History of the County of Perth, 1825-1902
William Johnston, 1903
John Watson, township clerk of Mornington, was one of the first settlers in that township, locating on lot 7, concession 11, in 1848. Mr Watson was born in Newton Stewart, Tyrone, Ireland, in 1827. In 1847 he arrived in Canada, coming direct to Mornington. At a very early period he took an active part in municipal politics, being elected reeve in 1863. This position he retained till 1868. In 1874 he was appointed township clerk, which position he has held ever since. Next to Mr Reid he is amongst the oldest of our municipal officers. His character and conduct as a citizen and private gentleman are above reproach, and shed a lustre on the name of backwoodsman.
Meg Fuller Perth County Coordinator
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