In the late 1820’s, a large number of African Americans left their homes behind in search of land and freedom in Canada. This historical account focuses on one small group of settlers from the areas of Cincinnati and Boston. With support from the Quakers, they purchased land in the area that is today Lucan, Ontario. Known as the Wilberforce Colony, they were notably, one of Canada’s first black settlements. Despite their efforts, by the early 1840’s, most of the original settlers were gone. Only one family remained – Peter Butler I, his wife Salome and their children. Chronicled here are the details of their lives, their contributions to the community and those of the seven generations of Butlers to follow, some of whom still reside in Lucan today. The Wilberforce Colony and Butler family legacy are integral parts in the telling of Lucan’s – and Canada’s – rich and fascinating history.