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James William Geddes

Male 1807 - 1870  (63 years)


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  • Name James William Geddes 
    Born 1807  London, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3, 4
    Gender Male 
    Immigration 1818  Georgetown, , Demerara-Mahaica, Guyana Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Immigration 1835  Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Residence 1835  Jerseyville, Wentworth Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Residence 1850  Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Occupation 1852  Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    auctioneer 
    Occupation 1861  Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Auctioneer 
    Religion 1861  Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Church of England 
    Eby ID Number Waterloo-388620 
    Died 11 Sep 1870  Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 6, 7
    Cause: Ulceration of Stomach (4 months) 
    Buried Trinity Anglican Cemetery, Cambridge, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Person ID I388620  Generations
    Last Modified 23 Jul 2020 

    Family Ann Rachel Abbott,   b. 1806, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Oct 1883, Guelph City, Wellington Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years) 
    Married St. Martin's Church-in-the-Fields, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Eleanor Charlotte Geddes,   b. 1840, North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 May 1887, Guelph City, Wellington Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 47 years)
     2. James Geddes,   b. Abt 1830,   d. Yes, date unknown
     3. George Nixon Geddes,   b. 1830, , England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     4. Emily Louisa Ann Geddes,   b. 1832, , West Indies Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     5. Mary E. Geddes,   b. 1836, , Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     6. Ann Frances Julia Geddes,   b. 30 Jul 1836, Jerseyville, Wentworth Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Jul 1923, Toronto, York Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 86 years)
     7. Adelaide E. "Ada" Geddes,   b. 1840, , Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     8. Lucy Jackson,   b. 1847, , Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     9. William Alfred Geddes,   b. 3 Apr 1847, Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified 24 Jul 2020 
    Family ID F262621  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • WILLIAM ALFRED GEDDES
      Toronto, Ont.

      WILLIAM ALFRED GEDDES, who by persistent efforts and close attention to business has placed himself at the head of Toronto Steamship Agencies, was born at Galt, Ontario, April 3rd, 1847, and is the youngest son of James and Ann Rachel Abbott Geddes; her English ancestry moving in the highest London society. His father was born in London and was educated there, afterwards being married in St. Martin's Church-in-the-Fields, one of the oldest places of worship in the city, having been built before the modern city extended its limits to the surrounding country. In 1818, he went to Georgetown, Demerara, South America, where he was a supply wharfinger and general agent, and remained there until 1835, when he came to Canada, settling on a farm at Jerseyville, near Hamilton, Ont. Here he remained some years, when he removed to St. George, and in 1850 to Galt, where he engaged in a general commission business, appraiser, auctioneer, legal advisor, conveyancer, etc. He died in 1870, his wife surviving him thirteen years.

      His family consisted of ten children; George, the eldest boy, is now in business at Glen Morris; James died when young, and William A. is the subject of our sketch. Emily, the eldest daughter living, is married, and resides at Gaines, Mich., U.S.; Annie is Mrs. W. Cooper, of Guelph; Mary married Walter Strowger, and Adelaide, the youngest, is still unmarried. William A. spent his younger days in attending one of the ward schools at Galt, and finished his education at the central school of that town. At thirteen, he entered a general store in his native town as an "all-round" handy boy, and served in the same capacity successively at Guelph, Doon, and Barrie, and in September, 1866, went to Hamilton, where he clerked in a grocery store for two years.

      In 1869 he began life as a purser on the steamer Osprey, plying between Hamilton and Montreal. He remained with this boat two seasons, and was after this with the Bristol, St. Lawrence, and City of Chatham, each a season. In 1873, he came to Toronto, and entered the office of G.E. Jacques & Co., general forwarders, of Montreal, representing them here for four years. In 1874, he took charge of Higinbotham's wharf at the foot of Young Street, which position he filled till the financial embarrassment of Higinbotham the following year. Mr. Geddes and Fred. Mowat, now sheriff of York county, succeeded to the business, and conducted it till 1877, when Mr. Mowat retired, the entire enterprise reverting to his partner. This was continued for then years, when the C.P.R. expropriated the land, since which time Mr. Geddes has leased it from the railway. This is the best and most popular dock in the city, more than two-thirds of the traffic, both passenger and freight, that is done in Toronto emanating from this point. In addition to this, Mr. Geddes has established a steamship ticket agency in this city, devoted exclusively to water routes, except where railway tickets are sold in connection therewith, and has built up a most important trade and connection. Among the lines which are represented at his office are the Merchants', trading on the great lakes; Niagara Falls line, Hamilton Steamboat Co., Cunard, Beaver and Wilson of ocean fame; North-West Transportation Co., and the Immediate Transportation Co., which has offices in the large cities, London, Liverpool, Manchester, Glasgow, Paris, New York, Chicago, etc. By the routes represented, tickets can be sold and freight transported to any part of the world, while the amount of business transacted and patronage of the office steadily increases.

      Mr. Geddes has not had a long military career, but for two years was a member of No. 2, Galt light infantry. Among the enterprises in which he has been engaged was a part ownership in the steamer Cuba, plying between Chicago and Montreal, which he bought in 1877; also interests in the high grade vessels California, Aylmer, Munro and Ocean. The Rosedale, in which he has also an extensive interest, was built in the winter of 1887-8 at the Sunderland Ship-Building Co.'s yards in the north of England, and was the first steamer to cross the Atlantic and carry freight from England to Chicago without trans-shipment. The promoters of this enterprise were three Toronto gentlemen, W.A. Geddes, J.H. Haggarty, and Capt. S. Crangle. The first trip was made in June, the trip occupying seventeen days, and the success of the enterprise fully demonstrated. In 1885, Mr. Geddes, with two or three other Toronto gentlemen, organized the Canadian Marine Association, which is highly appreciated by marine interests, and he has, since its inception, held the position of Sec.-Treas. In 1872, he was initiated into the mysteries of Masonry, joining St. George's Lodge, No. 4, Montreal. A year later he affiliated with St. Andrew's, No. 16, Toronto, and has passed successively the Lodge of Perfection and Scottish rite, and now into Rose Croix Chapter. Politically, he is, like his father and grandfather, a Conservative.

      His travel has been quite extensive, but mostly confined to his native country, believing it essential to the interests of his business that he be familiar with its different sections. He has been in many parts of the States as well, and in 1883 took a pleasure trip to Europe. He is a consistent Episcopalian, and attends St. Peter's church. December 22, 1870, he married Matilda J. Trowell, daughter of the late Capt. John Trowell, Kingston, Ontario, who was a lake captain for over forty years. Of the children born to this union, four are now living; Isabella Matilda is attending the Conservatory of Music in this city, while Emma Charlotte, William Alfred and Agatha Louise are attending school. When Mr. Geddes began in life as an errand boy, his only stock in trade were willing hands and a determined will. Steadily he has climbed from one landing to another, until the position he now holds, both socially and commercially, and the amount of business transacted at his office, place him prominently among the successful and self-made men of the country.


      Prominent Men of Canada, a collection of Person Distinquished in Professional and Polical Life, and in the commerce and industry of Canada edited by G. Mercer Adam. 1892

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      At Galt, on the 11th inst., Mr. James Geddes, formerly of Georgetown, Demerara, aged 67 years.

      Galt Reporter Sep 16 1870 pg 3

  • Sources 
    1. [S313] Census - ON, Waterloo, Galt - 1851, Div 1 Pg 11.
      James GEDDES Auctioneer England Episcopalian 49
      Ann R. GEDDES England Episcopalian 47
      Emily L. GEDDES West Indies Episcopalian 19
      Ann F. J. GEDDES Upper Canada Episcopalian 16
      Mary E. GEDDES Upper Canada Episcopalian 15
      Elenor? S. GEDDES Upper Canada Episcopalian 13
      Adelade E. GEDDES Upper Canada Episcopalian 11
      William A. GEDDES Upper Canada Episcopalian 5
      Lucy JACKSON Upper Canada Episcopalian 4 not a member of the family

    2. [S1838] Census - ON, Waterloo, Galt - 1861, Galt 1861 Div. 2 Page 23.

    3. [S1612] Book - Prominent men of Canada a collection of persons distinguished in professional and political life, and in the commerce and industry of Canada, biography of William Alfred Geddes.

    4. [S2598] Cemetery - ON, Waterloo, Cambridge - Trinity Anglican Cemetery Internet Link.
      [East] Eleanor C. GEDDES/ died/ May 23rd 1887/ aged 47 years/ GEDDES/ [veteran's cross]
      [South] In loving memory of/ my parents/ Jas. W. GEDDES/ died 11th Sept. 1870/ aged 63 years/ Ann Rachel GEDDES/ died Oct. 1st 1883/ aged/ 77 years/


    5. [S313] Census - ON, Waterloo, Galt - 1851, Div 1 Pg 11.

    6. [S570] Census - ON, Waterloo, Galt - 1871, Div. 3, Pg. 25.

    7. [S2491] aaa Vit - ON - Death Registration, death certificate 010328 (1870).
      Name:James Geddis Gender:Male Age:67 Birth Date:abt 1803 Birth Place:Oxford, England Death Date:11 Sep 1870 Death Place:Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 1807 - London, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsImmigration - 1818 - Georgetown, , Demerara-Mahaica, Guyana Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsImmigration - 1835 - Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1835 - Jerseyville, Wentworth Co., Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1850 - Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - auctioneer - 1852 - Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Auctioneer - 1861 - Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Church of England - 1861 - Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - Cause: Ulceration of Stomach (4 months) - 11 Sep 1870 - Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Trinity Anglican Cemetery, Cambridge, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - - St. Martin's Church-in-the-Fields, London, England Link to Google Earth
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