"John Valentine, deceased, late of the Village of Paisley, was a native of Montrose, Scotland, where he was born in the year 1817. When nineteen years of age he came to Canada, and located in the Township of Nicol, in Wellington County, where he engaged in farming, remaining there till 1851, when he came to the present site of Paisley, took up 200 acres of land, on which he subsequently built mills, and in September of the same year opened the first store. in the place.
During the balance of his life, which terminated on the 12th August, 1872, Mr. Valentine was intimately connected with the development of Paisley and surrounding country. He was not only deeply concerned with the development of the country, but was intimately connected with the public management of township and county affairs. He was Reeve of the Township of Greenock for a large number of years, having been also Reeve of the Township of Nicol during his residence there. He was a volunteer during the Rebellion of 1837-8, and held various official positions in the militia, being a Lieut.-Colonel at the time of his death. He was appointed Division Court Clerk at Paisley in 1866, holding the position till his death, when the appointment was received by his son. Of all the residents of Bruce, either past or present, no man ever held a higher position in the hearts of the people than the subject of this brief memoir."
Belden 1880 Atlas of the County of Bruce