Robert Pettypiece 2,59,183
- Born: 1 Jul 1835, , Marlborough, Carleton, Ontario, Canada 59,62,183
- Marriage (1): Susanne Smallman How on 7 May 1853 in , Marlborough, Carleton, Ontario, Canada 59,62
- Marriage (2): Ann Taylor on 7 Feb 1895 in Hartney, Cameron, Manitoba, Canada
- Died: 21 Sep 1909, Hartney, Cameron, Manitoba, Canada at age 74 62,183,843
- Buried: Hartney, Cameron, Manitoba, Canada 24
In Ontario, Robert Pettypiece was a successful stock farmer, having land in Kinloss Township, Bruce County. His thinking was influenced by two previous members of the community, Robert Forbes, and John Scharff. These men had already moved westward to present day southwestern Manitoba, and homesteaded in the Plum Creek (Souris) area. John brought back glowing reports of the farming opportunities available, prompting Robert to instruct him to find him a suitable farm where he could expand his herds.
"John Scharff returned to the Hartney district and found Joseph Young, who homesteaded 15-6-23, anxious to dispose of his farm. Mr. Young wanted to open a hardware business in the town that was to be built as soon as the railway came through. An agreement was reached and Mr. Pettypiece prepared to move to the west." (p. 89, The Mere Living)
Needing help with this adventure, Robert persuaded Angus McDonald, then twenty-three years of age to accompany him, and share in the returns. They left Lucknow in the spring of 1888.
Eager to begin with a new life, Robert, his wife, Susannah, and Angus took over the Joe Young farm early enough in 1888 to plant a crop. The first crop was badly frozen, and his finances were so badly strained that he could not pay Angus in cash for his year's work, so he gave him a team of horses instead, and promised him part of the next year's crop if he would stay with him another year. This, he did, and the crop of '89 was a good one. Additionally, the railroad to Deloraine was completed, and they could haul grain to that town instead of Griswold or Brandon.
Noted events in his life were:
• 1851 Census of Canada, 1851, , Marlborough, Carleton, Ontario, Canada. 838 Canada West, Carleton Co., Marlborough Twp., p. 51, lines 1 - 10;
Robert, age 17, with father William, age 53, mother Susan, age 40, and siblings Francis, age 14, Susan, age 12, George, age 10, Jane, age 9, James, age 8, John, age 6, and Mathew, age 2.
• 1871 Census of Canada, 1871, , Kinloss, Bruce, Ontario, Canada. 844 Ontario, Bruce Co., Kinloss Twp., p. 27, lines 4-7, household 77;
Robert, age 34, with wife Susanna, age 34, and children Jane, age 14 and William James, age 7.
• 1881 Census of Canada, 4 Apr 1881, , Kinloss, Bruce, Ontario, Canada. 845 Bruce County, Kinloss District, page 69, lines 5-8, household 294;
Robert, age 46, with wife Suzanna, age 48, and William James Scarf, age 16.
• Moved: from Ontario, 1888, Hartney, Cameron, Manitoba, Canada. 846 It was to this community, so busily establishing itself in the Souris valley that my father, Alexander McDonald, known to his friends as "Sandy," came with his brothers, William, and Angus. Their choice of the Hartney district depended, as did the choice of location by so many Ontario people, on the presence in the west of acquaintances, who were pleased with their new communities, and wrote glowing accounts of the opportunities they offered to their friends in the east.
My father and his brothers were influenced by John Scharff and Robert Forbes who came west from Bruce County. The Scharff brothers, Garner who homesteaded on 14-7-23 and John, who took the east half of 5-7-22, Robert Forbes who purchased 36-6-23 from its original owner and his son William, who shared 5-7-22 with John Scharff, were well established in their new homes when John Scharff returned to Bruce County in the autumn of 1887. John sang the praises of the west so tunefully and spoke so highly of its possibilities that he influenced his uncle, Robert Pettypiece, to turn his attention westward. Mr. Pettypiece was a successful stock farmer in the east who wished to expand his herds and required more land. He instructed John Scharff to find him a suitable farm in Manitoba. John Scharff returned to the Hartney district and found Joseph Young, who homesteaded 15-6-23, anxious to dispose of his farm. Mr. Young wanted to open a hardware business in the town that was to be built as soon as the railway came through. An agreement was reached and Mr. Pettypiece prepared to move to the West. He needed help with his stock and persuaded Angus McDonald, then twenty-three years of age, to accompany him, promising him: a share of the returns from the venture. Angus agreed and they left Lucknow in the spring of 1888.The story of the McDonald brothers is similar to that of hundreds of young men from Eastern Canada. They came to the west with literally nothing but their willing hands, from their home in Bruce County where their father, John McDonald, settled with a party of settlers from the western highlands of Scotland about 1855. The Scottish settlers each took the hundred acre tract that was assigned to him on his arrival. There John McDonald cleared the land of cedar, beech and maple trees that covered it, built a home and took his part in the establishment of a Scottish community with a post office, church, store, blacksmith shop and school, at a crossroads named "Langside." He married Elizabeth McDiarmid, the daughter of another Highland family, and reared six sons and a daughter. The children shared the work of the farm, attended the tiny school with indifferent teachers, and grew to be independent, sturdy, farm lads. The only daughter died young, and when my grandmother became an invalid, my father, at twelve years of age, was chosen, being too young to be useful at farm work, and old enough to help in the home, to do the housework, directed by my grandmother from her bed. Father's school days ended at that time, and regretfully he gave up hope of more formal schooling. This regret tinged his future attitude toward his family's education. "I hadn't a chance to go to school when I was a lad," he said to us. "You children will go as long and as far as I can send you, if you have the brains and the will." In the Langside country of stony fields, blacksmiths were in demand. William, five years my father's senior, learned the blacksmith's trade and worked in the shop beside the store and the church, meanwhile learning what he could about the prairie settlements. He and Angus and Sandy heard John Scharff's praise of the Hartney district and when Robert Pettypiece asked Angus to go west with him he was eager to accept. Robert Pettypiece, his wife and Angus McDonald took over the Joe Young farm early enough in 1888 to plant a crop that year. Pettypiece's first crop was badly frozen, and his finances were so strained that he could not pay Angus in cash for his year's work, so gave him a team of horses instead, and promised him part of the next year's crop if he would stay with him another year. Angus took the chance that there would be a crop the next year and stayed with Mr. Pettypiece. The crop of '89 was a good one and with the railway then completed to Deloraine, they were able to draw their grain to that town instead of to Griswold or Brandon.
• Residence: Sec. 15, Twp. 6, Rge 23 W, 1888, Hartney, Cameron, Manitoba, Canada. 846 taking over the Joe Young Farm.
• Religion: Methodist, After 1888, Hartney, Cameron, Manitoba, Canada. 847 Mrs. Beynon, an active Christian woman, was concerned because the distance to Whitewater or to Melgund was too great for their family and those of their neighbors, to attend Sunday services regularly. She discussed the matter with Mrs. Jasper and Mrs. Robert Pettypiece, who after 1888 lived on 15-6-23, both Methodists, and both eager to have regular Sunday worship services. Soon these three women arranged Sunday prayer meetings to be held at the homes of each in tum. Mrs. Lillian Beynon Thomas now (1956) living in Winnipeg, tells of the meetings at her home to which the neighbors came flocking. They came on foot or riding horseback; they came in wagons or on stoneboats, so anxious were they to meet their friends and worship with them. One man came on a hay rake drawn by an ox and a horse. The services were simple. Mr. Beynon, Mr. Jasper or Mr. Pettypiece read the Bible, explained the passage as he saw it and led in prayer. Everyone joined in singing the old hymns and through the inspiration and unity of their singing was drawn closer to his neighbors.
• Cemetery: Riverside Cemetery, 1909, Hartney, Cameron, Manitoba, Canada. 24
Robert married Susanne Smallman How on 7 May 1853 in , Marlborough, Carleton, Ontario, Canada 59.,62 (Susanne Smallman How was born in 1836 in , , Ontario, Canada,62,183,844 died on 25 Jun 1892 in Hartney, Cameron, Manitoba, Canada 183 and was buried in Hartney, Cameron, Manitoba, Canada 24.)
Robert next married Ann Taylor on 7 Feb 1895 in Hartney, Cameron, Manitoba, Canada.
Noted events in their marriage were:
• Alt. Marriage, 7 Feb 1898, , Cameron, Manitoba, Canada. 848