Sarah Gooderham

Female 1838 - 1881  (42 years)


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  • Name Sarah Gooderham  [1
    • See William Ardagh notes and source info for alternative story re: family of Sarah Gooderham
    Born 26 Dec 1838  Scarborough, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Died 5 Feb 1881  Brussels, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Methodist Cemetery, Brussels, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Methodist Cemetery, Lot 63, Brussels, Ontario, Canada
    Person ID I73  Gooderham -Worts | Ezekiel Gooderham and descendants, Hannah Gertrude Marshall family and descendants
    Last Modified 2 Jul 2015 

    Father Ezekiel Gooderham,   b. 30 Oct 1794, Scole, Norfolk, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Dec 1870, Toronto, ON, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years) 
    Mother Harriet Juby,   b. 4 Jul 1798, Yarmouth, Norfolk, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Jan 1888, Toronto, ON, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 89 years) 
    Married 7 Oct 1822  East Feddingham, Norfolk, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Photos
    Building in Scole near James and Sarah Gooderham's homestead
    Building in Scole near James and Sarah Gooderham's homestead
    Graveyard and church in Scole.
    Graveyard and church in Scole.
    Graveyard and church in Scole. Inscribed... Scole Church showing relatives graves. Possibly Ezekiel made this notation?
    Scole Homestead, view of farm and buildings.
    Scole Homestead, view of farm and buildings.
    Scole Homestead, view of farm and buildings. Inscribed: End view of the homestead. Author indicates that these photos are where father was born. Ezekiel or son George?
    Ezekiel and Harriet Gooderham Headstones
    Ezekiel and Harriet Gooderham Headstones
    Located at York Mills Baptist Cemetary.
    See also: YorkMillsBaptistChurch-IMG_0032.jpg,YorkMillsBaptistChurch-IMG_0031.jpg, YorkMillsBaptistChurch-IMG_0030.jpg, YorkMillsBaptistChurch-IMG_0029.jpg and YorkMillsBaptistChurch-IMG_0028.jpg for images taken at the time of the following story.

    Remarks about St. Johnís Anglican Church, York Mills, as supplied by Mr. George H. Gooderham of Calgary, Alberta:
    October 23 1957

    To the south and to the east and beyond St. Johnís Church there was originally a small Baptist Church. This church lost its congregation and was unused, and a few years ago was demolished. To the south of the church is a small graveyard in which a number of pioneer families are buried, and to the immediate south of that is a small cottage in which the resident pastors lived in the early days, possibly until the church discontinued. This cottage has been renovated and is apparently in reasonably good condition and is occupied.

    The foregoing is submitted because Reverend Ezekiel Gooderham was the very first of the name to come to Toronto with his brother in law James Worts, and was Pastor of this Baptist Church on or about the time it was erected in the 1830ís. This old church was built in the woods and it was quite evident that much of the lumber was hewn from nearby trees. This was particularly evident in the floors.

    In the adjoining Churchyard my great Grandfather, Rev. Ezekiel Gooderham and his wife are buried as well as some of this branch of the Gooderham family whom I understand lived and farmed in and about this area, even until recent years, when farms were absorbed by the township.

    The writer does not know any of these families, as his grandfather, son of Ezekiel, moved to Meadowvale from Wexford in 1868, where he managed the Gooderham farms connected with the Grist Mill, which was under the management of Mr. C. H. Gooderham. This branch of the family remained for many years in Meadowvale, and the remaining link is a William Ezekiel Gooderham, youngest son of George, who lives in the village and is now 92 years old.

    Of my generation there is only one male cousin living, who is Mr. Ronald M. Gooderham of Toronto. He lived for many years in London England and on his return to Toronto in 1947 ??? he got a home in York Mills area, and on one of my visits to his home I stated that it was rather interesting that he had returned to the spot in which his family had originated. Apparently he did not know this fact, and I pointed across the ravine in the general direction of the church, and told him that was where his Great Grandparents had lived.

    As a result, we visited the area, going about the Church and the yard, noting that everything was in great disrepair, and we felt it was our proper business to see what could be done to preserve this landmark.

    Since it was a Baptist Church, we made an appointment with the Secretary of the Baptist Church for Canada, and in an interview with this gentleman learned that the disposition of the property had been one of his problems. He stated that he had approached the Attorney General of Ontario, who said the Church could readily be removed and the property disposed of to advantage, and even the graveyard could be taken over and the bodies moved if it was thought that it was obstructing development. Actually we were shocked at this statement and said we thought this should not happen. The reverend gentleman however was nonplussed and smilingly said ďafter all, this was not a true Baptist Church, for the ordinances that were prepared at the time of its establishment and prior to the construction of the Church included one which was not at any time recognized by the Baptists, that there should be two gallons of whiskey at the raisingĒ; nevertheless, he said he would do what he could towards its preservation and asked for our co-operation.

    Apparently there were a good many friends who wished well for this historical spot and its preservation, but none could see any particular reason for leaving the church building, and this was demolished. However, before this my cousin and I had obtained the old bibles with certain writings which we presume were by our Great Grandfather, and other small items.

    To my great surprise and happiness, when I visited the site again three years ago with Mr. & Mrs Gooderham we found that the graveyard had been preserved and enclosed with a very high and strong iron fence, and furthermore, that a beam from the Church had been removed and used in a recent addition to the St.Johns Anglican Church. on which was placed a small plaque explaining where it had come from.

    To my rather biased mind this is a link worth recording in respect to the early development of Yonge Street an particularly York Mills or Hogís Hollow.

    G.H.Gooderham, Calgary Alberta.
    Ezekiel and Harriet Headstones with Rev. Mitchel headstone in background
    Ezekiel and Harriet Headstones with Rev. Mitchel headstone in background
    York Mills Baptist Cemetery (Hogs Hollow)
    Walter Gooderham (Son of Ezekiel and Harriet) Headstone
    Walter Gooderham (Son of Ezekiel and Harriet) Headstone
    Rev Mitchel headstone is in the background.

    Reverend Ezekiel Gooderham

    It is not known if Ezekiel took any part in the milling business - he may have if only for a short time. However he did settle on a farm at Wexford, Ontario, which is now part of the borough of Scarborough in Toronto.

    A few years after arrival in Canada, Ezekiel and Harriet became members of York mills Baptist Church, and Ezekiel served as Deacon for some years. In 1849, when the pastor Rev. James Mitchell died, Ezekiel took his place and served as pastor. Due to the urgent appeals of ministers and members who knew him, he consented to be ordained when he was nearing his 60th year. The ordination took place in Bond St. Baptist Church, Toronto. He served the York mills Baptist Church as Pastor for 15 years, resigning at last because of ill health.

    Many spoke with great tenderness of his worth and work. He died on December 28, 1870, at his residence, Mill Street Toronto, and on December 31 was buried at York Mills Baptist Cemetery. A son Walter who died at the age of 21 and his wife Harriet, are also buried there.

    When the York Mills Church held its 100th anniversary in 1929 there were still descendants of Ezekiel and Harriet Gooderham attending the church. Since then the church and parsonage have been torn down to make way for housing, but the cemetery on York Mills Rd. is still there and is being cared for by the Union of Baptist Churches.

    Provided By Mary Louise Gooderham-Sutton 1991
    Harriet Juby
    Harriet Juby
    George Gooderham, son of Ezekiel and Harriet
    George Gooderham, son of Ezekiel and Harriet
    York Mills Baptist Church Cemetery
    York Mills Baptist Church Cemetery
    Rev. Ezekiel Gooderham and his Wife Harriet Juby

    Pictures taken by Ronald M. Gooderham and George H. Gooderham.

    See EG_Cemetaries-3745.jpg for the story that goes with this image
    York Mills Baptist Church
    York Mills Baptist Church
    The church shot from across the street looking north showing the cemetery to the east (right of the church).

    Pictures taken by Ronald M. Gooderham and George H. Gooderham. See EG_Cemetaries-3745.jpg for the story that goes with this image.
    George H. Hamilton in front of York Mills Baptist Church
    George H. Hamilton in front of York Mills Baptist Church
    The church shot from across the street looking north with GHG.

    Pictures taken by Ronald M. Gooderham and George H. Gooderham. See EG_Cemetaries-3745.jpg for the story that goes with this image.
    York Mills Baptist Church Cemetery
    York Mills Baptist Church Cemetery
    Looking East with church behind photographer. Rev. Ezekiel Gooderham and his Wife Harriet Juby and other tombstones.
    Pictures taken by Ronald M. Gooderham and George H. Gooderham. See EG_Cemetaries-3745.jpg for the story that goes with this image
    Family ID F17  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family John Skelton,   b. 17 May 1835, Bishop Burton, Yorkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Aug 1908, Brussels, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years) 
    Married 29 Jun 1858  Bond Street Baptist Church, Toronto, ON, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. William Skelton,   b. 1859, Scarborough, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Jan 1884, Brussels, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 25 years)
     2. Jane Ann Skelton,   b. Abt 1860, Scarborough, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1937, Manitoba, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 77 years)
     3. Robert Gooderham Skelton,   b. 1864, Scarborough, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Aug 1935, Chilliwack, BC Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years)
    +4. Betsy Louisa Skelton,   b. Abt 1867, Scarborough, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location
     5. Sarah Alice Skelton,   b. Abt 1869, Scarborough, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location
     6. Richard Forster Skelton,   b. 25 Oct 1872
     7. Harriette Ellen Skelton,   b. 1876,   d. 28 May 1901, Blyth, Huron, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 25 years)
     8. Charles Frederick Skelton,   b. 21 Mar 1878, Morris Twp., Huron, ON Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Jan 1895, Brussels, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 16 years)
     9. Isabella Skelton,   b. 1880,   d. 25 Oct 1921, Cobourg, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 41 years)
    Last Modified 29 Jun 2015 00:40:01 
    Family ID F887  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 26 Dec 1838 - Scarborough, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 29 Jun 1858 - Bond Street Baptist Church, Toronto, ON, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 5 Feb 1881 - Brussels, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Methodist Cemetery, Brussels, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S30] Canada Census 1881, https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MVNS-HG9.
      John Skelton M 45y England
      Ann Skelton F 19y Ontario
      Robert Skelton M 17y Ontario
      Betsy Skelton F 14y Ontario
      Allace Skelton F 12y Ontario
      Richard Skelton M 8y Ontario
      Ellen Skelton F 5y Ontario
      Charles Skelton M 3y Ontario
      Ezibilla Skelton F 10m Ontario
      Household ID: 840032 , Digital Folder Number: 4467154 , Image Number: 00735 , GS Film number: 1375909