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Stories and information on Huron County Townships taken from the book The Settlement of Huron Countyby James Scott, 1916. Ryerson Press, 1966
This Township lies immediately south of Stanley; its eastern boundary is formed by portions of Tuckersmith and Usborne - the London Road being the boundary line - on the south it is bounded by the Township of Stephen. It covers 54,527 acres. Most of the land was very good but there was a large portion of low swampy land that the Canada Company had trouble disposing of. There are no major rivers of any size but numerous springs provide an adequate water supply.
This township settled somewhat later than most of the others. Before the migration rush of 1845 there were only 113 inhabitants. Prior to 1845 most of the few settlers were of Scottish and Irish origin. Later a large number of settlers of English descent came into the township. There was also a significant number of German settlers and a few French.
Probably the first settler in Hay Township was William Wilson who arrived in 1839, although Robert Bisset who settled on the Usborne side of the London Road, registered a deed for property in Hay as early as 1833. The beginning of the German settlement was in 1846 when John Orsh and his family settled on Lot 28 of the 12th concession. He was the first of many Germans, most of whom came directly from Germany or from German parts of Switzerland, to Upper Canada.