Major William Kingdom Rains

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About Major William Kingdom Rains

Hilton Beach/ Marksville/ Hilton Source St Joseph Island Pioneer volume 1 issue 2 , Dec. 1987 Around 1847, after copper was discovered in Bruce Mines it was reported that there could be copper and other minerals on St Joseph Island. Hoping to get in on this bonanza Major Rains with his eldest sons Tudor and Owen decided to try their luck. One foggy night while they werein the bush on one of their many quests for the elusive minerals they became lost. After spending a miserable night in the open they set out in the morning to find their way out . After a futile hunt for minerals the three weary prospectors emerged on the eastern slope of the Island overlooking the North Channel. It was so hilly that the Major told his sons that the folks who lived down in the village by the shore should call it Hill Town. Thus the settlement was so named. The name was later shortened to Hilton.

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Major William Kingdom Rains's Timeline

April 11, 1819
Age 30
Sutton Lodge, England
March 6, 1821
Age 32
Sutton Lodge, England
May 29, 1829
Age 40
March 25, 1831
Age 42
May 25, 1832
Age 43
July 31, 1832
Age 43
August 3, 1835
Age 46
June 10, 1838
Age 49