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Frederick Gourlay Millar

Male 1810 - 1887  (77 years)


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  • Name Frederick Gourlay Millar 
    Born 6 Apr 1810  Lewiston, Niagara, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3
    Gender Male 
    Business New Dundee, Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    New Dundee Grist Mill 
    New Dundee Grist Mill
    New Dundee Grist Mill
    Constructed 1847 - destroyed 1960
    Name F. G. Miller  [4
    Name Fred Millar 
    Name Frederick Miller 
    Name Friedrich Miller  [5
    Residence 1835  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Residence 1835  Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Occupation 1851  Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    merchant 
    Residence 1851  Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Residence 1852  New Dundee, Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Eby ID Number Waterloo-241078 
    Died 6 Sep 1887  Burford, Burford Twp., Brant Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 8
    Cause: Old Age 
    Buried Holy Trinity Anglican Church Cemetery, Burford, Burford Twp., Brant, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Person ID I241078  Generations
    Last Modified 11 Jun 2024 

    Father Alexander Millar,   b. 1766, of, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1828, Lewiston, Niagara, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 62 years) 
    Mother Janet Gourlay,   b. 1769,   d. 1822, Lewiston, Niagara, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 53 years) 
    Married 22 Mar 1790  Dundee, Forfar, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    Family ID F17030  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Isabella Henderson,   b. CALC 11 May 1812, , Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Jan 1878  (Age ~ 65 years) 
    Married 1835  , Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Children 
     1. Mayor Alexander M. Millar, Q. C.,   b. 4 Nov 1835, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Dec 1918, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years)
     2. Dr. Allan Henderson Millar,   b. 28 May 1838, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 May 1910, West Covina, Los Angeles, California, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years)
     3. William Gourlay Millar,   b. 13 May 1841, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Apr 1912, New Hamburg, Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years)
     4. David Gourlay Millar,   b. 12 Jan 1844, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Nov 1905, Wiarton, Amabel Twp., Bruce Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 61 years)
     5. Frederick Millar,   b. 1846, , Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Aug 1860, Port Dover, Norfolk Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 14 years)
     6. Isabella Millar,   b. 1850, , Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1930, , California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years)
    Last Modified 11 Jun 2024 
    Family ID F14875  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • DEATH OF AN OLD RESIDENT - The Berlin News says: "The intelligence reached here on Thursday that Mr. Fred. G. Millar had died at the residence of his son-in-law, Mr. Thomas Lloyd Jones, in Burford. Deceased not long ago visited his son here, Mr. Alex. Millar, and appeared as active and hearty as a man of fifty, though we should judge he must have been at least eighty years old when he died. He was one of the first residents of Berlin, and for many years carried on a store business where the market now stands. He the, about thirty-five years ago, moved to New Dundee, where he built the mills and for some years carried on an extensive business. After disposing of that extensive property he moved to the county of Norfolk to engage in farm life. For a number of his late years he has lived retired from all active pursuits and seems to have spent a peaceful and contented old age and died respected and honored, not only by his large number of children and grand-children, but by all who knew him".

      Dumfries Reformer Sep 15 1887

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      ...In the year 1832 Frederick G. Millar came to Ontario and settled in Berlin, where he engaged in general merchandising for a number of years. In 1847 he removed to Wilmot and established the flouring mills at New Dundee, where he was identified with milling and general mercantile interests for a long period or up to the time of his retirement from active business life....

      A History of Ontario: its resources and development

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      King Street - Queen to Benton


      Queen to Benton Street.-A few feet back of King Street and about 15 feet from South Queen Street was a vaulted cellar built of field stone by Peter Rebscher in 1838-39. In 1855 Sheriff Davidson bought this cellar from Paul Schmidt. He erected a frame building extending from the corner, partly using material brought from a former building at New Aberdeen, a village about five and one-half miles southwest of Berlin, where he had also a store business. Jacob Stroh helped to lath the building, receiving 75c as a day's wage. The new building was called The California Block and contained several stores. George Davidson, son of the Sheriff, occupied the corner store as a Grocery and Dry Goods business. Next there was a shed with outside stairway leading to a dance hall above it. The shed was used by the guests of Schmidt's Tavern known as the banners Inn. In the rear of the shed there was a brewery operated William Rebscher, who started to brew about 1830. The process of the Rebscher brewery was to soak the grain for 24 hours, then spread it on the cellar floor and shift it around until it commenced to sprout, after which it was carried upstairs again and put into a dry-kiln about 20 x 20 feet in size, the grain being on screens exposed to the heat coming from below. The dry malt was crushed and ground between iron rollers turned by hand. Later on a steam engine supplied the required power. Mr. Rebscher had this brewery until about 1855, when he moved to Frederick Street on Spetz Street.

      Sheriff Davidson bought the shed and converted it into two stores. One of these was occupied by Conrad Schmidt who sold wines, liquors, groceries and hardware. Yost Kimmel had a meat shop under the stores.

      Next came an open space and a well and next to that a building which was used 1830 to 1835 as a church by a body known as Mifferites whose main article of belief was that the world was coming to an end in 1835. Many of the Millerites, faithful to their belief, sold their properties and household effects. The building was about 1840 occupied by Paul Schmidt, as the Farmer's Inn already spoken of.

      Next came an alleyway and next to that William Moore's general store. Mr. Moore's residence was next to his store. Later on it had a clock factory on the second floor for a short time Next came a three-story building erected in 1860 and next to that no building for a long time until the Boehmer Block was erected. This had a clock factory on the second floor for a short time. Next came a building occupied by Mr. Hymmen, erected between 1850 and 1855. The building was painted a buff color and occupied as a bakery. In 1860, E. R. Hayne had a bakery and confectionery store in the Hymmen building. Next came a two-story frame building located on the site of the westerly half of the present Post Office and occupied by William, David and Frederick Miller as the first general store in Berlin. The location was opposite the end of Frederick Street. J. F. Kannengieser had a tailor shop and was also dealer in fancy goods in this building at one time. In 1860 Mr. and Mrs. John Albright occupied part of the building as a dressmaking and millinery shop. Later on Mr. Rooke had a lock and gunsmith shop on the street floor while his family lived above. There was a high board fence on the Benton Street line with balsam trees planted along the inside.

      REMINISCENCES OF BERLIN (NOW KITCHENER) By JACOB STROH Contributed by Joseph M. Snyder.

      Part I. Settlement - Early Villagers and Buildings, Waterloo Historical Society Annual Volume 1930

  • Sources 
    1. [S7] News - ON, Waterloo, Kitchener - Berliner Journal (1859-1917), 15 Sep 1887.
      06 Sep 1887 Frederick Gourlay Millar, formerly a resident of Berlin, died in Burford, Brant County at age of 78 years.

    2. [S3231] Find A Grave, https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/140622562/frederick-g-millar.

    3. [S2437] Census - Canada - 1851, Ontario, Waterloo, Wilmot Township Div 2 pg 14.
      Frederick G. Millar 42, American - Merchant
      Isabella 39 b. Scotland
      Alexander 17 b. Canada
      Allen 14
      William 11
      David 7
      Frederick 4
      Isabella 2

    4. [S7] News - ON, Waterloo, Kitchener - Berliner Journal (1859-1917), 30 Aug 1860.
      Friedrich Miller died 15 Aug 1860 in Port Dover, son of F.G. Miller, formerly of Berlin, 13 yrs old.

    5. [S6] Church Records - ON, Waterloo - Bindeman, F. W. - Card Index Kitchener Public Library.
      Alexander Miller son of Friedrich and Isabella nee Henderson, born 4 Nov 1835, bapt. 30 oct 1836, sponsors: parents

    6. [S9] News - ON, Waterloo, Kitchener - Canada Museum und Allgemeine Zeitung (1835-1840), 6 Apr 1839:15.
      last Monday Mathilde, little daughter of Michael Meyer, died in Wilmot Twp at the age of 4 years, 2 weeks.

    7. [S26] Lower Canada Marriage Bonds (1779-1858), C-6784.
      Name of Future Husband: MILLER, Frederick Res: Waterloo Township, Halton County Name of Future Wife: HENDERSON, Isabella Res: Dumfries Township, Halton County Reference: RG 5 B9 Volume: 30 Bond Number: 4772 Date: 1835-01-24

    8. [S31] News - ON, Waterloo, Cambridge - Dumfries Reformer (1850-1892), Death of old resident - Sep 15 1887.

    9. [S2180] Scotland - Old Parochial Register Extract Form.
      Dundee Parish, Forfar, Contracted Parties Alex' Millar Mercht. and Janet Gourlay daughter of Willm. Gourlay both in this parish married 22 Mar 1790

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 6 Apr 1810 - Lewiston, Niagara, New York, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBusiness - New Dundee Grist Mill - - New Dundee, Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1835 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1835 - Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 1835 - , Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - merchant - 1851 - Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1851 - Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1852 - New Dundee, Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
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