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

Duncan Shepherd

Male 1802 - 1886  (~ 83 years)


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  • Name Duncan Shepherd 
    Born Mar 1802  Aberdeen, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
    Gender Male 
    Interesting pioneer, story 
    Residence 1832  Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Occupation 1852  Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    house joiner 
    Residence 1871  Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    U. Presbyterian 
    Occupation 1881  Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    House Carpenter 
    Residence Presbyterian 
    Eby ID Number Waterloo-63059 
    Died 13 Mar 1886  Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 6, 9
    Cause: Acute Bronchitis (10 days) 
    Buried Mount View Cemetery, Cambridge, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 5, 6
    Person ID I63059  Generations
    Last Modified 2 Feb 2023 

    Family ID F50789  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Death of Mr. Duncan Shepherd

      The links of the chain that bind the Present to the Past are being rapidly sundered. On Saturday morning last one of the most prominent in this town was broken by the death of Mr. Duncan Shepherd, who expired at his residence after a short illness from the effects of a severe cold. He attended church as usual. On Sunday, 7th inst., and for the next day or two appeared to be in his usual health; but about Wednesday he took to his bed and rapidly sank till death closed his record on the morning we have mentioned.

      Mr. Shepherd was born in Aberdeen, Scotland, in the month of March, 1802, and had thus completed his 84th year. He learned the trade of carpenter in the old world and came to America in 1829, first settling in New York state. He followed his trade, in connection with his brother William, in Argyle and Caledonia, in that State, for about two years, removing to Galt in the year 1832. His brother William followed him to Galt shortly afterwards, but he and his wife, and two children, fell victims to the fearful cholera epidemic which nearly wiped out the residents of the hamlet a few years later. In the early struggles of the pioneers of the town Mr. Shepherd took an active part. His religious views were strong, and he early became connected with the U.P. ? congregation, which he did much to assist in building up. He took an active part in erecting the frame church so well known to old residences as sacred t the memory of its then pastor, Rev. James Strang, and acted as precentor therein for some two years. Mr. Shepherd was unfortunate in some of his business enterprises in later years, and as a consequence at one time removed to Owen Sound, where he resided for seven years. From there he removed to Elora, remaining in that village three years; and then he came back to Galt, where he has resided continuously since. During all the long years of his life amongst us, it would be untrue to say that Mr. Shepherd ever made an enemy or lost a friend. Quiet and unobtrusive in his manner, he walked the straight path of duty in a true Christian spirit. He loved to talk of the "old days", when Galt was a place in name only, and when the joys and sorrows of its few inhabitants were shared in alike by all. One of the last public acts of Mr. Shepherd was his signing a deed to the town for the old eastern burying ground, of which he had been the sole surviving trustee for many years.

      Mr. Shepherd was twice married, his second wife surviving him. His first consort was a Miss McLean, of Caledonia, N.Y., and by this union he had five daughters and one son - the latter and two of the daughters dying in childhood. The remaining three daughters married, and are, we believe, at present residing in Michigan. His second wife was Miss McLeish, sister of Mr. George McLeish, near Branchton, by whom he had two daughters and one son. One of these daughters is married and resides at Innerkip; the other has been living with her parents in Galt; and Mr. Duncan Shepherd, jr., for many years employed on the G.T. Railway, is at present farming with Mr. John Milroy in East Dumfries.

      The funeral of Mr. Shepherd took palce on Tuesday afternoon, and was largely attended.

      Galt Reporter Mar 19 1886 pg 1

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      Died/ In Galt, this (Saturday) morning, at a quarter past 9 o'clock, Duncan Shepherd, Sr., Aged 84 years. Funeral On Tuesday afternoon, at 2 o'clock, from his late residence, Macadamized Road, to Galt Cemetery.

      Friends and acquainances are respectfully invited to attend.

      Galt, March 13, 1896.

      Funeral Card - City of Cambridge Archives

  • Sources 
    1. [S313] Div 1 Pg 2.
      Duncan SHEPHERD House Joiner Scotland PS 49
      Margaret SHEPHERD USA PS 35
      Margaret SHEPHERD Upper Canada PS 11 Almyra SHEPHERD Upper Canada PS 2

    2. [S336] Galt Division 1 Page 13.

    3. [S122] .
      Duncan Shepherd/ fell asleep/ 13th Mar. 1886/ aged 84 years/ also his wife/ Margaret McLeish/ fell asleep/ 22nd Feb. 1892/ aged 74 years/ Anna Margaret/ infant dau. of/ Duncan & Mary Shepherd/ / born Aug. 28 died Aug. 29, 1908/ Shepherd

    4. [S570] Div. 1, Pg. 86.

    5. [S2697] .
      [E] Duncan SHEPHERD/ fell asleep/ 13th Mar. 1886/ aged 84 years/ also his wife/ Margaret McLEISH/ fell asleep/ 22nd Feb. 1892/ aged 74 years/ Anna Margaret/ infant dau. of/ Duncan & Mary SHEPHERD/ / born Aug. 28 died Aug. 29, 1908/ SHEPHERD

    6. [S3172] https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/167748076/duncan-shepherd.

    7. [S3007] .
      Name:Margrey Kinyon
      Gender:Female
      Race:White
      Marital status:Married
      Death Age:78
      Birth Date:27 Apr 1836
      Birth Place:Galt Outario Canada
      Death Date:1 Apr 1915
      Death Place:Lowell, Kent, Michigan, USA
      Father:Duncan Shepherd b. Scotland
      Mother:Mc Lean b. New York
      Buried Oakwood Lowell

    8. [S313] Div 1 Pg 2.

    9. [S2491] death certificate 018247 (1886).
      Name:Duncan Shepperd Gender:Male Age:84 Religion:Presbyterian Birth Date:abt 1802 Birth Place:Aberdeen, Scotland Death Date:Mar 1886 Death Place:Waterloo, Ontario, Canada Cause of Death:Acute Bronchitis

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - Mar 1802 - Aberdeen, Scotland Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1832 - Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - house joiner - 1852 - Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - U. Presbyterian - 1871 - Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - House Carpenter - 1881 - Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - Cause: Acute Bronchitis (10 days) - 13 Mar 1886 - Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Mount View Cemetery, Cambridge, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
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