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Biography of Lieut-Col. Thomas Bog, J.P.

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Thomas Joshua Pelton Bog, deputy registrar of the county of Prince Edward, and a resident of Picton, the shire town, for thirty-eight years, dates his birth at Montreal, November 26, 1826. His father, David Bog, a native of Edinburgh, Scotland, and an officer in the British army, retired on half pay, more than a half century ago, and died at Montreal, of cholera, in 1832; and his mother, who was English, and whose maiden name was Mary Wilkes, died at Picton in 1856.

Thomas supplemented a common school education with one term at the Potsdam, New York, Academy; came to Picton in 1842; clerked in the store of Miller and Brothers, for some time, and was subsequently in the mercantile business for himself for a dozen years. He then became a storage and forwarding merchant, dealing largely in grain, and following that business until 1872, when he became deputy-registrar. Soon afterward, on the demise of John P. Roblin, the registrar, Mr. Bog had the entire charge of the office until the successor of Mr. Roblin, (Mr. Mackenzie), was appointed in 1876, Mr. Bog still holding the post of deputy. He is an efficient business man, a good neighbor much esteemed by the community.

In December, 1862, Mr. Bog raised the first company of volunteers for the 16th battalion, and was appointed Captain of the same. He assisted in forming that battalion, and in 1863 was appointed its Major, still holding that position, with the rank of Lieut.-Colonel.
At the time of the St. Albans raid, in 1865, he was with the 3rd administrative battalion, stationed two months at Hemmingford on the frontier, the commander of the battalion being Dr. Blanchette, now speaker of the Dominion House of Commons. Col. Bog was also on duty a short time during the Fenian raid in the following year.

He has been in the town council of Picton; is one of the trustees of the high school, being much interested in educational and other local matters, and is a member of St. Mary Magdalen church, and a delegate to the Synod of Ontario, being a man of excellent moral and religious standing.

On the 19th of February, 1858, Col. Bog was united in marriage with Miss Adelaide Hubbs, of Picton, and they have two sons: Edward A., who is in the Standard Bank, Picton, and William A., who is in the registrar’s office, with his father.


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