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Dr. William Hawkins Vardon[1]
Male 1833 - 1886


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  • Prefix  Dr. 
    Birth  1833  , New Brunswick, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3, 4, 5
    Gender  Male 
    Birth  Pickering Twp., York Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Elected Office  1866  , Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Warden for the County of Waterloo 
    Interesting Life Story  medical, politics, life story, scandal, misfortune 
    Misfortune  mental illness, drug addition, child custody 
    Name  William H. Vardon 
    Residence  1867  Hawkesville, Wellesley Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Occupation  1871  Wellesley Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Doctor 
    Religion  1871  Wellesley Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    W. Methodist 
    Occupation  1881  Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Physician 
    Eby ID Number  Waterloo-147701 
    Died  9 Jan 1886  Toronto, York Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Cause: paresis 
    Buried  Hawkesville, Wellesley Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID  I147701  Generations
    Last Modified  3 Jan 2019 

    Father  Thomas W. Vardon,   b. Abt 1803, of, New Brunswick Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1871 
    Mother  Hannah Hawkins,   b. 1808, , New Brunswick, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Family ID  F27303  Group Sheet

    Family 1  Margaret Ann Spiers,   b. CALC 14 Aug 1837, of, Hawksville, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Apr 1866 
    Children 
     1. Mary Elleanor Vardon,   b. CALC 20 Jul 1861, Wellesley Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Oct 1862
     2. Frances Vardon,   b. 1863, Hawkesville, Wellesley Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     3. William H. Vardon,   b. CALC 15 Jun 1863, Wellesley Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Mar 1864
    Family ID  F7845  Group Sheet

    Family 2  Elvira Cressman,   b. 1839, , Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married  18 Sep 1867  , Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Children 
     1. Thomas Vardon,   b. 1856, , , USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     2. Jane Vardon,   b. 1859, , Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     3. Elisabeth Vardon,   b. 1862, , Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Family ID  F41442  Group Sheet

  • Notes 
    • DR. WILLIAM H. VARDON

      c. 1835-1886 Married: 1. Margaret Ann Spears (Died 1866) 2. Elvina Whiting

      Dr. William Hawkins Vardon was born in Pickering Township, near Toronto and was the older brother of Dr. Thomas W. Vardon. William Vardon received his degree in medicine from Victoria College, Cobourg in May 1862 after studying at the Toronto General Hospital. In 1871 he established a medical practice in Hawkesville, in Wellesley township thereby becoming the first known doctor in the village. He took a leading role in the politics of Wellesley township, serving as Reeve of the township from 1865 to 1868 and acting, at the same time, as Warden of Waterloo County. He also acted as the coroner of Waterloo County during his time in Hawkesville. In November 1871 he moved to the town of Waterloo and then, in June 1873, to Galt. Dr. Vardon was described as "skillful and daring" in his profession and experienced considerable professional success. His domestic life was considerably less successful and within two years of the move to Galt his wife took their daughter and went to live with her brother in Berlin, (now Kitchener) Ontario. Dr. Vardon tried various legal and illegal means to gain custody, including three attempts to forcibly seize his daughter. The illegal attempts all failed and in April 1878 he appealed to the courts which awarded him custody. A few days after receiving custody, Dr. Vardon took his daughter with him as he tried to convince his wife to return to him. While this attempt at reconciliation was going on, the daughter slipped out the back door and was hidden by friends of the mother. After a time Dr. Vardon appeared to become reconciled with the idea of his daughter remaining with his former wife. However, the matter continued to gnaw at him until finally he had a severe mental break down and, in March 1885, was committed to the Toronto Asylum for treatment. His condition was apparently aggravated by the use of narcotics. While in the asylum he suffered a stroke and died
      on January 9, 1886. He was buried in Hawkesville, from the residence of his brother Dr. Thomas W. Vardon. Following the funeral Dr. Thomas Vardon moved from Hawkesville to establish a medical practice in Galt in partnership with Dr. John B. Lundy.

      Sources:
      1. A. D. Campbell, M.D. "The Downfall of Dr. Vardon", Waterloo Historical Society Journal Vol. 75, 1987.
      2. Obituary Galt Reporter Thursday January 14, 1886.



      Cambridge Mosaic, Jim Quantrell, 1998, City of Cambridge [used with kind permission of Jim Quantrell]

  • Sources 
    1. [S4] Vit - ON - Marriage Registration.
      Fanny Vardon Born: Hawksville Ont Age: 24 Father: Wm H Vardon Mother: Margaret Spiers Vardon Born: abt 1862 Spouse: John H Huber Age: 23 born: Ayr Father: Samuel Huber Mother: Mary Kirk married 28 Dec 1886

    2. [S336] Census - ON, Waterloo, Galt - 1881, Galt Division 2 Page 22.

    3. [S269] Census - ON, Waterloo, Wellesley Twp. - 1871, Div. 3A, Pg. 28.

    4. [S713] Vit - ON - Death Registration, death certificate 21422 (1886), Wm. Hawkins Vardon..
      Wm. Hawkins Vardon, d. 9 Jan 1886 Toronto, aged 52y, physician, b. New Brunswick, cause: paresis,

    5. [S5] Vit - - ON, Waterloo - 1858-1869 Marriage Register.
      Vardon William H, 33, res. Hawksville, b. New Brunswick, son of Thomas W and Hannah, married 18 Sept 1867 Elvira Cressmann, 27, res. Berlin, b. CW, daughter of Mathew and Elizabeth

  • Event Map
    Event
    Link to Google MapsBirth - 1833 - , New Brunswick, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBirth - - Pickering Twp., York Co., Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsElected Office - Warden for the County of Waterloo - 1866 - , Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1867 - Hawkesville, Wellesley Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 18 Sep 1867 - , Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Doctor - 1871 - Wellesley Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - W. Methodist - 1871 - Wellesley Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Physician - 1881 - Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - Cause: paresis - 9 Jan 1886 - Toronto, York Co., Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Hawkesville, Wellesley Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
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