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Alexander Buchanan
Male Cal 1796 - 1888


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  • Birth  CALC 20 May 1796  , New York State, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3, 4
    Gender  Male 
    Residence  1821  Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Occupation  1851  North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Farmer 
    Religion  1851  North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Presbyterian 
    Elected Office  1852  North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Councillor - North Dumfries Township 
    Elected Office  1853  , Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Councillor - Waterloo County 
    Elected Office  1853  North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Reeve - North Dumfries Township 
    Occupation  1853  North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    reeve 
    Religion  1871  Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    U. P. Presbyterian 
    Retired  1881  Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Eby ID Number  Waterloo-103088 
    Died  28 Jul 1888  Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Cause: infirmities of age (four years) 
    Buried  Mount View Cemetery, Cambridge, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Person ID  I103088  Generations
    Last Modified  29 Aug 2017 

    Father  John Buchanan,   b. 4 Jul 1773, , Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Jul 1829 
    Mother  Margaret McArthur,   b. 1780, , Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Mar 1844 
    Family ID  F16113  Group Sheet

    Family 1  Elizabeth Leese,   b. CALC 18 Jan 1802, of, North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Apr 1841, South Dumfries Twp., Brant Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Augustus Buchanan,   b. Abt 1818, Of, Dumfries Township, Gore District, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     2. John Buchanan,   b. 15 Aug 1821, Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     3. Margaret Buchanan,   b. CALC 15 Jan 1824, , Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Jun 1899
     4. Jane Maria Buchanan,   b. Abt 1826, , Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     5. William Buchanan,   b. 1826, , Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     6. Susan Buchanan,   b. CALC 28 Sep 1828, , Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Sep 1873, North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location
     7. Elizabeth Buchanan,   b. 1829, , Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     8. James Buchanan,   b. 1833, , Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     9. Henrietta Buchanan,   b. 1836, , Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     10. Theron Buchanan,   b. 18 Sep 1836, North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Family ID  F37912  Group Sheet

    Family 2  Mary Allan,   b. 1813, , Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married  27 Sep 1842  Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Family ID  F26441  Group Sheet

  • Notes 
    • Alexander was the eldest son of John Buchanan who arrived in the Branchton area in 1817. Alexander described as a man of "magnificent physique" came to Galt in 1819. First operated Absalom Shade's distillery for about 4 years. Later farmer in Branchton and was appointed the assessor of the Township of Dumfries in 1827. He served as a councilor of Township of Dumfries and as a councilor of North Dumfries. He did in 1881 with a estate valued at $300,000.1a

      1aCambridge Mosiac, Jim Quantrell, 1998, City of Cambridge [snippet from original text in book]

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      Galt was almost hemmed in - a place without an outlet. The natural route was eastwards to the head of Lake Ontario at Dundas, but between the two points was a literal slough of despond in the shape of the far famed Beverly swamp, whose bottomless mud-holes and almost impassible " corduroys: were the terror of travellers for many a year thereafter.

      This benighted region had a most unenviable reputation. It blocked the way between the head of navigation at Dundas and Hamilton, and the fertile lands of Dumfries and Waterloo. It could not be avoided, therefore, and the blazed road (A term in common use, indicating chips chopped off the sides of trees in the early settlements to show travellers the road.) through its long desolate morasses, was seldom passed without accidents and delays innumerable. A dozen teams all "stuck" (to use the expressive term of the period) within a few miles of each other, was no uncommon occurrence, and only the marines could believe the stories of the size and depth of the mud-holes which have been handed down to us.

      Once upon a time a reckless rider attempted, contrary to advice, to pass through on horseback in the middle of the spring floods. A few hours afterwards a pedestrian found what at first glance he took to be a blue Scotch bonnet floating in the middle of a treacherous-looking pool. On attempting to recover the bonnet, he was horrified to find it covered the head of the reckless rider, who had plunged into the fatal morass, and, astride of his horse, had gradually sunk down, until arms, neck, mouth, and eyes, had been engulphed in the oozy, treacherous, almost fathomless abyss. Before assistance could be obtained, horse and rider had entirely disappeared!

      How far this and similar stories can be relied upon, the reader can judge for himself, but certain it is, that the passage through Beverly swamp was greatly and justly dreaded. These feelings were increased by current rumours of an old peddler and even of other benighted travellers who had undertaken to pass through the swamp after dark, having mysteriously disappeared. These rumours became crimes of blood to the active imaginations of those days, and so widespread and strong had they become, that when Mr. Alexander Buchanan, a man certainly not deficient in courage, came in from New York State in 1819, he started through the wild and trackless woods after dark to his father's clearance near Branchton, rather than linger in Beverly swamp, with its dismal surroundings and evil reputation.2a

      2aReminiscences of the Early History of Galt and the Settlement of Dumfries in the Province of Ontario, by James Young , pg 56-57

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      JOHN BUCHANAN, farmer, Township of South Dumfries, was born in Galt, County of Waterloo, Ontario, 15th August, 1821, and is a son of Alexander and Betsy Buchanan, natives of the United States, from which country they emigrated to Canada about the year 1817, and first settled in Galt, where they remained four years. They then moved to the farm in South Dumfries Township, on which Mr. Buchanan resided till sixteen years ago, when he returned to Galt and retired into private life. He is living there now with his second wife, hale and hearty, in his eighty-seventh year. His first wife died on the farm in 1842, and his second was Mary Wylie, still living. Mr. Buchanan had eleven children, ten of whom, six sons and four daughters, are still living. John Buchanan, the subject of this biography, was married 28th March, 1850, to Isabella McPherson, who was born in New York State 17th November, 1826. They are both members of the United Presbyterian Church at Galt. Their only child, Helen, was born 19th August, 1851, and is the wife of Dr. Webb, Town of Waterloo, Ontario. When Mr. Buchanan commenced life for himself, he purchased 100 acres of land, on which he at present resides, and to this he has since added 184 acres, making in all 284 acres of highly cultivated and improved land, bearing proofs of undoubted prosperity and industry.3a

      3aThe history of the county of Brant, Ontario: containing a history of the county: its township, cities, towns, schools, J. H. Beers & Co. Warner, Beers & Co.

  • Sources 
    1. [S336] Census - ON, Waterloo, Galt - 1881, Galt Division 2 Page 1.

    2. [S233] Census - ON, Waterloo, North Dumfries - 1852, Div. 1, Pg. 31.

    3. [S122] Cemetery - ON, Waterloo, Cambridge - Mount View CC#4495 Internet Link .
      Betsy Leese/ wife of/ A. Buchanan/ died 21st April 1841/ aged 39 years, 3 mo/ and 3 days/ Alexander Buchanan/ died 28th July 1888/ aged 92 years, 2 mo's/ and 8 days/

    4. [S570] Census - ON, Waterloo, Galt - 1871, Div. 2, Pg. 5.

    5. [S1450] Waterloo County Councillors A Collective Biography.

    6. [S31] News - ON, Waterloo, Cambridge - Dumfries Reformer (1850-1892), 21 Dec 1853.
      Buchanan, Elizabeth married 15 Dec 1853 to David M. POTTER By Rev Jas Strang. David, eld son David Potter, of Dumfries. Elizabeth, 3rd dau of Alexander Buchanan, Reeve, North Dumfries.

    7. [S507] Church Records - ON, Waterloo, Galt - First United Presbyterian.

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    Link to Google MapsBirth - CALC 20 May 1796 - , New York State, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1821 - Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 27 Sep 1842 - Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Farmer - 1851 - North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Presbyterian - 1851 - North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsElected Office - Councillor - North Dumfries Township - 1852 - North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsElected Office - Councillor - Waterloo County - 1853 - , Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsElected Office - Reeve - North Dumfries Township - 1853 - North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - reeve - 1853 - North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - U. P. Presbyterian - 1871 - Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsRetired - 1881 - Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - Cause: infirmities of age (four years) - 28 Jul 1888 - Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Mount View Cemetery, Cambridge, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
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