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Town's first resident ends up a 'ruined man'

  • CA BWGPL PH26664

Municipality :
Community : Newmarket
Lot :
Concession :
Description : The first resident of a clearing in the woods that grew into the Town of Newmarket was a Pennsylvania miller named Joseph Hill. He eventually lost all his property here in a court battle and, as war broke out in 1812, left for Pennsylvania rather than swear allegiance to the British Crown. Hill and another Quaker miller, James Kinsey, arrived in the spring of 1801 with Timothy Rogers' first group of settlers. They build a dam and mill where the Holland River and the old Indian trail crossed. Today we call his millpond Fairy lake and a heritage plaque stands close to where the mill was built. There was a small technicality Hill ignored - he didn't own the land on which he built and it was grabbed up 1802 by York mason Joseph McMertrie. But Rogers, who was anxious to see the mill and store in his new settlement survive, came to Hill's aid by buying the property from McMertrie in 1804 and turning it over to Hill. Enter Elisha Beman, a shrewd New York Entrepreneur with good colonial government connections. He bought land and built a mill upstream from Hill. This was the start of a feud which lasted until Hill fled back to the U.S.

WEGWHIST is now winding up its work...

  • CA BWGPL PH26693

Municipality :
Community : Bradford West Gwillimbury
Lot :
Concession :
Description : There comes a time with every project when the decision is made that this is the end. The first chapter of the History of West Gwillimbury - WEGWHIST project - is off to the printer, and we have 2 other chapters almost ready to send. We have other chapters that still need some work, but we will be using only material at hand. This means the end of our research. We thank the many who provided a story and pictures of their families, unfortunately that did not provide us with a story, and thus there will be no mention of them in the families chapter. The West Gwillimbury History project is a volunteer effort, involving a team with a variety of skills and talents who have written, photographed, organized, arrange, edited and prepared the book for the printer.

Words of advice, from Scotch Settlement group

  • CA BWGPL PH26718

Municipality :
Community : Bradford West Gwillimbury
Lot :
Concession :
Description : That was the advice of Dr. Neil Watters, speaking to the Scotch Settlement Historical meeting last Saturday afternoon. He reminded those in attendance of the many contributions the Osler family made to the community of Bond Head, South Simcoe, Canada, and in the case of Sir William, to the world-wide field of medicine. In April 1837, the family came to the village of Bond Head, on the edge of the Canadian wilderness, surrounded by forest, where bears and wolves roamed. Dr. Watters noted that visitors from abroad still come Bond Head to visit the church. He urged Governments to meet the challenge: "Find some way to preserve Osler Church!" Dr. Watters, in his own way, is establishing a precedent in Town - taking the initial steps towards the designation of the log house on his property on the 12th Line, as a Heritage property. The log house, built in 1834, is a rare example of an original log house built by the first settlers in West Gwillimbury and is the first property to be designated since the Heritage Committee was formed by 18 months ago.

Ministry's view of Cultural Heritage

  • CA BWGPL PH26724

Municipality :
Community : Bradford West Gwillimbury
Lot :
Concession :
Description : In a special meeting of Council on December 8, Bradford West Gwillimbury Council returned to the Heritage debate, with a presentation by Burt Duclos of the Ministry of Culture. Duclos advised Councillors that the Ontario Heritage Act requires municipalities to keep a "current, publicly accessible register of properties of cultural heritage value or interest" - but that it is up to Council to determine what appears on the Registry, and what buildings are "designated" under the Act. Registry does not confer designation - it only provides temporary protection from demolition or alteration, requiring a homeowner to notify Council of the proposed work 60 days in advance. The Heritage Registry, besides "creating an inventory of your assets," also provides time for sober second thought and negotiation - but does not interfere with the rights of the property owner, or involve any legal implications, unless Council decides to Designate. The process? Identify buildings of interest; conduct research into their history or importance; carry out a site analysis and measurements; and finally, evaluate the property, using criteria developed by the Province. The evaluation looks at the "what" but also "more importantly, the 'why?' An evaluation will lead you to make informed decisions," Duclos said - and possibly to designation. "What if a property owner doesn't want his property designated?" Councillor Mark Contois asked. "It is Council's authority to make the decision," said Duclos; there is no statutory requirement to seek the approval of the homeowner - although the Ministry urges municipalities to involve the owner in the discussion as much as possible. But just being listed on a Heritage Registry has no impact, Duclos said.

Moriarty, Ruth

  • CA BWGPL 4929

Event Date : Monday, February 02, 1903
Event Type : Birth
Municipality : West Gwillimbury
Community : West Gwillimbury
Description : Daughter of Harry C. Moriarty and Maude E. Bateman.

Allan, Ann (nee. Bremner)

  • CA BWGPL 4932

Event Date : Sunday, May 15, 1910
Event Type : Death
Municipality :
Community : New Tecumseth
Description : Died at the age of 58.

Breedon, Clarence

  • CA BWGPL 4941

Event Date : Monday, March 12, 1923
Event Type : Marriage
Municipality :
Community : New Tecumseth
Description : Married in Bond Head.

Breedon, Arnold & Gladys Humphry

  • CA BWGPL 4939

Event Date : Friday, December 16, 1932
Event Type : Marriage
Municipality :
Community : New Tecumseth
Description : They had 6 children, James, Gladys, Alice, George, Robert and Daisy.

Cook, Olive Ena nee Whiteside

  • CA BWGPL 28283

Event Date : Saturday, February 23, 1935
Event Type : Death
Municipality :
Community : Other - Bradford
Description : On Saturday, February 23rd, 1935. Olive Ena Whiteside, beloved wife of Frank Cook. Funeral on Tuesday, February 26th. Interment Aurora Cemetery.

Cave, Lyman

  • CA BWGPL 28286

Event Date : Tuesday, August 06, 1935
Event Type : Death
Municipality :
Community : Newton Robinson
Description : At Alliston hospital, on Tuesday, August 6, 1935, Mrs. Lyman Cave of Newton Robinson.

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