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The Founding of Leamington

The Founding of Leamington

Photo by contributor Guusje Litjens - Posted August, 2010

The Founding of Leamington

Photo from Google Street View ©2016 Google - Posted June, 2018

Plaque Location

The County of Essex
The Municipality of Leamington
At the Municipal building on the west side of Erie Street
north of Hazelton Street

Coordinates: N 42 03.453 W 82 35.980


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Plaque Text

Parts of Mersea Township were surveyed in the 1790's, but it was not until 1833 that Alexander Wilkinson, who had acquired land elsewhere in the township by 1810, obtained his patent for a lot now located in the heart of Leamington. A settlement known as Wilkinson's Corners developed and, on June 1, 1854, a post-office called Leamington was opened. A saw and grist-mill was in operation the following year. By 1860 the community comprised 75 persons and stagecoach communication with Windsor was established. Leamington, with over 750 inhabitants, was incorporated as a Village by an Essex County by-law of November 26, 1874. The first election, however, was not held until December 27, 1875, and the first Village Council took office on January 1, 1876.



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> Posted October 31, 2012
My ancestor, Hugh Minnis, arrived in Leamington in 1818 from County Down, Ireland, with wife (name unknown) and 3-month-old son John. Hugh and wife died soon thereafter and young John was raised by Alex Wilkinson. John bought a section of land north of town, built a house and had 12 kids. I would like to know more about Irish roots and the Wilkinsons......I am thinking Hugh Minnis and wife may have been related as young John referred to 'Uncle Alex,' though that may just be a term of endearment. Also, are there any descendants still in the Leamington area? Email: jminnis@gmail.com

> Posted April 1, 2012
Leamington is my hometown I lived there 27 years I now live in London

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