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George Aitken

George Aitken[1]

Male 1826 - 1886  (60 years)

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  • Name George Aitken 
    Born 1826  Alton, Hawick, , Roxburgh, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Gender Male 
    Name George Aikin 
    Residence 1855  Lilliesleaf, , Roxburgh, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Residence 1860  Lilliesleaf, , Roxburgh, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Occupation 1866  Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    builder / mason 
    Eby ID Number Waterloo-63028 
    Died 23 Sep 1886  Galt, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Or Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Cause: Phthisis pumonalis? four months 
    Person ID I63028  Generations
    Last Modified 29 Sep 2019 

    Family Elizabeth "Betsy" Turnbull,   b. 10 Feb 1828, , Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married 15 Jun 1855  Lilliesleaf, , Roxburgh, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Children 
     1. Esther Turnbull Aitken,   b. 2 Apr 1858, Lilliesleaf, , Roxburgh, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     2. George Turnbull Aitkin,   b. 2 Mar 1860, Lilliesleaf, , Roxburgh, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Sep 1892, Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 32 years)
     3. Robert Turnbull Aitkin,   b. 18 Jul 1862, Lilliesleaf, , Roxburgh, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 May 1935, Barton Twp., Wentworth Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years)
     4. Margaret Potter Aitken,   b. 2 Mar 1865, Lilliesleaf, , Roxburgh, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Oct 1897, Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 32 years)
     5. Thomas Turnbull Aitkin,   b. 28 Sep 1869, Lilliesleaf, , Roxburgh, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Apr 1952  (Age 82 years)
    Last Modified 30 Sep 2019 
    Family ID F16452  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 1826 - Alton, Hawick, , Roxburgh, Scotland Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1855 - Lilliesleaf, , Roxburgh, Scotland Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 15 Jun 1855 - Lilliesleaf, , Roxburgh, Scotland Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1860 - Lilliesleaf, , Roxburgh, Scotland Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - builder / mason - 1866 - Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - Cause: Phthisis pumonalis? four months - 23 Sep 1886 - Galt, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Or Scotland Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos Tombstone in Scotland
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  • Notes 
    • MR. GEORGE AITKEN. When Paul, amid the storm of the Mediterranean Sea and the great consternation of the two hundred and seventy-six souls on board the ship with him, took bread and gave thanks to God in presence of them all, and when he had broken it, began to eat. That act, a truly sacramental act, had greater effect on the voyagers than all his preaching; it gave them courage and confidence to do the same." Then were they all of good cheer, and they also took some meat." This illustrates the power of example, the influence that flows out of a small, simple, natural action done in the clear light of God's face; an act in which heaven and earth meet together in proper relationship, and the life of the godly man is full of sacramental action. There is in it all a clear recognition of God, and a blessing of God for His mercies, and an acknowledgment of God's presence that exalts, and purifies, and ennobles the lowliest life. Life in God and with God is always beautiful and worthy and influential. Mr. Aitken s life was of that character. He was born in Alton, near Hawick, Scotland, in the year 1826. He had that supreme privilege in life, a godly upbringing in a strict Presbyterian home; this left its mark on him which was never effaced. He married in Scotland, and came with his family to this country in 1883, from that sweet and lovely spot, so well named, Lilliesleaf. He brought with him to this land all those excellent qualities which belong to the great and influential middle class of Scotland, who are religiously trained, and whose moral culture is of the strictest sort. Indeed, the pure moral character is regarded as the legitimate outcome of a real Christian faith, and no man is sooner discredited there than the man who plays loosely with moral principle. Mr. Aitken was one who exemplified in his life the strength of a scriptural faith, and the sweet composure of a well-grounded confidence in God. In Scotland he was a member of the Established Church at Lilliesleaf, and such was the respect entertained toward him that he was chosen by the congregation to serve them in the office of the Elder, which testified to their appreciation of his godly character, and his consistent religious life. That, in a Presbyterian community, is one of the best degrees a man can attain. He was also Clerk of Session. He was by trade a stonemason, and built his own house here of the grey granite which enters so largely into our enduring structures. He was not spared long to his family and the church here, for he was called home in 1886. But he was long enough with us to leave the impress of his Christian life upon our hearts. He was upright, sedate, serious; a man of consistent godly character; he kept his own way, and minded his own business. His world lay largely within the sphere of his own home, where, if a man does his duty faithfully, he does most for the world at large. His conduct was a course of sacramental acts like that of the great Apostle on the ship in the storm-vexed sea; and the godly influence of his life and his home shone in the character of his son, George, while he lived, and in his daughters, Esther and Margaret, also, who were exemplary Christians and abode in the truth. They were all worthy and honored members of the Church, beloved and respected by all who knew them; and when they died, they died in the faith of their father s Saviour, and in the peace of their father s God. They are there in the New Jerusalem, united and at home for evermore, inheriting the promises.

      1a\bEbenezer: A History of the Central Presbyterian Church, Galt, Ontario, with brief sketches of some of its members who have passed on the the other side, The Rev. James A. R. Dickson

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      Tombstone in Scotland - Lilliesleaf, Scotland

      In Memory of George Aitkin, builder, who died in Galt, Ontario, 23rd Sept. 1886 aged 60 years

  • Sources 
    1. [S721] Vit - ON - Marriage Registration, marriage certificate 11635 (1885), Aitken-Dunn.
      George AITKEN, 24, saddler, b. Lilliesleaf Scotland, res. Galt, s/o George & Elizabeth married Nellie P. S. DUNN, 23, b. Sarnia, res. Galt, d/o James & Jennie, witn: George TAYLOR & Maggie P. AITKEN both of Galt, 14 February 1885 in Galt.

    2. [S713] Vit - ON - Death Registration, death certificate 18300 (1886), George Aikin Sen.
      George Aitkin Sen., d. 23 Sep 1886 Galt, age 60 b. Scotland, occ. mason, cause: Phthisis pumonalis? four months

    3. [S1788] Scotland Marriages, 1561-1910, Indexing Project (Batch) Number: M11795-1 System Origin: Scotland-ODM GS Film number: 6035516.
      George Aitken married Betsy Turnbull 15 Jun 1855 Lilliesleaf, Roxburgh, Scotland

    4. [S1609] Scotland Births and Baptisms, 1564-1950, Indexing Project (Batch) Number: C11795-1 System Origin: Scotland-ODM GS Film number: 6035516.
      George Aitkin, b. 2 Mar 1860 Lilliesleaf, Roxburgh, Scotland s/o George Aitkin & Elizabeth Turnbull