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this excerpt from the 1837 HOME DISTRICT DIRECTORY, lists the names of the early settlers in Mara Township. Most were of Scottish origin, and most homesteaded in the area north of the Talbot River.
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Mara Township- 1850- York County- per Rowsell’s Directory
Con. Lot Name
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–……..-…… JORDAN, Widow
–…….–……..McLEAN, James
–…….–……..MOORE, John
–……–…….. ORMSBY, Andrew
–……–…….. PATTERSON, Adam
–……–…….. STONER, John
–……–………THOMPSON, Widow
-………-……. GOODER, Anthony
–……25…….THOMPSON, LYONS
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Con. Lot Name–1850
1———2———-MATHIESON, Dougall
1………5———-McCrea, Alexander, (sic) McRAE
1…….. 6……..GILCHRIST, Donald
1……. 10……CAMERON, Hugh
1…….. 11……GRAHAM, James
1……. 12……CAMERON, Donald
1……. 13……BRUCE, Robert
1……. 13……BRUCE, Widow
1……. .13……YEADHAM, John
1…….. 13……O’DONNELL, Peter
1…….. 14……McCrea, Widow, (sic) McRAE
1……. 15……HUNT, Charles
1…….. 15……McDONALD, William
1……. 18……DUFFY, James
1…….. 24……McINTYRE, Donald
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Con. Lot Name–1850
2……. 4……. CAMPBELL, John
2……..5……..McCUAIG, Donald
2……..5……. McNABB, Andrew
2……. 8……. CALDER, Thomas
2……..9……..McCUAIG, Dugald
2…….12…….McKENZIE, Archibald
2…….12…….MURE, James
2…….13……..McDONALD, Donald
2…….13……..McDONALD, Joseph
2…….14…….McGRATH, Michael
2…….14…….RITCHIE, William
2…….14…….THOMPSON, John

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Con. Lot Name—1850
3……..4……..McCUAIG, Duncan
3……..5……..MORRISON, Malcolm
3……..6……..McCUAG, Finlay, (sic) McCUAIG
3……..6……..McCUAG, Henry, (sic) McCUAIG
3……. 7……. CAMPBELL, Duncan
3……. 7……. DONELLY, Widow—(sic) DONNELLY
3……. 8……..McNABB, John
3……..11…….LINNEN, Henry
3……..11……McGRATH, Michael
3……..12.……McDONALD, Donald
3……..15……McCrea, Farquhar, (sic) McRAE
3……. 20……ORMSBY, William
3……..26……McLEAN, Charles
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Con. Lot Name—1850
4……..7……. DONNOLLY, Widow, (sic) DONNELLY
4……..9……..FRASER, John
4……..9……..FERGUSON, Anthony
4……..9……. O’DONNELL, Patrick
4…….11……. CAMERON, Donald
4…….11…… PARSONS, Jacob
4…….12……..McDONALD, John
4…….12…….McDONALD, Thomas
4…….13…….McCrea, Alexander, (sic) McRAE
4…….14…….McLEAN, Donald
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Con. Lot Name—1850
5……..8……..KELLY, Widow (Mrs. Tobias Kelly)
5……. 9……. DENNIS, John
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Con. Lot Name—1850
6……..11……FELLESON, Alexander
6……..14……KELLY, Michael
6……..14……GILCHRIST, John
6……. 15…… O’NEILL, Francis
6……. 16……JOHNSTON, John
6……..16……MARTIN, George
6……..16……TISDALE, John
6……..18…… McNALLY, Hugh
6……. 19…… CORRIGAN, Michael
6……. 20…… BATEMAN, Thomas
6……. 21…… CORRIGAN, William
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Con. Lot Name—1850
7……..10……McHALE, Edward
7……..14……KELLY, Michael
7……. 15…… CORRIGAN, Patrick
7……..15……McTAGGART, John, (sic) McINTAGGART
7……..16……McCANNA, Thomas, (sic) McCANN
7……..16……McDERMOTT, Thomas
7……. 18…… DUFFY, Patrick
7..……25……McDONALD, Angus
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Con. Lot Name—1850
8……..16……FOX, John
8……. 21…… CLARKE, Darby
8……. 23…… BARRY, Edward
8……..24……HAILEY, Thomas ; (sic) HEALEY or HEALY
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Con. Lot Name—1850
9……..2……..McGIVERN, Hugh, (sic) McGOVERN
9……. 15……McVEY, David, (sic) McVeigh
9……..16……McKENZIE, John
9……. 17…… DOYLE, Daniel
9……. 21…… CLARKE, Patrick
9……..22…… McMILLAN, William
9……. 23……CAMPBELL, John
9……. 23…… DEVLIN, Peter
9……..23……McDONALD, Alexander
9……..23……McINNIN, Hector
9……. 30……HURLEY, Daniel
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Con. Lot Name—1850
10…… 16…… DOYLE, John
10……16……FERGUSON, James
10……18……McCUE, Darby
10……18……McCUE, Richard
10…… 19……TIMLIN, Widow
10…… 20…… DOYLE, Owen
10……23…….McDONALD, Christian
10…… 24……McARTHUR, John
10……25…… McLEAN, Angus
10……25……JOHNSTON, Murdock
10……26…….McDONALD, Alexander
10…… 27…… CREIGHTON, Ogden
10……27……McKENZIE, Murdock
10……29……McNEIL, Donald
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Con. Lot Name—1850
11…….8…….GILCHRIST, Ronald
11……13……McKAY, John
11…… 15…… CUDDY, Jeremiah
11……18……McLAUGHLIN, Thomas
11……23……McLEAN, Neil
11……23……VICK, Joseph
11……24……McGINNES, Laughlin
11……24……McKINNON, Malcolm
11……25……McKINNON, Neil
11…… 26…… CONNOLLY, Michael
11……26……O’DONNELL, John
11……27……McARTHUR, John
11……27……McDOUGALL, John
11……27……McKINNON, John
11……30……O’DONNELL, Patrick
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Con. Lot Name—1850
12…… 16…… CORCORAN, Denis
12……17……ELLIOTT, James
12……18…….McDONALD, Donald
12……18……VILLERS, Thomas
12…… 20…… DUFFY, Francis
12…… 20……DUFFY, Peter
12……22……NORRIS, Thomas
12……23……STUART, Robert
12…….24……KELLY, Martin
12…….26……McDONALD, Alexander
12…….26……McDONALD, Malcolm
12…….26……McDONALD, Neil
12…….26……McDONALD, Robert
12…….29……ELLIOTT, Gilbert
12……29……HERTFORD, James
12……29……MATTIN, John
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Con. Lot Name—1850
13…..13……..ROBERTSON, John
13…..14……..FYFE, Archibald
13…..14……..ROBERTSON, James
13…..18…….. DUFFY, Philip
13…..22……. STRAHERN, George
13…..24………McDONALD, Malcolm
13…..25……..McDONALD, John
13…..31……..McARTHUR, John

RAMA TOWNSHIP
Con. Lot Name-1850
A…….2…….. McCrea, Duncan, (sic) McRAE
A…….3..……McCrea, John, (sic) McRAE
A…….4…….. McCrea, Donald, (sic) McRAE
A. …… 10……GRAHAM, John
A…….6……..McGREGOR, James
A…….6…….. McNABB, Donald
A…….9……..McKAY, Angus
A…….10……McBEAN, William
A…….10…… MORRISON, Widow
A……. 15…… AINSWORTH, William
A…15&16…..McDONAGH, Michael
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Con. Lot Name-1850
B……11……. SIMPSON, Colin
B……13…….HODGSON, Henry
B……15…….RITCHIE, James
B……15…….WADDELL, Widow
B……15…….WESTCOAT, George
B…….16……..TRUCKLE, Edward
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Con. Lot Name-1850
C…… 5……. DOWNIE, John
C……. 14…….KENNEDY, Agnes
C…….14…….PRINCE, John
C. ……15…… .GRAHAM, Michael
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fr. ……13……GEORGE, Robert
fr…….24…… McPHERSON, James
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0……..23…… GRANET, James S

 

The following has been extracted from the YORK COUNTY portion of Rowsell’s City of Toronto and County of York directory for 1850-1851.

At the time Mara and Rama, were united townships, and part of York County. (Ontario County seperated in 1852).

The first list is alphabetic, the second list is sorted by concession number.
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