The story of how a 17-year-old Allan Allan of the First Trading Company of Canada (FTTC) came to be named “The First Trader” of Canada is a story of many, many, MANY people who helped shape the modern Canadian economy.
Allan’s father, Joseph Allan, was a trader and businessman, and his mother, Alice Allan, worked as a homemaker.
He and his siblings also became part of a large, well-organized family, with his younger brother, William, a teacher and a farmer.
In the 1770s, the family moved to New York City, and they later settled in what is now New York, where they opened a boarding house for runaway slaves and children.
By 1775, Allan had already established himself as a successful trader.
The family then moved to Ontario, where he worked as an apprentice to a local farmer.
He later opened a trading business, the Allan Brothers Trading Company, and in 1781, he bought and renamed the First Trading Company.
By the time Allan married his second wife, Catherine, in 1786, the company had grown to be a multi-billion dollar enterprise.
“It was a family affair,” says Roberta Allen, author of the book “The Trader’s Daughter: A Biography of Allan Allan.”
“They were like a small family,” she says.
“There was a lot of work, and Allan was the best at it.”
Allan Allan’s eldest son, William Allan, who is now a lawyer, recalls that the family was well-connected by the time they moved to Toronto, where his father worked as the superintendent of the city’s first municipal library.
The Allan brothers owned a large estate in the heart of the City of Toronto, but the family had been living in Toronto for more than 50 years.
William Allan remembers a time when Allan Allan was working on a small parcel in a neighbouring town, and one day, while he was taking his shovel to a site for a house, he saw an old man working on the same plot.
The man had a very old, very blacksmith’s work helmet on, William Allen remembers.
“I asked him what he was doing and he said, ‘I’m making a little house.’
He said, `What’s a little home?’
I said, Well, what’s a big house?'”
Allan Allan became a master at the craft, and soon began to work with the older man.
They became friends, and the older blacksmith became Allan’s apprentice.
He was an experienced craftsman, and he took on the responsibility of building a small house.
The building process was slow, but Allan Allan eventually finished his house and sold it to the man.
The young Allan sold the house to his parents, who lived in Toronto, and lived in the nearby town of St. Catharines for a time.
“He was in a bit of trouble,” William Allan says.
They bought a farm and moved to the area, where Allan and the young blacksmith were hired to build a house for William Allan’s parents, as they did with the younger Allan.
The younger Allan lived in a cottage that Allan had bought for the family.
Allan and his father bought a small log cabin, and a few years later, Allan Allan bought a large house, a handsome one, for his parents and friends.
The older Allan was still living with his parents when he died in 1801, and William Allan bought the house and the cabin, which had belonged to William Allan.
William and Catherine Allan married in 1808, and later, William married Catherine’s sister, who also had a family in St. Catherine’s.
Allan was a keen hunter, and when the couple moved to St. John’s, John Allan became interested in hunting, and, after his father’s death, Allan became his son-in-law.
Allan Allan died in 1791, and John Allan died a year later.
The oldest daughter of the Allan brothers is now the sole surviving member of the family, Alice, who passed away in 2006 at the age of 98.
Her sister, Alice Allen, was also named after her father, but she died in 2017.
“She was a great lady, and I’ve known her for a long time,” says Catherine Allen, who grew up in St-Catharines and has two children, William and Alice.
“So much of her family’s history is in St Catharine.”
Alice Allen was also a hunter, so her family has the family’s first hunting lodge in the St.
In recent years, Allan and Alice Allen have become active in the local community, as members of St-Joseph’s Ward.
Allan Allen died in 1800, and Catherine Allen died six years later.
“We’ve had a great time, and we’re very happy to have that family story,” Catherine Allen