Who was Reuben Powers Colton?
He was a descendant of an early american settler, “Quartermaster” George Colton. George reached Masacksic, Longmeadow, Springfield, Massachusetts as early as 1644. He was one of the original and prominent settlers Suffield, Massachusetts. (now in Connecticut) George was part of the group asked to lay out the town. From that point forward the family history is quite well documented. I have yet to find explanation for the nickname “Quartermaster” however.
Reuben Powers Colton son of David Colton and Patty , was born October 18, 1808 in Cato, New York. They already had two daughters, Fidelia and Sylvia. When RP was 2 his sister Sylvia died and a few days later his parents died within hours of each other. Grandparents David Colton and Dolly raised Reuben and probably also Fidelia.
– Manlius, NY, learning woolen business. His uncle Charles P Colton (and family) was also in Manlius at the time.
– RP arrived in Canada, settling in Gananoque.
– small foundry was established for making ploughs, about 1,000 a year.
– Married Jane McDonald in Gananoque on February 14
– fire destroyed his factory including his books and records.
1841 – 1864 – Foundry in Brockville.
– Brockville Foundry produced cooking stoves and airtight parlour stoves
– death of first wife Jane Macdonald Colton (1819 – 1845)
– Patent “Improvement on air tight box stove” (Aug 1) #247, manufactured as Colton’s Improved Airtight Box Stove.
– Patent “Improvement on Buck and Hathaway’s patent cooking stove” (Aug 1)#248, manufactured as Colton’s Improved Cooking Stove.
– fire destroyed factory except for the patterns for Brockville Airtight.
– Married Catherine Auchinvole.
– Making steam engines and other machinery – Water St, Brockville.
– Patent “step-up stove” (Aug 1)#336, manufactured as Colton’s Improved Airtight Cook Stove.
– RP made a trip through France, Italy, Egypt and Palestine for his health.
1854 – 1855 – Thornton Cliff built in Brockville.
– 2 paragraphs on “the extensive stove factory of R.P. Colton” in an article on Brockville published by The Toronto Leader.
– built a foundry in New Brunswick.
– suffered severe financial problems and sold Brockville properties.
– Woolen Mill on King St
– Patent for Improvement in rolled metallic bars
– International Exhibition, 1876: Official Catalogue (iron harrow and cultivators)
– One of the five thriving businesses that would be served by the railway.