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dc.contributor.authorGoul, Jen
dc.descriptionJohn Willson first came to Upper Canada along with his friend Nathaniel Pettit in the late 1700s. They both moved with their families from New Jersey where they had both been imprisioned for not siding with the rebels and maintaining Loyalist allegiences. Pettit arrived with his four daughters, leaving his son behind. Willson came with his wife and nine children. Willson received 1200 acres of land as well as 200 per child. He settled at the corner of Dorchester road and Thorold Stone Road, where he and his family did very well for themselves. Willson as well as his son Thomas ran ox-teams on the portage. His son John became the proprietor of the Exchange hotel at Niagara, and Charles operated at the Pavilion hotel at Falls View. Shortly after his arrival in Upper Canada John Willson changed his name to “Irish” John Willson, as there were 5 other “John Willsons” which appeared on the Loyalists lists. Irish John drowned in the Niagara River in 1798, and his family continued to thrive in Niagara after his death. His second son Thomas Willson, married Abigail Pettit, daughter of his Father’s friend Nathaniel. Thomas was awarded 250 acres of land as a Loyalist and 200 for Abigail, as she was the daughter of a loyalist. He became a blacksmith and also operated ox-teams along the portage. He was Assessor for Stamford Township for 1800, 1807, 1820 and 1829. During the years 1808, 1822, 1825, 1826 and 1831 he was a tax collector and overseer of Statute of Labour. Thomas and Abigail Willson had nine children together. Francis Bond Head Willson of Beaverdams (mentioned throughout the collection) was a great grandson of Thomas and Abigail. Thomas and his wife are both buried beside the Lundy’s Lane United Church. *for more information on the remaining Willson family please refer to box #1, folders 1-3. * Genealogical information from a paper prepared by Pearl Wilson and given before the Lundy’s Lane Historical Society, May 1945, by Hazel Culp Ferris. Box 1 Folder 1.en_US
dc.description.abstractThis fonds contains materials relating to the family of Irish John Willson. The bulk of the materials contains correspondence, financial records; including deeds, indentures, insurance papers. The collection also contains photographs as well as personal and military ephemera and some items of realia.en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries;RG 169
dc.subjectWillson, John, d. 1798en_US
dc.subjectMaclean Familyen_US
dc.subjectWillson Familyen_US
dc.subjectUnited Empire loyalists -- Ontario -- Stamford (Township)en_US
dc.subjectStamford (Ont. : Township) -- History -- Sourcesen_US
dc.subjectStamford (Ont. : Township) -- Genealogyen_US
dc.subjectThorold (Ont. : Township) -- History -- Sourcesen_US
dc.subjectThorold (Ont. : Township) -- Genealogyen_US
dc.subjectWillson, Francis Bond Headen_US
dc.titleIrish John Willson United Empire Loyalist Family Fondsen_US

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