Dr. Hart M. Proudfoot was born in Scotland on July 3rd, 1828. His father was the Rev. William Proudfoot and his mother was the former Isobel Aitcheson. Dr. Proudfoot had 10 siblings; Mary, Alexander, Elizabeth, John, William, Robert, James, Janet, Isobella and Emily. In 1832, Rev. and Mrs. Proudfoot immigrated to London Township in Ontario. Rev. Proudfoot lead his Presbyterian worshipers in building First St. Andrew’s Church and St. James Presbyterian Church. And in 1844 he also opened London’s first Divinity College. His son John, trained at the College and became a Presbyterian minister. Rev. Proudfoot raised his large family on a 200 acre parcel of land in London Township. The eastern part of that farm, abuts to Proudfoot Lane today, named after Rev. William Proudfoot. Rev. Proudfoot’s daughters, Isobella and Emily were born in Middlesex County, Ontario.
According to the 1851 census, Dr. Proudfoot was living and practicing medicine in Howard Township in Kent County. He is mentioned in a book by O.K. Watson, titled “Memories of Ridgetown”. Dr. Proudfoot was listed as a physician in Ridgetown around 1854.
Dr. Proudfoot married Sarah Gillis, who was born in 1828 in Ontario. By 1860, Dr. and Mrs. Proudfoot were living in Douglass, Iroquois County, Illinois. According to the 1860 census they were the parents of 2 children. Robert Hart Proudfoot was 5 years old and he was born in Ontario and William Arthur Proudfoot was 4 months old and he was born in Illinois.
At some point the Proudfoot family moved back to Ridgetown. Dr. Proudfoot was listed in the 1865 Kent County Directory and Gazetteer as practicing in Ridgetown.
Dr. Proudfoot died in 1866. He was buried at Greenwood Cemetery in Ridgetown.
Mrs. Proudfoot was living in Pierre City, South Dakota according to the 1890-91 City Directory. In 1891 Sarah Proudfoot was living in Ridgetown.
Mrs. Proudfoot died in 1910. She was buried in Mumford Rural Cemetery, Mumford, New York, U.S.A. On her tombstone it reads, ‘Sarah J. Proudfoot 1828-1910’ and ‘In Memory of Hart Proudfoot M.D.’