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

p.521-522

 

Moses Harvey, late treasurer of Elma, was born at New Brunswick in 1822. In 1849 he married Mary Leckie, of King's County, in that province, and in 1856 removed to Elma, settling on lot 18, concession 9. Here he made for himself a home, and on this farm he resided until his death. A family of thirteen childrne was born to him, many of whom are now dead. During 1865, being still of an ddventurous spirit, and having caught the California gold fever, he made a trip west to that fabled land, remaining only a short time, and although quite successful, he returned again to Elma. In 1871 he was appointed township treasurer, which position he held till his death on May 20th, 1901. He was a good book-keeper, and throughout his long official career, though having large railway and drainage accounts passing through his hands, his work is characterized by accuracy in every detail. At an early period he was appointed a justice of the peace, and was a consistent supporter of the Liberal-Conservative party. Either in religion or politics he was not dogmatic in his views, allowing every man to deal with affairs of his conscience as best suited himself. As a proof of this aspect of his character and his broad principles he took an active part in promoting Methodism where he resided, he being a consistent Presbyterian. Mr Harvey was an honest man, which, after all, is the highest enconium we can give to anyone.

 

About Perth County, Ontario

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.

I hope you enjoy your visit. Please email me if you have any suggestions or contributions you would like to make.

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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