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  1. Joseph Lee Allen Morrow

A HISTORY OF PICKFORD AREA PIONEER FAMILIES – 1973:

STIRLING

In April, l840, James Stirling, his wife, and five sons left Canoustie, Scotland, for Canada. In 6 weeks and 3 days the ship reached Quebec. After 4 days here they voyaged on through Montreal, Kingston, Toronto, and Hamilton, Ontario. Their baggage was shipped in schooners for Goderich, since the schooners could carry no passengers, and the family traveled in wagons and on foot. Some days they were without food and some became ill. Such glowing reports had been sent them in Scotland by an uncle who had earlier come to spy out the land in Canada, that they were determined to find homes in the new country. They settled in Goderich, paying $3 per acre for their farms.

The youngest son, William, married Rebecca Colwell, a girl from a family of 12. They lived on the farm with the now-aging father, who knew little about farming, having been a sailor. He was a quiet man, a great reader, and under his management the farm became very productive. His orchard was one of the best producers in the district. What a community in which to raise a family, where for a lifetime the neighbors lived in peace and harmony! The Stirlings were Liberals in politics and Presbyterians in religion.

To this marriage were born five boys and seven girls. Before his death, William left the to the youngest son, Sandy, who sold it in 1940, thus keeping the farm in Stirling hands fot 100 years. Three of these children went west to Alberta and Saskatchewan, five remained in Ontario, and five came to the U.S., making their homes in or near Pickford.

JAMES STIRLING married Jane Beacom. He was an implement dealer, then in the creamery business. They lived in the house now owned by Bert McDonald and then in the one next to it on the corner, where they were living when Mrs. Stirling passed away. They had three girls, Gertrude (Mrs. Donald Brumbaugh), Ruby, and Grace, all of whom are deceased. Gertrude was the mother of D.S.Brumbaugh, who was Superintendent of Schools in DeTour, Norway, and then accepted a position in the Department of Education in Grand Rapids. Ruby became Mrs. Charles Hamilton. Grace was Mrs. Hilton Roe and her children are Patricia Pennington, Jack Roe, Jane Smith, Donald Roe, Mason Roe, and Emily Foley.

GEORGE STIRLING married Eliza Smith. He was a life-long farmer and held the office of County Supervisor of Marquette Township for several years. Their farm is now owned by Frank Zwolinski. They had one son, Herman, who lives in Colorado, and four daughters: Marguerite Bowers, living in Illinois; Ada Wallas, who lives near Rudyard; Marie Bumstead in the Soo; and Freida Korman or Detroit. Mr. Stirling is buried in Cottle Cemetary.

SADIE married John Crawford and had two daughters: Wilma (Mrs. Forbes McDonald), mother of William, Jack, and Marty McDonald; and Sarah (Mrs. Isaac Rye), mother of Donald and Barbara. John and Sadie Crawford are buried in Donaldson Cemetery.

REBECCA married Fred Johnston. They spent their early married life in Pickford, then moved to St. Ignace. They had 9 children: Vern, Jean, Winifred, George,Maude, William, Glen, Beulah, and Marion. Mr. and Mrs. Johnston and son, George, are buried in St. Ignace Cemetery.

JOHN married Ruth Rye. He was a farmer, road commissioner, and was Treasurer of Marquette Township Schools for 35years. They had four boys: Sandy (who died in infancy); William, married Cora Smith and their children are Euline (Mrs. Herman Campbell) with Judy, Janet, Jimmy, and Jerry; Jerrry, is married and lives in Westland, Michigan; and Robert is married and lives in Garden City, Michigan. William died in 1953 and is buried in Cottle Cemetery; James, is married to Eva McDonald and now lives on the Stirling farm one and three-fourths miles west of town and has one son, Donald who married Norma Kennedy and has Donna(Mrs.Ronald Hanison), Cheryl (Mrs. Paul Harrison), Mary, George and Jenny*; and John married Myrtle Leach and lives one-half mile south of Pickford. Their daughter, Josephine is Mss. Mynor Seaman and they live in DeTour with Brian and Pamela*. Mr. and Mrs. Stirling and two sons ate buried in Cottle Cemetery.

The first school built in Pickford was on the site of the farm that Mr. and Mrs. Stirling now live on south of Pickford.