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Robert Forbes

Robert Forbes

Male 1814 - 1895  (80 years)

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  • Name Robert Forbes 
    Born 2 Jul 1814  Alloa, , Clackmannan, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Christened 8 Jul 1814  Alloa, , Clackmannan, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Interesting life story, business, mill 
    Eby ID Number Waterloo-56307 
    Died 6 May 1895  Guelph City, Wellington Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I56307  Generations
    Last Modified 3 Sep 2019 

    Father James Forbes,   b. 1779,   d. 13 May 1860  (Age 81 years) 
    Mother Elizabeth Hyde,   b. 1781, Aberdeen, , Aberdeen, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Aug 1856, Georgetown, Halton Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years) 
    Married 29 May 1806  Stoneham, Aberdeenshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F35727  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Ann Duthie,   b. 1826, , Aberdeenshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Nov 1911, Guelph City, Wellington Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 85 years) 
    Children 
     1. James Hyde Forbes,   b. 1857, , Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     2. Mayor George Duthie Forbes,   b. 30 Oct 1860, Puslinch Twp., Wellington Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1934  (Age 73 years)
     3. Margaret Forbes,   b. 1869,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified 13 Sep 2019 
    Family ID F35729  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 2 Jul 1814 - Alloa, , Clackmannan, Scotland Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChristened - 8 Jul 1814 - Alloa, , Clackmannan, Scotland Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 6 May 1895 - Guelph City, Wellington Co., Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Robert Forbes 1814-1900
    Robert Forbes 1814-1900
    Ancestry Public member family tree

  • Notes 
    • Robert was born in Kinrosshire, Scotland 2 Jul 1814 one of six children of James Forbes, a saddler. He left Scotland in 1836 coming to Hamilton where he was employed by John Young as a wholesale merchant. He moved to Galt in the 1840's to partner with his brother David H. Forbes, where he and his brother owned a paper mill which failed. His brother moved to Georgetown later Chicago where he was successful, dying in Brighton, England.

      Robert remained and operated a tannery and stave operation with John Forwell by 1844 and moved to Hespeler in 1854 to help operate it after his marriage to Ann Duthie. Later in 1856 he moved to a 600 acre farm in Puslinch Twp. at Badenoch which had a prosperous stave mill. Later in 1871 moved Guelph. He demolished his old mill in Hespeler which had operated his tannery and stave business and replaced it with a new stone factory used to manufacture woollen products with Jonathan Schofield as a partner. Was known as J. Schofield & Co. and as Star Woollens. They later moved to a larger factory of Randall, Farr and Co. when they moved to Holyoake, Massachusetts in 1874.

      The partnership lasted until 1880 when Robert Forbes bought out his partner and renamed the business R. Forbes & Co. It operated until 1928 and sold to Dominion Woollens and Worsted Co. Ltd.

      Cambridge Mosaic , Jim Quantrell, 1998, City of Cambridge [abbreviated snippet from original text in book]

  • Sources 
    1. [S1609] Scotland Births and Baptisms, 1564-1950.
      Robert Forbes
      Gender:Male
      Christening Date:08 Jul 1814
      Christening Place:ALLOA,CLACKMANNAN,SCOTLAND
      Birth Date:02 Jul 1814
      Father's Name:James Forbes
      Mother's Name:Elizabeth Hyde