Richard Lang Lean was my great, greatgrandfather. Here is some of what I have: Richard met his wife Margaret on the boat to America, which sailed on August 9, 1843.Richard and Margaret were pioneer settlers of Thedford, Ontario.Richard was a miller and a farmer.Richard and wife settled first in Whitby, Ontario and then moved to Bosanquet Township around 1850.Richard and Margaret were members of the Church of England in Thedford, Ontario and were buried at Pinehill Cemetery in Bosanquet, Ontario.
The earliest evidence in Bosanquet of the Lean's was the 1854 Assessment Rolls when they were occupying L11/C4, 100ac. (off the west side of Gordon Road, north of Cedar Point Line, south of Farmer's Line).This land was purchased from the Hon. George Jervis Goodhue in 1864 for $1,000.Later the family bought L7/C4 off the west side of Gordon Road, south of Cedar Point Line,north of Jura Line) and sons Richard J., James and Nathaniel gradually took over the land.John Lean currently farms off the east side of Gordon Road between the locations of the original two properties.
Richard's steamer truck,which he used for his voyage to America is now at the home of Mrs. Vera Scott.Vera indicated that the lable on the truck said "Richard L. Lean"and the address was "Blisland, Eire (Ireland)."It is believed that Richard is actually from Blisland, Cornwall, England.Blisland is located east of Wadebridge in Cornwall.
Richard Lean's obituary read:
"Richard L. Lean,another of Bosanquet's pioneers,passed away on Friday night at the ripe old age of 78 years, 2 months and 2 days.Deceasedwas a native of Cornwall, England,and was born March 16th, 1823;sailed for America August 9th, 1843 and settled in Whitby,when three years later he was married to Miss Margaret Crawford,of the same place.A few years later they moved to the township of Bosanquet,where they have resided for the last forty-eight years.Their union was blessed by ten children - five sons and five daughters.The aged widow and nine children survived him,Robert having died 24 years ago at the age of 22.The remaining members of the family are as follows: - John of Manitoba;Richard, of Bosanquet; James and Nathaniel at home;Mrs. James Clark (sic.should be "Clink"), of Crown Hill, Ont.;Mrs. D. P. Campbell;Mrs. Richard Macken,Mrs. L. A. Lampman,Mrs. L. O. Blunden (should be "S. O. Blunden"),all of Bosanquet.The remains were interred in the Pinehill Cemetery on Monday, May 21st followed by a large concourse of relatives and friends.The service was conducted by Rev. A. L. Beverley at St. Paul's Church, Thedford,of which Mr. Lean had been a life-long member.The bearers were his son-in-law and two grandsons."