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

John Wesley Hunt

Male 1850 - 1941  (90 years)


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  • Name John Wesley Hunt 
    Born 27 Oct 1850  West Flamborough Twp., Wentworth Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3, 4
    Gender Male 
    Occupation 1881  North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Hotel Keeper 
    Religion 1881  North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Weslyan Methodist 
    Occupation 1891  Ayr, North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Labor 
    Religion 1891  Ayr, North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Methodist 
    Occupation 1901  Ayr, North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Coal Merchant 
    Elected Office 1907  Ayr, North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    councillor - Ayr 
    Interesting story, business, politics 
    Eby ID Number Waterloo-58041 
    Died 14 Jun 1941  Ayr, North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Buried 16 Jun 1941  Ayr Cemetery, Ayr, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Person ID I58041  Generations
    Last Modified 29 Sep 2019 

    Father John Hunt,   b. Abt 1813, Of, Waterdown, Wentworth Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Mother Hannah Robinson,   b. Abt 1813, Of, Waterdown, Wentworth Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Family ID F30511  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Elizabeth Ann Wilson,   b. CALC 7 Oct 1847, South Dumfries Twp., Brant Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Dec 1922, Ayr, North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 75 years) 
    Married 24 Sep 1884  Ayr, North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Children 
     1. Elizabeth Jane Hunt,   b. 1874, , Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     2. James Melvin Hunt,   b. 1876, , Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified 30 Sep 2019 
    Family ID F14981  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Mary Wilson,   b. 1852, South Dumfries Twp., Brant Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married 25 Feb 1874  Paris, Brant County, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Children 
     1. Elizabeth Jane Hunt,   b. 1873, Washington, Blenheim Twp., Oxford Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Dec 1953, Ayr, North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years)
     2. James Melvin "Melvin" Hunt,   b. 1876, Blenheim Twp., Oxford Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 May 1951, Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years)
    Last Modified 30 Sep 2019 
    Family ID F30517  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 27 Oct 1850 - West Flamborough Twp., Wentworth Co., Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Hotel Keeper - 1881 - North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Weslyan Methodist - 1881 - North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 24 Sep 1884 - AYR, North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Labor - 1891 - AYR, North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Methodist - 1891 - AYR, North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Coal Merchant - 1901 - AYR, North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsElected Office - councillor - Ayr - 1907 - AYR, North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 14 Jun 1941 - AYR, North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 16 Jun 1941 - Ayr Cemetery, Ayr, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • John Wesley Hunt - Year's Grand Old Man Passes Away in His 91st Year - John Wesley Hunt, Ayr's grand old man, is dead. He passed away early Saturday morning following an illness of some two weeks. Mr. Hunt, who was in his 91st year, was a familiar and welcome sight on the streets of the village for more years than most of us can remember.

      Born in Flamboro Township, near Copetown, Mr. Hunt came to Ayr over sixty years ago, before the railroad - the Credit Valley - went through. He first operated the old temperance house and boarding stable, located where the Baxter residence now stands. In the days of horse-drawn vehicles this was a flourishing business, such an establishment being located every few miles. He then became engaged with the late David Goldie to look after the unloading of grain and loading and shipping of flour, when these products were conveyed to and from the mill by teams and wagons, and in the flourishing days of the Goldie flour mills, he saw as many as fifty carloads of wheat standing on the track at one time. He held this position for twelve years, until the railroad siding was extended from the station to the mill in 1893.

      In 1895 he went into the coal and wood business and carried on a prosperous and successful business for 24 years, when he retired in 1919. He was well known throughout Western Ontario as a coal merchant and was one of the oldest members of the Ontario Coal Dealers Association. Mr. Hunt always had the welfare of the village at heart, and in 1907 served as a member of the village council, when he was in charge of the work of macadamizing Northumberland Street.

      Many years ago he was an active member and officer of the Royal Templars Lodge. In religion, he was a Methodist, and later was an adherent of Knox United Church. Mr. Hunt was a man of splendid habits, and was possessed of a generous hearted and honest disposition a work? of ?ous energy in his younger years, he took a deep and pardonable pride in the results of his efforts, and it was a source of great satisfaction to him to know that all he had accomplished was due to his own initiative.

      Mr. Hunt was a conversationalist of no mean ability and his tales of early days in Ayr were well worth hearing. He was well and widely known in the community and held in high esteem by those with whom he had business dealings over a long period of time. Previous to coming to Ayr, he married Mary Wilson from near Paris, who died six years later. Two children were born to their union, Elizabeth (Mrs. Landreth) and Melvin, who are now living in Ayr. About five years after the death of his first wife, he married Elizabeth Wilson, who died in December, 1922.

      The Funeral

      Memorial services took place from his late residence, Northumberland Street, on Monday at 3 p.m., to the Ayr Cemetery. Rev. J. W. Currie officiated. During the service two hymns, "Abide With Me," and "Rock of Ages," were sung by the following sextet: Mrs. Walter Bell, Mrs. James A. Dalzell, Mrs. Norman Morton, Mrs. Herald Plumstead, Andrew Easton, and Richard Baxter. There were many beautiful floral tributes. Pallbearers were: Henry C. Elliott, g. S. Dalrymple, William Plumstead, Robert Campbell, James Bell, Walter Bell.

      The Ayr News Jun 19 1941 pg 1

  • Sources 
    1. [S326] Census - ON, Waterloo, Ayr - 1901, Ayr (Village) A Page 8.

    2. [S205] Census - ON, Waterloo, North Dumfries - 1881, North Div. 2 Page 12.

    3. [S564] Census - ON, Waterloo, Ayr - 1891, pg 29.

    4. [S367] Cemetery - ON, Waterloo, Ayr - Ayr Public CC#4489 Internet Link .
      John Wesley Hunt/ died June 14, 1941/ In his 91st year/ Elizabeth Wilson/ beloved wife of/ John W. Hunt/ died Dec. 29, 1922/ In Her 76th year/ James Melvin Hunt/ died May 17, 1951/ In his 75th year/ his beloved wife/ Mary Ellen Hicks/ died Feb. 21, 1971 - in Her 94th Year/ Hunt.
      [Back/West] Elizabeth J. Landreth/ 1874 - 1954

    5. [S4] Vit - ON - Marriage Registration.
      Name: John W Hunt Age: 34 Birth Date: abt 1850 Birth Place: W Flamboro, Ontario Marriage Date: 24 Sep 1884 Marriage County or District: Waterloo Father: John Hunt Mother: Hannah Hunt Spouse: Elizabeth Wilson Spouse's Age: 34 Spouse Birth Date: abt 1850 Spouse Birth Place: South Dumfries Spouse Father: John Wilson Spouse Mother: Susan Wilson

    6. [S4] Vit - ON - Marriage Registration.
      Name: John W Hunt Age: 23 Birth Date: abt 1851 Birth Place: Flamborough Marriage Date: 25 Feb 1874 Marriage County or District: Brant Father: John Hunt Mother: Hannah Robinson Spouse: Mary Wilson Spouse's Age: 22 Spouse Birth Date: abt 1852 Spouse Birth Place: South Dumfries Spouse Father: John Wilson Spouse Mother: Susan Howell