Robert Pettypiece 2,72,475
- Born: 1 Jul 1835, Marlborough, Carleton, Ontario, Canada 72,77,475
- Marriage (1): Susanne Smallman How on 7 May 1853 in Marlborough, Carleton, Ontario, Canada 72,77
- Marriage (2): Ann Taylor on 7 Feb 1895 in Hartney, Grassland, Manitoba, Canada
- Died: 21 Sep 1909, Hartney, Grassland, Manitoba, Canada at age 74 77,475,719
- Buried: Hartney, Grassland, Manitoba, Canada 26
In Ontario, Robert Pettypiece was a successful stock farmer, having la nd in Kinloss Township, Bruce County. His thinking was influenced b y two previous members of the community, Robert Forbes, and John Schar ff. These men had already moved westward to present day southwester n Manitoba, and homesteaded in the Plum Creek (Souris) area. John bro ught back glowing reports of the farming opportunities available, prom pting Robert to instruct him to find him a suitable farm where he coul d 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. Youn g wanted to open a hardware business in the town that was to be buil t as soon as the railway came through. An agreement was reached and M r. Pettypiece prepared to move to the west." (p. 89, The Mere Living)
Needing help with this adventure, Robert persuaded Angus McDonald, the n 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 Angu s took over the Joe Young farm early enough in 1888 to plant a crop. T he first crop was badly frozen, and his finances were so badly straine d that he could not pay Angus in cash for his year's work, so he gav e 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 th e crop of '89 was a good one. Additionally, the railroad to Delorain e was completed, and they could haul grain to that town instead of Gri swold or Brandon.
Address: Riverside Cemetery
Hartney, Manitoba Canada
Noted events in his life were:
• 1851 Census of Canada, 1851, Marlborough, Carleton, Ontario, Canada. 714 Canada West, Carleton Co., Marlborough Twp., p. 51, lines 1 - 10;
Robert, age 17, with father William, age 53, mother Susan, age 40, an d 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. 720 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 a nd William James, age 7.
• 1881 Census of Canada, 4 Apr 1881, Kinloss, Bruce, Ontario, Canada. 721 Bruce County, Kinloss District, page 69, lines 5-8, household 294;
Robert, age 46, with wife Suzanna, age 48, and William James Scarf, ag e 16.
• Moved: from Ontario, 1888, Hartney, Grassland, Manitoba, Canada. 722 It was to this community, so busily establishing itself in the Souri s valley that my father, Alexander McDonald, known to his friends as " Sandy," came with his brothers, William, and Angus. Their choice of th e Hartney district depended, as did the choice of location by so man y Ontario people, on the presence in the west of acquaintances, who we re pleased with their new communities, and wrote glowing accounts of t he opportunities they offered to their friends in the east.
My father and his brothers were influenced by John Scharff and Rober t Forbes who came west from Bruce County. The Scharff brothers, Garne r who homesteaded on 14-7-23 and John, who took the east half of 5-7-2 2, Robert Forbes who purchased 36-6-23 from its original owner and hi s son William, who shared 5-7-22 with John Scharff, were well establis hed in their new homes when John Scharff returned to Bruce County in t he autumn of 1887. John sang the praises of the west so tunefully an d spoke so highly of its possibilities that he influenced his uncle, < b>Robert Pettypiece, to turn his attention westward. Mr. Pettyp iece was a successful stock farmer in the east who wished to expan d his herds and required more land. He instructed John Scharff to fin d him a suitable farm in Manitoba. John Scharff returned to the Hartne y district and found Joseph Young, who homesteaded 15-6-23, anxious t o dispose of his farm. Mr. Young wanted to open a hardware business i n the town that was to be built as soon as the railway came through. A n agreement was reached and Mr. Pettypiece prepared to move t o the West. He needed help with his stock and persuaded Angus McDonald , then twenty-three years of age, to accompany him, promising him: a s hare of the returns from the venture. Angus agreed and they left Luckn ow in the spring of 1888.The story of the McDonald brothers is simila r to that of hundreds of young men from Eastern Canada. They came to t he west with literally nothing but their willing hands, from their hom e in Bruce County where their father, John McDonald, settled with a pa rty of settlers from the western highlands of Scotland about 1855. Th e Scottish settlers each took the hundred acre tract that was assigne d 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 par t in the establishment of a Scottish community with a post office, chu rch, store, blacksmith shop and school, at a crossroads named "Langsid e." He married Elizabeth McDiarmid, the daughter of another Highland f amily, and reared six sons and a daughter. The children shared the wor k of the farm, attended the tiny school with indifferent teachers, an d grew to be independent, sturdy, farm lads. The only daughter died yo ung, and when my grandmother became an invalid, my father, at twelve y ears of age, was chosen, being too young to be useful at farm work, an d old enough to help in the home, to do the housework, directed by m y grandmother from her bed. Father's school days ended at that time, a nd regretfully he gave up hope of more formal schooling. This regret t inged his future attitude toward his family's education. "I hadn't a c hance to go to school when I was a lad," he said to us. "You childre n will go as long and as far as I can send you, if you have the brain s and the will." In the Langside country of stony fields, blacksmith s were in demand. William, five years my father's senior, learned th e blacksmith's trade and worked in the shop beside the store and the c hurch, meanwhile learning what he could about the prairie settlements . He and Angus and Sandy heard John Scharff's praise of the Hartney di strict and when Robert Pettypiece asked Angus to go west with h im he was eager to accept. Robert Pettypiece, his wife and Angu s McDonald took over the Joe Young farm early enough in 1888 to plan t a crop that year. Pettypiece's first crop was badly frozen, and hi s finances were so strained that he could not pay Angus in cash for hi s year's work, so gave him a team of horses instead, and promised hi m 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 s tayed with Mr. Pettypiece. The crop of '89 was a good one and w ith the railway then completed to Deloraine, they were able to draw th eir grain to that town instead of to Griswold or Brandon.
• Residence: Sec. 15, Twp. 6, Rge 23 W, 1888, Hartney, Grassland, Manitoba, Canada. 722 taking over the Joe Young Farm.
• Religion: Methodist, After 1888, Hartney, Grassland, Manitoba, Canada. 723 Mrs. Beynon, an active Christian woman, was concerned because the dist ance to Whitewater or to Melgund was too great for their family and th ose of their neighbors, to attend Sunday services regularly. She discu ssed the matter with Mrs. Jasper and Mrs. Robert Pettypiece, wh o after 1888 lived on 15-6-23, both Methodists, and both eager to hav e regular Sunday worship services. Soon these three women arranged Sun day prayer meetings to be held at the homes of each in tum. Mrs. Lilli an Beynon Thomas now (1956) living in Winnipeg, tells of the meeting s at her home to which the neighbors came flocking. They came on foo t or riding horseback; they came in wagons or on stoneboats, so anxiou s were they to meet their friends and worship with them. One man cam e 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, expl ained the passage as he saw it and led in prayer. Everyone joined in s inging the old hymns and through the inspiration and unity of their si nging was drawn closer to his neighbors.
• Cemetery: Riverside Cemetery, 1909, Hartney, Grassland, Manitoba, Canada. 26
Robert married Susanne Smallman How on 7 May 1853 in Marlborough, Carleton, Ontario, Canada 72.,77 (Susanne Smallman How was born in 1836 in Ontario, Canada,77,475,720 died on 25 Jun 1892 in Hartney, Grassland, Manitoba, Canada 475 and was buried in Hartney, Grassland, Manitoba, Canada 26.)
Robert next married Ann Taylor on 7 Feb 1895 in Hartney, Grassland, Manitoba, Canada.
Noted events in their marriage were:
• Alt. Marriage, 7 Feb 1898, Cameron, Brandon, Manitoba, Canada. 724