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Transcript: Excerpt Historical Atlas, Peel County, pub. By J.H. Pope, 1877
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Title: Transcript: Excerpt Historical Atlas, Peel County, pub. By J.H. Pope, 1877
Identifier: 2005.1.95.21
Donor: Geoffrey and Kathleen Sayers
Item Date: 1960-1975
Creation Date: 2011
Location: Benares Historic House

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Description: A single-spaced, 3-page, typewritten transcript, in red ink on white office paper. The pages are stapled together and a handwritten note in blue ink in the top proper right corner reads "1850, 19A". A note in the top proper left corner of the first page reads: "From Excerpt in Cooksville Library Folder taken from Historical Atlas, Peel County, pub. By J.H. Pope, 1877." The first part is a description of the village of Springfield. The next part describes the Township of Toronto and the first settlers in the Old Survey. "Col. Thomas Ingersoll, who kept the Government House & Ferry at Port Credit previous to 1806" was the first settler in Toronto Township and also in County of Peel. The second page is about the New Survey of the rear of the township which took place in 1819. The arrival of Irish immigrants from New York is described. Half of the group of 26 families settled in Meadowvale and the others settled between Centre Road and Sixth Line. The third page contains a brief description of the small village of Dixie. The bottom part of the page is typed in black ink and has under the title "Toll Gate" a description and list of rates for the Gore & Vaughan Plank Road dated Jan. 1, 1851. A note at the proper right above the title reads: "From the Bull Collection (Cooksville Library) - wording on a picture of Toll Gate Sign". The reverse of the pages is Geoffrey H. Sayers Insurance Company letterhead.

This item is part of a box of original papers, transcripts, research notes, and newspaper clippings compiled and transcribed by Geoffrey and Kathleen Sayers. Kathleen's love of history led her to do intensive research into Geoffrey's family history. Geoffrey's paternal and maternal ancestors were some of the first settlers in Toronto Township and were notable members of the community. The notes and transcripts were written on the backs of papers related to Geoffrey’s job in Insurance.
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