Waterloo Region Generations
A record of the people of Waterloo Region, Ontario.

Thomas Brook Puddicombe[1, 2]

Male 1845 - 1906  (61 years)


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  • Name Thomas Brook Puddicombe 
    Born 26 Jan 1845  Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
    Gender Male 
    Occupation 1861  Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    Laborer 
    Residence 1861  Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    Anglican 
    Occupation 1871  Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Farmer 
    Residence 1871  Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Church of England 
    Occupation 1881  Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Farmer 
    Occupation 1891  Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Farmer 
    Residence 1891  Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Anglican 
    Retired 1901  Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Misfortune 1906  near, Azilda, Sudbury District, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    killed in train accident 
    RailroadAccident-1906-Azilda.jpg
    RailroadAccident-1906-Azilda.jpg
    A train crash killing 12 people took place in Azilda in the early morning of Wednesday, Sept. 12, 1906. At the time, it was one of the worst CPR crashes on record.
    Residence Haysville, Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Eby ID Number Waterloo-100568 
    Died 12 Sep 1906  near, Azilda, Sudbury District, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Buried Saint James Anglican Cemetery, Wilmot Township, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Person ID I100568  Generations
    Last Modified 29 Jan 2024 

    Father William Puddicombe, Esq.,   b. 18 Sep 1798, Beaford, , Devonshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Apr 1877, Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years) 
    Mother Joanna Barkwill,   b. 16 Jul 1807, , England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Jan 1873, Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 65 years) 
    Married 1834  London, Middlesex, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [10
    Family ID F25512  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Sarah Elizabeth Walker,   b. 7 Oct 1855, Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Apr 1923, Toronto, York Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 67 years) 
    Children 
     1. Annie Elizabeth Puddicombe,   b. 24 Jul 1879, Haysville, Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Jul 1934, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 55 years)
     2. Henry Brook Puddicombe,   b. 26 Mar 1881, Haysville, Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Jul 1955, Haysville, Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years)
     3. Frances Perle Puddicombe,   b. 8 Oct 1887, Haysville, Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Jun 1944, Toronto, York Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 56 years)
     4. Reginald Thomas Puddicombe,   b. 12 Sep 1893, Haysville, Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Sep 1974  (Age 81 years)
     5. Roy Maxwell "Max" Puddicombe,   b. 17 Jun 1895, Haysville, Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Dec 1965  (Age 70 years)
    Last Modified 30 Jan 2024 
    Family ID F20195  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Children 
     1. Annie Elizabeth Puddicombe,   b. 24 Jul 1879, Haysville, Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Jul 1934, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 55 years)
    Last Modified 30 Jan 2024 
    Family ID F249206  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • One item of melancholy interest, which it is impossible to pass over, occurred during Mr. Owen's term. On the 12th of September, 1906, the whole Country was horrified as the news came over the wires of a most disastrous collision on the Canadian Pacific Railway, near a place called Azilda, on the north shore of Lake Huron, between a heavily loaded tourist train, speeding west, and a freight. Of a long death list the largest number from any one place was furnished by New Hamburg and vicinity, four of our best known families being drawn upon. The victims were Thomas B. Puddicombe, of Haysville, Wm. B. Puddicombe, of New Hamburg, Louis Pfaff , of New Hamburg, and Henry Herman of North Easthope. The funerals and memorial services of these unfortunate men were the occasions of the largest gatherings of recent years.

      Church of England, An Historical Sketch of the Parish of Wilmot 1828-1913, Diocese of Huron, Ontario, New Hamburg, Canada by Charles James Fox Sep 1913

      ____________________

      Town Mourns Citizens' Death

      Four New Hamburg Citizens Killed in Awful C. P. R. Wreck near Sudbury.

      Seven Others Killed

      New Hamburg's Dead are:

      LOUIS PFAFF
      THOS. B. PUDDICOMBE
      WM. B. PUDDICOMBE
      HENRY HERMAN

      THE OTHER SEVEN DEAD ARE :

      Two daughters of Leonard Schade, Moncton, Ont.
      Frank Blackwell, Toronto.
      J. J. Noble, Barrie.
      Percy Baker, Collingwood.
      Dr. Milne, South Woodslee.
      Charles Palmer, Toronto.

      A gloom was cast over our village on Wednesday evening when the sad intelligence was received here that five people of our village are numbered among the dead in the awful catastrophe on the C. P. R. at Azilda, just west of Sudbury, in which twelve people were: killed and many fatally injured. The unfortunate men were among the party that left here on Tuesday morning bound for Manitoba and the Northwest. The first tidings of the sad affair came in a message stating that Walter Kerr was slightly injured in a train wreck near Sudbury. Then came the report that Henry Herman, of North Eastope was killed and general anxiety was felt for the others who were on the ill-fated train and news from them was anxiously awaited, but every message added another chapter to the sorrowful tale. Wm. Puddicombe and Louis Pfaff were next reported to be dead. On Thursday morning the report came that Thos. B. Puddicombe was also killed. As far can be learned these four were killed outright. Nelson Schatz is also reported dead, but no official news has been received and it is feared that the report is only too true. A message was received from Sudbury yesterday morning that he was seriously injured. Great sorrow is felt for the grief striken families, who were prostrated with grief when the sad news were broken to them. The remains of the deceased will probably arrive here this afternoon.

      Just before going to press a message was received that Mr Nelson Schatz was not among the death list, but is in a critical condition in the hospital at Sudbury.

      A gloom prevails over the village that will not readily be removed, all the victims being active business men in the best of health. Their places will be hard to fill. It only seems a moment ago that they were bidding good-bye to everybody in town before taking the train, little thinking that it was their last goodbye.

      STORY OF THE ACCIDENT.

      The second section of No. 2, the C. P. R. limited, crashed into the third section of No. 1, a passenger harvesters' excursion train at Azilda on Wednesday morning, a little after seven o'clock and twelve persons were instantly killed and forty injured. The dead were all in one car, the impact telescoping a baggage car into the sleeper.

      The inmates were caught like rats in a trap and had no chance of escape or warning of their danger. Four doctors from Sudbury were soon on the scene of the wreck and they did all in their power to alleviate the suffering of the injured. The injured were removed to the Sudbury hospital as soon as they could be transferred.

      The harvesters' special was fifteen cars long, and had nearly nine hundred persons aboard. Had both trains been travelling at their usual speed, the death rate would have been something terrible. Behind the engine was the refrigerator car, followed by an express car, and a baggage car. It was the latter that telescoped the sleeper.

      The cause of the accident is a mystery. The train had orders to cross at Azilda. The special was to take the siding and was slowing up about 75 yards from the switch when the limited came crashing into them. Engineer Thurlow, of the Limited, says that the air brakes of his train refused to work, and that he could not control the train. He intimated that they must have been tempered with. The Limited appears to be entirely in the fault.

      As far as can be learned nearly all the killed came from Ontario, and many from Western Ontario. New Hamburg seems to have suffered the worst. Woodslee lost two men, and several other places have lost a citizen.

      A letter received from Mr. Edward Ruppert received by his father and written immediately after the accident, says that the collision occurred at 8 a. m. 80 miles north of North Bay, which place they left a 4 a. m. Mrs. Stueck, her husband, John Bechtel and himself had just taken a hearty breakfast. Their train comprised 14 couches, the other 7 There were a large crowd of people surrounding the wreck Louis Pfaff, Henry Herman, Thos. Puddicombe and Nelson Schatz were sitting in two seats. Poor Schatz was suffering from injuries, the others were killed. He stood beside them as they pulled Herman from under the baggage car. People were held fast some screaming to be cut out.

      The Late Louis was highly respected resident of New Hamburg for the past twenty-five years, being about 40 years of age, and proprietor of the local bus and baggage line, and was widely known to the travelling public. He was a member of the Lutheran church. He leaves to mourn his sudden demise a widow and four small children.

      The late Mr. Wm. Puddicombe was the eldest son of the late R. B. Puddicombe of this town and about 30 years of age. He was a member of the local Lodge of A. F. & A. M. and resided several years in the west where he was an extensive land owner. He was married to the daughter of Mr. H. J. Stiefelmeyer, who with two small children are bereft. He is also survived by his mother, three brothers. He is also survived by his mother, three brothers and four sisters.

      The late Mr. Thos. B. Puddicombe was one of the most highly respected citizens of this neighbourhood residing at Haysville. He was a director of the Standard Loan Co. and connected with many other monetary intitutions Mr. Puddicombe was a prominent member of the A. F. & A. M. Lodge and member of the church of England. He leaves to mourn his sad death a wife and five children.

      The late Mr. Henry Herman was a prosperous farmer in North Easthope, about four miles west of the village. He was respected and beloved by all who knew him. He was about 54 years of age and leaves to mourn him a widow and five grown up children.

      New Hamburg Independent 9 Sep 1906

  • Sources 
    1. [S2555] News - ON, Waterloo, New Hamburg - New Hamburg Independent (1917 -, Obituary of Dr. J. J. Walter - 8 Mar 1929.

    2. [S3108] Vit - ON - Marriage Registration, 021793-10.
      Lorne Alexander George McTavish, 27, occ. Banker, res. of Tavistock, Son of Douglas A. McTavish & Louisa F. Staebler Married Frances Pearl Puddicombe, 23, res. of Wilmot, daughter of Thomas Brookes Puddicombe & Sarah Elizabeth Walker, Witn: S. Kaufman (M.D.) of Neustadt & Jean Renshaw of Guelph, 1 June 1910 In Haysville

    3. [S133] Census - ON, Waterloo, Wilmot - 1901, Wilmot H-1 Page 6.

    4. [S134] Census - ON, Waterloo, Wilmot - 1851, Div 1 Pg 2.

    5. [S320] Cemetery - ON, Waterloo, Wilmot - St. James Anglican CC#4571 Internet Link.
      (Mason's Symbol)/ At rest/ Thomas B. Puddicombe/ Born/ Jan. 26, 1845/ died Sept. 12, 1906/ his wife/ Sarah E. Walker/ Born Oct. 7, 18. ./ Died Apr. 3, 1928

    6. [S140] Census - ON, Waterloo, Wilmot - 1881, Div. 3 Page 26.

    7. [S190] Census - ON, Waterloo, Wilmot - 1871, Div. 1 Page 56.

    8. [S939] Census - ON, Waterloo, Wilmot - 1891, Div. 1 Page 62.

    9. [S844] Census - ON, Waterloo, Wilmot - 1861, Sect. 5 page 25.

    10. [S26] Lower Canada Marriage Bonds (1779-1858), C-6783.
      Name of Future Husband: PUDDICOMBE, William Res: Wilmot Township, Halton County Name of Future Wife: BALKWILL, Joanna Res: London Township, Middlesex County Reference: RG 5 B9 Volume: 28 Bond Number: 4299 Date: 1834-01-11

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 26 Jan 1845 - Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Laborer - 1861 - Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Anglican - 1861 - Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Farmer - 1871 - Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Church of England - 1871 - Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Farmer - 1881 - Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Farmer - 1891 - Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Anglican - 1891 - Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsRetired - 1901 - Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - - Haysville, Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
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