About isaiah tubbs


Unknown – 1844
Two hundred years before the Free Trade Agreement between Canada and the United States of America, Isaiah Tubbs married Rhoda Shepard in Greenville, New York, in 1795. Five years later in 1800, along with his wife Rhoda, Isaiah arrived in Prince Edward County, Ontario. They were not considered to be United Empire Loyalists, but members of the Tubbs family had been squatters for a number of years in Hallowell Township. Isaiah and Rhoda settled on Lot 8, Concession 1, south side of West Lake. Isaiah gradually purchased over 200 acres, and over the next 40 years he expanded his farm to include cultivated acreage on Lots 5, 7, 8 and 12. Isaiah Tubbs served as a Private in the Prince Edward Corps of Militia in the War of 1812, he subscribed to the Quaker Meeting House, and in 1833 was a founding member of the Prince Edward County Agricultural Society. Establishing a history in hospitality, Isaiah and Rhoda often played host and hostess to weddings.

Isaiah died at an undetermined age in 1844, and no grave has ever been found. His youngest son, Isaiah (II), died in 1844 as well, at 11 years old (perhaps of cholera). Isaiah left behind his wife and 7 children: Phoebe, Joseph, William, Hiram, Mindwall, Mary and Matury.

Hiram Tubbs: 1811 – 1888

Hiram followed in his father’s footsteps and acquired an additional 100 acres on West Lake. He was married to Mahala Mastin, and they had five children, the oldest being Isaiah (III). The 1 ½ storey brick home they lived in has been carefully restored and still stands as “isaiah tubbs resort and conference centre” pictured above.

Isaiah Tubbs (III): 1839 – 1923

Isaiah (III), the eldest of the eighteen grandchildren who have been traced, carried on the farming tradition of the family on West Lake, but he was also a well-known cheese maker. There was a small cheese factory at the north end of his farm. He became one of the first Directors of the Bloomfield Cheese Manufacturing Company Limited in 1894. He lived in the 1 ½ storey home until his death in 1923.

He is buried with his wife, daughter, parents and grandmother, Rhoda, in Glenwood Cemetery in Picton.

The land on West Lake on which Isaiah and Rhoda settled, and upon which the Tubbs family grew and prospered, is now “isaiah tubbs resort and conference centre”, a beautiful and tranquil place.

Call isaiah tubbs resort and conference centre today!

isaiah tubbs offers relaxation, activities, spectacular sunsets and great accommodation choices.

Some of the things the resort offers are:

  • 74 guest rooms,  1 lake house and 12 cottages
  • 8 meeting rooms which will accommodate from 2 to 200 people
  • Weddings and Special Events
  • Private sandy beach
  • Waterfront, on-site dining with beach patio
  • Conveniently located between Toronto and Ottawa/Montreal, south of Highway 401