|Description: John Leslie Senior 1786 - 1872|
Esther Beatty-Leslie 1783 - 1867
John Leslie Senior was born in Rogart, Sutherlandshire, Scotland and died at the age of 86. John married Esther Beatty. She was the daughter of James Beatty. Esther, an Irish lady, was the widow of John's cousin William Leslie of Waterloo. William and Esther had 4 sons: William, George, John and Robert. Esther then married John Leslie Senior and they had 3 sons: James, Willie and Geordie. They moved to Canada in 1824 to join Esther's Irish brother John Beatty who had settled in Meadowvale in 1819. Esther lived to 84.
John and Esther, with their large family of sons, travelled from Rogart to Inverness by wagon, by boat on Loch Ness from Inverness to Fort Augustus, by wagon again to Fort William and from there, via the Crinan Canal, by sea to Greenock. There they had to wait for 10 days before embarking on the Larch, of London, for a six-week voyage to Quebec. From there they sailed up the St. Lawrence River until they eventually reached Streetsville about three miles from Meadowvale, where John Beattie was settled.
John Leslie Senior leased 200 acres from King's College - Lot 12, Con 5 W in Toronto Township - and on the south half in 1826 built a story-and-a-half log house, 26 by 36 feet, with the help of neighbours. It's size and architectural features distinguished it from most log cabins, and before long it was covered with clapboard. It still exists today on Mississauga Road.