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

Thomas Sparrow[1, 2]

Male 1805 - 1889  (83 years)


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  • Name Thomas Sparrow 
    Born 18 Oct 1805  Norwich, , Norfolk, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
    Gender Male 
    Birth , Suffolk, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Interesting politics, business, story, life 
    Immigration 1832  , Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Occupation 1851  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [10
    clerk of the division court 
    Occupation 1852  Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [11
    Clerk of the Division Court 
    Residence 1855  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [12
    Occupation 1861  Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Clerk 
    Residence 1861  Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Wesley Methodist 
    Residence 1871  Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    W. Methodist 
    Retired 1881  Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Eby ID Number Waterloo-33618 
    Died 8 Sep 1889  Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 7, 13
    Cause: Old Age 
    Buried Mount View Cemetery, Cambridge, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 9
    Person ID I33618  Generations
    Last Modified 26 Jun 2024 

    Family 1 Sarah Ann West,   b. 16 Nov 1801, Fethsell, Norfolk, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Aug 1854, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 52 years) 
    Children 
     1. Susan Sparrow,   b. 28 Apr 1826, Thetford, Norfolk, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Nov 1888, Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 62 years)
     2. Robert Sparrow,   b. 27 Aug 1828, Thetford, Norfolk, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     3. Dr. D. T. Sparrow,   b. Abt 1830, of, Athens Co., Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     4. Dr. John West Sparrow,   b. 16 May 1831, Thetford, Norfolk, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Jun 1884, Teeterville, Windham Twp., Norfolk Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 53 years)
     5. Mary Ann Sparrow,   b. 20 Aug 1835, of, Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Feb 1858, Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 22 years)
     6. Keziah W. "Kate" Sparrow,   b. 10 Oct 1837, , Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     7. Caroline West "Carrie" Sparrow,   b. Between 11 Jan 1838 and 1839, , Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Mar 1889, Toronto, York Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 51 years)
    Last Modified 26 Jun 2024 
    Family ID F8841  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Sarah Ann McQuire,   b. 1807, Canandaigua, Ontario, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Nov 1888, Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years) 
    Married 3 Oct 1855  Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [12
    Last Modified 26 Jun 2024 
    Family ID F26786  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Death of Mr. Thos. Sparrow

      Our old and most respected townsman, Mr. Thos. Sparrow, passed to his rest on Sabbath last. He was in his 84th year, and for some time has been frail, but up to a very few days ago he was in much his usual health, and able to go about. Towards the end of last week his strength failed very rapidly and Sabbath afternoon he passed away.

      Mr, Sparrow was a native of Suffolk, England, and came to this country in 1832. He first settled on the Preston and Berlin road, and where Sengel's tavern then stood, Dr. Thomas Sparrow, of Toronto, was born. Shortly after, from the late Jacob Lutz, if we are correctly informed, Mr. Sparrow bought the farm near Freeport, where they resided about eight years, then moving to Berlin, Mr. Sparrow having been appointed Division Court Clerk of that, then but small town. While in the Township Mr. Sparrow's education and ability were quickly recognized and for some time he was Assessor for the Township. While in Berlin, besides acting as Division Court Clerk, Mr. Sparrow entered considerably into mercantile Pursuits, and it was while living there that he lost the mother of his family, who had shared with him the trials and vicissitudes of their early Canadian life. In 1855, while still living in Berlin, he married Mrs. Sours, widow of the late Isaac Sours, of Galt, and almost immediately removed to Galt, where he has since continuously resided. In 1859 he was appointed Clerk and Treasurer of Galt, on the retirement of the late Adam Ker, holding that office and discharging its duties well until April, 1868, when the present Clerk and Treasurer, John G. Dykes, Esq., was appointed. Since his retirement from that position he confined his business pursuits to the management of his own and late wife's property.

      Death has been busy in Mr. Sparrow's family, particularly within a year past. In the fall of last year, but a week or so intervening, Mrs. Eby and Mrs. Sparrow passed away, followed this spring by the death of Mrs. Anderson, of Toronto, and now by himself. In 1851 his daughter, Mary, died, and in1881, Dr. John Sparrow, his son, died, so that of his family of six children, there only now remain living Mrs. Prest and Dr. Thomas Sparrow, of Toronto.

      Galt Reporter Sep 13 1889 pg 1

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      Queen Street North, East Side.


      Huber and Ahrens occupied the corner as a store and had a warehouse at the rear. The first section of the American Block was built in 1862. It contained a hotel with entrance on Queen Street and stores on the King Street front.

      A meat shop occupied by one Schaefer and later by Crozier. This building was later occupied by Von Ebenau, a German toy dealer. He also built some sidewalks for the village in 1857.

      A long two story frame building originally used by C. Ahrens as a barn and later by John Jacob Woelfle, a plough maker, who had a shop at one end and lived in the rest of the building. He had worked in the foundry on Foundry St. and after this shut down started his own shop. The building was later occupied by Rev. Jacob Wagner, who died there.

      In 1858 a two story frame building was erected by Louis Breithaupt as his office and leather store. This was the first building on this site.

      A 1 1/2 story dwelling with veranda lengthwise with Queen St. occupied by jailer Walden. Dr. Whiting later lived in this building for a time.

      A small house occupied by Mrs. Harbin, (widow of Rev. Harbin who was Swedenborgian minister in Berlin) and her sister, Mrs. Wheeler.

      A garden owned by Thomas Sparrow, with balsam trees along the street, adjoining the Sparrow's two story house with gable toward Queen St. and long veranda. Sparrow later moved to Galt.

      A two story plaster building painted red with ground floor considerably above the sidewalk level and steps leading up to it, occupied by the Commercial Bank.

      St. Peter's Church, formerly a vacant lot belonging to Mrs. Krug. The lot extended to Weber St. and to Mrs. Krug's house on Frederick St. This site was at one time favorably considered for the Central School, but it was decided that the ground would not be large enough. The present parsonage of St. Peter's Church was built by Dr. Eby, a native of Berlin, who had been living in Sebringville. He was the oldest son of John Eby spoken of as on Frederick Street. He married a daughter of Cyrus Bowers.

      Weber Street.

      County Buildings.

      Jail and Jailer's residence with a barn at the rear. The jail was built some time after the Court House, about 1860.

      Ahrens Street.

      One and a half story frame building painted red, the dwelling of Charles Roos, a cabinet maker in Hoffman's factory.

      Frame building, the house of Mr. Stuebing, later occupied by Charles Peterson.

      Small dwelling.

      Street.

      A brick yard operated by Nicholas Zieger who made puddled brick by hand. Later the brick yard belonged to John Dauberger whose house, a red frame building, was on the corner of Ellen and Queen.

      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. [S5] Vit - - ON, Waterloo - 1858-1869 Marriage Register.
      Isaac Anderson Born: Canada Res: Galt Age: 20 Father: John Anderson Mother: Jane Anderson Born: 1846 Spouse: Caroline W. Sparrow Age: 27 born: Canada Res: Galt Born: 1839 Father: Thomas Sparrow Mother: Sarah Sparrow married 24 Jul 1866

    2. [S7] News - ON, Waterloo, Kitchener - Berliner Journal (1859-1917), 29 Nov 1888.
      Died 17 Nov 1888 Sarah Sparrow, wife of Thomas Sparrow, died in Galt at age of 80 years.

    3. [S131] Census - ON, Waterloo, Waterloo Twp. - 1851, Div 4 Pg 88.
      Thomas SPARROW Clerk of Division England 46 Wesleyan Methodist b. 18-Oct
      Sarah SPARROW England 50 Wesleyan Methodist b. 16-Nov
      Kezia SPARROW Canada 14 Wesleyan Methodist b. 6-May
      Karoline SPARROW Canada 12 Wesleyan Methodist b. 11-Jan
      John W. SPARROW Canada 10 Wesleyan Methodist b. 10-Mar

    4. [S122] Cemetery - ON, Waterloo, Cambridge - Mount View CC#4495 Internet Link .
      In memory of/ Thomas Sparrow Esq./ born Oct. 18, 1805/ died Sept. 8, 1889/ Emigrated from Norwich Eng. 1832/ Clerk of Divison Court 1845/ Meber of Galt's first Town Council 1857/ Town Clerk & Treasurer until 1867/ An earnest Methodist/ SPARROW /

    5. [S336] Census - ON, Waterloo, Galt - 1881, Galt Division 2 Page 3.

    6. [S570] Census - ON, Waterloo, Galt - 1871, Div. 2, Pg. 4.

    7. [S7] News - ON, Waterloo, Kitchener - Berliner Journal (1859-1917), 12 Sep 1889.
      Sept. 8, 1889 Thomas Sparrow died in Galt at age of 84 years.

    8. [S1838] Census - ON, Waterloo, Galt - 1861, Galt 1861 Div. 3 Page 44.

    9. [S2697] Cemetery - ON, Waterloo, Cambridge, Mount View Cemetery Internet Link.
      In memory of/ Thomas SPARROW Esq./ born Oct. 18, 1805/ died Sept. 8, 1889/ Emigrated from Norwich Eng. 1832/ Clerk of Divison Court 1845/ Member of Galt's first Town Council 1857/ Town Clerk & Treasurer until 1867/ An earnest Methodist/ SPARROW/

    10. [S2070] Directory - Ontario Directory for 1851.

    11. [S131] Census - ON, Waterloo, Waterloo Twp. - 1851, Div 4 Pg 88.

    12. [S31] News - ON, Waterloo, Cambridge - Dumfries Reformer (1850-1892), 10 Oct 185.
      Mrs. Sarah Ann Sours married 3 Oct 1855 to Thomas Sparrow At bride's res, Galt by Rev J McAlister. Thomas, of Berlin; Sarah Ann, relict of late Isaac Sours, Galt.

    13. [S2491] aaa Vit - ON - Death Registration, death certificate 017943 (1889).
      Name:Thomas Sparrow Gender:Male Age:84 Birth Date:abt 1805 Birth Place:Norfolk, England Death Date:8 Sep 1889 Death Place:Waterloo, Ontario, Canada Cause of Death:Old Age

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 18 Oct 1805 - Norwich, , Norfolk, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBirth - - , Suffolk, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsImmigration - 1832 - , Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - clerk of the division court - 1851 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Clerk of the Division Court - 1852 - Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1855 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 3 Oct 1855 - Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Clerk - 1861 - Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Wesley Methodist - 1861 - Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - W. Methodist - 1871 - Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsRetired - 1881 - Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - Cause: Old Age - 8 Sep 1889 - Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Mount View Cemetery, Cambridge, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
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