Waterloo Region Generations
A record of the people of Waterloo Region, Ontario.
Mayor Hugh Cant

Mayor Hugh Cant

Male 1833 - 1917  (84 years)

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  • Name Hugh Cant 
    Prefix Mayor 
    Born 18 May 1833  Calcairn Mills, Rosshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
    Christened 28 Jul 1833  Kiltearn, Ross And Cromarty, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Gender Male 
    Business Gore Fire Insurance, Cambridge, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gore Fire Insurance Co. 
    • THE GORE FIRE INSURANCE CO.

      Among the many institutions of which Galt boasts, none are more conspicuous than the Gore Ins. Co's pal-atial and imposing structure situated on the corner of Main and Ainslie streets. The style is of a Romanesque char-acter, and is built with Connecticut brown-stone, rock-faced base up to the first storey window sills ; above this it is faced with brown pressed brick, tooled portage entry stone trimmings and Terra Cotta carvings. The corner of Main and Ainslie streets is round, having over the main entrance a heavily moulded arch, supported on two Doric columns, and over the arch the Company's name carved in mediaeval letters. This round corner is continued up above the roof, forming a round tower, roofed with Span-ish tiles and terminating in a columned and octagon lantern, with ogee top and flag staff. Total height from the side-walk about eighty-two feet. The Gore has about 125 active agents through Ontario.1a

      1a1897 Jubilee Souvenir of Galt
    Gore Fire Insurance Co. in 1897
    Gore Fire Insurance Co. in 1897
    From 1897 Jubilee Souvenir of Galt
    Immigration 1843  , Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Immigration 1843  , Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Occupation 1851  Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Saddler 
    Residence 1851  Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Presbyterian 
    Residence 1866  Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Elected Office 1871  Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [11
    councillor, Deputy Reeve, Reeve, Mayor 
    • Municipality Galt Years on local council: 1871-72, 1892-94,
      1899, 1901 Councillor; 1874-75 Deputy Reeve; 1876 Reeve; 1903 Mayor
      Years on Waterloo County Council: 1874 1875 1876
    Occupation 1871  Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Saddler 
    Residence 1871  Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    U. Presbyterian 
    Occupation 1881  North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    In Coal Trade 
    Occupation 1891  Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Merchant 
    Residence 1891  Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Presbyterian 
    Occupation 1911  Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Income 
    Residence 1911  Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Presbyterian 
    Residence 1912  80 Water St. S., Cambridge, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Residence Gone 
    Died 31 Dec 1917  Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [10, 12
    Cause: Cancer of Face (1 year) 
    Hall of Fame - Waterloo Region Bef 2012  , Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [13
    Eby ID Number Waterloo-64208P 
    Buried Mount View Cemetery, Cambridge, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [9, 10
    Person ID I64208  Generations
    Last Modified 9 Jan 2023 

    Father Hugh Cant,   b. 1799, , Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Mar 1867, Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 68 years) 
    Mother Alison Thom,   b. 1801, , Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Mar 1879  (Age 78 years) 
    Family ID F6626  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Christie Anne Ferguson,   b. 13 Mar 1839, North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Jan 1914, Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years) 
    Married 25 Jan 1866  Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 7
    Children 
     1. Hugh Howard James Cant,   b. 13 Aug 1869, Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Oct 1869, Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
     2. Howard F. Cant,   b. 24 Jan 1871, Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Jul 1955  (Age 84 years)
     3. Dr. Duncan Alexander Cant,   b. 12 Feb 1872, Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Jul 1947, Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years)
     4. Lorren Hughson Cant,   b. 5 Nov 1875, Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified 9 Jan 2023 
    Family ID F16771  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Hugh Cant
    Hugh Cant

  • Notes 
    • Hugh Cant Jr. was born in Calcairn Mills, Rosshire, Scotland 18 May 1833. When 10 years old he came with his family to Canada, spending a year in Hamilton, arriving in Galt in 1845. He father was a miller who worked for the Crombie Mill. In 1856 Hugh Jr. travelled to California and in 1862 returned to Galt and became a harness and saddlery business with his brother John. In 1868 they closed the business and Hugh, John and other brother Andrew created a foundry business. After retired in 1895 the business moved to Lancaster, New York. he was a member of the Galt Public board and the school board. He wrote the book "Historical Reminiscences of Galt and Other Writings.

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

      ____________________________

      Serving in public life in Galt for forty years after taking up residence in 1845 made Hugh Cant, the 1903 mayor, an authority on the town's early history. In 1915 he wrote an interesting brochure, "Historical Reminiscences of Galt." He was a native of Calcairn Mills, Rosshire, Scotland.

      In early life, when horses were very numerous, Cant engaged in the harness and saddlery business and had a busy shop on Main Street. He then became a partner with his brother's Andrew and John, in the firm of Cant Brothers, a woodworking machinery company, from which he retired in 1890.

      Cant was actively associated with the Galt Town Council, the Board of Trade, the Galt Collegiate Institute Board and the Public School Board. He was a director of the Gore Mutual Insurance Company from 1877 until his death in 1917, having become president four years earlier in 1913.


      Waterloo Region Hall of Fame

  • Sources 
    1. [S259] Census - ON, Waterloo, Galt - 1901, Galt (Town/Ville) C-8 Page 2.

    2. [S5] Vit - - ON, Waterloo - 1858-1869 Marriage Register.
      Hugh Cant b. Scotland res: Galt Age: 32 born abt 1834 father: Hugh mother: E. Thorn married Christiana Ferguson Age:: 26 born abt 1840 b. North Dumfries Spouse res: North Dumfries father: Duncan? Ferguson mother: Sarah Haggert married 25 Jan 1866 Marriage Place: Galt

    3. [S205] Census - ON, Waterloo, North Dumfries - 1881, Div. 1 Page 48.

    4. [S313] Census - ON, Waterloo, Galt - 1851, Pg.35.

    5. [S570] Census - ON, Waterloo, Galt - 1871, Div. 2, Pg. 6.

    6. [S572] Census - ON, Waterloo, Galt - 1911, Div. 16 Page 23.

    7. [S1800] Census - ON, Waterloo, Galt - 1891, Sec. 1 Page 2.

    8. [S1609] Scotland Births and Baptisms, 1564-1950, FHL microfilm 990,653, 990,654.
      Hugh Cant
      GenderMale
      Christening Date28 Jul 1833
      Christening PlaceKILTEARN,ROSS AND CROMARTY,SCOTLAND
      Birth Date18 May 1833
      Father's NameHugh Cant
      Mother's NameEllison Thom

    9. [S2697] Cemetery - ON, Waterloo, Cambridge, Mount View Cemetery Internet Link.
      Father/ at rest/ Hugh CANT/ born 1833/ died 1917/ CANT/

    10. [S3172] Find A Grave, Hugh Cant, J., Cemetery, M., America, N., Municipality, W., & Cemetery, M. (1833). Hugh Cant, Jr (1833-1917) - Find A Grave Memorial. Retrieved 23 May 2020, from https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/17349533/hugh-cant.

    11. [S1450] Waterloo County Councillors A Collective Biography.

    12. [S2491] aaa Vit - ON - Death Registration, death certificate 032005 (1917).
      Name:Hugh Cant Gender:Male Age:84 Birth Date:abt 1833 Birth Place:Scotland Death Date:31 Dec 1917 Death Place:Waterloo, Ontario, Canada Cause of Death:Cancer of the Face

    13. [S220] Waterloo Region Hall of Fame Waterloo Region Hall of Fame.

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsChristened - 28 Jul 1833 - Kiltearn, Ross And Cromarty, Scotland Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBusiness - Gore Fire Insurance Co. - - Gore Fire Insurance, Cambridge, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsImmigration - 1843 - , Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsImmigration - 1843 - , Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Saddler - 1851 - Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Presbyterian - 1851 - Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1866 - Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 25 Jan 1866 - Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsElected Office - councillor, Deputy Reeve, Reeve, Mayor - 1871 - Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Saddler - 1871 - 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 - In Coal Trade - 1881 - North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Merchant - 1891 - Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Presbyterian - 1891 - Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Income - 1911 - Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Presbyterian - 1911 - Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Residence Gone - 1912 - 80 Water St. S., Cambridge, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - Cause: Cancer of Face (1 year) - 31 Dec 1917 - Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsHall of Fame - Waterloo Region - Bef 2012 - , 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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