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

Thomas Cowan

Male 1835 - 1898  (63 years)


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  • Name Thomas Cowan 
    Born 14 Aug 1835  Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3
    Gender Male 
    Business Galt Foundry and Machine Works, Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Galt Foundry and Machine Works 
    Occupation 1871  Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Iron Founder 
    Religion 1871  Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    C. Presbyterian 
    Business 1874  Cowan and Cameron, Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Cowan and Cameron 
    Occupation 1881  Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Tren Farmer 
    Religion 1881  Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Presbyterian C. 
    Eby ID Number Waterloo-95912 
    Died 14 Oct 1898  Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Buried Mount View Cemetery, Cambridge, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Person ID I95912  Generations
    Last Modified 20 Aug 2019 

    Father James S. Cowan, MP,   b. 3 Nov 1803, Henderland, Megetdale, Peebles, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 May 1900, Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 96 years) 
    Mother Helen Laing,   b. 26 Feb 1811, Moffat, , Dumfries, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1892, Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years) 
    Family ID F16658  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 14 Aug 1835 - Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Iron Founder - 1871 - Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - C. Presbyterian - 1871 - Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Tren Farmer - 1881 - Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Presbyterian C. - 1881 - Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 14 Oct 1898 - Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Mount View Cemetery, Cambridge, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • Thomas Cowan was educated in Galt, taught school for several years, later worked for Lutz, Cook & Co. manufacturers of farm implements. He stayed with the company and eventually a partner it eventually became known as Cowan and Co. by 1879. He served as president of the Canadian Manufacturer Association. Active in politics, he was appointed postmaster of Galt in 1887, also serving on the local school board.


      Cambridge Mosiac, Jim Quantrell, 1998, City of Cambridge [abbreviated snippet from original text in book]

      __________________________

      Galt Post Office
      Thomas Cowan, Esq.

      Galt's respected postmaster is a typical Canadian, first opening his eyes to the light of day at "Clochmohr," still the family residence, near Galt; and in his earlier years he acquired a thorough knowledge of farming, at the same time acquiring a good public education, which was subsequently supplemented by a course of study in a commercial college. While yet a young man he abandoned the farm and became a successful commercial traveller for the firm of Messrs. Lutz & Co., manufacturers of stoves and implements. Being a lover of home and its comforts, the hard tack of the road was sometimes more than he contracted for, and he sometimes felt like what is expressed in "As you like it."

      "When I was at home, I was in a better place;
      But Travellers must be content."


      His extensive travelling helped him, as a quick observer, to see the requirements of the people. This acquired knowledge in after life served him a good purpose. In 1874 Mr. Cowan became connected in business with Mr. Cameron, under the firm name of Cowan & Cameron, acquiring the business of his old employers, giving the name of the new firm, The Galt Foundry and Machine Works, which under the skill and management as senior partner the firm enjoyed uninterrupted prosperity.

      As a public man, few have enjoyed greater esteem than Thomas Cowan. And now in his declining years he enjoys the quiet life of postmaster of Galt, his native town and is deserving of the emoluments.

      2aJubilee Souvenir of Galt 1897

  • Sources 
    1. [S122] Cemetery - ON, Waterloo, Cambridge - Mount View CC#4495 Internet Link .
      In/ memory of/ James Cowan/ born at Henderland/ Megetdale Scotland/ November 3rd 1803/ died at Galt/ May 22nd 1900/ Helen Laing/ wife of/ James Cowan/ died at Galt A.D. 1892 / aged 80 years/ also their children/ Elizabeth/ died at Waterloo A.D. 1845/ aged 5 years/ Isabella Deans/ died in South Dumfries A.D. 1876/ aged 39 years/ Thomas Cowan/ their eldest son/ born at Clochmohr Waterloo T'p./ Aug. 14th 1835/ died there October 14th 1898/ Arthur Burnet Cowan/ died Jan. 5, 1922 in his 75th year/ Margaret Cowan/ died Oct. 12, 1928 in her 86th year,

    2. [S604] Census - ON, Waterloo, Waterloo South - 1871, Div. 2, Pg. 6.

    3. [S178] Census - ON, Waterloo, Waterloo South - 1881, Waterloo S. Twp. 1881 Div 2 Page 2.