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Pioneer - CAMPBELL, Donald

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

CAMPBELL, Donald , b. Islay, Argyleshire, Scot., 1801; d. 1885, age 84. He was a stone mason by trade and had nothing but his trowel and hammer when he came to Canada. He worked in Montreal for a short time, and went to Kingston, where he helped to build the Kingston Penitentiary. About 1836 he came to Erin Tp. and bought 100 acres, east half of lot 1, con. 10, and later he lived in Esquesing for a short time. Returning to Erin he purchased the present homestead of 100 acres, east half lot 1, con. 11; later again he purchased 50 acres in Esquesing Tp. After coming to Erin be continued to work at his trade, and when his sons were large enough they worked the home farm, and finished clearing it. Mr. Campbell was above the average in education, and kept himself well posted on current events. As he was away working at his trade most of the time, he took no active interest in political or municipal matters in Erin Tp. He was a Trustee of S.S. No. 1, Erin, for some years; a Presbyterian and Conservative. Mr. Campbell was a very industrious man and achieved success. He m. Elizabeth McMillan. Issue: Angus (d.) ; James '(d.) ; Mrs. James Davis, Erin; John, Glen William; Malcolm (d. young) ; Alexander, Erin; Catharine, Glen William; Donald and Mrs. Robert Russell, Erin. Donald, son of the above, was b. on the present homestead to which he succeeded at his father's death. He has always farmed and has added to the place by the purchase of 100 acres, south half of lot 2, con. 11, Erin, and also owns 150 acres, Chingacousy Tp., and 50 acres in Esquesing,-which his father owned, making 400 acres in all, in addition to which he rents 50 acres, in Chingacousy. He grazes most of this land, raising a large number of cattle and horses. He has not made a specialty of any particular line of farming, but has done well in all. He has raised and dealt in Jerseys, Shorthorns and polled Angus cattle, and good heavy and driving horses. He has often been asked to hold al office, but has never acceded to the request. He has been Trustee of S.S. No. 1, Erin, for six years. In politics he is a Conservative, always taking an active part, and being one of the best workers in the section, and chairman in committee for his polling subdivision. In appreciation, the Whitney Government has appointed him Justice of the Peace. He m. Mary J., dau. of Thomas Lyons, pioneer of Chingacousy Tp. Issue: Elizabeth, Sarah Ann, John and Mary.

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


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