Cottage Sketch
Background - Tollkeepers & Their Families Song of Irish Settlers

Part of the history of the Tollkeeper’s Cottage is the history of the tollkeepers and their families. Despite the fact that the Township of York records were all destroyed by fire in 1881, searches of census tracts and other documents have yielded the names of some tollkeepers. Interestingly, they are all, save one, of Irish origin:
- Francis McCegue (father and son) in 1851;
- John Bullmin (of English origin);
- Moses Hanna;
- Thomas Brown;
- Robert Billings;
- Chester G. Kane.

The search for information and pictures of these men and their families is on-going. Any information you can provide would be most welcome. Much has been learned about the John Bullmin family from his descendents, and CHP has bits of information about Moses Hanna (who had two periods of service at the tollkeeper's cottage), but almost nothing about the others.
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