George G. Keith [ 1841 (Approx.) - ]

George Keith is listed as a Blacksmith in Fuller’s 1865/66 directory and continued to be listed as such until 1872. Oddly enough, the only George Keith listed in the 1871 census is a George G. Keith, a 30 year-old, Scottish-born, Presbyterian farmer in Verulam township1. Nonetheless, Mr. [G.G.] Keith opened a general store in the Scully Block in April of 1880 [CP 30 April 1880; 3]. By July 1883 he had moved to J.C. Fitzgerald’s building on the east side of Colborne Street, north of Francis [FFG 7 July 1883; 2].

His stock included boots and shoes as well as “seasonable dry goods.”

On the 14th of August 1889, George Keith and family all left for Toronto, and were described as “old residents of the village” [FFG 16 Aug 1889; 4]. In September Keith returned to sell off his old stock, “and will remain until his stock of goods is sold” [FFG 6 Sept 1889; 4]. His name was still in the D&B directory for January 1890, but he was no longer a resident of the village.

When first researching Keith I thought I was dealing with a Father and Son, but Mr. and Mrs. G.G. Keith celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary in November 1887 [CP 4 Nov 1887; 1], so we certainly could be dealing with the same man.

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