"Alexander McNabb, of Southampton, is descended from an ancient Highland family who settled in Lower Canada nearly one hundred years ago. He was born in that Province in 1809, and after receiving a suitable education, commenced life for himself as an assistant in the Paymaster’s office of the Ordinance Department in connection with the construction of the Rideau Canal, in 1827. After the completion of these works, some four years later, he severed this connection to accept the position of teller in the Kingston branch of the old Commercial Bank. In 1841 he became accountant in the Crown Land’s Office at Kingston (then the capital), the first year of the Provincial Union. After filling this position for ten years he removed to Southampton in 1851, to perform the duties connected with the department as chief agent for that part of the old Huron District which the Municipal Institutions Act of 1849 constituted the county of Bruce. He continued ably to discharge till the office lapsed by reason of the settlement of the lands’ and the great satisfaction he gave to all classes in their performance is reflected by a unanimous resolution of the County Council at the session of January, 1878, which tendered “the thanks of the people of the county” for his “very valuable and efficient services rendered to the entire satisfaction of every settler; “the resolution being beautifully illuminated, and presented to Mr. McNabb, accompanied by a highly complementary letter.
Mr. McNabb is of a literary turn, and was elected an honorary member of the Natural History Society (Chief Justice Sewell, President; and the Earl of Dalhousie, Patron), and is still a corresponding member of the Society, the oldest now living.
Mr. McNabb was the first Reeve of Saugeen on its organization as a township; has been Indian Commissioner for nearly twenty-five years; was a commissioned officer of the 1st Frontenac Militia, in active service during the Rebellion of 1837-8; and has been several times appointed by the Government to the Commission of the Peace, for which he however declined to qualify. In fact, in every walk of life Mr. McNabb has been one of the most prominent and best known citizens of the community, by whom no man is held in higher or more deserved esteem."
Belden 1880 Atlas of the County of Bruce