Willson family of Hemlock Grove Farms



Willson family of Hemlock Grove Farms

Waterloo Ontario Canada


Farm house, German Company Tract, Waterloo Township Ontario



In 1829, Ephraim Willson Sr., his wife and their two children, Amy and Ephraim Jr. arrived in the Waterloo Township area from Yorkshire England. After living with a Mennonite family for a few years he started farming. In 1837 Ephraim Sr. purchased 224 acres of land from Andrew Kaufman and commenced to clear it to farm. After the death of Ephraim Sr.'s first wife in the early 1830's he remarried. On October 5, 1835 he married a widow Elizabeth Gofton. From this marriage a second son was born, Isaac Willson. The descendants of Isaac continued to own and farm the land until 1950. At this time it was sold for the development of the Forest Heights subdivision of Waterloo, Ontario   more history here.

The Willson Family

Ephraim Willson Sr. Born February 8, 1793 Died October 30, 1872

 Married 1)  1818 in Yorkshire England, Mary ? Died 1830

                 2) October 5,1835 in Waterloo Township, Elizabeth Gofton Born June 9, 1793 Died 1853

                 3) 1858 in Waterloo Township, Margaret McCloy Born December 24, 1810 Died September 25, 1892


To will of Ephraim Sr.


Descendants of Ephraim Willson Sr.

1) Amy Willson

2) Ephraim Willson Jr.

3) Isaac Willson

4) Robert Gofton Born February 25, 1831 (step child of Ephraim Sr. from 2nd marriage)

5) Charlotte Gofton Born September 10, 1832 (step child of Ephraim Sr. from 2nd marriage)




Created and maintained by Norm Wilson

nwilson (at) xplornet (dot) ca

Last updated April 13, 2013


Please sign my guestbook

Where you can list your Surname Interests