Biography of William Archer
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Archer, William, Morristown, is the third son of David Archer, who was born at Negortcn, Scotland, August 17, 1803. He was a descendant of an ancient "clan," or family, who obtained the name by being skilled in the use of the how, In early life he was employed in guarding cows, and later as a weaver, which occupation he abandoned for the farm and became an expert plowman, a skill inherited by his sons. At his majority he emigrated to the States and took up a farni in Pennsylvania, but soon returned to Scotland and engaged with the Earl of Knooul, serving him seven years as carter at eighteen pence per day. In the meantime he married Miss Ceciall Cuthbert, of Methven, April 4, 1834. He worked a farm for a few years, which gave small returns, when he emigrated to America with his wife and four children, as follows: David, jr., Ceciall, John and Cathrine. They landed at Qnebec about the 1st of June, 1843, and proceeded up the river by way of Ottawa and Kingston, thence down to Oak Point, and settled on the shores of Chippeway Bay. At this place William and Anna was born. After remaining some four years he removed to Morristown. His effects consisted of a few household goods, two yoke of steers, and seven dollars in cash, He took a contract of 106 acres of land, to which he afterwards added 167 acres more, At the homestead Agness, Ellen and James were born. About 1857 the family circle was broken by David marrying and leaving home. Ceciall died November 9, 1860; Cathrine died April 21, 1864; the mother followed April 80, 1881; and the father was called January 28, 1887 also John ded at Manitoba, January 21, 1892. Mr. Archer, from small beginnings through a long life of industry and frugality, brought up large and respected family, besides accumulating a handsome property, and died at the ripe age of eighty four years in the faith of a Christian's hope.

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The Boston History Co., Publishers 1894

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