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

Sir James W. Woods

Male 1855 - 1941  (85 years)


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  • Name James W. Woods 
    Prefix Sir 
    Born 27 Sep 1855  Woodstock, Oxford Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Gender Male 
    Religion 1861  Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Church of England 
    Occupation 1871  Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Bookkeeper 
    Religion 1871  Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Church of England 
    Historical Event 1909 
    Sinking of the RMS Republic 
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    Honoured 1917 
    knight commander of the Order of the British Empire 
    Eby ID Number Waterloo-256438 
    Died 25 Apr 1941 
    Person ID I256438  Generations
    Last Modified 29 Sep 2019 

    Father James Macdonnell Woods,   b. 1833, Tulloch, West Meath, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Jan 1903, Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years) 
    Mother Sarah Augusta Helen Robinson,   b. 1831, Athenby, , Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Dec 1887, Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 56 years) 
    Married 26 Oct 1854  Athenry, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Family ID F229336  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 27 Sep 1855 - Woodstock, Oxford Co., 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 - Bookkeeper - 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
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  • Notes 
    • In 1887 an aging Mackay signed a partnership agreement with his bookkeeper, Charles Robb, and James W. Woods, his business manager/chief European buyer, forming "Gordon Mackay & Co." Woods had been born at Woodstock, Canada West on September 27, 1855 and when he was two his family moved to Galt, Ontario. He began working in his father's dry goods store, Woods and Taylor, in 1869 and had joined Gordon and Mackay as a buyer in 1874. By 1881 he had been already promoted to manager. Robb died in 1894 and on February 1, 1899 Gordon, Mackay and Co. Limited was formed as a joint stock company with James W. Woods as Business Manager and Donald Mackay as President. The agreement allowed Woods and other partners, including Woods' own father, to buy out Mackay from company profits. On Mackay's death in 1908, James W. Woods became President. By 1900 the company occupied an impressive four storey building at Bay and Front which covered 24,000 square feet. A great fire swept that district in April of 1904 destroying the company premises and that of several other nearby wholesalers on the south side of Front from Younge to York Streets. However, Gordon, Mackay and Co. Ltd. rebuilt and expanded to occupy an adjacent building, eventually totalling 153,000 sq. ft. and employing 1500 people.

      Postal Stationery Notes - British North America Philatelic Society - Postal Stationery Study Group
      Vol. 18 No. 6 June 2003 "Gordon, Mackay & Company, Toronto, Ontario" by Chris Ellis

  • Sources 
    1. [S570] Census - ON, Waterloo, Galt - 1871, Div. 1, Pg. 30.

    2. [S1838] Census - ON, Waterloo, Galt - 1861, Galt 1861 Div. 2 Page 17.

    3. [S2488] aaa Vit - ON - Marriage Registration, marriage certificate 101358 (1854).
      Name:James Mcdonald Woods Gender:Male Marriage Date:26 Oct 1854 Marriage Place:Athenry, Gal, Ire Father:Thomas Mcdonald Woods Spouse:Sarah Augusta Robinson FHL Film Number:101358 Reference ID:2: 3DGGBC9