Alexender Duffes, Grain Merchant

Titus Cummins, founder of Cumminsville and Alex Duffes, formed the Cummins and Duffes Grain Dealers in Burlington, Ontario, aprox. 1877.

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Former Alex Duffes Store, Freeman, Ontario-Circa 1900
As noted in Alexander Duffes-The Early Years, he was born in Utica, N.Y., on 26 March 1837. In 1838, his family moved to the town of Burlington, Nelson Township, County of Halton, Ontario.
Lowville School, Nelson Township, SS. No. 9, Circa 1914. Stone structure replaced log cabin school.
Lowville School, Nelson Township, SS. No. 9, Circa 1914. Stone structure replaced log cabin school.
Nelson Township consisted of many of the small villages in which they lived, like Kilbride. They also lived in Hamilton and Strabane, Ontario. Education took place in small 1-room log cabins, or at buildings on family farms.
 
At the age of 31, Alexander married Hannah Lucinda Cummins, on 17 December 1868. (Her wedding dress resides in the Canyon County Museum). She was the daughter of Titus Geer Cummins. He founded Cumminsville, Ontario, one of many small villages that comprised Nelson Township.
 
Alex Duffes Grain & Storehouse, Burlington, Ontario
Alex Duffes Grain & Storehouse, Burlington, Ontario

Titus was a grain merchant. He and Alexander formed a partnership, named “Cummins and Duffes grain dealers”.

The sign on the store read; “A. Duffes”. It also said that they paid “Cash for Grain,” sold “Groceries & Provisions”, “Boots & Shoes”, along with “Crockery & Hardware”.
 
The store, located on the west side of Brant St., & south of the Grand Trunk Railway, gave easy access to shipping & delivery.
 
After 11 years of running a successful business, he grew anxious to explore the land of his birth. He sold his goods, and with wife and only child in hand, headed for America.
 
Next Up: Alex Travels The Great Northwest
Source/Credits
Halton Images-Lowville School, SS. No. 9
Burlington Historical Society-Copyright Unknown
Alex Duffes Store and Storehouse, Burlington-1877 Halton Atlas

Author: Vince

Vince is a 68-year-old male, who resides and works in the great state of Idaho. He has been married to his wonderful wife Mary for 43 years. They have three adult male children and four grandchildren. His passions include researching and writing about his families military history and pioneer roots. He loves exploring historic sites, taking photographs and blogging.

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