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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
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Huron County Wills

Miscellaneous Huron County wills can be found on A list of names and locations follows. Each will provides more details such as spouse's name, children, executors, etc:

Tuckersmith Township Huron County Deaths & Wills

NAME: Broadfood, James
Date: 13 January 1899
Place: Tuckersmith twp, Huron county

NAME: Broadfoot, John
Date: 13 February 1888
Place: Tuckersmith twp, Huron county

NAME: Cooper, William
Date: 20 September 1893
Place: Tuckersmith twp, Huron county


This Township comprises 40,850 acres. It is bounded on the north and northwest by the townships of Hullett and McKillop, on the southwest by the Township of Hibbert in the County of Perth, on the south by the Township of Usborne and on the east by parts of the townships of Hay and Stanley. The land is rolling and was considered by the early settlers to be one of the most fertile in the County.

Tuckersmith got its name from one of the original directors of the Canada Company Martin Tucker Smith, a banker in London, England. Originally the name of the Township was spelled as two words, but over time was put together and now has been referred to as Tuckersmith for over 100 years. Settlers National origin is indicated by the various religious denomination. In the pioneer period well over half of the population were members of various branches of the Presbyterian Church in Canada, which indicates a heavy predominance of settlers of Scottish origin. A little over one-third were Methodists or Anglicans, which were probably of English descent. About one-sixth of the community were Roman Catholics which would be Irish descent. Tuckersmith shared with the Township of Goderich the honour of being the first township to hold a meeting for the purpose of setting municipal government in the County which was held in 1835 at Bayfield.

William Woolley, Constable appointed on the order of Messrs. Charles Prior and Richard Brewster, Justices of the Peace.

Township Officers elected at first meeting for Municipal Government were

  • Town Clerk - John Colquhoun
  • Assessors - Peter Vanderburg and Richard Lowe
  • Collector - William Chalk, M.D
  • Overseers of Highways - Henry Ransford, Jonathon Wade
  • Poundkeeper - William Fowler
  • Town Wardens - Samuel Carnochan and John Hannah

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