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

Robert Ferrie, Esq.

Male 1822 - 1860  (38 years)


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  • Name Robert Ferrie 
    Suffix Esq. 
    Born 1822  , Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Gender Male 
    Church Doon Presbyterian Church, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Robert donated the site of the Doon Presbyterian Church, which was constructed in 1854.
    Occupation 1852  Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    miller & merchant 
    • Lived with John & Elisabeth Roos.
    Church 1854  Doon Presbyterian Church, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    donated property 
    Residence 1858  Doon (Kitchener), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Died 30 Mar 1860  Hamilton, Wentworth Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Hall of Fame - Waterloo Region Bef 2012  , Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Eby ID Number Waterloo-69522 
    Person ID I69522  Generations
    Last Modified 12 Jun 2019 

    Father Honourable Adam Ferrie,   b. 15 Apr 1777, Irvine, , Ayr, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Dec 1863, Hamilton, Wentworth Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 86 years) 
    Mother Rachel Campbell,   b. 1787, , Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Dec 1868, Hamilton, Wentworth Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years) 
    Family ID F32444  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Harriet Russell Bown,   b. Abt 1827, Of, Doon, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married 14 Jun 1858  Hamilton, Wentworth Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Last Modified 14 Jun 2019 
    Family ID F21940  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 1822 - , Scotland Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChurch - - Doon Presbyterian Church, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - miller & merchant - 1852 - Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChurch - donated property - 1854 - Doon Presbyterian Church, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1858 - Doon (Kitchener), 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
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  • Notes 
    • Doon Presbyterian Church

      The Minutes of the 1852 Annual Meeting of the Presbyterian Church of Canada refer to a joint charge of the congregations of Woolwich and Doon Mills in the Presbytery of Hamilton. In 1853 and 1854 Doon Mills was a charge with New Aberdeen. Formal organization of the Doon congregation was on July 9, 1853 by Rev. Dr. John Bayne of Knox's Presbyterian Church in Galt, who had held the first church service in Doon just two days before. The present church was built in 1854 on land donated by Mr. Robert Ferrie. Dedication services were held on December 31, 1854, with Rev. Bayne conducting the morning service and Rev. Duncan McRuer of Knox Presbyterian Church, Ayr preaching in the afternoon.

      The congregation was placed on a two-point charge with New Hope (Hespeler) on October 25, 1855 with Rev. Thomas Isaac Hodgskin as missionary. A first communion service was held on February 25, 1856. Later that year (October 16, 1856), Rev. Hodgskin was inducted as minister; he later resigned from the Presbyterian Church. (The Minutes of the 1863 Annual Meeting of the Canada Presbyterian Church recorded that effective June 24, 1862 Rev. Hodgskin was considered no longer to be a minister or member of the Church.) Rev. Malcolm McKenzie arrived in the Fall of 1861 and was ordained and inducted to the service of both churches on February 12, 1862. Rev. George Haigh became Minister to Doon, Preston and Hespeler on April 24, 1876. On March 20, 1883 Doon and Hespeler were made into a pastoral charge under Rev. Haigh and were separated from Preston, which became a Mission Station.

      The congregation later, in 1893, became a second charge to Preston, when Hespeler called its first full-time minister. In the same year, Rev. Herbert Francis Thomas became minister to the two-point charge of Doon and Preston. However, it was not until 1972 that Doon became independent. An ordained minister was appointed in 1976 and a manse was purchased in 1977. A new addition was constructed in 1980 and dedicated on November 9, 1980. The congregation of Doon Presbyterian Church became self-supporting as of July 1, 1982. Ten years later, another addition was completed, and officially opened and dedicated on Sunday, September 27, 1992.

      Ambrose, Rosemary. Waterloo County Churches A Research Guide to Churches Established Before 1900. Kitchener, Ontario, Canada: Waterloo-Wellington Branch, Ontario Genealogical Society, 1993. [used the kind permission of Rosemary Ambrose 2011]

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      Adam Ferrie, Jr., the founder of Doon, was the first officially appointed postmaster in Preston, receiving the appointment on February 6, 1837. The post office was situated at the corner of King and Lowther Streets, where the Henning store was located. Emphasizing changing conditions through the years is the fact that when Ferrie was postmaster the office was open until 11: 00 p.m. and no holidays were permitted to the staff.

      Ferrie had ambitions to build mills and become an industrialist. In 1834, unable to obtain a site on the Grand River in Preston, he purchased 300 acres on which he erected a grist mill, sawmill and distillery. This developed into the community of Doon.

      The 1839 Doon Mills operated under the name of Adam Ferrie and Company until taken over by his brother Robert. Adam Ferrie, Jr., died in the prime of life at the age of thirty-six.


      Waterloo Region Hall of Fame website

  • Sources 
    1. [S131] Census - ON, Waterloo, Waterloo Twp. - 1851, Div 5 Pg 12.

    2. [S7] News - ON, Waterloo, Kitchener - Berliner Journal (1859-1917), 5 Apr 1860.
      Robert Ferrie died 30 Mar 1860 in Hamilton, formerly of Doon, 37 yrs.

    3. [S14] News - ON, Waterloo, Kitchener - Berlin Chronicle (1856-1860), 22 Jun 1858.
      At Hamilton, on the 14th instant, by the Rev. T. J. Hodgskin, of Doon, Robert Ferrie, Esq., of the above city, to Harriet Russel, relict of the late Aeneas Kennedy, Esq., and daughter of the late Samuel Bown, Esq.

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