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FROM FATIIER TO SON

 

FIFTH GENERATION ON THE SAME HOMESTEAD

 

One of the all too few cases in which descendants of those who cleared the forest still remain on the old homestead, is found on lot thirty-one on the third of Uxbridge. There J. W. Width-field, M.P.P., represents the fifth generation on land granted by the Crown in 1806. Even here, however, possession has not descended along the male line, the first owner of the place having been Charles Chapman, the great-great-grandfather of Mr. Widdifield on the maternal side.

Charles Chapman left Bucks County, Pennsylvania, in the first decade of the last century. He traversed the comparative wilderness of Western Pennsylvania and New York, crossed the Niagara River, and, following the Hamilton-Qucenston highway, Dundas Road, and Yonge Street, finally passed over the old "Uxbridge Trail," to lay the foundation of a new home near the banks of a stream in the midst of the forest primeval then covering Uxbridge township.

Mr. Chapman was a member of one of the many families of Quakers who came from the New England States to what was then Upper Canada and whose descendants are found in Whitchurch, Uxbridge, Markham, Pickering, and neighbouring townships to-day. These fam-

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