It was not until 1811 that an “Act for encouraging the establishment of schools throughout the province,” ensured that a grant was paid to any community that built and maintained a school. By May 1818 a school-house had been provided at Petite for John McGrath who had been teaching in the vicinity since 1816. By 1828 Michael Cody, a Roman Catholic Irish Immigrant, was operating a boarding and day school for boys. Daniel McNeil Parker, son of Francis Parker, attended this school from age 6 to age 12, at which time he was sent to the Collegiate School at Kings College in Windsor.


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