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Richard Stead Sheard 

Richard Stead Sheard[1]

Male 1807 - 1882

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  • Birth  15 Jun 1807  , Yorkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
    Gender  Male 
    Occupation  1852  Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    farmer 
    Historic Building  1861  1664 Huron Road, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    stone house 1 1/2 stories 
    • 1 1/2 story stone cottage
    Richard Sheard's House 2017
    Richard Sheard's House 2017
    Residence  1865  , Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Occupation  1871  Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [5, 6
    Farmer 
    Religion  1871  Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    C. Presb. 
    Religion  1881  Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Presbyterian Canada 
    Eby ID Number  Waterloo-91960P 
    Died  7 May 1882  Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Cause: chronic bronchitis (1 year) 
    Person ID  I91960  Generations
    Last Modified  19 Sep 2018 

    Family 1  Elisabeth,   b. 1803, , England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married  2 Nov 1827  Mirfield, , Yorkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [10
    Family ID  F23924  Group Sheet

    Family 2  Mary Sword,   b. 1817, , Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married  28 Mar 1865  , Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 7
    Family ID  F36659  Group Sheet

  • Notes 
    • Expert says restore and relocate historic house

      Waterloo Region Record
      By Catherine Thompson
      KITCHENER A consultant is recommending that a heritage stone farmhouse on land destined for a major city park be restored and relocated, at a cost of about $450,000.

      The house, in the local Regency cottage style popular in the early and mid 1800s, is symmetrical, with wide eaves and a painted tin roof. It was built in 1861 by local farmer Richard Sheard, an immigrant from Yorkshire in England. A gravel pit owned the site until 1983 when the city bought it. The home has not been inhabited since 1968.

      The farmhouse is on a 16.8-hectare (41.5-acre) parcel at the corner of Huron and Fischer-Hallman roads, where construction has begun on a long-awaited South District Park.

      The stone 1-1/2-storey stone farmhouse at 1664 Huron Rd. is listed on the city's heritage register as a property of heritage value, so as part of planning for the park, the city hired Stantec Consulting to do a heritage impact study to see if the house had enough heritage value to merit saving.

      The study concludes the stone house is "a unique example of mid-19th century stone construction in Kitchener," and "an increasingly rare example of this once-prevalent construction material."

      But the 1861 farmhouse is right where one of the park's two soccer fields is intended to go. The grading, road layout and other constraints mean there's not much flexibility in moving the soccer fields, the report says.

      The consultants recommend the city move the stone farmhouse elsewhere in the park, and possibly adapt the building for a modern park use, such as a washroom, snack bar or equipment room.

      Restoring and moving the farmhouse would cost about $450,000, according to a rough estimate by Tacoma Engineers. The actual cost would likely be much higher, since the estimate doesn't include costs of things such as electrical work, paint or installing a kitchen or bathroom.

      The city's heritage committee considered the report this week. It doesn't have final say on what should be done with the old house '97 that's a decision for the city's planning department. But the advisory committee was quite receptive, said committee member Coun. John Gazzola.

      "Generally they want to save the building and move it, to save whatever they can," Gazzola said.

      Gazzola said he hadn't realized there was a heritage property on the future park site, and so hasn't made up his mind on the merits of moving the house.

      He does point out, though, that moving the building would cost a tiny fraction of the millions the city will spend developing the park. The park master plan estimates the total cost for the park, including an indoor recreation centre, pool and arenas, at $60 million.

      The consultant considered four options for the heritage house: restoring it and leaving it in place, for $220,000; retaining the house on site as a ruin at a cost of about $150,000; restoring and moving the house for $450,000; and demolishing the house but keeping a record of its history and using salvaged material for a feature such as entry gates, benches or a pavilion, estimated to cost $40,000.

      The first two options were rejected since they wouldn't allow the soccer field to go ahead. Kitchener heritage staff agree that the house is special.

      "Kitchener does not have an abundance of 19th-century stone residences," said Leon Bensason, Kitchener's co-ordinator of cultural heritage planning, in an email. "What makes this structure particularly interesting is that it is part of a collection" of seven stone houses, built between 1850 and 1870, within a few kilometres of each other, in the southwest part of the city in what was once an enclave of Scottish settlers.

      "The building helps tell the story of Scottish settlement in this area and of the craftsmanship of the Scottish builders," Bensason said.

      Although the report says the house has heritage value and should be designated, it does point out that it doesn't have "a high degree of craftsmanship or artistic merit." The outside is in fair condition, but the inside is in bad shape, with wood rot and water damage. The house is now situated between an equipment storage area and a community garden. A modern fire hall and a junkyard are nearby.

      The first phase of the park, set to open in fall 2018, will include a splash pad and sports fields.

      cthompson@therecord.com , Twitter: @ThompsonRecord

      Expert says restore and relocate historic house. (2017). Therecord.com. Retrieved 11 March 2017, from http://www.therecord.com/news-story/7184837-expert-says-restore-and-relocate-historic-house/

  • Sources 
    1. [S31] News - ON, Waterloo, Cambridge - Dumfries Reformer (1850-1892), 14 Jun 1865.
      Sheard, Richard S. married 28 Mar 1865 to Mary Sinclair At Doon by Rev M MacKenzie. Richard Stead Sheard, Waterloo Twp; bride, Blenheim Twp.

    2. [S131] Census - ON, Waterloo, Waterloo Twp. - 1851, Div 5 Pg 5.
      Richard SHEARD Farmer Birthplace: England Age 44
      Elisabeth SHEARD Birthplace: England Age 48
      Mary SHEARD ??? Birthplace: England Age 15

    3. [S116] Vit - ON - Death Registration.
      Richard S. Sheard d. 7 May 1882 aged 74y, 10m, 22d, occupation farmer, b. Yorkshire, d. Waterloo Township, cause: chronic bronchitis (1 year)

    4. [S178] Census - ON, Waterloo, Waterloo South - 1881, Waterloo S. Twp. 1881 Div 3 Page 5.

    5. [S604] Census - ON, Waterloo, Waterloo South - 1871, Div. 3, Pg. 77.

    6. [S604] Census - ON, Waterloo, Waterloo South - 1871, Div. 3, Pg. 78.

    7. [S5] Vit - - ON, Waterloo - 1858-1869 Marriage Register.
      Richard S. Sheard, 57, res. Waterloo, b. England, son of Richard S and Harriet, married 28 Mar 1865 Mary Sinclair, 47, res. Blenheim, b. Scotland, daughter of James Sword and Helen (Burns)

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

    9. [S1046] Building - Heritage Building Inventory - Kitchener 1991, Report on 1664 Huron Road - pg 20.
      1 1/2 story stone cottage, coursed fieldstone, much altered due to water boiler explosion in 1952.

    10. [S1803] England, Marriages, 1538-1973, ), Richard Stead Sheard and Elizabeth Parker, 12 Nov 1827; citing Mirfield,York,England, reference; FHL microfilm 990,708, 990,757..
      Richard Stead Sheard Spouse's Name Elizabeth Parker Event Date 12 Nov 1827 Event Place Mirfield,York,England

  • Event Map
    Event
    Link to Google MapsBirth - 15 Jun 1807 - , Yorkshire, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 2 Nov 1827 - Mirfield, , Yorkshire, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - farmer - 1852 - Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsHistoric Building - stone house 1 1/2 stories - 1861 - 1664 Huron Road, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1865 - , Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 28 Mar 1865 - , Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Farmer - 1871 - Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - C. Presb. - 1871 - Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Presbyterian Canada - 1881 - Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - Cause: chronic bronchitis (1 year) - 7 May 1882 - Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
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