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Henry Farm is a fabulous residential neighborhood located in Toronto, south of Sheppard Avenue between Leslie Street and Don Mills Road.

In this section of the site you will find interesting articles about life in Henry Farm. Since our website is new we are going to begin with the story of Henry Farm from the early 1800's.

The Original Settlers

The land that Henry Farm sits on was first settled by Henry and Jane Mulholland in 1806.  George Stewart Henry, grandson of the original couple, and Premier of Ontario, lived in the homestead, now situated on Manorpark Court,  from the late 1800's to 1958. This is why the Henry Mulholland monument is located in Henry Farm on Manorpark Court.

Henry Mulholland was an Irish settler who made several trips back to Ireland to induce other immigrants to come to Canada. In 1833 he set sail on a return trip aboard "The Lady of the Lake". But he never reached Canada again as the ship struck an ice-berg on May 11th 1833 at Lat. 46.50N and Long 47.10W.

Beside is a fascinating letter written by Henry Mulholland to his wife while on his last trip to Ireland.

Copy of letter written by Henry Mulholland to his wife, Jane Armstrong, from New York, just before he sailed on his last trip to Ireland

Mrs. Jane Mulholland and Family:

I take this opportunity with great pleasure of letting you know our progress in passage so far.

We were eight days before we got to New York. Our passage was very pleasant. We spent about Nine Dollars. You may think our grog bill was very high, but we had but one Quart till we came to New York. We were temperance after as we made great resolution against it, as you thought that we were so addicted to it.

Our boarding is heavy, it is five and sixpense a day. We take shipping tomorrow in the Ship South A to Liverpool, which is a new packet, never sailed before and is a beautiful ship. And our fare is eighteen dollars, and I think it will take about ten sovereigns to carry us to Liverpool, this and other things with care-that will be the whole amount. The journey I hear was too long as we could do no better. I have health ever since I left home. Thank God for it. But I am anxious in mind. Tallentrie is healthy, but Breaden is not.

Mack Moore is in good health, but low in circumstances. Him and I traveled two days through the City trying to find my brother's children. They are all dead but one and Hugh is mate of a ship gone to the Chinas. He is doing well, he has £25 in the savings Bank in New York. He made his will before he left and left it all to me if he never returns, as he is single.

John Simons is dead twelve years ago. I left nothing un-done that I could do with respect to information. I think I have nothing more to say, but I will write as soon as I get to Liverpool, if God spares me, and if He thinks fit to call me away, O may I share of his Kingdom; O help us all to rely on Him for he is our refuge, our stay and fortress, and may we on Him rely.

Dear children, I desire you will be obedient to your dear Mother;

Dear wife, I remember well the last charges between you and I when we parted. I shall never forget them. Dear wife, I remain your ever loving husband,

HENRY MULHOLLAND. Oct. 6, 1832

Remember to fence the orchard from the dooryard, and do not let any of the trees be destroyed.