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George R Whitton

George R Whitton

Male 1867 - 1958  (91 years)

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  • Name George R Whitton 
    Born 12 Mar 1867  1st District Dundee Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 14 Mar 1958  St Thomas, Ontario, Canada buried Paris cemetery, Brant Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I1988  Whitton
    Last Modified 16 Oct 2019 

    Father George Whitton,   b. 8 Feb 1843, Scotland see notes Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Mar 1925, buried in Fingal Cemetery, Southwold Twp., Elgin Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Jessie Kidd,   b. 1844, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Mar 1876, Brant, Ontario, Canada buried Paris Cemetery Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 32 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Married 1 Dec 1865  Arbroath Road, Dundee Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F1306  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Elizabeth Cooper,   b. Abt 1870, Montreal Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Jul 1935, St Thomas, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 65 years) 
    Married 11 Jan 1902  Middlesex, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. William Cooper Whitton,   b. 22 Oct 1902, Rodney, Elgin, Ontario , Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 2002  (Age < 99 years)  [natural]
     2. Jessie Kidd Whitton,   b. 2 Oct 1904, Elgin, Onratio, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [natural]
     3. George Ewart Whitton,   b. 6 Nov 1906, Elgin, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [natural]
    Last Modified 16 Oct 2019 
    Family ID F1308  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Naturalised in Canada 1870

      at Canadian 1881 Census at Southwold, Elgin West, Ontario, Canada
      at Canadian 1901 Census at Aldborough, Elgin West, Ontario with 1/2 sister and 2 1/2 brothers a Merchant
      17-7-1910 traveled from Glasgow to Quebec on the "Cassandra" address Rodney
      at Canadian 1911 census at Rodney, Elgin West, Ontario, Canada
      at 1921 census at Centre Street, Village of Alvinston, Ontario Canada a Merchant

      2676-84 William DIBERT, 39, widower, laborer, Germany, St. Thomas, s/o Andrew DIBERT & Louisa GORLACH?, married Mary CLARK, 29, Canada, Fingal, d/o William CLARK & Jane CRAWFORD, witn: Charles DIBERT & George WHITTON, both of Fingal, 27 May 1884 at Fingal

      a Merchant at marriage address Rodney, Ontario

      George junior, who started to school in Paris, graduated from Public School in Fingal, aged 15 years. He entered the flourishing general store that was one of the earliest in that district, which had been started by a man named Arkell. After the railroad was built a few miles north of Fingal, this business was moved to Dutton.George R. was then 18 years old and he became the owner of a Fingal Grocery which he ran successfully for fifteen years. Then he,too,felt he should move closer to the railroad.In 1901 he had married Elizabeth Cooper, of London, and two years later they bought the business of J.A. Cole, a general merchant at Rodney. This was in the McKay Block (now Walker's Funeral Home,1953).Three children were born to George and Elizabeth Whitton during the years they lived above the store, namely; William Cooper, Jessie Kidd,and George Ewart.In 1911 when Mr. Whitton sold out they were doing business where the Vince Block now is. The reason for selling was due to the fact that they had decided to buy acerage and grow good fruit. First class fruit had been difficult to secure owing to insect pest damage,and at that time spraying had not become a popular idea.They purchased sixty acres of land on the Gore Road (two roads north of Queen Street) and planted fruit trees. A few years proved that this was poor peach property, and as apples took longer to produce at a profit, George sold all but 25 acres of this fruit farm, and bought a general store in Alvinston, where he remained for twenty-seven years.During those years he cared for the 25 acres which he had offered at sixteen dollars when moving to Alvinston; but he got no bids. Now in 1953 these acres have proven to be a profitable venture in popular varieties of apples, as well as an absorbing interest for the owners later years. Today can be seen there trees from two to forty years in age. Mr. Whitton spends his winters in Rodney, and his summers on the farm.