The ADJ-TOS Barn Project Update

Links to:

The Herald print article page 1

The Herald print article page 2

The Herald online article

CTV News Barrie



A DRAW - March 15, 2018 (Winner contacted & mug given away)

Send in one of your historic (old) barn photo's (from Adj-Tos) and a little write-up and you could win this Adj-Tos barn project mug. We will do a draw for one March 15th from all the entries.



From the newspaper - "British Whig - Kingston U.C. Friday, August 29, 1834"

Sale of Crown Lands in the Home District

Notice is hereby given, that the undermentioned Clergy Reserves and Crown Lands in the Home District will be offered for sale by public Auction, at the Court House, in the City of Toronto, on Friday, the 29th day of August instant, at 12 o'clock noon, on condition of actual settlement, and upon the usual terms of payment


Plans exhibiting the situation of these Lots may be seen at the Surveyor General's Office Toronto, or with Mr. Richey, in the township of Sunnidale.

Clergy Reserves

Township of Adjala

At the upset price of 10s. currency per Acre

1st Concession, Nos. 15. 31.


Farmers in Adjala 1881

John Chapman age 48 born Ireland, wife Ann born England, noted as Farmer

Thomas Dorney (concession and lot - IV, 9, lot size 100) *born Adjala Tp., Simcoe County

Michael Doyle, age 50 born Ireland, wife Ann born Ontario, noted as farmer, along with his son John age 21

Hugh Gallagher age 43 born Ontario, wife Martha?, noted as Farmer

William Hart age 24 born Ontario, with probably his brothers Andrew and Thomas all born Ontario

Bernard Heslin (concession and lot - IV, 12, lot size 100) *born Adjala Tp., Simcoe County *census has it listed under Hislin age 27 born Ontario, wife Winifred

Rose Hislen, age 33 (widowed), noted as Farmer

Bernard Holland, age 37, born Ontario, wife Mary Ann, Roman Catholic, noted as Farmer

John Joyce, are 30 born Ontario, wife Mary Jane, noted as Farmer

Joseph Leggett (concession and lot - II, 5, lot size 250) *born Adjala Tp., Simcoe County *Member of township council

Paul McCabe, age 39 born Ontario with wife Mary, Roman Catholic, noted as Farmer

Samuel Reany, age 60, born Ireland W. Meth, noted as farmer wife Elizabeth age 49 born Ontario, Presb.

Michael Ryan, age 55 born Quebec, Roman Catholic, noted as Farmer

John Pettitt age 64, born Ireland, wife Catherine, Church of England, Farmer, son Henry also noted as Farmer

John W. Pettitt age 30, born Ontario, wife Margaret A., Presb?, Farmer

Phillip Pigott, age 60 born Ireland, Roman Catholic, noted as Farmer

Mathew Ronan (concession and lot - IV, 13, lot size 200) *from Wexford, Co., Ireland (also noted as Reeve) Portrait

Patrick Ronan age 30 born Ontario, wife Annie, noted as Farmer

Thomas Shelby?, age 64 born Ireland (widowed), sons Edward & Thomas noted as Farmers also

Patrick Small age 42, wife Ellen born Ontario (concession and lot - VII, 10, lot size 400)

*there was a woolen mill in Keenansville

Farmers in Tosorontio 1881

Robert Clark (concession II, 26, lot size 30) *from Paris, Ontario, year settled 1877

James Gilmore (concession I, 1, lot size 200) *born New York, USA

John Graham (concession VII, 8, lot size 150) *born Ireland, year settled 1844 Residence drawing

William Graham (concession VI, 9, lot size 100) *retired farmer, born Ireland, year settled 1843

John Kidd age 47 (concession I, 23, lot size 500) *born Leeds, Co., Ontario, year settled 1857 (wife Ellen and 11 children 1881, Church of England) / Henry Kidd, Farmer age 44, wife Elizabeth, Joseph Kidd age 50 wife Alice

Robert Mason (concession IV, 26, lot size 100) *born Halton Co., Ontario, year settled 1862

Robert McDowell (concession I, 5, lot size ?) *born Ireland (post office, Rosemont), year settled 1849

George McGirr (concession VII, 1, lot size 250) *born Ireland (farmer, general loan and insurance agent), year settled 1837

Malcolm McGregor (concession III, 10, lot size 183) *born Caledon Tp, Peel Co. (farmer, saw mill owner), year settled 1872

Samuel Rodgers (concession I, 30, lot size 100) *born Canada, year settled 1834

Joseph Orlando Rogers (concession 1, 30, lot size 100) *born Simcoe Co., Ontario

Alexander Rose (concession IV, 2, lot size 100) *born Newmarket, Ontario

John Smith age 36 (concession VII, 10, lot size 100) *born Scotland, wife Lizzie, 6 children

Thomas G. Smith (concession I, 2, lot size 100) *born Barrie, Ontario (farmer, councillor, President of the Agricultural Society

M.N. Stephens (concession I, 32, lot size 400?) born Esquesing Tp, Halton Co., Farmer Miller, Postmaster, year settled 1840 Portrait

Andrew Wanless (concession IV, 11, lot size 150) born Northumerland, Co., Ontario, year settled 1861