James and Janet were married and raised their children in Yeltholm Parish, Roxburghshire, Scotland. Their son, John Eckford was a clergyman of the United Secession Church in Scotland. When he in mddle life, with his family, immigrated in the summer of 1851, to Canada. His objective point was some desirable spot in the backwoods. This he found in the woods of Brant Township, Bruce County, Upper Canada where he took up Lots 1 and 2, Concesson 6 and Lot 1, Concexxion 7. In 1857 he was elected reeve, but resgned to accept the position of Local Superintendant of Schools, which office he held until it was abolished until 1871. Mr. Eckford also held the office of township treasurer from 1872 until his death in 1881, From History of the County of Bruce by Norman Robertso 1906.