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William Morden

Birthdate: (102)
Birthplace: Tyendinaga, Canada
Death: November 14, 1941 (102)
Manitoulin Island
Immediate Family:

Son of William Henry Morden and Nancy Morden
Husband of Margaret Elizabeth Morden
Father of Walter George Morden
Brother of Harriet Morden; Robert Allen Morden; George Parliament Morden; Margaret Ann Morden; Stephen Morden and 2 others

Occupation: Minister
Managed by: Eric Charles Shotwell
Last Updated:

About William Morden

  1. ID: I24951
  2. Name: William MORDEN
  3. Given Name: William
  4. Surname: MORDEN
  5. Prefix: Rev.
  6. Sex: M
  7. Birth: 6 Jul 1839 in Tyendinaga Township, Hastings County, Ontario
  8. Death: 14 Nov 1941 in Sheguiandah, Manitoulin Island, Ontario 1
  9. _UID: C0B06728DE7B4D6BA82B73C7509097FC908C
  10. Change Date: 14 Jul 2008 at 11:52
  11. Note:
   1891 Ontario Census, Algoma, Burpee Township, Household #21
   Morden William M 50 M Head Ontario Ontario Ontario C Presb Farmer
   Morden Marget E. F 40 M Wife Ontario Ireland Ireland C Presb
   Morden William C. M 7 S Son Ontario Ontario Ontario C Presb
   Morden John B(?R) M 4 S Son Ontario Ontario Ontario C Presb
   Morden Walter G. M 0 S Son Ontario Ontario Ontario C Presb
   Morden Mary L. F 8 S Daughter Ontario Ontario Ontario C Presb
   Morden Nancy Marget F 2 S Daughter Ontario Ontario Ontario C Presb
   1901 Ontario Census, Algoma, Burpee Township. Con 9 Lot 10 , Household #1
   MORDEN William M w Head m 1840-Jul-10 60 Ont Eng Can PS Far mer
   MORDEN Margaret S. F w Wife m 1851-Jun-15 49 Ont Irish Ca n PS
   MORDEN Mary A. F w Dau s 1882-Jul-24 18 Ont Eng Can PS
   MORDEN William C. M w Son s 1883-Dec-26 17 Ont Eng Can PS Farmer's Son
   MORDEN Richard J. M w Son s 1886-Jun-29 14 Ont Eng Can PS
   MORDEN Nancy M. F w Dau s 1888-Jun-20 12 Ont Eng Can PS
   MORDEN Walter G. M w Son s 1891-Mar-09 10 Ont Eng Can PS
   MORDEN Elizabeth A. F w Dau s 1892-Nov-10 8 Ont Eng Can PS
   MORDEN Bertha J. F w Dau s 1895-Oct-16 5 Ont Eng Can PS
   1911 Ontario Census, Algoma, Burpee Township, Household #5
   Morden William M Head M Jul 1840 70
   Morden Margaret Eby F Wife M Jun 1852 59
   Morden Mary A? F Daughter S Jul 1882 28
   Morden Richard John M Son S Jul 1886 24
   Morden Walter George M Son S Mar 1891
   Morden Elizabeth Alice F Daughter S Nov 1892
   Morden Bertha Jane F Daughter S Oct 1895
   - from Art Hubbs
   William spent his boyhood in Bruce County, first in Brant Township and then in Carrick Township. He was age 12 in 1851 census in Brant Township, Bruce Co. In the 1861 census he was age 22, living with his parents in Carrick Twp.
   He married first, Jessie Williams. She died early in life and he married again.
   He married second, Margaret Elizabeth Price, daughter of Enach Price and Mary, 26 June 1881, in East Garafraxa Township, Dufferin Co, Ontario.She was born in 1851 in E. Garafraxa Township.
   William and Margaret lived in Bentinck Township, Grey County, and their first three children were born there. In July 1887 they moved to Manitoulin Island, living first at Evansville, Burpee Township, and later at Elizabeth Bay. There were no ministers in Elizabeth Bay then so William often conducted services in the winter, at first in homes and later in the school building. Margaret and another woman took charge of the Sunday School .
   On retirement they lived in Sheguindah, Manitoulin Island. Margaret died in 1930. There is a photograph of William in Border Bairns showing him on the occasion of his 100th birthday. He attained the age of 101 and died in 1941. He and Margaret are buried in Sheguindah Cemetery, Manitoulin Is land.
   Through The Years, Vol. VIII, No. 6, April 1991, page 9
   Manitoulin's Grand Old Man Celebrates 100th Birthday
   (submitted by Dorothy Addison - date unknown)
   Sheguiandah: July 10 - In his quaint little home nested at the foot of Sheguiandah Bay, Manitoulin's Grand Old Ma n, William Morden has achieved his long standing ambition to reach the age of one hundred years. Naturally of pioneer stock, he was born in the county of Hastings and spent mo st of his boyhood there. Among his fond recollections of life there is his father's purchase of the first stove in the country and the pilgrimage of people from far and wide to view the "American Wonder". He recalls the situation before matches became a luxury, when people would arise earl y in the morning and search the sky far and wide for a sign of smoke so that they could get there and get a live coal to start their own fire. From Hastings he moved to Bruce , while still a boy. The 300 mile trip over corduroy roads required three weeks. The oxen had to be shod on the way and to do this the blacksmith had to first throw the oxen and then shoe them. Much of his vigour and vitality today, he believes is as a result of his athletic youth.
   Mr. Morden claims the title of the oldest Orangeman in Canada and also the record of longest continual membership in the Orange Lodge. He joined when he was 18 and has be en a loyal member for the ensuing 82 years. He volunteered as a soldier to fight the Fenians, but was never called o ut. Of the great figures of the past he recalls hearing George Brown who was out on the hustings at Walkerton.
   Fifty-one years ago he moved to the Manitoulin to he w a home out of the virgin forest at Elizabeth Bay. At the close of the Great War he moved to his present home at Sheguiandah where he lives with his daughter, May. His family of his three sons and four daughters were present at the centenarian's birthday party, two of them coming from Alberta and one from Port Arthur to celebrate the great event.
   On the morning of his birthday he said he hoped they would all come for the great occasion, because "they will not likely all be here when I'm 200!" He has twenty-six grandchildren and five great grand children. Until just recently, he has acted as a self-appointed missionary, one of the first to preach on Western Manitoulin. His vivid memory brings back to him many trips on snowshoes at that time and on one occasion he went from Silver Water to Meldrum Bay by this mode of travel, a distance of 30 miles to preach the gospel. Mr. Morden deplores the fact that the youth of today have so many diversions and conveniences such as the radio and automobile, because it keeps them from developing strong bodies.
   A letter from O.C. Nixon acting Premier of Ontario an d a telegram from W.L. Mackenzie King Premier of Canada, congratulating him on having reached the century mark were received on his birthday and pleased him immensely. Mr. Mord en is ceaselessly active, both mentally and physically. Last spring he put in his own garden and he still shaves himself with a straight razor. His nerves are as steady as those of a young man his other facilities are fair, except hi s hearing. His wife will have been dead nine years in August. She was 82.
   The oldest man on the Manitoulin is thankful that he h as been spared for 100 years on this earth. However he i s "ready whenever God chooses to take me" and complacently places his life in his Maker's hands. His "borrowed" time from the three score years and ten allotted to man has not been idle time. His motto has always been "It is better to wear out than rust out".
   Members of his family present at the birthday party we re: Charlie Morden and his sister Lillie of Torfield, Alta .; Mrs. James Eaton of Port Arthur; Walter from Elizabeth Bay; John of Gore Bay; Mrs. Norman Matheson, Silver Water and Miss Mary Morden at home.
   OBITUARY - Manitoulin Expositor, November 20, 1941 - W. Morden
   The grand old man of Manitoulin passed away at his home in Sheguiandah last Friday, Nov. 14th, one hundred and on e years and five months old. He followed by a week, his lifelong friend T. Batman, also of Sheguiandah, who died in h is 90th year.
   The deceased was born in Hastings county, July 10th, 1 840. After spending his early years in that section, where his father purchased the first stove in the country, he moved to Manitoulin Island in 1887,making his home at Sheguiandah. His wife died on August 9th, 1930.
   At the age of 18 years, he joined the Orange Lodge and has been a member of that organization for over 83 years.
   He is survived by his daughter Mary who has taken care of her father for several years; Walter, Elizabeth Bay; J ohn, Gore Bay; Charles, Tofield, Alberta, and a daughter Lillie, also of Tofield, Alberta
   On his birthday last July, Mr. Morden was taken for a car ride by his son and daughter and enjoyed his trip to Little Current and other points on the Island.
   Elm View Cemetery, Sheguiandah United Church Cemetery, Par t of Lot 3, Concession 11, Howland Township #3
   FATHER / WILLIAM/MORDEN / 1849.1941
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July 6, 1839
Tyendinaga, Canada
November 14, 1941
Age 102
Manitoulin Island