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John Grantham

Male 1845 - Yes, date unknown


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  • Name John Grantham 
    Born 1845  Mount Pleasant, Brant Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Occupation 1881  Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Store Keeper 
    Eby ID Number Waterloo-104629 
    Died Yes, date unknown 
    Person ID I104629  Generations
    Last Modified 17 Feb 2020 

  • Notes 
    • THOMAS GRANTHAM, retired, Brantford, was born in Yorkshire, England, February 9th, 1809, and is a son of Thomas Grantham, also a native of Yorkshire, and a farmer by occupation, who lived in England up to the day of his death. His wife also died in England. Their family numbered twelve children, of whom ten probably are still living. Thomas, our subject, was reared in Yorkshire, and in 1827 came out to Canada, and resided for five yesrs in Little York, now Toronto. There he learned the blacksmithing trade, and in 1832 moved to Mount Pleasant, Brant County, where he worked for a farmer in order to gain an insight into farming pursuits. He then purchased a farm of fifty acres, which he some time afterward rented out, and about the same period, Nov. 9th, 1840, was married to Ruth Gurnett, a native of Sussex, England, and daughter of George Gurnett and Ann Dunaway. After his marriage he rented a brick-yard from Rev. Mr. LugLar, and carried on brick-making business lor three or four years. Selling the brick-yard out to Calvin Halton, he removed to Mount Pleasant, and went on his old farm of fifty acres after buying fifty acres more on the opposite side of the road. There he resided and carried on farming operations for about thirty years. By this time his farm had increased to 175 acres, which he sold, and moved into Brantford in May, 1871. When Mr. Grantham first undertook farming life, ho took thirty bushels of wheat to Dundas, Wentworth County, and sold it at fifty cents per bushel, the trip taking two days. He sold fine potatoes at ten cents per bushel in trade ; in fact, in those days everything was traded, except tea, which was a cash article. Mr. Grantham was largely instrumental in building the tree bridge over the Grand River, which cost him, over and above time and trouble in canvassing for the " sinews of war," $100. He was rated a life member of the Agricultural Society as an acknowledgment of his services in securing their present grounds. He generally attended the First Baptist Church, of which his wife is a member, aud in politics is a Liberal. Mr. Grantham is a thorough sportsman, and his collection of birds and animals, numbering some one hundred and fifty specimens\emdash i aU " to his atcn gun " and all stuffed by himself\emdash is an evidence of his being a son of Nimrod, a disciple of Izaak Walton, and a skilled taxidermist. Mr. and Mrs. Grantham have had a family of eight children, of whom six survive. Charles is a carriage-maker and blacksmith in Cainsville ; Alfred is a builder in Mount Pleasant; Alice, wife of Dugan McEwen, resides on the old homestead at Mount Pleasant; John is a music dealer in Galt, Waterloo County.

      \bThe history of the county of Brant, Ontario: containing a history of the county: its township, cities, towns, schools, J. H. Beers & Co. Warner, Beers & Co.

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      Grantham & Co., Stoves, Tinware, etc, Main Street - Galt is well provided with first-class business houses where goods can be purchased as cheaply and of as good quality as in any other city in the Dominion. Among those prominently identified in the stove and hardware line is the firm of Messrs. Grantham & Co., whose premises are located on Main Street, and are 26x40 feet in dimensions and two stories in height. Here is carried in stock a splendid assortment of stoves and ranges, made by the most celebrated manufacturers in the Dominion; also a full line of tinware of all descriptions, shelf hardware, cutlery, machinists' tools, and sewing machines. The business was established three years ago, and has steadily increased in extent ever since, the firm doing now not only a town but a country trade as well. They give employment to three competent assistants. Mr. Grantham, the senior member of the firm, is a native of Canada, and his partner, Mr. H. Walford, is an Englishman by birth. Both gentlemen are thoroughgoing business men, and are building steadily up an enviable trade in the community in which they are held in high regard.

      Industries of Canada, historical and commercial sketches, Hamilton and environs: its prominent places and people: representative merchants and manufacturers: its improvements, progress and enterprise (1886)

  • Sources 
    1. [S336] Census - ON, Waterloo, Galt - 1881, Galt Division 2 Page 21.

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 1845 - Mount Pleasant, Brant Co., Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Store Keeper - 1881 - Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
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