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Buying a farm in the early years usually involved allowing the current farmer to regain a portion of his "investment" in the soil, measured to some extent at least in cattle dung and straw. There was an understanding that dung and straw which originated on a particular farm must be spread on that farm. Similarly, if you rented a field, the straw from that field had to be put back on that field -- you could not take it to your own farm. When a farm sold, most certainly the outgoing farmer would take his crop off for the year. Here's what Andrew Annis told David Boyle in about 1896 just prior to publication of the "History of Scarboro".

In 1850 Andrew Annis bought from Uncle Tommy Adams the south half of lot 1 concession 1. At that time there was a small frame house on it and some clearing, John Taylor being a tenant and living on it having another crop before his lease expired. Mr. Annis boarded with him that winter and cut wood coming into full possession in the fall of 1851. In 1852 he married and has lived on it ever since having built a large stone house and kitchen and all necessary outbuildings for the farm, raised a large family which are all married except his youngest son who is still with them managing the farm.

The Scarboro Heights Record V11 #9