From the history book of Hibbert Township titled: From Scotch Broth to Irish Stew....... A History of Hibbert Township 1846-1996
on page 344 for Lot 25 Con 5 of Hibbert Township
Captain James Atkinson, his wife Catherine (Conlin) and their seven year old son James came to Canada in 1837 from County Longford, Ireland. They settled here in 1852. And James died here in 1902. He had served as township councillor and had been deputy reeve in 1866. James's son William took possession of the property in 1928 but from the early 1930's rented it out.
The second James Atkinson was married twice, first to Julia Casey, and after her death to Elizabeth McLaughlin, who came from Athlone in Simcoe County. There were four children in his first family, James, Thomas, John and Bridget, who when she was three years old was scalded to death after she pulled boiling water off the stove. There were five more children after James' second marriage: Joseph, Mary, William, Frank and Catherine (married John Shea). Frank drowned in a creek on their farm in the spring floods when he was nine years old.
(please note that Lot histories were written by many individuals and no references were noted in the text.)