Etc. -- John Saville's 1925 obituary
Introduction | Source Documents | Other Sources | Photocopies | Back

A transcription of a page 7 article in the 29 Jan 1925 Waterford Star
[Some paragraph breaks inserted by the transcriber]

Norfolk's Oldest Citizen
Summoned by Death

(Simcoe Reformer) 

Norfolk lost its oldest resident early yesterday morning, when John Saville of Lynn Valley died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Charles Martin, 34 Lynnwood Avenue.

John Saville was 97 years old on Christmas Day, 1924, having been born in Norfolk, Essex County, Eng., on 25 Dec 1827. He came to Canada in 1832, and had resided in Norfolk County ever since.

For the past 30 years he had lived on his farm at Lynn Valley with his son Roy. He was possessed of a strong and vigorous constitution, and although somewhat feeble in his declining years, even as late as the summer of 1924 he could be seen daily working in the garden that was his constant pride and care.

His bright and active mind was a storehouse of interesting reminiscences of pioneer days in Norfolk, and his stories were always a source of keen delight to his host of friends, scattered throughout the county.

He was a man of sterling character, industrious and passionately loyal to his home county. His death marks the passing of one of the real old landmarks of Norfolk.

Mr. Saville was thrice married and he leaves to mourn three daughters and two sons: Mrs. Rhoda Black of Charlevoix, Mich., Mrs. Herbert Stickney of Port Ryerse, Mrs. Charles Martin of Simcoe, Edward of San Francisco, and Roy of Woodhouse. One sister, Mrs. Martha Winters, of Coniston, Ont., who has attainted the ripe old age of 91 years, also survives.

The funeral services will be held at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Chas. Martin, Lynnwood Avenue, on Friday 23 Jan 1925 at 2.30 o'clock, with interment at Oakwood Cemetery.

From a sketch of the life of John Saville, published in the 
2 Oct 1924 Simcoe Reformer, the following excerpt is taken:

"One of a family of four girls and two boys, John Saville came across the ocean with his parents, John and Rhoda Saville, when only five years of age. That was a memorable trip. At one stage of the journey a sweeping hurricane drove their sailing vessel out of its course, and prolonged the irksome trip to six weeks.

"Landing at Montreal, they came overland to Norfolk and settled on the farm once owned by Colonel Salmon, a pioneer resident of Woodhouse. That was in 1832. One year later they moved on to the farm of Holmes Matthews, another early settler. Soon afterwards, the family went to Lynn Valley for a time and finally removed to the historic village of Vittoria, at that period the capital of the London district.

"But Mr. Saville Sr. was not yet content. Windham Township next attracted his attention, and the family belongings were transferred thence, where they remained until young John was 12 years old.

"Some years later they moved to Townsend, where John Saville, now a young man of 25, thoroughly versed in agriculture, set up for himself. In partnership with his father he bought a farm just east of Colborne, on the 13th Concession of Townsend.

"Since then, John Saville has moved about the county considerably but never has he forsaken the pursuit of agriculture."

John Saville

(Image from microfilm)

Copyright 2013 John Cardiff