The first mention of John Hillman is in the 1878 Middlesex County Atlas. He is shown to have owned 50 acres in Mosa Township purchased in 1831. We can infer from that that he arrived in Upper Canada in either 1830 or 1831. Mosa Township is just west of Glencoe, and the largest village at that time was Newbury. John Hillman occupied Lot 13 of Concession 5.
In the 1830’s this area was a part of the Talbot Settlement.
In the 1830’s one has to picture forests and little else in that area. John Hillman would have had to build a log house, and clear land for crops. His was a true pioneering spirit as I can imagine that it was not an easy life.