Waterloo Region Generations
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William Wingfield

Male 1858 - Yes, date unknown


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  • Name William Wingfield 
    Born 9 Dec 1858  , Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3
    Gender Male 
    Business 1886  Cooper St. Cambridge, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    W. Wingfield Blacksmith 
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    William Wingfield Blacksmith - Cooper Street, Hespeler, Ontario

    Facebook 2018
    Occupation 1889  Bridgeport (Kitchener), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    horse shoer and general blacksmith 
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    Occupation 1891  Hespeler (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Blacksmith 
    Religion 1891  Hespeler (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Baptist 
    Occupation 1901  Hespeler (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Blacksmith 
    Elected Office 1906  Hespeler (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    councillor of Hespeler 
    Elected Office 1909  Hespeler (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    councillor of Hespeler 
    Occupation 1911  Hespeler (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Foreman, Bed Factory 
    Religion 1911  Hespeler (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Baptist 
    Elected Office 1916  Hespeler (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    councillor of Hespeler 
    Eby ID Number Waterloo-83486 
    Died Yes, date unknown 
    Buried Hespeler (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I83486  Generations
    Last Modified 18 Nov 2019 

    Family Elizabeth Bigbie,   b. 5 Sep 1863, Mosborough, Guelph Twp., Wellington Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Sep 1944, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years) 
    Married 15 Apr 1885  Guelph City, Wellington Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Children 
     1. Florence Mabel Wingfield,   b. 10 Jun 1891, Hespeler (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Jan 1968, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years)
    Last Modified 19 Nov 2019 
    Family ID F222067  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Alex Murdoch came here from St. Marys about 1870 to learn the Blacksmithing trade with James P. Johnston and after his time was out he continued with Mr. Johnston until 1874. Afterwards, he started business on his own in the shop on Cooper Street and there remained until 1886 when he sold out to William Wingfield and went west.

      During at least the five years - 1882-1886 - his brother, Andrew, worked with him and in 1886 there was still another brother, John Murdoch, here who too was a blacksmith. A sister, Jane, worked for Randall Farr & Co. for three years prior to her marriage to Robert Hammersley on New Year's Day, 1874.....William Wingfield carried on the Cooper Street Shop from 1886 till he sold out in 1908 to John Bolton. Bolton was there only about a year and in 1909 he sold to Herbert L, Ott. In 1921, Mr. Ott started into the garage and 'service station business and his Uncle, Barney Goebel, took over the blacksmithing business on Cooper Street and continued till his death.

      Le Rue De Commerce, Other Times Other Customs Other Days Other Ways, Winfield Brewster 1954

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      Hespeler Baptist Church

      The congregation was organized by South Water Street Baptist Church, Galt, and a first meeting was held on July 16, 1889 at the home of Mr. and Mrs. William Wingfield. Regular services began on July 28, 1889 in Glick's Hall with Pastor Frank Beattie from Galt as preacher; there were 30 people present. When the weather became too cool to meet in Glick's Hall, services were held as of October 27, 1889 in the Mechanics' Institute Hall above James Salt's blacksmith shop. Pastor Beattie preached for the last time on November 6th and on November 24, 1889 Rev. John M. McQuarrie, who had been called to Hespeler, preached his first sermon. Formal organization of the congregation as the Hespeler Regular Baptist Church had taken place on October 11th, but the special service to officially transfer membership of the 19 charter members to the new church was not held until December 25, 1889. A Sunday School was organized on January 15, 1890 and opened on January 26th.

      Services continued in the Mechanics' Institute Hall until 1892 when plans were made to build a church. On June 12, 1892 a building lot on King Street (now Tannery Street) was purchased for $150; the contract for the building which was signed on October 14th was for $1400. A service of dedication was held on Saturday evening, February 11, 1893 at 7: 30 p.m., and the new brick church was officially opened the next day, on February 12, 1893 at 10: 30 a.m. with Rev. S.S. Bates of College Street Baptist Church in Toronto as guest speaker. The Preston Baptist Church was organized on May 7, 1895 and for most of the next decade its congregation was ministered to by the pastor from Hespeler.
      Electric lights were installed in the Hespeler church in 1902 and on December 18, 1904 the first service was held in the newly enlarged and remodelled church. In 1927 the congregation joined the newly organized Union of Regular Baptist Churches of Ontario and Quebec.
      Arrangements were made in February 1951 for the construction of a new church at the corner of Adam and David Streets and on April 4th the Salvation Army's offer to purchase the old church (for $8,500) was accepted. The sod-turning ceremony was held on May 1, 1951, the corner stone was laid on June 29, and on November 4, 1951, at 9: 45 a.m., the door opening service was held at the new church. The church was again enlarged with the construction of an addition in 1960. The church celebrated its 75th Anniversary in 1964.
      Early pastors who followed Rev. McQuarrie (1889-1892) were Revs. William Freed (1892-1895), William Peer (1895-1896) and A.R. McDonald (1896-1901).

      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]

  • Sources 
    1. [S143] Census - ON, Waterloo, Hespeler - 1901, Hespeler (Village) D-2 Page 23.

    2. [S392] Census - ON, Waterloo, Hespeler - 1911, Div. 21 Pg. 14.

    3. [S2208] Census - ON, Waterloo, Hespeler - 1891, Section 1 Page 43.

    4. [S4] Vit - ON - Marriage Registration.
      Name:William Wingfield Age:26 Birth Date:abt 1859 Birth Place:Guelph Marriage Date:15 Apr 1885 Marriage County or District:Wellington Father:John Wingfield Mother:Violer Amos Spouse:Elizabeth Bigbie Spouse's Age:22 Spouse Birth Date:abt 1863 Spouse Birth Place:Guelph Township Spouse Father:James Bigbie Spouse Mother:Elizabeth Nisbet

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 9 Dec 1858 - , Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 15 Apr 1885 - Guelph City, Wellington Co., Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - horse shoer and general blacksmith - 1889 - Bridgeport (Kitchener), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Blacksmith - 1891 - Hespeler (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Baptist - 1891 - Hespeler (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Blacksmith - 1901 - Hespeler (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsElected Office - councillor of Hespeler - 1906 - Hespeler (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsElected Office - councillor of Hespeler - 1909 - Hespeler (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Foreman, Bed Factory - 1911 - Hespeler (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Baptist - 1911 - Hespeler (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsElected Office - councillor of Hespeler - 1916 - Hespeler (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Hespeler (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
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