Fonds MG 37 - Watson family fonds

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Watson family fonds

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CA ON00373 MG 37

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  • 1801-1999 (Creation)

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21 items : 4 vellum ; 41.5 x 62 cm and smaller

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The Watson family originated in Ireland, emigrating to Vaughan Township in 1836 after a short stay in the United States. James Watson, and his son William, purchased the east half of lot 32, concession 7 at this time. The family continued to farm the land in question well into the 1960's, when the property was sold. William Watson was a teacher first at the Bryson School (School Section # 10) and subsequently at the Purpleville School (School Section # 11). "Bob " (Robert William) Watson was the last owner of the subject property.

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The Canada Company was established by British Parliament in 1825 for the purpose of obtaining land in Canada and promoting its sale to prospective settlers. It continued to exist until 1953.

An organizational meeting of the company took place before its founding, at the London Tavern in London, England. The aim of the company was to obtain land in Canada and to promote its sale to prospective settlers. The Company received nearly 2.5 million acres. 1.1 million acres comprised the Huron Tract which became the Huron District in 1834. The remainder of the land, including the Halton and Wilmot Blocks, were allotted crown reserves throughout the Province.

In 1951 the company decided to close their activities in Canada. Official business in Canada was terminated by December 24, 1951, and the company ceased to exist in England by December 18, 1953.

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Jeannie Buntain (1856-1945) and William Watson emigrated from Edinburgh, Scotland, to Canada in the late nineteenth century, the exact date is unknown. They settled in Elgin County, building Burnside Farm and Waldorf Farm, both in Aldborough Township. Their son, Willie Watson (no dates) married May Johnson and lived at New Glasgow and Burnside Farm. Their daughter, Jeannie Wilson Watson Schleihauf (1875-1972) married Philip George Schleihauf and had a daughter, Margaret, (b.1918) and two sons, Philip William (b.1919) and John Douglas (b. 1921). Philip Schleihauf and his family resided at one of the family farms, Waldorf Farm at the time the donation was made. John Douglas Schleihauf and his family resided at Burnside Farm until it was sold in 1974.

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Fonds consists primarily of indentures, providing evidence of the disposition of the Watson family farm, located on lot 32, concession 7, Vaughan Township from the 1830's to the 1930's, and miscellaneous legal and financial documents; also includes William Watson's teaching certificate and a history of the Watson family compiled in 1999.

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