Etc. -- Zebulon Landon's 1918 obituary, funeral and history (two articles)
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A transcription of a page 1 article published in the 18 Jul 1918 
Simcoe Reformer
newspaper. [Some paragraph breaks inserted 
by the transcriber.]

The Late Z. Landon, Esq.

Mr. Zebulon Landon passed away on Tuesday afternoon, July 16th, 1918 at his home, Norfolk Street, after an illness of some months' duration. He was in his 86th year.

Mr. Landon's father, also Zebulon Landon, came at the age of 16 to Canada by Indian trail from New Jersey, in 1792. He was granted land as a U.E. loyalist. Later, in the first years of the nineteenth century, he came to Norfolk and settled on Kent's Creek, just west of town. He married Lucinda Monroe, a member of the well-known U.E. loyalist Monroe family that settled in Charlotteville in 1796.

The father died when the younger Zebulon was five years of age, leaving his widow and her only child to battle with the problems of life in a primitive settlement on a large allotment of land, almost uncleared.
The pioneer mother however was of Spartan mould, and before she passed away she had the satisfaction of seeing her son well on the way to a competence.

The writer has often been greatly interested in listening to Mr. Landon's recitals of his early experiences. He had a retentive memory and up to a few months before his death was ready to tell how Norfolk looked and thought when he was a boy.

As a lad he attended the Grammer School kept by Rev. Geo. Salmon, father of Dr. J. M. Salmon of Simcoe. 
But attendance was only possible in the winter time, and the literary education he secured was no more than sufficient to make possible the assertion of his own natural abilities, which were great.

He was always an intelligent and prosperous farmer and early in life he also became interested in lumbering in Norfolk. Afterwards his activities spread to Michigan and Arkansas. He was at one time largely interested in North Carolina turpentine forests.

After forty years ago he bought the John Axford farm, immediately adjoining the town to the south, and there built himself a spacious and comfortable home, which he continued to occupy with his family until his death.

Mr. Landon was twice married. By his first wife he had three daughters, who grew to womanhood, the eldest of these, Clara, wife of the late A. N. Duncombe and the youngest, Miss Mary London [sic], died years ago. The second daughter, Anna, wife of Mr. O. S. Laycock, lives in Buffalo, N.Y.

Mr. Landon's second wife, who survives him, was a daughter of the late Alexander Hunter of Townsend, later of Simcoe. By this union there are two surviving children: Monroe, at home, and Mrs. John G. Farrar, whose husband is a member of the staff of the Simcoe branch of the Molsons Bank.

The funeral, by motors, will take place to Woodhouse Cemetery this afternoon at 2:30.

A lightly edited transcription of a page 1 article in the 25 Jul 1918 issue of the Waterford Star newspaper. 


Simcoe, 19 Jul -- Funeral of the late Mr. Zebulon Landon was held yesterday afternoon. Rev. Mr. Edington, a relative of Mrs. Landon, of Harrow, Ontario, assisted by Rev. M. Scott Fulton, conducted the last services. The pall bearers were Geo. J. McKiee, J. B. Jackson, W. C. J. King, Wm. Sutton, Harvey Falls and Samuel Sowden. The body was laid to rest in Woodhouse Methodist cemetery.

Historically, Mr. Landon occupied a unique position. He was possibly the last surviving child of either a man or woman who came to this country in the closing years of the 18th century.

It is now about 120 years since Zebulon Landon Sr. came to the Long Point country from the State of New Jersey. 

In 1803, the father bought Lot 16 in the Gore of Woodhouse, part of which is now occupied as the 
County Industrial Home. It was here that his two children were born, the man who was buried yesterday and a baby girl who died when a few weeks old.

This boy grew up and in time married Lucinda Monroe, daughter of Robert Monroe, one of the county's earliest pioneers, who lived a short distance from Turkey Point.

Mrs. Landon Sr., who died several decades ago, was familiarly known by some of the oldest of our inhabitants as Aunt Lucy Landon.


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