James Douglas (Jr.) and his family emigrated from Scotland to Canada East in 1850. They settled in the Township of East Farnham where he first rented and then purchased a farm. James Douglas (d.1883) married Janet Kirkpatrick (d.1881), which is how the Douglas and Kirkpatrick families are related. Their children were Robert, William James, George Carleton, Margaret, and Mary. Robert Douglas married Sara Louisa Loud. As a young man, George (known as Carleton) moved to California where he a successful businessman, becoming manager of the Pacific Lumber Company. While many descendants of James Douglas and Janet have left to live on the west coast, and in the northeastern United Sates, a number still remain in the townships.
The father of John Bridgette emigrated from North Ireland probably between 1825 and 1830, first settling in St. Giles and later moving to St. Sylvestre. His son, John W. Bridgette (1832-1917) married Maria Orr (1838-1922) and worked in the lumber trade as well as farming. They had eight children: Emily M., Albert E., Richard Edwin, Alma, Jennie, Georgia, William S., and Samuel J. Emily's grandson is Capt. Josiah Sawyer, founder of Sawyerville. William and Richard Edwin moved to New York, becoming successful businessmen, while Samuel was ordained at Mossisburg in July of 1903. Albert Edward married Arabella Todd, which is how the Bridgette's and Todd's are related. Their daughter Marjorie married Cedric S. Douglas, which is how all three families are related.
It is believed that the Pearson family immigrated from the British Isles at the end of the Napoleonic Wars in 1815. They settled in the Eastern Townships as one of the pioneering families in the region. They settled primarily in the area between Ste. Bridgide, Farnham and Waterloo. William Pearson and his wife Mary Jane Dunlop Pearson were the first to have children in Canada. Their children were: Susanna, William James and Etta Labinia.
The Todd family left the United States to settle in Eaton Township in the early 1800s. Alonzo Todd, son of Elisha and Sally (Willard) Todd. Together Alzono and his wife, Susan Luther, had five children: Eva Lucinda, Arabella, Ernest, Etta Fidelia, and Mary Jane. Arabella married Albert Bridgette, and that is how those two families are related.