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William H. Wilkins

William H. Wilkins

Male 1816 - 1888  (72 years)

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  • Name William H. Wilkins 
    Born 14 Oct 1816  Gwennap, , Cornwall, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3, 4, 5
    Christened 21 Jan 1817  Gwennap, , Cornwall, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Gender Male 
    Birth Kenwyn, , Cornwall, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Business Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    N. & E. J. Wilkins tailors 
    Historic Building 1851  37 Beverley Street East, Cambridge, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    • 2 story cut granite stone, constructed for William H. Wilkins
    37 Beverley Street East, Cambridge, Ontario
    37 Beverley Street East, Cambridge, Ontario
    Constructed after 1851 but before 1861
    Interesting business, story 
    Occupation 1851  Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Tailor 
    Religion 1851  Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Methodist 
    Occupation 1861  Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Manfit Tailor 
    Religion 1861  Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Methodist 
    Occupation 1871  North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Merchant Tailor 
    Religion 1871  North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    P. Methodist 
    Eby ID Number Waterloo-121425 
    Died 26 Nov 1888  Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 5, 8
    Cause: Hepatic Abscess (9 months) 
    Buried Mount View Cemetery, Cambridge, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Person ID I121425  Generations
    Last Modified 1 Dec 2019 

    Father William Wilkins,   b. Abt 1790, of, Gwennap, , Cornwall, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Mother Mary,   b. Abt 1790, of, Gwennap, , Cornwall, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Family ID F29749  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Jane Grenfell Kinsman,   b. 24 Nov 1816, Saint Austell, , Cornwall, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Jul 1908, Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 91 years) 
    Married 8 Apr 1837  Gwennap, , Cornwall, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [9, 10
    Children 
     1. Mary Jane Wilkins,   b. of, Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Dec 1848
     2. William Henry Wilkins,   b. 27 Jun 1837, , Cornwall, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 May 1879, Toronto, York Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 41 years)
     3. Stephen Wilkins,   b. 1840, , England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 May 1879, Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 39 years)
     4. Nicholas Wilkins,   b. 23 Feb 1842, , England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Dec 1918, Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years)
     5. John Wilkins,   b. 1843, , England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     6. Edward John "John" Wilkins,   b. 8 Aug 1844, , England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Oct 1923, Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years)
     7. Jane Wilkins,   b. 30 Dec 1846, , England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Jun 1945, Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 98 years)
     8. Philippa Wilkins,   b. 30 Dec 1849, Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Aug 1850, Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
     9. Richard Wilkins,   b. 1850, Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     10. Philip Wilkins,   b. 12 Jun 1854, Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Jun 1860, Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 6 years)
     11. Minnie Wilkins,   b. 24 Jun 1857, Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Jun 1860, Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 2 years)
     12. Mark Wilkins,   b. 7 Oct 1859, Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Sep 1940  (Age 80 years)
    Last Modified 2 Dec 2019 
    Family ID F16249  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Death of Mr. William Wilkins

      By the death of this gentleman on Monday night last, Galt loses one of its oldest, residents. Mr. Wilkins was born in Kenwyn Parish, Cornwall, England, in 1816, and in May, 1847, he came with his family to Galt. He was a Merchant Tailor by trade, shrewd, and industrious, and with the assistance of his sons as they became old enough to join him in his trade, he soon succeeded in building up a large and profitable business, which he carried on until 1865, when he was succeeded by his two sons, the well-known clothing firm of N. & E. J. Wilkins. Branching out from his business, first his son, the late William Wilkins, started for himself, and was shortly after joined by his brother, the late Stephen Wilkins, and for many years the family may be said to have practically controlled the clothing trade of town and this section. After retiring in 1865, the subject of this obituary purchased the handsome property in the Township now owned by Mr. Thos. Alison, where he spent some years, and it was while residing here that the germs of the disease of his foot and leg first showed themselves. After suffering for some years, amputation was decided on as the only means of saving his life even temporarily. The operation was successfully performed in Toronto, and since he has enjoyed something of health or at least freedom from pain, up to his last fatal illness. Mr. Wilkins has resided for the past few years on Oak street, in Galt.

      Mr. Wilkins was a very prominent member of the Methodist Church, and for many years after that body established itself in Galt was a leader in the congregation. He had little taste for public life, and refused invariably all invitations to accept any of our municipal offices. He was married in 1837, in Gwenap Church, Cornwall, by the now bishop F. Philpotts, to Miss Kinsman, sister of Messrs. Nicholas and Richard Kinsman, of Galt. Their family consisted of ten children, three of whom died in infancy, two, if we mistake not, within a day or two of one another, while the family resided on Ainslie street. Then in the later days came the deaths of Mr. Wm. Wilkins, jr., in Toronto, followed about two weeks afterwards by the death of Mr. Stephen Wilkins, thus leaving of the original family, his widow and Messrs. N. & E. J. Wilkins, Clothiers; Mr. Richard Wilkins, now in a Wholesale House in Toronto; Mr. Mark Wilkins, farmer, near Branchton; and Miss Wilkins, residing with her parents.

      Mr. Wilkins' funeral took place yesterday (Thursday) afternoon. As a mark of respect to our old townsmen and his family, the various places of business were closed while the cortege passed on its way to the cemetery.

      Galt Reporter Nov 30 1888 pg 1

  • Sources 
    1. [S355] Census - ON, Waterloo, North Dumfries - 1871, Div. 1, Pg. 19.

    2. [S122] Cemetery - ON, Waterloo, Cambridge - Mount View CC#4495 Internet Link .
      William Wilkins/ born 14th Oct 1816/ died 26th Nov 1888/ Jane Grenfell Kinsman/ his wife/ died 5th July 1908/ aged 91 years/ "Blessed are the dead/ which die in the Lord"/ children of/ Wm. & Jane Wilkins/ Mary Jane/ 18 Dec 1848/ Philippa/ born 30th Dec 1849/ died 11th Aug 1850/ Philip/ born 12th June 1854/ died 16th June 1860/ Minnie/ born 24th June 1857/ died 18th June 1860

    3. [S313] Census - ON, Waterloo, Galt - 1851, Pg.33.

    4. [S1838] Census - ON, Waterloo, Galt - 1861, Galt 1861 Div. 2 Page 21.

    5. [S713] Vit - ON - Death Registration, death certificate.
      William Wilken Gender: Male Age: 72 Birth Date: abt 1816 Birth Place: Cornwall, England Death Date: 26 Nov 1888 Death Place: Galt, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada Cause of Death: Hepalic Abcers #017753

    6. [S1808] England, Births and Christenings, 1538-1975, accessed 14 Apr 2012), Christening of William Wilkins; Indexing Project (Batch) Number: I04691-6 System Origin: England-EASy Source Film Number: 1595598 Reference Number: p 101.
      William Wilkins, chr. 21 Jan 1817 Gwennap, Cornwall, England, s/o William Wilkins & Mary

    7. [S1034] Book - City of Cambridge Local, Architectural Conversevation Advisory Committee Local Building Inventory, Report on 37 Beverley Street East, Cambridge - pg 13.
      Constructed for William H. Wilkins, merchant tailor. Constructed after 1851 and existing by 1861. Exterior walls cut granite, in fair condition (1975)

    8. [S1800] Census - ON, Waterloo, Galt - 1891, Section 2 Page 106.

    9. [S793] News - ON, Waterloo, Cambridge - Galt Reporter (1846-1973), "Obituary of Jane Grenfell Kinsman," 6 Jul 1908.

    10. [S1803] England, Marriages, 1538-1973, accessed 14 Apr 2012), marriage of William Wilkins & Jane Grenfell Kinsman; Indexing Project (Batch) Number: I04691-9 System Origin: England-EASy Source Film Number:1595598 Reference Number:p 167.
      William Wilkins married Jane Grenfell Kinsman 8 Apr 1837 Gwennap, Cornwall, England

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 14 Oct 1816 - Gwennap, , Cornwall, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChristened - 21 Jan 1817 - Gwennap, , Cornwall, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBirth - - Kenwyn, , Cornwall, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBusiness - N. & E. J. Wilkins tailors - - Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 8 Apr 1837 - Gwennap, , Cornwall, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsHistoric Building - 1851 - 37 Beverley Street East, Cambridge, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Tailor - 1851 - Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Methodist - 1851 - Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Manfit Tailor - 1861 - Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Methodist - 1861 - Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Merchant Tailor - 1871 - North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - P. Methodist - 1871 - North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - Cause: Hepatic Abscess (9 months) - 26 Nov 1888 - 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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