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51 1 ST. ANDREWS RD. What: A pre-Confederation house in Scarborough built by a son of the area's first settlers, David and Mary Thomson. Asking price: $585, 000 Taxes: $3, 173 (2006)

The property: This fieldstone house was built in 1848 by William Thomson, the eighth of 12 children born to David and Mary Thomson, the first settlers in Scarborough. The house is one of five designated heritage buildings ? including St Andrew's Presbyterian Church ? located just north of Highland Creek along St Andrews Road, making the tree-lined street one of the most historic in the area.

Amenities: The home has three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a living room with fireplace, a library, a study and an open nook with a closet on the second floor that is used as a sewing room. The lower-level kitchen has an open-hearth fireplace and access to the formal dining room. There is also a cellar, workshop, laundry room, mudroom and an attached, oversized garage. The electrical service has been upgraded to 400-amp.

David and Mary Thomson arrived in New York, USA around 1792 and entered Canada in 1795, eventually moving to York, or what is now Toronto, where David worked as a stonemason on the Parliament buildings. The couple first settled near the mouth of the Don River. But because of the danger of malaria, they moved to higher ground, amid the forest surrounding Highland Creek, which was then wider and stronger, and supported sawmill operations.

A log cabin was built for them in 1796, followed in 1815 by a larger home on what is now St Andrews Road. At one point, David farmed about 600 Acres, a large portion of which was donated to the nearby Church and now makes up Thomson Memorial Park, which features sports fields, a nature trail and a collection of historic homes near the Scarborough Historical Museum.

In 1848, William built his own home there, calling it "Bonese" after the family Farm in Bentpath, Scotland. A few years later, his cousin constructed a brick house on a separate property on the road, also designated a heritage home.

Members of the Thomson family occupied the house built by William until 1970, when the last occupant ? David's great granddaughter, Dr. Isabella Davidson ? died. She was a well-known member of the community, being the first woman in Scarborough to graduate (1902) with a degree in medicine.

Unlike other historic homes in the city, this one has a sizable 90- by 174-foot Lot, which features a large front yard and a backyard with a patio, gazebo and small pond, with room left to install an in-ground pool, agent Charles Ferreira says. The current owners purchased the home in 1985 and raised two children as well as grandchildren there, he notes.

The home is called a "bank house" as the north and west portions are built into the Highland Creek embankment. All three floors are above ground, although that is true of the lower level only at the rear. The front entrance leads into the second floor.

With 18-inch stone walls and extra-deep windowsills, the quality of construction compares favourably with and in some ways even surpasses homes built today. Soft mortar was used to allow for expansion and contraction.

The original beamed ceilings can be seen in the lower-level kitchen and dining room. "They're as straight today as they were 160-years ago, " Mr. Ferreira says. The tiger maple cupboards were made from the wood of trees cut down in the surrounding forest.

The main floor (above the lower level) includes a living room, study and library. Many of the original walls and door frames have been maintained, but the sleeping quarters in the centre were opened up in 1920 to add stairs to a third-storey addition where the bedrooms are now located. The house now has about 3, 600 square feet of living space.

Other original features include some of the windows, the crane in the kitchen's fireplace and some door latches. Pieces authentic to the period were used to replace any missing or damaged hardware.

As for modern conveniences, there is 400-amp electrical service, air conditioning and laundry facilities, as well as updated kitchen appliances, sink and cabinetry.

The residential area is well-served by public transit and nearby Highway 401, as well as by schools, a hospital and the Scarborough Town Centre.

Mr. Ferreira expects potential buyers will have a passion for Canadian history, like the current owners, who were both board members of the Scarborough Historical Museum.

"The new owners will enjoy a sense of history, art and the amenities of a well-constructed home that may last another 160 years, " he says. "You're buying a historic home, but in a modern context." 
Thomson, William D. (I396)
52 10 Dupont Street Laughlen, Minola Elizabeth (I18809)
53 100 Stamford Street Suckley, Phoebe (I10200)
54 11 Brunswick Street Ewart, Christina (I9664)
55 11 Hillcrest Park Shannon, Sarah Jane (I11)
56 114 Robinson Avenue Laughlin, Leah Jewel (I17202)
57 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Laughlin, Roger Douglas Maurice (I17205)
58 115 Summerhill Avenue Roberts, Stanley Robert (I32186)
59 12 Wickham Street Cross, Mary Ann Cecilia (I27552)
60 132 Hughson Street North Martin, Abraham Dakin (I27085)
61 132 Hughson Street North Burkholder, Sarah Jane (I29093)
62 132 Hughson Street North Harvey, Helen (I29101)
63 1389 Prospect View Ct
Lawrenceville, GA
Scrivens, Charles Robert (I31006)
64 145 Emerald Street South Martin, Herbert Alfred (I29095)
65 147 St Leonard's Avenue Kinkead, Sadie Elenor (I27884)
66 15 Crescent Wood Road Hanna, Henry Alexander (I7240)
67 16 Bolivar Road Clement, Elizabeth (I2200)
68 1750 Dufferin Street Goldring, Edith Olive Alice (I10281)
69 1750 Dufferin Street Goldring, Bertha Gertrude (I27661)
70 1750 Dufferin Street Goldring, Reverend Norman Chancey Sevan (I27662)
71 175a Cambridge Avenue Goldring, Ida Gertrude (I19864)
72 18 Park Avenue. Trivett, Peter (I7719)
73 1801 March 22 Thomas HORNOR (Horner?), Blenheim, to Olive BAKER, Burford. Wit: Samuel Baker, Henry Bostwick, David Parmer, Mary Graham, Thomas Watson, Eunice Martin, Vashly Paroner, James Smiley.

In those days, magistrates often undertook one of the most pleasant duties of ministers of religion, in solemnizing marriage. Many stories are told of Mr. Horner's genial good humour when called in to act as High Priest of Hymen. The first marriage solemnized by him was that of James Smiley and Eunice Martin, in 1801. Mrs. Smiley lived to the venerable age of ninety-two, having died at her home in Brantford, in August 1875. This township seems exceptionally favourable to longevity. 
Martin, Eunice (I6458)
74 1802, March 28, Mary, first child of John Purchase of Kirby Moorside, son of Thomas Purchase of Coker in Somerset, by mother descent Ann, his Wife, daughter of Thomas Robson of Sunderland Durham, born March 27, baptized Kirby Moorside. The above Mary buried April 7. "

Hi Sandi, Another deep philosophical quandary. What a fertile mind that you have. This calls for another outrageous opinion from your humble servant in Saginaw.

But first, congrats on finding the marriage of Ann Purchase and Ralph Stephenson in Beverley, Yorkshire, East Riding. That's where Henry Purchase and Elizabeth Hardy were married also. In the same year. Henry and Elizabeth eventually moved to Canada, but Ann and Ralph stayed in Beverley.

Ann and Ralph had one daughter, Sarah Ann, who was born in Tickton, Yorkshire. Sarah married William Beck Arnott in Beverley, in early 1868, and their last daughter was Edith Harriet Arnott, born in 1880, who published the 1924 Purchase scroll. I think that the primary source for the information for the scroll was Sarah, and that upon her death in 1922, Edith finished the work that her mother began.

Sarah's mother was Ann Purchase, and there are exact dates for her birth and death. Same thing for Sarah's Father. Sarah would more likely know those dates than Edith. Ann Purchase, Sarah, and Edith all lived in Beverley most of their lives. How big is Beverley? Couldn't have been very large in the second half of the 19th century. I imagine they spent time together, and exchanged news about their families. Ann's Husband, Ralph died early in life, and Ann would have had plenty of time on her hands. And Edith was still unmarried in 1924, so she had no Husband or children to occupy her.

Ann must have kept in touch with her siblings in North America, and helped Sarah keep up the family tree. Ann would have received news when her Father died. Note that the scroll gives not only the year, 1849, but also the location. At Todmorden, near Toronto. Not Canada, or Upper Canada, or Ontario, or England. So I believe that John Purchase did indeed emigrate to Canada, and die there.

As far as the emigration date, it is consistent with the dates that are attributable to his children. It could be off a year or two. There are a number of John Purchase's grandchildren that were born in North America in the second half of the 1830's:
James White, born 1835 in Ontario.
Hester White, born 1836.
Rebecca Hockney, born 1838.
Mary Jane Spafford, born 1838 in Michigan, USA.

What is curiously missing are dates about Ann Robson. One explanation might be that Sarah did not start the family tree until after her children were all born, in 1881, and that Ann Purchase and Sarah just did not know or remember.

Yeah, I think that John Purchase and Ann Robson left not only daughter Ann behind in England, but also sons John (born 1807) and Henry (born 1813). And maybe son William (born 1816), who said he emigrated in the spring of 1834, two years after his parents supposedly emigrated.

The above is humbly submitted as my take on the Purchase saga. Regards, Charlie. 
Purchase, John I (I6456)
75 1805 Mr. Pocock became Scarborough¹s first Teacher, operating from the home of James Elliot Elliott, James (I5118)
76 1851 Census (the family was still in Ernestown in 1851 and didn't come to Sheffield to about 1857) Lott, William Abraham (I13764)
77 1866 Combe Street, Died in childbirth Powell, Sarah Ann (I31626)
78 19 Edith Avenue Laughlen, Lucy Marie (I310)
79 1900 census says that she had 3 children, all living. Missing one child. Cumming, Margaret (I29270)
80 1900 Census states he was born in Canada Orton, Joseph (I4743)
81 1900 Census states she has had 2 or 3 children with only 1 living. English, Ida (I4742)
82 1900 March, Sailed to New York
1900 June, Visiting his Aunt, Frances Mcbrearty (Mossop), in Philadelphia
1913 Went to North Dakota
1920 Sept Sailed from Belize to New Orleans
1922 June Sailed from Lagos, Africa to Liverpool
1925 Feb sailed from Haiti to New York
1925 Sept sailed from Chile through the Panama Canal to Liverpool
1926 Sailed from Panama to New York
1928 took the Ferry to Victoria. Lists his destination as Missionary in Lytton 
Cowan, John Joseph (I31937)
83 1901 Census states that she was born in 1859 Clark, Julia Eliza (I178)
84 1901 Census states that she was born in Ontario, Canada. Dr. Edgerton Ross Laughlin's research states Gilford, Down, Ireland. She is related to the McKnight's of this history, 2nd cousin to Oakel McKnight. McKnight, Elizabeth (I13907)
85 1901 states that she was born in Ontario, Canada. E. Ross Laughlin's research says Ireland. Marlin, Sarah (I13497)
86 1930 census enumerated by Elva E. Hanson Purchase Hanson, Elva E. (I8501)
87 1st Baron Chandos (9 March 1492 - 12 April 1557 ) was an English Member of Parliament and later peer. His name is also sometimes spelt Brugge or Bruges. Brydges was born at Coberley, Gloucestershire, the son of Sir Giles Brydges (c.1462-1511) of Coberley, by his Wife Isabel Baynham. He was a prominent figure at the English court during the reigns of Kings Henry VIII and Edward VI and of Queen Mary. Brydges was High Sheriff of Wiltshire for 1537, and took part in suppressing the rebellion of Sir Thomas Wyatt in 1554. As Lieutenant of the Tower of London during the earlier part of Queen Mary's reign, he had the custody not only of Lady Jane Grey and of Wyatt, but for a short time of the Queen's half-sister the Lady Elizabeth.
He was created Baron Chandos of Sudeley on 8 April 1554 (one of his ancestors, Alice, being a granddaughter of Sir Thomas Chandos (d. 1375)).
It was around 1512 when Brydges married Elizabeth Grey, daughter of Edmund Grey, 9th Baron Grey de Wilton (died 1511), and Florence Hastings, eldest daughter of Sir Ralph Hastings. They had eleven children. Their son Edmund succeeded to the Chandos barony on his Father's death. Their son Charles married Jane, daughter of Sir Edward Carne. Their daughter Katherine married Edward Sutton, 4th Baron Dudley.
He died at Sudeley Castle 12 April 1557, and was buried with heraldic ceremony on 3 May in Sudeley Church. His will, dated 2 March 1556, was proved 28 May 1557. In his will, he styles himself as Sir John Bruges, Knight, Lord Chandos of Sudeley 
de Brugge, Lord Chandos van Sudeley John (I6174)
88 1st cousin of Freeman Cronk. Cronk, Coleman Woodman (I14292)
89 2 granddaughter are living with her on the 1930 along with Gerald, Betty and Norma: who are they? Gerald is marked as single. Mann, Edith Lavina (I7551)
90 2 Valentine Place Barrow, Sarah Ann Read (I7874)
91 22 Chatham Street Buck, Morley Puncheon (I16955)
92 22 Newman Avenue Sanderson, John (I122)
93 22nd of Henry ll Swillington, Sir John (I9155)
94 247 19th Avenue NW Hunter, Howard Alvin (I27542)
95 25 Junction Street Burgess, John James (I123)
96 25 Offord Road Benson, William (I7919)
97 252 Markahm Street Mahr, Adolph (I17489)
98 26 Basingstoke Road Tame, Susan Elizabeth (I33608)
99 26 Basingstoke Road Jones, James Price (I33609)
100 26 Madeline Street Laughlin, John David (I17201)

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