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Henry James Jaffray

Henry James Jaffray

Male 1836 - 1878  (42 years)

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  • Name Henry James Jaffray 
    Born 1836  Shrewsbury, , Shropshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3, 4
    Christened 21 Aug 1836  Shrewsbury, , Shropshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Gender Male 
    Interesting accident, drowning, story 
    Religion 1851  Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Episcopalian 
    Occupation 1861  Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Printer 
    Religion 1861  Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Church of England 
    Occupation 1871  Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Printer 
    Religion 1871  Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Church of England 
    Misfortune May 1878  Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    The Empress of India after going over dam
    The Empress of India after going over dam
    Name H. J. Jaffray 
    Eby ID Number Waterloo-153480 
    Died 22 May 1878  Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [6, 7
    Cause: Drowned 
    Buried Trinity Anglican Cemetery, Cambridge, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Person ID I153480  Generations
    Last Modified 16 Jul 2019 

    Father Peter Jaffray,   b. 1800, , Stirlingshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Nov 1864, Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 64 years) 
    Mother Mary Ann Gittins,   b. 1804, Shrewsbury, , Shropshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Apr 1873, Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 69 years) 
    Married 30 Oct 1829  Shrewsbury, , Shropshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [8, 9
    Family ID F23820  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 1836 - Shrewsbury, , Shropshire, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChristened - 21 Aug 1836 - Shrewsbury, , Shropshire, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Episcopalian - 1851 - Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Printer - 1861 - Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Church of England - 1861 - Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Printer - 1871 - Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Church of England - 1871 - Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMisfortune - May 1878 - Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - Cause: Drowned - 22 May 1878 - Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Trinity Anglican Cemetery, Cambridge, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • SAD ACCIDENT AT GALT

      A Pleasure Steamboat Goes Over The Mill Dam -- 8 Drowned

      May 23, Galt. --The little steamer EMPRESS OF INDIA, which had been placed on the Grand River, and which on Monday last commenced its trips for the season on Blain's Dam, to all appearance was perfectly safe for the business required of it, and the calamity which has overtaken it was totally unlooked for.

      Last evening about eight o'clock a party of some fifteen young men and two young women embarked on the vessel for a sail up the river. As the boat was crossing the dam something appeared to go wrong with the rudder, and the head of the boat could not be turned sufficiently up the stream to enable it to counteract the effects of the current caused by the flow over the dam. The west side of the dam was reached without mishap, however, but the point where the boat would have touched being rough and rocky, an order was given to reverse the engine, which was done. The boat again getting out into the stream, an effort was made to turn the bow up the stream but again it seemed as if the rudder would not work, and when at last it did, it unfortunately was turned the wrong way, and the boat headed directly for the fall, and before those on board could realize their position the steamer drifted broadside to the fall, and in a moment went crashing over into the boiling water beneath. Before it took it's final leap, however, two of it's occupants, John and William Ovens, jumped into the water, and the latter, in an almost miraculous manner, managed to obtain a foothold on the very edge and to resist the current until he reached the shore. His brother John was not so fortunate, being carried over the faIl, but he was eventually taken out of the river some distance below in an insensible condition.

      Of those who went over with the boat, eight were lost, the rest having in various ways managed to reach shore. Both of the young women were saved, one, Miss Landreth, having had an escape that was perfectly miraculous, she floated down the stream until she struck the western pier of the upper bridge, against which the water pressed her so tightly that parties were enabled to get ropes and rescue her.

      The following is a complete list of the drowned:-
      Jas. Montgomery (engineer and owner), Edward Wren, Andrew Jackson; John Fraser; Frederick Cane; H. J. Jaffray (of the Galt reporter); Thomas Elliott and David Scott. The body of Mr. H. J. Jaffray was taken out of the water within a short time of the accident, but the most unremitting exertions on the part of the medical men present failed to restore life. It is the general impression, that when the boat went over the fall he must have been struck and stunned.

      Efforts to recovers of the bodies were made during the night but without success. This morning the boat was turned over where she lay below the falls, t being supposed that some of the bodies must be entangled in the wreck, but none were discovered. The dam is about ten or twelve feet high, with about a foot of water flowing over the fall. The depth of water above the fall is from fifteen to eighteen feet.


      Meaford Monitor Friday, May 31, 1878

  • Sources 
    1. [S570] Census - ON, Waterloo, Galt - 1871, Div. 1, Pg. 68.

    2. [S313] Census - ON, Waterloo, Galt - 1851, Pg.40.

    3. [S1838] Census - ON, Waterloo, Galt - 1861, Galt 1861 Div. 2 Page 30.

    4. [S2598] Cemetery - ON, Waterloo, Cambridge - Trinity Anglican Cemetery Internet Link.
      [East] Peter JAFFRAY/ died at Galt/ Novenber 15th 1864/ aged 64 years/ also his wife/ Mary Ann GITTINS/ died April 17th 1873/ aged 69 years/ Catherine Elizabeth/ daughter of/ Peter & Jane/ JAFFRAY/ died Feb. 21st 1907/ aged 76 years/ JAFFRAY/ [South] Arthur George/ son of/ George J. JAFFRAY/ died at Galt/ November 1889/ aged 21 years/ Julia Kippen/ daughter of George & Jane/ JAFFRAY/ May 21, 1878/ May 22, 1941/ Scott, Galt/ [West] George Joseph/ fourth son of/ Peter & Mary JAFFRAY/ died at Galt/ September 5th 1895/ aged 56 years/ also his wife/ Jane Kippen NAIRN/ August 7th 1847/ April 29th 1921/ [North] Henry James/ third son of/ Peter & Mary JAFFRAY/ died May 22nd 1878/ aged 42 years/ Harry T. JAFFRAY/ 1880 - 1944/ interred in Toronto/ Jane L. JAFFRAY/ 1884 - 1948/ Mabel K. JAFFRAY/ 1882 - 1971/ children of George/ & Jane JAFFRAY/

    5. [S1808] England, Births and Christenings, 1538-1975, ).
      Henry James Jeffray
      Residence Place:Shrewsbury, Shropshire, England
      Gender:Male
      Christening Date:21 Aug 1836
      Christening Date (Original): 21 Aug 1836
      Christening Place:Saint Alkmond, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, England
      Father's Name:Peter Jeffray
      Mother's Name:Mary Anne

    6. [S2154] News - ON, Grey, Meaford - Meaford Monitor, Sad Accident at Galt - May 31, 1878.

    7. [S2491] aaa Vit - ON - Death Registration, death certificate 014785 (1878).
      Name:Henny J Jafpay Gender:Male Age:40 Birth Date:abt 1838 Birth Place:Shrecosbush, England Death Date:22 May 1878 Death Place:Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

    8. [S1803] England, Marriages, 1538-1973, ).
      Peter Jaffray
      Spouse's Name:Mary Anne Gittins
      Event Date:30 Oct 1829
      Event Place:Saint Chad,Shrewsbury,Shropshire,England

    9. [S2734] England, Staffordshire, Church Records, 1538-1944.
      Peter Jaffray
      Event Place:Shrewsbury, Shropshire, England, United Kingdom
      Event Place:Shrewsbury, Shropshire, England
      Age:21
      Marital Status:Unknown
      Spouse's Name:Mary Anne Gittins
      Spouse's Residence County:Salop
      Spouse's Age:21
      Spouse's Marital Status:Single
      Spouse's Birth Year:1808