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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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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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