Township Facts, 1878:
The township of Seymour lies north north-west of Murray, being bounded on the north by the township of Belmont in Peterborough, on the south by Brighton and Murray, on the east by Rawdon in Hastings, and on the west by Percy and Asphodel. The Trent traverses it. Population, 4,289. The population in1850 was 2,117; in 1861, 3,842. The native population number about two thirds, and the settlers from England, Ireland and Scotland, about one third in equal proportions--the Scotch however, have a small preponderance. Quite a number of retired half-pay military and naval officers located in the township after the first survey.
Seymour was surveyed and laid out, first in 1819, and again in 1833. Major CAMPBELL, of Cobourg, after whom Campbellford has been named and by whom the village was founded, has done much in advancing the prosperity of the township of Seymour. He took up with his partners some 4000 acres of land, and his enterprise and encouragement induced quite a flourishing settlement.
Amongst the early settlers were the ANDERSONs, ARNOLDs, CASSANs, CLARKs, CURTIS, DAVIDSON, DENMARK, FREE, HAIG, HALL, HUME, JOY, MORRISON, MATTHEWS, MELVILLE, MEYERS, MILNE, MCARTHUR, MCNAUGHTON, MACOUIN, RANNIE, ROWE, STILLMAN, THUD, THOMPSON, WATSON, WALLACE, SCOTT, SMITH, STEPHENS, WHITE.
The old CASSIDY settlers have now disappeared altogether. The family of DENMARK own considerable property. Mr. DENMARK was reeve of the township for some time. Mr. BRADFORD, a very popular man, now occupies the position. Mr. BELL, another well-to-do farmer, is deputy reeve. There are several descendants of the CLARKs, English old settlers, farmers. The family of BONNYCASTLE is a well-known family of old Scotch settlers in Seymour. They have taken a large interest in municipal and local matters, are noted as intelligent councillors and good farmers; the old gentleman holds a commission as Major in the Volunteer Militia. William FREE settled over fifty years ago. The DINWOODIE famiLy settled about the same time from Scotland; one of them is the present reeve of Campbellford, and has also been reeve of the township. The HUGHES family came from Ireland a long time ago and settled on their present improved farms. The MELVILLE family settled from Scotland at an early date in the settlement of the township -- one has been in the township council. The MACOUINs are Irish farmers, and very old settlers. George RANNIE is well known as an old settler and Government employee. He keeps the slides. The descendants of the ROWED family, also very old settlers, still reside in the Township; One of the daughters married Dr. DENMARK.
Campbellford, in the township of Seymour, also on the Trent, sends, like Hastings, Brighton, Newcastle, Colborne, one representative to the united counties council. It was incorporated in 1876. Population about 1,100. Assessed value, $257, 310. Emilyville forms part of the village. Owing to its splendid waterpower, Campbellford is becoming extensively known as a manufacturing town. There are large woolen mills, employing many hands at the place; also foundry, grist, and tanning manufacturers, and a planing factory. There is a handsome Town hall and schoolhouse, both of stone, and Church of England, Roman Catholic, Presbyterian, and Methodist churches. Campbell is growing in importance, and thriving rapidly. Distant from Cobourg, 39 miles; Toronto, 109; Montreal, 253 miles; and Brighton [with which it is connected by daily stage] 21 miles. A printing office has been lately started in the place.
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