Chapter 5: John McCutcheon’s Son Robert (1792-1855):

Picture Courtesy of Sheila McCutcheon, Daughter of Lawrence McCutcheon:

Robert McCutcheon (3) (John-2; Samuel-1) was born circa 1792 in Donaghadee, County Down, Northern Ireland and he died on the 16th October 1855 in Arthur Township, Wellington, ON. He was buried at the Kenilworth Cemetery Arthur, ON.  He and Agnes Beck (1790-1873) lived in Nelson Township, Megantic County, Quebec before coming to Dufferin County, Ontario.   ►


ROBERT: meaning “bright fame”.  A favorite name for male offspring in Scotland because of Robert the Bruce.    Robert and Agnes appeared in Erin Township in 1825.  He applied for his land in Adjala Township, Simcoe County, near Rosemont, Lot 30, Concession 1 in 1825 and was gone from Erin Township by 1826.   Robert later acquired land in Arthur Township and was living there when he died on the 16th October 1855.  When Robert died, Agnes sold the property and moved back to the original homestead in Adjala.

The homestead that Robert acquired in Arthur was located very close to land owned by Andrew Lamott.  Andrew Lamott’s 1/4 section was EOSR 26.

The Township of Adjala was named after the wife of Chief Tecumseth.  Settlement of Adjala began in the early 1820’s, starting at the south end of the township and settled northward.  Robert and Agnes were among the first settlers in this district. Agnes, along with her son John and daughter Agnes were buried at Thompsons Cemetery in Rosemont, ON. (Pictured).

The Agricultural Census dated 1861 for Robert’s and Agnes’ homestead (Lot 1 in Concession 30) listed the land size as 100 acres, with 40 acres under cultivation; another 34 acres where planted in crops; 5 acres were garden, orchard and pasture; leaving 21 acres as wild bush land.

The value of the land was estimated at $3,000; there were farm implements valued at $70; 5 acres of spring wheat planted at 100 bushels per acre; 12 acres of fall wheat were planted at an estimated 200 bushels per acre; 2 acres were planted with peas, estimated to be 30 bushels per acre; 9 acres of oats estimated to be 270 bushels per acre; 1 and 1/2 acres of potatoes at 200 bushels per acre; 3  acres planted in hops; 8 acres of hay for their livestock; on hand the family had  20 yards of wool flannel;  3 steers and 3 cows placing a value of their livestock at $400.00;  200 pounds of butter and  2 barrels of pork.

Robert and his family accomplished this feat in the short space of 36 years, a feat that his fore-fathers couldn’t accomplish in the previous 200 years in Ireland.  They felt comparatively rich. Robert left his heirs a legacy to be proud of.

Robert’s farm in Arthur was a very short journey to his Brother Hugh’s homestead in Erin, Lot 9, Concession 4.   The families would have visited on a regular basis; family gatherings, Christmas, thanksgiving, etc.  Perhaps these visits gave “HR” McCutcheon ample opportunity to meet his future wife, Rebecca Lamott.

He was buried in Kenilworth Cemetery; his old head stone says he was a native of County Down, Ireland.  4 grandchildren are buried with him.  They are the children of his son James Cleaver McCutcheon and his wife Mary Ann Hughes. Two of these children died on the same day – February 2, 1871; the third one on the 7th February – with the fourth child dying 13 days later – February 20, 1871.  These 4 children died of Scarlet Fever, which they had been sick with for several months before they died.

He made a will before he died and the will names his family and gives the locations of his two properties.  According to his will, his legacy to his younger son, Hugh, was to be the homestead in Arthur.  But Hugh Henry disappeared from our view after 1861.  Did Hugh die young thereby annulling his legacy or did he simply leave Ontario for greener pastures?


 “I, Robert McCutcheon of the Township of Arthur, County of Wellington and Province of Canada, Farmer, to make this my last Will and Testament in the following manner and form.  that is to say principally, and First – I give and allow my wife, Agnes McCutcheon, to have the use of all my land Estate and property which is lot Number thirty, West half in the First Concession in the Township Adjala together with the North Half Section on the Third Concession of Arthur, together with all my household furniture, beds, tables, chairs and every moveable, together with cattle, horses, sheep and other animals now on the said Lots and also all implements of husbandry together with houses on the premises, to have and to hold all such during her natural life and to have the right of all monies, notes of any kind  and every other thing which I possess, – I then give and bequeath my son William McCutcheon the south half of Lot 16 in the third Concession with free…(unreadable) and sufficient deed.  I then give and bequeath my son Hugh McCutcheon and to my daughter Agnes McCutcheon a sufficient main Tenancy and clothing during their natural lives, and that my son William McCutcheon shall have the care of them as long as he does right by them, and that my Executors shall see the above performed, and in case of non-performance justly the Executors shall have it in their power to change them to James [McCutcheon], Robert [McCutcheon] or anyone else that they may think would do justice by them.

Also I give and bequeath to my sons John, Henry and James McCutcheon my sons…(unreadable) of them five shillings one year after my burial and to my son Robert McCutcheon Twenty-five pounds, this same money to be raised out of part of the chattel property on the premises by my Executors;  and I hereby nominate John and Henry McCutcheon my two sons to be the Executors of this my last Will and Testament and to see that all things contained in this my last Will shall be performed.  After the decease of my wife Agnes McCutcheon of this I would please God then take to my daughter Agnes McCutcheon away that the Adjala Homestead shall be sold to one of my sons and the proceeds in six annual instalments shall be equally divided to the aforesaid…(unreadable) leaving Hugh McCutcheon the homestead in Arthur for his support during his natural life if unmarried and if married this deed to be made out in his own name by my Executors John [McCutcheon] and Henry McCutcheon.  Thus declaring and signing this last Will and Testament this eighth day of June in the year one thousand eight hundred and fifty-five.

SIGNED,  Robert McCutcheon;   John Burch;  Sarah Burch.

         Homestead – Land Grants and/or Letters Patents were applied for.


  • John Alexander McCUTCHEON (4).               See “A” following.
  • Henry Smith McCUTCHEON (4).                   See “B” following.
  • Robert (Senior) McCUTCHEON (4).               See “C” following.
  • James Cleaver McCUTCHEON (4).                See “D” following.
  • William McCUTCHEON (4).                           See “E” following.
  • Anne McCUTCHEON (4) (Robert-3; John-2; Samuel-1) was born in 1831 in Ontario.  Nothing more has been found for Anne.  The last record found for Anne is the 1861 Census of Ontario.
  • Agnes McCUTCHEON (4) (Robert-3; John-2; Samuel-1) was born in 1835 in Adjala, Dufferin, Ontario and she died on the 15th August 1874 in Adjala.  She was buried at Thompsons Pioneer Cemetery.


This headstone is located in the Thompsons Pioneer Cemetery, aka. Rosemont Cemetery and contains both the name of Agnes Beck and her daughter, Agnes.

This photo is very grainy in appearance.  However, it seems that Agnes Beck died at the age of 83 years, which would place her birth date at 1790.

It is possible that her other daughter, Anne, is also located on this gravesite.

This photo was found at:

  • Hugh Henry McCUTCHEON (4) (Robert-3; John-2; Samuel-1) was born in 1839 in Adjala.  The last historical record for Hugh is the 1861 Ontario Census.  No other information for Hugh has appeared.

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