Photo by Barry Wallace
Three generations of Cairns descendants recently visited one of the new history plaques at Cold Creek Conservation Area, on the 11th Concession of King Township. Pictured behind the plaque honouring the Cairns family (original settlers on the site) are William Bailey (middle left) and Spencer Bailey (middle right) of Aurora. The two brothers are great, great, great, great nephews of Adam Cairns, who brought his wife and children, and younger brother, William Cairns, from Kintyre, Scotland, to Canada in 1831. Adam took up farming in York County and in 1842 he purchased his 100-acre farm at the Cold Creek site. Adam's younger brother, William, was the great, great, great grandfather of the two Bailey boys. Also in the photo, on the left, is Allison (Wallace) Bailey, mother of William and Spencer, and on the right is Linda (Cairns) Wallace of King City, maternal grandmother of the Bailey boys. The two Bailey boys are also this writer's grandsons. Allison is my oldest daughter and Linda is my wife. Cairns family members occupied the Cold Creek farm site for 112 years.
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