first known residents of Elgin County were a Nation of
Iroquois known as the Attawandarons. In 1626 Father La
Roche Daillon, a Recollect missionary undertook a visit
to these people, believing them to be "Heathens" and
thinking he could convert them to the Christian religion.
of the most respected and industrious Nations, they were
consumed by conflict and epidemics leading them to be
mentioned for the last time as a separate race in July