James Andrew Thomson, or “Springfield Jimmie” was the son of Andrew Thomson, 1750-1823 and Jane Henderson 1771-1842. Andrew Thomson 1750-1823 was the brother of David Thomson – the first settler in Scarborough (Township of Scarborough, York, Upper Canada). Andrew Thomson had come with his brother to Upper Canada in 1796 and then lived in Little York (Toronto) moving out to Scarborough in 1802. He homesteaded on Lot 23, Concession 1. Andrew Thomson served in the War of 1812 and at one point was taken prisoner by the Americans.
James was born on March 20, 1802 on Springfield farm, Scarborough Township, Upper Canada. By one account, James Andrew was the first European to be born in Scarborough.
Springfield Farm was located in Lot 23, Concession 1 of Scarborough. The West Highland Creek runs through the middle of the farm. In today’s geography, this is on the north side of Lawrence Avenue, west of McCowan Road. Today this land sits beside the Thomson Memorial Park. St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Bendale, was built on the northern part of the Andrew Thomson farm. This farm was, in part, inherited by James Andrew Thomson and this is where James lived all of his life.
James married Agnes PATERSON 1800-1875 on March 26, 1824. They had 11 children. When Agnes died in 1875, James married for the second time -- another woman born in Scotland by the name of Agnes.
“In politics Mr. Thomson [James A.] was a staunch Reformer, but insisted strongly on the maintenance of the British connection . . . .”
James Andrew dies on October 28, 1884 and is buried with his wife (Agnes Paterson) in the cemetery at St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Bendale, Scarborough. It is not known where the second wife of James Andrew is buried.
The house Agnes and James built in 1840 is still standing at 146 St Andrew’s Rd, just north of the Thomson memorial park in Toronto (formerly, Scarborough). It is the oldest brick dwelling in Scarborough.
Agnes and James Andrew had the following children:
Andrew J. Thomson 1825-1895
Thomas Thomson 1827-1909
Hannah Thomson 1828-1832
Mary Paterson Thomson 1831-1850
Hannah Jane Thomson 1833-1905
Robert William Thomson 1835-1877
Agnes Thomson 1837-1865
James George Thomson 1839-1917
infant Thomson 1841-1841
John Christopher Thomson 1842-1848
William Scotland Thomson 1845-1848
Prior to import, this record was last changed 00:00:00 29 Dec 2004.
 See profile of Agnes Paterson for all sources. The comment on the politics of James Andrew is from the 1885 publication cited in those sources.
The current biography was prepared by Fred Paterson Nix on Dec 2, 2013
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