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

Jonas Schofield[1]

Male 1830 - 1916  (86 years)


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  • Name Jonas Schofield 
    Born 31 Aug 1830  North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3, 4
    Gender Male 
    Interesting story 
    Occupation 1852  Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    labourer 
    Residence 1875  West Williams Twp, Middlesex Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Eby ID Number 00103-5782.1 
    Died 20 Nov 1916  West Williams Twp, Middlesex Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Cause: senility, cardiac failure 
    Buried Sylvan Cemetery, West Williams Twp., Middlesex Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Person ID I2981  Generations
    Last Modified 18 Nov 2019 

    Father Henry Schofield,   b. Abt 1800, of, North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Mother Julia Schmidt,   b. Abt 1800, of, North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Family ID F26883  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Sarah Schlichter,   b. 1834, , Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 May 1874, West Mcgillivray Twp., Middlesex Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 40 years) 
    Last Modified 19 Nov 2019 
    Family ID F944  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Hannah Sowden,   b. 1850, , England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married 17 Mar 1875  West Williams Twp, Middlesex Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Last Modified 19 Nov 2019 
    Family ID F41149  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • "Another of the pioneers of West Williams' passed away at his home on the townline, in the person of Jonas Schofield on Monday, November 20th. He was born in the Township of Dumfries, County of Waterloo. When 23 yews old he moved to a fifty acre farm half a mile west of Zurich, on which he chopped and logged 4 acres and built a log house. A year afterwards he moved to the present homestead on the 20th con., 6 2 years ago. Here he cleared up his farm and made a home for himself and family. "As one of the earliest settlers he suffered and endured a the privations of pioneer life. He was in those days one of the finest looking men in the district. Owing to his great strength he was invited to all the logging bees, barn raisings and log building raisings and was considered one of the best if not the best cornermen at a log building. It was often remarked that Jonas Schofield did not know his own strength. As a man he was the essence of honor and integrity, pious and God-fearing a, member of the Methodist church, from early manhood. He was an example for all men to follow. No man ever had reason to question his honesty and fear him in business relations; his word was his bond. There were few men of his like and the world has been much better for his life in it. He had lived many years past the allotted span of life and is now gathered to his fathers." For several years he has been badly afflicted with rheumatism but always took a great interest in all the activities of life. "He was married twice, his first wife died 42 years ago. His second wife, Hannah Sawdon died last spring after a short illness. He is survived by four sons, Abiathar, West Williams, Rev. Simon of Morencie, Mich.; Rev. Henry of Mount Morris, Mich.; and Andrew on the homestead also two daughters Mrs. Thos. Sawdon, Deckerville and Miss Nancy, at home. "The funeral takes place to-day to Sylvan Cemetery where he will be buried in the family plot."

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  • Sources 
    1. [S10] Book - Vol II A Biographical History of Waterloo Township and other townships of the county : being a history of the early settlers and their descendants, mostly all of Pennsylvania Dutch origin..., 259.

    2. [S134] Census - ON, Waterloo, Wilmot - 1851, Div 2 Pg 12.

    3. [S116] Vit - ON - Death Registration.
      Jonas Schofield d. 20 Nov 1916 West Williams, aged 86y, 2m, 20d, b. Dumfries, Ontario, buried Syloam, s/o Henry Schofield & Julia Schmidt, cause: senility, cardiac failure

    4. [S721] Vit - ON - Marriage Registration, marriage certificate 5387 (1875), Schofield-Sowden.
      Jonas Schofield, res. West Williams, Birth Place: Dumfries Age: 44 Estimated birth year: abt 1831 Father Name: Henry Schofield Mother Name: Julian Schofield Spouse Name: Hannah Sowden, res. West Williams, Spouse's Age: 24 Spouse Birth Place: England Spouse Father Name: Samuel Sowden Spouse Mother Name: Jane Sowden Marriage Date: 17 Mar 1875 Marriage Location: Middlesex, West Williams, wit: Betsy Schofield & Nancy Schofield.

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 31 Aug 1830 - North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - labourer - 1852 - Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1875 - West Williams Twp, Middlesex Co., Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 17 Mar 1875 - West Williams Twp, Middlesex Co., Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - Cause: senility, cardiac failure - 20 Nov 1916 - West Williams Twp, Middlesex Co., Ontario Link to Google Earth
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