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

Sylvester Good[1]

Male 1874 - 1956  (81 years)


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  • Name Sylvester Good 
    Born 12 Sep 1874  Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
    Gender Male 
    Occupation 1411 King St., St. Jacobs, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    blacksmith 
    Religion 1891  Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Methodist 
    Occupation 1901  Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Blacksmith 
    Occupation 1911  Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Blacksmith 
    Religion 1911  Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Lutheran 
    Occupation 1921  St. Jacobs, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Blacksmith 
    Religion 1921  St. Jacobs, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Lutheran 
    Eby ID Number 00041-3247.2 
    Died 1956  [6
    Buried St. James Lutheran Cemetery, St. Jacobs, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Person ID I8936  Generations
    Last Modified 29 Sep 2019 

    Father George B. Good,   b. 17 Mar 1848, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Oct 1910, St. Jacobs, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 62 years) 
    Mother Mary Schmitt,   b. 19 Jun 1853, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Dec 1923, St. Jacobs, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years) 
    Married 7 Dec 1873  Waterloo City, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 9
    Family ID F2599  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Anna Catharine Schumacher,   b. 11 Dec 1878, Baden, Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1935  (Age 56 years) 
    Married 29 Oct 1902  Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [10
    Children 
     1. Norma Winnifred Good,   b. CALC 15 May 1903,   d. 27 Feb 1905, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 1 years)
     2. Marie Good,   b. Sep 1905, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     3. Nelda C. Good,   b. Sep 1907, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     4. Norman George Good,   b. 10 Aug 1910, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1954  (Age 43 years)
     5. Walter Sylvester Good,   b. 24 Jul 1913, St. Jacobs, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     6. Lincoln Good,   b. 1916, , Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1996  (Age 80 years)
    Last Modified 30 Sep 2019 
    Family ID F8727  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 12 Sep 1874 - Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - blacksmith - - 1411 King St., St. Jacobs, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Methodist - 1891 - Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Blacksmith - 1901 - Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 29 Oct 1902 - Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Blacksmith - 1911 - Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Lutheran - 1911 - Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Blacksmith - 1921 - St. Jacobs, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Lutheran - 1921 - St. Jacobs, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - St. James Lutheran Cemetery, St. Jacobs, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • Blacksmith Until 75

      Mr. Good Sr. was a blacksmith in St. Jacobs from the time he was 18 until he retired at 75. He died in 1957 at the age of 83. The business was a family affair started by Mrs. Woodall's great-grandfather Benjamin Good, who was succeeded by her grandfather, George Good. Mr. Sylvester Good then took over and his successor was his son, Mrs. Woodall's brother, Norman. Norman in turn sold the business to John B. Martin, the present proprietor.

      35¢ For New Shoe

      The exact year the business was started is not on record, but it is thought to have been more than 100 years ago - before Canada was formed. Mrs. Woodall can recall working around the shop as a child during school holidays, and working the hand-operated bellows. The prices charged in those days, as shown in some of the old ledgers which Mrs. Woodall has retained, were 10 cents for re-setting a shoe and 25 to 35 cents for a new shoe. "As children, we couldn't always understand why father couldn't give us everything we wanted, when we wanted it," commented Mrs. Woodall on these prices. "When we grew older, we understood better." Mr. Sylvester Good was only away from St. Jacobs once in his 83 years and that was when he went on a harvest excursion. Mrs. Woodall has preserved a number of papers concerning this historic family, some of which she has placed in the custody of the museum at Doon.

      "Shoe Cost 35¢ In Early Days Of St. Jacobs Blacksmith Shop" in the Elmira Fair Dealer, August 22, 1962, pg 21. [Interview of Mrs. Jack Woodall, whose father was the late Sylvester Good.], submitted by Marion Roes 2011

  • Sources 
    1. [S3] Book - Vol I A Biographical History of Waterloo Township and other townships of the county : being a history of the early settlers and their descendants, mostly all of Pennsylvania Dutch origin..., 705.

    2. [S130] Census - ON, Waterloo, Woolwich - 1881, District 162 Sub-district A Division 1 Page Number 48 Household Number 224.

    3. [S148] Census - ON, Waterloo, Woolwich - 1901, Woolwich F-3 Page 14.

    4. [S130] Census - ON, Waterloo, Woolwich - 1881, Div. 1 Page 48.

    5. [S348] Census - ON, Waterloo, Woolwich - 1911, Div. 16 Page 15.

    6. [S448] Cemetery - ON, Waterloo, Woolwich - St. James Lutheran St. Jacobs CC#4590 Internet Link.
      Good/ Sylvester Good/ 1874-1956/ Anna Schumacher/ his beloved wife/ 1876-1935/ Thy will be done

    7. [S1821] Census - ON, Waterloo, Woolwich - 1891, Section 3 Page 33.

    8. [S2121] Census - ON, Waterloo, Woolwich - 1921, Woolwich Twp. 1921 Sub Dist. 14 Page 12.

    9. [S4] Vit - ON - Marriage Registration.
      George Good Born: Canada Age: 25 Father: Benjamin Good Mother: Barbara Good Born: abt 1848 Spouse: Mary Schmidt Age: 20 born: Canada Father: John Schmidt Mother: Mary Schmidt married 7 Dec 1873

    10. [S4] Vit - ON - Marriage Registration.
      Sylvester Good Born: St Jacobs Age: 28 Father: George Good Mother: Jane Schmidt Born: abt 1874 Spouse: Anna Schumacher Age: 25 born: Baden Father: John Schumacher Mother: Catharine Binkley married 29 Oct 1902