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Absalom Shade
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Birth: 1793
Lycoming County
Pennsylvania, USA
Death: Mar. 15, 1862
Waterloo Regional Municipality
Ontario, Canada


Born: abt 1793, Wayne Twp, Lycoming (became Clinton) County

Died: at age 69; after a short illness

Occupation: Carpenter, store owner, sawmill builder

Politics: Tory, served 2 terms, Legislative Assembly of Upper Canada, pound keeper and assessor, magistrate, reeve of Dumfries Township Council, elected second reeve of newly incorporated Village of Galt

Married (1): Sep 16, 1823, CATHARINE (KIMBALL) ANDREWS, Hopewell, Ontario Co., New York
(Catharine: daughter of Ebenezer Kimball & Elizabeth "Betsy" Harvey; a widow w/two children, from Canandaigua, New York)

No children

Married (2): Apr 16, 1837, ISABELLA JEMIMA DAVIDSON, Galt, Ontario, Canada

No children

Born: abt 1799, Aberdeen, Scotland
Died: Aug 19, 1876
Married (1): ABSOLOM SHADE
Married (2): Jun 16, 1864, Rev. MICHAEL BOOMER, Galt, Ontario, Canada)

"When Absolom Shade, founder of Shade's Mills, later known as Galt, (Ontario, Canada), died in 1862, his fortune was estimated at $300,000. No less than 60 heirs later made claims to his estate."
Absalom Shade (c. 1793-March 15, 1862) was a businessman and political figure in Upper Canada.

He was born in Wyoming County, Pennsylvania around 1793 and worked as a carpenter in Buffalo, New York. In 1816, he was hired by William Dickson to manage his lands in Dumfries Township in Upper Canada. Shade operated a general store, a mill and a distillery in the area. The settlement that developed on the Grand River, originally known as Shade's Mills, was later known as Galt. Shade also secured a number of contracts to supply food and build roads for the Canada Company. He helped establish the Grand River Navigation Company to help transport goods along the river. He helped establish the Gore Bank in Hamilton and also helped develop railroads in the area. He also helped to build Galt's Trinity Anglican Church in 1844 which still stands, and is in use, today.

In 1831, he was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Upper Canada representing Halton; he served until 1841.

He died at Galt in 1862.
Source: Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Note: Lengthy article regarding Absalom Shade in the Dictionary of Canadian Biography Online, 1861 - 1879 (Volume IX)
Family links: 
  Sebastian Shade (1750 - 1814)
  Mary Maria Hoffman Shade (1754 - 1793)
  Nancy Anna Shade Chatham (1776 - 1861)*
  Catharine Shade Fargus (1778 - 1862)*
  Elizabeth Shade Tipton (1780 - 1855)*
  Sebastian Shade (1781 - 1820)**
  Jonathan Shade (1785 - 1829)*
  Absalom Shade (1793 - 1862)
  George Shade (1794 - 1869)**
  Matilda Shade Smith (1797 - 1852)**
  Elizabeth Shade Arnsberger (1798 - 1879)**
  Jeremiah Shade (1798 - 1853)**
  Pamela Shade Farwell (1807 - 1876)**
*Calculated relationship
Trinity Anglican Cemetery
Waterloo Regional Municipality
Ontario, Canada
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Record added: Aug 31, 2009
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