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Richard Westaway 1829 - 1909

Richard was the fifth son of William Westaway and Margaret Bromell. He was born in West Putford and baptized there on 15th August 1830. When he was two his parents returned to Bradworthy with their family and by the time of the 1851 census Richard was an apprentice carpenter living at Oke's Cottage in the home of Roger and Mary Jennings. Mary and Richard were first cousins and no doubt Roger Jennings, an experienced carpenter, taught young Richard some tricks of the trade before he emigrated. Richard remained a bachelor and died in 1909. His obituary appeared in the Hartland Chronicle and described his life in Canada.

Hartland & West Country Chronicle, August, 1909

An appreciation of the late Mr Richard Westaway who made his mark in Canada

We have this week been favoured with a copy of the "Canadian Statesman" for 28 th June which contains a long appreciation of the late Mr Richard Westaway of Port Hope. Mr Westaway was a native of Bradworthy; and was one of the many North Devon lads who have made their mark on the Far West. Occasional visits to the land of his birth kept him ever in touch with the every day life of his native parish, where he was well known, and by the people of which the accompanying article, which we quote in extense, will be read with very great interest :-

Like unto a fully ripened shock of corn, Mr Richard Westaway, of Port Hope, was gathered to the heavenly garner on Saturday morning, July 24 th , in his 81 st year, from the home of Mr and Mrs D. J. Maclennan where he has resided for very many years, On Monday evening he was laid to rest in a beautiful part of Port Hope Union Cemetery, a large number of relatives, friends and citizens following his remains to their last resting place in the plot he had jointly purchased some time ago with Mr D. J. Maclennan, with whom a close friendship of over half a century has existed. The funeral arrangements were made by his grand-nephew Mr Thomas Westaway and were in charge of Messrs A W George & Son, funeral directors. Rev E Daniel, Rector of St John's (Anglican) Church, officiated at the house and grave. Business men and many of the elderly citizens gathered to pay their last tribute of respect to a worthy townsman of almost sixty years' residence.

Deceased was born in the parish of Bradworthy, Devonshire, England, on February 14 th - St Valentine's Day - 1829, hence he was in his 81 st year. In the late forties and early fifties there was quite an extensive emigration from Cornwall and Devonshire to what was then Upper Canada or Canada West, but usually referred to as "America" in the Old Land. Young Westaway caught the Western fever, and greatly against the will of his parents and many relatives he bade friends and associations farewell, and took passage in a sailing vessel across the Atlantic for Canada in 1851. After a long and rough journey he reached Port hope with only the proverbial sixpence in his pocket. He spent that for a bed, and having nothing with which to procure a breakfast he went without the morning meal. He soon found the hospitable domicile of Mr and Mrs John Marshall, Devonshire people, who befriended him.

Application was made for work to William Garnett, sash and door manufacturer, who said the fair-haired lad was too y9ung and delicate-looking to do the heavy work, but with true British pluck young Richard implored him to give him a trial, and he would do his best to give satisfaction. It was not long before he proved his ability to do the work assigned him.

A very interesting incident is told of his reliability a few days after he began work. The foreman of the planning factory sent him to Fore Street on an errand, telling him to tell no one his business. Mr Garnett met him, and asked why he was out of the factory at that hour. Remembering his instructions, he refused to tell even his employer. Returning to the factory, Mr Garnett told the foreman to discharge the young English lad, but the foreman said "No." "But I insist that you do it." He explained on hearing the cause of the boss's anger, that he had told Richard on leaving the factory that he was to tell nobody his errand, adding "He is the best bit of stuff in the factory." He was not discharged, but his pay was soon increased.

Mr Westaway, unlike many boys of this age, practiced economy from the start, and in due time had a nice bit of money saved, His knowledge of the building trade prompted him to buy a piece of land, and soon after began the erection of a small house upon it, which was occupied by his sister and her husband Mr and Mrs Dyer. This gave him a start in the real estate business, and he continued, as he got more money, to buy lots and erect houses, and in course of time, it is said, owned more houses and lots than any other citizen. He was too easy with his tenants; his big heart would not permit him to force payment, and many a tenant failed to cash up. He often had a struggle to meet obligations, but always pulled through. He never over-reached so far that he did not recover balance.

He was very good in times of sickness, and many a night has he spent in caring for those who needed attendance, and the deserving poor always found a friend in him when appealed to. A man who knew him most intimately said to us at the funeral that "Richard Westaway was a man of good works, and never spared himself when he could do a good turn for less fortunate ones." Said he further, "He was careful, economical, and industrious, and had the faculty of keeping on the safe side. The poor and unfortunate had a friend in him, and no one ever knew the extent of his givings."

After a visit many years ago to his old home in Devonshire, he continued to make regular remittances to a number of old and poor persons living in his native parish, and his intimate friends did not know of these benefactions. For fifty-three years he has been on most intimate terms of friendship with Mr D J Maclennan, and no one has more kind words to say of him than he. We have reason to know their regard for and confidence in each other was mutual. They continued close friends to the very last. He never married.

Deceased was very fond of flowers, and if he could have seen the beautiful floral tributes that his friends placed on and around his casket, he must have been pleased. Besides the wreaths and sheafs, there was a very beautiful pillow, bearing the word "Uncle" in immortelles, from the nieces and nephews.

In December, 1906, deceased went to England, and left Mr Maclennan in charge of his thirty odd tenants. He remained with his brother, Mr Thomas Westaway, West Villa, Bradworthy, till October, 1908, when with his grand-nephew, he returned to Canada. But the infirmities of age soon began to manifest themselves, and gradually since early spring he has grown weaker, his stomach refusing to digest his food, and in spite of all that medical skill could do he was not permitted to regain enough strength to return to England again, as his friends there ardently desired, and after three weeks' confinement to bed, under the care of an experienced nurse, he slept peacefully to rest at four o'clock on Saturday morning.

The pall-bearers were old friends who had long known him: Messrs James Leach, Wm Clark, Jacob Nevill, John McMullen, Robert Gray and Capt Evans.

Relatives and special friends who attended the funeral were :-

From Bowmanville: Mr and Mrs Jerry Westaway, Mrs Thomas Creeper, Mr M. A. James, and Mr Wm Heard;

From Hampton, Mrs John Colwill, jun., Mrs Joe Clatworthy, Mr Joseph Ward;

From Toronto: Mr and Mrs John Bromell, Miss Jennie Rogers, Messrs R W Dyer and Richard Westaway; from Hope Port: Mr Thomas Westaway, Mr and Mrs D J Maclennan, snr., the Misses Maclennan, Mr and Mrs J L Westaway, Mr and Mrs J Dyer, Mr and Mrs W Yeo, Messrs Stanley, Norman and Harvey Yeo, Mr John Williams, and many others; from Berlin: Mr D J Maclennan, jun

The article concludes by stating that Mr Westaway appointed Messrs T and J L Westaway, executors - a very excellent choice.

 Outline tree to help to identify the names mentioned, although I can see there is alot of updating needed.

Descendants of William Westaway

  1   William Westaway 1794 - 1874
..  +Margaret Bromell 1795 - 1871
........ 2   Mary Heal Cory Westaway 1818 -
............  +Henry Clapp 
................... 3   George Henry Clapp 1849 -
........ 2   John Westaway 1819 -
........ 2   William Westaway 1821 - 1910
............  +Fanny Manning 1822 -
................... 3   William Westaway 1845 -
................... 3   Robert Westaway 1847 - 1923
.......................  +Ann Westaway Jennings 1851 - 1931
............................. 4   Frances Mary Westaway 1873 -
............................. 4   Eileen Westaway 1875 -
............................. 4   Thomas Westaway 1877 -
.................................  +Anne Jennings Bond 
........................................ 5   Grenville Westaway 
............................................  +Alcock 
.................................................. 6   Valerie Westaway 
................... 3   John Westaway 1849 -
................... 3   Thomas Westaway 1851 -
................... 3   Caleb Westaway 1854 - 1870
........ 2   Charity Westaway 1823 -
............  +William Carder Dyer 1817 -
................... 3   Margaret Westaway Dyer 
.......................  +William Robert Yeo 
............................. 4   Frederick W Yeo 
........................................ 5   Stanley Dyer Yeo 
........................................ 5   Norman Carder Yeo 
........................................ 5   Harvey Robert Yeo 
................... 3   Charity Dyer 
.......................  +John Bromell 
................... 3   Harriet Carder Dyer 1848 -
.......................  +Albert Sainsbury 1845 -
............................. 4   Robert Lorne Sainsbury 1878 -
.................................  +Florence M Thompson 1877 -
........................................ 5   Evelyne Sainsbury 
............................................  +Howard Hutchings 
........................................ 5   Robert Lorne Sainsbury 1908 -
................... 3   John Dyer 1854 -
........ 2   Jeremiah Westaway 1825 - 1892
............  +Ann Carter 1823 - 1889
................... 3   Annie Carter Westaway 1855 -
................... 3   Mary Westaway 1858 -
................... 3   Jeremiah Westaway 1858 -
.......................  +Mary Jane Arnold 1862 - 1939
............................. 4   Annie Westaway 1885 -
.................................  +Harold T. Howe 1883 -
........................................ 5   Thomas Howe 1916 - 1950
............................................  +Verna Slater 
.................................................. 6   Allan Howe 
.................................................. 6   David Howe 
.................................................. 6   Marilyn Howe 
........................................ 5   Lioness Howe 1918 -
............................................  +Elizabeth Scott 
.................................................. 6   Mary Howe 
.................................................. 6   Scott Howe 
............................. 4   Richard H Westaway 1886 -
............................. 4   Herman Westaway 1891 -
.................................  +Edna Grigg 
........................................ 5   Margaret Westaway 
............................................  +Nix 
............................. 4   Gladys Westaway 1896 -
.................................  +Arthur Whettam 
............................. 4   Melville Westaway 1898 -
.................................  +Gretta Hassel 
........................................ 5   1 M&G Westaway 
........................................ 5   2 M&G Westaway 
........................................ 5   3 M&G Westaway 
............................. 4   Marjory Westaway 1905 -
.................................  +Al Thurston 
............................. 4   Vernon Westaway 1905 -
............................. 4   Marjory Westaway 1900 -
........ 2   Margaret Westaway 1827 -
........ 2   Richard Westaway 1829 - 1909
........ 2   Mark Westaway 1828 - 1849
........ 2   Samuel Westaway 1832 -
........ 2   Caleb Heal Westaway 1834 - 1853
........ 2   Thomas Westaway 1835 - 1911
............  +Jane Mary Denning Clapp 1826 - 1914
................... 3   Mary Margaret Westaway 1860 - 1951
.......................  +John Bray 1860 - 1932
............................. 4   Thomas Westaway Bray 1888 - 1980
.................................  +Abi Louise Florence Hawke 1901 - 1987
............................. 4   George Hector Bray 1890 - 1976
............................. 4   Mary Jane Westaway Bray 1893 - 1976
.................................  +William Coombe 
........ 2   Joshua Westaway 1838 - 1869
............  +Elizabeth Grace Oke 
........ 2   Elizabeth Grace Westaway 1840 - 1840

 

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