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

William Struthers

Male Cal 1815 - 1888  (~ 72 years)


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  • Name William Struthers 
    Born CALC 13 Dec 1815  , Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3, 4, 5
    Gender Male 
    Occupation 1861  North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Farmer 
    Religion 1861  North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    United Presbyterian 
    Occupation 1871  North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Farmer 
    Religion 1871  North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    C. Presb. 
    Occupation 1881  North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Farmer 
    Religion 1881  North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    C. Presbyterian 
    Eby ID Number Waterloo-123197 
    Died 13 Aug 1888  Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 5
    Buried 14 Aug 1888  Mount View Cemetery, Cambridge, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 5
    Person ID I123197  Generations
    Last Modified 8 Aug 2019 

    Family Mary Gilchrist,   b. CALC 13 Jan 1819, , Lanarkshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Aug 1886, Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 67 years) 
    Children 
     1. Mary Struthers,   b. 22 Dec 1841, , Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Nov 1913, Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years)
     2. Archibald Struthers,   b. CALC 16 Mar 1845, , Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Jun 1887, Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 42 years)
     3. William Struthers,   b. 1848, Carluke, , Lanark, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     4. Agnes Struthers,   b. 1850, , Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     5. Margaret Struthers,   b. 1852, , Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     6. Robert Gilchrist Struthers,   b. 3 Feb 1855, North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 May 1929, Toronto, York Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years)
     7. John Struthers,   b. 9 Jun 1857, North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Jun 1930, Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years)
     8. Andrew Wilson Struthers,   b. 15 Jan 1860, North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Jan 1930, Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years)
     9. James Struthers,   b. 25 Aug 1864, North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified 9 Aug 2019 
    Family ID F31752  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - CALC 13 Dec 1815 - , Scotland Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Farmer - 1861 - North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - United Presbyterian - 1861 - North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Farmer - 1871 - North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - C. Presb. - 1871 - North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Farmer - 1881 - North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - C. Presbyterian - 1881 - North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 13 Aug 1888 - Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 14 Aug 1888 - Mount View Cemetery, Cambridge, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • MR. WILLIAM STRUTHERS, a man kind and friendly, delighting in a quiet conversation on topics of more than temporary interest, and having no sympathy with anything that was merely for show. The blood of his ancestors ran in his veins, he came from a good old stock. His grandfather was a Covenanter, hunted by Claverhouse, and on one occasion hidden from the eyes of his soldiers by his comrades in the harvest field causing him to lie down in a furrow, where they covered him over with the cut wheat, so that he escaped. "He was brought up in the strictest way as a Christian and as a Presbyterian." In 1840 he married Mary Gilchrist, who was born on the Stockwell farm near Carhike in the year 1819.

      Her father was educated under the late Dr. Owen and was one of the principal men in the church with which he was connected. Having a large family, and being the owner of a large farm, he required many servants to overtake the work that was to be done. These had all to learn the Shorter Catechism, and to repeat the answers to the questions in turn every Sabbath evening ; and every morning even in the busiest times all had to he present at family worship. On the Sabbath day no one was allowed to mention any secular affair because it was the Lord s Day. That direction in Isaiah 58. 13, 14 was carried out to the letter. There is in possession of the family still a Bible which was given as a wedding present to their great grandmother, Margaret Warnock, in the year 1770.

      Mr. Struthers was born near Carluke, Lanarkshire, Scotland, in 1817. He came with Mrs. Struthers to Canada in 1849, with their three children, Mary, Archibald and William two in addition to these had been born to them, but they died in infancy. Mr. Struthers engaged with the Hon. David Christie for one year, and at that time was a member of the United Presbyterian Church, Brantford. The following year, 1850, he purchased a farm four and a half miles from Ayr on Sprague's Road. He united with what is now Stanley Street Church and remained a member of it for thirty-five years. Here, too, all the members of the family save one, being nine in all, made profession of their faith in Christ: the highest ambition of the parents being the spiritual welfare of their children. Great attention was paid to this. Mrs. Struthers went over the Sunday School lessons with the children, so that they would be fitted to profit by it when it was taught. She assisted them, too, in the work of proving a doctrine, and also in writing an essay on some subject in connection with the lesson of the Sunday School.

      Though they had to walk to church they were regularly in their place. The older members remained to the Sabbath School, which was held after service and did not get home till four o clock, which made a long day, especially for children. Mrs. Struthers being asked on one occasion by her minister, "How it was that she was so successful in getting all her family to remain in the Sunday School until they were grown up? "made answer: "They were never consulted." It was the law of the house; and no one ever thought of doing otherwise.

      In 1886 Mr. and Mrs. Struthers retired from the cares and toils of the farm and came into Galt Some of the members of the family had preceded them. On their settling here the parents and three of the children united with the Central Church. And in August of the same year Mrs. Struthers passed to her reward. She was a large-minded and large-hearted woman. Her memory was well stored with precious truth and was remarkably tenacious. She was highly intelligent and of large experience and left her mark on the religious character of her children, who unite in calling her blessed. In 1887 Archibald, the eldest son, died also. In 1889 Mr. Struthers was called home. He was one who embodied in his quiet, comely, circumspect life the truth of the Gospel. He was devoted to his children, and he also took a large and living interest in the church and its work.

      To him, as to the religious Scot everywhere, the Church and the Sabbath and the services of the house of God were central; controlling all the rest of life, and giving to it color and character and consistency. He left his impress on the hearts of all who came into close contact with him as a kind, generous, true friend, and made his children feel that he was a loving father.


      Ebenezer: A History of the Centrall Presbyterian Church, Galt, Ontario, with brief sketches of some of its members who have passed on the the other side, The Rev. James A. R. Dickson

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      Died, In Galt, on Monday morning, Aug. 13th at 11.15 o'clock, William Struthers, in his 73rd Year. Funeral Will take place on Tuesday afternoon, 14th inst., at 4 o'clock, from his late residence, Queen St., to Mount View Cemetery. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully invited to attend. Galt, August 13th , 1888.2a

      2aWaterloo Historical Society Death Notices Collection - photocopies

  • Sources 
    1. [S205] Census - ON, Waterloo, North Dumfries - 1881, North Div. 2 Page 34.

    2. [S890] Funeral Card - - Waterloo Historical Society - photocopies, "funeral card of William Struthers," 13 Aug 1888.

    3. [S1778] Census - ON, Waterloo, North Dumfries - 1861, Div 7 Page 51.

    4. [S355] Census - ON, Waterloo, North Dumfries - 1871, Div. 2, Page 60.

    5. [S2697] Cemetery - ON, Waterloo, Cambridge, Mount View Cemetery Internet Link.
      [SW] William STRUTHERS/ died/ 13th Aug. 1888/ aged/ 72 years 8 mo's./ also/ Mary GILCHRIST/ beloved wife of/ Wm. STRUTHERS/ died 7th Aug. 1886/ aged 67 y'rs. 6 mo's. 25 days/ a native of Lanarkshire/ Scotland/ Archibald STRUTHERS/ died 4th June 1887/ aged 41 years