Waterloo Region Generations
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William Thomson

Male Cal 1814 - 1889  (~ 75 years)


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  • Name William Thomson 
    Born CALC 13 Oct 1814  , Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3, 4, 5
    Gender Male 
    Business Swan Inn 
    Interesting business, story, pioneer 
    Occupation 1861  North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    General Merchant 
    Residence 1861  North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Free Church 
    Occupation 1871  North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Merchant 
    Residence 1871  North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Ayr 
    Residence 1871  North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Presbyterian 
    Occupation 1881  North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Not given 
    Residence Swan St., Ayr, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Residence 1881  North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    C. Presbyterian 
    Eby ID Number Waterloo-340125 
    Died 9 Nov 1889  Ayr, North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [5, 6
    Cause: Cause: Diseased Liver (several years) 
    Buried 11 Nov 1889  Ayr Cemetery, Ayr, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 5
    Person ID I340125  Generations
    Last Modified 18 Nov 2021 

    Family 1 Christina Sewell,   b. CA 1820,   d. 1 Jan 1856, Ayr, North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 36 years) 
    Married 25 Nov 1838  Cavers, Roxburghshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Last Modified 18 Nov 2021 
    Family ID F248352  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Mary Gladstone,   b. 1814, , Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Jul 1902, Ayr, North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 88 years) 
    Last Modified 18 Nov 2021 
    Family ID F248353  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Died, In Ayr, on Saturday morning, 9th inst., at 1: 40 o'clock, Wm. Thomson, Aged 75 Years. The Funeral Will take place from his late residence, Swan Street, on Monday, 11th inst., at 1 o'clock, p.m., to the new cemetery, Ayr. Friends and acquaintances respectfully invited to attend. Ayr, Nov. 9th, 1889.

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      After a long and painful illness, Mr. Wm. Thompson quietly passed away last Saturday morning at his residence, on Swan St., aged 75 years. Mr. Thompson was one of the early settlers in Ayr. By trade, a blacksmith, which he learned at Lidalesdale, Scotland, with a Mr. Sewell, whose daughter he afterwards married, and came to Canada; arriving and working in Little York for a short time. He then came to Ayr about the year 1842, and commenced business on the lot adjoining Mr. Murray, Baker; the shop being where now stands the Ayr Recorder office. He soon moved to his next shop, which stood directly opposite his late residence on Swan St. Those who knew him as a mechanic, say that he was an excellent workman. He next bought and removed to the Swan Inn, carrying on business there for a time; he sold out and returned to Ayr, and entered into commercial business in the Hutchison Store where now the Mechanics' Institute Library is. Soon after he built the first part of the building now owned by Mr. Willison. It was while living there his first wife dies. She was a sister of the late Mrs. John Douglas. He next bought out and carried on business in that property now known as the Christie Block. He soon gave up the store, renting to Mr. J. T. Ford, he taking the east end of the property and keeping a retail liquor store, which he continued until obliged to give up business entirely, through sickness. During the time of Rev. Mr. Lindsay, of Knox Church and for many years during Rev. Mr. McRuer's time, Mr. Thompson was precentor for Knox Church. During his long career in Ayr he was always a prominent figure. As a politician he was a strong supporter of Sir John Macdonald. His funeral, which took place to the Ayr Cemetery on Monday last, was largely attended by many of his old friends.

      Unidentified Newspaper Obituary

  • Sources 
    1. [S205] Census - ON, Waterloo, North Dumfries - 1881, North Div. 2 Page 41.

    2. [S1778] Census - ON, Waterloo, North Dumfries - 1861, Div 2 Page 17.

    3. [S367] Cemetery - ON, Waterloo, Ayr - Ayr Public CC#4489 Internet Link .
      Wm. Thomson/ 1814 - 1889/ Mary Gladstone/ his wife/ 1814 - 1902/ Thomson

    4. [S355] Census - ON, Waterloo, North Dumfries - 1871, Sect. 2 Page 2.

    5. [S2173] Find A Grave, Cemetery, A., America, N., Municipality, W., & Cemetery, A. (1814). William Thomson (1814-1889) - Find A Grave... Retrieved 7 September 2020, from https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/183629455/william-thomson.

    6. [S116] Vit - ON - Death Registration.
      Name: William Thomson Gender: Male Birth Year: abt 1814 Birth Place: Scotland Age at Death: 75 Death Date: 9 Nov 1889 Death Place: Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

    7. [S1788] Scotland Marriages, 1561-1910.
      Name: William Thomson
      Event Type: Marriage
      Event Date: 25 Nov 1838
      Event Place: Cavers, Roxburghshire, Scotland, United Kingdom
      Event Place (Original): Cavers, Roxburgh, Scotland
      Gender: Male
      Spouse's Name: Christian Sewel

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - CALC 13 Oct 1814 - , Scotland Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 25 Nov 1838 - Cavers, Roxburghshire, Scotland Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - General Merchant - 1861 - North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Free Church - 1861 - North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Merchant - 1871 - North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Ayr - 1871 - North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Presbyterian - 1871 - North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Not given - 1881 - North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - - Swan St., Ayr, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - C. Presbyterian - 1881 - North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - Cause: Cause: Diseased Liver (several years) - 9 Nov 1889 - AYR, North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 11 Nov 1889 - Ayr Cemetery, Ayr, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
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