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 Thomas Carling

Thomas Carling

Etton, East Riding of Yorkshire Unitary Authority, East Riding of Yorkshire, England
Death 17 Feb 1880 (aged 82)
London, Middlesex County, Ontario, Canada
Burial London, Middlesex County, Ontario, Canada
Plot Section C, Row 10
Memorial ID 140402578 · View Source
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Son of William and Margaret Carling of Etton.
Wishing to find his fortune in a young country he sailed from Hull on May 17,1818 for Canada. (Since there was not much opportunity for tenant farmers in England, many of the young farmer sons left to be successful elsewhere.)
The interesting journey was recorded by his son, Sir John Carling, and is included in the hard-bound book by George P. DeKay, available in the London Room at the London Public Library.
Thomas arrived at his new farm in London township in 1819 and began the long job of clearing the land of trees and building a log cabin. The location was lot 14, concession 8 however in 1824 he moved to a farm further south at lot 26, con. 6, nearer to his in-laws.
About 1839 he moved from the farm into the town of London (Pall Mall and Colborne streets location). It is said that he felt his three surviving sons would receive a better education there.
The origin of CARLING BREWERY is Thomas Carling and London, Ontario. Since he had move time after moving to a town setting, Thomas began brewing beer likely similar to the recipes of home-brewed English beer. The beer was a popular refreshment for the British soldiers who were stationed nearby at the British garrison. It was not long before sons William and John persuaded their father to turn the business over to their management and control. The company was named "W. & J. Carling Ltd." In 1882 the "Carling Brewing and Malting Co. of London Ltd." was formed with John as its president. Later the business expanded throughout Canada, the United States, Europe and beyond. The business remained in the family for about 100 years.

Thomas married Margaret Routledge on Oct. 6, 1820. The two had to be married by a Justice of the Peace because in 1820 there was no Church of England minister in the area. This marriage was the first in the newly formed township for a non-native couple. In order to legalize a marriage, it was necessary to post, in three locations, a document signed by the JP in question, the three places being a mill door, a distillery door and on a large tree at a public crossroads,
the latter being one on the banks of Medway Creek on concession 4, just west of present-day Richmond Street in London. The ceremony was performed by Col. Daniel Springer of Delaware and Col. Mahlon Burwell,JP.

(1) William (Aug.11,1821-Mar.1,1879) was

(2) Thomas Jr. (Apr.21,1823-June 10,1834)

(3) Isaac (Apr.9,1925-Aug.29,1895)
married Ann Balkwill and lived in Exeter, ON.

(4) John (Jan.23,1828-Nov.6,1911) married
Hannah Dalton, became an MP and was
knighted by Queen Victoria in 1893.

(5) Allan (July 23,1830-Aug.10,1832)

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  • Originally Created by: George DeKay
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  • Find A Grave Memorial 140402578
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Thomas Carling (1 Jun 1797–17 Feb 1880), Find A Grave Memorial no. 140402578, citing Mount Pleasant Cemetery and Crematorium, London, Middlesex County, Ontario, Canada ; Maintained by Find A Grave (contributor 8) .