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Sheriff George Davidson, Esq. 

Sheriff George Davidson, Esq.[1, 2]

Male 1814 - 1881

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  • Prefix  Sheriff 
    Suffix  Esq. 
    Birth  14 May 1814  , Aberdeen, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
    Gender  Male 
    Immigration  1835  , Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [10
    Residence  1836  Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [11
    Occupation  1842  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [12
    Postmaster 
    Occupation  1852  Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [13
    Mill & General Merchant 
    Occupation  1856  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [14
    sheriff 
    Occupation  1861  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [15
    sheriff 
    Occupation  1871  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Sheriff 
    Religion  1871  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Presbyterian 
    Residence  1873  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Occupation  1881  , Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    Sherif of Waterloo County 
    Occupation  1881  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Sheriff 
    Religion  1881  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Presbyterian 
    Died  27 Apr 1881  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [8, 9
    Cause: Bronchitis 2 weeks 
    Hall of Fame - Waterloo Region  Bef 2012  , Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [16
    Residence  97 Frederick St., Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Reminiscences of Berlin by Jacob Stroh, an article published by the Waterloo Historical Society in its 1930 volume, says this:

      "On the corner, now occupied by Dr. Honsberger's residence, (there was) a two story brick building, for some time the residence of Sheriff (George) Davidson. Before that, 1840 -1860, Jacob Kramer occupied the building as a tavern."1a

      1aJon Fear 30 Mar 2012. The Waterloo Region Record
    Eby ID Number  Waterloo-75381 
    Buried  Mount Hope Cemetery, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Person ID  I75381  Generations
    Last Modified  24 Oct 2017 

    Father  Davidson,   b. Abt 1775, Of, Aberdeen, , Aberdeen, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Mother  Margaret,   b. 1776, Of, Aberdeen, , Aberdeen, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Jun 1866, Aberdeen, , Aberdeen, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F23702  Group Sheet

    Family  Margaret Garden,   b. 31 Aug 1811, Aberdeen, , Aberdeen, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Jan 1894, Toronto, York Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  27 Jun 1836  Hamilton, Wentworth Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [11, 15
    Children 
     1. Margaret Davidson,   b. 26 Nov 1839, Bridgeport (Kitchener), Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     2. Elizabeth Davidson,   b. 5 Dec 1843, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 Jan 1928
     3. George Davidson,   b. 25 Jan 1844, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     4. William Davidson,   b. 1845, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     5. Robert Gordon Davidson,   b. 1851, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     6. Alexander Davidson,   b. 1854, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     7. Davidson,   b. 30 Jun 1856, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Jun 1856, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location
     8. John Bayne Davidson,   d. 7 Sep 1848
    Family ID  F19748  Group Sheet

  • Photos
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    http://www.region.waterloo.on.ca/web/region.nsf/0/B5D7AA89B6C49CEF85256B06004AEEF5?OpenDocument

  • Notes 
    • The Free Church branch, having no church building, held their services in the stone schoolhouse, now part of the residence of Mrs. Andrew Brown. The summer services were conducted largely by students of Knox College. Probably the winter services were carried on by themselves. I am told that Mr. Wm. Gerrie, Sr., was a good preacher and Mr. George (Sheriff) Davidson also belonged to that party. The Free Church building, known latterly as "the lecture room", was built in 1848 by William Mitchell as carpenter and George Cummings as mason. The deed for the lot was given by G. Davidson to William Mitchell, George Cummings, and Jas. Adamson, as trustees for the congregation, on the eighth day of March, 1852, for the sum of five shillings currency (about one dollar of our money). This was the first piece of real estate that became the possession of either congregation.1a

      1aA Few Notes on the Early History of Chalmers' Church, Winterbourne" by Rev. A. M. Hamilton, M. A.

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      About the year 1854 an effort was made in connection with a new congregation started in Berlin, largely through the influence of Sheriff Davidson, he had removed there about the year 1843 to obtain a pastor over the two congregations During 1855 and part of 1856 ministers of the Presbytery gave supply, and from October 1856 Rev. A. Constable Geikie preached to the two congregations. A call was prepared for him June 28th, 1857, but the Woolwich people were not satisfied with the arrangements for services, so the union was dissolved and Woolwich stood alone again. Both congregations got up a call for Mr. Geikie, but being invited by the celebrated Dr. Bayne, of GaIt, to be his helper and successor in Knox Church of that town, he accepted and had just removed and got settled there when one Sabbath morning Dr. Bayne died very suddenly, and the congregation of Knox Church, Galt, refused to carry out the arrangements, so Mr. Geikie removed to Australia and became one of the great leaders of the church there and passed away a few years ago. Returning to the other branch of the church, St. Andrew's, Woolwich, we have the Session Records to guide us in tracing the history. On Oct. 17th, 1854, the Presbytery of Hamilton met in the church, composed of Rev. J. C. Gibson (Galt), Rev. Kenneth MacLennan and Rev. Cohn Gregor (Guelph), for the purpose of inducting the Rev. James Shour. The elders present were George Loggie, James Burnett and William Smith, all belonging to St. Andrew's, Woolwich, of whom George Loggie and James Burnett were new members of the Session and had been chosen and ordained during the vacancy. The Rev Mr. Gibson preached from 1 Cor. 3:9 'Ye are gods', and after the usual vows had been accepted by the Rev. Mr. Shour he was addressed by the Rev. Mr. Gregor and the people by Rev. Mr. MacLennan. The Rev. Mr. Shour was a man of short stature and thick set build, kindly and quiet in his manner. He was educated in Glasgow, Scotland, was ordained and inducted into the charge of Three Rivers, Quebec, in 1844 and in 1854 into the charge of St. Andrew's, Woolwich. At his settlement the families connected with the congregation were 40, the communicants 56, scholars in Sabbath school 100, teachers 11 and one bible class. Half the families that supported and attended the services of the church were Episcopalians. The arrangement for services were Sabbath school to be held at ten on Sabbath morning, public service at eleven with occasional evening services, prayer meetings in private houses each week alternately on each side of the Grand River.2a

      2aA Few Notes on the Early History of Chalmers' Church, Winterbourne" by Rev. A. M. Hamilton, M. A.

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      George Davidson, who came to Canada in 1835 and bought and improved 200 acres of partially cleared land at Winterbourne, had several claims to distinction. He became the first sheriff of Waterloo County (1853-1881), the first postmaster of Berlin (1842) and was one of three men who, in the old schoolhouse adjacent to the village hall, organized St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church in Berlin.

      At New Aberdeen, six miles to the southwest of Berlin, he bought a farm of 500 acres, built a sawmill and a grist mill, and opened a store. He later returned to Berlin where he performed his duties as sheriff. He was also a township and County councillor and a school trustee.

      Davidson's church interests led to the organization of Chalmers Church, Winterbourne, in 1837, and the holding of mission services in Berlin. He was also Lieutenant-Colonel of the 2nd Battery, Waterloo Militia3a

      3aThe Waterloo Region Hall of Fame

  • Sources 
    1. [S4] Vit - ON - Marriage Registration.
      Rosina Roos Born: Preston Waterloo Tp Age: 25 Father: Michael Roos Mother: Catherine Roos Born: abt 1846 Spouse: George Davidson Jr JR Age: 27 born: Canada Father: George Davidson Mother: Margaret Davidson married 20 Sep 1871

    2. [S7] News - ON, Waterloo, Kitchener - Berliner Journal (1859-1917), 23 Jan 1873.
      15 Jan 1873 By Reverend J. F. Dickie in Berlin, William Roos, of the Firm Geo. Randall and Co., Waterloo Village, was married to Elisabeth, youngest daughter of George Davidson, Esquire of Berlin, Upper Canada.

    3. [S123] Census - ON, Waterloo, Berlin - 1861, Div 4 Pg 40.
      George Davidson Sheriff Scotland 47 FC
      Margaret, Mrs. Davidson Scotland 48 FC
      Margaret Davidson UC 22 FC
      George Davidson UC 17 FC
      William Davidson UC 15 FC
      Elizabeth Davidson UC 11 FC
      Robert Garden Davidson UC 9 FC
      Alexander Davidson UC 6 FC
      John, Mrs. Watson Scotland 50 FC resident of Toronto
      Lucretia Wait UC 25 FC resident of Toronto
      Elizabeth Burns House Servant Ireland 21 RC
      Mary Wagenhaust House Servant Germany 20 EV

    4. [S123] Census - ON, Waterloo, Berlin - 1861, Div 4 Pg 40.
      George Davidson Sheriff Scotland FC 47
      Margaret, Mrs. Davidson Scotland FC 48
      Margaret Davidson UC FC 22
      George Davidson UC FC 17
      William Davidson UC FC 15
      Elizabeth Davidson UC FC 11
      Robert Garden Davidson UC FC 9
      Alexander Davidson UC FC 6

      2 males absent, married in 1836

    5. [S131] Census - ON, Waterloo, Waterloo Twp. - 1851, Div 5 Pg 1.
      George DAVIDSON Mill & Gen. Merch Birthplace: Scotland Age 38
      G. Mrs. DAVIDSON Birthplace: Scotland Age 40
      Margaret DAVIDSON Birthplace: Canada Age 15
      George DAVIDSON Birthplace: Canada Age 8
      William DAVIDSON Birthplace: Canada Age 6
      Elizabeth DAVIDSON Birthplace: Canada Age 3
      Robert Gordon DAVIDSON Birthplace: Canada Age 1
      John DAVIDSON store clerk Birthplace: Scotland Age 22
      James ELMSLIE store clerk Birthplace: Canada Age 15
      Norah TURK Dom. Servant Birthplace: Ireland Age 19 Roman Catholic
      Margaret MCCLEU Dom. Servant Birthplace: Scotland Age 31

    6. [S158] Census - ON, Waterloo, Berlin - 1881, Div 1 Page 41.

    7. [S229] Census - ON, Waterloo, Berlin - 1871, Div. 2, Pg. 33.

    8. [S166] Cemetery - ON, Waterloo, Kitchener - Mount Hope CC#4508 Internet Link .
      In memory/ of/ George Davidson/ the first sheriff of the/ County of Waterloo/ born Aberdeen, Scotland/ May 14th 1814/ died Berlin, Ontario/ April 27th 1881/ Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall/ see God Matt. v:8/ and of/ his beloved wife/ Margaret Garden/ born Aberdeen Scotland/ August 31st 1811/ died Toronto Ontario/ January 24th 1894/ Arise, shine for thy light is come, and the glory/ of the Lord is risen upon thee Isa. 60:1

    9. [S7] News - ON, Waterloo, Kitchener - Berliner Journal (1859-1917), 5 May 1881.
      27 Apr 1881 George Davidson, Sherif of Waterloo County, died in Berlin at age of 67 years. (longer obit.-p.4)

    10. [S527] Atlas - ON, Waterloo - 1881 - Illustrated Atlas of the County of Waterloo.
      Davidson, George, sheriff of the county. Is a native of Aberdeen, Scotland. Born, 1814. Came here, 1835.

    11. [S1193] Church Records - ON, Wentworth, Hamilton- Knox Presbyterian Church including St. Andrew's.
      Geo. Davidson of Woolwich to Margret Garden, (newly from Scotland Aberdeen) 27 Jun 1836 by banns, Wit. Honary Daniel, of Hamilton and Alexander Watt, of Nichol.

    12. [S1802] Post Offices and Postmasters - Waterloo Region Entries.
      Davidson, George Date of appointment: 1842-10-06 Place: Berlin, Ontario

    13. [S131] Census - ON, Waterloo, Waterloo Twp. - 1851, Div 5 Pg 1.

    14. [S14] News - ON, Waterloo, Kitchener - Berlin Chronicle (1856-1860), July 9, 1856.
      At Berlin, on the 30th June, Mrs. Sheriff Davidson, of a son, still-born

    15. [S123] Census - ON, Waterloo, Berlin - 1861, Div 4 Pg 40.

    16. [S220] Waterloo Region Hall of Fame Waterloo Region Hall of Fame.

  • Event Map
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    Link to Google MapsBirth - 14 May 1814 - , Aberdeen, Scotland Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsImmigration - 1835 - , Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1836 - Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Postmaster - 1842 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Mill & General Merchant - 1852 - Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - sheriff - 1856 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - sheriff - 1861 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Sheriff - 1871 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Presbyterian - 1871 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1873 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Sherif of Waterloo County - 1881 - , Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Sheriff - 1881 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Presbyterian - 1881 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - Cause: Bronchitis 2 weeks - 27 Apr 1881 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsHall of Fame - Waterloo Region - Bef 2012 - , Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - - 97 Frederick St., Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Mount Hope Cemetery, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
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