Wellington County, Ontario GenWeb - ARKELL, Thomas

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Pioneer - ARKELL, Thomas

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Information from: Historical Atlas of the County of Wellington, Ontario.
Toronto: Historical Atlas Publishing Co., 1906

ARKELL, Thomas (d.). This respected pioneer of Puslinch Tp. was a native of Berkshire, Eng. In Oct., 1830, with his first cousin, John Arkell, and F. W. Stone, he left England and spent the winter in New York, coming with them to Puslinch in May, 1831. These three mien picked out the tract of land now known as Farnham Plains, and of this Thomas took 600 acres. He afterwards sold 300 acres, but the remaining 300, being part of lots 7, 8, 9, 10, con. 9, he lived on until his death. He was reared on a farm in Idstone, Berkshire, and, having a thorough knowledge of agriculture, he made a very successful farmer. In live stock he was a prominent breeder of Cotswold sheep and Shorthorn cattle. He was a member of the English Church; a Conservative in politics; a consistent and hard worker, devoting his time zealously to his business affairs and never seeking to hold office of any kind. He, however, was Magistrate for over thirty years, and always dealt justice in an unbiased manner. He d. in 1875 at the age of 73 years. He m. Isabelle Hume. Issue: William and Mary, deceased; Robert and Adam d. in infancy; Mrs. Henry Iles, Guelph; Peter, farmer at Teeswater, Bruce Co.; John and Thomas, who are both farmers at Arkell; Mrs. Blair Falconbridge, now living in Hamilton; and Henry.

Henry Arkell has a continental reputation as a breeder and importer of Oxforddown sheep, being, moreover, the first to introduce these sheep into America, and has always taken a strong interest in agricultural matters, being President of the Puslinch Agricultural Society for two years, and a Director for seventeen years. He also has been Director of the Guelph Central Exhibition and the Fat Stock Show, holding each position for several years. His reputation as a sheep breeder has not bein without recognition, for he was for ten years a Director of the Am. Oxforddown Association, and was for some years Vice-President. His success as breeder and exhibitor has not been confined to Ontario, as his flock, in 1893, at Chicago Exposition, won prizes amounting to $500; and, in 1904, at St. Louis, won thirty four prizes, including three sweepstakes, with twenty-eight sheep. Besides the sheep Mr. Arkell has always bred extensively Shorthorn cattle, but latterly, however, he has added to these a small herd of Jerseys. Mr. Arkell owns and operates the old homestead, consisting of 300 acres, and known as "Farnham Farm." In religion he is a Presbyterian, and in politics a Conservative. He m. Jessie Macfarlane, in 1877, who d. in 1905. Issue: Thomas Reginald, who is attending O. A. C., and preparing himself to sustain the reputation built by his father as one of the most successful stock raisers on the continent.

From: Historical Atlas of the County of Wellington, Ontario. Toronto: Historical Atlas Publishing Co., 1906

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