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George Joseph Jaffray[1]
Male 1838 - 1895


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  • Birth  21 Oct 1838  Shrewsbury, , Shropshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
    Gender  Male 
    Religion  1851  Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Episcopalian 
    Occupation  1861  Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Printer 
    Religion  1861  Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Church of England 
    Residence  1866  Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    Occupation  1871  Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Printer 
    Religion  1871  Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Church of England 
    Occupation  1881  Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Journalist 
    Occupation  1891  Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    News Paper Publisher 
    Religion  1891  Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Anglican 
    Eby ID Number  Waterloo-102101 
    Died  5 Sep 1895  Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [10, 11
    Cause: Dilation of Heart (2 months) 
    Buried  Trinity Anglican Cemetery, Cambridge, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [8, 10
    Person ID  I102101  Generations
    Last Modified  7 Dec 2017 

    Father  Peter Jaffray,   b. 1800, , Stirlingshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Nov 1864, Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Mary Ann Gittins,   b. 1804, Shrewsbury, , Shropshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Apr 1873, Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F23820  Group Sheet

    Father  Jaffray 
    Family ID  F254414  Group Sheet

    Family 1  Jane Kippen Nairn,   b. 7 Aug 1847, Goderich, Huron Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Apr 1921, Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Julia Kippen Jaffray,   b. 21 May 1878, Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 May 1941
     2. Harry Traver Jaffray,   b. 1880, Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Aug 1944, Artemesia Twp., Grey Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. Mabel Kate Jaffray,   b. 17 Jul 1882, Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1971
     4. Jennie Lester "Jane" Jaffray,   b. 10 Nov 1884, Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1948
    Family ID  F16285  Group Sheet

    Family 2  Ellen Burke,   b. 1837, , Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married  14 May 1866  Guelph City, Wellington Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    Children 
     1. Arthur George Jaffray,   b. 1867, Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Nov 1889, Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location
    Family ID  F41298  Group Sheet

  • Notes 
    • Jaffray, Bros. , printers and proprietors of the Galt Reporter. The brothers are natives of England and were born there Richard in 1832, and George in 1838. Have been residents of Galt since 1844. Mr. R. Jaffray has held the office of Reeve.1a

      1aIllustrated Atlas of the County of Waterloo, H. Parsel & Co., Toronto - 1881

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      GEORGE J. JAFFRAY 1838-1895

      Married: 1. Ellen Burke - 2. Jane (Jennie) Nairn - 1877
      George Joseph Jaffray was born in Shewsbury, Shropshire, England on October 21, 1838, the youngest son of Peter Jaffray, the founder of the Galt Reporter, now the Cambridge Reporter. He emigrated from England with his family in 1844, arriving in New York in May. The family then proceeded toward the Goderich area with the intention of operating a farm. They were passing through Galt when Mr. Jaffray's father, Peter, noticed that the Dumfries Courier was seeking a printer. It was not long before he decided to forego the farming adventure and took the job at the Courier and settled in Galt. This led to the founding of the Galt Reporter by Peter Jaffray in 1846. Peter Jaffray died in 1864, leaving the operation of the paper to George Jaffray and his brothers Henry Jaffray, William Jaffray and Richard Jaffray. The brothers formed the firm of the Jaffray Bros. to publish the paper and to do contract print work. George Jaffray served as the business manager for the paper and is credited with placing the paper on a sound business footing. Following the deaths of two of his brothers, Henry and William, and the withdrawal of the third brother, Richard, from the partnership in 1889, George Jaffray took over sole control of the paper acting as the editor as well as the business manager. He retained both positions until ill health caused him to relinquish his posts on August 12, 1895. In addition to operating the Reporter, Mr. Jaffray was a member of the Galt Public School Board in 1888 and 1889, was the auditor for a number of years of both the Town of Galt and the Ontario Mutual Life Co. of Waterloo. He also served as the Secretary-Treasurer of the Imperial Hotel Co. and as the Secretary of the Conservative Association of South Waterloo. He was a member of the Galt Board of Trade as well as a shareholder in the Galt, Preston and Hespeler Street Railway Company. Mr. Jaffray died on September 6, 1895 and is buried in Trinity Anglican Cemetery.2a

      2aCambridge Mosaic, Jim Quantrell, 1998, City of Cambridge

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      DEATH OF MR. JAFFRAY

      He Passed Away Thursday Evening Aged 57 Years - An Old and Much Respected Resident of Galt - A Widely-Known Journalist


      After nearly four weeks of suffering and distress, Mr. Geo. Joseph Jaffray, editor and proprietor of the Galt Reporter and one of the oldest and most highly esteemed residents of the town, died Thursday evening, at a few minutes after nine o'clock. The deceased gentleman had, at late years, been a victim of dyspepsia, but being of a quiet disposition and of as uncomplaining nature, very few of his friends were acquainted with his sufferings. He was always able to attend to business and was to be found In his office every day, with a punctuality and regularity that was a marked characteristic of Mr. Jaffray during all his life. It was not until attending the C. W. A. meet in Waterloo in July, that Mr. Jaffray's condition began to give his family any source of alarm. To a friend he remarked upon that occasion that he had some difficulty in getting his breath. Mr. Jaffray, however, continued to be present at his office every day for some weeks after and it was not until four weeks ago on Monday last that he was compelled to remain at home, his indisposition having assumed a character as to necessitate his ceasing work. For three weeks previous to his death, he suffered much distress and notwithstanding all that medical skill could do to relieve his ailment, which was heart trouble, he grew worse and his condition for the last few days, was very precarious. Perfect rest and quietude was ordered him by his physiclan and these were secured to him as far as possible. Mr. Jaffray was conscious up to the last moment and the end came, as already mentioned, a few minutes after 9 o'clock, in the evening.

      George Joseph Jaffray was the youngest son of the late Peter Jaffray and was born in Shrewsbury, Shropshire, England, in the year 1838. When a mere boy, along with the other members of the family, he came to Canada with his parents. They came direct to Galt and were thinking of going up in the neighborhood of Goderich to take up land and begin farming. But at that time a situation was open for a printer on the Dumfries Courier and Mr. Jaffray, the father of the subject of this sketch, received employment on the paper. His two sons, William and Richard also drifted into the employ of the same office. This was in the year 1844 and two years subsequently, Mr. Peter Jaffray, retired to establish the Galt Weekly Reporter, the organ of the Conservative party in Waterloo Co. Thus, it will be seen, that the Reporter, ever since its inception, nearly fifty years ago, has been in the hands of the Jaffray family, the paper descending from father to son. Shortly after this journal was established by Mr. Jaffray, the Courier went out of existence. The Reporter continued in the hands of the father, until he passed away in 1864, when it came into the possession of the sons Richard, Henry and George. Mr. Richard Jaffray edited the journal until his serious illness in 1889, when he retired, his interest being taken over by his brother George. The deceased, before assuming the editorial management and control of the Reporter, was actively connected with its business interests, being bookkeeper and business manager. Henry Jaffray, who was also one of the proprietors, did not devote as much time to the business as his brothers, Richard and George. He being of a nomadic disposition, had gone on a trip to England, joined Wolelsey's Red River expedition to the North-west and travelled miles over the face of the continent. He was one of the victims of that ill-fated steamer which passed over the dam in Galt, in the year 1878, the memory of which still fills many minds with horror and recalls one of the saddest drowning accidents, which ever took place in Canada. The only bothers of deceased who are living are William, the eldest, who is postmaster at Berlin and Richard, of Galt. Two sisters were born, one of whom is still living, Miss Catherine Jaffray, who resided with the deceased. The other sister, Minnie, who married Mr. Geo. Baker, now of Chicago, died some years ago.

      As a publisher and journalist, the deceased was known far and wide in the newspaper fraternity. He always conducted a clean, well edited and neat publication, which reflected credit on the publisher and was an ornament to the Canadian press.

      The deceased was also familiar with the early scenes and associations of Galt and surrounding country and was conversant with the history of the oldest residents, their struggles, and the hardships incident to settling in a new and what was then, a comparatively undeveloped country. He was an authority on municipal law and the Statutes of Ontario. The funeral of the late Geo. J. Jaffray took place from the family residence, East Main St., to Trinity church cemetery on Saturday afternoon. The respect and esteem in which the deceased gentleman was held, was evidenced by the large attendance, the cortege being one of the longest ever witnessed in Galt. The floral tributes were numerous and very pretty. As the solemn procession moved slowly down Main street on the way to Trinity church, the merchants closed their places of business and lowered their window blinds. All the clergymen of the town were present at the house, where the solemnities were conducted by Rev. John Ridley, rector of Galt, and Rev. Dr. King. At Trinity church the burial service of the Church of England was conducted by Rev. Mr. Ridley. Interment, to the Trinity church cemetery.

      The Weekly Reformer 12 Sep 1895 pg 6

  • Sources 
    1. [S7] News - ON, Waterloo, Kitchener - Berliner Journal (1859-1917), 14 Nov 1889.
      Nov. 2, 1889 Arthur George Jaffray, son of George J. Jaffray, died in Galt at age of 22 years.

    2. [S336] Census - ON, Waterloo, Galt - 1881, Galt Division 1 Page 96.

    3. [S570] Census - ON, Waterloo, Galt - 1871, Div. 1, Pg. 68.

    4. [S313] Census - ON, Waterloo, Galt - 1851, Pg.40.

    5. [S1114] Book - Cambridge Mosaic, An Inquiry into Who's Who in the History of Cambridge, Profile of George J. Jaffray.

    6. [S1838] Census - ON, Waterloo, Galt - 1861, Galt 1861 Div. 2 Page 30.

    7. [S1800] Census - ON, Waterloo, Galt - 1891, Section 2 Page 140.

    8. [S2598] Cemetery - ON, Waterloo, Cambridge - Trinity Anglican Cemetery.
      [East] Peter JAFFRAY/ died at Galt/ Novenber 15th 1864/ aged 64 years/ also his wife/ Mary Ann GITTINS/ died April 17th 1873/ aged 69 years/ Catherine Elizabeth/ daughter of/ Peter & Jane/ JAFFRAY/ died Feb. 21st 1907/ aged 76 years/ JAFFRAY/ [South] Arthur George/ son of/ George J. JAFFRAY/ died at Galt/ November 1889/ aged 21 years/ Julia Kippen/ daughter of George & Jane/ JAFFRAY/ May 21, 1878/ May 22, 1941/ Scott, Galt/ [West] George Joseph/ fourth son of/ Peter & Mary JAFFRAY/ died at Galt/ September 5th 1895/ aged 56 years/ also his wife/ Jane Kippen NAIRN/ August 7th 1847/ April 29th 1921/ [North] Henry James/ third son of/ Peter & Mary JAFFRAY/ died May 22nd 1878/ aged 42 years/ Harry T. JAFFRAY/ 1880 - 1944/ interred in Toronto/ Jane L. JAFFRAY/ 1884 - 1948/ Mabel K. JAFFRAY/ 1882 - 1971/ children of George/ & Jane JAFFRAY/

    9. [S55] Vit - ON, Wellington - Wellington County Marriage Register 1858-1869.
      Ellen Burke Birth Place: Ireland Residence: Arthur Township Age: 28 Estimated birth year: abt 1838 Spouse Name: George Jeffrey Spouse's Age: 37 Spouse Birth Place: Ireland Spouse residence: Galt Marriage Date: 14 May 1866 Marriage Location: Guelph Marriage County: Wellington [age of George and his birthplace is recorded incorrectly]

    10. [S184] Funeral Card - - Funeral Card Notices of Waterloo County from 1851 to 1980.
      Died, In Galt, on Thursday evening, Sept. 5th, at 10 minutes past 9 o'clock, George J. Jaffray, Aged 56 years and 11 months. Funeral, To-morrow (Saturday) afternoon, at 3 o'clock, from his late residence, East Main Street, to Trinity Church Cemetery. Galt, Sept. 6th, 1895.

    11. [S2491] aaa Vit - ON - Death Registration, death certificate 017866 (1895)..
      Name:Geo Joseph Joffay Gender:Male Age:57 Birth Date:abt 1838 Birth Place:England Death Date:5 Sep 1895 Death Place:Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

  • Event Map
    Event
    Link to Google MapsBirth - 21 Oct 1838 - Shrewsbury, , Shropshire, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Episcopalian - 1851 - Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Printer - 1861 - Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Church of England - 1861 - Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1866 - Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 14 May 1866 - Guelph City, Wellington Co., Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Printer - 1871 - Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Church of England - 1871 - Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Journalist - 1881 - Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - News Paper Publisher - 1891 - Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Anglican - 1891 - Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - Cause: Dilation of Heart (2 months) - 5 Sep 1895 - Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Trinity Anglican Cemetery, Cambridge, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
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