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Rev. Duncan McRuer
Male Cal 1824 - 1886


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  • Prefix  Rev. 
    Birth  CALC 8 Feb 1824  Lachute, Argenteuil Co., Quebec Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Gender  Male 
    Occupation  92 Northumberland St., Ayr, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    minister 
    Occupation  Knox Presbyterian Church, Ayr, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    minister 
    Occupation  1855  Ayr, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    minister 
    Occupation  1861  North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Minister of Free Church 
    Religion  1861  North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Free Church 
    Eby ID Number  Waterloo-111234 
    Died  18 Dec 1886  Union Grove, Gentry, Missouri, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Buried  Knox Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Worth, Worth, Missouri, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID  I111234  Generations
    Last Modified  6 Oct 2017 

    Father  John McRuer,   b. Abt 1800, Of, Lachute, , Québec, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Mother  Mary McIntyre,   b. Abt 1800, Of, Lachute, , Québec, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Family ID  F49999  Group Sheet

    Family  Mary Torance,   b. 1833, , Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Children 
     1. John Torrance McRuer,   b. 26 Aug 1855, Ayr, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     2. Mary N. McRuer,   b. 1857, , Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     3. Agnes McRuer,   b. 1859, , Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Family ID  F30578  Group Sheet

  • Notes 
    • In March, 1853, the year following the separation of Waterloo county from the union with Wellington and Grey, the first meeting of the Board of Public Instruction for this county was held in Berlin. The local superintendents constituted the Board. They were Rev. James Sims, chairman; Alexander Allan, M.A., Secretary; Martin Rudolf, Otto Klotz and John Caven. The Board held five meetings that year, three of them for the examination of teachers. There were 63 certificates granted at the three meetings, of which 15 were renewals of certificates previously obtained at Guelph. At this time and for some years afterwards it was the practice of the Board to grant very few certificates for a longer period than two years, while a number were valid for only six months and some even for only three months.

      These Local Superintendents and their successors in office, who administered and directed the educational affairs of this county from 1853 to 1871, when the office was abolished, have not, in the opinion of the writer, received from the public the credit for their work to which they were entitled. They were all educated, broad-minded, unselfish men, ever ready and willing to assist and advise the teacher and explain the almost unexplainable school law to the trustees. The obstacles which they were continually encountering, in the performance of their duties, were many and difficult.
      In this connection special mention is due Rev. James Sims Local Superintendent for Wellesley for twelve years and chairman of the Board of Public Instruction for eight Messrs. Robert Brydon, Otto Klotz, Henry Liersch, James Colquhoun, Rev. Duncan McRuer, Rev. Geo. Cuthbertson, Rev. James Boyd, Henry F. J. Jackson and Isaac L. Bowman. 1a

      1aFirst Annual Report of the Waterloo Historical Society 1913

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      \bDeath of Rev. Dr. McRuer
      A telegraphic message arrived here last week, announcing the sudden and unexpected death, on the 18th inst., of the Rev. Duncan McRuer, at his home at Union Grove, Gentry County, Missouri. This intelligence will be received with profound regret by many n this vicinity, to whom the rev. gentleman was well-known as a pastor, who for 27 years was in charge of Knox Church, Ayr. We have been able to glean a few facts about the deceased, which may be of interest to our readers. Mr. McRuer left Ayr about 16 years ago, in company with Walter and William Gladstone, John and Hugh Wallace, and Robert Pringle. These, together with others form Canada, formed quite a Canadian Colony, most of whom were warm friends of Mr. McRuer, and had been at one time or another members of his congregation in Ayr. Mr. McRuer turned his attention to farming, and owned a large farm in a very fine section of that country. He had no stated ministry, but preached at three stations, necessitating continually considerable travel form one to the other. These duties he fulfilled faithfully up to his death. In fact, he had just concluded a three weeks series of meetings before his sad and sudden taking off. He had returned home only a short time, when, as he was sitting talking to his family, he fell from his chair and expired. Although his health had been failing for some time, there was nothing in his appearance which indicated that his end was so near. Deceased was born in Luchute, Quebec, where his brother, James still lives. Mr. John McRuer, of South Dumfries, is also a brother. MR. McRuer was in good circumstances. He was ..2a

      2aThe Ayr Recorder Dec 30 1886 pg 1

  • Sources 
    1. [S1778] Census - ON, Waterloo, North Dumfries - 1861, Div 2 Page 7.

    2. [S619] News - ON, Waterloo, Ayr - Ayr News (1897- ), "Obituary of Rev. Duncan McRuer," Dec 30 1886 pg 1..

    3. [S1242] Church Records - ON, Waterloo, Ayr - Knox Presbyterian Church.
      John Torrance s/o Duncan McRuar & Mary Torance, minister, b. 26 Aug 1855 Ayr C. W., bapt. 28 Oct 1856

  • Event Map
    Event
    Link to Google MapsBirth - CALC 8 Feb 1824 - Lachute, Argenteuil Co., Quebec Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - minister - - 92 Northumberland St., Ayr, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - minister - - Knox Presbyterian Church, Ayr, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - minister - 1855 - Ayr, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Minister of Free Church - 1861 - North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Free Church - 1861 - North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Knox Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Worth, Worth, Missouri, United States Link to Google Earth
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