Serving Bruce County Families --past and present
Bruce County Genealogical Society
Box 1083, Port Elgin, Ontario, Canada N0H 2C0
A map of Saugeen Township can be found on the Bruce County GenWeb website. 'Saugeen' is a corrupted form of an Ojibway word for the mouth of a river.
Saugeen Township Places
Saugeen Township Notable People
John Bell, born on the Isle of Mull, Scotland, was Hudson Bay Company chief trader and explorer. After retiring from the HBC in 1860, he settled in Saugeen Township, where he farmed until his death in 1868. His biography appears in the Dictionary of Canadian Biography Online.
Thomas Bryce emigrated from Scotland in 1852 and settled on Lot 17 of the Elora Road. He was a talented woodworker, and made clocks, miniature soldiers and horses, and over 100 violins.
Gordon Cummings, born in Saugeen Township, was a private with Kitchener's Horse Guards, and died in South Africa in 1900. He was the only Bruce County person to die in the Boer War.
Robert Douglass, A.B. M.D., Port Elgin,
"the oldest physician and surgeon in Port Elgin, is a native
of this Province, dating his birth in the Township of Nelson,
County of Halton, June 8, 1833. His father, Robert Douglass,
senior, was from the State of New York; his grandfather from
Scotland. His mother was Jane McGill, from Belfast, Ireland. ...
[He] settled in Port Elgin in the spring of 1861.
Robert Leith 'Dinny' Hanbidge, barrister and politician, and eventually Lieutenant Governor of Saskatchewan, had roots in both Southampton and Arran Township. For more information about him, see the Arran Township page.
William Kennedy was one of the founders of Southampton, where he and John Spence purchased a fishing company in 1848. The business was not successful, and he left Southampton to lead an 1851 expedition in search of Sir John Franklin. His biography appears in the Dictionary of Canadian Biography Online.
David Brown Milne, artist, was born on Lot 19 of the 10th Concession of Saugeen. He was the youngest child of William Milne and Mary Doverty, who had emigrated from Aberdeenshire, Scotland. When he was 8 years old, the family moved to the village of Paisley, in Elderslie Township. He obtained teacher training, and taught school at United School Section No. 7 & 8, Elderslie and Saugeen, on the Elora Road from 1900 to 1903, before leaving to study art in New York. He died in 1953. A memorial plaque was erected in Paisley in 1962 in his honour. Many of his paintings are in the National Gallery of Canada's collection.
W. Mitchell, a lieutenant in the 32nd Bruce Battalion of Infantry, was a member of the Canadian rifle shooting team, and was winner of the Prince of Wales Prize at Wimbleton in 1882. The Globe newspaper, under the headline "Port Elgin Welcomes its Wimbleton Hero" reported on a banquet held in his honour. A Globe article of the previous year noted that the 1881 Canadian team included four brothers: Sergeant D. Mitchell, 13th Battalion; Sergeant T. Mitchell, 10th Royals; Private C. N. Mitchell, 10th Royals; and Lieut. W. Mitchell 32nd Battalion.
James Rowand was Member of Parliament
for West Bruce in the 1890s. He farmed at Dunblane, on Lot 18 of the Range West of Saugeen Road. He died in 1897 at age 67 and
is buried in Port
Alexander Smith, "political organizer, is the s. of the late Peter Smith, a pioneer settler in Saugeen, Co. Bruce, Ont. B. in Saugeen, 1866, he was ed. in Walkerton, at the Collingwood Coll. Inst., and at the Univ. of Toronto, where he graduated B.A., 1889, with honours in several depts. Joining the reportorial staff of the Toronto Mail, 1889, he at the same time followed the course of lectures at the Law Sch., Osgoode Hall, and was called to the bar, 1893. In Nov., same year, he was apptd. Secy. of the Ont. Lib. Assn., and organizer for the Lib. party in Ont., both for Provl. and Dom. purposes, which positions he still retains. In religious faith he is a Presb. -34 Victoria St., Toronto. "Has a cool head, a great deal of resource, and a judgment that is rarely at fault. During the great campaign of 1896 he showed first-class generalship."-Globe" From The Canadian men and women of the time: a handbook of Canadian biography Morgan, Henry J. (Henry James), 1842-1913. (Toronto : W. Briggs, 1898.)
Saugeen Township - Some Early Names
Statement of Sales of Crown Land in Bruce County Previous to 1853 on which arrears are due - Saugeen Township
Transcribed from: Province of Ontario Archives RG 1-21-1-41
Building in faith : one hundred and thirty-five years of Presbyterianism in Port Elgin 1861-1996 : Knox Presbyterian Church 1861-1925, Tolmie Memorial Presbyterian Church 1926-1996 by Tolmie Memorial Historical Committee, 1996. Amicus No. 15338603
Dunblane.ca A website about Dunblane's history.
Forgotten Lives, Early History of a Coastal Village by John Weichel, 2001 Southampton's first public burying ground. See Publications page.
History of the County of Bruce by Norman Robertson, 1906. Available online.
Light through the years : 125 years with Knox Presbyterian Church, Burgoyne, 1862-1987 and Dunblane Presbyterian Church by the Burgoyne Historical Society, 1987. Amicus No. 7250382
The History of Port Elgin by Heather Robertson, 1975. Amicus No. 2234837
Roots and Branches of Saugeen by Saugeen History Hunters, 1984. Amicus No. 6589702
St. Andrew's Saugeen 1870 - 1962. Amicus No. 80733
Skeely Skipper: Southampton's Master Mariner, Captain John Spence by John Weichel, 1998. Amicus No. 20207377
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