Sketch of Sprucedale, Residence of Wiliam Dixon Esq. near Milton, Halton Co. taken from the 1877 Illustrated Historical Atlas of the County of Halton Ont.
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John Dixon came with his father, William, from the Hills of Scotland and Northumberland, arriving in Quebec in April 1816. John came to Trafalgar Township in 1820, first working for Robert Ruxton on a farm with a sawmill, on Lot 6, Concession 6, a farm John eventually owned.

John was one of the first settlers in the north west part of Trafalgar Township, now in Milton, Ontario.

John's marriage to Jane Bell resulted in the large family named below here, and a very successful farm. "Sprucedale" was the family name for the 200 acre home farm on Lot 14, Concession 4, Trafalgar Township. First a log home was built, then a frame house and then in 1861, the beautiful brick house shown here.

The farm had its own shops: blacksmith, carpentry, machinery. Two large windmills and a large bank barn. Machinery and wooden water pumps were manufactured on site.

The Thompson Road house was demolished in 1991. You can view photos of the home taken by the family during the fight to save the historic house, and more complete historical information by clicking on "Groups of Related Records" "Sprucedale Farm, Dixon Family".
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This sketch is taken from the Illustrated Historical Atlas of the County of Halton Ont.
by Pope, J. H. (John Henry), 1824-1889. Toronto, Ont. : Walker & Miles, 1877.

The Atlas places the sketch with: William Dixon, described as a Farmer; Fruit Grower. It seems to indicate he settled in Trafalgar North in 1826.

The Atlas information is a bit confusing because in 1826, the William Dixon who was an adult was the father of John Dixon Sr. His son, John Dixon Sr., may have obtained the land in 1826 but it is not certain that his father William actually came to Trafalgar with him then or later. William, son of John Sr. and grandson of William was 3 years old in 1826.

Therefore: If the Atlas was published in 1877, the information for it would have been collected prior to that and taken at least a year to collect. In 1875, William, oldest son of John Sr. and Jane would have been 46 years old and in residence at this house. His father, John Sr. who built this family home, had died in 1874.
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SPRUCEDALE, RESIDENCE OF WILLIAM DIXON ESQRE NEAR MILTON, HALTON COY., CON 4 N.S. LOT 14 TRAFALGAR.
Date Of Event
1877
Subject(s)
Personal Name(s)
John Dixon, b.May 1790 d.July 28, 1874. Married Jane Bell, b.1802 d.May 16, 1874. Children: William, b.1829, John b.1830, Isabella b.1832, Absalom, b.1834, Jacob b.1836, George b.1838, Elijah b.1839, Jane b.1841, Thomas b.1843, Sarah b.1845
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TTIRT0001026
Collection
Trafalgar Township Historical Society
Language of Item
English
Geographic Coverage
  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 43.5268690319429 Longitude: -79.8635529932404
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Sketch of Sprucedale, Residence of Wiliam Dixon Esq. near Milton, Halton Co. taken from the 1877 Illustrated Historical Atlas of the County of Halton Ont.
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Trafalgar Township Historical Society
Email:michelle@tths.ca
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Trafalgar Township Historical Society Sponsor: Jeff Knoll, Local & Regional Councillor for Oakville Ward 5 – Town of Oakville/Regional Municipality of Halton
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Sketch of Sprucedale, Residence of Wiliam Dixon Esq. near Milton, Halton Co. taken from the 1877 Illustrated Historical Atlas of the County of Halton Ont.


John Dixon came with his father, William, from the Hills of Scotland and Northumberland, arriving in Quebec in April 1816. John came to Trafalgar Township in 1820, first working for Robert Ruxton on a farm with a sawmill, on Lot 6, Concession 6, a farm John eventually owned.

John was one of the first settlers in the north west part of Trafalgar Township, now in Milton, Ontario.

John's marriage to Jane Bell resulted in the large family named below here, and a very successful farm. "Sprucedale" was the family name for the 200 acre home farm on Lot 14, Concession 4, Trafalgar Township. First a log home was built, then a frame house and then in 1861, the beautiful brick house shown here.

The farm had its own shops: blacksmith, carpentry, machinery. Two large windmills and a large bank barn. Machinery and wooden water pumps were manufactured on site.

The Thompson Road house was demolished in 1991. You can view photos of the home taken by the family during the fight to save the historic house, and more complete historical information by clicking on "Groups of Related Records" "Sprucedale Farm, Dixon Family".