1793 He came to this country, 
.selecting for his home this township, in 1826. He married, in 1825, Miss Anna 
Maria Allen, of New York City, and the union was ble.ssed with eight children, six 
of whom are now living, viz., Edwin, William A., George, Alice, Agnes and Charles. 

J. W. F'akins was born, in 1839, in the Township of Bayham, where he now 
owns 100 acres rf land situated on lot 22, in the ist concession, which is worth 
$4,000. He was married, in 1873, to Hannah Ellis Walsingham, of the County of 
Norfolk, by whom he has one daughter. Our subject is a son of Robert and 
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ford Township, but afterwards located on the above farm in Bayham. Their family 

consisted of eight children, of whom five are alive, viz., Susannah, Rossin, Eleanor, 

John and James. The last named, to whom this sketch refers, now occupies the 
old homestead. 

Jami-.s J. FiiRGUsoN, who served in the Rebellion of 1837, owns 170 acres of 
land on lots 14, 15 and 16, in concession 3, Township of Southwold, which is worth 
about $11,000. He is a .son of James and Mary Ferguson, of County Antrim, 
Ireland, where he was born in the year 1800. Mr. Fergu-son's father i<ad mother 
both died in Ireland, and the subject of our sketch came to America in 1825, and 
settled on the farm which he now occupies. He is one of the oldest settlers in 
Southwold, and has always been a farmer. Mr. Ferguson has been married four 
times, and has had thirteen children, of whom nine are now living, viz., John, 
Andrew, Daniel, Jennet, Margaret, Mary, Sarah, Anna and Jane, all of whom reside 
in Elgin, except Daniel and Sarah, who are in the States. Mr. Fergu.son's present 
wife was named Sarah Heck, and was born in Ireland in 1820. They were married 
in 1863. 

William Francis is a son of Thomas Francis and Electra Wagner, his wife, 
who emigrated from New York State in 1805, and settled at Stony Creek, in Went- 
worth County, where our subject was born September 7th, 1823. Thomas F"rancis 
was a veteran of 181 2, and his father William, who served under Nelson, perished 
in that conflict. William, the subject of this sketch, was married in June, 1864, to 
Jessie Davidson, a native of Perthshire, .Scotland, and daughter of Robert Davidson, 
by whom he has had twelve children, eight sons and four daughters, of whom two 
are living in Ohio and the rest in the County F^lgin. Their names are as •'oHows : 
John D., William T., George A., Catherine, Ellen, Robert T., James D., Wellington, 
Nettie, Charles W., Eva and Arthur Lome. Mr. Francis has lived in the County of 
Elgin since 1848. The family are of Welsh e.xtraction. 

Tiio.M.vs FuRiiKK, Ju., lot 31, on the Talbot Road, in the Township of Southwold, 
owns a tract of 400 acres, which he values at $40,000, and has named " Fovant 
Farm." He was born in Fovant, Wiltshire, Flngland, in July, 1831. In 1834 
Thomas Futcher, Sr., emigrated to Canada with his family, and remained four years 
in Yarmouth Township. In 1838 they returned to England, and lived there two 
years, finally returning to Canada in 1840, and settling on the farm in vSouthwold, 
now occupied by the subject of this .sketch. Mr. Thomas Futcher, Sr., died in 1871. 
He had two children, Thomas and Sarah, the latter being deceased. In October, 
1855, Thomas married Susan Northwood, daughter of John Northwood, who came to 
America from Ireland in 1832, and settled in Delaware Township, Middlesex County. 
They have had seven sons and one daughter. 

Damll B. Fki;i;.\l\n is a native of Halton County, having been born in Trafalgar 
Township in 1834. Mr. Freeman fir.st came to Elgin in 1862, where he now owns 
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$8,000. He married Eliza Brown in 1859, and they have a family of four, viz., 
Hannah, Nancy, Fannie and Anna Maria. Our subject is a son of I.saac and 
Hannah Freeman, who came to Canada from the State of New Jersey, and settled 
in Beverly Township. 

William F'k.xncisco is a native of Canandaigua, New York State, where he was 
born in 1804. He came to the County of Elgin in 1831, and now owns 240 acres 
of land on lot 27, concession 3 of the Township of Bayham, the property being 
worth about $9,000. He was married, in 1827, to Jane Dowling, of Nova .Scotia, 
and they have had four children, of whom three are now living, viz., Enoch, James 
and Ann Eliza. On coming to Canada, .Mr. I-'rancisco engaged largely in the lumber 
business in Bayham and Houghton Townships. He also carried on a large mercantile 
business at Vienna for some fourteen years. The town of Vienna is largely indebted 
to Mr. Francisco for its business enterprises. In 185 1 he erected a large brick 
hotel there, at a cost of $10,000, which is still occupied. Both as a pioneer and a 
business man, he has had few equals. 

John Gk.\ii.\.\i has a fine farm of 200 acres on lot li, in concession 8 of the 
Township of Aldborough, which is worth about $10,000. He was born in Argyle- 
shire, .Scotland, in 1820, and came to Canada with his brother Lachlan in 1847. 
He was married to Isabella Beaton, of Howard Township, Kent County, in 1854, 
and had by her eight children, six of whom are now living, viz.. Flora, Sarah, 
Isabella, Mary Ann, Duncan and Benjamin. Our subject is a .son of Duncan Graham 
and Sarah Campbell, who had a family of eight; viz., James, Archibald, Duncan, 
Robert, Peter, Angus, Sarah and Isabella. Mr. John Graham has gone through 
many hardships, but has succeeded in bringing into a fine state of cultivation a most 
desirable farm. 

Arciiib.\lu Gk.vu.am owns a nice farm of 100 acres or. lot 19, concession 12 of 
the Township of Aldborough, which he values at ;i';gjc $6,000. He was born in 
Argyleshire, Scotland, in 18 18, and was brought to America the .same year by his 
parents, Hugh and Mary Graham. They first settled in Lower Canada, where they 
stayed about one year ; thence they went to Dunwich Township, and after about 
three years moved to Aldborough, and made their home on the property now occupied 
by their son Archibald. Their family consisted of one son, the subject of this 
sketch, and five daughters. One of the latter, named Margaret, resides in Hamilton, 
while Martha, her sister, lives on the old homestead with her brother. The other 
two daughters are deceased. 

John Gilbert is the owner of " Woodland," a farm of 50 acres in lot 3, 
concession 9 of the Township of Dunwich, valued at $3,500. He was born in 
Devonshire, England, in 18 19, and settled in Elgin in 1842. He was married, March 
27th, 1842, to Susan Gloin, of the same place as himself, by whom he had two 
children, Elizabeth and Mary Jane. On June 5th, 1S50, Mr. Gilbert, having been 
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children. Of these there are five now living, viz., Walter, Sarah Ann, Huldah, Lilly 
and Richard. Our subject first settled in the Township of Yarmouth, where he 
remained about sixteen years, and then removed to his present location. He is now 
in his 66th year, and in the enjoyment of good health. 

Miles Hotchkiss is a son of David and Temperance Hotchkiss, and was born 
near Niagara Falls in 1815. David, his father, was of Dutch descent, and was born 
on the Mohawk River, New York State. He was a veteran of the War of 181 2, 
and at the conclusion of the conflict took up 100 acres of free grant land in the 
Township of Bayham, County of Elgin, Two years after coming to Bayham, Mr. 
David Hotchkiss lost his wife, by whom he had a family of seven children, three 
of them, viz., John, Jane and Miles, being now alive. The subject of our sketch 
now owns 150 acres of land on lot 26, concession 6 of the same township, which 
is worth about $5,000. He was married, in 1869, to Margaret Mitchell, of Inverness, 
Scotland. 

CiiAULES Hakk is a native of Yorkshire, England, where he was born in 1830. 
He came to Canada, and settled in Bayham Township, on lot 24, concession 3, in 
1867. He was married, in 1855, to Mary Ann Betts, of Norfolk, England. Mr. 
Hare has worked very hard since coming to Canada, at that time his 200 acre farm 
in Bayham having been a standing forest. It is now worth about $8,000. Mr. Hare 
is much respected by all who know him, and has faithfully discharged the duties of 
School Trustee for the past fifteen years. He has also been Secretary-Treasurer of 
the township. 

L. L. Hutchison is a son of A. B. Hutchison, of whom a sketch appears 
herein. He has a farm of 100 acres on lot 25, conce.ssion 3 of the Township of 
Bayham, which is worth about $3,500. Mr. Hutchison was born in this township in 
1S41, and in 1S68 was married to Eliza J. McCurdy, a native of the same locality. 

Elijah Hainks is the owner of 50 acres of land, worth $2,000, on lot 11, 
concession 2 of the Township of Bayham. He was born in the same locality in 
1843, and married Emma E. McConnell, of Malahide Township, in the year 1880. 
Our subject is a son of Ale.xander and Frances Haines, elsewhere mentioned. 

Ali,\ani)i:k Hainls farms 100 acres of land on lot 3, concession 1 of the Town- 
ship of Bayham, the property being valued at $6,000. He was born in Nova Scotia 
in 1S03, and settled in the County Elgin in 1825. In 1852 he married Frances 
Willis, of Norfolk County, by whom he had si.x sons and two daughters, viz., 
Elizabeth, Calup, William, Elijah, Clarine, John, Benjamin and Alexander. Our 
subject's father and mother, Calup and Sarah Haines, were among the old United 
Empire Loyalists who went to Nova Scotia from New York State at the close of 
the revolutionary war, being known then as refugees. Mr. Haines came to Canada 
when about 22 years of age, and worked hard to bring his land under proper 
cultivation. He has now retired from active life, and his farm is managed by 
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C. Johnson has lo acres of land on lot 28, concession i of the Township of 
Bayham, valued at $300. He was born in Houghton Township in 1846, and was 
married, in 1867, to Jane Smith, of Aberdeenshire, Scotland, by whorn he has seven 
children. 

William P. Johnson farms 100 acres on lot 21, concession 1 of the Township 
of Bayham, which he values at $2,000. He was born at Fort Erie, in this Province, 
in 1839, and came to Elgin County about 1856. He married, in 1867, Nancy M. 
H albert, and is a much respected and prosperous farmer. 

Charles Kains owns 100 acres of land on lot 6, on the West River Road of 
the Township of Southwold, which is worth about $8,000. His father, George Kains, 
emigrated from the County Kent, England, while a young man, and settled in Gren- 
ville, in the Province of Quebec, where the subject of our sketch was born in 
January, 1851. Mr. George Kains was a merchant by occupation, and came to St. 
Thomas after a few years, where he died in 1880. He had nine children, viz., 
George, Joseph, Eleanor, Robert, John, Thomas, Charles, one who died in infancy, 
and Mary, who died at the age of H- Mr. Charles Kains married Christina Eliza 
Crane, daughter of Anthony Crane, of the Township of Dunwich, in March, 1883, 
and they have one child. 

James Kellv owns 350 acres of land on lot 3, concession 13 of the Township 
of Aldborough, which is worth about $14,000. He was born in Lai nrkshire, Scot- 
land, in 1820, and in 1847 married Mary Creech, of Fifeshire, by vhom he had 
eleven children, nine of whom are now living, viz., James, John, Ale.xander, Robert, 
William, Henry, Janet, Mary and Margaret. Mr. Kelly came to Elgin County, Or.t., 
in 1867, and first settled in the Township of Dumfries, ten years afterwards removing 
to Aldborough. 

Thomas Kerr comes from Dumfriesshire, Scotland, where he was born in 18 15. 
In 1844 he came to Canada, and took up land near the River Thames, in the 
northern portion of the Township of Dunwich. There he lived some twenty-three 
years, and then moved to lot 14, concession 4 of the same township, where he now 
has a very fine 100 acre farm, valued at $7,000. Mr. Kerr, in 1836, before leaving 
Scotland, married Nancy Byers, and twelve children were born of this marriage, viz., 
Mary, John, Joseph, Jane, Janet, Thomas, William, Margaret, Ellen, Elizabeth, Robert 
and Annie. These all reside in Canada except William and Robert, who have been 
living in California for some time past. 

William Lodcie owns 150 acres of land on lot 2, north of Talbot Road, Township 
of Southwold, valued at $12,000, and called "Oakdeen Farm." His father and mother, 
Joseph Lodge and Mary Mclntyre, were both natives of Nova Scotia, where the 
former was born in 1816, and the latter in 18 19. Joseph Lodge died in 1857, and 
Mary Lodge is still living. William was born in Southwold January 16th, 1840, and 
was m'.;ried in November, 1863, to Janet Kerr, who was born in Southwold in 1840. 
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shire, Scotland. William Lodge has a family of three children, two sons and one 
dauglitsr, viz.: Minnie, a teacher of music, Joseph Kerr McKenzie ; and William 
Colin Herschel. 

William Lindsay, Sk., owns 90 acres of land on lot 3, concession A of the 
Township of Southwold, which he calls " Maple Hill Farm." The property is worth 
about $8,000. Mr. Lindsay is a son of John Lindsay, who came from Prince Edward 
Island to Southwold in 1837, and took up 200 acres of unbroken forest. John 
Lindsay's father, John Lindsay, Sr., emigrated from Ireland to Prince Edward Island 
in 1826. John Lindsay, Jr., had eleven children, five sons and six daughters, of 
whom eight are living, viz.. Jane, William, Sarah, John, Ellen, Thomas, Amelia and 
Robert. William Lindsay, our subject, was married October 36th, 1866, to Elizabeth 
Baker, a native of Devonshire, England, and they have had five children, three sons 
and two daughters, viz., Mary Elizabeth, James, Edmond Allan, William Alfred Clarence 
and Beatrice Ethel Maud, who are all living with their parents. 

Daniel Lang is the owner of 80 acres of land on lot 18, concession 13 of the 
Township of Aldborough. He was born in Argyle.shire, Scotland, in 1842, and came 
to Canada with his parents. Hector and Isabella Lang, in 1853. Mr. Daniel Lang 
was married, in 1867, to Ann Jane Graham, a native of Aldborough, and they had 
a family of eight children, three sons and five daughters. For four years Mr. Lang 
served as Township Councillor, and has been Reeve two years. He has been 
singularly successful in both of these positions, and takes a deep interest in all 
questions relating to the welfare of the municipality imder his charge. He is largely 
interested in the timber and grain trade, and is part owner of '• Eagle Dock," which 
is of great benefit to the people of the township. 

John Lee is one of the largest land-owners and farmers in the county. His 
farm is worth about $35,000, and he has become its possessor solely by his own 
shrewdness and industry. He .says himself : " I started out to do for myself 
when I was about 20 years of age, my property consisting of an axe, which cost 
$2,50." He was born in Salttleet Township, near Hamilton, Ont.", in 1812, and in 
1835 he married Mary Ann Mulholland, of Beverly Town.ship. He first .settled in 
the latter locality, but finally moved to Aldborough. His land is situated on lot 12, 
concession 1 2 of this township, and consists of 890 acres. Although 73 years of 
age, Mr. Lee is as much engrossed in his daily labors as men of half his age. 
He has a family of four sons and three daughters, viz.; Lucinda, Elizabeth, Catherine, 
Joseph, John, Sidney and James William, all of whom reside in Canada. 

William Licmt was born in 1839, in Vienna, Elgin County, and was married to 
Elizabeth Allen, of the Township of iiayham. He now owns 50 acres of land in 
lot 26, concession 2 of this township, which is worth about $2,500. Mr. and Mrs. 
Allen have had a family of eight children, six of whom are now living. 

Anduew Li'NX was born in Galashiels, Scotland, February 23rd, 1820, and set- 
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of Diinwich, valiit;d at $22,000. Ht: first came to Canada in 1852, and settled in 
Oxford County, near Ingersoll, where he remained until he removed to the farm on 
which he now lives. Mr. l.unn was married, in 1842, to Isabella Fait, of the County 
of Haddington, Scotland, and has four sons and two daughters. V'wv of these, viz., 
John, Thomas, Walter, James and Margaret, are now living. 

Elijah Mann, Jk., is the owner of " Ro.sedale Farm," comprising 100 acres of 
lot 36, on Talbot Street, in the Township of Southwold, valued at $1,000. Mr. 
Mann is a son of Elijah Mann, Sr., who came to Canada from New York State in 
1 8 14, and settled in Southwold Town.ship, receiving the farm now occupied by his 
son from Col. Talbot. Elijah Mann, Sr., lived until 1868. His family was as follows: 
Sarah, Amy, Mary, I.yman, Henry, Caroline, Rhoda, Elizabeth, Clausa, Elijah, Char- 
lotte, Almira, Matilda, Jane, Melissa and Joseph. Of these, Lyman, Rhoda, Sarah 
and Mary, are deceased. Elijah Mann, Jr., was married November 21st, 1865, to 
Almira McCray, daughter of John McCray, a native of New York .Stati-. They have 
had three children, of whom only one is now living. 

DuciAi.n McCoLL owns 250 acres of land on lots 3 and 4, North Tall)ni Road, 
Township of Southwold, called "Maple Lane P'arm," and valued at $20,000. Nicol 
McColl and Janet Campbell, his parents, were natives of Argyleshire, Scotland. Nicol 
was brought to Southwold by our subject's grandfather, Dugald, in 1S31. Mr. Dugald 
McColl had a family of eight children. * Mr. Nicol McColl was marrieil in 1845, 
came into possession of the homestead in 1855, and brought up three children, viz. : 
Dugald, the subject of this sketch, born in Southwold, 1846, and Reeve of the 
township, who resides on the old homestead ; Christina, wife of James H. Best, 
farmer, of Southwold ; and Mary, wife of Geo. McKenzie, a resident oi .St. Thomas. 
Mr. Nicol McColl represented West Elgin in the first Provincial Parliament for 
Ontario, from 1867 until 1871, and was a member of the County Council for .several 
years. Dugald McColl has occupied the old homestead since 1878. He vv.is married, 
in 1875, to Mary Black, born in Southwold in 1848, and they have a family of 
three children, viz., Janet, Nicol and Emily. Mr. McColl was elected Deputy Reeve 
of Southwold in 1882, and held office for two years. In 1884 he was eUxted Rcevc' 
by acclamation, and again in 1885. He is now Vice-President of the Township 
Insurance Company. 

Malcolm McIntvre came to the Township of Southwold when he was about 18 
years of age, with his father, Angus Mclntyre, who emigrated from Scotland in 1829. 
Angus Mclntyre died in 1858. Malcolm Mclntyre was born in Argyleshire, Scotland. 
and married Isabella I-'erguson, also from Scotlantl, in 1833, and the)- have nine 
children, four sons and five daught<;rs. Malcolm worked wiih his father until his 
marriage, when he took up 100 acres of land on lot g, 2nd range south of Lake 
Road, Township of .Southwold, which is valued at about $7,000, and is named " Pt.-ach 
Grove Farm." Malcolm's children are all living, and are as follows : Catherine, 
married to James McCallum, of Fingal ; Mary, who resiiles with her unck; ; Isabella, 
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on the Lake Road ; Nancy, married to Duncan McCormick, farmer on Talbot Street ; 
Dugald, farmer on Lake Shore Road; Daniel, who resides with his parents; and 
Jessie, who also lives at home. 

John Mason emigrated from England in 1827, where he was born in 1S08, in 
Manchester. His parents were Samuel and Alice Mason, who never came to America. 
On reaching Canada, Mr. Mason took up the land which he now owns in South- 
wold, viz., 90 acres on lot 14, concession north of Lake Road, which is worth about 
$7,000. Mr, Mason calls his place " Gaythorn." Besides fai.-ii' g, Mr. Mason has 
engaged considerably in blacksmithing, and also took the contract for building the 
harbor of Port Stanley in 1837. He was married twice, first, in 1867, to Isabella 
Wade, who was born in Putney, England. He was married for the second time to 
Mrs. Rufus Mills, a widow lady with one daughter. Mr. Mason has no family of 
his own. 

Capt. Samukl Mason owns 122 acres on lot 14, first range south of the Union 
Road, Township of Southwold, which is valued at $10,000. He is a son of John 
Mason, who emigrated from England in 181 5, and settled at Long Point, Norfolk 
County, where he built a foundry and remained for ten years. John Mason died 
at Long Point in 1819, at the age of 65 years. Capt. Samuel Mason settled at 
Port Stanley in 1827, and built a vessel, which he commanded for ten years; since 
which time he has been in the woollen business, but has lately retired. Captain 
Mason was born in England in 1802, and married Alice Ashcroft, of Liverpool, in 
1827. There were born of this marriage eleven children, four sons and seven 
daughters. Mrs. Mason died in 1881, at the advanced age of 74. The surviving 
children of Capt. Mason are as follows : John Henry, Samuel James, Sarah Elizabeth, 
Eliza Jane, Mary Frances. Alice Emily, Louisa Matilda, Laura Cecilia and Evangeline 
Eugenie. All of these live in Canada except Alice Emily, who resides in Michigan. 

Capt. Ancus Mav, Master Mariner, has a pleasant homestead in Southwold 
Township, comprising 5 acres of ground on lot 14, on the first range north of the 
Union Road, which he calls " Maple Grove Home," and values at $1,000. He wa.s 
born in the year 1820, at Lochgilphead, Argyleshire, Scotland, within twenty miles 
of Inverary Castle, the famous residence of the Duke of Argyle. When 15 years of 
age, Capt. May began navigating with his father, and ever since then has " followed 
the sea." In 1847 he became master of a coasting vessel, and for nine years 
following sailed to various parts of the world. In 1856 he sailed for Canada and 
arrived at Port Stanley, where he now lives, when at home. Capt. May has in his 
time navigated all sorts of waters, both salt and fresh, and has been singularly 
successful in all his undertakings, having never yet met with a serious accident. He 
is still hale and hearty, and is always ready to go wherever the pursuit of his 
profession may lead him. Capt. May married Catherine McCallum in 1850, and has 
had a family of nine children, of whom seven are now living, viz., Malcolm, Daniel, 
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Huoii McAi.i'iNK has 300 acres of land, situated on lots 30, 31 and 32, on the 
Talbot Road, in the Township of Southwold, which he values at $24,000, and calls 
" Kilmartin Farm." He is a son of Neil McAlpine and Mary Galbraith, his wife, 
both natives of Argyleshire, Scotland, from whence they emigrated in 1830, and settled 
in Southwold, on the above property. Neil McAlpine died in 1875, aged 86 years, 
and Mrs. McAlpine passed away in 1881, at the age of 83. They reared eleven 
children, of whom the following still survive, viz., John, Donald, Neil, Hugh, Isabella, 
Margaret, Catherine, Nancy, Sarah and Christina. Mr. Neil McAlpine was instru- 
mental in erecting the first Presbyterian Church built in St. Thomas, of which he 
was a trustee for thirty years. He was also a Justice of the Peace for some time. 
Mr. Neil McAlpine left surviving him fifty-five grandchildren, many f)f whom cccupy 
important positions. 

Alkxandek McGugan, lot 36, owns 290 acres on the North Talbot Road, in the 
Township of Southwold, which is worth about $15,000. His father, Neil, was brought 
by Donald McGugan, Alexander's grandfather, to the Township of Aldborough, 
County of Elgin, when a boy. Neil remained with his father until his marriage, 
and then took up a farm on the River Thames. This he lost, owing to a flaw in 
the title of the man from whom he purchased. He then moved back to Dunwich, 
and bought 50 acres, where he remained until 1850, when he came to Southwold, 
and settled upon the property now occupied by himself and sons. Neil, although 71 
years of age, is smart and active. In 1873, Alexander, his son, married, and took 
up the land which he now lives upon. His wife's name was Mary N. Dunn, a 
native of Downie Township, County of Perth. Alexander was born in Dunwich, in 
1836. Five children were born to him, viz., Beatrice Alice, Jennet Elizabeth, Mary 
Catherine, Isabella Dunn and Florence May. Neil McGugan raised a family of ten 
children, viz., Mary, Daniel, Alexander, Florence, Elizabeth, John, Catherine, Jennet, 
Neil and Isabella. Two others died in inAincy. 

James Mkkk, Jk., owns 358 acres of land, called "Maple Bank Farm," south of 
the Union Road, in the Township of Southwold, the property being worth about 
$20,000. Mr. Meek's father and mo.b -•• James and Jane, emigrated fiom Antrim 
County, Ireland, in 18 18, and remained in Montreal for one year, after which they 
located in Southwold, where Mr. Meek died in 1833. The subject of our sketch 
was but young when he arrived in the township, but has grown up with it, has 
held some leading positions, and has accumulated considerable property. He has been 
Deputy Reeve and County Councillor, and is considered a man of much judgment 
and sagacity. He was born in County Antrim, Ireland, in April, 1815, and in 
January, 1835, married Margaret Lodge, a native of the Niagara District, by whom 
he had seven sons and four daughters. Of these six are now living, viz., Jane, 
living at home with her parents ; Edward, practising law in Toronto ; Charles, at the 
Rocky Mountains, west of Calgary ; Henry, practising medicine in Port Stanley ; 
Arthur and George (twins), living at home and working on the farm. Thomas 
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Mauoi.m Munko, who has a farm of 550 acres, Mill Road, Township of South- 
wold, which ht; values at $25,000, was born in this township September 3rd, 1846. 
His father, John, and his grandfather, Neil, emigrated from Argyleshire, Scotland, 
and took up 800 acres of land in Southwoltl. John Munro married, I'ebruary loth, 
1834, Mary Murray, and they had six children, viz., Nancy, Catherine, Sarah, Neil, 
Malcolm and Mary, all of whom reside in I'^lgin except Nancy, who is the wife of 
Colin Cameron, and lives in St. Louis. John Munro died in February, 1880. 
Malcolm Munro, besides being a farmer, deals largely in cattle. He is unmarried, 

Lauu.v McLi:.\n is a daughter of John McLean, who, it is needless to remark, 
comes of Scotch ancestry. Miss McLean is a school teacher by profession, and has 
been pursuing this avocation in the Township of Southwold for the past four years. 
She is at pre.sent leaching at Middlemarch. Her provincial certificate was obtained 
at the Normal School, Toronto, in 1884, 

Neil Munuo has a fine property, consisting of 310 acres of land, on the West 
River Road, in the Township of Southwold, which is valued at $25,000. Mr. 
Munro's grandfather, whose name also was Neil, came to Canada with seven sons in 
1827, and a daughter was born to him afterwards in the Township of Southwold. 
His seven sons were Daniel, John, Duncan, Neil, Colin, Archibald and Dugald, and 
his daughter's name was Mary. The subject of this sketch is a son of John, and 
was born in Southwold, July 12, 1845. He was married, October 5th, 1882, to 
Veda Huchanan, of Yarmouth, and they have had one child. Neil's father had six 
children, viz., Nancy, Catherine, Sarah, Neil, Malcolm and Mary. These are all 
living in the same neighborhood except Nancy, who is married to Colin Cameron, a 
merchant of St. Louis, Mo. The Munro family came to this country from Ireland. 
Mr. Neil Munro is an influential man in the township, and besides his farming 
interests, goes largely into cattle dealing. 

John Moik; first settled in the County Elgin, when it was principally covered 
with bush, in 1861. He was born in Somersetshire, England, in 1814, and married 
Mary Windsor, a native of the same county as himself, in 1855. They have had 
six children, three sons and three daughters. Mr. Mogg now owns 100 acres of lot 
24, concession 2 of the Township of Aldborough, and has expended upon the land 
much care and labor. He is a man much respected by all who know him, and 
has served as a School Trustee for three years. His property is valued at $6,000. 

Donald McLean is a native of Argyleshire, Scotland, where he was born in 
1 8 19. On first coming to America, he settled in New Brunswick, where he remained 
for five years. He then removed to the State of Maine, but not liking that section, 
came to the Township of Aldborough, Elgin County, Ontario, where he purchased 
200 acres of wild land, paying $3.00 per acre therefor. About six years afterwards 
Mr. McLean sold 100 acres of this property for $2,000, with which he purchased 
another bush farm. In 1852 he was married to Sarah Campbell, of Argyleshire, 
Scodand, and two sons were born of this union, viz., Archibald and Daniel. Mr, 



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McLean has now handed over the management of his farm to his sons, the land 
consisting of 250 acres of lot Y, concession A of the Township of Aldboroiigh, 
which is wortli about $12,000, and is one of the finest homesteads in the County 
of Elgin, 

Ni;iL Mi:Lautv, deceased, had a farm worth about $6,000, situate on lot 2, 
concession 3 of the Township of Alborough, and embracing 100 acres of good land, 
Mr. McLarty was born in Argyleshire, Scotland, in 18 10, and was brought to Canada, 
when 8 years of age, by his parvints, Dugald and Mary, who had a family of 
four children, viz., Catherine, Dugald, Neil (the subject of this sketch) and Angus, 
the last named living in Michigan. It is said that Mr. McLarty, Sr., was the first 
of the early pioneers wht was buried in this township. He met his death by 
drowning, while returning home in a small boat with provisions from a neighboring 
port, in company with Colin Ruthven, who was saved, Mr. Neil McLarty was 
married, in 1838, to Nancy Patterson, also of Argyleshire, and thirteen children were 
born to them, of whom eleven, viz., Mary, Duncan, Dugald, John, Angus, Archibald, 
Alexander, Isabella, Donald, Margaret and Neil, are now living. Mr. McLarty, when 
a young man, kept a distillery for some years, but afterwards turned his attention 
to farming, first settling in Mosa, and then removing to Aldborough. Mrs. McLarty 
is living on the old homestead, and is in her 68th year. 

William Mowiiuav is an American by birth, having been born in New York in 
1830. He owns 70 acres of land on lot 19, in the 13th concession of the Town- 
ship of Aldborough, the property being valued at about $3,500. Mr. Mowbray is 
a son of Robert and Ann Mowbray, who came to America from Dunfermline, 
Scotland, and landed in New York. After remaining there for a year, they moved 
to Chippewa. Welland County, Ontario. Mr. Mowbray, Sr., was a school teacher, 
but not finding this sufficiently remunerative, he took up land in Aldborough, and 
started farming. The subject of this sketch was married, in 1869, to Anna Campbell, 
a native of Aldborough, and they have had a family of five children, three of whom 
are now living, viz., Annie, James and Jennie. Mr. Mowbray and his brother 
are largely interested in " Eagle Dock," from whence large quantities of staves and 
lumber are shipped. 

John Mark came to Elgin County in 1851. He was born in Nova Scotia, in 
Digby County, about 1836. Mr. Marr now owns 50 acres of land on lot 2, con- 
cession 3 of the Township of Bayham, the property being worth about $2,500. Ho 
was marrii:d, in i86i, to Matilda Foster, of VValsingham Townshii), and they have 
had a family of three children, of whom two, viz., Clinton and Edward, are now 
living. 

William McIver owns 100 acres of land on lot 11, concession 6 of the 
Township of Aldborough, which is worth about $4,000. He was born in Ross-shire, 
Scotland, in March, 1836. In 1864 he married Jane Graham, of Middlesex County, 
Ontario, where she was born in 1839, and they have a family of five children, viz., 



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Floni, IClizal)cth Arm, Huj^h, Archibald and Mary, all of whom are now living, the 
eldest being married and settled in Lobo Township. William Mclver, Sr., our 
subject's father, came to Canada in 1H45, and settled in Middlesex, with a family of 
seven, viz., Isabella, Janet, Jane, Ann, Hugh, William and Klizabeth, who are all 
living at present. Mr. Mclver was one of the pioneers of Middlesex, and lived to 
be 75 years of age. His .son William organized and kept the first post office in 
the locality where he lived, which was known as Ivan P. O., County of Middlesex. 
Ill 1884 he came to Aldborough Township, and located on his present farm. Mrs. 
Mclver's parents are also among the first settlers of Middlesex. 

John Maiion owns 75 acres of land on lot 9, concession 5 of the Township of 
Aldborough, which is worth about $3,000. Mr. Mahon is a well known farmer and 
Township Councillor, and was born in London, Ont., in February, 1841. In 1874 
he married Kvangeline Spring, of Middlesex, and they have a family of four children. 
Samuel Mahon, the father of the subject of our sketch, was born in the County of 
Meath, Ireland, in 1795, and came to America in 1836, first locating in the County 
of Simcoe, Ont. He then came to London with his family of nine children, viz., 
Susan, Mary, Ann, William, Jane, Hannah, Margaret, Helen and John, all of whom 
are living at present. Mrs. John Mahon's father was born in the County of York, 
Ont., in 1830, and removed to Middlesex in 1851, where he still resides. Mr. and 
Mrs. Mahon's four children are named respectively William, Albert, Mary and 
Christina. The family are staunch adherents of the Methodist Church. Mr. Samuel 
Mahon died in the spring of 1874. 

.S.\MLi;i, 1). McCuKDV is a prosijerous farmer, who owns 250 acres of land on 
lot 23, concession 2 of the Township of Hayham, the pro|)erty being valued at 
$9,000. He was born in this township in May, 1836, and in 1869 married LIsie 
A. Stilwell, of Middleton Township, by whom he has five sons and one daughter. 
Our subject is a son of Richard and .Sarah McCurdy, the former being a native of 
Vermont State, and the latter of Nova Scotia. Their family consisted of twelve 
children, six of whom, viz., Samuel I)., William H., Jeanette, Mary Ann, Eliza and 
Frank, still survive. 

Benjamin S. McCallum has 156 acres of fine farming land on lot 2, concession 
2 of the Township of Hayham, which is worth about $10,000. He was born in 
Nelson Township, Halton County, in 1836, and settled in Elgin in 1854. In 1861 
he married Lydia Ann Hoover, of Malahide Township, and they had a family of 
five children, of whom four are now living. John and Eliza McCallum, the parents 
of Henjamin, came to Hayham from Halton County, and settled on lot 1, concession 
2, where they took up 700 acres of land. They had a family of eight children, all 
of whom are now living and own this land, with the exception of about 200 acres. 

RoitiiKT MooKK is a native of Lisbon County, New York State, where he was 
born in 1830. He now owns 125 acres of land on lot 3, concession 2 of the 
Township of Bayham, which is worth about $6,500. He first came to Elgin in 



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1843, and worked out as a farm hand for $6.00 per month. In 1855 he married 
Elsie Weaver, and seven children were born of the union, viz., Soionous, Henry, 
Harvey, Titus, Ph(x;be, Jane ai.d NeUie, of whom six are now living. Mr. Moore 
came from the States with his parents in 1843, the family consisting of two sons 
and three daughters. They first located in the Township of Metcalfe, County of 
M iddlesex. 

AKCiiiii.VLi) McKav owns a farm of 150 acres of land on lot 11 in the Gore 
of the Township of Dunwich, which he values at $9,cxx). He was born in Argyle- 
shire, Scotland, August 20th, i8oo, and settled in the County of Elgin in i860. He 
married Mary McMurchy in 1830, and they have had ten children, of whom eight 
are now living, viz., Catherine, Grace, Christina, Mary, Belle, Flora, John and 
Alexander. Our subject and his wife first came to Canada in 1842, and settled in 
the Township of King, York County; but after eighteen years, they removed to their 
present location. Mr. McKay's father and brother came with him to Canada, and 
settled in the Township of Collingwood. His father lived to a great age, 108 years, 
and when he was 100 years old could shoot a crow quite easily. He was an 
enthusiastic sportsman all his life, and his strength and activity were such that when 
a century old he was able to work on a grain stack. He never lost a tooth, and 
his eyesight never failed him up to the time of his death. Mr. Archibald McKay 
has inherited the energy and determination of his wonderful father. 

AKCuiiiALD McVannel was born in Argyleshire, Scotland, in 1816, and came to 
the County of Elgin in 1848. He was married, in 1863, to Mary McMillan, by 
whom he has had seven children, three sons and four daughters, viz., Jane, Margaret, 
Nancy; Mary, Duncan, Daniel and Peter. Mr. McVannel's farm is situated on lot 
8, concession 4 of the Township of Dunwich, the property being valued at about 
$ I. J, 000. The subject of our sketch has now a very pleasant home, and possesses 
(juite a library of books. His family are musical in their tastes, which study they 
take much interest in. Mr. McVannel's brother, Peter, resides with him, the two 
having shared the hardships of pioneer life together. 

Malcolm McLkan, lot A, 5th concession of the Township of Dunwich, owns 
162 acres, his land being worth about $12,000. He was born in Argyleshire, Scotland, 
in 1805, and first settled in Canada in 1837. His wife, Isabella, was also born in 
Argyleshire, and they were married in 1831. They had ten children, of whom seven, 
viz., Mary, Catherine, Neil, Daniel, Isabella, Malcolm and Flora, are now living. 
These all reside in Ontario, except Malcolm, who lives in British Columbia. Mr. 
McLean is in his 80th year, and, in spite of his great age, still enjoys good h'.'.alth. 
His wants are administered to by the members of his family and a grandson named 
Duncan, to whom he is much attached, and who has lived with him since childhood. 

RoiiKKT March came from Clackmannanshire, Scotland, where he was born in 
:8o9, and .settled in Elgin in 1844. He now owns 52 acres of lot 23 in the Gore 
of the Township of Dunwich, which he values at $3,500. In 1843 he married Jane 



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Milton, who was born in Trowbridge, England, and they have h;id ten children, 
seven sons and three daughters. Our subject first came to Dunwich as a school 
teacher, and followed that avocation for several years, after which he turned his 
attention to farming. iMve of his children have sought homes in the States, the 
others residing in Canada. Mr. March is in his 76th year, but is yet hale and 
hearty. 

JuDsoN MiLLiGAN is a native of Nova Scotia, where he was born in 1832. He 
now owns a fine farm of 100 acres, in lot 24, concession 5 (S of A) of the Town- 
ship of Dunwich, which is valued at $6,000. Mr. Milligan married Hannah Griffin, 
a native of this township, in 1852, and they had a family of eleven, of whom ten, 
eight sons and two daughters, are now living. Mr. Milligan was a Township 
Councillor for seven years, being elected in 1874. Ale.xander Milligan, the father of 
our subject, came to Canada from Ayrshire, Scotland, and married Mary Niles, a 
native of Nova Scotia. Seven of their children, viz., Fannie, Margaret. Mary, 
Hannah. Judson, Edward and Nancy, are now alive. Mr. Milligan, Sr., died in 
March, 1873, but Mrs. Milligan, who is in her 95th year, is still alive and well, 
although she has been deprived of her eyesight for the last seven years. Mr. Judson 
Milligan has been engaged in threshing for the last thirty-one )(!ars, and has never 
met with an accident. 

Ali:x.\m)i:r McWiu.iams has been farming in the County of Elgin since 1845, 
and is now the owner of 100 acres of land in lot 18, on the 3rd concession of the 
lownship of Dunwich, his property being worth about $10,000. He was born in 
Argyleshire, Scotland, in 1837. and was married, in 1S69, to Agnes McDonald, also 
of Argyleshire. Their family consists of four children, two .sons and two daughters, 
viz., Neil, Ale.xa.ider, Agnes and Margaret. Ale.xander McWilliams, Sr., and Agnes 
Stewart, the father and mother of the subject of this sketch, were natives of Argyle- 
shire. Scotland, and settled in Dunwich on their arrival in Canada. 

Duncan McArtiur is a native of Argyleshire, Scotland, where he first saw the 
li^rht in 1 8 19. He settled in the County of Elgin in 1846. having in 1842 contracted 
a marriage with Catherine McKay, also of Argyleshire. Eight children were born to 
them, four of whom, viz., Christie, Jane. Mary and Daniel, survive. Mr. McArthur 
farms 150 acres of land in lot 16, on the 5th concession of the Township of 
Dun-vich. which he values at about $10,000. He may be considered one of the 
pioneers of tht; township, and is now (;njoying the fruits of years of toil. 

Malcolm McIntvui.; was born in Argyleshire. Scotland, in 1829, and settled in 
this country in 1830. He now owns 250 acres of land in the Township of Dunwich. 
the property being worth about $20,000. He was married, in 1854, to Janet Gunn, 
a native of the township. Their family consists of eight children, five .sons and 
three daughters, viz., Daniel, Benjamin, Eliza, Annie, Neil. Archibald. George and 
Mary Jane. Of these, Daniel, Benjamin, Eliza and Annie are living in Manitoba. 
Mr. Mclntyre has erected fine buildings on his farm, which is one of the best in 
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Pktkk McPiii:kson, lot 7, concession i of the Township of Dunwich, is a farmer, 
and owns 650 acres of land, valued at $40,000. He was born near Long Point in 
1820, and was married, in 1852, to Eh'zabeth McCalium, a native of Argyleshire, 
Scotland. Seven sons and two daughters, viz., Archibald, Daniel, Duncan, John, 
Elizabeth, Hector, Grace, Peter and David, were born to them, all of whom are 
now living with or near their parents, with the exception of Hector, who is in the 
North-West. Daniel McPherson and Grace Banderman, the father and mother of our 
subject, came to this country from Sutherlandshire, Scotland, and first settled at New 
Glasgow, in Aldborough Township. They had eight children, five of whom, viz., 
Peter, Hector, Janet, Anna and Catherine, are now living. Mr. McPher.son has been 
a Township Councillor for the last two years. 

Alexander McPhail has 100 acres of land in lot 21. on the 5th concession of 
the Township of Dunwich, valued at $7,000. He was bcin in this township in 
1844, and has never been married. John McPhail r.nd Mary Patterson, the parents 
of our subject, were among the early settlers in this township, and cleared the land 
now occupied by their son Alexander. They had eight children, of whom there are 
five, viz., Alexander, Sarah, John, Richard and Eliza, now livii j. 

Duncan McKilloi' owns 250 acres of land on the 7th concession of the Town- 
ship of Dunwich, which is valued at $20,000. He is a native of the township, and 
was born in 1840. He married Mary McIiUyre, January 14th, 1868, by whom he 
had seven children, one son and six daughters. Arciiibald McKiilop and Nanc)- 
Leach, the parents of our subject, came to Canada from Argyleshire, Scotland, in 
1S19, and settled in Aldborough Township. After five years they removed to 
Dunwich. Mr. McKiilop the elder died in 1879, and his wife in 1883. They had 
nine children, of whom four, viz., Catherine, Sarah, Nancy and Duncan, are now 
living. Duncan McKiilop is one of the largest stock-raisers in the township, and 
cultivates the farm formerly occupied by his father. 

Duncan McPhail farms 250 acres, partly in lot 20, on the 8th concession of 
the Township of Dunwich, vvliich is valued at $20,000. He wns born in this town- 
ship in 1832, and has been a Township Councillor for six years, and also a 
magistrate for a considerable period. Mr. McPhail has never bettn married. His 
father and mother, Alexander McPhail and Sarah McClaven, came to Canada from 
Argyleshire, Scotland, in 1819. and settled in 'Xldborough Township, remaining there 
about six years, and then came to Dunwich. They had twelve children, of whom 
five, viz., Hugh, Duncan, Daniel, Elizabeth and Jennie, survive. 

Neil McIntvke, lot A, conce.ssion 8, Dunwich Township, is a farmer by occu- 
pation, and owns 250 acres of land, which he values at $20,000. He was born in 
the same township, January 12th, 1837, and has been a J. P. since 18S2. He was 
married, July 6th, 1869, to Nhirgaret A. Eaton, of Middlesex County, by whom he 
has two children, Martha and Anna May. Neil Mclntyre and Nancy his wife, the 
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1829, settling in Uimwich Township. They had nine children, of whom Hve are 
now living. Mrs. Mclntyre's parents, David Eaton and Martha Neyzer, came to 
Canada from Ireland about 1833, and settled in Middlesex. They had eight children, 
of whom five are now living. Mr. Mclntyre has devoted for some time considerable 
attention to stock-raising, ami is now President of the Dunwich and Southwold Branch 
Agricultural Society. 

Cii;()K(;K Norr emigrated from Devonshire, England, in 1857, and settled at Fort 
Talbot, Dunwich Township, where he farmed for .some time. In 1875 he purchased 
the property upon which he now lives, viz., 100 acres of land on lot 8, Talbot Road, 
Township of Southwold, v.ilued at $8,000, which is called " Maple Park l""arm." Mr. 
Nott was born in Devonshire in 1830, and in 1857 married Alice Harris, also of 
Devonshire, by whom he has had six sons and one daughter, viz. : Harry, farmer, 
born 1858; John, born 1859, at home on farm; WilliajiiGorcJon, born 1861, hardware 
merchant in Sarnia, Out.; (ieorge, born 1863, farmer, at home; Edwin, born 1868; 
Erederick, born 1870; Alice Rebecca, born 1876, at home. 

Ri( iiAKi) Nkvii.ls, deceased, owned 100 acres of land on lot 21, concession 1 of 
the Township of Hayham, which is at present worth about $4,000. He was born 
at Niagara in 1837, and settled in Elgin al)out 1855. He was married, in 1867, 
to .Marion McCurdy, of the Township of Hayham, and had by her four children, 
three t)f whom are now living. Our subject was a son of James and Mary Nevills, 
and rthen he first came to the County of Elgin, it was principally bush land. Mr. 
Nevills died in March, 1884. 

Hknkv Olvkk hus 140 acres of land on lot 8 on the second range east of the 
River Road, in the Town.shi|) of Southwold, which he has named " Hill Crest," and 
values at $14,000. Mr. Olver is a son of Thomas Olver, of Devonshire, England, 
where our subject was I)orn in December, 181 2 In 1841, Henry, William and James 
Olver emigrated to Canada and si-ttled in Yarmouth Township, Henry, after thirty 
years' residence there, moving to .Southwold to his present location. John, a brother 
of Henry, came to this country in 1835, but both ha and James have since died. 
William is still living on a farm in Southwold. Henry Olver, in 1838, married 
T'annie Hrown in his native county in England, and one daughter has been born of 
this union. The latter is now the wife of Henry Joyner. 

Benj.kmin Piiii.i.ii's calls his place " Treelawn I'arm." It comprises 200 acres on 
lot 30, Talbot Road, Township of .Southwold, which is worth about $16,000. His 
father, Edward Phillips, was pressed into the marine service in 1806, in Scotland, and 
was taken to India, under Rear-Admiral Hoare, where he remained six years. When 
the Dutch War of 1806 ceased, he was again pressed into the British service, and 
served through the American War of 1812-13. At the conclusion of this conflict, 
Mr. Phillips went into the ship rigging business in the City of St. John, N.B., for 
several years, during which time he was married to Mary Bailey, daughter of Rev. 
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marriage. Edward Phillips came to Toromo, Ont., in 1832, but in 1837 moved to 
the Township of Pickering. Mr. Benjamin Phillips, who was born in St. John in 
1820, first took up land in Ontario County, but after a rtsidence there of twenty- 
eight years, moved to his present location. He married, in 1844, Amanda Lynde, 
of Whitby Township, and they had sixteen children, nine sons and seven daughters, 
of whom the following are still living, viz., Mary Louisa, Maggie, Sylvester, Amanda, 
James, Benjamin, Hector, Hester, Maurice, Charles and Mabel. These all reside in 
Ontario, except Hector, who is in Dakota, and James, who has gone to Illinois. 
Mr. Benjamin Phillips has been a captain of militia, and is a Justice of the Peace. 

Jon Pickett comes from Sussex, England, where he was born in July, 1836. 
He now occupies a farm worth about $8,000, on lot 2, concession B of the Town- 
ship of Southwold. Mr. Job Pickett is a son of Job Pickett, Sr., who was born in 
England in 18 19, and who had a family of eighteen children, of whom his son Job 
was the eldest. The latter came to Canada in 1871, and first settled in Yarmouth 
Township, County Elgin, thence removing seven years later to Southwold. He was 
married, July 31st, 1858. to Emilia Streater, of Sussex, England, but they have no 
children. 

Edw.xkd N. Pukstdn is the owner of 75 acres of land on lot i, concession B 
of the Township of Southwold, which he calls " Forest Rose," and values at $6,000. 
Mr. Preston is a son of Noble Preston, who emigrated from Ireland in 1S32, and 
came to Ouebec, where he was a contractor on the Rideau Canal for about four 
years. He then moved to Elgin County, landing at Port '■ iley, and settled on 
lot I, concession .\, where he farmed until his death in 1S67. Noble Preston had 
twelve children, hut several died in infancy. The subject of this sketch is the only 
one of his sons now living ; the following daughters, however, still survive, viz., 
Margaret, Jane .\iin, Esther, Mary, Sarah anil I'"anny. Mr. Edward N. Preston was 
born in Southwold in October, 1S42, and was married in December, 1872, to Susan 
Ordish, who was born at St. Thomas in May, 1852. They have two children, a 
boy and a girl. 

Hi:\K\ Pai.mku was born in Middlesex, I^ngland, in 1829, and settled in the 
County of Elgin, Ont., about 1845. He owns a farm of 200 acres in lot 23, con- 
ce.ssion 5 of the Township of Bayham, which is worth about $4,000. In 1867 Mr. 
Palmer married .\lmeda Weaver, of Chippewa, Ont., and they have had seven children, 
six of whom are now living. 

Lkonaki) Pkanci.kn was born in Wiltshire, I'-ngland, in June, 1821, and settled 
m Canada in the same month thirty years later. He was married in February, 1857, 
to Ellen Fitzgerald, of County Waterford, Ireland, by whom he had three children. 
Mr. Noah Pranglen, father of Leonard, was married four times, and the subject of 
this sketch is a son of his secoml wife. He had altogether eight children, viz., 
James, Josi;ih, Louisa, Caroline, Leonard, William, -Sarah, and one tleceaseil in infancy. 
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Mr. L(!()narcl Pranglcn first came to Canada, he settU^d at Stony Mills, in Prince 
Kdward County, Ont. ; lie then moved to IMcton, and after remaining there for a 
year, came to St. Thomas, where he resided three years. Taking w\> a farm near 
St. Thomas, he worked it for .some time, and then moved to his present property, 
which consists of loo acres on lot 3, concession C of the Township of .Southwold. 

I'his he has occupied for the past nine years. Mrs. I'ranglen was married twice, 
and jjy her first husband, Thomas Karesey, had three children, Mary, Alice and 

Thomas, all of whom are now living. 

JosiAii P.M.MKk owns 100 acri!s of land on lot 23, concession 4 of the Township 
of Hayham, which is valued at $2,cxx). He was born in Middlese.x, lingland, about 
ICS35, and settled in Canada ten years later. In 1864 Mr. I'alnier married Jane 
Ramsey, of Ireland. Mr. Palmer's parents, Thomas and Ann, when they first came 
to America, .settled in the .State of Ohio, where they resid(;d for three years, and 
then removed to Ontario. Their family consisted of seven children, si.\ of whom are 
now living. 

I'"ki;i)i;ki(K I'k()N(; is a German by birth, the place of his nativity being Meck- 
lenburg, Cicrmany, where he was born about 1836. He came to Elgin in 1861, and 
now owns 97 acres of lot 25, in the ist concession of Hayham Township. He 
married Jane Chapman, a native of tiiis township, in 1871, and they have one son, 
Edward. Mr. Prong first came to Canada in 1857, and located in Paris, Hrantford 
County, afterwards removing to Elgin. His farm is in a gciod state of cultivation, 
and is worth about $3,000. 

John Pattkkson has a farm worth $10,000 on lot 23, concession 4, Township 
of Dunwich, consisting of 195 acres of good arable land. He was born in Argyle- 
shire, .Scotland, in 1807, antl first came to the County of lUgin in 1839. Mr. 
Patterson was married twice. By his first wife, Hetsy, he had four children, antl by 
his second, Margaret, ten. Of these seven are now alive, viz., Christina, Duncan, 
Daniel, Kate, Isaliella, .Annie and John. On coming to Canada, Mr. Patterson first 
.settletl in Lower Canada, where he lived for about a year. He then rtmioved to 
the County of MidtUesex, and after spending four years then;, camt; to the Township 
of Dunwich, a little south of where he now lives. He remained there about fifteen 
years, and then locateil on his present farm. Mr. Patterson has thus cleared for 
himself three farms, and has experienced many hardships ; iiut although 78 years of 
age, he is still smart and active. 

John P.uon was born in Argyleshire, .Scotland, in 1815, and first settled in 
Elgin in 1850. He now owns 100 acres of lot 15, in the 2nd conces on of the 
Township of Dunwich, which is worth about $7,000. In [852 he married Rose 
McCorkindale, also of Argyleshire, and they had nine children, of whom six, viz., 
Angus, Kate, Daniel, Margaret, John and Betsy, are now alive. 'The country was 
an unbroken forest when Mr. Paton first took up land, but it has changed into a 
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Thomas Pkaiu-k was born March 28th, 1S33, and is a inost prosperous farmer. 
He owns 254 acres of land in lots A, B and C, on the 9th concession of the 
Township of Dunvvich, which he holds at a value of $20,000. Mr. Pearce was 
wedded January 19th, 1.S65, to Marinda Williams, a native of the same township, 
and daughter of .Samuel Williams and Harriet Waters, settlers of 1841. They have 
no family. Mr. Fearce is the eldest son of William Pearce and Ann Moorhouse, a 
sketch of whom appears el.sewheie. 

William Pi;ak( k has a farm of 200 acres in lot 11, concession 8 of the Town- 
ship of Dunwich, which he calls " Fairvvood," and which is valueil at $12,000. He 
was born in the .State of Pennsylvania .April 28th, 1805, and settled in the County 
of Klgin in 1809. He was married February 4th, 1831, to Ann Moorhou.se, a native 
of the County of Wexford, Ireland, and had a family consisting of two sons and 
five daughters. Of these, Thojnas, Jane, John P., Eliza, Mary and .Sarah, are now 
living. Mrs. Pearce died in 1875. Mr. Pearce, who is now in his 80th year, though 
not in the best of health, still wields an axe, and tells many stories of his early 
pioneer life. When he first came to Dunwich the wolves and bears were very 
numerous. i 

Jonas P.\(;k li\'es on 65 acres of land, which he very appro|jriateIy calls " Pleasant 
View," on lot 3, in the loth conce.ssion of the Township of Dunwich. He was 
born in Oxfordshire, F^ngland, November 18th, 1S15, and settled in the County of 
Elgin in 1845. He was married in England in 1838 to E.sther Hirons, of Warwick- 
shire, by whom he had eleven children, eight sons and three daughters. Of these, 
six, viz., William, James, Joseph, Jonas, .Sarah and Fallen, are now living. Losii.g 
his first wife, Mr. Page married .Susan .Swisher, whose maiden name was Daw.son, 
duel who was born in the County of Northumberland, in this Province, March 9th, 
1823. In 1862 Mr. Page started an ashery on his farm, which proved very remu- 
nerative ; it was the first of the kind in the townshij). The (iovernment, in the 
fall of 1884, opened a fishery on Mr. Page's pro])erty, which has turned out a great 
success. .Mr. Page, although 70 years of age, is still hale and hearty. He has 
been a member of the Methodist Church for fort\-five \ears, and also belongs to the 
F'lgin County Bee Kee])ers' As.sociation. hie served as a .School Trustee for six years. 

John Pkakci;, lot lu, concession 10, Dunwich Township, is the owner of 320 
acres of land. He was born in this locality on November 14th, 1818. Mr. Pearce's 
father was a native of Rhode Fsland, and came to Canada in 1809; he married 
F" ranees Patterson. ''^''.n Pearce was married, in 1840, to ICliza Moorhouse, a native 
of the Corn: i>i ',rd. Ireland, and of this marriage four sons and two daughters 

were bor.i * , (-i 1 former are now living. Joseph j^esides with his parents; 
Thomas oii .i ..rni i<i'il>"ng; John is a seed merchant in London; and William 
holds the posluo" >t ;'.;, rnment Land Commissioner in the North-West. 

Jahkl Rohinson is the owner of " Linsdale Farm," which covers 200 acres of 
lot 29, south of the Talbot Road, in the Township of .Southwold, and which is worth 
about $14,000. He is a son of William Robinson and Mary Cleave., his wife, who 



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lived and died in England. Jabcl was born in Buci<ingham.shirc, England, Occonibcr 
iith, 1831, and emigrated to Canada in the spring of 1.S56, He first settled in St. 
Thomas, where he worked as a carpenter and joiner until 1864. He then began 
dealing in lumber, which he continued doing until 1871, when he purchased the property 
upon which he now lives. He married in June, 1854, Caroline Barnwell, of Woburn, 
Bedforilshire, England, by whom he had seven children, viz. : Hattit;, who teaches in 
the Central School, .St. Thomas ; William C, emjjloyed on the Rocky Mountain 
Division of the Canadian Pacific Railway ; Charles H., a veterinary surgeon, now 
practising in Wheeling, West Va. ; Je.sse I)., a graduate of the Ontario .School of 
Agriculture, Guelph, who farms with his father; Sarah, Kate and Franklin J.; the 
last three named never having left home. Mrs. Jabel Robinson died December i8th, 
1884. She was a daughter of Josejjh Barnwell, who was head gardener for Lortl 
Charles Russell, in England. Mr. Jabel Robinson was a Councillor of St. Thomas 
for three years, and was Master of the Provincial Cirange for two years, and of the 
Dominion Grange for the same length of lime. 

Wii,i,i.\M RoiiKKTs is an Englishman, having been born in .Somersetshire. England, 
in 1822. In 1832 John and Ann Roberts, the parents of the subject of these 
remarks, came to the County of Elgin, Ontario, bringing with them a family of 
seven children, of whom five, viz., Mary, lulward, Rol^ert, Ann and Catherine, are 
now alive. Mr. William Roberts, in 1853, was married to Jemima IJundy, a native 
of Wiltshire, England. He now owns 50 acres of land on lot 20, concession 5 of 
the Township of Bayham, which is worth about $1,500. 

Alexander Ross has 150 acres of fine land on lot 24, concession A of the 
Township of Dunwich, which is valued at about $9,000. He was born in Glengarry, 
Upper Canada, in 1827, and .settled in the County of Elgin in 1834. In 1S50 he 
married Jane I-umley, by whom he has had three children, two of whom, viz., 
William and Herman, are now living. William Ross and Isabella Smith, the father 
and mother of our subject, came to this township from Glengarry County, first 
setding near Port Talbot, where thfiy remained about ten years, and then moved to 
the farm upon which their son Alexander now resides. Their family consisted of 
thirteen children, of whom eleven still survive. 

Georce Siuox owns 100 acres of land on lot 4, north of Talbot Road, Township 
of Southwold, which he calls " Hillside Farm," and values at $6,000. He is a son 
of Rev. Joseph Silcox and Mary Gutch, his wife. The former was born in Wilt- 
shire, England, in 1793, and died in 1874. Mrs. Joseph Silcox was born in 1785, 
and died in 1855. Rev. Joseph Silcox established the first Congregational church in 
Canada, in the affairs of which he always took the deepest interest. He had a 
family of six' children, viz.: Noah, deceased, was Superintendent of Public Schools in 
Elgin County ; William, farmer, near Shedden ; Annie, deceased ; James, resident of 
lona : George, farmer, subject of this sketch ; Fanny, deceased, was married to Richard 
Ketdewell. George Silcox was married, first, to Hannah Lodge, in 1848, by whom 
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Mrs. Silcox dying in March, 1S55, Mr. Silcox, in 1857, married Hannah Clarlc, 
daughter of John Clark, of Dunwich, by whom he had five children, \ iz. : Edgar, 
farmer in Southwold ; Arthur, farmer, with parents ; Annie, resides at home ; Sidney, 
Public School teacher, educated at .St. Thomas ; and Rachel, who lives at home. 

John .Sanders owns 100 acres of land on lot 24, on the Talbot Road, Township 
of Southwold, which is worth about $6,000. lie is a son of Lawrence Sanilers, and 
was born in 1843, in Devonshire, England. He was married, in 1869, to Mary 
Tubb Earl, of Cornwall, England, and they have had five children, two sons and 
three daughters, viz. : Frederick Lawrence, Edith Agnes, Mary Elizabeth, Alice Caro- 
line and William John, all of whom reside at home. John Sanders came out from 
England in 1S69, and settled in the Village of Aurora, County of York, where he 
worked at the milling business for one year. He then acted as head miller in St. 
Thomas, and afterwards removed to I'ingal, where he continued at the same occupation 
for five years. Leaving Fingal, he .settled in 1876 on the farm which he now 
occupies, and which he has ever since worked. 

Fkkdkkick Hugh Amiikkst .Sii.xuon is a son of Thomas Sharon, a native of 
Redstone, Pennsylvania, where he was born in 1798. At the age of 5 years 
Thomas was brought by his par(;nts to Niagara District, where he remained until 
he was 18, and then settled on the farm now occupied by the subject of our sketch. 
He died in 1883, at the age of 84 years. Thomas Sharon had three sons and five 
daughters, of whom the following are alive, viz. : Thomas .Sturgeon, John Sutton, 
Eliza Ann, Sarah Ellen, Frederick Hugh Amherst, F" ranees Harriet and Margaret 
Clarissa. The three sons reside in Elgin County, and the daughters are all married, 
as follows; Mary Jane, to Joseph Sifton ; Eliza Ann, to Thomas Humphries, who 
lives on Talbot Street Road, between St. Thomas and Fingal ; Sarah Ellen, to 
Frederick J. Payne, of the same township ; I'rances Harriet, to Dugald Graham, who 
is manager of the Williams Manufacturing Co., and lives in Montreal ; and Margaret 
Clarissa, to Dr. Wm. Barber, of Waverley, lona. Frederick Hugh Amherst Sharon 
was married, in 1873, to Annie Isabella Gregory, tiaughter of William Gregory, of 
Lincoln County, and they have one son and two daughters. Mr. Sharon is a Justice 
of the Peace, and owns 200 acres of land on lot 29, north of the Talbot Road, in 
the Township of Southwold, which is known as " Sharon Dale Farm." 

Tru.man Silcox, son of Daniel and Rhoda Silco.x, is a native of the Township 
of Southwold, having been born there, July 26th, 1S32. Daniel Silcox was born in 
Wiltshire, England, and when he first came to Southwold entered the employ of Col. 
Talbot, through whom he obtained grants of Government land. He died in 1865. 
Mrs. Daniel Silcox was a native of Pennsylvania, and was brought by her parents 
to Norfolk County, Ont., when quite young. Her maiden name was Garney. Daniel 
and Rhoda Silcox have .seven children, of whom the following are now living, viz., 
Truman, Thomas, Daniel, Mary and Charles. These all reside in the County of 
Elgin, except Thomas, who is in Michigan. Truman Silcox was married Feb. Sth, 
1865. to Sarah E. Wilson. Of this marriage four sons have been born, who are all 



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dead, with the exception of one named Leslie Wilson, who resides with his parents. 
Mrs. Truman .Silcox is a daughter of Kobert Wilson, a native of .St. Thomas. Mr. 
Silcox has a nice place of loo acres on lot 31, north of the Talbot Road, in the 
Township of .Southwolil, which he calls " Treelawn Farm," and which is worth 
about $7,500. 

Jamks Stevicnson has a farm of 50 acres of land on lot 10, on the Talbot 
Road, in the Township of Southwold, valued at $4,000. His parents, Robert and 
Elizabeth, emigrated from .Scotland in 1S33, and settled in Southwold, obtaining land 
from Col. Burweli. He died in 1870, having had a fjimily of eight children. James 
Stevenson was born in 1814, in Stirlingshire, Scotland, and married, in 1842, Eliza 
Williams, of Southwold Township. They had a family of two sons and one daughter, 
viz. : Robert, a mechanic, who lives at Tyrconnel, Elgin County ; John E., professor 
of music, Comber, Ont. ; Mary Ann. married Charles Benedict, farmer, of Southwold. 
Mr. Stevenson, after the death of his first wife, in 1877, married Elizabeth Milton, 
daughter of John Milton, and she died August 29th, 1884. Mr. James Stevenson 
was a teacher of music for a considerable time. 

Hknkv Sharon owns 200 acres of land, called "Mount Sharon Farm," on lot 
28, north of Talbot Street, Southwold Township, which he values at $20,000. Henry 
Sharon is the son of Hugh Sharon, a veteran of 1812, who came,- from Pennsylvania 
to Niagara District, and after remaining there several \ears, moved to Southwold in 
1 8 16, and settled on the above mentioned property. Hugh Sharon died in October, 
1876. He was among the earl\- settlers of Southwold. and secured his farm from 
Col. Talbot when it was a dense forest. He had a family of eight children, of 
whom the following still are living, viz., Jane. Mary .Ann, Sarah, Henry, the subject 
of our sketch, and Caroline, who is the wife of David Wallace, and resides in 
Hrantford. Henry Sharon was born in Jmie, 1833, in Southwold, and married in 
September, 1857, Hannah McPherson, daughter of Alexander McPherson, of Dunwich 
rownshi]), by whom he has iiail three sons and two daughters, viz., Isabella S., 
William F., Hugh .Mexantler, Charles Henry and Jennie M., who are all alive, and 
reside at home with their parents. 

Wii.i.iAM Smith was born in Lincolnshire, luigianti, in 1838, and first settled in 
I'Jgm County in 1869. W^hen he came to Canada he located in Norfolk County, 
but after spending nine years there, went to Elgin. He now owns 175 acres on 
lot 25, concession 4 of the TownshiiJ of Ba\ ham, his [iroperty being worth about 
$6,000. Mr. Smith, in 1863, married PVances ]•:. Martin, who was born in Hayham 
in 1847, and they have had five children, viz., James J., John I-:., George C, William 
F. and Walter H. 

Cmaklks H. Smith has 54 acres on lot 16, in the ist concession of the Town- 
ship of IJayham. his property being worth about $3,000. He was born in Malahide 
Township in 1852, and in 1882 married Rachel E. Marr, of the .same locality. 
Mr. Smith is of industrious haliits, and will undoubtedly yet rank among the leading 
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JosKi'ii Si'ACKMAN was horii in Wiltshire, F.Mjjflaiid, I-'t-hruary 15th. 1S29. His 
fathtT, Will. Spackiiian. was horn in 1790, and cann; to Canada in 1830, choosin^r for 
his future iiomt: the 'lownship of Southwokl. He first settled on a farm one antl 
a half miles east of 'I'alhotville, where his son Joseph cut the first tree. After llvinj^ 
there nine years. Josejjh removei! in 1850 to the place which he now occupies. His 
farm comprises 1.S5 acres of lanil in lot !•:, l)ein{r the north branch of 'l"ali)ot .Street, 
on the gravel road leading to London. Mr. Joseph .Spackman was married to Mi.ss 
Jane Risdon, of Devonshire, Kngland, .March 20th, 1S55, hy whom he has twelve 
children. The .Spackmans are descended from John Hoper Taunton, a well known 
clothing manufacturer of Kngland. The suiyect of these remarks is a deacon of the 
Haptist Church, .St. 'I'homas, and is much resjiected hy all who know him. In the 
ReI)ellion of iS;,; the Spackman farm was thi; headcjuarters of a division of .soldiers 
six hundreil strong. 

Dr.Nt .\N SdMKuvii.i.i;, who was horn in Lanarkshire, Scotland, in January, 1821, 
owns a farm of 200 acres in lot 10, concession 6 of the Township of Aldlorough. 
He was married in Scotland in 1839 to Catherine Morrison, anil they have hatl a 
family of five sons ami five daughters, viz., Robert, William, Duncan, Thomas, John, 
Amelia, Jane. Catherine, Isabella and (Irace, of whom eight li\e in this country and 
two have gone to California. .All Mr. Somerville's sons are farmers, ami are doing 
well. The youngest is 22 years of age, and lives at home with his parents. Mr. 
and Mrs. Somerville belong to th(' I'l-esbyterian Church. They are |)ioneers in every 
sense, and have vvitne.sseil many improvements in the County of b^lgin since thev 
first came there in 184 V 

Antiionv Sui.kv, deceased, was born in Nova Scotia in 1795, and settled in 
Bayham Township in 1S21, where he became posses.sed of 100 acres of land, lot 5, 
concessions i and 2. He married I-Heanor Saxton, of Nova Scotia, and the union 
was blessed with ten children, five of whom are now living, viz,, Catharine, C.eorge, 
Mahitable, Margaret and Arlo. Mr. Suley, like many other men who came to this 
settlement at that early date, had to hew for himself a home, and suffer the hard- 
ships incident to a pioneer life. 

Ai,i:.\.\nih;k S.wton owns 240 acres in the 1st concession of the Township of 
Bayham, which he values at $20,000. He was born in this township in 1817, and 
is a son of William and ^hirgaret Saxton, who came to Bayham from Nova Scotia 
in 1811. Mr. Saxton, in 1S40, was married to Hannah Haines, who was born in 
Nova Scotia in 181S. They have had six children, four of whom are now living, 
viz., George, Swaine E., Albert and Haines. Mr. Saxton is living on the homestead 
settled on by his father. 

David Stkwakt was born in Kintyre, Scodand, in 1824, and settled in the 
County of Elgin in 1849. He now owns 225 acres of good farming land in the 
2nd concession of the Township of Dunwich. valued at $15,000. He was married, 
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viz., Duncan, Neil, I'iniUay, Kate and David. Duncan Stewart, the lather of David, 
died a few days after his arrival in Canada many years ago. Mr. .Stewart has 
worked hard, and has improved his line farm until it is now one of the best to be 
seen anywhere. 

James Si.oan owns a larm of 250 acres, concession 9 of the 'I'ownship of Dunwich, 
which is valued at $20,000, Me was born in the County of Derry, Ireland, in 
1822, and settltal in Canada in iSs^ lie married Agnes Lackey, of the County of 
Antrim, Ir»iland, February 13th, 1868, by whom he had seven children. Three of 
them, named respectively William, Catherine and John, are now living. .Mr. .Sloan, 
who is now in his 64th year, is looked upon as one of the most successful of the 
early settlers of the township. 

Thomas .Si.oan has 100 acres of fme land in lot 20 of the 9th concession of 
the Township of Dunwich, which he calls " Heach Dell," and values at $8,000. He 
was born in the County of Derry, Ireland, May 24th, 1S24, and first settled in 
Canada in 185^ 1'^ was married January 8th, 1855, to Nancy Malone, also of 
the County t)f Di.rry, and seven children bles.sed their union. Of these only two, 
vi/., Thomas \\w<\ .\gnes, are now living. Mr. Sloan was a pioneer settler, and 
came to the section where he now lives when clearings were few and far between, 
lie now lives in a comfortable brick residence, surrounded by a fine orchard, and 
with ample l)arns adjacent. 

WiLi-iAM Tavlou is a son of (ieorge Taylor and Ivlizabeth Clixby, his wife, who 
emigrated from Lincolnshire, Englanil, in 1810, and seltleil in .Southwold on the farm 
now occupied by their son William. (ieorge Taylor had a family of seven children. 
The place owned by William Taylor comprises 150 acres of land on lot 3, concession 
2 of the Township of Southwold, whicii he calls " .Maple Grove Farm." and values 
at $9,000. W^illiam is a native of Southwold, where he was born in 1825, and, in 
1849, married F21eanor F'oster, who was born in Cumberland County, Nova Scotia, in 
1827. Five chiiilren were born to them, viz.: .Amelia, who married Robert Jones, a 
farmer of Southwold; (Ieorge William, who lives in F2ssex Centre; Emma Jane, at 
home; Ella, also at home; and Julia, deceased. Mrs. Wni. Taylor is a daughter 
of Ralph F'oster, of New Brunswick, who settled in .Southwold in 1848. William 
Taylor's father was one of the early pioneers, having obtained his farm from Col. 
Hurwell, which he occupied until his death, in 1862. William, his son, has been 
farming the old homestead since 1855. 

Jamks TruNKR owns a farm of 100 acres on lot 7, 3rd range north of Lake 
Road, Township of -Southwold, which is valued at $7,000, and is called " Apple 
Grove Farm." His parents were born at Lochgilphead, .Scotland, his father in 1783, 
and his mother in 1785. His father died in 1876, and his mother in 1878, both 
at the age of 83 years. They settled in Southwold Township in 1833, on property 
now occupied by their .sons. They had ten children, as follows : John, farmer in 
Dunwich; Sarah, married to Matthew Young; Christina, married to William Day, 



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resident of Clevelaiul, Ohio; Mary, married to Duncan Campbell, farmer of Soiithwold ; 
Jennet, married to Malcolm McLean, farmer, of Aldl)i)rouj,di 'I'ownship ; Nancy, mar- 
ried to I'eter Spence, farmer in Orford Township, Kent County; Daniel, resides on 
old homestead ; Isabella, deceased ; James, the subject of this sketch, who settleil on 
his present farm in 1865, and one child who died in infancy. James Turner was 
born in i.S;,2 in Glenj,'arry Township, Leeds County, and married Mary McKillop, a 
native of SouthwoKl Township, in 1866. They have one son, who lives at home. 

William Tuinmm Klii.i.hr is a son of William Keillor and Nancy Williams, 
his wif(', both natises of Nova Scotia, where they farnieil for some \ears, and 
afterwards c;ime to .Southwokl. William Keillor died in Michijj[an in uSp, and Mrs. 
Keillor died ill I S64. William T. Keillor has a farm of 250 acres on lots 6 and 
7, on the Talbot koail, in the 'Township of SouthwoUl, valued at $15,000. He 
was born in Nova .Scotia, January, 18,^3, and came to \'.\\(w\ County in 1.S37. He 
was married, in 1S56, to Ruth Lumley, of Dunwich 'Township, ami had by lu'r leii 
children, five sons and five ilaughters, vi/. : T^sther .\nn, married to I'^lijah Lock, 
fanner, of .Southwokl; Mary Catherine, married to John McCIaiulers ; David Welling- 
ton, deceaseil ; James Wesley, lives at home; Charles ilallam, William 'Treniuim, 
Louisa Caroline, Kmma Jane, Jessie Alberta and .Samuel Austin. Mrs. William T. 
Keillor is a daughter of 'Thomas Lumley and Christiana Willey, who were early 
settlers in Dunwich Township. 

JiiiiN A. Ti K.MK is the owner of a fine farm, comprising 300 acres of laiui, 
which he calls " Majiie (.iro\-e," in the third concession of the Township of .South- 
wold. 'The property is in a tine state of cultivation, and is worth about $20,000. 
.Mr. Turner's pari'nts, .\ngus and Margaret, came from .\rg\ leshire, .Scotlaiul, in 1843, 
aiul settleil in .Southwokl. 'Thi'ir family consisted of six childriMi, \ iz. : lsal)e'lla, who 
married Duncan Ciordon ; .Mary, Margaret, Duncan, John and Donald. Our subject 
was born in Argyleshire, .Scotland, in 1836, and in 1858 marrieil Jane Mc(iach\, by 
whom he has hail eight childr(.'ii, viz.: Margaret, born 1863; Robert, born 1865; 
.Angus, born 1867; William John, born 1870; Duncan, born 1872; .Mlisoii, born 
1875; Christina, Ijorn 1879; and Donakl Lrnest, born 1883. 

William John Tk.wlks is the owner of 100 acres of arabk.' land on lot 46, on 
the north branch of the 'Talbot Road, in the Township of .Southwokl, valued at 
about $10,000. He was born in the 'Town.ship of T-ast (iwillimbury. County of 
York, Out. Mr. Travers, in 1882, was married to Julia Movvlby, daughter of .Alex- 
ander and Susannah Howlby, who settled in .Southwokl in 1818, where they have 
resiiled ever since. Of this union one child has been born. 'Ihe subject of our 
sketch is a .son of Richardson Travers, who settled in the 'I'ownship of .Southwokl 
in 1869. 

Jamls L. 'Tkkkv, living on lot i, concession 13 of .\ldborough 'Township, is a 
large land-owner, and has 577 acres which are worth about $22,000. Mr. Terry was 
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ill 1S77. He iiiiirricd \\\\/:,\ Kowc, ol I'dronto Townshii), in 1S4S, jiiul nine rhililrcn 
were l)(>rii to iIkiii, of whom st-vcn an- now livinj^', vi/. : Mar\ lUcanor, Ann, 
Christopher. Janifs Jackson, Hamilton, lulwin and F'liinicc. All of thcs*- reside in 
Canaila,. except Christopher, who is en^' i;fed in business in Crookston, Minn. Mr. 
ICrry's lather and mother, Moses and Jemima, wen; amonjr the early pioneers of 
Canada, and were knovMi as i'<'iins\ Kania (Quakers, havinj^ come Irom that .State to 
W'hiti'hurih in 1 7(;S. 

J.wiis I'lMMciNs has a farm of 100 acres of land, valiu-d at $5,000, on lot (), 
concession 2 of the Township of Ilayham. He was horn in Nova Scotia in 1S30. 
and in iS^() was liroiij,dn l>\ his parents, Michael anil Kli/abeth, to this township. 
Ilieir family consisted of four children, of whom thre<', Sylvester, Rol)ert and James, 
are now living. In iS6() Janus iimmons married .Sarah I^. Dakin, also a Nova 
Scotian, and tht\ ha\-e had tiiree children, two sons and oiu- daii|.;hter. 

RiiMiui liKiMsoN was horn in Argyleshire, Scotland, in 1X15, ami settleil in the 
County of Elgin in 1S51. He now owns 300 acres of land, partly in lot 21, 
concession 3 of the Township of 1 )Linwich, which he values at $!S,ooo. He was 
marrietl. in itS^y, to Christina Morrison, also from Arj^yleshire, and they ha\'e had 
eight chiklreii. of whom four are now living, vi/., John, Daniel, Duncan and Annie. 
John Thomson and Jane Morrison, the father anil mother of our subject, came to 
Canada from /Xrgyleshire in 1843, and also had a family of eight children, of whom 
five scill sur\ive. Mr. Robert Thomson is now verging into the decline ol life, 
having witnessed the great changes which follow the labor of the early pioneer. 

John 'Ti'UNKU, who owns 100 acres of land on l^t 18, concession 2 of the 
'Township of Dmiwich, is a Scotchman, having been born in Argyleshire, Scotland, 
in 1S21. He settled in the County of Elgin in 1824, and married Nancy McCallum, 
also of .Argyleshire. in 1851. I'hey had twelve children, of whom eight, viz., John, 
Margaret. .Sarah, Hugh, Duncan, Alexander, Isabella and Donald, are living. In 
early lift; Mr. Turner was a .sailor, but deciding to abandon th" sea, he came to 
Canada as mentioiu;ii above, and is now in very prosperous circumstances. His farm 
is worth al)ouc .$6,(X)o. 

J.\Mi:s 'Thomson, lot ij., concession A. 'Township of Dunwich, has a farm of 

250 acres, valued at $15,000. He was born in Lower Canada in 1S46. and settled 

here the following year. He married Margaret Cornell, of Middlesex County, in 

1874. and they have two children. William 'Thomson and Ellen Hood, the parents 

of our subject, came to Canada from Clackmannanshire, .Scotland, in 1S27, first 

.settling in the Province of Ouebec. They had five children, of whom three, viz., 
John, William and James, are now living. The land occupied by Mr. James Thomson 
was the original old homestead. 

J. N. \'.\NAMiiiU(iii has 100 acres of land on lot 4, on the 1st concession of 
the Township of IJayham, valued at $10,000. He was born in this township in 
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1826. They have had Fivi- chiUlrcii, of whom two, Hi'llc and Luther, are now- 
living. Mr. X'anamburgh's panMits, James and I'hiclx-, came to Ha\ ham from Nova 
.Scotia in 181 2, and settled on the property where; their s<in now lives. 'I'heir family 
consisted of six children, of whom only two survive, \\/..: Jane, living in Michigan: 
antl James, the subject of this sketch. The farm which the latter occupies is one 
of the finest to he seen in th(? county. 

AiiKAM.wi Watcii is a son of William Waugh anil l.etitia Hodine, his wife. 
William Waugh was horn in 1789, near (llasgow, .Scotland, and emigrated to the 
County of Middlesex, Ont., in 1805, where he resided ten years, and then settled 
on a farm in .Shedden, which he obtained from Col. Talbot. .After locating at 
.Shedden he taught school for several \-ears, and was noted for his generosit)' to 
early settlers, although on .starting he was by no means rich himself his posse.ssions 
being limited to a couple of axes! William Waugh, in 1829, married l.etitia Hodine, 
daughter of Abraham Hodine, a native of I'ennsylvani;', who settled in Southwold in 
the early part of the century. Mr. and Mrs. William Waugh iiad a family of eight 
chiklren. Abraham \\-augh is the po.ssessor of the old Waugh homestead, consisting 
ol 150 acres of land on lots i j; ami 16, on the North Talbot Road, and valn:il at 
$13,000. He was born 24th January, 1843, and married in May, 1873, Mary 
McAlpine, who was born in Southwokl, November, 1852. They have had Five 
children, vix. : Adulla X'enetta, born l'"el)ruary 19, 1874; .Sirhilton, born October 17, 
1877; Charles .Austin, born January 7, 1SS4: and two others who died in infancy. 

Wilson Wai.l.m i; is a son of John Wallace and I'llizabeth Wilson, his wife. 
I he former emigrated from Scothuul, came to .Southwold. and settled '),, u.i- fann 
now occupied l)y his son Wilson in 1812. This jn-opert} consists of 150 .res of 
land, on lots 5, 6 and 9, on the Talbot Road, Township of .Southwold, which is 
worth about .$10,000, anil is called " iM-ergreen Avenue." John Wallace was on(; of 
the pioneers of Southwold, and died in 1852. Wilson Wallace was born October 
2;,rd, 1835, in .Southwold, and was married December 24lh, 18O4, to Hannah i.owther, 
ot Cumberland County, Nova .Scotia, where .she was born in 1837. They ha\c; no 
children. Mr. Wilson Wallace has been President of the .\gricultural .Society of 
Dunwich and Southwold. His mother. Mrs. John Wallace, came of l'. 1'",. Loyalist 
stock, her parents settling in Berlin Township in 177(), where the\ remained until 
Just before the War of 1812, then removing to Dunwich. I'lighl of Mrs. Wallace's 
brothers .served in the war. 'The Wallaces belong to the Methodist Church. 

John Wir.i.iAMs is a son of Richard Williams and Mary Rice, nativi^s of i\Lui- 
chester, I'.ngland, where they were engaged in silk shawl manufacturing. Richard 
Williams was born December 8th, 1778, and died on the farm now occupied by his 
son John, July 26th, 1856, in the 7Sth year of his age. John Williams was born 
in .Southwold, March 6th, 1S23, and was married to Emma F. Mest. of the same 
place, who w.is born January 8th, 1821, on December 19th, 1848. They have hail 
five sons and four daughters, of whom the following axv. now living : Samuel Colin, 
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to Edwin Williams, a tarnuT, of Caradoc, County Middlesex ; John Albert and Kliza 
Maria, both of whom reside at home. The Williams family are adherents of the 
Methotlist Church. Mrs. John Williams is a daughter of James Best, who came to 
.Southwold from Pennsylvania in iSii. 

Daviii Jamks Watson owns loo acres of iand on lot 9 on the Talbot Road, 
Township of .Southwold, called " Rose Lawn Ivirm," and wo/th about $9,000. He 
is a son of David Watson and Ruth Lumley, his wife ; the .ormer was born at Long 
Point in 1S15, and was only two weeks old when James Watson, our subject's grand- 
lather, settled in .Southwold on the farm now occuj)ied by the latter. David |. 
Watson was born in Southwold in July, 1848, and was married in April, 1883, to 
.Anna Orchard, w native of Southwold, who was born there in 1850. They have 
one daughter. Mrs. David J. Watson is a daughter of Joseph Orchard and .Mary 
Ann Spackman, his wife, natives of Ivngland, who .settled in Southwold in 1825, anil 
are now living in I'"ingal. David Watson, Sn. was married twice; fn-st to Ruth 
Lumley, by whom he had thr(;e .sons, viz., Eilwin, a mechanic in I'ingal ; John, a 
mechanic in Lockport, N. V. ; and David James. Kuth Lumley died in 1848, and 
her husbantl afterwards married Mrs. Ambridge, by whom he had one daughter, who 
lives in Detroit; David Watson, Sr., died in Dec, 18S,:;. at the age of 70 years. 



Roiiiiur Wii.soN owns 4; 



I, worth $;„5oo, on lot ;,;„ North Talbot 



Street, in the 'rownship of Southwold. He is a son of Benjamin Wilson, a native 
of the State ,)f Xew Jersey, and Sarah Story, his wife, who came from Tyrone, 
Ireland. Crowell Wilson, Benjamin's father, left the State of Xew |erse\ in i;8^, 
and settled in the Niagara District, where he farmed until his death. In 1810 
Benjamin removed to Yarmouth Township, Count) of I':igin, and drew from the 
Covernment the land upon which the workshops of the Canada Southern Railway 
were afterwards erected. He served as a lieutenant in the War of 1812, and was. 
at the taking of Detroit. in 1814 he was married to Sarah Story, and ihev had 
seven children, of whom only three are living, viz. : Crowell, who lives in Wingham ; 
Robert, the subject of this sketch; and Hiram, who resides in Dawn, Lambton 
Comity. Robert Wilson was born In Yarmouth, April 6th, 1818, and, in 1841, 
married Rebecca Tibbie, of which union two daughters were born, viz. : Sarah 
I':iizabeth, now married to Truman Silcox. of Southwold ; and Mary .\nn, married to 
John S. Farce, a resident of London. Out. .Mrs. Robert Wilson is a daughter of 
Jonathan Tibbie, who was a native of iierkshire, blnglaiul, where his daughter Rebecca 
was born. Mr. Robert Wilson has served for thn'e yt-ars in the 'iownship Council, 

Din. AN W\i.Ki;u (,wns 150 acres of land, called "'Treelawn I-arm," on lot 8. 
2nd range m)rth of the I'liion Road, in the Township of .Southwold, v.dued at 
$15,000. Duncan's parents, James and Nancy, came from Argyleshire, Scothuul, in 
i8;,i, and settled in Middle.sex County. Duncan was born in Argyleshire in 1820, 
ami in March, 1847, married .Mary Munro of Southwold, and then settled on the 
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whom the following, viz., James, Duncan, Colin, Nancy, I-Aipiiemia and Alma, arc; 
livinjr. Mrs. Duncan Walker is a ilaiighter of Neil Munro and Nancy Mcl'herson, 
both of .Scottish families. 

Kdwix W.AKDEi.i. owns 61 acres of land on lot 34, on Talbot Street South, in 
the Township of .Southwold, which he calls "Cedar Grove," and values at $6,000. 
He is a son of Joshua Wardell, a U. E. Loyalist, and veteran of the War of 181 2. 
Joshua Wardell came to Canada from New York State in 181 2, and setded at 
Niagara, where he worked as a mechanic. After ten years he removed to South- 
wold, and located on the farm at jjresent occupied by his daughters, Josephine anil 
Sally, and which is called " Pine Grove Retreat." Joshua Wardell had nine children, 
of whom four are deceased. The following are still living, viz. : Louisa, who lives 
in Cl(!veland ; Marsden, who has settled in South Carolina ; Josephine and Sally, who 
are on the old homestead ; and Edwin, the subject of this sketch. Mr. Wardell, 
Sr.,.was present at Gen. Brock's funeral, under whom he had served. Edwin, his 
son, takes an interest in military matters, and has been a lieutenant in the militia. 
H(! was born in .Southwold in July, 1825, and in 1848 was married to Melissa 
McQueen, daughter of Col. James McQueen, a native of the same township. Mr. 
and Mrs. Wardell have had a family of five children, of whom James, Joshua and 
Edwin ;ire living. 

Isaac Wki.tku, Sk., owns a place called *' Pleasant \'it!W Farm," containing 300 
acres of land, on Talbot Street Road, in th(! Township of Southwold, which he values 
at about $20,000. Isaac Welter is a son of Da\id Welter, who is a son of John 
Welter, the last named being a native of the .State of Pennsylvania, from whence he 
came to Ancaster Township, Wentworth County, in 181 2. After living there for a 
• short time, John Welter and family moved to Southwold, where they obtained land 
from Col. Talbot. John Welter was a veteran of the War of 181 2, and fought 
under Gen. Brock. He continued farming in .Southwokl until he died in 1855. 
David Welter, the father of our subject, was born in Pennsylvania in 1800^ and came 
to Canada with his father when only 13 years of age. David had a family of eight 
children, of whom five are now living, viz., John, William, Isaac, Jane and Ellizabeth. 
Mr. Isaac Welter married Samantha .Ann Dingman, of Westminster, Middlesex County, 
in Pel)., 1857. and they have eight children, all of whom are living, viz., Aurelia, 
Ida, Catherine, .Amelia, Edith, Oscar. William and Al!)ert. The Welters, as the 
name implies, are of German origin. 

Bi:xj.\MiN Waconik, deceased, was born in Xova Scotia in 1805, ami settled in 
the County of I-ilgin about 1827. .\t his death he owned 100 acres of lanil on lot 
25, concession 4 of the Township of Bayham, which he left to his son William, and 
which is valued at $5,000. Mr. Wagoni-r marrieil, in 1S36, Elizabeth II. Walker, a 
native of P'alkirk. Scotland, by whom he had five children, three being now alive, 
viz., William S., Benjamin and Henry. On first coming to Canada Mr. Wagoner 
worked a farm on shares for Capt. Samuel Edison, but after nine years took up 
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DudAi.i) Wai,ki;k owns a farm on lot D, concession ; of the Township of 
AklboroLigii, worth about $8,500, and containin<r 175 acres of land. He was born in 
Argyleshire, Scotland, in 1830, and in 1842 was brought by John and .Sarah Walker, 
his parents, to this town.ship, where the family .settled. Besides Uugald, Mr. and 
Mrs. Walker had four other children, of whom Nancy, William and Isabella still 
survive. Dugakl was married in 1871 to Catherine Montgomery, a native of Aid- 
borough, and they have had five children. Mrs. W'alker, Sr., died two years after 
coming to Canada, and her husband was married for the second time to Margaret 
McGlashan, of Yarmouth Township. 

H. A. We.wer owns 150 acres of land on lot 3, concession 1 of the Township 
of Bayham, which he values at about $9,000. He was born in this township in 
1832, and in 1855 married Lucene Elliott, of the same place. There were born of 
this union three daughters and one .son. Mr. Weaver's parents, Jacob and Phcebe 
Weaver, were among the first settlers of New York City, and moved to Xova 
Scotia at the clo.se of the Revolutionary War. 

Thomas E. Wi-AViiR, deceased, was an old settler of Elgin County, having located 
there in 181 3. He owned 100 acres of land on lot 2, concession 1 of the Town- 
ship of Bayham, which is worth about $6,000. He was married to Tamer Haines, 
ol Nova Scotia, and by her had ten children, of whom five are now living, viz., 
Jane, Susan, Emeline, Jud and Kate. 



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