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Mayor Titus Geer Simons Nevills 

Mayor Titus Geer Simons Nevills[1]

Male 1820 - 1886

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  • Prefix  Mayor 
    Birth  27 Sep 1820  , Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Gender  Male 
    Occupation  1850  New Hamburg, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    merchant, miller, carder, fuller & spinner 
    Occupation  1852  Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    miller and merchant 
    Elected Office  1858  New Hamburg, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Reeve/Mayor 
    Interesting Life Story  politics, life story, mill 
    Name  Titus Geer Simons Neville 
    Occupation  1871  Ailsa Craig, Middlesex Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Eby ID Number  00032-2801.1 
    Died  14 Mar 1886  Cheboygan, Cheboygan, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 5, 6
    Buried  Pinehill Cemetery, Cheboygan, Cheboygan, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Person ID  I10123  Generations
    Last Modified  10 Dec 2018 

    Family  Margaret Erb,   b. 11 Jul 1822, About Two Miles South-East Of Berlin, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Oct 1909, Toronto, York Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Malissa Rhuhamah Nevills,   b. 13 Feb 1843, Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Nov 1843, Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. William Henry Nevills,   b. 17 Aug 1844, New Hamburg, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Nov 1913, Gaylord, Otsego, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. Mary Samantha Nevills,   b. 20 Jul 1846, Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 Dec 1892, Parkdale, York Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. John Emery Neville,   b. 1 Jul 1848, Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Jun 1908, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location
     5. Samuel Nelson Nevills,   b. 28 Oct 1850, Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Aug 1851, Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location
     6. Titus Geer Simons Nevills, Jr.,   b. 2 Jun 1852, Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Sep 1852, Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location
    Family ID  F2921  Group Sheet

  • Photos
    Desk owned by Titus Nevills
    Desk owned by Titus Nevills
    The museum recently was given a handsome marquetry desk made of cherry, birdseye maple and other woods that was produced by a man in South Carolina.

    Not only is the piece strikingly beautiful, but it was commissioned by Titus Nevills, a successful merchant and the first reeve of New Hamburg. The desk was made by Abraham Latschaw, a well-known Wilmot Township cabinetmaker, who painstakingly crafted it over 11 years from 1845 to 1856, and documented his efforts in a pencilled notation on the bottom of one of the drawers in the desk's many pigeonholes.

    Conservator Richard Fuller enjoyed the month or so he spent restoring the desk to full splendour. "You don't always get the chance to work on something this magnificent," he said, passing an appreciative hand over the woodwork.

    Thompson, C. (2017). A legacy of our history | TheRecord.com. TheRecord.com. Retrieved 14 October 2017, from https://www.therecord.com/news-story/7623327-a-legacy-of-our-history/

  • Notes 
    • "The Sheriff is in charge of T.G.S. Nevills' store, Ailsa Craig. The last seen of the "Old War Horse" was aboard the ferry between Sarnia and Port Huron, where he was overheard humming the well-known lines from Nancy Lee about, 'The sailor's wife the sailor's star shall be, Away with me across the sea.'"

      London Advertiser July 18 1881

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      Death of T.J.G. Nevils

      "Sunday evening last, about 5 o'clock, the dead body of Mr. Nevils was discovered by some of his neighbors, through his bedroom window, the door having previously been tried but found fastened. After the fact of his death became known, the door was forced and the proper officers summoned to take action. Mr. Nevils lived in a house on the Duncan road, near the residence of J.B. McArthur, and carried on the business of a tailor and repairer of garments, and for some time had lived alone in the house. The jury impanelled returned a verdict that the deceased came to his death from natural causes. J.H. Tuttle, the undertaker, took charge of the body, telegraphing to the dead man's friends the facts in the case. The disease that carried him off is claimed by some to have been dropsy and by others to have been Bright's disease. Two sons of the deceased arrived Monday from Vassar, and preparations made for burial. He was buried in the village cemetery Tuesday afternoon.".'"

      "The Cheboygan Democrat" Thursday, March 18, 1886

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      Built second grist mill in New Hamburg; according to E.W.B. Snider, Neville had a sawvmill and a flour mill which operated for some time, but eventually "the water freshets made conditions very unfortunate, destroying mill dam and damaging buildings, so that where formerly a thriving busines was done, today there is barely a trace left of the industries:

      Waterloo Historical Society Annual Volume 6 pg 29

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      The first name of the place was Cassel, but was shortly changed to New Hamburg. Wm. Scott was one of the most prominent among the pioneer business men. He, about 1834, became possessed of a lot of land and a grist mill. Most, if not all of this property, he purchased from Absolom Schade. According to some one Goschman was the builder and first proprietor of the mill. Scott added a saw mill and distillery, the little group of buildings being located just at the rear of where the Wm. Tell Block now stands. Later a woollen mill was erected on the site of the distillery. Meantime, Charles Kirkpatrick opened the first general store and other tradesmen followed. T. G. S. Neville was the second merchant, following Kirkpatrick in 1835. Neville also built a grist mill and established a second woollen mill. He became the owner of considerable land and was a leading figure for some years, becoming the village's first reeve in 1858. In 1852 Scott erected the large four-story frame flour mill, still familiar to nearly everyone, as it was burned down only six years ago. In 1837 a second visitation of cholera epidemic dealt the place a severe blow. These are, in the main, the facts in connection with the earliest, history of New Hamburg. The names and occupations of a few of the other . early settlers are herewith given in the hope that they may prove of some interest.

      Special Industrial souvenir number of New Hamburg: containing a comprehensive review of the natural advantages and resources of the village of New Hamburg, 1908, Berlin Daily News, Berlin, Ontario
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      Titus was named after Titus Geer Simons after his father's commanding officer in the War of 1812 and was reported to have been born in West Flamborough, Wentworth Co., Ontario. He served on Waterloo County Council in the years 1858-1864.

  • Sources 
    1. [S3] Book - Vol I A Biographical History of Waterloo Township and other townships of the county : being a history of the early settlers and their descendants, mostly all of Pennsylvania Dutch origin..., 621.

    2. [S134] Census - ON, Waterloo, Wilmot - 1851, Div 3 Pg 7.
      Titus G.S. NEVILLE Miller & Merchant Ontario 32
      Margaret NEVILLE Ontario Methodist 29
      Wm. H. NEVILLE Ontario Methodist 7
      Mary Samantha NEVILLE Ontario Methodist 6
      John E. NEVILLE Ontario Methodist 4
      Richard FLYNN Clerk Ontario 15
      Vinzance WEIS Labourer Germany Roman Catholic 24
      William GREEN Labourer Ontario 18
      Rebecca MITTCHEL Labourer Ontario 16
      Hannah KILBORN Labourer Ontario Methodist 33
      Georg SHMIDT Labourer Germany Lutheran 30

    3. [S379] Directory, ON - Business Directory of Canada West.

    4. [S134] Census - ON, Waterloo, Wilmot - 1851, Div 3 Pg 7.

    5. [S378] News - USA, Michigan, Cheboygan, Cheboygan - The Cheboygan Democrat, 18 Mar 1886.

    6. [S7] News - ON, Waterloo, Kitchener - Berliner Journal (1859-1917), Apr. 1, 1886.
      Died Mar. 14, 1886, T. G. S. Nevilles, formerly of New Hamburg, died in Cheboygan, Mich. at age of 66 years.

  • Event Map
    Event
    Link to Google MapsBirth - 27 Sep 1820 - , Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - merchant, miller, carder, fuller & spinner - 1850 - New Hamburg, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - miller and merchant - 1852 - Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsElected Office - Reeve/Mayor - 1858 - New Hamburg, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - 1871 - Ailsa Craig, Middlesex Co., Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 14 Mar 1886 - Cheboygan, Cheboygan, Michigan, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Pinehill Cemetery, Cheboygan, Cheboygan, Michigan Link to Google Earth
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