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

Charles Brown

Male 1828 - 1857  (29 years)

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  • Name Charles Brown 
    Born 1828  , Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Occupation 1852  Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Misfortune 12 Mar 1857  Burlington Heights, Halton, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    killed in train accident 
    Eby ID Number Waterloo-106958 
    Died 12 Mar 1857  Des Jadins Canal, Burlington Heights, Halton, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 4
    Cause: train accident 
    Person ID I106958  Generations
    Last Modified 20 Aug 2020 

    Father Peter Brown,   b. 1774, , Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Mar 1857  (Age 83 years) 
    Family ID F24391  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • The Great Catastrophe (Des Jardins Canal)

      Truly it may be said that our city is to-day shrouded in gloom, and the citizens plunged into the most poignant grief through the fearful and melancholy results of the disaster at the drawbridge of the Great Western Railway over the Desjardins canal on Thursday evening. Those sable remembrances of the dead which are suspended from many a door betoken the sorrow that reigns within and the deep agonizing feelings of many a bereaved family.

      Some of our best and most exemplary citizens have been suddenly hurled into eternity without a moment's warning, and never was so deep, so heartfelt a sorrow publicly manifested before as now pervading the whole city. As is naturally the case when accidents of the kind occur, blame is indiscrimately attached to some one or other, but so far as we have been able to ascertain, the accident was not the result of carelessness. We will not, however, anticipate the investigation about to take place which no doubt will clear up everything connected with the lamentable affair. The intensity of the deep feeling of sorrow prevailing in our midst consequent on the deplorable result of this unpremeditated catastrophe may be imagined, but it cannot be described. Business during yesterday was partially suspended and thousands flocked to the scene of the disaster. One continual stream of people thronged the avenues to the Railway Depot, and large numbers wended their way to the fatal spot where the men were still engaged in the recovery of the dead. We furnish the fullest particulars up to the latest moment before going to press, and will give a full report of the evidence adduced on the inquest to-day. We understand that Mr. Attorney General Macdonald has signified his intention of being present at the inquest for the purpose of watching the proceedings.

      So deep and heartfelt is the prevailing sympathy with the bereaved that it may not be out of place to revert to some of the victims of the fearful catastrophe.

      FERRIE - Adam Ferrie, jr., was a young man of much promise and had cultivated an extensive acquaintance in the profession of the law which he had practised only for a short time. He was the eldest son of the late Colin C. Ferrie, Esq.

      Charles BROWN, firm of J. & C. Brown, Galt

      Diana MCFIGGAN, servant to Mr. Irvine, Galt

      Hamilton Spectator 14 Mar 1857

  • Sources 
    1. [S313] Census - ON, Waterloo, Galt - 1851, Div 1 Pg 14.
      Charles BROWN Merchant Scotland Presbyterian 23
      James BROWN Merchant Scotland Presbyterian 25
      Catharine BROWN Scotland Presbyterian 27
      Isabella BROWN Scotland Presbyterian 29
      Jane LAPRAIK Spinster Canada Presbyterian 16 not a member of the family

    2. [S313] Census - ON, Waterloo, Galt - 1851, Div 1 Pg 14.

    3. [S31] News - ON, Waterloo, Cambridge - Dumfries Reformer (1850-1892), 18 Mar 1857.
      Charles Brown died 12 Mar 1857 GWR accident at Desjardins Canal, Dundas. Merchant, of J & C Brown, Galt.

    4. [S1000] News - Christian Guardian - Death Notices from the Christian Guardian 1851-1860, List of deaths Desjardins Canal Train Wreck - 18 Mar 1857 pg 95.

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 1828 - , Scotland Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - merchant - 1852 - Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
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