THE HINDLEY FARM

Hindley Farm
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William Hindley of the village of Gainsborough, Lincolnshire, England set sail from Liverpool in the early 1800’s (possibly 1823) in a sailing vessel and were enroute for six weeks before landing at New York. He stayed with the family of George Lawton and married their daughter, Hannah. William managed to save enough cash to start out for himself. He located first on the south half of lot five, concession one Yarmouth, building a log house and a barn along the Lake Erie shore. The location of which slid into the lake in the early 1940’s.

During the Rebellion of 1837 Mr. Hindley was accused of giving refuge to George Lawton and Fred Johnson who escaped the law by fleeing to the United States. To keep from being involved in further trouble, Mr. Hindley moved to the Township of Don in Middlesex and took up 150 acres. After two years when things settled down he returned to his farm and he purchased the North 100 acres of the farm and built a new log house.

An interesting feature of this old farm is that the fields had names. There was a Spring field because there were two springs running out of this field, a Pond field because a pond had been scraped out to water the stock, Fallow field, the last one to be cleared and it was summer fallowed for a year before a crop was ever planted in it. There was also a Colt field because William was a great lover of horses and always had from sixteen to eighteen horses pasturing in this field. A windbreak of spruce trees was planted by Henry Hindley, son of the first owner in the late 1800’s. The property is currently owned by Verlyn Lanning.

Hindley Farm about 1900
Hindley Farm (about 1900)


Hindley Farm (about 1973)

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Purchase of the Hindley Farm
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