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Life in the Talbot Settlement

Life in the Talbot Settlement

By Backus-Page House Museum
Western Elgin County, Southwestern Ontario, Canada history.
Produced by Tyrconnell Heritage Society, operators of Backus-Page House Museum.
Host - Angela Bobier, Cultural Manager Music - Jack Witmer
Podcasting equipment funded by the Government of Canada.
We acknowledge the land we are on today as the traditional territory of Indigenous People. As settlers at a settler focused museum, we value both the significant historic and contemporary contributions of all Original Peoples and ask how we can be supportive in Indigenous Cultural Renewal?
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Red River Downfall Episode 24
Today’s episode is about the Selkirk Settlers -A group of Scottish Highlanders who arrived at the fork of the Red and Assiniboine Rivers in Manitoba, led by Lord Selkirk and his promises of abundant fertile farming land. Though promises were not kept, food was scarce and climate unbearable. As tension between rival trading companies escalate, and battles commence, keep listening to find out how these settlers escaped the Red River Settlement and ended up in the Talbot Settlement. Show Notes- episode-24-red-river-downfall
24:41
January 25, 2022
A Grave Situation Cemeteries of Dutton Dunwich Episode 23
In October 2021, the Dutton Dunwich Municipal Heritage Committee hosted an outdoor Doors Open inviting people to visit 10 of our local cemeteries.  We were mostly interested in showing unique grave marker designs, symbolism and iconography versus the stories of the usual prominent citizens.  Research and photographs were compiled by volunteers and can be found on the Municipal Website.   Special thanks to the 2021 municipal heritage committee members Delany Leitch, Blair Ferguson, Laurence Grant, Ron Ross, Angela Bobier, Elaine Brown (who we miss very much), Municipal Planner Tracy Pilon-Abbs, Deputy Mayor Mike Hentz, Municipal Staff member Kate Morreau and all volunteers who assisted in Doors Open 2021. Enjoy part one featuring Iona, Lumley, McKillop, and St. Helen’s cemeteries. Show Notes- https://backuspagehouse.ca/?p=2695
21:55
January 11, 2022
1861/1871 Agricultural Census Episode 22
We thought it would be interesting to follow the Leslie Patterson family and the Andrew Backus family through the census records to watch a developing farm from the earliest records through to the 1871 census. Show notes- https://backuspagehouse.ca/?p=2636
21:38
December 29, 2021
Christmas in the 1850's Episode 21
Today I’ll be chatting about what Christmas would have looked, smelled, and tasted like here in the Talbot Settlement in the 1850s. Show notes-https://backuspagehouse.ca/2021/12/22/podcast-episode-21-christmas-in-the-1850s/
13:37
December 22, 2021
Tobacco Industry in the Talbot Settlement Episode 20
Today we will be talking about a plant that was very important to the Talbot Settlement and all of Canada as a whole. The tobacco industry has provided many jobs and a strong economy for the Settlement for countless years. You may have noticed while driving in Elgin County miniature barns in the middle of fields. These mini barns are called kilns and the fields in which they sit are tobacco fields. Continue listening to learn more! Show notes-https://backuspagehouse.ca/2021/12/15/episode-20-tobacco-industry-in-the-talbot-settlement/
14:12
December 15, 2021
George Henry Backus Episode 19
Today we will be jumping ahead in time from the usual 1850s era to the Second World War. In this episode we will be talking about Wallacetown area resident Trooper George Henry Backus. Show notes- https://backuspagehouse.ca/?p=2514z
16:03
December 08, 2021
Fleming Family Episode 18
I’ll be talking about the first settlers in Elgin County and Aldborough Township James Fleming and his wife Barbara Windecker and our search for their descendants for the 225th anniversary event plus and their nearest neighbours the First Nations at Moraviantown.  Enjoy! Show notes-https://backuspagehouse.ca/?p=2567
18:07
December 01, 2021
Vanished Villages of Dunwich Episode 17
You might have noticed in the last year or so some bright white-and-blue signs seemingly in the middle of nowhere. Largie, Coyne’s Corners, Tyrconnell, Cambellton and Cowal are the names listed. “What are these about?” you might ask. Well, these are vanished villages, once booming with life, now hardly even a ghost. And these five are just the start of the project organized by the Municipality of Dutton Dunwich Heritage Committee. Today I will introduce you to a few of these communities in Dunwich township, and some of the vibrant lives lived in each. Show notes-https://backuspagehouse.ca/2021/11/24/podcast-episode-17-vanished-villages-of-dunwich/
17:24
November 24, 2021
Vanished Villages of Aldborough Episode 16
Today we will be chatting about the vanished villages of Aldborough Township. In an area like this with such a long line of history, there are bound to be many towns which at one time were prosperous little communities keeping the settlement running. Though like most things, as years progressed these towns dwindled in numbers leaving behind stories of once bustling towns. Show notes-https://backuspagehouse.ca/2021/11/17/podcast-episode-16-vanished-villages-of-aldborough/
17:41
November 17, 2021
Gardening in the Early Talbot Settlement Episode 15
Inside this episode we will explore the gardens at Fairwood Farm in Wallacetown, dairy entries from Merinda Williams-Pearce, and Colonel Talbot the horticulturalist to give you an idea of early plants, trees, and vegetables of Dunwich and Aldborough townships. Show notes- https://backuspagehouse.ca/2021/11/10/podcast-episode-15-gardening-in-the-early-talbot-settlement/
18:12
November 10, 2021
Firsts in the Talbot Settlement Episode 14
Today we will be talking about some of the firsts in the Talbot Settlement. Learn about the first cookstove, burial preparations, and some more fun trivia! Show notes- https://backuspagehouse.ca/2021/11/03/podcast-episode-14-firsts-in-the-talbot-settlement/
12:45
November 03, 2021
The Arrival of the Railroad Episode 13
Today we will be talking about the arrival of the railroads in Dunwich and Aldborough, specifically how these trains forged many of our modern communities including Rodney, West Lorne, and Dutton. Show notes- https://backuspagehouse.ca/?p=2364
16:29
October 27, 2021
Basic Settler Tools Episode 12
Todays episode focuses on some of the necessary basic tools to survive and fulfil your settler duties in the Talbot Settlement. Sit back, relax, and listen as we talk about the axe, drag and harrow, musket and bullet-mould, cooking pot, and sewing kit.  Show notes- https://backuspagehouse.ca/?p=2303
12:06
October 20, 2021
Importance of Mills Episode 11
Today our focus is the importance of mills to the settlers of the Talbot Settlement. What if your community didn’t have a mill?  Luckily, as the population grew, so did the number of locations to grind the forever-needed grains. Show notes: https://backuspagehouse.ca/?p=2281
16:17
October 13, 2021
War of 1812 Part two Episode 10
Today our focus will be the key players in the War of 1812 from the Talbot Settlement.  Thomas Talbot August 16 –On this date, American militia and some of their native allies arrive at Port Talbot with the intent of taking Colonel Talbot to Detroit and extorting a high ransom for his release. They also plan to ravage the settlement. This time Talbot is in residence and narrowly escapes. Show notes- https://backuspagehouse.ca/?p=1979
18:10
August 18, 2021
War of 1812 Part One Episode 9
Today, our focus will be the War of 1812 and its impact on the Talbot Settlement. In addition to surviving in a new world, the early settlers to Upper Canada found themselves faced with war. The United States declared war on Great Britain, and while the major battles in Upper Canada took place closer to the Niagara Escarpment and area, the effects were felt into the Talbot Settlement. Even though there were battles from Upper and Lower Canada, the east coast of the United States, and even naval engagements, we will be focusing on the battles and their effect on the people of central and western Elgin County. Show notes: https://backuspagehouse.ca/?p=1920
12:31
August 11, 2021
Question and Answer Episode 8
We’ve been receiving lots of questions from the last 7 episodes through email and social media so today we will be answering them all.  If you also have questions about Life in the Talbot Settlement please leave us a comment or send an email to angela@backuspagehouse.ca Thank you in advance. The Backus Page House Museum and Tyrconnell Heritage Society acknowledges the land we are on today as the traditional territory of First Nations People. As settlers at a settler focused museum, we value both the significant historical and contemporary contributions of all Original Peoples and ask how we can be supportive in Indigenous Cultural Renewal? Show notes and transcript on our blog at https://backuspagehouse.ca/?p=1866 Watch on our Youtube channel https://youtu.be/a1au7NRPcWQ
13:19
August 04, 2021
Page Family Farming Episode 7
Have you ever wondered who owned the Backus-Page House Museum before it became a museum? Or how they used to farm? Maybe you even want to know what kind of crops were grown on the property. Today you’ll hear all about the Page family and their life farming on Lakeview Line. Those who have taken the guided tour of the Backus-Page House Museum may recall a lot about the Backus’, but not much about Morley or Grace Page and their children Bill and Iris who lend their last name to the museum. The Backus Page House Museum and Tyrconnell Heritage Society acknowledges the land we are on today as the traditional territory of First Nations People. As settlers at a settler focused museum, we value both the significant historical and contemporary contributions of all Original Peoples and ask how we can be supportive in Indigenous Cultural Renewal? Show notes and transcript on our blog at https://backuspagehouse.ca/?p=1823  Watch on our Youtube channel https://youtu.be/b0rsFMnui3c
13:06
July 28, 2021
Scottish Settlers in Aldborough Episode 6
In today’s episode, we dive into the lives of the early Scottish Settlers in Aldborough township. Scottish immigrants made up a significant portion of the Talbot Settlement. Their hard work and friendliness paved the way for future generations and formed Aldborough into the flourishing township it is today the Municipality of West Elgin. The Backus Page House Museum and Tyrconnell Heritage Society acknowledges the land we are on today as the traditional territory of First Nations People. As settlers at a settler focused museum, we value both the significant historical and contemporary contributions of all Original Peoples and ask how we can be supportive in Indigenous Cultural Renewal? Show notes and transcript on our blog at https://backuspagehouse.ca/?p=1628
18:21
July 21, 2021
Founding Families of Little Ireland Episode 5
Who were the first European families in Dunwich Township? How did they get here and why did they choose to live in the Talbot Settlement? Before I answer all those questions, I’d like to acknowledge funding from the Department of Canadian Heritage. The Backus Page House Museum and Tyrconnell Heritage Society acknowledges the land we are on today as the traditional territory of First Nations People. As settlers at a settler focused museum, we value both the significant historical and contemporary contributions of all Original Peoples and ask how we can be supportive in Indigenous Cultural Renewal? Show notes and transcription is on our blog https://backuspagehouse.ca/?p=1624
16:17
July 14, 2021
Settler Duties for First Arrivals Episode 4
From The Pioneer Farmer and Backwoodsman Volume 2 by Edwin C. Guillet “We have no landlord to come at Michaelmas to say ‘I want my rent!’ No poor rates to pay; we are in a free country. It is a pretty thing to stand at one’s own door and see a hundred acres of land of his own.” – A letter of Robert Slade September 1835  Today I’ll be chatting about the first steps settlers would have had to take when arriving in the Talbot Settlement and what the settler’s duties were to get their land deed. The Backus Page House Museum and Tyrconnell Heritage Society acknowledges the land we are on today as the traditional territory of First Nations People. As settlers at a settler focused museum, we value both the significant historical and contemporary contributions of all Original Peoples and ask how we can be supportive in Indigenous Cultural Renewal? Show notes and transcription at our blog https://backuspagehouse.ca/2021/07/07/podcast-episode-4/
14:09
July 07, 2021
Indigenous Peoples Episode 3
We are not a voice for Indigenous people. We are basing our information on archaeological and written historic evidence.  First nations oral traditions may differ and we are not the authority on the oral tradition but fully respect the narrative and encourage you to find out more. Also forgive me if my pronunciation of words are incorrect, I’ve done my best. The Backus Page House Museum and Tyrconnell Heritage Society acknowledges the land we are on today as the traditional territory of First Nations People. We value both the significant historical and contemporary contributions of all Original Peoples. Before we begin today's episode about the Neutral Nation and Iroquois, Indigenous people of our region in Southwestern Ontario, I’d like to acknowledge funding from the Department of Canadian Heritage and Tyrconnell Heritage Society, operators of Backus-Page House Museum. Show notes and transcription on our blog at https://backuspagehouse.ca/?p=1601
14:31
June 30, 2021
Colonel Thomas Talbot Episode 2
Welcome to Episode 2 of Life in the Talbot Settlement.   Who is the founder of the Talbot Settlement?  Thomas Talbot was responsible for placing settlers in what would become 29 townships along the north shore of Lake Erie in southwestern Ontario.  I’d like to acknowledge funding from the Department of Canadian Heritage and Tyrconnell Heritage Society operators of Backus-Page House Museum. Show Notes and Transcript can be found on our blog at https://backuspagehouse.ca/2021/06/23/podcast-episode-2/ As settlers at a settler focused museum, we value both the significant historical and contemporary contributions of all Original Peoples and ask how we can be supportive in Indigenous Cultural Renewal?
18:57
June 23, 2021
What and Where is the Talbot Settlement? Episode 1
Welcome to our first episode of Life in the Talbot Settlement. You may be wondering what and where is the Talbot settlement, who is Talbot, why is any of this important and in general what is this podcast going to be about? Before I answer all those questions, I’d like to acknowledge funding from the Department of Canadian Heritage and Tyrconnell Heritage Society operators of Backus-Page House Museum.   Show Notes and Transcript can be found on our blog at https://backuspagehouse.ca/2021/06/16/podcast-episode-1/
10:28
June 16, 2021