William Thomas Lemon (1833 – 1926) and Mary Budge (1834 – 1907) were married on 22 December 1857.
Before their move to Aldershot, they were listed in the 1881 Census as living in Beverly Tsp., Cty of Wentworth North: Thomas Lemon, b. Ont, Farmer, age 47; Mary, b. Scotland, age 45; and their children Alfred 21, Alan 19, John 17, Charles 17, James 15, William 13, and Jessie 11.
In 1881 he purchased 84 to 86 acres of land in East Flamborough Tsp., Aldershot, which had been the property of Joseph Hancock (since the 1870s) in 1875. The single buggy-tracked lane originally known as Lemons’ Road later became Lemonville Road.
Thomas and Mary’s grown children soon married: Alfred (1859 – 1950) married Louise Schmuckle in 1895 in Los Angeles; , Allan (1861 – 1936 ) married Henrietta “Nettie” Scheer in January 1895; Charles “Charlie” (1863 – 1923) married Martha Hopkins in December 1893; his twin John Fredrick (1863 -1949) married Ida Scheer in January 1894; James “Jimmie” (1965 – 1959) married Annie McNeilly in January 1894; William “Will'”(1867 – 1948) married Mary Jane Hayward in June 1892; Jessie (1870 – 1963) married Fred Gardiner in March 1902.
Alfred moved to California in 1888, apparently looking for a better farming climate after a partial crop failure following severe frost. His younger brother James moved there in 1895.
Note: excerpt from an article in the Hamilton Spectator, June 1926:
“Wm. Thomas Lemon an Episcopal Methodist lay minister, after a few days illness, went home to be with the Lord, at his residence in Aldershot Ontario in his 93rd year. The funeral took place on June 8, 1926, with a large number of relatives and friends present. The service was conducted by Thomas Somerville of Brantford, ON who vividly recalled, in his eulogy, some of the blessed seasons, 50 years ago, when he became acquainted with Thomas Lemon preaching the Gospel to 400-500 on a Sunday afternoon for 6 successive summers in the woods near Lynden, ON., which was a short distance from his farm.
Thomas Lemon erected a fine hall on his Lynden farm, where for many years, meetings were held and souls saved and Christians led on in the truths of God’s Word.
Mr. Thomas Somerville gave this poem at Thomas’ funeral:
Loved and revered by those who knew his gentle, gracious ways
He now has gone to the bright Home to spend eternal days.
For many years he loved the Lord, and basked beneath His smile,
And we shall meet him soon again when passed a little while.”