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Perth County was established in 1850.
Originally it was part of the Huron Tract, an area owned by the Canada Company. The company sold land to settlers (as opposed to the government who gave free grants) and "preference was given to those who would make good farmers or who were tradesmen or members of the professions."2
The county was named for Perthshire where the first settlers of the Easthope townships had emigrated from. Most of the early settlers were German, followed closely by British emigrants.
"Population 15,545 in 1852 and 66,147 in 1980."3
Prior to 1851 - Huron District
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3 Place Names of Ontario by Floreen Carter, 1984
5 Place Names of Ontario by Alan Rayburn, 1997