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David Christie

David Christie

Male 1818 - 1880  (~ 62 years)

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  • Name David Christie 
    Born Oct 1818  Edinburgh, , Midlothian, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Residence 1848  North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Eby ID Number Waterloo-27795 
    Died 14 Dec 1880  Paris, Brant County, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried St. George United Cemetery, St. George, Brant Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I27795  Generations
    Last Modified 29 Sep 2019 

    Family Isabella Turnbull,   b. Abt 1818, of, North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1858  (Age ~ 40 years) 
    Married 18 Feb 1848  North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Last Modified 30 Sep 2019 
    Family ID F7235  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - Oct 1818 - Edinburgh, , Midlothian, Scotland Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1848 - North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 18 Feb 1848 - North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - St. George United Cemetery, St. George, Brant Co., Ontario Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Honorable David Christie
    Honorable David Christie
    Library and Archives Canada MIKAN 3421056

  • Notes 
    • CHRISTIE, DAVID, politician and farmer; b. in Edinburgh, Scotland, in October 1818, son of Robert Christie; d. at Paris, Ont., 14 Dec. 1880.

      David Christie was educated at Edinburgh High School; he was a good student, particularly well versed in Latin literature. In 1833 he came to Canada with his family. The next year his father took up a farm near St George in the southern part of Dumfries Township (in what is now South Dumfries Township), an area of largely Scottish settlement in the Grand River valley of Upper Canada. The Christie family was closely connected with the Dumfries Secessionist Presbyterian congregation, especially through David's uncle, the Reverend Thomas Christie, a Presbyterian missionary in the district for the United Associate Secessionist Church, a fragment split from the established Kirk in Scotland. David was certainly exposed to the Dumfries church's strongly held doctrine of voluntaryism - that churches should be voluntary organizations, not established, aided, or in any way interfered with by the state.......Meanwhile, he had continued to make his own estate, "The Plains," an agricultural showplace. The Dumfries property was also held until 1871, and by 1868 Christie already had, by deed, some 540 acres in his Brantford Township estate, on which he built a handsome mansion. He had married Isabella Turnbull of Dumfries in 1848. She died in 1858, and in 1860 he was married again, to Margaret Telfer of Springfield in Elgin County. The Christies had a large family at their Plains residence, where they frequently housed friends, political allies, and visiting agriculturalists. Moreover, from 1866 onward, a one-time schoolfellow become political enemy and now again an increasingly close friend, George Brown, had been developing his own extensive farming estate at Bow Park on the other side of Brantford. In the 1870s the two became frequent visitors, happily reminiscing about past political battles. Christie, in fact, became vice-president of the cattle company which Brown incorporated for his large-scale pedigreed stockbreeding enterprise at Bow Park.....

      J. M. S. Careless, "CHRISTIE, DAVID," in Dictionary of Canadian Biography, vol. 10, University of Toronto/Université Laval, 2003\endash , accessed May 31, 2014, https://www.biographi.ca/en/bio/christie_david_10E.html.

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      Death of Hon. David Christie

      At four o'clock on Wednesday morning last, this gentleman died, after an illness extending over about three weeks. The cause of his death was somewhat singular. For a few days a corn on one of his toes had been troubling him very much and he undertook to cut it. Happening to cut to the quick it was observed that a small quantity of pus exuded, but nothing was thought of it at the time. The toe continuing very sore, while in Paris, he showed it to a medical man, who advised poulticing. This Mr. Christie did for a few days, but without any beneficial result. Another medical man was consulted, who simply changed the poultice, and thought a few days would effect a cure. Continuing to get worse, on Friday last symptoms of mortification showed themselves, and there been some delay in securing the attendance of a physician, we believe that when the medical man did arrive he pronounced the case as almost hopeless, as the mortification had extended so far that amputation to check it could not be resorted to in the then low condition of the patient. From this time Mr. Christie gradually sank, until at the hour we named, he died.

      It is needless to write of the life of this gentleman. In this district the record is well known. Successively he has occupied very responsible positions of trust. He was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1818, and was therefore aged 62 years at the time of his death. A brother in arms, in every sense, of the late Hon. George Brown, it is a curious coincidence that in the same year and from somewhat similar cases, they should both have been called away.

      Mr. Christie's funeral takes place today (Friday) at 1 o'clock pm, from the residence of Mrs. Telfer, Paris, to the Cemetery of St. George.


      Galt Reporter Dec 17 1880 pg 1

  • Sources 
    1. [S1086] News - ON, Wellington, Guelph - Guelph Advertiser, "Marriage of David Christie to Isabella Turnbull," 2 Mar 1848.

    2. [S12] Vit - ON, Gore - Gore District Marriage Register - Waterloo Entries, Jas. Roy, Wesleyan Methodist Minister Not Hamilton area (pg. 105 & 106).
      David Christie, married Isabella Turnbull, both of Dumfries. 18 Feb 1848, by licence, Witnesses: Wm. MacKenzie and Wm. Burns.