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


THOMAS ROTHWELL was born in Wexford, Ireland, in March, 1808. The family emigrated to Canada in 1815. In January, 1833, he married Eliabeth [sic] Tompkins, of Wicklow, which union extended over a period of 63 years, when death separated the aged pair in January, 1896. To them were born six sons, who all became professional men except one - Mr. B. Rothwell, the eldest, having been principal of Listowel public school for a quarter of a century.

Mr Rothwell arrived in Elma during 1853, settling on lot 29, concession 2, where he remained until his death. In his youthful days he was a man of robust physique, fine personal appearance, and a splendid specimen of the better class of our pioneers. He was an even-tempered, kindly man, well informed, and of far more than average intellectual ability. We are apt to inquire sometimes why people of education and refinement should ever enter the woods, where naturally nothing could be found we would suppose congenial either to their tastes or aspirations. To answer this we would require to know the man, for although fate does play strange vagaries with us all, there is a trend of thought and feeling in our hearts causing many events we blindly attribute to fortune. Whatever may have been the cause in this case of taking up backwoods life, Mr Rothwell fought the battle in a manner most honourable to himself, and left a record of honesty and upright conduct with all men, the fairest boon he could leave to his family.


Meg Fuller Perth County Coordinator

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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

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