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History of the County of Perth, 1825-1902 William Johnston, 1903

pp.541-2

James BROWN was born at Nathanfoot, Lanarkshire, Scotland, in 1805. During his boyhood days he attended the parish school, obtaining a fair education. In 1820, with his father and other members of the family, he came to Canada, settling in Dalhousie. For several years he assisted on the farm, when he became a school teacher, receiving for his services the sum of 30 pounds per annum. As a part of his duties in that capacity he had to collect his own salary, which, in many instances, was more difficult than earning it. It will be born in mind that Canada previous to 1841 had no School Act. During 1846 he removed to Fullarton, and assisted at raising the first school house in that township, in section No. 1, and upon its completion became first teacher in the municipality. In 1847 he was appointed collector of taxes by the old district council, retaining that position until its abolition by the Act of 1850. When Fullarton was organized he was chosen treasurer, discharging the duties of that office till 1860, when he retired. In 1868 he was appointed auditor, remaining in harness till his death. He was an old magistrate, an elder of the Presbyterian church in Fullarton and Dalhousie.

Mr Brown was a good public speaker, and a life-long supporter of the Reform Party. His countenance indicated intelligence and refinement. He was a man of strong convictions, sincere and ardent in his conduct, his whole character typical of the good old pioneer. In 1827 he married Margaret Park, of Dalhousie, who was his constant companion through his long life. Her death was more than he could bear, and it was only a few months afterwards when he was laid by her side in the quiet resting place of the dead.

 

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Welcome to Perth County GenWeb, your online guide to Perth County Genealogy since February 1998! I am Meg Fuller, Your Coordinator for this County site.

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I hope you find my efforts helpful in your research of your County roots. I am unable to do additional research on your family as I do not have direct access to records. I post everything I have for all to use.

Perth County is located in south-western Ontario in about the middle of the peninsula. There are many small towns and hamlets in this area, and the largest city is Stratford. Stratford currently has a population of about 30 000. This population swells in the summer tourist season! For the most part Perth County consists of rural agricultural land. The other major industry is tourism because of the Stratford Festival.

It is one of the few counties in South-Western Ontario that doesn't touch any of the Great Lakes. Because of its location, and distance from the Great Lakes, it was one of the last areas in Ontario to be settled. People who aren't familiar with Ontario often confuse it with Perth, a city in Lanark County. If it's Perth, Lanark County you're after, or if your reference just says Perth, here's a link to the Lanark County GenWeb. But it was nice of you to visit.

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