from History of Leeds and Grenville, Ontario
Archibald Kincaid was born at Bannockburn, near Stirling, Scotland, on October 4th 1780. He was
early apprenticed to the tailoring trade, which, having learned he married and started business on
his own account.
In the year 1804, he emigrated to
America, bringing with him his wife and two
brothers, John and Alexander, and a small stock of
goods, with which to establish business in America.
He came to Upper Canada and settled at the present
site of Brockville [was Elizabethtown], which was then a wilderness.
began working at his trade, taking in exchange for
work, pork, flour, etc., such things as he could ship to
Montreal and sell. After being in Canada two
years, he started to return to Scotland with his
wife, and was shipwrecked in the Straits of Belle
Isle, losing all he possessed. After wandering
about for two years, he again made his way back to
Upper Canada, and commenced working at his
trade at Brockville, which then contained but a few
houses, no streets or clearings having then been
made. He continued at his business, and, as the
country became settled, enlarged his trade, by which
he amassed considerable wealth. After some years,
having become too feeble to continue his business,
he removed with one of his sons to Yonge, near
Farmersville [now Athens], where he died in the year 1865, aged
He raised a family often children, three daughters
and seven sons, of whom there are now but five
living, the eldest being James Kincaid, who resides
in Brockville, the other brothers and sisters having
all settled near Farmersville [now Athens], where they are engaged in business and farming.