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James McKibbin, a resident of Upper Canada, now Ontario, since 1830, and Clerk of the Division Court and Crown Land Agent since 1863, was born in Belfast, Ireland, July 4th, 1808. His father Hugh McKibbin, was a Lieutenant in the Royal Navy; the maiden name of his mother was Sarah Bailey.
Our subject was educated in the Belfast Academic Institution; was for some years in a cotton printing establishment owned by himself and older brother, John Thomas McKibbin, until 1830, when he emigrated to Canada, and located at first in the township of Hope, county of Durham. After farming there awhile, he moved into the town of Port Hope, where he was connected with the Upper Canada Bank for several years. During that period he held various offices of trust and importance; at one time he had charge of the Government works for the County of Durham; was Secretary and Treasurer of the Gravel Road Companies, and when he removed from Port Hope to Lindsay in 1853, he was Revenue Inspector of the County of Durham.
Mr. McKibbin came here to take the Agency of the Lindsay branch of the Upper Canada Bank, which position he held for three years. In 1863 he was appointed to the offices mentioned at first, and the duties of which he is discharging with the utmost faithfulness. He is also License Commissioner for Victoria, and was mayor of Lindsay one term. He is accurate and systematic in his business, and shares largely in the esteem of his fellow citizens.
In 1838 Mr. McKibbin married Miss Louisa Dean, of Cobourg, and they have lost one child, and have three sons and two daughters living.