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James Deans[1]
Male Cal 1806 - 1896


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  • Birth  CALC 17 Jul 1806  , Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3, 4
    Gender  Male 
    Interesting Life Story  life story, accident, misfortune 
    Occupation  1861  North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Farmer 
    Religion  1861  North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Free Church 
    Occupation  1871  North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Farmer 
    Religion  1871  North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    C. Presb. 
    Religion  1881  North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    C. Presbyterian 
    Misfortune  Apr 1896 
    killed by train 
    Eby ID Number  Waterloo-122619 
    Died  17 Apr 1896  Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried  Mount View Cemetery, Cambridge, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID  I122619  Generations
    Last Modified  3 Mar 2019 

    Father  Walter Deans,   b. 1774, of, Crailing, , Roxburgh, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Mother  Janet Andison,   b. 1776, of, Crailing, , Roxburgh, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F44224  Group Sheet

    Family  Janet Brydon,   b. 1817, , Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Feb 1851 
    Children 
     1. Thomas Deans,   b. Jan 1840, North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     2. Margaret Deans,   b. 1841, North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     3. Janet Deans,   b. CALC 10 Mar 1842, North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Sep 1847
     4. Mary Deans,   b. 1843, North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     5. Helen Deans,   b. 1847, North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Feb 1898
     6. Robert Deans,   b. CALC 9 Jan 1851, North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Jul 1888, near, Alma Station, Wellington Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location
    Family ID  F6374  Group Sheet

  • Notes 
    • MR. JAMES DEANS was a man of fine, sweet nature and cheery disposition, and evangelical spirit. He had a singular love for the Gospel of God's grace, and nourished his soul on its blessed truths. He could get no higher theme of converse and none other to him was satisfying. While here he lived in the palace of the King. He was always bright and happy, and you had no need to ask him, " What is your best word ? " for he always gave you that. He stood in the light that never fails or fades away, satisfied with its revelation and its rest. He enjoyed his religion, finding in it comfort and strength to serve God now, and the inspiration of a blessed hope for the future. All my recollections bring him back to me as a profoundly happy man, and that always flowing out of his living faith in the Saviour of sinners. He took great delight in reading C. H. Spurgeon s sermons, with their clear exposition of divine mysteries, their forceful illustration of doctrine, their uplifting spiritual power. They furnished to him strong meat, and materially helped to develop a sterling character.

      He was a regular subscriber for The Metropolitan Pulpit, which, when he had read and feasted on himself, he gave away, that others might enjoy the rich banquet they spread for the hungry soul. God had blessed and prospered him in his work and he was generous in his use of what God had given him. He held it only as one who administered God's bounty. He regarded himself as the steward of God. From more quarters than one have we heard of his generous gifts bestowed with a lavish hand.

      His end came unexpectedly one day. His advancing years increased a deafness, with which he had been troubled for a long time past, so that it was very difficult for him to hear at all. He was staying with his daughter, Mrs. Helen Telfer, in Galt, and he liked to go up town and see his old friends, and hear the news, and get the mail at the post-office. In going there he had to cross the railway track, where there are many lines of rail laid. And one day, as he was crossing, a train was shunting in the yard, and a loose, single car moving along the track, entirely unobserved by him, came upon him, and though the people shouted a warning with loud cries, yet he heard them not, and there met his end, being killed instantly. The appointed time had come, and in this way God called him home. But for this he was waiting and prepared. In conversations had with him some time before it was evident that he was looking forward with joyous hope to the time when he would enter in and go no more out

      In memory of him, his son Mr. Thomas Deans, North Dumfries, has given a memorial bell, one thousand pounds in weight, to be one of the chimes for the Central Church.

      Ebenezer: A History of the Central Presbyterian Church, Galt, Ontario, with brief sketches of some of its members who have passed on the the other side, The Rev. James A. R. Dickson. pg 252-254

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      In Memoriam Died. In Galt, on Friday afternoon, at 3 o'clock, James Deans, Aged 89 years and 9 months. The Funeral Will take place from the residence of his daughter, Mrs. Telfer, State street, at 2 o'clock, on Monday afternoon, to Mount View Cemetery. Friends and acquaintances will please accept this intimation. Galt, April 18th, 1896.

      Funeral Card of James Deans

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      INSTANTLY KILLED

      JAMES DEANS KNOCKED DOWN AND KILLED BY A FREIGHT CAR.


      Several Saw His Danger and Called Out - Being Deaf, He Did Not Hear Them, The Wheel Passed Over His Neck, Severing the Head From the Body.

      At a few minutes after three o'clock, Friday afternoon, Jas. Deans, an old gentleman nearly ninety years of age, was instantly killed at the G.W. station. The old man, who was very deaf, was crossing the track at the station, when a car, which was shunted down from Todd's mill struck him. The wheel passed over his neck, completely severing his head from the body. Before the car reached him, some bystanders, who were too far away to save him, warned the unfortunate man of his danger, but he did not hear them and so met a violent death. When the fatality occurred, the brakeman was standing at the back end of the car and so could not see that there was anything on the track. While the car was a short distance away from where the old man was standing, the brakeman was informed of the deceased's perilous position, but though he put on the brakes, was unable to stop the car. A doctor was at once summoned, but all that he could do was to have the remains removed, the body being taken to the house of Mrs. Teller, daughter of the dead man, with whom he had been living. Fortunately, no blame can be attributed to any one for the accident, the old gentleman seeing the engine standing down the track and his deafness preventing him from hearing the slowly approaching car, evidently thought the track was clear and went to his death. Mr. Lewis, the brakeman and the other trainmen and station employees, feel the unfortunate occurrence very keenly. An inquest was held, the result of which will be found in another column. The late Mr. Deans was born near Jedburgh. Roxburghshire, Scotland, nearly 90 years ago. When a young man, 24 years of age, he came to Canada and a year later was followed by the remainder of the family, four sisters, a brother and his mother, his father having died some thirteen years before. On his arrival in this country, the deceased first resided in Toronto, where he remained for a few months. After spending a short time in London, he took up land in North Dumfries, and settled on the farm now occupied by his son, Thomas Deans, West River road. Her he remained until ten years ago, when he retired from farming. Since then he had made his home alternately with his daughter, Mrs. Teller, State Street, town and with his son on the homestead. He was twice married, his first wife being, Miss Jane Brydon, who predeceased him many years, dying when about 32 years old. His second wife has been dead for many years. By his first wife, he had six children, only three whom are living, Mr. Thos. Deans, on the homestead; Mrs. John Telfer, State. The subject of this sketch was the last of a family of six, all of whom lived to an old age, the most of them exceeding four score years. He was a Reformer to the backbone and one of the men who have made the party what It is today. He never aspired to civic honors, the only public office he ever held was that of school trustee. In religion was a Presbyterian, being the oldest and one of the most highly esteemed members of the Central church. The funeral took place from the residence of his daughter, Mrs. Telfer, State Street, at 2 o'clock, on Monday afternoon, to Mt. View cemetery.

      The Weekly Reformer 23 Apr 1896 pg 3

  • Sources 
    1. [S4] Vit - ON - Marriage Registration.
      John Telfer Born: North Dumfries Age: 35 Born: abt 1839 Father: George Telfer Mother: Ellen Telfer Spouse: Ellen Deans Age: 25 Born: abt 1849 born: North Dumfries Father: James Deans Mother: Janet Deans married 25 Dec 1874 married: Waterloo, Galt

    2. [S205] Census - ON, Waterloo, North Dumfries - 1881, North Div. 2 Page 31.

    3. [S1778] Census - ON, Waterloo, North Dumfries - 1861, Div 6 Page 44.

    4. [S355] Census - ON, Waterloo, North Dumfries - 1871, Div. 2, Page 51.

  • Event Map
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    Link to Google MapsBirth - CALC 17 Jul 1806 - , Scotland Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Farmer - 1861 - North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Free Church - 1861 - North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Farmer - 1871 - North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - C. Presb. - 1871 - North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - C. Presbyterian - 1881 - North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 17 Apr 1896 - Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Mount View Cemetery, Cambridge, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
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