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

John Fleming, MPP

Male 1819 - 1877  (57 years)


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  • Name John Fleming 
    Suffix MPP 
    Born 29 Jun 1819  Dunfermline, Fife, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3, 4
    Gender Male 
    Occupation 1851  Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Merchant 
    Occupation 1851  Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    merchant 
    Religion 1851  Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Presbyterian 
    Religion 1861  Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Free Church 
    Religion 1861  Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Store Keeper 
    Elected Office 1869  , Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Warden for the County of Waterloo 
    Interesting politics, business, brewer-distill, insurance 
    Occupation 1871  Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Merchant 
    Religion 1871  Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    C. Presbyterian 
    Eby ID Number Waterloo-103918P 
    Died 21 Jan 1877  Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Buried Mount View Cemetery, Cambridge, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Person ID I103918  Generations
    Last Modified 18 Nov 2019 

    Father Fleming,   b. Abt 1780, of, Dunfermline, Fife, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Family ID F39776  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Mary Matilda Moir,   b. 1823, Aberdeen, , Aberdeen, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1917  (Age 94 years) 
    Married 26 Jun 1851  Dundas, West Flamborough Twp., Wentworth Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Children 
     1. John Fleming,   b. 3 Apr 1852, Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Mar 1919  (Age 66 years)
     2. Mary Leslie Fleming,   b. 1854, Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1931  (Age 77 years)
     3. James Moir Fleming,   b. 1856, Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1934  (Age 78 years)
     4. Janet Fleming,   b. 1859, Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1939  (Age 80 years)
     5. Margaret A. Fleming,   b. 1861, Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     6. William Jamieson Fleming,   b. 25 Sep 1864, Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Mar 1933  (Age 68 years)
     7. Jacqueline Maude Fleming,   b. 1867, Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1941  (Age 74 years)
    Last Modified 19 Nov 2019 
    Family ID F26628  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • John Fleming was one of Galt's most prominent businessmen in the 19th century. He was the son of John and Jane Fleming and came to Canada about 1835 working first in Dundas as a clerk and book keeper, coming to Galt in 1846. He partnered with Andrew Elliott in a grocery business. His partner retired in 1852 and he partnered with William Robinson. They assumed control of a distillery on the Grand River as well as a soap and potash business. After selling the businesses in 1864 he returned to the grocery and dry goods business and also partnered with Alex Elmslie in a book and stationery store. He also was one of the directors of the Gore Mutual Fire Insurance Co. moving it from Brantford to Galt. He also was on Galt council, was reeve as well reeve for the County of Waterloo. In 1875 was elected member of parliament for Waterloo South.


      Cambridge Mosaic , Jim Quantrell, 1998, City of Cambridge [abbreviated snippet from original text in book]

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      The first great fire in Galt took place in 1851. The buildings on Main Street were then chiefly wooden, more especially on the south side where the long and handsome Granite Block now stands. The fire broke out in the store carried on by one McKinnon, and soon all that portion of the street was in flames, The fire engines were worked with a will, but they were powerless against such a mass of flame as soon arose. Messrs Peter Cook, Alex. H. Mowat, R. McKinnon, Andrew Elliott, John McVenn, Robert Wallace all well-remembered names were among those burned out on the occasion. *


      *The Granite Block which replaced these buildings was abo destroyed by fire in 1862. The fire originated from a barrel of Naptha in Fleming A Robinson's grocery, and in consequuence of having a lighted lamp brought too close to it. It occurred about seven o'clock on Saturday evening, the 31st May, 1862, and the fire spread with unprecedented rapidity. The following shops were destroyed: Fleming & Robinson, groceries; John Fleming, books and stationery; William Frier, dry goods; John Orchard tailor and clothier; R. S. Strong, drugs and chemicals; William Kerr, boots and shoes. Besides these establishments, the buildings of Mr. Robert Wallace, and the stocks of Messrs. W. H. Job, Wm. Prest, Angus Polson, Taylor & Green, and George West, were injured by removal, or otherwise. The losses were very heavy

      Reminiscences of the Early History of Galt and the Settlement of Dumfries in the Province of Ontario, by James Young, 1880 Toronto: Hunter, Rose Pg. 220

  • Sources 
    1. [S122] Cemetery - ON, Waterloo, Cambridge - Mount View CC#4495 Internet Link .
      John Fleming/ born at Dunfermline Scotland/ 29th June 1819/ died at Galt Ontario/ 21st Jan . 1877/ Blessed are the pure in heart/ for they shall see God/ Erected/ to the dear memory of a beloved/ husband and father/ by his sorrowing wife and children

    2. [S570] Census - ON, Waterloo, Galt - 1871, Div. 3, Pg. 30.

    3. [S313] Census - ON, Waterloo, Galt - 1851, Pg.23.

    4. [S1838] Census - ON, Waterloo, Galt - 1861.

    5. [S1204] Church Records - ON, Wentworth, Ancaster - St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church.
      John Fleming of Galt, merchant to Mary M. Moir, of Dundas 26 Jun 1851 Dundas, by license Wit. John Gartshore and Ja's Coleman

    6. [S1838] Census - ON, Waterloo, Galt - 1861, Galt 1861 Div. 5 Page 52.

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 29 Jun 1819 - Dunfermline, Fife, Scotland Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Merchant - 1851 - Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - merchant - 1851 - Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Presbyterian - 1851 - Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 26 Jun 1851 - Dundas, West Flamborough Twp., Wentworth Co., Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Free Church - 1861 - Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Store Keeper - 1861 - Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsElected Office - Warden for the County of Waterloo - 1869 - , Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Merchant - 1871 - Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - C. Presbyterian - 1871 - Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 21 Jan 1877 - Galt (Cambridge), 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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