The Thomson Settlement
The Thomson Settlement
In Memory of David Thomson
There are three plaques about this settlement.
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Photos by Alan L Brown - Posted March, 2004
Plaque coordinates: 43.757733 -79.25495
The first permanent resident in Scarborough Township was David Thomson, a Scot who came to Upper Canada with his brother Andrew in 1796. Each was granted 160 ha and David built a log cabin on his property that year. He was soon joined by other settlers, including his brothers Andrew and Archibald. The Thomsons, who were stone masons, worked on the first Parliament Buildings at York (Toronto). A road connecting the settlement with York was opened by 1799, and a sawmill was built by each of the brothers. A Presbyterian church, the first in the township, was built in 1819 on David's land and became the centre of the prospering 'Thomson Settlement'.
Photo by Alan L Brown - Posted October, 2006
Plaque coordinates: 43.759968 -79.252281
The Thomson Settlement, the first in Scarborough, consisted of early mills & homesteads centred around this point. The library, fostered by the Thomsons and used by the Mechanics Institute from 1878, was housed in its present building in 1896.
Photo by Alan L Brown - Posted June, 2008
In memory of David Thomson of Westerkirk Dumfries-shire Scotland who was the First Settler in Scarborough, where his was the first land cleared. He had arrived in Upper Canada in 1796 and died on the 22nd of June 1834, aged 71, leaving his wife, eleven children and 53 grandchildren.
Posted March 30, 2011
Hi I was wondering if you have any information on Robert Davidson born in 1844, who is buried at the Thompson park cemetery.
Posted March 18, 2010
i have historical documentation re; thomson family northeasthope township perth county. in abundance please respond as this is family history. i am hoping to find some sort of connection with a adam thomson.thankyou. this info i have dates back tothe late 1800's
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