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Samuel S. Uttley

Samuel S. Uttley[1]

Male 1837 - 1921  (83 years)

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  • Name Samuel S. Uttley 
    Born 23 Dec 1837  Wheatacre, , Norfolk, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3, 4
    Gender Male 
    Immigration 1856  , Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Immigration 1865  , Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Occupation 1901  Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Laborer 
    Occupation 1911  Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Carder, Flax Mill 
    Religion 1911  Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Methodist 
    Occupation Bef 1915  Perine Brothers, Doon, Waterloo, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    laborer 
    Eby ID Number Waterloo-91536 
    Died 5 Sep 1921  Elmira, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Buried Elmira Union Cemetery, Elmira, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I91536  Generations
    Last Modified 4 Nov 2019 

    Father William Uttley,   b. Abt 1803, of, Drayton, , Norfolk, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Mother Ann Girling,   b. Abt 1806, of, Mendham, , Suffolk, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married 12 Oct 1828  Drayton, , Norfolk, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Family ID F26451  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Mary Baxter Taylor,   b. 1 Nov 1836, , Quebec, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Mar 1915, Doon (Kitchener), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years) 
    Married 5 Dec 1862  Paisley Block, Wellington Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. William Valores "Ben" Uttley,   b. 1 Jan 1865, Elmira, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 May 1944, Elmira, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years)
     2. John Herbert Uttley,   b. 16 Jan 1867, Elmira, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Oct 1939, Stettler, , Alberta Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years)
     3. James T. Uttley,   b. 30 May 1875, Elmira, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Apr 1937, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 61 years)
     4. Edith B. Uttley,   b. 20 May 1877, , Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified 5 Nov 2019 
    Family ID F8646  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
    Samuel Uttley 1837-1921
    Samuel Uttley 1837-1921
    from https://jubilation.uwaterloo.ca/~beu/connections/UTTLEY.html

  • Notes 
    • SAMUEL UTTLEY HAS CROSSED THE DIVIDE

      CALL CAME MONDAY AT DAY-BREAK

      On Monday morning at 5: 30 o'clock dissolution came to Samuel Uttley. Three weeks ago he suffered a slight stroke and grew gradually weaker. On Saturday and Sunday mornings he suffered additional attacks. Sunday afternoon he had brightened and conversed cheerfully with members of his family and friends. He realized that the sand in his hour glass was running low and had words of confort for all. The end came peacefully at daybreak Monday.
      He had reached the advanced age of 83 years, 8 months and 13 days. He was born in 1837, near Norwich, in Norfolk County, England. His father was a shepherd on a large estate and three of his sons, Jonathan , Nathan and Samuel emigrated to Canada and located in Elmira.

      Samuel came over when a youth of 17 years. An uncle, the late Mr. George Girling, had previously settled here. He came to their home and afterward was given employment by the late Mr. William Howlett. After learning to do farm work as practised in Canada, he engaged himself for some years to Mr. Wm. Wright near Guelph and to Mr. Hardy of Winterbourne.

      In 1858 [actually four years later in 1862] he married Mary Baxter Taylor of Paisley Block, near Guelph, and they took residence in Elmira. For many years he was employed as stationary engineer by the firm of Winger and Weaver, who conducted a woolen and saw mill, which stood where now stands the Elmira Planing Mill. The late Henry Winger afterward purchased these and reengaged him. Some years later he was employed by Ratz and Winger, who then conducted a flour mill and sawmill, and continued there when the late John Ratz purchased and conducted that business. Among other later duties was the teaming of flour to Waterloo. Elmira had then no railway communication.

      Having a family of six and being desirous of doing his utmost for them, he next undertook farming, first on Henry Winger's farm, on West Church street, and later at Yatton and Parker. After a number of years he decided to go to Doon and enter the employ of the M. B. Perine Co. There he remained until six years ago, when he returned to Elmira. Mrs. Uttley passed away while preparations were being made to move. He used to relate that his father, who had a family of a dozen, was anxious to see his children obtain some education. But in those days, public schools were unknown.

      Families desiring to give their children a schooling had to engage and pay the teacher. His father asked the squire for whom he worked, to use his efforts to extend the benefits to families in humble circumstances. The old squire replied: "No! No! Give birds feathers and they'll fly." Samuel could neither read nor write when at seventeen he reached Elmira. Being ambitious he managed to learn to read at Sunday school and to write by studying in his spare hours in the evening. This acquirement seemed to him a valuable possession and made of him, in his modest way, a friend of education. Many were the sacrifices he made to give his children that which he was denied.

      While he was rearing his brood, Canada was young and money was scarce. The topmost wage paid was $1 a day. One marvels how parents with a family of six managed to feed, clothe and educate them on this slender income. Indefatigable effort and self denial may furnish the explanation of how it was accomplished. He was during his long life credited with being an industrious man. Whomever he served he served to the best of his ability, and gave good measure. It is a tribute to his worth that he never in the dullest times lacked employment.
      While working in Elmira it was one of his duties to measure the logs brought to the sawmill. He tried to do the square thing for both buyer and seller and the farmers called him "Honest Sam." This sobriquet pleased him greatly.

      His has been a long and arduous life and he lived it cleanly and earnestly. His days were many and he liked to say were largely due to the intimate and friendly terms on which he and Work stood and to his having early adopted the habit of "early to bed and early to rise."
      In the army of industry he never gained higher rank than that of full private. A more accurate description might be to place him in the list of men portrayed by Robbie Burns in his "Cotter's Saturday Night."

      The immediate members of the family who survive him are: John of Big Valley, Alberta; Mrs. Harry Parr of Providence, R. I.; James of Kitchener; Miss Annie and Miss Edith and W. V. Uttley of Elmira.

      He was on Wednesday afternoon laid to rest among his kith and kin in the old Elmira Cemetery. Rev. J. A. Jewitt officiated at the house and grave. The pallbearers were Messrs.: A. Jeanneret, W. W. Martinson, John Small, Wm. Bearens, Menno Wilfong and W. C. Quickfall.

      Among the floral offerings contributed were a wreath of roses from the family; a spray of asters from Miss V. Cleghorn; a spray of gladioli from the Ladies' Aid of the Presbyterian church; a bouquet of gladioli from Mr. and Mrs. Louis Fischer; a bouquet of asters and ferns from Mr. and Mrs. L. Fulcher; a bouquet of daisies from Mr. and Mrs. John Schaefer; a bouquet of Cosmos and asters from Mr. and Mrs. A.Werner; a bouquet of clematis and daisies from Mr. and Mrs. John Small; a bouquet of asters from Mr. and Mrs. James Somerville and a bouquet of asters and daisies from Mr. and Mrs. J. S. Weichel.

      Elmira Signet 8 Sep 1921

  • Sources 
    1. [S4] Vit - ON - Marriage Registration.
      William Uttley Born: (Elmira) Ont Age: 24 Father: Samuel Uttley Mother: Mary Uttley Born: abt 1865 Spouse: Sarah Matthews Age: 22 born: England Father: John Matthews Mother: Mary Baker married 11 Sep 1889

    2. [S86] Census - ON, Waterloo, Waterloo South - 1901, Waterloo (South/Sud) G-2 Page 5.

    3. [S77] News - ON, Waterloo, Elmira - Elmira Signet (1893-1982), Obituary of Samuel Uttley - 8 Sep 1921.

    4. [S272] Census - ON, Waterloo, Waterloo Twp. - 1911, Div. 7 Page 22.

    5. [S1803] England, Marriages, 1538-1973, Church of England. Parish Church of Drayton (Norfolk) - Marriage of William Utly & Ann Garling; Indexing Project (Batch) Number: I05381-7 System Origin: England-EASy Source Film Number: 1565751 Reference Number: item 38 p 15.
      William Utly married 12 Oct 1828 Drayton, Norfolk, England to Ann Garling

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 23 Dec 1837 - Wheatacre, , Norfolk, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsImmigration - 1856 - , Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 5 Dec 1862 - Paisley Block, Wellington Co., Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsImmigration - 1865 - , Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Laborer - 1901 - Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Carder, Flax Mill - 1911 - Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Methodist - 1911 - Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - laborer - Bef 1915 - Perine Brothers, Doon, Waterloo, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 5 Sep 1921 - Elmira, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Elmira Union Cemetery, Elmira, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
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