This is a retouched. restored and reduced image of the original deed for the farm of Robert "Red Robin" Johnston which was just north of Pendleton, Ontario, Canada. It is dated June 17, 1857.
Robert signed documents on October 6, 1845, taking possession of the land. It took him 12 years to pay off the debt of 43 pounds and 15 shillings.
It is said that he gave each of his children the equivalent of $50 upon his/her marriage. Considering the wages in the 1860-1885 time period this was quite a feat for him. Several times he mortgaged and sold parts of the farm, but he made sure that each of his children had as good a start on his/her own as he could provide. Over the years he took in family members several times when they hit hard times in addition to caring for Margaret, his handicapped daughter. In my books that certainly qualifies him for greatness. He had 16 children, 11 of whom survived to reach their majority.