David Leach Glassford (1868-1943) third son of James Glassford (1819-1892)
Family Goes West.
After David sold the farm in 1900, he moved his wife Sarah Jane Redpath and his eldest son to Manitoba and then to Saskatchewan. Prior to leaving and packing up for their move west, David found a framed copy of a genealogy chart prepared by William Glassford in 1834. This document is currently in the possession of Ray Glassford of Adanac (now Unity) Saskatchewan. The existence of the chart in the Glassford home, and its inclusion of information on David's grand -father ,born in 1819 (see figure 9) and his great grandfather's location in Canada, infer that a connection must have been maintained with the Scottish line(s) at least until 1834, the date which the chart was published. This chart is very important to all Glassford's I have been able to connect with, as we are using it as the platform from which our research activities into our family history is being built.
Sarah and David had a total of 6 children (5 boys and 1 girl) the eldest two boys died young James Ross (1898-1913) and George Redpath (1900) who died in infancy, Charlie Howard (3rd son) (1904-1996) and John Raymond (5th son) never married but both have been involved in tracing the family history. David Westly (David's 4th son) (1908-1992) has left a legacy of children and 5 grandchildren to carry on his line.. Bessie Jane (1917-1987) married and left 4 children to carry on her line.
The story of David Leach's movement from Kingston comes from his son Ray in a note to me via his nephew Arnold in Feb., 1997.
"In 1900 our focks left the farm in Glenburn [ Glenburnie] district near Kingston, Ontario and went to farm near Lauder, Manitoba. They lived there till the fall of 1902, when they moved to the south corner of what later became Saskatchewan. It was new land that had never been worked, and there were no buildings on the land. The farm was a long distance from the town of Gainsborough, and there was a little river with no bridge that had to be crossed to get to town, so it had to be forded and at times the water was quite high. One of the nieghbours had a son farming west of Saskatoon, so in 1906 his father decided to go up and see him and my father went with him to see the country. When they got up there father met a man he had known at Lauder, and he had 2 sections of land that he wanted to sell. The one was bald prairie with no buildings on it but father liked the looks of it and bought it. The railroad was coming but hadnít got that far yet so father decided to stay where they were for a while. In 1910, they decided to move up there, and by this time the railway was through and there was a little village called Adanac within 2 miles of the farm. The Glassford's have been farming here ever since.
My brothers Charles, Wesley and I worked the farm together for some years, through the years we purchased more land. Eventually we formed a farm company which we called GLASSFORD BROS. FARMS Ltd. As our nephews got older we took then into the CO. And now they own the Company and I am retired".
David Leach's and Sarah Jane Redpathís line has continued to expand and as of 1995 in addition to the 6 children includes 8 grand-children and 5 great grand-children and 1 great great grand-child.
See 20th century Emigration
for another Glassford emigration to the Canadian Prairies.
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