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

George Davidson, Jr.[1, 2]

Male 1844 - 1916  (72 years)


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  • Name George Davidson 
    Suffix Jr. 
    Born 25 Jan 1844  New Aberdeen (Kitchener), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11
    Gender Male 
    Occupation 1871  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [10
    Merchant 
    Residence 1871  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [10
    Presbyterian 
    Occupation 1881  Waterloo City, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Book Keeper 
    Residence 1881  Waterloo City, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    C. Presbyterian 
    Residence 1891  Waterloo City, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    Accountant 
    Residence 1891  Waterloo City, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    Presbyterian 
    Occupation 1901  Waterloo City, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Accountant 
    Occupation 1911  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Accountant 
    Residence 1911  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Presbyterian 
    Eby ID Number Waterloo-42383 
    Died 24 Oct 1916  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [11, 12
    Buried Mount Hope Cemetery, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [11
    Person ID I42383  Generations
    Last Modified 26 Jun 2022 

    Father Sheriff George Davidson, Esq.,   b. 14 May 1814, , Aberdeenshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Apr 1881, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 66 years) 
    Mother Margaret Garden,   b. 31 Aug 1811, Aberdeen, , Aberdeen, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Jan 1894, Toronto, York Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years) 
    Married 27 Jun 1836  Hamilton, Wentworth Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [5, 13
    Family ID F19748  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Rosina Roos,   b. 2 Aug 1845, Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Jul 1929, Toronto, York Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years) 
    Married 20 Sep 1871  Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 4, 9
    Children 
     1. Edward Garden Davidson,   b. 30 Sep 1872, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Aug 1937, Toronto, York Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 64 years)
     2. Margaret Rosina "Maggie" Davidson,   b. 23 May 1874, , Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Sep 1881, Waterloo City, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 7 years)
     3. Emma Georgina Davidson,   b. 8 Jul 1878, Waterloo City, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified 27 Jun 2022 
    Family ID F11014  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Queen to Benton Street.-A few feet back of King Street and about 15 feet from South Queen Street was a vaulted cellar built of field stone by Peter Rebscher [William?] in 1838-39. In 1855 Sheriff Davidson [George Davison] bought this cellar from Paul Schmidt [Paul Schmitt 1808-1862]. He erected a frame building extending from the corner, partly using material brought from a former building at New Aberdeen, a village about five and one-half miles southwest of Berlin, where he had also a store business. Jacob Stroh helped to lath the building, receiving 75c as a day's wage. The new building was called The California Block and contained several stores. George Davidson, son of the Sheriff, occupied the corner store as a Grocery and Dry Goods business. Next there was a shed with outside stairway leading to a dance hall above it. The shed was used by the guests of Schmidt's Tavern known as the banners Inn. In the rear of the shed there was a brewery operated William Rebscher, who started to brew about 1830. The process of the Rebscher brewery was to soak the grain for 24 hours, then spread it on the cellar floor and shift it around until it commenced to sprout, after which it was carried upstairs again and put into a dry-kiln about 20 x 20 feet in size, the grain being on screens exposed to the heat coming from below. The dry malt was crushed and ground between iron rollers turned by hand. Later on a steam engine supplied the required power. Mr. Rebscher had this brewery until about 1855, when he moved to Frederick Street on Spetz Street.

      Sheriff Davidson bought the shed and converted it into two stores. One of these was occupied by Conrad Schmidt who sold wines, liquors, groceries and hardware. Yost Kimmel had a meat shop under the stores.

      Next came an open space and a well and next to that a building which was used 1830 to 1835 as a church by a body known as Mifferites whose main article of belief was that the world was coming to an end in 1835. Many of the Millerites, faithful to their belief, sold their properties and household effects. The building was about 1840 occupied by Paul Schmidt, as the Farmer's Inn already spoken of.

      Next came an alleyway and next to that William Moore's general store. Mr. Moore's residence was next to his store. Later on it had a clock factory on the second floor for a short time Next came a three-story building erected in 1860 and next to that no building for a long time until the Boehmer Block was erected. This had a clock factory on the second floor for a short time. Next came a building occupied by Mr. Hymmen, erected between 1850 and 1855. The building was painted a buff color and occupied as a bakery. In 1860, E. R. Hayne had a bakery and confectionery store in the Hymmen building. Next came a two-story frame building located on the site of the westerly half of the present Post Office and occupied by William, David and Frederick Miller as the first general store in Berlin. The location was opposite the end of Frederick Street. J. F. Kannengieser had a tailor shop and was also dealer in fancy goods in this building at one time. In 1860 Mr. and Mrs. John Albright occupied part of the building as a dressmaking and millinery shop. Later on Mr. Rooke had a lock and gunsmith shop on the street floor while his family lived above. There was a high board fence on the Benton Street line with balsam trees planted along the inside.

      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. [S7] News - ON, Waterloo, Kitchener - Berliner Journal (1859-1917), 6 Oct 1881.
      30 Sep 1881 Maggie Rosina Davidson, daughter of George Davidson, died in Waterloo at age of 7 years, 4 months and 7 days.

    2. [S7] News - ON, Waterloo, Kitchener - Berliner Journal (1859-1917), 28 Sep 1871.
      Married 20 Sep 1871 In the home of George Randall near Berlin, by Rev. Smellie, Fergus, George Davidson, Jr. was married to Rosina Roos.

    3. [S135] Census - ON, Waterloo, Waterloo City - 1901, Waterloo (Town/Ville) D-3 Page 2.

    4. [S4] Vit - ON - Marriage Registration.
      Rosina Roos Born: Preston Waterloo Tp Age: 25 Father: Michael Roos Mother: Catherine Roos Born: abt 1846 Spouse: George Davidson Jr JR Age: 27 born: Canada Father: George Davidson Mother: Margaret Davidson married 20 Sep 1871

    5. [S123] Census - ON, Waterloo, Berlin - 1861, Div 4 Pg 40.

    6. [S131] Census - ON, Waterloo, Waterloo Twp. - 1851, Div 5 Pg 1.
      George DAVIDSON Birthplace: Canada Age 8

    7. [S302] Census - ON, Waterloo, Waterloo City - 1881, Waterloo Village 1881 Div. 2 Page 39.

    8. [S340] Census - ON, Waterloo, Berlin - 1911, Div. 28 Pg. 4.

    9. [S1573] Census - ON, Waterloo, Waterloo City - 1891, Section 3 Page 39.

    10. [S229] Census - ON, Waterloo, Berlin - 1871, Sect. 2 Page 7.

    11. [S2173] Find A Grave, https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/162425618/george-davidson.

    12. [S2264] Census - ON, Waterloo, Kitchener - 1921, Sub Dist. 26 Page 4.

    13. [S1193] Church Records - ON, Wentworth, Hamilton- Knox Presbyterian Church including St. Andrew's.
      Geo. Davidson of Woolwich to Margret Garden, (newly from Scotland Aberdeen) 27 Jun 1836 by banns, Wit. Honary Daniel, of Hamilton and Alexander Watt, of Nichol.

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 25 Jan 1844 - New Aberdeen (Kitchener), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Merchant - 1871 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Presbyterian - 1871 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 20 Sep 1871 - Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Book Keeper - 1881 - Waterloo City, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - C. Presbyterian - 1881 - Waterloo City, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Accountant - 1891 - Waterloo City, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Presbyterian - 1891 - Waterloo City, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Accountant - 1901 - Waterloo City, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Accountant - 1911 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Presbyterian - 1911 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 24 Oct 1916 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Mount Hope Cemetery, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
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