People and Events: A Chronology


Events In History
Specific to Devereaux Family/House





1808 Aug.   Elijah William born to John and Elizabeth
Devereaux in Canada, probably in the
St.Catherines area.
1812 War or 1812 Elijah's father John dies in War; his mother
receives pension for John's two sons.
1819 Township of Esquesing formed  
1827 York-Guelph Road completed  
1828 Nov.7 Adjutant General's Dept. of Upper Canada orders Officers commanding each regiment of the provincial sedentary militia to submit a nominal roll of men in their units between 19 and 39 years of age. Elijah Devereaux is listed as #34 in Captain Joseph Clement's Nominal Return for Company No. 4. He is approximately 20 years old. This company was based in Grantham Twp. Also listed is William Facer, husband to his half-sister Catherine (daughter of the late John Young, a Sgt. in Butler's Rangers.)
1829   Crown grants William Facer and wife
Catherine 200 acres on DH site.
1831 Mar. 1   Elijah William Devereaux purchases
100 acres from Facer (registered 1832).
1832 Feb.   EWD marries Catherine Nhier, niece of
Lewis Travers, a neighbour of Facers.
1834 Oct.   On death of first wife, EWD marries Elizabeth
Facer, William's Facer's sister.
1835   EWD purchased additional 50 acres from
Facer (registered 1839).
1836   On death of second wife, EWD marries
Elizabeth "Betsy" Cross. They eventually
Have 8 children, five of which are alive at
The time of EWD's death in 1883.
1837   Son Louis born (drowned, unmarried).
1843   Sons Walter George and David Elijah born.
1845   Daughter Nancy born (died prior to 1881)
1846   EWD purchased additional 50 acres from
Facer? (registered 1852).
1849   Son Joseph C.born
1852 First fully nominal census  
1854   Son James Allan born
1859   Daughter Mary Jane "Jennie" born.
1860   Farmhouse built, no exact date: East Half of Lot
18, Concession 7 in Hamlet of Stewarttown,
Esquesing Twsp.
1861 Census Value of farm in 1861 census was $9000.
1862   Daughter Martha born (died before 1881)
1864 Georgetown incorporated as village; economic boom time  
1873 Hamilton & Northwestern
reaches Stewarttown area.
1876   EWD sold corner 4/10 acre for $42 to
Hamilton & NW Railway Co. to build rail
Line into Georgetown that is still in use.
1883 May   EWD dies. Widow Elizabeth with 5
surviving children: Walter, Elijah D & wife
Joseph C & wife, James Allan & wife,
Mary Jane Moore & husband Allan.
Walter George farms the eastern portion and
Names it "Pleasant Lodge Farm." His brother
James Allan farms the western half.
1883 Sept.   Walter George marries Mary Ann "Molly"
1884   Mary Elsie born to Walter & Molly.
1886   Daughter Laura Luella born to Walter & Molly.
1889   First son John Brown Devereaux born to Molly
and Walter George.
1891   Second son William Newhouse is born.
"Willie" dies age 12 by a fall in the barn.
1912   Walter & wife bequeath 200 acres to son
John Brown Devereaux.
1967 Canada's Centennial DH Farm "Century Farm".
1972 Aug.11   John Brown Devereaux still on farm;
dies age 83. Parts of the original 200 acres
go to various heirs in parcels. The house sees a
series of tenants until the Town purchase in 1999.
1978   Toronto Star Weekly article "Sunset at
Century Farm" by James Emmerson.
1999   Town acquires property at 11494 Trafalgar
Rd. as recommended by Community
Parkland Acquisition Strategy and overall
Master plan to provide for "Trafalgar Rd.
Sport Park" and a future cemetery.
2002 Official Opening of
Trafalgar Sport Park
Groundbreaking ceremony
2004   Heritage Halton Hills identifies DH as Heritage Priority No. 7 in their Inventory.
Successfully recommend Town Council take
Measures to prevent further deterioration to allow community fundraising to restore heritage property for public use.
2005 Jan.   1st Meeting of the Friends of Devereaux House, chaired by Ann Lawlor.
2007   Summer Work begins to preserve the Devereaux farmhouse.
2008 July Georgetown Soccer Club moves into 2nd floor.  
2009 Oct.   Official opening of Devereaux House.
2009 Oct.   Devereaux House nominated for the Trillium Foundation Great Grant Award.
2010 March   "Friends of Devereaux House" awarded the Halton Hills Chamber of Commerce Green Award.


* This history chart is a work in progress. Contributions and corrections are very welcome. See Contact Us.


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