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The parish register of Glasgow reads as follows: "Glasgow March 1820. Purdon. Robert Purdon, spirit dealer, and Jean Ferguson, a law son Robert born March 27th. Witness: Robert Brown and William Allan". Source: Purdon Geneology by J. Gosior: "They appeared on the census of 1852 at Concession 7, Lot9W,Dalhousie Twp., Their land consisted of 200 acres of which 90 were under cultivation, 15 in crops, 741/2 in pasture and 1/2 acre in orchard or garden. There were also 110 acres under wood or wild. The previous year they produced 60 bushels of wheat from 4 acres, 30 bushels peas from 2 acres, 110 bushels oats from 31/2 acres, 4 bushels of wheat from 1/4 acres, 4 bushels of Indian corn from 1/2 acre, 70 bushels of potatoes from 3/4 acre, 4 bushels of carrots, and harvested six tons/bundles of hay. They also produced 20 pounds of wool. Their livestock consisted of three bulls, oxen or steer, four milch cows, two calfs or heifers, one horse, 17 sheep, and 3 pigs. They also produced 300 pounds of butter and 60 pounds of cheese, and 6 barrels of cwts. of pork. In the historical atlas of Lanark and Renfrew Counties in 1881 it stated that Robert was a farmer and Township Councillor and according to Earl Purdon in 1991, Robert built a log house around 1850 near Chalmers Cemetery which is still standing.
Obituary Perth Courier 5 June 1896:"The Late Robert Purdon-Stonewall, Manitoba...died on Saturday morning, 30th May, at the residence of Mr. David Farquhar, Stony Mtn. It is at all times a painful duty to chronicle the death of a neighbor and friend, but in this case it seems doubly so, partly on the account of the sudden shock to the whole community, but chiefly because we have all lost a highly respected and faithful friend. Mr. Purdon came up from Ontario just about a year ago and spent the intervening time visiting his two daughters, Mrs Farquhar and Mrs. McQuatt, and his son Mr R. Purdon; and although comparatively speaking a stranger in the country, never was there a man more happy and contented than he. His pleasant countenance was always expressive of a glad heart within. Although only a short time among us, he had, by his winning and affectionate manners, formed a large circle of friends in this community, and his sudden and unexpected demise has made many hearts sad. The deceased was a devoted member of the Presbyterian Church, and on the Sunday preceeding his death occupied his seat in the congregation in his usual good health...We join with others in extending our heartfelt sympathy to those who mourn the loss of an affectionate father and friend.".......Perth Courier 12 June 1896: "He was a farmer by occupation, and served in the Dalhousie council for some years. He had given up farming a few years ago, and lived with one or other of his children since; and about a year ago left Dalhousie for Manitoba, to visit his children there. On the eve of returning home he was stricken with fatal illness, and died in Stony Mtn, Manitoba....Deceased was a sound Reformer all his days." Obituary Lanark Era 3 June 1986: "About a year ago, Mr. Robert Purdon Sr., left here to visit his son, William, who had just returned to Stony Mtn, Manitoba from California, where he had been for his health. As he found the declining young man too far spent to undertake the journey home, Mr. Purdon decided to await a change. When in December the spirit of William left its frail abode, the sorrowing father resolved to brqave the inclemency of a Manitoba winter and return to Ontario in the spring. A short ime since a letter was received stating that he was well and was going to Winnipeg prior to leaving for the East. But on Saturday last a telegram was received to the effect that he had died suddenly and that the remains would be conveyed home for burial. Death at this time is an unwelcome guest but in this case the sudden and unexpected call together with the fact that the deceased-though with members of his own family-was so far distant from his life long home, makes it pecularly sad....Mr. Purdon was one of the landmarks of Dalhousie. He was of a class of men who for the heritage of noble character and grand acheivments they have left us, will ever be fresh in our memories as an inspiration to better things. With unflagging goal and persistent determination, he carved out of the sturdy, primeval forest a very creditable home and acumulated a comfortable surplus of wealth for his declining years. A thoughtful and intelligent man, a kind and indulgent father, a respectful and considerate neighbour, a trusted and judicious councillor of the township of Dalhousie for years, deceased absence will be a long, felt want in the vicinity. He was 75 years of age. The funeral will take place at the residence of his son, Mr. James Purdon." According to his will the inventory and valuation of the property indicated that his estate totalled $1,880.00.Perth Courier, Feb. 24, 1888 Purdon—Died, at Dalhousie on the 30th Jan., Christina Purdon, beloved wife of Mr. Robert Purdon, aged 60