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Victoria County, Ontario Canada Biographies -M-
Magwood, John (1848-1901). Born Cavan
township. 1869, settled in Eldon. In business at Victoria Road.
1895, managing director, Victoria Loan and Savings Co., Lindsay.
Justice of the Peace. Methodist. Conservative. Married Mary Staples
of Eldon. Four children.
Makins, John (1833-1917). Born Kingston,
Ont., 1852, first graduate apprentice of Kingston Locomotive Works.
1867, came to Lindsay and established foundry. Sold out, 1898, to
Mann, Donald Sir (1850). Born Acton, Ont. Foreman of
lumber company at Fenelon Falls. 1880, became contractor in C. P. R.
1886, firm of McKenzie, Mann & Co. established, which ultimately
built up the Canadian Northern Railway system.
Matchett, Thomas (1826-1900). Born Cavan township. 1846,
began drug business in Omemee. 1850, married Letitia Jane Hughes.
Two sons, two daughters. Treasurer of Emily. 1867, elected by
acclamation M.P.P. for South Victoria and supported Sandfield
Macdonald. 1875, appointed county clerk and treasurer of Victoria.
Matthews, George (1884-1914). Born Birmingham, Eng. 1851,
came to Canada and farmed in Peterborough county. 1859, married Ann
Smithson. Six sons, four daughters. 1860, settled in Lindsay, where
after a time he founded a pork-packing business, later "The George
Matthews Co. Ltd." with headquarters at Peterboro and plants at
Hull, Peterboro, and Brantford. Took great interest in Baptist
Matthews, George Sands (1867). Son of G. M. Born in Lindsay.
1895, married Frances Ratcliff. Three sons, one daughter. Director
of Matthews-Blackwell, Ltd. Vice-Pres., Brantford Roofing Co.
Treasurer, Niagara Silk Co.. Vice-Pres., Brantford Industrial Realty
Co. 1911, President, Brantford Board of Trade. Baptist.
Maunder, Joseph (1842-1918). Born Darlington township.
Brought early to Manilla: Business at Glandine; carriage factory at
Little Britain;. lumber business and flour mill at Lindsay. Two
Middleton, T. A. (1837-1900). Born Fermanagh.
1842, brought to Canada. Taught school. Grocery and greenhouse,
Lindsay. District agent, Mutual Life Assurance Co.
Morison, John (1818-1873). Born Greenock, Scotland. 1849,
settled as merchant in Woodville. Postmaster; township treasurer;
reeve of Eldon; 1867, Liberal M. P. for North Victoria in first
parliament of federated Canada.
McDonnell, William (1814-1900). Born Cork, Ireland. 1830,
brought to Peterboro. Studied at Law School of Pennsylvania. Settled
in Lindsay in forties, and founded a tannery, and later a store.
1852, supervised first census of Victoria county. J. P. for Ops.
1857, in Customs Office, Lindsay. Lt. Col. in militia. Composed both
libretto and music for the 3 act opera, "The Fisherman's Daughter,"
put on at the Princess Theatre, Toronto. Wrote novels of a
rationalistic character, "A Man From Mars," "The Heathens of the
Heath," and "Exeter Hall," whose sale ran into the hundreds of
thousands. Published two long narrative poems, "Manita" and "Cleopa."
McEvay, Fergus Patrick (1852-1911). Roman Catholic
archbishop. Born Downeyville, Victoria co. Educated Lindsay Separate
School, St. Michael's College, Toronto University, and Grand
Seminary, Montreal. 1887, Rector St. Peter's Cathedral, Peterboro.
1899, Bishop of London, Out. 1908, Archbishop of Toronto.
McHugh, George Hon. (1845). Born Ops, son of Patrick
McHugh, Sr., and Ann Walker. Married Margaret O'Neill of Peterboro.
Two sons, one daughter. Past President Reform Association of South
and West Victoria. 1896-1900, M.P. (Liberal) for South Victoria.
1901, appointed to Senate of Canada. Roman Catholic.
McHugh, John (1842-1897). Brother of G. McHugh. Married
Margaret Falvey. Two sons, one daughter. 1867, went to Iowa. Founded
Cresco Union Savings Bank. President Iowa Stock Breeders Association
and director National Live Stock Association of America. Outstanding
orator and active politician. 1892, appointed National Bank
Examiner. 1895, President Iowa Deposit and Loan Co. Roman Catholic.
McHugh, Patrick (1818-1863). Born Ireland, son of Roger
McHugh, a veteran of Waterloo. 1832, the family settled in Ops.
1842, married Ann Walker of Ops. Seven sons, six daughters.
Represented Ops for several successive years on Council of United
Counties of Peterboro and Victoria. 1863, first warden of
independent county of Victoria.
McHugh, Patrick (1846-1902). Son of foregoing. Born in Ops.
1862, worked on Great Lakes. 1884, elected to territorial
legislature of Minnesota. First county commissioner of Cavalier
county, Minn. Member of constitutional convention. Registrar of
deeds. Postmaster at Langdon, Minn. Large real estate and industrial
McIntyre, Duncan John (1841-1920). Judge. Born Tyree,
Scotland. Twice married. One son, two daughters. 1847, brought to
Canada. Educated in Mariposa schools and Toronto Normal. Taught 3
years. 1871, called to the bar and began practice in Lindsay.
1883-86, M.P.P. (Liberal) for South Victoria. 1890, Q.C. 1892,
Police Magistrate of Lindsay. 1898, Junior Judge of Ontario county.
McKenzie, William Sir (1849). Born Kirkfield, Ont.
Married Margaret Merry of Kirkfield. Two sons, six daughters.
Educated P. S. and Lindsay Grammar School. Taught school, kept
store, and contracted on G.T.R. 1880, went west and contracted on
C.P.R., doing much work in the Rocky Mts. 1886, joined Donald Mann
in founding McKenzie, Mann & Co. Developed Canadian Northern Railway
system. President Toronto Street Railway. President Winnipeg
Electric Railway. President Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro Tramway
Light and Power companies. Director of many other companies.
McKibbin, James (1808-1883). Born Belfast, Ireland. 1830,
came to Canada. 1853, became manager Bank of Upper Canada in
Lindsay. 1863, became division court clerk and crown lands agent,
Lindsay. 1869, county auditor. 1876, one of first board of license
McLauchlin, W. H. (1824-1904). Born Glengarry co. Came to
Mariposa in early forties. 1850, married Philadelphia Pearson. 1885,
bought out tanning and shoemaking business of his brother, A. A.
McLauchlIn, at "The Creek," Oakwood. Ran mails for 24 years.
Liberal. Methodist. Prohibitionist.
McLaughlin, John F. (1864). Son of John McLaughlin, of
Cameron, Fenelon tp. 1889, gold medallist in philosophy at Victoria
University, Toronto. 1891, lecturer in biology. 1892, gold medallist
in divinity. 1893-94, post graduate course at Oxford and Leipsic.
1894, appointed professor of oriental languages, Victoria
University. At present Dean of the Faculty of Theology and Professor
of Old Testament Literature and Exegesis, Victoria University.
McLaughlin, R. J., K.C. (1860). Brother of foregoing. Taught
school in Laxton and Mariposa. Studied law. Honor graduate and gold
medallist of Law Society of Upper Canada. Took the most brilliant
course ever recorded at Osgoode Hall. Medallist, with maximum marks
on record, in each of the three years of his attendance.
Unsuccessful Liberal candidate in North Victoria in federal election
of 1895. Practiced in Lindsay till 1909, when he removed to Toronto.
K. C. and corporation lawyer. Senior member in law firms of
McLaughlin, Fulton, Stinson, and Anderson (in Lindsay) and
McLaughlin, Johnston, Moorehead, and Macauley (in Toronto).
McLennan, John (1830-1916). Born Glengarry county, son of
Roderick McLennan. 1855, graduated in Arts from Queen's University.
1861, founded hardware business in Lindsay. 1862, married Helen
Scott of Martintown, Ont. Five sons, one daughter. Sheriff of
Victoria co., 1885-1914. Presbyterian elder.
McNeillie, James Richardson (1846). Born Dumfriesshire,
Scotland, son of James R. McNeillie, (a school teacher), and Rachel
Kerr. 1853, brought to Canada. 1861-72, in Omemee, associated in
drug business and municipal work with Thos. Matchett. 1872-75, in
business dept. of Montreal Telegraph Co., Toronto. 1875-1900,
Assistant Clerk and Treasurer, Victoria co. Since 1900, Clerk and
Treasurer. A governor and sec'y-treas. of Ross Memorial Hospital.
Chairman Lindsay Board of Education, 1891-99. 1909, President
Canadian Conference of Charities and Correction. Conservative.
Presbyterian. Married (1) 1872, to Esther Thornton (deceased) of
Emily, and (2) 1882, to Loretta Gardiner of Morpeth. Three sons, one
McNeillie, James Kerr (1874). Son of J. R. McN. Educated at
Lindsay and after 1891 in practical service with the G.T.R. and
C.P.R. 1915, made General Superintendent, Canadian Government
Railways. Since 1919, Superintendent of the Susquehanna Division,
Delaware and Hudson Railway.
McNeillie, Ralph Gardiner (1883). Son of J. R. McN. Born
Lindsay. Assistant General Passenger Agent, C. P. R., Winnipeg.
McPherson, Donald (1747-1857). Born Isle of Skye, Scotland.
Sailor on man-of-war under Admiral Howe. 1821, came to Canada.
Patentee settler on Lot 6, Con. IX, Ops. Never ill in his life. Died
of old age at 110.
McRae, Duncan (1823-1879. Pioneer in North Eldon. 1872,
elected Conservative M.P.P. for North Victoria. Large lumbering
business at Bolsover.
McTavish, Rev. Dr. John (1816-1897.) Presbyterian minister.
Labored 1854-74 in Eldon, Fenelon, Carden, Thorah, and Mara.
Remarkable for fearlessness, physical strength, and intellect.