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Name Milson, William
Othernames William A. Milson
Born c. 1836
Birthplace England
Places of residence "Maple Grove Farm", Con. 11, Euphrasia Township, Grey County
Nationality English
Notes There is a transcript of census information in the book EUPHRASIA: GLIMPSES PAST AND PRESENT, 1989. In the 1881 census, William Milson is listed as being English-born, age 45, and a farmer. His wife Elizabeth, also English-born, was age 35. Their children at that time were Mary J. Milson, age 14 (b. Ont.), Elizabeth Milson, age 12, William G. Milson, age 11, Clara Milson, age 9, and Rodger Milson, age 5. All of the children were born in Ontario. Also living in the household was a Thomas Milson, b. England, age 43, who also was a farmer.

P. 376 has information from the 1871 census, which listed a William Milson, age 74 (b. England), farmer, and his wife Mary, age 61 (b. England). At that time their household included Thomas Milson, age 30 and John Milson, age 21. Listed as a separate household was William Milson (age 35) and his wife Elizabeth (age 25) had the following children at that time: Mary Jane (age 4), Elizabeth (age 2) and George (age 1). The Milsons were located at Concession 11, Lot 23. The younger William was the owner, the older William was a tenant in 1871.

Page 100 mentions that the Milson family arrived in Euphrasia Twp. in the Goring district in the 1850s.

P. 103 mentions that one of the William Milsons was a school trustee for S.S. No. 9 Goring School circa 1872. George Milson was one of the 4 pupils at that time.

William Milson was 59 years old when he died on July 29, 1896. He and his wife are buried at the Walters Falls United Church cemetery.
Occupation Farmer, Furniture-maker
Publications EUPHRASIA: GLIMPSES PAST AND PRESENT, 1989
Role Farmer
Spouse Elizabeth Dixon (b. August 2, 1836-d. May 16, 1926). They married in 1866.
Children Mary J. Milson
Elizabeth Milson
William George Milson (known as George) m. Ellen Reid on June 22, 1898
Clara Milson
Rodger Milson

Associated Records

Image of 1959.002.047 - Chair

1959.002.047 - Chair

Upholstered, hand-carved fancy, balloon-backed side chair. There seems to be an Eastlake influence, as there are rectilinear lines and incised markings. The curved cresting rail is carved. Centrally there is a triangular crest with a pattern on the front. The edges of the cresting rail are partially bevelled. Scallops are present above the rounded corner of the cresting rail, and on the tops of the posts. The one straight splat has a long incised line and dotted pattern on its front side. The seat is made of black horsehair (woven haircloth) upholstery, with light-brown trim around the edges. The back legs are sabre-style. The front legs are kneed sabre in their styling. The chair has a varn

Image of 1959.002.048 - Chair

1959.002.048 - Chair

Upholstered, hand-carved fancy, balloon-backed side chair. There seems to be an Eastlake influence, as there are rectilinear lines and incised markings. The curved cresting rail is carved. Centrally there is a triangular crest with a pattern on the front. The edges of the cresting rail are partially bevelled. Scallops are present above the rounded corner of the cresting rail, and on the tops of the posts. The one straight splat has a long incised line and dotted pattern on its front side. The seat is made of black horsehair (woven haircloth) upholstery, with light-brown trim around the edges. The back legs are sabre-style. The front legs are kneed sabre in their styling. The chair has a varn

Image of 1959.002.052 - Plate, Dinner

1959.002.052 - Plate, Dinner

A glazed white ironstone dinner plate, 19th-c (made after 1837). It has a scalloped, moulded design around the centre area. The rim is moulded with delicate corn / wheat motifs. It is one of a group of 5 plates and a platter (see RELATED items). The plate has a coat of arms mark from the W. & E. Corn pottery transfer-printed on its base. Do the others as well?

Image of 1959.002.053 - Painting

1959.002.053 - Painting

Painting of pansies and dogwood (?) on a school slate. The school slate piece is still in its wooden frame. The pansies are purple, yellow, blue and white. The dogwood is at the top. the background is purple, pink, orange at the bottom and blue at the top.

Image of 1959.002.055 - Trunk

1959.002.055 - Trunk

A large 19th-century trunk for textile storage. The trunk has a domed top, and is covered with paper and strapped with wood and metal. The top has four metal straps running the length of the chest. Those on the end cover the edges. The top also has four wooden straps running the width of the chest, over the metal strapping. At the end of each strap and at each corner is a stamped metal cap that has a leaf and scroll design. The top is attached at the back with two metal hinges. A metal strip runs around the lower edge of the top and overlaps the box when the lid is closed. There are two fancy brackets on the top edge of the lid either side of the center. Between them, on the front of t

Image of 1960.001.003 - Chair, Rocking

1960.001.003 - Chair, Rocking

Walnut wood and black haircloth-upholstered rocking chair. There is no front stretcher for the two rockers. There are two downward curving walnut armrests. The black haircloth upholstery has a smooth seat area, while the chair back has tufting. Horsehair was commonly used in the 19th-century as an upholstery stuffing, and also woven into covering fabrics (haircloth) for furniture upholstery. Haircloth for upholstery purposes was usually made in England and imported to Canada. The cresting rail of the chair is fancy, with carving and cut-out work. Mr. Milson did not sign his furniture.

Image of 1965.001.019 - Apron

1965.001.019 - Apron

White cotton apron, with two pockets with crocheted lace. There is a row of eyelets and embroidered ribbons, bells and flowers, whith the same crocheted lace along the hem. The ties have been replaced with a synthetic material.

Image of 1965.001.036ab - Knife, Carving

1965.001.036ab - Knife, Carving

Kitchen knife with bone handle (a) and a wooden holder (b). There is a brass ferrule. The handle has a curvation to it (might be antler?)

Image of 2011.087.012 - Nightgown

2011.087.012 - Nightgown

Man's nightshirt or undershirt. It is white, and made of a slightly coarse and somewhat sheer cotton fabric. It is double-seamed in the shoulder areas, and has short sleeves. Just above one sleeve is a darned area. There is a plain collar. The front neck placket has three two-holed, mother-of-pearl buttons. The uppermost one is slightly larger than the other two. The bottom of the shirt has two slits at the side seams. The back of the shirt has a horizontal seam. The shirt has machine stitching and handstitching.