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Samuel Gofton
Male Abt 1790 - Jul


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  • Birth  Abt 1790  , England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender  Male 
    Residence  1815  Sigglesthorne, , Yorkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Residence  1815  Sigglesthorne, , Yorkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Residence  1817  Sigglesthorne, , Yorkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Residence  1822  Sigglesthorne, , Yorkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Epidemic  1834  Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Cholera 
    Eby ID Number  Waterloo-29894 
    Died  Jul  , Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried  Unmarked grave, Waterloo County, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID  I29894  Generations
    Last Modified  13 Apr 2017 

  • Notes 
    • Family lore indicates that Samuel died coming from from a circus and died of cholera and was buried at the side of the road, His horse was brought to his widow.

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      From an account of the cholera epidemic in which Samuel perished is below.

      "The most striking and melancholy example within our knowledge of the generations and effects of the local infection occurred in this vicinity in the summer of 1834.

      On the 28th of July, 1834, Galt, a village on the Grand River, U. C. was visited by Showmen with a Menagerie. It was exhibited under an awning of canvass, nearly enclosed at the sides, and drawn together in a conical form almost to the top. The day was excessively warm, and the crown suffocating. The exhibition lasted about 3 hours. It is estimated that about 1000 persons were present, and that not less than 200 of them died of Cholera within ten days. The population from which the assembly at the exhibition was composed, in the Township in the vicinity of Galt, it supposed to be about seven thousand.

      The first case was in one of the Showmen, who sickened on that day, which was Monday. No other case occurred until the following Wednesday morning - on that day not less than thirty were attacked all of whom had been at the show - The greatest number of cases were on the Thursday and Friday following - but new cases occurred for several days. In speaking of an attack, we here allude to the time the patient supposed the attack commenced - the time he was "taken down" . The average length of time the disease lasted after this event was about sixteen hours.

      Four days previous to the exhibition of animals at Galt, two children of Mr. J. G., on the Governor's Road, 12 miles south east of Galt, were attacked with Cholera, one of which died. On the same day (24th July,) two cases of what we shall call second grade Cholera came under our care, being the first that occurred of that form of the disease within our knowledge that season - About this time also, many were affected with first grand symptoms, - but with the exception of the children alluded to we have not been able to learn that any case of fully developed Cholera occurred in this part of the province previous to the exhibition of animals at Galt, and for several days subsequent to that event, and in which more than two hundred were attacked with Cholera, all had been at that exhibition with only two or three exceptions. From the 6th of August the disease became more general and not confined to such as were at the Menagerie; but this time it appeared at Hamilton and Dundas - situations more low and marshy than Galt, and adjacent to Burlington Bay of the Head of Lake Ontario. From these facts it is evident that a deteriorated state of the atmosphere existed previous to the 28th July, yet the fatal catastrophe following the exhibition at Galt was mainly attributable to the highly vitiated, or imperfectly oxygenated air, produced by the numerous and sweltering crowd under the canvas - the ventilation being altogether inadequate for so numerous and crowded assemblage. It also appears that at Hamilton, Dundas and several other situations the Epidemic influence was the product of the more common causes of general infection, united with a local infection, which last is caused by the action of heat upon putrescent vegetable matter...."1a


      1aElam Stimson, MD, The Cholera Beacon, being a treatise on the Epidemic Cholera: as it appeared in Upper Canada in 1832-4:

  • Sources 
    1. [S1803] ), Marriage of Samuel Gofton and Elizabeth Hall; Indexing Project (Batch) Number: M10740-1 System Origin: England-ODM GS Film number: 990846..
      Samuel Gofton and Elizabeth Hall, married 17 Apr 1815 Sigglesthorne, Yorkshire, England

    2. [S1808] ), christening of Samuel Thomas Gofton; Indexing Project (Batch) Number: C10740-1 System Origin: England-ODM GS Film number: 990846..
      christening of Samuel Thomas Gofton, 31 Jul 1815, Sigglethorne, Yorkshire, England

    3. [S1808] ), christening of John Gofton; Indexing Project (Batch) Number: C10740-1 System Origin: England-ODM GS Film number: 990846..
      John Gofton, christening 19 Aug 1817 Sigglesthorne, Yorkshire, England

    4. [S1808] ), Christening of Nancy Gofton; Indexing Project (Batch) Number: C10740-1 System Origin England-ODM GS Film number: 990846..

  • Event Map
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    Link to Google MapsBirth - Abt 1790 - , England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1815 - Sigglesthorne, , Yorkshire, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1815 - Sigglesthorne, , Yorkshire, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1817 - Sigglesthorne, , Yorkshire, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1822 - Sigglesthorne, , Yorkshire, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsEpidemic - Cholera - 1834 - Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - Jul - , Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
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