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John Laird[1]
Male 1798 - 1878


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  • Birth  25 Dec 1798  Letterkenny, Donegal, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3, 4
    Gender  Male 
    Misfortune  19 Jul 1831  Gulf of St. Lawrence, , Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    shipwrecked on the "Lady Sherbrooke", lost his wife, three children, two brothers and three sisters 
    Occupation  1852  Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    farmer 
    Religion  1871  Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Canada Presbyterian 
    Eby ID Number  Waterloo-31072P 
    Died  22 Dec 1878  Haysville, Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Cause: old age 
    Buried  Pinehill Cemetery, Wilmot Township, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Person ID  I31072  Generations
    Last Modified  6 Oct 2017 

    Father  Laird,   b. Abt 1770, of , Donegal, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Family ID  F3336  Group Sheet

    Family 1  Rebecca Crotty,   b. 1808, , Limerick Co., Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Sep 1878, Haysville, Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Maria Laird,   b. CALC 10 Jun 1843, Haysville, Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Feb 1874
     2. Jane Laird,   b. 1844, Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     3. Joseph Alexander Laird,   b. 1844, Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1897
     4. Frances Laird,   b. 1846, Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Apr 1926, Wingham, Huron Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location
     5. Agnes Laird,   b. 1850, , Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Family ID  F8145  Group Sheet

    Family 2  Esther Hays,   b. Abt 1800, , Donegal, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Family ID  F52482  Group Sheet

    Family 3  Mrs. John Laird,   b. Abt 1800, , Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Jul 1831 
    Family ID  F52484  Group Sheet

  • Notes 
    • AN OLD LANDMARK GONE.

      Mr. John Laird, who died at his residence in Haysville, on the 22nd inst., at the ripe age of 80 years, was in many respects a remarkable man. His was indeed an eventful life. He was a good specimen of the pioneers of Canada these men who have made this country what it is. He was born near Letterkenny, County of Donegal, Ireland, on the 26th of December, 1798. He left Londonderry for Quebec on the ill-fated ship " Lady Sherbrooke," commanded by Capt. Gamble. The ship was wrecked on Bird Island, off the coast of Newfoundland. Out of 350 passengers 27 souls were saved. The Captain was afterwards tried and condemned to be hanged for wrecking the vessel for the insurance money. Mr. Laird was taken off the rocks by a coal vessel, having lost his wife, three children, two brothers and three sisters, and everything else, even to his very hat. He worked his way to New York, where he got employment in a hat establishment. At the request of the late R. Hays, Esq. whose sister he afterwards married, he came to Ingersoll and took up a farm. Here he took a job of chopping, and had to purchase an axe on credit but with indomitable perseverance he set to work to hew himself out a home in the wilds of Canada. With the intention of still pushing his fortune he came to Wilmot in the year 1836, along with Mr. Hays the founder of Haysville. Here he took up a farm and prospered in worldly matter, but another affliction overtook him. He was deprived of the partner of his toils and trials. He was again alone in the world, having no children alive, but his unwavering determination bore him through his solitary life. After a length of time, happening to Visit Ingersoll, he got introduced to, the family of Henry Crotty, Esq., whose daughter he afterwards married, and by her he had one son and three daughters. He son is Joseph A. Laird, Esq., Deputy-Reeve of Wilmot, and his eldest daughter, who passed away five years ago, was the wife of Mr. John S. Brown, of McKillop, County of Huron. The next eldest is Mrs. Dr. Campbell, of Seaforth, the youngest being Mrs. H. Davis, of Wingham. he last great bereavement of his life, and the hardest trial of all, was the loss of the mother of his family, the aged partner of his declining years.. This happened three months before his own demise. Life had now no charms for him. He longed to follow. His wish was gratified he was attacked with gangrene and passed calmly away after a few days respected and regretted by all who knew him. Huron Expositor.

      Galt Reporter 10 Jan 1879 pg 3

  • Sources 
    1. [S4] Vit - ON - Marriage Registration.
      Joseph A Laird Born: Wilmot Tp Age: 26 Father: John Laird Mother: Rebecca Laird Born: abt 1845 Spouse: Agnes Plum Age: 19 born: Wilmot Tp Father: William R Plum Mother: Ruth Plum married 25 Jan 1871

    2. [S134] Census - ON, Waterloo, Wilmot - 1851, Div 1 Pg 5.
      John LAIRD born Ireland Presbyterian Farmer 53
      Rebecca LAIRD born Ireland Presbyterian 35
      William THOMSON born Ireland Presbyterian Servant 14
      Joseph LAIRD born Canada Presbyterian 8
      Maria LAIRD born Canada Presbyterian 10
      Jane LAIRD born Canada Presbyterian 6
      Frances LAIRD born Canada Presbyterian 4

    3. [S560] Cemetery - ON, Waterloo, Wilmot - Pinehill Cemetery CC#4549 Cemetery Internet Link.
      Rebecca / wife of / John Laird / died Sep 17, 1878 / aged 69 years / a native of Co Limerick / Ireland / LAIRD / John Laird / died Dec 22, 1878 / aged 80 years / a native of Co Donegal / Ireland / Unswerving in their loyalty to duty / It was their mutual choice its path to trace / As with the landscapes cultured beauty / Declining years were crowned with grace / Death did not part them long

    4. [S190] Census - ON, Waterloo, Wilmot - 1871, Div. 2 Page 63.

    5. [S134] Census - ON, Waterloo, Wilmot - 1851, Div 1 Pg 5.

  • Event Map
    Event
    Link to Google MapsBirth - 25 Dec 1798 - Letterkenny, Donegal, Ireland Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMisfortune - shipwrecked on the "Lady Sherbrooke", lost his wife, three children, two brothers and three sisters - 19 Jul 1831 - Gulf of St. Lawrence, , Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - farmer - 1852 - Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Canada Presbyterian - 1871 - Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - Cause: old age - 22 Dec 1878 - Haysville, Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Pinehill Cemetery, Wilmot Township, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
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