Historical Plaque Properties


William Campbell - Retired Farmer
104 Front Street
Stratford, ON

The red brick house on the south part of lot 2 at 104 Front Street in Stratford was built by William Campbell.  William was born on August 11, 1848 in Esquesing Township, Halton County to father William (1812) and mother Elizabeth Glenn (1812), both of Irish descent.  In the 1851 Census, William and Elizabeth had moved to Lot 6, Concession 11 in Mornington Township, Perth County.  They lived in a one storey house with their 5 daughters, Mary (1839 in Ireland), Jane or Jean (1844), Margaret (1840), Elizabeth (1847), Anne (1849) and 2 sons, William (1848), John (1851).  More children followed by the 1971 Census, Moore (1853), Alexander (1855), Isabella (1857), Maria A. (1859) and Eliza Jane (1862).

William married Margaret “Maggie” Leslie (1854) on September 25, 1878 in Esquesing Township, Halton County which is now part of Halton Hills.  In the 1881 Census they are listed as farming on Lot 8, Concession 2 in Mornington Township, North Perth with daughter, Annie Mae. She was born on November 23, 1879.  Another daughter, Bessie Jane “Jennie” Stuart was born on December 8, 1881 followed by another daughter Hattie M. born on March 20, 1884.   Margaret died on December 7, 1886 and is buried with her family in Glen Williams Cemetery in Halton Hills. 

William married his second wife, Sarah Ann Dowd, on March 13, 1891.  Sarah was born on March 18, 1860 in Mornington Township, Perth County to James and Catherine (Johnston).  In the 1891 Census, Sarah is listed as living on a 100-acre farm, near Carthage, Ontario with her husband, William and his two daughters, Annie Mae and Bessie Jane.  Hattie is listed as living in Halton Hills with her maternal grandparents John and Jane Leslie.   William retired from farming, and moved into the house at 104 Front Street, Stratford in 1906.  Five years later, the Census of 1911, lists William and Sarah still living at 104 Front Street in Stratford. 

William died on January 12, 1916. In his obituary, it says he was one of Stratford’s most respected citizens and an elder of Knox Presbyterian church and an earnest participator in all its activities.  He left to mourn, his wife, Sarah and his three daughters, Annie Mae of Stratford, Mrs. A. W. Edgar of Lethbridge, Alberta and Hattie of Toronto.  He is buried in Avondale Cemetery. 

Sarah moved from the house later that same year. She eventually moved to Los Angles to live with Annie Mae and her husband Frank S. Blowers.  She died on April 16, 1946 and is buried in Forest Lawn Memorial Park, LA.