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William R. Fairgrieve
Male 1855 - 1885


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  • Birth  26 Feb 1855  North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3
    Gender  Male 
    Religion  1871  North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    C. Presbyterian 
    Interesting Life Story  1885  North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    suicide 
    Misfortune  1885  North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    suicide by hanging 
    Eby ID Number  Waterloo-71103 
    Died  20 Nov 1885  North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 3
    Cause: Suicide by Hanging 
    Buried  Mount View Cemetery, Cambridge, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Person ID  I71103  Generations
    Last Modified  3 Mar 2019 

    Father  Hugh Fairgrieve,   b. 1814, Galashiels, , Roxburgh, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Jun 1891 
    Mother  Mary Ann Roberts,   b. 1818, Galashiels, , Roxburgh, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Dec 1889, North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F16584  Group Sheet

  • Notes 
    • In North Dumfries, on Friday, 20th inst., at half-past 12 o'clock, William R. Fairgrieve, in his 31st year.

      Galt Reporter Nov 27 1885 pg 1

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      Sad Death

      It has been the lot of the Reporter during the years in which it has paid its weekly visits to its readers to record many painful bereavements; but It never fell to the lot of the writer to record one more distressing than that which fell upon the household of our respected old friend Mr. Hugh Fairgrieve, farmer, North Dumfries, last Friday. For a few days previous his son William R. had not been well, complaining very much of the cold, and had remained in the house sitting by the stove. He had taken some medicine but declined to consult a doctor, saying that he would be all right in a day or two. Shortly after noon on Friday he left the house and was noticed going toward the driving shed. Not returning, his aged mother became somewhat uneasy, but thought he had gone over to his brother, some distance away; but as time passed she sent out her daughter to see if she could see him. On entering the driving shed the sister was horrified at discovering the body of her brother hanging, by the neck from one of the rafters. An alarm was instantly given, but the young man was quite dead when taken down. It is needless to say that the family so painfully bereaved bear with them the sympathy of the entire neighborhood. No possible reason can be assigned for the act, Mr. Fairgrieve being a steady and hard working young man, and one that carried with him the respect of all who knew him. He was a member of the C. P. Church choir in this town, and was present at the usual services in this church on the Sunday previous. He was in the 31st year or his age, and unmarried.

      Galt Reporter Nov 27 1885 pg 1

  • Sources 
    1. [S122] Cemetery - ON, Waterloo, Cambridge - Mount View CC#4495 Internet Link .
      In/ memory of/ William Fairgrieve/ born/ Feb 26, 1855/ died/ Nov 20. 1885/ John Fairgrieve/ died/ Dec. 29. 1904/ aged 64 years/ Henry Howitt/ Meikelham/ died Jan 2. 1942/

    2. [S355] Census - ON, Waterloo, North Dumfries - 1871, Div. 1, Pg. 2.

    3. [S713] Vit - ON - Death Registration, death certificate 017205 (1885)..
      William R Fairgrieve Gender: Male Age: 30 Birth Date: abt 1855 Birth Place: North Dumfries Death Date: 20 Nov 1885 Death Place: Waterloo, Ontario, Canada Cause of Death: Suicide (Hanging)

  • Event Map
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    Link to Google MapsBirth - 26 Feb 1855 - North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - C. Presbyterian - 1871 - North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsInteresting Life Story - suicide - 1885 - North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMisfortune - suicide by hanging - 1885 - North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - Cause: Suicide by Hanging - 20 Nov 1885 - North Dumfries Twp., 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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