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William Weld

Male 1824 - 1891  (66 years)


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  • Name William Weld 
    Born 10 Dec 1824  Berwick St John, Wiltshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Immigration 1843  Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Residence 1871  Delaware Twp., Middlesex Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • He's an editor. Married, 11 children.
    Residence 1881  London, Middlesex Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • He's a publisher.
    Died 3 Jan 1891  London, Middlesex Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I6402  Brydon family tree
    Last Modified 1 Mar 2015 

    Family Agnes Johnston,   b. 1827, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Sep 1898, London, Middlesex Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years) 
    Children 
    +1. George Charles Weld,   b. Apr 1864, Delaware Twp., Middlesex Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Nov 1933, Mersea, Essex Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 69 years)
    Last Modified 2 Jul 2012 
    Family ID F2139  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 10 Dec 1824 - Berwick St John, Wiltshire, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsImmigration - 1843 - Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1871 - Delaware Twp., Middlesex Co., Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1881 - London, Middlesex Co., Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 3 Jan 1891 - London, Middlesex Co., Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
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    • Came to Canada 1843; of Delaware, ON. and London, ON. Proprietor and founder (1866) of the "Farmer's Advocate", the leading agricultural journal in Canada.

      See article Dictionary of Biography, Vol. p. 1093., http://www.biographi.ca/en/bio/weld_william_12E.html

      WILLIAM WELD.
      The third son of and Elizabeth Eleanor Weekes and the Rev.Joseph Weld, William, was born on Dec.10, 1824 at Berwick Wiltshire and died on Jan.3,1891 at London, Ontario, Canada. William left England, at the age of nineteen, for Canada. Here is his own account:
      "In 1843 I landed in Hamilton, took my gun and bowie knife and walked to Galt and Guelph, chopped down my first tree at St.Marys, proceeded to Goderich, then to London and Delaware; then through Oneida to Fingal and Col.Talbots, thence to Port Stanley, St.Thomas and Woodstock, staying in this vicinity for three weeks; thence to Brantford and Hamilton."
      "The beautiful scenery, the luxuriant corn crop, the gigantic trees, the beautiful cool springs, running streams and healthy reports of Delaware, caused me to retrace my footsteps to that township where I purchased land and received my iniatory lessons of life in the woods."
      William took up a hundred acre bush lot on the river Thames, in Middlesex county, about fourteen miles southwest of London Ontario. From the huge black walnuts growing there young William cut out a farm. Although government land re-distribution once irked him to the point of an exploratory trip to Pennsylvania, Delaware held him for the duration of his farming days. In 1845 he married Agnes Johnston, a Delaware girl the daughter of Mary Paterson and Henry Johnstone. She was born in Dumfriesshire, Scotland on March 4,1827 and true to pioneer tradition raised a family of eleven children, nine sons and two daughters. Agnes, who died on Sept.19,1898 aged seventy-one, was one of three sisters,
      Agnes, Jane and Ann who married three Weld brothers, William, Stephen and Octavus. William was a progressive and scientific farmer. He grew good crops and built up fine herds of Shorthorn and Ayrshire cattle as well as excellent flocks of Lincoln and Leicester sheep. His famous stallion "Anglo-Saxon" won many prizes and "travelled" Western Ontario for many years. From his Canadian Agricultural Emporium, he sent out new and improved varieties of grain. He brought the first Fyfe wheat into Delaware, went to Ohio to procure Democrat wheat and had the Lost Nation wheat brought from the Maritimes. These were but a few of his important seed importations. Later under the ownership of his son, Henry, and J.S.Pearce the Emporium became one of the most important seed houses in Canada. Twenty-one years of successful farming was merely a prelude to a greater career, for he saw that a practical agricultural journal was very much needed. Consequently in 1866, William commenced the publication of the Farmers Advocate. This first journal was published on Jan.1, 1867 and started as a three column four page sheet with a circulation of less than five hundred copies and a yearly output of about five thousand. By the late eighties the circulation had a minimum of sixteen thousand and the total annual circulation of two hundred and twenty five thousand copies. All his theories on agriculture were tested (prior to publication) on his own property which he had set up as an experimental farm in 1864. As the paper took increasingly of his time, he was eventually forced to hand over the running of the farm at Delaware to his two eldest boys and move to London, Ontario. In his day he was known as "Crazy" Weld - "crazy" because he was progressive beyond the understanding of his contempories; "crazy" because he had the courage to risk his substance in demonstrating the soundness of convictions that were regarded as being radical beyond all reason. Had he been a lesser man, his temerity would probably have brought him to an obscure ruin.
      As it was he left a legacy of achievement that entitles him to be ranked among the fathers of scientific agriculture in Canada.
      William died in a tragic drowning accident in his own home whilst doing some sort of plumbing repairs on Jan.3, 1891.

      William and Agnes:
      A memorial window exists in Christ Church Delaware, east side, for William and Agnes. "In memory of William Weld, died 3rd Jan 1891/ and Agnes his wife, died 19th Sept. 1898."
    • (Medical):Weld died in a bizarre accident. While climbing into the attic of his home to investigate a leak, he fell through a skylight. His head lodged in the water reservoir that served his bathroom and, unable to extricate himself, he drowned.
      -- http://www.biographi.ca/en/bio/weld_william_12E.html