Early Stanton’s Were Gifted Craftsmen


published in Stanton Stats November 14, 1995. (photo and updated information added December 11, 2019)

The early Stantons who settled in Elgin, Clear Lake and Newboro, Ontario as well as many of their descendants, were farmers, plasterers and gifted craftsmen in the building trades. Many buildings in southern Ontario still stand to attest to their skills as builders. Some of their works include the curved stairway in Memorial Hall of Kingston City Hall, and St. Paul’s Anglican Church, the Dier House and Parish House all of Elgin, as well as the carved stairway in the Mainly Antique house in Elgin.

St. Mary's Anglican Church, Newboro, Ontario atken around 2005.
8501 St. Mary’s Anglican Church, Newboro, Ontario atken around 2005.

St. Mary’s Church in Newboro was plastered by the Stanton brothers in the 1840’s. (If this is correct, it may have been an earlier church than the one we find in Newboro today.)

The stone building now known as St. Mary’s Anglican in Newboro, was built in 1850 by Benjamin Tett with Stanton Bros. (George and James). The labourers were paid by credits from Tett’s general store. As it was built in 1850, it was probably one of the first projects that George Stanton worked on after his arrival in Newboro. Inside the church I viewed carved railings and a pulpit chair which were thought to be the work of Stanton’s. The exterior is pictured at left.

Here is a link to an earlier picturehttp://images.ourontario.ca/lakesandislands/2295025/image/894916

In Elgin a sash and door shop was run by the late Fred Stanton and son Hiram and only ceased to operate in 1975. A saw mill was operated by the late George Stanton and son Frank for many years on the current site of Emmons Lumber Co. at Elgin.

Saw mills and cheese box factories were also operated in Elgin, Portland, and Morton by the late James Stanton. Both James and Frank held engineering certificates and both used their knowledge in their years of working.