Thomas BRYCE 1819-1903, married Margaret WILSON 1819-1904, in Stonehouse, Lanarkshire, Scotland, in January of 1841. Thomas worked as a stoker in a factory at Stonehouse.
In September 1852, with five children, the youngest not one year old, they left Scotland for Canada, sppending six weeks on the ocean.
Upon arrival at Walkerton, Bruce County, Ontario, they built a raft and sailed down the Saugeen River until they reached Lot 17, Elora Road West in Saugeen Township where a squatter lived in a little sod home on the river bank. Thomas traded a single barrel, muzzel loader, shotgun for the property.
Later a frame house was built further up the hill overlooking the river, and an L-shaped barn was built. It was difficult through the years keeping a roadway to the Elora Road because of the gullies, hills and springs. An understanding with the ROWAND Family allowed them to travel through their farm to church and for visiting. Margaret's brother Thomas WILSON joined the family and a small room was added to the house to accommodate his loom. People would bring their wool fleeces to him for weaving into blankets.
Five more children were born to the family. To have seven boys for clearing bush must have been a real advantage.
From Thomas Bryce Family, Roots and Branches of Saugeen