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

Robert Hunt

Male 1812 - 1890  (78 years)

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  • Name Robert Hunt 
    Born 1812  Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3, 4
    Gender Male 
    Business Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Preston Woollen Mill 
    Preston Woolen Factory
    Preston Woolen Factory
    image from Collections Canada
    Interesting life story, business, mill, 
    Occupation 1852  Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Cloth Manufacturer 
    Occupation 1861  Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Manufacturer 
    Religion 1861  Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Wesley Methodist 
    Residence 1871  Blenheim Twp., Oxford Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Residence 1875  London, Middlesex, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Residence 1881  London, Middlesex, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Eby ID Number Waterloo-35820 
    Died 6 Feb 1890  London, Middlesex, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Cause: old age (6 months) 
    Person ID I35820  Generations
    Last Modified 16 Jul 2019 

    Father James Hunt,   b. Abt 1770, Of, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1861  (Age ~ 90 years) 
    Mother Margaret,   b. 1772, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Family ID F10542  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Viena Claflin,   b. 18 Aug 1812, Waterbury Twp., Washington Co., Vermont Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Aug 1872, London, Middlesex, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 59 years) 
    Children 
     1. James Hunt,   b. 1834, Waterdown, Wentworth Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     2. Pamila Hunt,   b. 1836, , Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     3. John Hunt,   b. 1837, Waterdown, Wentworth Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     4. Robert Hunt,   b. 6 Sep 1840, Flamboro West Twp., Wentworth Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     5. Emeline "Emily" Hunt,   b. 13 Dec 1842, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     6. Marriet Hunt,   b. 1844, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     7. Margaret Jane Hunt,   b. 8 Feb 1845, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Feb 1913, Cambridge, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 68 years)
     8. William Henry Hunt,   b. 1846, Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     9. George Hunt,   b. CALC 25 Feb 1848,   d. 25 Aug 1848  (Age ~ 0 years)
     10. George Hunt,   b. 1849, Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     11. Charles Hunt,   b. CALC 24 Aug 1852,   d. 11 Sep 1852  (Age ~ 0 years)
     12. Evangaline Hunt,   b. 1853, , Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     13. Eva Eleanor Hunt,   b. 7 Apr 1854, Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     14. Edwin Napier Hunt,   b. 17 Apr 1856, Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified 17 Jul 2019 
    Family ID F9457  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 1812 - Ireland Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBusiness - Preston Woollen Mill - - Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Cloth Manufacturer - 1852 - Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Manufacturer - 1861 - Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Wesley Methodist - 1861 - Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1871 - Blenheim Twp., Oxford Co., Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1875 - London, Middlesex, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1881 - London, Middlesex, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - Cause: old age (6 months) - 6 Feb 1890 - London, Middlesex, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • ROBERT HUNT -1890

      Robert Hunt was described as a quiet unassuming man benevolent in disposition, closely attending to his business and possessed of superior tact and business qualities. Mr. Hunt came to Preston in 1845 when he purchased the Preston Woollen Mill from Hiram Kinsman and the following year built Preston's first stone woollen mill. A fire destroyed the mill in 1852 but it was rebuilt and in 1855 Andrew Elliott of Galt became his partner. The men operated the mill under the name of Elliott & Hunt and enlarged the mill in 1857 adding considerable machinery. The mill was on its way to becoming one of the most influential centres for textile production in Waterloo County when in 1865, another fire devastated the company. Discouraged, Mr. Hunt quietly retired from the business leaving its operation to his sons in partnership with Mr. Elliott. The mill was reorganized as a linen mill under the name of Elliott, Hunt and Company only to suffer another fire in 1870 after which it lay idle until the property was sold to William Robinson and Daniel Howell in 1876. The business eventually became Geo. Pattinson & Co., one of Canada's most successful woollen mills and one of Preston's largest employers.


      Cambridge Mosaic, Jim Quantrell, 1998, City of Cambridge

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      The name of the person who was the real founder of the largest and to the inhabitants of Preston the most important establishment has so far been mentioned only incidentally, but since he well deserves special mention, a brief review of his achievements will no doubt prove interesting. The name of this party is Mr. Robert Hunt, a quiet, unassuming man, benevolent in disposition, closely attending to his business and possessed of superior tact and business qualities. It was about the year 1845 that Mr. Hunt came to Preston. The water privilege now known as that of the Preston Woolen Mills was acquired by purchase in 1832 by one Charles Wiffler, a German blacksmith, who conceived the idea of starting a wool carding shop, but being unable to carry out that idea, he sold the premises, in 1842, to one Hiram Kinsman, who built a frame two story building in which he carried on wool carding for the farmers in the vicinity. Woolen mills, as we know them, were unknown here in those early days. The farmer brought his wool to the carding mill, had it carded, the carder deducting a usual percentage of the wool for his work, and the farmer took home his carded wool. His wife and daughters spun it into yarn and then this yarn was woven into homespun by the weaver who wove by hand loom, the cotton warp being bought in the stores. Mr. Robert Hunt, upon seeing the water power and premises, at once discovered a mine of wealth latent there which only required energy, tact and means to develop. He purchased the premises from Mr. Kinsman in 1845, and set to work with that earnestness, perseverance and forethought which were his peculiar characteristics. The old frame building proved too small, a stone factory was erected and to this were gradually additions and numerous outer buildings. Mr. Hunt's wealth increased with the increase of his premises. A most disastrous fire consumed the whole interior of the main building, but phoenix-like there soon arose from its ashes a large building, filled with the most improved machinery. In 1855 'Mr. Andrew Elliott of Galt became a partner of 'Mr. Hunt and the premises and business were considerably enlarged.

      Fifth Annual Report Of The Waterloo Historical Society, 1917

  • Sources 
    1. [S270] Census - ON, Waterloo, Preston - 1852, Pg 16.

    2. [S713] Vit - ON - Death Registration, death certificate 10697 (1890), Robert Hunt, accessed 25 Jul 2010.
      Robert Hunt, d. 6 Feb 1890 City of London, Middlesex, b. Ireland age 79 years, cause: old age (6 months)

    3. [S1473] Census - ON, Waterloo, Preston - 1861, Div. 2 Page 27.

    4. [S721] Vit - ON - Marriage Registration, marriage certificate 6561 (1975), Hunt-Faff.
      Robert Hunt, 64, gentleman of London, b. Ireland, s/o James and Margaret Hunt, widower, married Lucia Ann Faff, 58, b. New York, res. London, widow, d/o Jone Waller & Lucretia Phelps, married 29 Dec 1875 London