Background - Tollkeepers & Their Families
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); in 1861
- 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.
We have tried to have all the furnishings in the Cottage 1861 or earlier. That is because we know the most about the Bullmin (Bulman) family who were the Tollkeepers and a family of 9 in the 1861 census. We picture the Bulmans using these things.