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James Davidson[1]
Male 1776 - 1852


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  • Birth  31 Mar 1776  Walthamstow, , Essex, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Gender  Male 
    Misfortune  1852  Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    killed by a runaway team of horses. 
    Eby ID Number  Waterloo-26793 
    Died  15 Aug 1852  Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Buried  Trinity Anglican Cemetery, Cambridge, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Person ID  I26793  Generations
    Last Modified  6 Oct 2017 

    Family  Elspeth Blackhall,   b. 1777, of, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Oct 1853, Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. James Davidson
     2. William Davidson
     3. Alexander Davidson
     4. Elsie Davidson
     5. Ann Davidson,   b. 1798, , Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1878, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location
     6. Elisabeth Davidson,   b. 1799, , Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Aug 1880, Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location
     7. Mayor John Davidson,   b. 1805, Aberdeen, , Aberdeen, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Nov 1877, Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location
     8. Isabella Jemima Davidson,   b. 1808, , Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Aug 1876, London, Middlesex, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location
     9. Mary Davidson,   b. 1820, , Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Family ID  F7004  Group Sheet

  • Notes 
    • James Davidson came to Winterbourne in 1834, from Aberdeen where he had been engaged in the cotton manufacturing. He was born at Walthamstow, Essex, England, on the 31st of March 1776. His wife was Elspet Blackhall, born at Aberdeen in 1777.

      The family lived in a log house on the same lot as that upon which now stands the Rev. A. M. Hamilton's residence. This was known as Lower Woolwich post office while the Davidson's had it, and old Captain Smith carried the mail twice a week from Preston. The log house was pulled down about the year 1860 by our old friend Sandy Imlay, who is now living in Winterbourne.

      In the Davidson family there were : John, James, William, Alexander, Ann, Elizabeth, Isabella, Mary, and Elsie. All except Ann and Alexander had lived at Winterbourne. Ann was the eldest and she was married in 1824 to Alexander Allan, a lawyer in the city of Aberdeen. They came to Canada in 1843 and lived near Preston. Mr. Allan was the first Superintendent of Schools in the Wellington District, and held that position until 1853, when the County of Waterloo was set apart, and was the first Village Clerk of Preston. He died in 1855, and his wife died at Salem in 1878. One of their sons, Absalom Shade Allan, was M. P. P. for West Wellington from 1886 to 1894, and is now Sheriff of the County of Wellington. The late William Allan, of Salem was another son.

      Isabella married Absalom Shade, the man who in company with the Hon. William Dickson founded the town of Galt in 1816. She afterwards married Dean Boomer and resided in London, Ontario. Mary married John Geddes, son of the late Andrew Geddes, Crown Land Agent at Elora. Elsie married William McKenzie and they went back to Scotland and lived at his estate " Fortrie," near Aberdeen. William was a merchant in Liverpool, and Alexander was a merchant in Malta. John was a banker in Galt, and was afterwards Postmaster. His wife was a sister of the late Dr. Tassie of Galt.

      James Davidson, sr., about 1845, removed to Galt and died at Spring Hill on the fifteenth of August, 1852, the result of being injured by a runaway team of horses. His wife died on the sixth of August 1853, aged seventy-six
      years.1a

      1aThe Early History of Elora, Ontario, and Vicinity by John R. Connon

  • Sources 
    1. [S9] News - ON, Waterloo, Kitchener - Canada Museum und Allgemeine Zeitung (1835-1840), 4 May 1837:21.
      16 Mar 1837 Absalom Shade, Esq, MPP, village of Galt, m. Miss Isabella Jemima Davidson, daughter of James Davidson, Woolwich, late of Aberdeen, Scotland.

    2. [S505] Cemetery - ON, Waterloo, Cambridge - Trinity Anglican (Galt) CC#4497 Internet Link .
      In memory of/ James Davidson/ born in/ Walthamstow, Essex/ England/ on the 31st of March/ 1776/ for many years/ resident in Aberdeen/ Scotland/ who died 15th of Aug./ 1852/ aged 76 years/ also/ Elspeth his wife/ who departed this life/ Oct. 6th 1853/ aged 75 years

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    Link to Google MapsBirth - 31 Mar 1776 - Walthamstow, , Essex, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMisfortune - killed by a runaway team of horses. - 1852 - Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 15 Aug 1852 - 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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