A pioneer is one who arrived first, or is among a group who was first to arrive at a location. They are considered to be the trail blazers, the ones who prepare the way for others.
Perhaps readers will find a familiar surname in the list.
LIST OF SETTLERS UPON FREE HOMESTEADS IN YORK COLONY—
They were from Eastern Canada, mostly from Ontario, the British Isles, Manitoba, British Columbia and the United States.
The entries from 1882-1885 approximately are part of the York Farmers' Colonization Company's first records. The Company agents continued to act as Homestead Agents for the Dominion Government until 1888, when their settlement agreement with the government ended.
–A homestead consisted of 160 acres/ a quarter section and it was free, with a $10.00 fee to register the entry on the chosen land. (List never before published)
Name and Former Residence
Anderson, William, Rhode Island, U.S.
Allen, Alex, Woodbridge, Ontario
Arnold, R. Clarence, Thornhill, Ontario
Binney, Robert M., Salem, Ont.
Boake, A. Epharaim, County of York, Ont. (Now York Region)
Boake, A.F., Chicago, U.S.A.
Boake Benjamin, British Columbia
Boake, Charles E., Chicago, U.S.A.
Boake, D.E., Downsview, Ont.
Boake, Edward W., Co. York, Ont.
Boake, George, Chicago, U.S.A.
Boake, J. Gilbert, Chicago, U.S.A.
Boake, Norman W., Downsview, Ont.
Bradley, Thomas, Grey County, Ont.
Brown, W.S., Unknown
Brownlie, Robert, Merrickville, Ont.
Bull, Francis W., York, York County, Ont.
Bull, Edward W., County of York, Ont.
Bull, Robert Jas., County of York, Ont.
Caldwell, Joseph, Lancashire, England
Campbell, Duncan, Blair, Athol, Scotland
Carey, Horace A., ——
Clayton, Walter, Gladstone, Manitoba
Clayton, William, Gladstone, Manitoba
Clarke, George S., Salem, Ont.
Clingen, William, Glengarry, Ont. (Eastern Ontario)
Coates, John, Yorkshire, England
Coates, Thomas, Yorkshire, England
Cobain, Samuel, Mono Mills
Cooper, James, ——
Cole, Alfred, Manchester, England
Cortissos, F. F., Woodbridge, Ont.
Danard, Renatus R., Bruce, Ont.
Dickie, John, Blake, Man.
Digby, William, Palmerston, Ont.
Douglas, Hugh, Churchville, Ont
Down, Wesley, Durham County, Ont.
Dunsmore, David S., Portage La Prairie, Man.
Dunsmore, Samuel J., Portage La Prairie, Man.
Fawcett, A.H., ——
Fawcett, J. H., ——
Fergus, David, Orkney, Scotland
Fergus, James, Orkney, Scotland
Fergus, William S., Orkney, Scotland
Ferguson, John W.G., Miami, Man.
Ferguson, Joseph W., Miami, Man.
Ferguson, Mrs. Prudence, Miami, Man.
Flanagan, John, Portage La Prairie, Man.
Fleming, Samuel, Mono Mills
Foster, George Kays, Byron, Ont.
Foster, Thomas Kays, London, Ont.
Franks, M., Woodbridge, Ont.
French, William J., Napier, Ont.
Fummerton, Duncan, Lanark County, Ont. (Outside Ottawa)
Galloway, Thomas, Wiarton, Ont.
Garry, Donald, High Bluff, Man.
Garry, John Alex, High Bluff, Man.
Garry, Thomas Hy., High Bluff, Man.
Garry Thos., High Bluff, Man.
Gibson, Andrew, Millbrook, Ont.
Glover, John, High Bluff, Man.
Goodchild, Charles, Uxbridge, Ont. (East of Toronto)
Goodchild, Thomas, Uxbridge, Ont.
Grant, A.G., Gladstone, Man.
Grayson, George L., Southern Manitoba
Grierson, James W., Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Grover, William, ——
Hall, Robert S., Durham, England
Hamilton, R.M., ——
Hamilton, William, Rounthwaite, Man.
Hargreve, Alfred, Sombra Township, Ont.
Hargreve, Anthony, Sombra Township, Ont.
Hargrove, James, Lambton, County, Ont.
Hart, James H., Manchester, England
Hawkins, Harry E., Scotland
Hedley, James R., Portage La Prairie, Manitoba
Hilyer, Alfred, Southern Manitoba
Hendry, David, Portage La Prairie, Manitoba
Hockin, John, Blake, Man.
Hook, William, Kent, England
Hopkins, Edward, Middlesex, England
Hopkins, William P., Middlesex, England
Hornsey, James, Yorkshire, England
Hunt, George, Shoal Lake, Man.
Irwin, Henry, Colchester County, N.S.
Jackson, Thomas W., York County, Ont.
Jackson, Wesley, York County, Ont.
Johnson, John, Stonewall, Man.
Kerr, George, Gladstone, Man.
Kerr, John, Gladstone, Man.
King, Mrs. Christina, Vaughan Co., Ont.
King, Jno. W., Vaughan Co., Ont.
Knyvett, Frederick, Middlesex, England
Kumph, William, Huron, Ont.
Lane, George A., Langstaff, Ont.
Langstaff, Alva K., Thornhill, Ont
Langstaff, Charles B., County of York, Ont.
Livingstone, Donald, York City, from Oak Lake, Man.
Livingstone, John, Argyleshire, Scotland
Lloyd, James S., Marquette Co., Man.
Lloyd, Marmaduke, Bruce County, Ont.
Lloyd, William, Bruce County, Ont.
Lockhart, David J., Preston, Man.
Lockhart, Hugh, Rock Lake, Man.
Lockhart, William, Rock Lake, Man.
Lundy, Thomas, Bishops Mills, Ont.
Lyons, T.G., Brampton, Ont.
Matthews, James, Winnipeg, Man.
McClelland, R.J., Cardwell, Ont.
McClelland, S.J., Cardwell, Ont.
McConnell, Hugh R., Carleton Co., Ont. (Now, city of Ottawa)
McDougall, John, Huron, Ont.
McDougall, William, Huron, Ont.
McEachran, John, Brandon, Man.
McEachren, Archibald, Bruce, Ont.
McEachren, Duncan, Bruce, Ont.
McEachren, Neil, Bruce, Ont.
McEachren, Peter, Bruce, Ont.
McFarline, Cosmo J., Warrington, Cheshire, Eng.
McLeod, Donald, Maxville, Ont.
McLeod, Norman, Maxville, Ont.
McLeod, Roderick, Maxville, Ont.
McLeod, Roderick Jr., Maxville, Ont.
McLeod, Ronald A., Dalousie, Ont. (Lake Erie area)
Meredith, Thomas, Tecumseh, Ont. (Windsor area)
Meredith, Richard, Simcoe Co., Ont. (Lake Erie area)
Meredith, William H., Tecumseh, Ont.
Metcalf, Joseph, Newdale, Man.
Miller, William H., Palmerston, Ont.
Mills, Joseph A, Mono Mills, Ont.
Moore, Andrew C., Uxbridge, Ont.
Moore, George, Mitchell, Ont.
Moore, Robert, Douglas, Man.
Moore, William H., Palmerston, Ont.
Mowbray, Hugh, Seaforth, Ont.
Neilson, Nelson H., Stonewall, Manitoba
Newlove, George, Albion, Ont.
Newman, Robert, Winnipeg, Man.
Olson, Severin, Europe
Pardo, Charles H., Buckhom, Manitoba
Pardo, Thomas L., Brandon, Manitoba
Phillips, Richard, Merrickville, Ont. (Near Ottawa)
Reaman, Ida J., Woodbridge, Ontario
Reaman, Joel, York City, Woodbridge, Ont.
Reaman, W.J., Woodbridge, Ontario
Reckie, Joseph H., Brock, Ontario (Niagara area)
Reckie, William, Brock, Ontario
Reid, Charlotte, Orkney, Scotland
Reid, Daniel, Morris, Man.
Reid, James, Orkney, Scotland
Reid, John F., Orkney, Scotland
Reid, Robert, Orkney, Scotland
Roberts, Robert W., ——
Robertson, Duncan, Lanark County, Ont.
Ross, Alexander C., Peel County, Ont.
Ross, Thomas, Marquette, Man.
Sanderson, Joseph, Barrie, Ontario (Lake Simcoe area)
Sharpe, James Sr., Carleton County, Ont.
Sharpe, James J. H., Carleton County, Ont.
Sharpe Peter, Carleton County, Ont.
Shaw, Arthur, County of Peel, Ontario
Sheppard, Fred, Toronto, Ontario
Sheppard, William, Toronto, Ontario
Simpson, William, Toronto, Ontario
Smith, John J., Warrington, Cheshire
Smith, Mrs. Mary, Warrington, Cheshire
Smith, William H., Norfolk, England
Smith, William T., Warrington, Cheshire
Snell, John, Hullett Township, Ontario
Softley, Ed. Reverend, Vienna, Ontario
Stafford, Obadiah, Toronto, Ontario
Stevenson, John, North of England
Stevenson, James D. Dr., Kleinburg, Ont.
Stewart, Duncan, Aberfoyle, Ontario
Stewart, Joseph, Aberfoyle, Ontario
Stocker, Samuel, Belleville, Ontario
Switzer, Tobias, Ontario County, Ont.
Taylor, Robert N., Vaughan, York, Ontario
Thompson, A. Cook, Newdale, Man.
Thompson, Isaac, ——
Thomson, R.R., ——
Todd, Alexander, Woodbridge, Ontario
Walker, John G., Simcoe County, Ontario
Walsh, James, Grenville, Ontario
Waterfield, Thomas A., Langstaff, Ontario
Watson, John T., Fairbank, Ontario
Webb, Samuel, Norfolk, England
Wetherspoon, Francis, Scotland
Whitehead, James, ——
Whittington, John R., Chatham, Ontario
Wood, George N., Gladstone, Manitoba
Wood, Robert, Gladstone, Manitoba
Wrixon, John, Winnipeg, Manitoba
Yates, David, Grey County, Ontario
Yates, James, Grey County, Ontario
LIST OF PURCHASERS OF LAND IN ODD NUMBERED SECTIONS
Purchased from the York Farmers Colonization Company
Armstrong, James, Toronto, Ontario
Beck, Levi, Pultney, Manitoba
Boake, A.E., York Colony
Bull, Edward, York Colony
Bull, Robert, York Colony
Clarke, Alexander, Woodbridge, Ontario
Grant, John M., Rounthwaite, Manitoba
Jackson, Robert, Brock Township, Ontario
Jackson, Wesley, York Colony
Livingstone, Alex, York Colony
Livingstone, Neil, York Colony
Lloyd, James S., Portage La Prairie, Manitoba
Lloyd, William D., Portage La Prairie, Manitoba
Lough, Daniel S., Basin du Lièvre, Quebec.
Lough, William, Basin du Lièvre, Quebec
Lowrie, Joseph, Minnedosa, Manitoba
Mann, Charles, Homesteader with Saskatchewan Land Colonizing Company
Mick, Isaac, York Colony
McNeil, Andrew, Vaughan County, York, Ont.
McNeil, Charles, Vaughan County, York, Ont.
Shaw, Arthur J., York Colony
Spiers, Joseph, Pultney, Manitoba
Squires, Robert, Violadale, Man.
Smith, Richard H., Rounthwaite, Man.
Snell, John A., York Colony
Softley, Mrs. Eliza E., Vienna, Ont.
Stocker, Samuel, Winnipeg, Man.
Watson, John T., York Colony
Webb, Thomas, Portage La Prairie, Man.
The following lists of settlers are those who filed for homesteads and Pre-emption quarter sections in YORK COLONY after the above list was made. A very few filed on homesteads that had been abandoned or cancelled.
Beck, Adam, Oct. 13 1886
Beck, Levi, Nov. 8, 1888
Bull, John Albert, Oct. 18, 1884
Cadzow, Daniel, Oct. 10, 1884
Collacott, Thomas H., Nov. 5, 1885
Cortipos, H.A., Aug. 25, 1884
Dennis, George, April 3, 1888
Fernie, Alexander, May 17, 1887
Ferguson, Mrs. Jane, July 6, 1887
Ferguson, Mrs. Prudence, May 21, 1884
Fummerton, David, April 11, 1888
Garry, Donald, Nov. 11, 1888
Golling, Frederick, April 21, 1887
Goodchild, Thomas, May 9, 1887
Gordon, George, June 23, 1884
Hargrove, Anthony, June 18, 1885
Heath, Elizabeth C., July 11, 1888
Hole, John, Mar. 1887
Holland, Henry, Oct. 26, 1887
Hopkins, Roland, Oct. 4, 1884
Humph, William, May 7, 1885
Jackson, James, June 16, 1884
Jarry, John Alexander, June 9, 1884
Langstaff, Herman John, June 9, 1884
Lockhart, Hugh Surgeon, Aug. 13, 1888
Livingstone, Neil, June 22, 1885
McCallum, Christopher, May 20, 1884
McDougall, Ann (widow), Oct. 25, 1884
McDougall, John, May 7, 1885
McEacheran, Donald, Nov. 22, 1885
McGregor, John, Aug. 14, 1888
McPherson, Donald, Nov. 11, 1888
Mason, Robert A., Oct. 11, 1884
Michael, Albert Joseph, Nov. 6, 1884
Miller, William Heddle, June 27, 1887
Moore, Robert, July 26, 1886, south half of S16 Township 25, Range 3
Moore, William Samuel, Oct. 31, 1884
Nicholson, Frank, June 22, 1885
Peaker, Charles, June 4, 1888
Peaker, James E., Apr.19, 1888
Pence, Matthew, Oct. 22, 1884
Reaman, Ida Jane, July 15, 1884
Reaman, Joel, Oct. 13, 1884
Ruttle, William, May 30, 1887
Sanderson, Samuel, Apr. 23, 1888
Seater, George, July 30, 1884
Sinclair, Robert Jr., Oct. 22, 1884
Sinclair Robert Sr., Oct. 22, 1884
Speers, Joseph, Nov. 8, 1884
Speers, William Alexander, Nov. 7 1888
Smith, Charles H., June 27, 1884
Smith, Charles H., June 2, 1885
Smith, Joseph, July 2, 1888
Sutcliffe, Christopher, Dec. 27, 1885
Thompson, George H., Oct. 16, 1884
Tomlinson, James Albert, Dec. 24, 1884
Tullock, William Samuel, Nov. 10, 1886
Vile, John, March 31, 1887
Waterfield, Charles Franklin, July 26, 1886
S1/2 Section 16 Township 25, Range 3 –filed July 26. 11, 1886
Wilberry, John, May 16, 1884
Wiley, Thomas, May 26, 1885
Wiseman, Humble, August 1, 1884
Wiseman, D., filed Oct. 4, 1884
Witherspoon, Robert, June 20, 1885
Source: City of Yorkton Archives
City of Yorkton, Box 400
37 Third Avenue North
Yorkton, Sask. S3N 2W3