The following is an excerpt from "Pioneer Sketchesof Long Point Settlement" -- a text discussing the history of Norfolk, Ontario, home to descendants of the THOMPSON and HOWE families.
Mr. Owen's sentiments are as relevant today as they were more than 100 years ago.
"Generation has succeeded generation until we find ourselves so far removed from the old pioneer days that we know very little about them. In the Public Schools throughout the Province, and in many a district school in the neighboring States, may be found the great great-
grandchildren of the men who fired the first log heaps in
Norfolk; and it is to these and the rising generation generally,
who know so little of their ancestors, that this volume is especially dedicated; and the author trusts that it may infuse into their young minds a keener sense of gratitude for the wonderful advantages which have fallen to their lot, and inspire them with renewed courage to battle for the right and overcome the many difficulties which await them in the pathway of life. If future generations of Norfolk's citizenship are to remain as
patriotic and loyal as the present and past have been, we must awaken in the minds of the young an interest in the story of pioneer life. They must study the character of the men and women who lost everything and suffered everything for conscience sake; and they must know of the hardships endured
with fortitude, the privations suffered with patient resignation,
and the great obstacles surmounted by firm determination and resolute perseverance, which mark the lives of these old pioneers in their struggles for existence in the primeval forest." - Egbert Americus Owen, 1898
And, to our ancestor James Gleason (1759-1841) who served as a private in the American Revolutionary War. May we honor him and the other men and women who sacrificed so much to establish these United States.
"And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor." - Declaration of Independence