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

Antonete Marie Sophia "Sophia" Goldschmidt

Female 1836 - 1923  (86 years)


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  • Name Antonete Marie Sophia "Sophia" Goldschmidt 
    Born 3 Jun 1836  , Schleswig Holstein, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3, 4, 5
    Gender Female 
    Immigration 1846  , Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Immigration 1846  , Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Immigration 1848  , Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Occupation 1861  Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    milliner 
    Occupation 1871  Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Seamstress 
    Invention 1877  Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Invalid chair and lounge 
    Goldschmidt,AntoneteMarieSophia-0001-Invention-invalidChair.jpg
    Goldschmidt,AntoneteMarieSophia-0001-Invention-invalidChair.jpg
    Item - Library and Archives Canada. (2013). Retrieved 7 August 2020, from https://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/discover/patents-1869-1919/Pages/item.aspx?IdNumber=7847&
    Residence 1877  Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Occupation 1901  Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Dress Maker 
    Residence 1911  Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Lodger
    Residence 1911  Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Methodist 
    House of Industry and Refuge 1917  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Name Sophia Goldschmidt 
    Name Sophia Goldsmith 
    Eby ID Number Waterloo-34903 
    Died 12 Feb 1923  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Buried Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Person ID I34903  Generations
    Last Modified 12 May 2024 

  • Notes 
    • Preston Resident, Antonete Marie Sophia "Sophia" Goldsmith was a rarity.

      Sophia was a Preston resident working as a dressmaker/milliner from the 1860's to after 1900. Never married she apparently aspired to be more and became a rarity in Canada, she was a FEMALE INVENTOR.

      In 1877 Sophia invented an "Invalid chair and Lounge", not only inventing it but patented it as well.

      Women didn't do things like that in the 1800's in Canada, especially when they couldn't vote. She paid her $20 to patent which now would be about $4,940 a huge sum for a common person at that time in the 1870's.

      She apparently didn't succeed with this invention. Continuing to work as a dressmaker until becoming a lodger in retirement in 1911. Falling on hard times she entered the House of Industry and Refuge in Kitchener in 1917, dying in 1923. She is buried in an unmarked grave in the Preston Cemetery.

  • Sources 
    1. [S270] Census - ON, Waterloo, Preston - 1852, Pg 23.

    2. [S204] Census - ON, Waterloo, Preston - 1901, Preston (Village) F-1 Page 16.

    3. [S105] Census - ON, Waterloo, Preston - 1871, Pg 25.

    4. [S1669] Census - ON, Waterloo, Preston - 1911, Div. 23 Page 4.

    5. [S116] Vit - ON - Death Registration.
      Sophia Goldsmith, aged 88 b. Germany, d. House of Refuge, Kitchener, single, dressmaker, buried Preston Cemetery, d. 12 Feb 1923

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 3 Jun 1836 - , Schleswig Holstein, Germany Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsImmigration - 1846 - , Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsImmigration - 1846 - , Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsImmigration - 1848 - , Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - milliner - 1861 - Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Seamstress - 1871 - Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsInvention - Invalid chair and lounge - 1877 - Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1877 - Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Dress Maker - 1901 - Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1911 - Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Methodist - 1911 - Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsHouse of Industry and Refuge - 1917 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 12 Feb 1923 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
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