John Kinder Labatt
John Kinder Labatt, farmer, brewer (b at Mountmellick, Ire 1803; d at London, Canada W 26 Oct 1866). Descended from French Huguenot exiles who had become Anglican, he emigrated from Ireland to England and thence to Upper Canada in 1833 with his wife. They settled on land of the Canada Co in Westminster Township, Middlesex County. After 13 years Labatt sold his farm and invested as a partner in a small London brewery near the forks of the Thames River. In 1855 he became sole owner, and went on to build the business into a successful enterprise which combined the making of malt with the brewing of English types of ale.