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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
The township is the most northeasterly of the County, bounded on the north by the Township of Carrick in Bruce, on the east by the Township of Minto in Wellington, on the south by the Township of Wallace in Perth and on the west by Turnberry in Huron.
Until lots were officially put up for sale in 1854, nobody in any of the four Queen's Bush townships had clear titled to the land. Settlers up until this time were technically squatters. It was an unwritten agreement that if the squatters complied with the Government regulations for clearing the land and erected their buildings according to the specifications laid down by the Crown they would have first opportunity to purchase and obtain clear title. When this occurred in 1854 settlers were careless enough not to proceed to the sale immediately and found that the land on which they had put so much work had been sold to someone else and of course this led to many lawsuits, petitions and various struggles.
The first settler was probably John Carter who arrived in 1851. For the next three years there was not another settler in the entire township. Jacob Cook came in 1853 and Henry Bell. After the sale in 1854 arrived many others - John Donley, Allen Ireland, Greer brothers, Sotherans, W.G. Walker, Arthur Mitchell, Joel Rogers, Hugh Hollingshead, Henry Smith, The Leech Brothers
Search Howick Township Obituaries on Huron County GenWeb
Howick Township 1861 Census Records for Young, Buchanan & Buchan Families