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Talbot was granted Five Thousand acres of land on the condition of conveying fifty acres out of every two hundred to an actual settler. The Colonel Talbot Settlement which in 1803 was the whole of the county of Elgin and part of Essex, Kent, Middlesex and Norfolk, an immense tact of land granted by the British Crown to Colonel Talbot, an Irishman of good family. He did not get the land he wanted or the amount General John Graves Simcoe had recommended which necessitated another trip to London, but when he returned in 1803, he had an agreement he could work to his advantage not far from Yarmouth, in the Township of Dunwich and Aldborough. Station Port Stanley Queens Hotel Grand Central Hotel Empire Hotel Royal Hotel Hotel Advertisements Old Church Yard Old Church Yard Entrance Wallaces Tombstone Henry Judgeson Rapelje Chisholm Monument Chisholm Monument 1952 Native Area Map Iona Advertisements from 1877 Fingal Climax Threshing Machine Fingal Monitor Steam Engine Life In The 17s In Elgin This story got started from gathering information about the Firbys Family Tree.Here all settlers came to arrange for land and the settlement spread out from this point.If he had been in the military service in England or had fought in the American Revolution as an Empire Loyalist, he was entitled to at least 200 acres free (more if he was an officer), as was each of his children at the age of 21.
When the settler was assigned his lot, he had to clear 5 acres of land and build a log shanty (a minimum size was required) and opened the road in front of their lot, Talbot then issued them a certificate, which with fees, they could take to York to claim their patent and register ownership.After the war, however, settlers poured into the area, giving Talbot the numbers he needed to realize his dream As it was necessary for Talbot to go to York (Toronto) frequently, Colonel Talbot had a trail blazed, which snaked through the woods in that direction.He began the construction of the Talbot Road in 1804 and in the early part of the 19-Century it was already not only the longest but also the best road in Upper Canada.Seizing an axe from an attendant he at once felled the first tree animating Columbus as he kissed the earth of the New World.Colonel Talbot began his settlement for the purpose of encouraging and developing the growing of hemp.That letter was written by Colonel Talbot from "Skitteewoaboa Upper Canada" which is the Ojibway Indian word for whiskey or firewater. Some historians say it was Port Bruce: others, Port Stanley. The Talbot settlement actually began on May 21 1803, 14 miles west of Port Stanley.