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Thomas Pardo

Born Born 28 March 1799 at Colchester Twp., Essex Co., Ontario
Died Died 15 Nov 1874 at Ontario
Married Married 1 April 1823 to Rachel Hughson



  • Matilda Pardo; b. 1824; d. 1877
  • Hannah Pardo; b. 1826; d. 1893
  • Drucilla Pardo; b. 1829
  • William Henry Pardo; b. 1831; d. 1902
  • Mary Jane Pardo; b. 1834
  • Lois Louisa Pardo; b. 1837
  • Thomas Letson Pardo; b. 1840
  • Samuel James Pardo; b. 1843
  • Rachel Salome Pardo; b. 1846
  • Emeline Pardo; b. 1849

The Parents of Thomas

Thomas’ Early Years

Thomas was born March 28, 1799, in Colchester township, County of Essex. In the fall of 1816, when not yet eighteen years of age, he drew government land in Lot 141, township of Raleigh, 200 acres, of Col. Talbot, and the deed therefor is in the family's possession, and bears the date of May, 1834, having been issued in that year.

With only an axe to assist him on his way to home and fortune, Thomas Pardo began the clearing of his land, and the residents of the County of Kent know how well he succeeded. At the time of his death, he owned 1,575 acres of land in Raleigh township1.

Thomas and Rachel

On April 1, 1823, Thomas was married to Rachel Hughson, who was born Feb. 13, 1804, in Carmel, Putnam county, New York. She was a daughter of George Hughson, a United Empire Loyalist, who left the State of New York shortly prior to the breaking out of the second war with Great Britain, in 18121.

A Businessman

Thomas first built a small house of black walnut logs, some rods nearer the lake than the present home, and in this little cot all but the youngest members of his family were born. The present homestead he built in about 1846, and it is as substantial as on the day it was completed.

He conducted a store for a number of years, and during 1837-38 he kept a tavern. At this time little money was in circulation, and he accepted tobacco in pay for his goods, making trips to Montreal, where he exchanged the tobacco for supplies of goods. Farming, however, mainly occupied his attention, and he was very successful in this as in other enterprises. In 1847 he erected a grist and saw mill on the rear of his farm, and continued to operate same until 1868, when the mill on the lake was erected and his sons took up the business1.

Public Service

Thomas Pardo served in the 1st Regiment of Kent, was made a lieutenant on July 19, 1841, and later a captain. In politics he was a Reformer, and he served for many years in municipal affairs. In 1855 he was very prominent in local matters1.

The Final Years for Thomas

Thomas Pardo died Nov. 15, 1874, after a long, useful and eventful life, and his widow passed away Sept. 12, 1890. Both are buried in the Union cemetery near the old homestead, where the Hughsons also found burial. The father was a Methodist in religious belief, and on his property a church was erected in 1866. It was largely through his efforts that it was made a union church1.


Notes on the children1:
  • Matilda; born June 30, 1824, married Joseph Hetherington, of Blenheim, and died July 22, 1877;
  • Hannah; born Sept. 12, 1826, died May 19, 1893; she married Thomas Simpson, and their children live in this township: James, Milton, and Mrs. Wesley Elliott;
  • Drucilla; born March 17, 1829, married William H. Taylor, and he left at death four children;
  • William Henry; born June 29, 1831, died March 16, 1902, lived on Lot 137; he married Sarah Benedict, and they died leaving five sons and two daughters;
  • Mary Jane; born July 3, 1834, married Philander Crawford of Harwich, and they have two sons and three daughters;
  • Lois Louisa; born May 6, 1837, is the widow of Charles Benedict; she resides on the Talbot Road and has a son and a daughter;
  • Thomas Letson was born Nov. 21, 1840;
  • Samuel James was born August 4, 1843;
  • Rachel Salome; born Nov. 4, 1846, married Elisha Benedict, who died leaving five daughters and a son; she married (second) William Morgan, of Romney, Ontario;
  • Emeline; born August 24, 1849, is the widow of James Terrill, resides on the Talbot Road, and has a son and a daughter.


  1. "Commemorative Biographical Record of the County of Kent Ontario"; published 1904 by J. H. Beers & Co., original at Central Library, Chatham, Ontario

-- JimBenedict - 08 Feb 2006
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