Search billions of records on

Perth County Ontario Gen Web

Home |Contact Me | Ontario GenWeb | Canada GenWeb

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

WALTER MURRAY was born in the parish of Kilpatrick, Dumfriesshire, Scotland, in 1823. He was a son of John Murray, and came to Canada in 1841, settling on lot 16, concession 6, Downie. He was the first pioneer in this section, and followed the Avon into the woods, far remote from any other settler. I need not detail the hardships endured for several years subsequent to this, and which were inseparable from backwoods life. Suffice it to say that Mr Murray has met with abundant success, and, like many an old pioneer, has reason to rejoice that he came to Canada in search of a home. In 1853 he married Elizabeth Ballantyne, to whom were born eleven children, several having settled around the old place. Mr Murray is a Presbyterian in religion, a Reformer in politics, and in principle an honest man.


Meg Fuller Perth County Coordinator

Copyright © 2007-2008 by ONGenWeb.. All rights reserved. Individual submissions remain property of submitter or author. Last updated September 22, 2007 .

Photos in banner courtesy of Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, FSA-OWI Collection, LC-USF34-051862-D and LC-USF34-031979-D.


The Townships of Perth County

Blanshard Township and town of St Marys
Downie Township
North Easthope
South Easthope
Ellice Township
Elma township
Fullarton Township
Hibbert Township
Logan Township
Mornington Township
City of Stratford
Wallace Township and town of Listowel

Outside Links (Not part of this site)

$ Perth County Branch, Ontario Genealogical Society

Stratford-Perth Archives
The Stratford Beacon-Herald the main newspaper for the area

The Listowel Banner is the main newspaper in the north part of the county

County of Perth
Museums of Perth County
Perth County Historical Foundation
Stratford Public Library
Town of North Perth
Township of Perth East
Township of West Perth
Hmm... North, East, West, where is a website for South Perth?

Historic Plaques of Perth County on Wayne Cook's Historic Plaque site

Please help open Canada's post-1901 census records!
The Ontario GenWeb Census Project