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Chapter 3
The European Settlers Arrive
Table of Contents

Title Page
Author's Preface
1 The Road through Richmond Hill
2 First Peoples on the Land
3 The European Settlers Arrive
Yonge Street Pioneers
Pioneer Life in Richmond Hill
Pioneers on Bayview Avenue and Leslie Street
The Comte de Puisaye's Thwarted Romance
French Aristocracy in the Highlands of York
4 From Miles' Hill to Richmond Hill: The Birth of a Community
5 Tories and Reformers
6 Stagecoach Lines and Railway Tracks
7 The Neighbours at Mid-Century
8 Fire Brigades and Fence Viewers
9 Picture Post Card Village of the 1880s and 1890s
10 Rails through Richmond Hill
11 The Flowering of Richmond Hill
12 The Village Transformed
Table of Illustrations

The Comte de Puisaye's Thwarted Romance

Joseph-Geneviève, Comte de Puisaye, leader of the de Puisaye settlement at Windham. Ontario Historical Society
De Puisaye frequently called upon our old friend John Stegman, and spent many pleasant evenings with the surveyor's daughters. Respect and friendship for the whole gradually drifted into a decided preference for one of the family, the amiable Lizzette, and resulted in a proposal of marriage. Miss Stegman could not see the advisability of uniting with a soldier of fortune, or rather of misfortune, and modestly declined the proposition.

Next day the Comte's valet called upon the Stegman family and expressed considerable indignation at the young lady's refusal. "Miss Leezzette," said he, "you na-ver git marrit as long as you lib, until you empty Bond's Lake wid a cla-am sha-al." Miss Lizzette never attempted to empty Bond's Lake with a clam shell, lived until she was eighty-one years of age, and never got married.

William Harrison,"Richmond Hill and Vicinity," Local History Collection, Richmond Hill Public Library


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