Wellington County, Ontario GenWeb - Pioneer - GOLDIE Family

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Pioneer - The GOLDIE Family

Biographical Sketches of
Early Settlers of Wellington County


Information from: Historical Atlas of the County of Wellington, Ontario.
Toronto: Historical Atlas Publishing Co., 1906

GOLDIE Family, The . The founder of this family in Canada was John Goldie, who was b. in Ayrshire, Scot. He was a man of letters, an accomplished linguist, and a botanist of international repute. In 1817, at suggestion of Sir. William Horker, he came to the U. S. and Canada on a botanizing tour, which lasted two years. In 1845 he returned to Canada, bringing his family with him, and set. at Ayr, Ont., where he spent the balance of his days. His literary taste led him to keep a diary of his botanizing and other trips, and part of this was published in book form by James Caven, of Toronto. He m. Margaret Ballantyne Smith, and they had the following issue:; William (d.), John (d.), who was senior member of the Goldie, McCulloch firm, of Galt, so well known in Canada; James, David (d.), founder of the Goldie Milling Co., at Ayr; Elizabeth (d.), Jane (d.), Margaret , widow of the late Principal Cavan, of Knox College, Toronto, and Mary, widow of the late Andrew McIllwraith now living in the town of Berlin.

James b. in Ayrshire, Scot., in 1824, where he was educated and took up the study of landscape and general gardening. In 1842 he went to New York, where he was engaged in this occupation until 1860, when he came to Guelph with his brother William and built the Speedside Mills, which they conducted successfully for a number of years. When the People’s Mills were burned down, James purchased the site and erected the present mills of the James Goldie Milling Co., of which he has since been President. Mr. Goldie has always taken a leading position in the affairs of Guelph, and Goldie’s Mills is a household word throughout the district. He has been President of the Millers and Manufacturers Ins. Co. from the formation of the company, and is Vice-President of the Canadian Millers Mutual Fire Association, and Vice-President of the Wellington Mutual Insurance Co.; a Director of the Gore Fire Ins. Co., and of the Royal Humane Society. In politics he is a Conservative, and unsuccessfully contested the South Riding for the House of Commons in 1876, against Donald Guthrie, being defeated by a small majority.

In 1848 James Goldie m. Frances Owen of Wales. Issue: Thomas (d.), John (d.), James, Vice-President of the James Goldie Milling Co,; Roswell, Sec’y of the company, and Lincoln, also a member of the firm.

Mr. Goldie is a member of the Congregational church. "Hafod," his residence at the head of Perth Street, is the finest in the city, and his well kept and artistic grounds are a standing evidence of his taste in matters pertaining to landscape gardening.

Thomas Goldie, his eldest son, was b. in 1850. He was educated at the Guelph High School, McGill University, and the Eastman National Business College, Poughkeepsie, N.Y. After spending some time in Montreal and Milwaukee, to make his business training more thorough and practical, he returned to Guelph and connected himself with the James Goldie Milling Co., where his genial disposition and sound business judgment won him the admiration, friendship and respect of all who came in contact with him. He occupied a high place in the community in all of the departments of life. In politics he was a Conservative, and was one of the strongest political workers and organizers in the district. In 1880 he was elected an Alderman, and served for five successive years. In 1891 he was elected Mayor of Guelph City by the largest majority ever given a candidate for this office, and was reelected in 1892, and died during his term of office. He was eight years President of the South Wellington Conservative Association. He was one of the originators and chief promoter of the Guelph Jct. Ry.; was President of the Dominion Millers’ Association. He encouraged field sports and was President of the Ontario Cricket Association for years. In church matters he was an active worker, and for nine years was Chairman of the Board of Managers of Knox Presbyterian Church. In business circles he was known as a man of large ability and strict integrity, while in private life he enjoyed the confidence and respect of all who knew him. He m. Emma, dau. of the late John Mitchell, who survives him, and resides at "Rosehurst," the family residence in Guelph. The family is as follows: Francis O., Ruth, Thomas L., B. A. of Toronto University; Roswell and Gwendolyne.

From: Historical Atlas of the County of Wellington, Ontario. Toronto:Historical Atlas Publishing Co., 1906

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