Saunders, Col. Thomas
Category: Military, Public Service
Born in Buckinghamshire, England in 1795, Thomas Saunders emigrated to Canada in the early 1830s and settled on a farm in Puslinch Township he named Woodlands. He married Lucy Ann Willcocks. Saunders was a colonel of the militia for the counties of Wellington, Waterloo and Grey, crown prosecutor, and Clerk of the Peace for Wellington from 1840 until his death.
In 1860, he moved to the outskirts of Guelph and built a stone house called Summerhill (now at 25 Harcourt Drive). He died in 1873 when a team of runaway horses collided with his buggy on Paisley Street in Guelph.