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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 square block of land has some of the best agricultural land in Huron. It had few large areas of swamp or other useless land to be found in most of the townships. It was also fortunate inasmuch as the Maitland River from its northeastern extremity winds pretty well through the entire township in a very tortuous course providing excellent drainage and in the early days a great number of first rate sites for grists and sawmills. This township also has the distinction of being the only place name in Huron County of Indian Origin.
As far as can be determine there were no settlers in the township before 1840 and in the 1851 Census it is shown to have a population of only 722. Ten years later, however, it had a population of 3,151.
The first settler in Wawanosh was probably John Jackman who settled on Lot 18, Concession 1, around 1840. Mr. Jackman called his first son, who was also the first male child to be born in the township, "John Wawanosh". He remained on the family homestead throughout his entire life. About the same time settling on Lot 19 of Concession 1 was Robert Shannon whose daughter was the first female child to be born in the township. Mr. Charles Girvin, who later took an important and prominent place in the political affairs of the County, also settled in Wawanosh in the early 1840's on lot 13, Concession 2.