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William Silk, Sr
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Birth: 1799
Wiltshire, England
Death: Aug. 16, 1878
Ontario, Canada

Son of William and Sarah Silk

Father of Mary, Jacob, John, and Elizabeth

Silk, William, deceased, late of the township of Melancthon, a native of Wiltshire, England, being the second in a family of eight children of William and Sarah Silk, also natives of the shire.
Born in 1799, he emigrated to America in 1832, and after spending between two and three years at Hamilton, Ont., removed in 1838 to the "Old Survey" of Melancthon, among the very earliest settlers in this township. Mr. Horning, the first settler in the township, sent his team to Hamilton to bring in Mr. Silk's family, and the journey from Hamilton occupied five days. When he came here he had but $2 money, a scanty supply of household goods, and a family of four children. He took up a lot near Horning's Mills, and wrought for years for Mr. Horning, spending his spare time night and morning in improving his place, and by the exercise of diligence and energy succeeded, from the most unpromising beginning, amid the most unpropitious surroundings, in overcoming the adversities of fickle fortune, and placing himself in such a position that he was afterward enabled to present each one of his children with a good farm.
Many are the amusing incidents related of the early experiences of the Silk family. The first wagon ever built in the township was made by Mr. Silk. As soon as made; he loaded 400 lbs. of maple sugar upon it, which he had just manufactured, and taking it all the way to Hamilton, sold it for $40. With this money he bought leather and a barrel of salt. His oxen being unshod, and the hills being-icy (it was early spring), he was obliged to unload the salt at the bottom of every hill, roll it to the top with his wife's assistance, and then reload it. In this way it was estimated they had rolled the barrel several miles in the aggregate; but at last they reached their destination, and all the family soon h ad new shoes from the leather he bought - the first they had had since coming into the settlement.
Mr. Silk, who was highly esteemed in life, was as deeply lamented in death, when on the 16th August 1878, he resigned his spirit to God who gave it, and left over sixty children, grandchildren , and great-grandchildren to mourn his loss

Family links: 
  Mary Silk Broderick (1836 - 1925)*
  Jacob Silk (1837 - 1914)*
  John Silk (1839 - 1890)*
  Elizabeth Silk Slack (1841 - 1933)*
*Calculated relationship
Spring Valley Cemetery
Horning's Mills
Dufferin County
Ontario, Canada
Created by: NWpioneer
Record added: Mar 07, 2010
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William Silk, Sr
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