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James Calder

James Calder

Male 1787 - 1869  (~ 82 years)

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  • Name James Calder 
    Born Jan 1787  Nairn, Nairnshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3
    Gender Male 
    Occupation 1807  Nairn, Nairnshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Private Soldier 
    • While never a soldier full time, he was required to serve in a militia like setting.
    Occupation 1818  Nairn, Nairnshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    tailor 
    Land 1861  North Dumfries Concession 09 Lot 36, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Land 1861  North Dumfries Concession 09 Lot 07, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Rsrch. Note
    • Catharine Calder b. 1816 Nairn, Nairn, SCT to James Calder and Janet Mackintosh.......also Jane born to the same couple in 1826, Nairn.

      Their parents were married in Nairn, Nairn, SCT in 1807. They had a total of 9 documented children but have not listed James as he died in infancy in Scotland:

      1. Isabel Calder, b. 1809, m. James Forsyth, settled in Oneida, Haldimand (immigrated in 1849) 2. Janet Calder, b. 1810 m. Duncan McDonald, settled in Oneida, Haldimand (immigrated abt. 1852) 3. William Calder, b. 1814, perished in the Cholera epedimic in 1834, buried Cedar Creek Cemetery. 4. Catharine Calder b. 1814 - need to fill in the blanks 5. Mary Calder b. 1818 m. Andrew G. Mathison, buried Cedar Creek Cemetery. 6. Anne Calder b. 1824, m. James Williamson, first settled in Oneida and then removed themselves to North Dumfries shortly after James Calder's death in 1869 (my direct line). 7. Jane Calder b. 1826 married a Campbell? - need to fill in the blanks. I may have found her in the 1881 census for Haldimand, a widow but am not certain this is she. 8. Alexandrina Calder b. 1828 m. Hugh Clark first settled in Haldimand, at one point in North Dumfries and have traced two or three children to this area. I think two are buried at Mount View Cemetery in Cambridge (Galt). This family immigrated prior to the 1851 for Oneida, Haldimand.

      James Calder agreed to settle on Lot 33 Conc 9 in 1826 with William Dickson (I think it was William....do not have my notes in front of me). I believe that Janet Mackintosh died in Scotland although was unable to locate her burial site during my trip to Nairn. I have found no evidence of her in Canada.

      James Calder settled in Dumfries in Dec of 1832. Three of the girls stayed behind in Scotland that I know of.......Isabella, Janet and Alexandrina. They joined the James Williamson's in Oneida in the late 1840's, early 1850's.

      James Calder next married Margaret Wyllie Guthrie in 1841 Dumfries (sister to Ayr's first postmaster, Robert Wyllie). She and her first husband, David Guthrie, were from Ayrshire, SCT. David suffocated when a well he was digging on his farm caved in on him. James had the farm next door and imagine this is how he met Margaret.

      James Calder was a tailor by trade and it is my understanding that Margaret was as well. Although his last farm was located on Lot 36, Conc. 9, he continued his tailoring business in Ayr and died at his Stanley Street residence in Ayr in 1869.

      Although this is rather longwinded........wanted to give a background on the family. I have all of the information on the descendents of this family except for Catherine and Jane Calder.

      The family tree states that Jane married a John Campbell and went North to work on the railroad. I find (through circumstantial evidence) that this Jane might have been married to a William Campbell but he was a school teacher....pretty far fetched from the railroad :).

      I know that these two ladies were alive in 1869 when James Calder passed as they are mentioned in his Will. I have looked at the probated copy and there are no clues to be found there.1

      1Ancestry.com Message board https://boards.ancestry.ca/localities.northam.canada.ontario.waterloo/1435/mb.ashx 2007
    Eby ID Number Waterloo-42709 
    Died 11 Jul 1869  North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3
    Cause: malignant disease causing obstruction of the bowel 
    Buried Cedar Creek Cemetery, North Dumfries Township, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Person ID I42709  Generations
    Last Modified 14 Nov 2022 

    Family 1 Janet McIntosh,   b. 1 Jul 1787, Duffus, , Moray, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Apr 1829, Nairn, Nairnshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 41 years) 
    Married 18 Dec 1818  Nairn, Nairnshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Children 
     1. William Calder,   b. 20 Dec 1814, Nairn, Nairnshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Jul 1834  (Age 19 years)
     2. Mary M. Calder,   b. 6 Aug 1818, Nairn, Nairnshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Mar 1902, North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years)
     3. James Calder,   b. 28 Jul 1820, Nairn, Nairnshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     4. Anne Calder,   b. 8 Mar 1824, Nairn, Nairnshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Dec 1911, Carnarvon Township, Manitoulin Island, Algoma District, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years)
     5. Jane Calder,   b. 19 May 1826, Nairn, Nairnshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Jul 1902, Oneida Twp., Haldimand Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years)
     6. Alexanderina Gordon MacKintosh Calder,   b. 29 Jun 1828, Nairn, Nairnshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Apr 1873, , Middlesex Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 44 years)
    Last Modified 15 Nov 2022 
    Family ID F11120  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Margaret Wyllie,   b. 1794, , Ayrshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Nov 1884, Blenheim Twp., Oxford Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 90 years) 
    Last Modified 15 Nov 2022 
    Family ID F36317  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
    James Calder 1785-1869
    James Calder 1785-1869
    from Sherry Williamson, Canton, Michigan 2011
    James Calder
    James Calder
    from Sherry Williamson 2011

  • Notes 
    • DIED / In Ayr, on Sabbath afternoon the / 11th inst. at 3 o`clock / James Calder / Aged 82 years and 6 months. The / Funeral will take place on Tuesday / the 13th inst., at one o`clock, p.m., from / his late residence, Stanley Street / Ayr, to the place of internment, Cedar / Creek Burying Ground.


      Funeral Card of James Calder

  • Sources 
    1. [S529] Cemetery - ON, Waterloo, North Dumfries - Cedar Creek CC#4490 Internet Link.
      In memory of/ James CALDER/ who died/ July 11th, 1869/ aged 82 yrs. 6 mo./ A native of Scotland/ Erected by his daughter/ Anna.

    2. [S266] Funeral Card - - Funeral Card Notices of Waterloo County Volume 2.
      Died,/ In Ayr, on Sabbath afternoon the/ 11th inst., at 3 o'clock,/ James Calder,/ Aged 82 years and 6 months. The/ Funeral will take place on Tuesday/ the 13th inst., at one o'clock, p. m., from/ his late residence, Stanley Street,/ Ayr, to the place of interment, Cedar/ Creek Burying Ground. [ no date given]

    3. [S116] Vit - ON - Death Registration.
      James Calder Death Date: 9 Jul 1869 Death Location: Waterloo Born: abt 1787 Birth Location: Nairn,Sct

    4. [S27] International Genealogical Index - Extracted Church Records, Parish registers for Nairn, 1705-1854 Church of Scotland. Parish Church of Nairn (Nairn) film 990985.
      "1807 - Dec 18th James Calder private Soldier in the 10th Invernessshire Militia and Janet Mackintosh both of this Parish being matrimonially contracted and regularly proclaimed were married

    5. [S27] International Genealogical Index - Extracted Church Records, Parish registers for Nairn, 1705-1854 Church of Scotland. Parish Church of Nairn (Nairn) film 990985.
      Mary Calder b. 6 Aug 1818, chr. 12 Aug 1818 Nairn, Nairn, Scotland d/o James Calder and Janet McIntosh August 12th James Calder tailor in Town and Janet McIntosh his wife had a child baptized Mary. Witnesses: Messrs. Ludovick Grant, younger of Seabank, John Smith Surgeon Nairn and James Simpson; Donald Sinclair, Mrs. Grant of Seabank. the child was born the 6th inst. Seabank was a small estate back in the day and was located behind the present day Nairn Museum.

    6. [S498] Map - Tremaine's 1861 Map of Waterloo County.

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - Jan 1787 - Nairn, Nairnshire, Scotland Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Private Soldier - 1807 - Nairn, Nairnshire, Scotland Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - tailor - 1818 - Nairn, Nairnshire, Scotland Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 18 Dec 1818 - Nairn, Nairnshire, Scotland Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsLand - 1861 - North Dumfries Concession 09 Lot 36, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsLand - 1861 - North Dumfries Concession 09 Lot 07, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - Cause: malignant disease causing obstruction of the bowel - 11 Jul 1869 - North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Cedar Creek Cemetery, North Dumfries Township, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
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