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Location DB > Canada > Ontario > Toronto > George Pearse Homestead, 1860
George Pearse Homestead, 1860
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created by Vital Films on 2/20/2010 11:46 PM
last modified by Vital Films on 1/14/2011 11:38 PM
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After my trip to the Scarborough Archives I had found that some of this info I had posted about this location was incorrect. From the resources that I had looked at, this is actually not the John Pearce homestead and sawmill. This is in fact the George Pearse homestead. In the 1861 cencus records it states that George was a farmer. John Pearce did actually build this homestead{date unknown}. According to some members of the Historical committee John didn't run a mill. After furthur investigation in some local records of the mills in the area, Pearse's name did show up. We suspect that the infamous Kirkhams Mill was owned and ran by John in the late 1880's. {Info is not fully clear yet, I will update when the full facts are obtained}
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Type: Homestead and Farming buildings
Status: Property is Active
Accessibility: Easy/Moderate
Recommendation: check it out if you're nearby
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Meadowvale rd. and Old Finch Ave.
Toronto, Ontario
Owner: TRCA {Toronto and Region Conservation Authority}
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  •  Hazards
  • asbestos
  • unsafe flooring
  • flooding
  • air quality
  • Glass/Nails/
  •  Interesting Features
    John Pearce had built this house in the mid 1880's. Exact date is unknown for now. This house was built with cut offs from the mill near by.
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  • wooden boarding
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  •  Historical Dates
    Built: 1850
    Closed: 0
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    John was one of three brothers. John, James and George. The three brothers left their home in Tavistock, Devon, England to come to Canada and farm. James was the oldest brother of the three. In the early 1840's, he was a stonemason by trade and worked in Toronto. John and James both considered themselves as gentlemen. They both had drivers to transport them in their carriages. George was the youngest brother and resided with John. George assisted John at the 200 acre sawmill. The machinery that ran the sawmill was bought in the United States. The family brought the machinery up by boat, across Lake Ontario, and up the Rouge River.
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     Future Plans
    The TRCA is currently using this property {Friends of the Rouge Valley Water Shed} to help rejuvenate this land. There are tonnes of tree planting tools and trees on this lot. The TRCA has planted hundreds of trees in this area since the early 2000's.

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    Sun, Feb 21st, 2010
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    To read about John Pearce and his home, Sawmill go to link. Third paragraph in.

    *The link is all info has some good info behind the Pearce family but not all of it is clear or true.*

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