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


James STEWART, of North Easthope, son of John Stewart and Mary Crerar [footnote: should read Catherine Crerar], was born in Perthshire, Scotland, and came with his parents to Canada in 1832, settling in North Easthope. The Stewart family is an old one in this county, and one of the most distinguished for the capable and public spirit of its members. By reference to the list of public officers in North Easthope it will be found that the subject of this sketch was for a long period prominent in municipal affairs. During his whole career he was much esteemed as an officer, a private citizen, and an upright public man. Peter Stewart, his brother, was for many years closely connected with municipal government in North Easthope, and one of its trusted public servants who did much to develop its resources. This old pioneer family, along with many other settlers of this township, had an awful experience in their journey from the glens in Perthshire to the wilderness of the Huron Tract. Mr Peter Stewart, even at the distance of 70 years from that ill-starred time, relates with thrilling interest many details of that terrible voyage across the sea, and that still more terrible journey to the west. Cholera, with relentless tenacity, hung around those poor helpless immigrants like an insatiable demon. They were shunned by people on their journey as being plague- smitten, and almost every encampment where they rested was marked by the grave of a victim snatched from those weary and heart-broken wanderers.


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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