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Robert and Catherine Fowler came from Ireland in 1847 with their eleven children, settling in Manverse Township, Durham County.
Their second son, Robert Jr., with his wife Anne Fowler (she was a cousin) moved to Huntsville in the mid 1860's in quest of free land.They settled in Sinclair Twp., on a bush lot, preparing to turn their rugged land into a productive farm.They raised nine children as follows:Eliza J., John, William James, Matelda, Ned, Thomas, Edward, Mary Ann and Albert.
Their second son John married Margaret Anne Hart.Within a few years, hoping to get closer to the village of Huntsville, and a school for their boys, they purchased a partly cleared farm on the 3rd Concession of Chaffey.Their lot was well timbered and took out logs each winter, selling them to a local lumber company.Nearby farmers replenished their income by this method.The logs were drawn to Cookson's Bay on Fairy Lake, where they could be rafted in the summer and towed to the mills.As a boy (the Author), going to school, I welcomed the logging activities, as that was the only time the road was snow plowed.
When the merchantable logs were exhausted on their lot the Fowlers moved again, and closer again to Huntsville buying a farm on the 3rd Concession and Lot No. 20.
John's brother James also left Sinclair Twp., going to Brunel Twp., where he located several lots.Another brother Ned, purchased a small farm off Brunel Road and at the edge of Fairy Lake.Here, with his widowed mother, they spent the rest of their lives; Ned never married.
One sister, Mary Ann, married William Robinson; they lived on a farm close to Ned and their mother.
Albert, the youngest of Robert and Ann's family, farmed in Chaffey Twp., and married Clara Cookson.
This was taken from "Early Footsteps In Muskoka" by Joe Cooksonprinted in 1984.
I don't know if this will be any help to you, but, I thought it might be of use to someone, looking for this line.Cindy