Burgess, James Rowand

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Burgess, James Rowand

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      December 31, 1890 - December 27, 1968


      James Rowand Burgess, known as “Rowand”, was born in Port Elgin, Ontario on December 31, 1890 to parents, William Burgess, lawyer in Port Elgin, and Christina Thompson Rowand. His siblings were: Elizabeth Oliver Burgess, known as “Olive”, born June 14, 1896, and William Noble Burgess, known as "Noble".

      In 1897, James' father, William Burgess, purchased a large house at east end of Mill St., Port Elgin. He and his family lived there, but would spend a month or two in the big farm house at lot 13, Con. A, Arran Township, Bruce County where William resided before becoming a lawyer. In 1915, Rowand, Olive and Noble moved out to live on the farm. Around 1917, William and Christina moved there as well.

      Rowand continued to reside at the farm, engaged in farming and carpentry work, until the death of his brother, William Noble Burgess, in 1964 when Rowand moved to Port Elgin to take over his brother's conveyancing business. Noble had also farmed with Rowand until moving to Port Elgin to open a conveyancing business in 1940.

      Rowand was an adherent of the Burgoyne Presbyterian church and a member of the Bruce County Historical Society, as well as being secretary of the Bruce Central Credit Union for many years.

      James Rowand Burgess died in Port Elgin on December 27, 1968. He is buried in Burgoyne, Bruce County, Ontario.


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