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A record of the people of Waterloo Region, Ontario.

James Brown

Male Cal 1809 - 1892  (~ 83 years)


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  • Name James Brown 
    Born CALC 20 Apr 1809  , Roxburghshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
    Gender Male 
    Interesting life story, 
    Residence 1853  North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Occupation 1859  North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    farmer 
    Land 1861  North Dumfries Concession 09 Lot 24, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    Land 1861  North Dumfries Concession 08 Lot 25, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    Land 1861  North Dumfries Concession 08 Lot 26, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    Occupation 1861  North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Farmer 
    Residence 1861  North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Infidel 
    Occupation 1871  North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Farmer 
    Residence 1875  North Dumfries Concession 09 Lot 24, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Occupation 1881  North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Farmer 
    Residence 1881  North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Atheist 
    Occupation 1891  North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Farmer 
    Residence 1891  North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Free Thinker 
    Eby ID Number Waterloo-133222 
    Died 6 May 1892  North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 10
    Cause: Cause: Old Age 
    Buried 9 May 1892  Ayr Cemetery, Ayr, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 6
    Person ID I133222  Generations
    Last Modified 20 Aug 2020 

    Father James Brown,   b. CA 1780,   d. Bef 1861  (Age ~ 80 years) 
    Mother Mary,   b. CALC 19 May 1779, , Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Nov 1871, Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 92 years) 
    Family ID F229263  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Jane Dryden,   b. 1813, , Roxburghshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1884  (Age 71 years) 
    Married 1830  [3
    Children 
     1. Janet Brown,   b. CALC 14 Dec 1831, , Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Feb 1897, Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 65 years)
     2. Andrew Brown,   b. 1835, , Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Nov 1910, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years)
     3. Mary Brown,   b. Mar 1838, North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Sep 1908, Ayr, North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 70 years)
     4. Jane Brown,   b. 1840, North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Oct 1872, Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 32 years)
     5. Magdalen Brown,   b. 1843, , Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     6. Hannah Brown,   b. CALC 16 Aug 1843, North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Dec 1893, North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 50 years)
     7. James Brown,   b. CALC 30 Oct 1848, North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Nov 1890, North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 42 years)
     8. Thomas Brown,   b. 1849, North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Sep 1893, Ayr, North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 44 years)
     9. Alexander Brown,   b. 15 Aug 1854, North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Dec 1928, Stratford, Perth Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years)
     10. William Brown,   b. 1857, North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Aug 1911, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 54 years)
     11. Adam Brown,   b. 1858, , Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     12. Walter Brown,   b. 25 Mar 1859, North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1926, North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 66 years)
    Last Modified 21 Aug 2020 
    Family ID F32841  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Death of Mr. James Brown

      The late Mr. James Brown was born in Roxboroughshire, Scotland, near Hawick. He came to this country in 1834, in June, and settled on his farm in North Dumfries, which was then all bush, and passed through all the hardships common to early settlers. In the early days of the settlement of this section of the Province, some of the more enterprising farmers engaged in teaming between Galt and Dundas and Hamilton, over the Dundas & Waterloo Macadamized Road. Among these were Mr. Brown, Messrs. Thomas Chisholm, William Hall, David Guthrie, D. McFeiggan, and many others. Much of the traffic at one time as far back a Stratford, and even Goderich, had to pass over this road to the head waters of Lake Ontario at the places also mentioned.

      Mr. Brown first began with one horse, and brought oatmeal from Fergus to Galt, but gradually improved his position by his energy and industry, until he had four teams constantly going between Galt and Hamilton. He was always fond of good horses, and old residents will remember his famous chestnut race-horse Plenipo, which he used to run occasionally on what was then known as the Preston Lane, being the road leading from this side of Preston up towards Speedsville. It was about the only place smooth enough to run on in those days. One day a couple of Yankees arrived in Galt with two running horses, and stumped Mr. B. to run Plenipo. He promptly accepted, and the whole country for miles around was excited over the matter. There was an immense turnout on the race day and great excitement. Plenipo had been very fast, and had won a great many races; but he was no longer young, and had not been in training sufficiently long enough for the race, and the Yankee horse won, much to the surprise and discomfiture of the large crowd present, many of whom had come to regard Plenipo as a horse that could hardly be beaten in a short race. Mr. Brown must have continued teaming on the Macadamized road through the dreary, dismal Beverly swamp for about twenty years, and was quite successful.

      The teaming closed in 1854, when the railway was opened to Galt. During most of this time he was a Presbyterian, but about the close of his teaming days, he became strongly impressed with what was then known as Morrisonianism, which was the teaching of the Rev. Dr. Morrison of Scotland, who favored a mild form of Arminianism as opposed to the Calvinistic view, of the Atonement. In this, as in everything else he took up, he advocated the Morrisonian view with intense energy and zeal; going about for a time with his Bible in his hand among his Presbyterian friends, endeavoring to prove to them that the Morrisonian view was the correct one. Later on he came to adopt religious views entirely un-Orthodox, and these he continued to hold until his death.

      Mr. Brown devoted much time and means to stock-raising, and as a breeder he was most successful. His herd of Shorthorns was known far and wide. He carried on farming operations till quite recently, when failing health compelled him to dispose of his farm and stock, and retire from active pursuits. He was possessed of a kindly, genial disposition, and was strictly honorable in his dealings with his fellow-men.

      Deceased was married to Jane Dryden, sister of Messrs. Jas. and Walter K. Dryden, who passed away some ten years ago. Their family consisted of six sons and six daughters, of whom, two sons and two daughters, are dead.

      The surviving family are: Mrs. Scroggie, Galt; Mrs. John Fraser, Mrs. Currie, North Dumfries; Mrs. William Bell, South Dumfries; Andrew, Preston; Thomas, South Dumfries; Alexander and Walter, North Dumfries. The funeral took place on Monday afternoon, to the old Ayr Cemetery, being attended by a large concourse of friends. The oration was delivered by Mr. Wm. Algie of Alton.


      The Dumfries Reformer May 12 1892 pg 1

  • Sources 
    1. [S205] Census - ON, Waterloo, North Dumfries - 1881, North Div. 2 Page 63.

    2. [S367] Cemetery - ON, Waterloo, Ayr - Ayr Public CC#4489 Internet Link .
      B/ In memory of/ Walter Brown/ 1859 - 1926/ Andrew Bro. 1835 - 1910/ William Bro. 1857 - 1911/ Jane Green Sister 1840 - 1872/ Father/ James Brown 1809 - 1892/ Mother/ his wife Jane Dryden 1823 - 1884/ Brown

    3. [S1778] Census - ON, Waterloo, North Dumfries - 1861, Div 3 Page 27.

    4. [S2042] Census - ON, Waterloo, North Dumfries - 1891, Section 1 Page 17.

    5. [S355] Census - ON, Waterloo, North Dumfries - 1871, Div. 2, Page 64.

    6. [S367] Cemetery - ON, Waterloo, Ayr - Ayr Public CC#4489 Internet Link .
      B/ In memory of/ Walter Brown/ 1859 - 1926/ Andrew Bro. 1835 - 1910/ William Bro. 1857 - 1911/ Jane Green Sister 1840 - 1872/ Father/ James Brown 1809 - 1892/ Mother/ his wife Jane Dryden 1823 - 1884/ Brown [B corner lot markers]

    7. [S31] News - ON, Waterloo, Cambridge - Dumfries Reformer (1850-1892), 23 Nov 1853.
      Brown, Janet married 18 Nov 1853 to G. SCROGGIE Mr Scroggie, Galt; Janet eld dau Jas Brown, N Dumfries.

    8. [S31] News - ON, Waterloo, Cambridge - Dumfries Reformer (1850-1892), 19 Oct 1859.
      Brown, Jane married 14 Oct 1859 to Robert GREEN At Galt, by Rev Mr James. Robt, merchant tailor, Galt; Jane, daughter of James Brown, farmer, North Dumfries.

    9. [S498] Map - Tremaine's 1861 Map of Waterloo County.

    10. [S116] Vit - ON - Death Registration.
      Name: James Brown Gender: Male Birth Year: abt 1809 Birth Place: Scotland Age at Death: 83 Death Date: 6 May 1892 Death Place: Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - CALC 20 Apr 1809 - , Roxburghshire, Scotland Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1853 - North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - farmer - 1859 - North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsLand - 1861 - North Dumfries Concession 09 Lot 24, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsLand - 1861 - North Dumfries Concession 08 Lot 25, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsLand - 1861 - North Dumfries Concession 08 Lot 26, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Farmer - 1861 - North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Infidel - 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 MapsResidence - 1875 - North Dumfries Concession 09 Lot 24, 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 MapsResidence - Atheist - 1881 - North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Farmer - 1891 - North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Free Thinker - 1891 - North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - Cause: Cause: Old Age - 6 May 1892 - North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 9 May 1892 - Ayr Cemetery, Ayr, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
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