"I should have married an Atkinson"  
Robert, son of the original William and Sarah, married Mary A. Willson and farmed on Lot #7 in the 4th concession. He had a number of children, one of which was James Wesley. He married Helena J. Shaw on April 17, 1889 in Detroit. They had one child, Sylvanus Leroy. But, on or near the day of his birth his mother died leaving James Wesley and son Leroy.

The child was taken in by his grandparents Shaw, and took the name Atkinson/Shaw. He married Edith Ford and had a number of children one of which was Garnet, the husband of our subject today. James Wesley died in Detroit in 1929 and soon after Leroy dropped the Atkinson name. Mr. And Mrs. Garnet Shaw have two children, Beverly and Clayton.

Had Leroy not taken the Shaw name after the death of his father, a whole line of descendants would have been named Atkinson and we would have been interviewing Mrs. Garnet Atkinson.

Centennial Project - Century Farms
A 1967 government sponsored project recognized farms which have been in the same family for one hundred or more years. The Atkinsons submitted an application.
Submitted By: Leigh Atkinson

We have a crown grant issued in 1848 in our possession. With the death of the original owner of the 100 acres was divided or sold to members of his family and now the only part of it in Atkinson ownership is 38 3/4 acres. Of the many descendants only Leigh Atkinson is still farming in this area. There may be descendants of the first generation born in Canada still farming but we do not know of them.

The Atkinson family does not seem to have any important events or persons. Two members of the second generation born in Canada still survive:

Willard Atkinson 88 yrs.

and Mrs. Alice Holmes 86 yrs.

There are six children (under 12 years of age) of the fifth generation now.

Botany Baseball Club 1904
Back row: T.B. Mowbray 2b, W. Atkinson 3b, J.D. McMillan 1st vice-pres, J. Stevens rf, D.M. Winters 1b

Middle row: G.E. Weekes cf, J.N. Mowbray sec, D.M. Winters Pres, J.A. Winters lf

Front row: D.E. Winters c, Rev. A.W. Hare p, R.L. Stewart ss

From the book "1858-1941 Botany Church Records & Memories" by Frank Cameron

Rev. Mr. Hare brought to his first pastorate the enthusiasm and energy of youth, and a special interest in young people and their problems.  The only regular pastor to make his home in the Botany community, he knew its people intimately, and infused new life into the young people's organization, which under his auspices formed a literary society which attracted wide notice.  Active, too, in the field of sport, he organized the first baseball teams at Botany and Kent Bridge.  A story is still told of the first game at Kent Bridge.  The first batter up for the home team made first base; the next, George Langford, hit one down to second base; the man on first could not advance, so Langford ran to third.  Rev Mr. Hare decided then and there to do a bit more coaching before staging another game.