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Thomas Letson Pardo

Born Born 21 Nov 1840 at the family farm in Raleigh Twp., Essex Co., Ontario
Died Died unknown
Married Married 25 Dec 1866 to Ellen Jane Price



  • Amelia Jane Pardo; b. 1867
  • Almeda Bertha Pardo; b. 1868
  • Gilbert Letson Pardo; b. 1871
  • Almina Helena Pardo; b. 1875
  • Maurice Hilton Pardo; b. 1880

The Parents of Thomas

Thomas Letson Pardo was a third-generation farmer in Raleigh township; his grandfather John Pardo being an early pioneer from the British army and his father purchasing and clearing land, eventually having 1,575 acres. Thomas' mother Rachel Hughson was born in New York State of a United Empire Loyalist family and arrived in Ontario near the start of the war of 1812. Together his parents built a log house near Lake Erie and raised ten children.

Thomas’ Early Years

Thomas was an extensive farmer of Raleigh township and later on became a member of the Provincial Parliament for the Liberal party.

He was born on the homestead farm in Raleigh township on Nov. 21, 1840 and attended in his youth the log schoolhouse in the vicinity of his home. Later he attended the winter sessions of R. J. Morrison's school, on the Middle Road1.

The Business Man

In March of 1862 he went to British Columbia, where he was engaged for three years, and upon his return he entered his father's grist and saw mill business, and also carried on farming.

By 1868, after being married for two years, in company with his brothers William and Samuel James, he erected a sawmill on the lake shore. Serveral years later Samuel retired, and in 1890 William sold his interest, upon which Thomas then carried on the business alone.

For a number of years barrel making was also one of the industries, and in 1884 stave making machinery was put in, giving employment during the running seasons to thirty-five or forty hands. Beside this, Thomas had extensive milling interests at Blenheim.

He received from his father a farm of 300 acres on which he resided, and to it he has added much real estate, owning probably as much as 1000 acres in Raleigh township. He purchased the Hughson farm, his mother's childhood home, which place of 200 acres he converted into a "model farm" and as such it was generally known. His handsome brick residence he built in 18991.

The Citizen of the Community

Thomas Pardo was one of the leaders of the Libery party in Western Ontario, and since 1894 he represented that party from the West Riding of Kent. Since 1893 he was a member of the Masonic fraternity and had been through the various degrees, including those of the Scottish Rite, having been a member of Wellington Chapter of Chatham and of the London Lodge of Perfection. He was also a member of the United Workmen1.

Thomas and Ellen

On December 25, 1866, on Christmas Day, Thomas married Ellen Jane Price, a native of Raleigh township, a daughter of Captain James and Elizabeth [Bush] Price, the former of whom was born in Pennsylvania and came in young manhood to Ontario, and the latter a native of Colchester township, County of Essex.

Ellen was an Episcopalian in religious belief, while Thomas was reared in the Methodist faith1.

The Final Years for Thomas


Notes on the children1:
  • Amelia Jane; born 18 Nov 1867, was the wife of John V. Mills, a large farmer of Raleigh township;
  • Almeda Bertha; born 19 Dec 1868, was the wife of Freeman Wilkie of Harwich township;
  • Gilbert Letson, born 24 Sept 1871, married Elsie Bump, and was engaged largely in farming on his father's land;
  • Almina Helena; born 9 Dec 1875; living at home as of 1904;
  • Maurice Hilton; born in June of 1880; living at home as of 1904.


  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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