William Fairweather, born in Scotland in 1833, later traveled to Canada West. He eventually settled in the town of Peterborough, Canada West. There in 1865, William formed a partnership with George Leslie. Through their business arrangement they operated a Dry Goods Store on Hunter Street.
Marriage and Family Life
In the mid 1860s, William married Agnes Home. Early in 1871, they were found living in North Monaghan Township, Peterborough County with a family of four children: James W., born 1867; Isabella born 1868; Agnes born 1869 and Robert born in September 1870. The year 1870 was momentous for William. In that year he began an independent business venture. Called Fairweather & Company, the store was located on George Street.
In 1881, William was 48 years old and his wife, Agnes, a few years younger. She was then aged 42 years. They had had one more child, a daughter named Jessie, born in 1872. During the period of the 1870s, the family residence became a home located within the town of Peterborough. William continued with his business as a local merchant. His shop, situated in the downtown shopping area, was flourishing quite well.