Survey of the Sixteen Mile Creek Hollow, 1847
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- The following information is from the Trafalgar Township Historical Society's "Ward 5 History" by Michelle Knoll.
Sixteen Village, [also called the Sixteen Hollow] or Proudfoot's Hollow: Sixteen Village was located south of Dundas Street [or "the Dundas Highway"] primarily on the east bank of the Sixteen Mile Creek.
Its founder was George Chalmers who opened a grist and saw mill, a store and an ashery there in 1827. The village grew up around it and spread down the valley. The people in the village were largely Scottish Presbyterians, and the Reverend Robert Murray from the Oakville Presbyterian Congregation, visited them periodically.
In 1840, Chalmers sold the mill, distillery, dwelling house and tavern stand with barns, blacksmith shop and other buildings to John Proudfoot. The area sold was 400 acres. John Proudfoot then named the mill, Trafalgar, and the village became known as Proudfoots Hollow.
(Tremaine's map for 1858 shows Proudfoot owning about 400 acres north of Dundas just above the location of Proudfoot Hollow. This makes me wonder if the mill was actually just north of Dundas but all the books I've read show it as being below.)
The village disappeared by 1858, probably because of the removal of the stage coach route along Dundas and the increased focus on Oakville as a thriving centre.
Proudfoot left for Ohio in the 1860's and when the mill was closed in the 80's only two houses remained occupied. The erection of the bridge at Dundas across the Sixteen removed what was left of the village.
- A cleaned up version of the map is also included in this record, courtesy of Mr. David Hobden. Click on "select" under the title above here. You can move the image around with your mouse to focus on certain parts of the photograph, or use the slider to zoom out or in.
Survey of the 16 Mile Creek
National Archives NMC 017648
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- CHALMERS - Presbyterian George Chalmers, a Lowland Scot, started as a general merchant at Munn's Corners about 1820. He began to buy up land along the Sixteen where it crosses Dundas Street in 1816. There he built a saw mill. Chalmers lived in a frame house in the village he had founded at Sixteen Mile creek. He was colonel of the 5th Regiment of Gore Militia and took an active part against the Rebellion. By 1840, he was in financial difficulty and his land and buildings at Sixteen Mile creek were sold. PROUDFOOT - John Proudfoot purchased the mill, land and buildings at Sixteen Mile Creek from George Chalmers. On the 1858 Tremaine's map he owned about 400 acres north of Dundas Street at Sixteen Mile creek. This is where he had his home called Tara Hall. The above information is taken from the Trafalgar Township Historical Society's "Ward 5 History" by Michelle Knoll.
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