The Late Peter Backhouse
Port Rowan News --
After a long illness, Mr. Peter E. Backhouse died Saturday
morning, 5 Jul 1919, at the age of 82. He was buried on Sunday
afternoon in Bayview Cemetery, and the funeral was largely
Mr. Peter Backhouse was a
son of the late Thomas Backhouse, Esq., and a grandson of the late
Major John Backhouse, who was the original settler on Lots 16 and
17, on the First Concession of South Walsingham, and built the
mill which escaped the notice of the marauding Yankees in 1812.
He has distinguished
ancestors and was a worthy son of an honored house. He was born on
the homestead on which he died, and for three-quarters of a
century the people of the west end of Norfolk have known and
respected the name of Peter Backhouse.
He was the owner of a fine
200 acre farm, one of the nicest farms in Canada. He prized it
highly and spent his entire life there.
To that farm he brought his
fair bride, Miss Rebecca Hutchinson, a daughter of the late Butler
Hutchinson, Esq., of Rowan Mills. On it his children were born.
There the great joys and sorrows of life found him.
He loved it, and while he
lived he could not give it up. But when the time came to part he
was brave and courageous and true, just as he had always been all
Besides Mr. [sic]
Backhouse, he leaves two daughters, Mr. J. H. Bowlby and Mrs. C.
F. W. Atkinson, to whom he was very dear; one sister, Mrs. H. M.
Barrett, also survives. They will miss him; the whole community
will miss him.
For 80 years, ever since
his sturdy babyhood, Peter Backhouse had been a personage in this
community, and it will be a generation at least before the name
Peter Backhouse will drop out of the life and thought of the
For his whole life Mr.
Backhouse was connected with the Church of England, and the
funeral service was conducted by the Rev. J. A. Bloodsworth,
rector of St. John's Church, Port Rowan.