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Samuel Guggisberg

Samuel Guggisberg

Male 1815 - 1853  (38 years)

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  • Name Samuel Guggisberg 
    Born 31 Mar 1815  Uetendorf, , Berne, Switzerland Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Residence 1836  Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Eby ID Number Waterloo-95881 
    Died 8 Apr 1853  Woodstock, Oxford Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Cause: suicide 
    Buried Riverside Baptist Cemetery, Blenheim Township, Oxford Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Person ID I95881  Generations
    Last Modified 11 Mar 2021 

    Father Christian Guggisberg,   b. 1779, of, Ueterdorf, Berne, Switzerland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 May 1845, Belp, , Canton Bern, Switzerland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 66 years) 
    Mother Magdalena Moser,   b. CA 1770,   d. Bern, Switzerland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F29440  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Jane Ellis,   b. 11 Nov 1829, , Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 May 1911, Toronto, York Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years) 
    Children 
     1. John Lafayette Guggisberg,   b. 1849, Blenheim Twp., Oxford Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Sep 1870, Brantford, Brant Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 21 years)
    Last Modified 14 Mar 2021 
    Family ID F7231  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Agatha Kraft,   b. CA 1816, Baiersbronn, Freudenstadt, Baden-W├╝rttemberg, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Aug 1849, Blenheim Twp., Oxford Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 33 years) 
    Married 20 Dec 1836  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Children 
     1. Friedrich "Frederick" Guggisberg,   b. CALC 25 Nov 1839, Dundas, West Flamborough Twp., Wentworth Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Mar 1873, Toronto, York Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 33 years)
     2. Franklin Guggisberg,   b. 28 Mar 1840, Blenheim Twp., Oxford Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Jul 1917, Hamilton, Wentworth Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years)
     3. William Guggisberg,   b. 1844, Blenheim Twp., Oxford Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Sep 1869, Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 25 years)
     4. Magdalena "Lena" Guggisberg,   b. 22 Aug 1847, Blenheim Twp., Oxford Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Jul 1868, Toronto, York Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 20 years)
    Last Modified 14 Mar 2021 
    Family ID F24745  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
    The Grave of Samuel Guggisberg
    The Grave of Samuel Guggisberg
    Riverside Baptist Cemetery, Blenheim Township, Oxford County, Ontario

  • Notes 
    • Melancholy Suicide

      It is our painful duty this week, to record a very sad occurrence that took place in the Gaol, in this town, by which an erring mortal hurried himself into an awful eternity, with his own hand. The unfortunate man, named Samuel Guggesberg, said to be respectably connected, and a resident of the township of Blenheim having. been arrested for debt of fifty dollars and committed to Gaol about three weeks ago, was discovered by the Gaoler, on Friday last, in the passage leading to his night room, laying on his back, in a pool of blood with his throat cut. An inquest was held on view of the body the same evening, Dr. Turquand Coroner, and the jury, failed to lead them to a definite conclusion, as to the cause which led to the perpetration of the deed The following is the evidence on the case: Mr. Cummings, Gaoler, sworn stated that he saw the deceased about 4 o'clock, and subsequently about 8 o'clock in the morning; apparently quite well; the deceased then told witness he wanted breakfast of bread and beef witness ordered the servant girl to get breakfast for the deceased, and then went down to the town on his return, nearly 12 o'clock went to see he deceased about some notes he had two days before, spoken of giving witness for his board when they have the means on entering they day-room he did not see deceased, but a saw the remains of his breakfast on the table, a German bible lying open, and his pipe beside it the boots he had on in the morning, were standing of at one side of the room witness went towards the night-room, and found him lying on his back, on the, floor of the passage, in the midst of blood with his throat cut, and immediately judged he had cut his throat with his own hand went and called his man, Charles Bush, to came in, as Guggesberg had cut his throat the man came and examined, as did also the Sheriff and Clerk of the Peace, a razor, all over blood, was found on the window sill, over where deceased lay. In answer to questions by jurors could not say he was crazy, Mr. Muma, in company with Mr. Ball the lawyer, call to see him yesterday after which he told witness, he was afraid Muma wanted to keep him Gaol he appeared very much afraid and said he had a great many enemies - he had been confined in Gaol about three weeks, but without looking at his book, could not tell exactly he complained being sick last week got medicine from the doctor for him he had the razor about a week debtors generally bring their own kit with them the razor belonged to the debtor's room he asked for a looking glass this morning to shave himself witness asked him if he slept last night, he replied, he did previous to Monday last, rest was broken gave him a glass of hot grog, with sixty drops of laudanum by the doctor's orders he had a vial of medicine besides, to be given him occasionally, until sleep would be produced, as was the case, on Monday night last, and has since rested well gave him no medicine these two days past, as sleep was produced gave him in all, since Monday 1st, two glasses of raw grain whiskey none since yesterday morning gave none with the doctor's order from his manner and the way he talked, witness thought that he was laboring under an indisposition of mind.

      Charles Bush, Sworn, saw deceased lying dead in the manner described by Mr. Cummings was not acquainted with him only saw him once at the hole of the door did not know that he was crazy believes he cut his own throat no doubt about it.

      Bridge Grace, Sworn went into the room where Guggesberg usually ate his victuals, this morning, with his breakfast Guggesberg was standing near the window he did not speak went out and saw him, through the hole in the door, going to eat his breakfast, which consisted of potatoes, meat, bread, butter, and two eggs and tea he did not appear sick, saw nothing unusual about him saw him again in the position he was found by Mr. Cummings believes he killed himself, has no doubt about it was in the habit of taking his meals to him. One evening, last week, he appeared not to speak plain, merely whispered and witness did not understand what he said - though he was not right thought he was delirious this morning he looked rather downcast he was not in the habit of speaking much made no noise in his room was always quiet.

      The Coroner, who is the Gaol Surgeon, stated that when call upon to see Guggesberg, he found him feverish and depressed in mind; on Sunday last he was poorly, and from appearances he was apprehensive that the deceased was threatened with an attack of delirium tremens; understood from him that a month ago he had been on "a great spree;" in answer to inquiry, deceased told him, the Coroner, that he had had delirium tremens before; in consequence, advised for him and prescribed some medicine, and a portion of laudanum in a little grog, in order to produce sleep and prevent delirium coming on; the Gaoler on Monday, had learned that deceased had slept and was better; and that he, the Gaoler, had discontinued to give the medicine as the prisoner's rest was good, of which course he, the Coroner, approved. The Jury upon the above evidence unanimously agreed on the following verdict: -

      "The the deceased Samuel Guggesberg, a prisoner for debt in the Gaol of the County of Oxford, came to his death by cutting his own throat with a razor, which laboring under an extreme depression of spirits"

      Weekly Dispatch Newspaper, St. Thomas, Ontario 3 May 1853 [from the British American newspaper, Woodstock, Ontario]

  • Sources 
    1. [S1096] Cemetery - ON, Oxford, Blenheim - Riverside Baptist.
      In Memory of Samuel Guggisberg, born at Uetendorf, Switzerland, 31st Mar 1815 died at Woodstock, Ontario April 1853, aged 38 years

    2. [S9] News - ON, Waterloo, Kitchener - Canada Museum und Allgemeine Zeitung (1835-1840), 22 Dec 1836:7.
      last Tuesday In Berlin, Rev. F.W. Bindeman m. Samuel Guggisberg, Waterloo, to Spr Agatha Krafft, of Dundas.

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1836 - Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 20 Dec 1836 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - Cause: suicide - 8 Apr 1853 - Woodstock, Oxford Co., Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Riverside Baptist Cemetery, Blenheim Township, Oxford Co., Ontario Link to Google Earth
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