Sunday, July 14, 2013

Mr. McGregor's Fire

Whitby Chronicle, 22 Oct 1868, p. 2, Source: Whitby Online Historic Photograph Collection
Whitby Chronicle, 22 Oct 1868, p. 2, Source: Whitby Online Historic Photograph Collection
Whitby Chronicle, 22 Oct 1868
Source: Whitby Online Historic
Photograph Collection

Public Domain: Copyright expired
Whitby Chronicle, 22 Oct 1868

 -- A destructive fire broke out on the premises of Mr. G McGregor, of Oshawa, on Thursday night last, by which he is the loser to the extent of one thousand dollars and upwards.

 Mr. McGregor rented the farm belonging to Mrs Arkland, immediately adjoining the village, and had just threshed out about 600 bushels of spring wheat, 400 bushels of oats and a large quantity of peas, which were stored in the granary.

 Early on Thursday night, the straw stack adjoining the barn was discovered on fire, and before the devastating element could be checked, the fire reached the barns which, with their contents were totally destroyed.

 Mr. McGregor was not, we understand, insured. His loss is estimated at upwards $1,000. Mrs. Arkland had insurance on the buildings, to about half their value.

QUESTIONS: Is this Royal Grigor McGregor, the son of the original settler, John McGrigor?

Was he living on a farm owned by the widow of  one of the original settlers, Charles Arkland?
And if so, why was Grigor living on someone else's land?
Did he not own several acres of land left to him by his father?

[ UPDATED ] My Research: According to his father's will, Royal Grigor was to be given a portion of Lot 11, 1st Concession - about 100 acres to be divided up between the three brothers - Royal Grigor, John Jr., and Donald. That was to happen when the youngest brother, Donald, turned 21 years old, in 1864.

Royal G. McGrigor's Plan of subdivision was registered with the village on this parcel of land, dated October 30, 1867.

Royal Grigor married Sarah J. Wilson on April April 2 1867 - one year before the fire. 
Their children were all born after the fire:
Helena Jane - born 1869, died January 20, 1875
John Albert - born January 1874, died Sept 24, 1874
William Ernest - born 1874, died 1919 (was he a twin to John Albert?)
Nellie C. - born December 12, 1875, died [unknown]

In 1861 G. McGregor lived in Division No. 1 with his mother Janis [Eunice], Margrett [Margaret], Danel (18y) [Donald], and Danel (80y) [Donald], and Celina Arkland lived in Division No. 2 with her granddaughters - Emily (20y) and Adalade (17y).

In 1871, they switched, with G. McGregor living in Division No. 2 (the Arkland farm?) and Celina Arkland living in Division No. 1 - with granddaughter Louisia (16y)

Do the Division numbers relate to the Concession numbers? Does Division No 1 mean 1st Concession?

Charles Arkland died September 25, 1857. His wife, Celina Arkland died August 20, 1875.

Census Year: 1861
Surname: ARKLAND
Given Name: Litina [Celina?]
Gender: Female
Age: 61
Place of Birth: U.S.
Religion: Christian
Marital: Widow
District Name: Ontario County
District Number: 25
Sub-District Name: Oshawa (Village)
Sub-District Number: 273
Division Number: 2
Page Number: 27
Line: 15
Surname: MCGREGOR
Given Name: G
Occupation: Carpenter
Gender: Male
Age: 24
Place of Birth: U.C.
Religion: W.
Mairital Status: Single
District Name: Ontario County
District Number: 25
Sub-District Name: Oshawa (Village)
Sub-District Number: 273
Division Number: 1
Page Number: 18
Line Number: 6
Source: 1861 Whitby East Twp. Census

Census Year: 1871
Surname: ARKLAND
Given Name: CELINA
Gender: Female
Age: 70
Place of Birth: UNITED STATES
Religion: Canada Presbyterian/C. Presb.
Ethnic Origin: SCOTCH
District Name: ONTARIO SOUTH
District Number: 48
Sub-District Name: Oshawa
Sub-District Number: E
Division Number: 1
Page Number: 72
Microfilm: C-9975
Reference: RG31 - Statistics Canada
Item Number: 261294
Surname: MCGREGOR
Given Name: ROYAL G
Occupation: TANNER
Gender: Male
Age: 33
Place of Birth: ONTARIO
Religion: Wesleyan Methodist
Ethnic Origin: SCOTCH
District Name: ONTARIO SOUTH
District Number: 48
Sub-District Name: Oshawa
Sub-District Number: E
Division Number: 2
Page Number: 48
Microfilm: C-9975
Reference: RG31 - Statistics Canada
Item Number: 261324
Source: Ontario Census of 1871


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