Wellington County, Ontario GenWeb - Pioneer - McGOWAN, Duncan

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Pioneer - McGOWAN, Duncan

Biographical Sketches of
Early Settlers of Wellington County


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

McGOWAN, Duncan (d.), was b. in Argyleshire, Scot., in 1802, and d. in 1879, at the age of 77. He came to Canada in 1857, settling in Peel, where he came into possession of 300 acres of land. He was a Manager of the Presbyterian church, and a Liberal in politics. He never sought or held office. Mr. McGowan's family had followed the sea, and he became a sailor himself. He started with nothing, and eventually became the owner of coasting vessels, the principal and last of which was named after his wife, Margaret. When he sold out he came to Canada with considerable money. He was a very successful man, with a good business education. He m. Margaret McIlwraith, b. in 1819, and d. in 1871. Issue: John.

John McGowan was b. in Greenoch, Renfrewshire, Scot. , in 1845, and came to Canada with his parents in 1857. He has since lived in Peel Tp. excepting three years that he spent in Elora, managing linseed oil mills, which he owned. He owns 285 acres in Peel, and carries on mixed farming. Mr. McGowan has been active in political and municipal affairs. He has been Councillor, Deputy Reeve and Reeve; Vice-President and Director of the Dominion Linseed Oil Co., and was President of the Wellington Dressed Meats and Cold Storage Co.

In 1874 he ran against E. J. O'Callaghan for the Ontario Legislature and was elected; re-elected in 1876; unseated but ran again and was seated. In 1900 he ran against Andrew Semple for the Dominion Parliament, and again contested the riding in 1904 against Martin. Mr. McGowan is a member of the Methodist church. In 1880 he m. Margaret Hawley. Issue: John , Jr.; Mrs. Robert Johnston, set Caledon; Duncan d. at the age of 15; Sarah, Charles, Grace Jane R. and Jessie E.

John McGowan, Jr., is manger of Dominion Linseed Oil Co.'s, mill at Elora.

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

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