Duncan David Weller1,2,3

M, #91854, b. 14 January 1847, d. 1 December 1855
  • Birth*: 14 January 1847; Cobourg, Northumberland Co., Ontario; Date Jan 14 1847 & location Cobourg per "John Laing Weller C.E., M.E.I.C., The Man Who Does Things" by Madelein "Peggy" Muntz, pg. 98, Appendix A - The William Weller Family. Date Jan 4 1847 per Madelein Muntz Collection.2,4
  • Death*: 1 December 1855; Cobourg, Northumberland Co., Ontario; "Fatal Accident: - The inhabitants of our town were shocked on Saturday last, by hearing of the drowning of two sons of W. Weller, Esq., one nine years of age and the other eight. It seems they had gone to the creek near their father’s house to slide. The eldest went on the ice first, and had gone but a short distance, when it broke, and he fell in and was drowned. The younger in attempting to go to his brother’s assistance met with the same melancholy fate. The bodies were recovered in a short time after the accident, and every effort was made to resuscitate them, but without avail. In this heavy domestic affliction the bereaved family has the heartfelt sympathy of the entire community." .. and ...
    " DIED: Drowned in the creek, near their father’s residence, while playing in the ice, on Saturday, 1st inst., Duncan David, aged 9 years, and John Stewart, aged 8 years, sons of Wm. Weller, Esq., of this town. from The Cobourg Star newspaper archive microfilm, Cobourg Public Library, issue dated Dec 5 1855, copied Jul 2 2016.
    "David Duncan and John Stewart were the first two sons of William and Margaret. David Duncan was born January 14, 1847 and John Stewart was born April 10, 1848. Both drowned when they broke through the ice on Factory Creek in Cobourg on December 1, 1855." from John Laing Weller C.E., M.E.I.C., The Man Who Does Things" by Madelein "Peggy" Muntz, pg. 98, Appendix A - The William Weller Family and pg. 100.2,3

Citations

  1. Duncan David Weller per Death Notice.
  2. [S132] Madelein "Peggy" Muntz, John L. Weller.
  3. [S139] Cobourg Star, online unknown url.
  4. [S145] John Laing Weller Collection; unknown repository.

John Stewart Weller1,2,3

M, #91855, b. 10 April 1848, d. 1 December 1855
  • Birth*: 10 April 1848; Cobourg, Northumberland Co., Ontario; See Death.2
  • Death*: 1 December 1855; Factory Creek, Cobourg, Northumberland Co., Ontario; "Fatal Accident: - The inhabitants of our town were shocked on Saturday last, by hearing of the drowning of two sons of W. Weller, Esq., one nine years of age and the other eight. It seems they had gone to the creek near their father’s house to slide. The eldest went on the ice first, and had gone but a short distance, when it broke, and he fell in and was drowned. The younger in attempting to go to his brother’s assistance met with the same melancholy fate. The bodies were recovered in a short time after the accident, and every effort was made to resuscitate them, but without avail. In this heavy domestic affliction the bereaved family has the heartfelt sympathy of the entire community." .. and ...
    " DIED: Drowned in the creek, near their father’s residence, while playing in the ice, on Saturday, 1st inst., Duncan David, aged 9 years, and John Stewart, aged 8 years, sons of Wm. Weller, Esq., of this town. from The Cobourg Star newspaper archive microfilm, Cobourg Public Library, issue dated Dec 5 1855, copied Jul 2 2016.
    "David Duncan and John Stewart were the first two sons of William and Margaret. David Duncan was born January 14, 1847 and John Stewart was born April 10, 1848. Both drowned when they broke through tghe ice on Factory Creek in Cobourg on December 1, 1855." John Laing Weller C.E., M.E.I.C., The Man Who Does Things" by Madelein "Peggy" Muntz, pg. 98, Appendix A - The William Weller Family and pg. 100.2,3

Citations

  1. John Stewart Weller per Death Notice.
  2. [S132] Madelein "Peggy" Muntz, John L. Weller.
  3. [S139] Cobourg Star, online unknown url.

Caroline Smith Weller1,2,3,4

F, #91856, b. 1807, d. 18 April 1875
  • Birth*: 1807; Canton, Saint Lawrence Co., New York, U.S.A.; Date 1811 & location USA per 1871 Census. Date 1809 & location USA per 1861 Census. Date 1807 & location USA per 1851 Census. See marriage.2,3,5,4
  • Marriage*: 1829; York, York Co., Ontario; "Weller, Caroline S. of York, m. Stephen Kenny (Kinny) of York 29 Nov 1829, St. James', Toronto, Witnesses William Weller, John Bindley; b. 1809?; d. 18 Apr 1875; 1861 Census (film C-1038?) Kent Co., Chatham & Gore Twp.; U.S. WM 52 N.D. withday??" on note card in Madelein Muntz Collection, St. Catharines Museum, Oct 5, 2016. Ref.: ALV.V1
    "William Weller may have had siblings. While in York, in 1829, he witnessed the marriage of Caroline Smith Weller and Stephen Kenny. She may have been William's sister, or half sister." from John Laing Weller C.E., M.E.I.C., The Man Who Does Things" by Madelein "Peggy" Muntz, pg. 98, Appendix A - The William Weller Family and 99.; Principal=Stephen Kinney2,6
  • Death*: 18 April 1875; Date Apr 18 1875 per note card in Madelein Muntz Collection, St. Catharines Museum, Oct 5, 2016. Ref.: ALV.V16
  • Married Name: 1829; Kinney2
  • Census*: 1851; Chatham Twp., Kent Co., Ontario; Age 44 at 1851 Census: see Stephen Kenny3
  • Census: April 1861; Chatham Twp., Kent Co., Ontario; Age 52 at 1861 Census: see Stephen Kinney4
  • Census: April 1871; Chatham Twp., Kent Co., Ontario; Age 60 at 1871 Census: Kinny, Caroline S., 60, b. USA, Eng., CE, married; Sharp, Joseph, 24, b. Ont., Eng., WM, Mail Carrier, maried May, married; Louise, 19, b. Ont., Eng., WM, married; Kinny, Emma, 13, b. Ont., Eng., WM, student (1871 Census: Chatham Twp., Kent Co., dist. 2, sub-dist. F-1, pg. 8, line 10 - ancestry.com)5

Family: Stephen Kinney b. 1803

  • Marriage*: 1829; York, York Co., Ontario; "Weller, Caroline S. of York, m. Stephen Kenny (Kinny) of York 29 Nov 1829, St. James', Toronto, Witnesses William Weller, John Bindley; b. 1809?; d. 18 Apr 1875; 1861 Census (film C-1038?) Kent Co., Chatham & Gore Twp.; U.S. WM 52 N.D. withday??" on note card in Madelein Muntz Collection, St. Catharines Museum, Oct 5, 2016. Ref.: ALV.V1
    "William Weller may have had siblings. While in York, in 1829, he witnessed the marriage of Caroline Smith Weller and Stephen Kenny. She may have been William's sister, or half sister." from John Laing Weller C.E., M.E.I.C., The Man Who Does Things" by Madelein "Peggy" Muntz, pg. 98, Appendix A - The William Weller Family and 99.; Principal=Stephen Kinney2,6

Citations

  1. Caroline per 1851 Census. Caroline Smith Weller from John Laing Weller C.E., M.E.I.C., The Man Who Does Things" by Madelein "Peggy" Muntz, pg. 98, Appendix A - The William Weller Family and 99. Caroline S. Kinny per 1871 Census.
  2. [S132] Madelein "Peggy" Muntz, John L. Weller.
  3. [S11] Unknown author, 1851 Canada Census, Record Type: microfilm.
  4. [S10] Unknown author, 1861 Canada Census, Record Type: microfilm.
  5. [S14] Unknown author, 1871 Canada Census, Record Type: microfilm.
  6. [S145] John Laing Weller Collection; unknown repository.

Stephen Kinney1,2,3,4,5

M, #91857, b. 1803
  • Birth*: 1803; U.S.A.; Date 1805 & location USA per 1861 Census. Date 1803 & location USA per 1851 Census. from John Laing Weller C.E., M.E.I.C., The Man Who Does Things" by Madelein "Peggy" Muntz, pg. 98, Appendix A - The William Weller Family and pg. 99.2,5,4
  • Marriage*: 1829; York, York Co., Ontario; "Weller, Caroline S. of York, m. Stephen Kenny (Kinny) of York 29 Nov 1829, St. James', Toronto, Witnesses William Weller, John Bindley; b. 1809?; d. 18 Apr 1875; 1861 Census (film C-1038?) Kent Co., Chatham & Gore Twp.; U.S. WM 52 N.D. withday??" on note card in Madelein Muntz Collection, St. Catharines Museum, Oct 5, 2016. Ref.: ALV.V1
    "William Weller may have had siblings. While in York, in 1829, he witnessed the marriage of Caroline Smith Weller and Stephen Kenny. She may have been William's sister, or half sister." from John Laing Weller C.E., M.E.I.C., The Man Who Does Things" by Madelein "Peggy" Muntz, pg. 98, Appendix A - The William Weller Family and 99.; Principal=Caroline Smith Weller2,3
  • Census*: 1851; Chatham Twp., Kent Co., Ontario; Age 48 at 1851 Census: Kenny, Stephen, 48, b. USA, Meth., farmer, married; Caroline, 44, b. USA, Meth., married; William A., 21, b. Cda., Meth., single; Calab Bukvill?, 19; Charles Henry, 17; George Washington, 15; Mary Caroline, 12; Mary Martha, 10; Thomas Weller, 7; Margaret Eliza, 5; Marge? Stinson?(f), 3; Victoria Louise, 1 (1851 Census: Chatham Twp., Kent Co., Canada West, pg. 47 of 174, line 10 - ancestry.com)5
  • Census: April 1861; Chatham Twp., Kent Co., Ontario; Age 56 at 1861 Census: Kinney, Stephen, 56, b. US, WM, farmer, married; Caroline, 52, b. US, WM, married; William A., 30, b. Cda., WM, farmer, single; C. B.(m), 28, b. Cda., WM, tailor, single; Charles, 27, b. Cda., farmer, single; George W., 25, b. Cda., WM, farmer, single; Mary, 20; Thomas, 16; Margaret, 14; Almira, 12; Victoria L., 10; Emily, 3 (1861 Census: Chatham Twp., Kent Co., pg. 212 of 764, line 1 - ancestry.com.)4

Family: Caroline Smith Weller b. 1807, d. 18 Apr 1875

Citations

  1. Stephen Kinney per 1861 Census. Stephen Kenny per 1851 Census. Stephen Kenny (Kinny) per marriage register.
  2. [S132] Madelein "Peggy" Muntz, John L. Weller.
  3. [S145] John Laing Weller Collection; unknown repository.
  4. [S10] Unknown author, 1861 Canada Census, Record Type: microfilm.
  5. [S11] Unknown author, 1851 Canada Census, Record Type: microfilm.

William Andrew Kinney1,2,3,4

M, #91858, b. 26 July 1831, d. 7 September 1910
  • Birth*: 26 July 1831; Ontario; Date 1831 & location Cda. per 1861 Census. Date 1830 & location Cda. per 1851 Census. Date Jul 26 1831 & location Ont. per family tree of julie92711 on ancestry.com, Oct 8 2016.2,3,4
  • Death*: 7 September 1910; Dover Twp., Kent Co., Ontario; Date Sep 7 1910 & location Dover, Kent Co. per family tree of julie92711 on ancestry.com, Oct 8 2016.4
  • Census*: 1851; Chatham Twp., Kent Co., Ontario; Age 21 at 1851 Census: see Stephen Kenny2
  • Census: April 1861; Chatham Twp., Kent Co., Ontario; Age 30 at 1861 Census: see Stephen Kinney3

Citations

  1. William A. Kinney per 1861 Census. William Andrew Kinney per family tree of julie92711 on ancestry.com, Oct 8 2016.
  2. [S11] Unknown author, 1851 Canada Census, Record Type: microfilm.
  3. [S10] Unknown author, 1861 Canada Census, Record Type: microfilm.
  4. [S82] Tree on Ancestry.com, online unknown url.

Caleb Burnett Kinney1,2,3,4

M, #91859, b. 1832
  • Birth*: 1832; Ontario; Date 1833 & location Cda. per 1861 Census. Date 1832 & location Cda. per 1851 Census.2,3
  • Census*: 1851; Chatham Twp., Kent Co., Ontario; Age 19 at 1851 Census: see Stephen Kenny2
  • Census: April 1861; Chatham Twp., Kent Co., Ontario; Age 28 at 1861 Census: see Stephen Kinney3

Citations

  1. C. B. Kinney per 1861 Census. Caleb Backville Kenny per 1851 Census. Caleb Burnett Kinney per family tree of kebm49 on ancestry.com, Oct 8 2016.
  2. [S11] Unknown author, 1851 Canada Census, Record Type: microfilm.
  3. [S10] Unknown author, 1861 Canada Census, Record Type: microfilm.
  4. [S82] Tree on Ancestry.com, online unknown url.

Charles Henry Kinney1,2,3,4

M, #91860, b. 1834
  • Birth*: 1834; Middlesex Co., Ontario; Date 1834 & location Cda. per 1861 Census. Date 1834 & location Cda. per 1851 Census. Date 1837 & location Middlesex, Ont. per marr. reg'n.2,3,4
  • Marriage*: 8 May 1872; Chatham Twp., Kent Co., Ontario; Marriage Reg'n.: Groom: Charles Henry Kinney; Age: 35; Res.: Dover East; Born: Middlesex, Ont.; Status: bachelor; Occ.: farmer; Parents: Stpehen & Caroline S. Kinney; Bride: Catharine Ross; Age: 27; Res.: Chatham Twp.; Born: Rosshire, Scotland; Status: spinster; Parents: Duncan & Christy Ross; Wit.: Donald Ross & Helen F. Lang, Chatham Twp.; Date: May 8 1872; Place: Chatham Twp.; Rel.: - & Pres.; Performed by: Rev. A. McCall; By: License, Chatham Twp. (Ontario Marriage Registration, ancestry.com); Principal=Catharine Ross4
  • Census*: 1851; Chatham Twp., Kent Co., Ontario; Age 17 at 1861 Census: see Stephen Kenny2
  • Census: April 1861; Chatham Twp., Kent Co., Ontario; Age 27 at 1861 Census: see Stephen Kinney3
  • Residence*: 8 May 1872; Dover East Twp., Kent Co., Ontario; Residence Dover East per marr. reg'n.4

Family: Catharine Ross b. 1845

Citations

  1. Charles Kinney per 1861 Census. Charles Henry Kenny per 1851 Census. Charles Henry Kinney per marr. reg'n.
  2. [S11] Unknown author, 1851 Canada Census, Record Type: microfilm.
  3. [S10] Unknown author, 1861 Canada Census, Record Type: microfilm.
  4. [S8] Unknown author, Ontario Archives, Record Type: Microfilm.

George Washington Kinney1,2,3

M, #91861, b. 1836
  • Birth*: 1836; Ontario; Date 1836 & location Cda. per 1861 Census. Date 1836 & location Cda. per 1851 Census.2,3
  • Census*: 1851; Chatham Twp., Kent Co., Ontario; Age 15 at 1851 Census: see Stephen Kenny2
  • Census: April 1861; Chatham Twp., Kent Co., Ontario; Age 25 at 1861 Census: see Stephen Kinney3

Citations

  1. George W. Kinney per 1861 Census. George Washington Kenny per 1851 Census.
  2. [S11] Unknown author, 1851 Canada Census, Record Type: microfilm.
  3. [S10] Unknown author, 1861 Canada Census, Record Type: microfilm.

Mary Caroline Kinney1,2,3

F, #91862, b. 1839
  • Birth*: 1839; Ontario; Date 1841 & location Cda. per 1861 Census. Date 1839 & location Cda. per 1851 Census.2,3
  • Census*: 1851; Chatham Twp., Kent Co., Ontario; Age 12 at 1851 Census: see Stephen Kenny2
  • Census: April 1861; Chatham Twp., Kent Co., Ontario; Age 20 at 1861 Census: see Stephen Kinney3

Citations

  1. Mary Kinney per 1861 Census. Mary Caroline Kenny per 1851 Census.
  2. [S11] Unknown author, 1851 Canada Census, Record Type: microfilm.
  3. [S10] Unknown author, 1861 Canada Census, Record Type: microfilm.

Marge Martha Kinney1,2

F, #91863, b. 1841
  • Birth*: 1841; Ontario; Date 1847 & location Cda. per 1861 Census. Date 1841 & location Cda. per 1851 Census.2,3
  • Census*: 1851; Chatham Twp., Kent Co., Ontario; Age 10 at 1851 Census: see Stephen Kenny2

Citations

  1. Marge Martha Kenny per 1851 Census.
  2. [S11] Unknown author, 1851 Canada Census, Record Type: microfilm.
  3. [S10] Unknown author, 1861 Canada Census, Record Type: microfilm.

Thomas Weller Kinney1,2,3,4

M, #91864, b. 1844, d. 21 April 1912
  • Birth*: 1844; Chatham Twp., Kent Co., Ontario; Date 1845 & location Cda. per 1861 Census. Date 1844 & location Cda. per 1851 Census. Date 1845 & location Chatham Twp., Kent Co. per family tree of julie92711 on ancestry.com, Oct 8 2016.2,3,4
  • Death*: 21 April 1912; Dover Twp., Kent Co., Ontario; per family tree of julie92711 on ancestry.com, Oct 8 2016.4
  • Census*: 1851; Chatham Twp., Kent Co., Ontario; Age 7 at 1851 Census: see Stephen Kenny2
  • Census: April 1861; Chatham Twp., Kent Co., Ontario; Age 16 at 1861 Census: see Stephen Kinney3

Citations

  1. Thomas Kinney per 1861 Census. Thomas Weller Kenny per 1851 Census. Thomas Weller Kinney per family tree of julie92711 on ancestry.com, Oct 8 2016.
  2. [S11] Unknown author, 1851 Canada Census, Record Type: microfilm.
  3. [S10] Unknown author, 1861 Canada Census, Record Type: microfilm.
  4. [S82] Tree on Ancestry.com, online unknown url.

Margaret Eliza Kinney1,2

F, #91865, b. 1846
  • Birth*: 1846; Ontario; Date 1847 & location Cda. per 1861 Census. Date 1846 & location Cda. per 1851 Census.2,3
  • Census*: 1851; Chatham Twp., Kent Co., Ontario; Age 5 at 1851 Census: see Stephen Kenny2
  • Census: April 1861; Chatham Twp., Kent Co., Ontario; Age 14 at 1861 Census: see Stephen Kinney3

Citations

  1. Margaret Kinney per 1861 Census. Margaret Eliza Kenny per 1851 Census.
  2. [S11] Unknown author, 1851 Canada Census, Record Type: microfilm.
  3. [S10] Unknown author, 1861 Canada Census, Record Type: microfilm.

Victoria Louise Kinney1,2,3,4

F, #91866, b. 1848
  • Birth*: 1848; Ontario; Date 1852 & location Ont. per 1871 Census. Date 1851 & location Cda. per 1861 Census. Date 1848 & location Cda. per 1851 Census.2,3,4
  • Marriage*: May 1870; Chatham Twp., Kent Co., Ontario; per 1871 Census.; Principal=Joseph Sharp4
  • Census*: 1851; Chatham Twp., Kent Co., Ontario; Age 3 at 1851 Census: see Stephen Kenny2
  • Census: April 1861; Chatham Twp., Kent Co., Ontario; Age 10 at 1861 Census: see Stephen Kinney3
  • Married Name: May 1870; Sharp4
  • Census: April 1871; Chatham Twp., Kent Co., Ontario; Age 19 at 1871 Census: see Caroline S. Kinney (mother)4

Family: Joseph Sharp b. 1847

Citations

  1. Louise Sharp per 1871 Census. Victoria L. Kinney per 1861 Census. Victoria Louise Kenny per 1851 Census.
  2. [S11] Unknown author, 1851 Canada Census, Record Type: microfilm.
  3. [S10] Unknown author, 1861 Canada Census, Record Type: microfilm.
  4. [S14] Unknown author, 1871 Canada Census, Record Type: microfilm.

John Pettit1

M, #91867, b. 1753, d. 1804
  • Birth*: 1753; per GEDCOM of Krsiti (kateblossoms@hotmail.com) Feb 2 2016.1
  • Marriage*: before 1780; per GEDCOM of Krsiti (kateblossoms@hotmail.com) Feb 2 2016.; Principal=Catherine Wilson1
  • Death*: 1804; per GEDCOM of Krsiti (kateblossoms@hotmail.com) Feb 2 2016.1

Family: Catherine Wilson b. c 1760

Citations

  1. [S22] Rootsweb, online unknown url.

Catherine Wilson1

F, #91868, b. circa 1760
  • Birth*: circa 1760; per GEDCOM of Krsiti (kateblossoms@hotmail.com) Feb 2 2016.1
  • Marriage*: before 1780; per GEDCOM of Krsiti (kateblossoms@hotmail.com) Feb 2 2016.; Principal=John Pettit1
  • Married Name: before 1780; Pettet1

Family: John Pettit b. 1753, d. 1804

Citations

  1. [S22] Rootsweb, online unknown url.

Joseph Pettet1

M, #91869, b. 1786, d. 13 July 1847
  • Birth*: 1786; New York, U.S.A.; per GEDCOM of Krsiti (kateblossoms@hotmail.com) Feb 2 2016.1
  • Marriage*: 1809; per GEDCOM of Krsiti (kateblossoms@hotmail.com) Feb 2 2016.; Principal=Bethania Herriman1
  • Death*: 13 July 1847; Pamelia, Jefferson Co., New York, U.S.A.; per GEDCOM of Krsiti (kateblossoms@hotmail.com) Feb 2 2016.1

Family: Bethania Herriman b. 5 Dec 1788, d. 15 Aug 1860

Citations

  1. [S22] Rootsweb, online unknown url.

Bethania Herriman1,2

F, #91870, b. 5 December 1788, d. 15 August 1860
  • Birth*: 5 December 1788; New York, U.S.A.; per GEDCOM of Krsiti (kateblossoms@hotmail.com) Feb 2 2016.2
  • Marriage*: 1809; per GEDCOM of Krsiti (kateblossoms@hotmail.com) Feb 2 2016.; Principal=Joseph Pettet2
  • Death*: 15 August 1860; Greenbush, Sheboygan Co., Wisconsin, U.S.A.; per GEDCOM of Krsiti (kateblossoms@hotmail.com) Feb 2 2016.2
  • Married Name: 1809; Pettet2

Family: Joseph Pettet b. 1786, d. 13 Jul 1847

Citations

  1. Per GEDCOM of Debbie (e-mail address) March 20 2017.
  2. [S22] Rootsweb, online unknown url.

Moses Harriman1

M, #91871, b. 1737, d. 1784
  • Birth*: 1737; per GEDCOM of Krsiti (kateblossoms@hotmail.com) Feb 2 2016.1
  • Marriage*: circa 1757; per GEDCOM of Krsiti (kateblossoms@hotmail.com) Feb 2 2016.; Principal=Jane Hale1
  • Death*: 1784; per GEDCOM of Krsiti (kateblossoms@hotmail.com) Feb 2 2016.1

Family: Jane Hale b. 1739, d. 1825

Citations

  1. [S22] Rootsweb, online unknown url.

Jane Hale1

F, #91872, b. 1739, d. 1825
  • Birth*: 1739; per GEDCOM of Krsiti (kateblossoms@hotmail.com) Feb 2 2016.1
  • Marriage*: circa 1757; per GEDCOM of Krsiti (kateblossoms@hotmail.com) Feb 2 2016.; Principal=Moses Harriman1
  • Death*: 1825; per GEDCOM of Krsiti (kateblossoms@hotmail.com) Feb 2 2016.1
  • Married Name: circa 1759; Harriman1

Family: Moses Harriman b. 1737, d. 1784

Citations

  1. [S22] Rootsweb, online unknown url.

James Edwin Guillet1

M, #91874, b. 14 January 1927, d. 23 September 2005
  • Birth*: 14 January 1927; Toronto, York Co., Ontario; per family tree of jamesscott175 on ancestry.com, Feb 5 2016.1
  • Death*: 23 September 2005; Toronto, York Co., Ontario; per family tree of jamesscott175 on ancestry.com, Feb 5 2016.1
  • Note*: circa 1960; Eastman Kodak, Kingsport, Tennessee, U.S.A.; "http://content.library.utoronto.ca/utarms/researchers/Fonds/guilletjamese
    James Edwin Guillet was born in Toronto on 14 January 1927, the son of Edwin Clarence Guillet, a prominent historian. He attended Huron Street School, the University of Toronto Schools, and then entered Victoria College at the University of Toronto in 1944. He excelled in his academic studies in Chemistry and Physics but also found time for many extra-curricular activities. His passion for photography drew him to the Camera Club where he won a competition judged by Yousuf Karsh; it also helped him find summer jobs with Eastman Kodak. While a student he was a member of the Canadian Officers Training Corps and the Royal Canadian Air Force and later, while at Cambridge, served with the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve as a pilot.
    Following graduation with honours in 1948, Guillet moved to Rochester, New York and later Kingsport, Tennessee, as a research chemist for Eastman Kodak where he worked on new types of graft and block polymers which led to the commercial development of new acrylic fibres. In 1953 he married Helen Bircher and the following year they left for St. John?s College, Cambridge, where he studied under R. G. W. Norrish, a future Nobel laureate. He obtained his doctorate in photochemistry in 1955, after which he returned to Kingsport where he worked first as a senior research chemist in the Eastman Laboratories. In 1963 he became research associate in charge of polyolefin research for Tennessee Eastman. Later that year he joined the Department of Chemistry at the University of Toronto with the status of associate professor. In 1969 he was appointed full professor and in 1991 professor emeritus. By the time of his death he had authored or co-authored over 300 papers, had registered more than 100 patents, and had written two books on polymers.
    John Polanyi, a member of Guillet?s hiring committee, noted that, although he had a string of patents to his name (30 American ones in 1963), ?his bent was to do academic science and to figure out why things happened rather than how useful they were. He warned all the time against letting the application of science dominate the university agenda.? <../../../> His main areas of research involved studying the ways polymers react to light. His specialty was polymer science, particularly as it relates to synthetic fibres, coatings, and plastics. At the University of Toronto he began work on the photochemistry of polymeric materials (plastics) and held basic patents on the processes for the synthesis of photo- and biodegradable plastics (which he assigned to the U of T), high density polyethylene, polyolefin waxes and coatings resins, and peroxides and other catalysts for olefin polymerization. In the 1970s and the 1980s his lab was regarded as the ?best in the world in photophysics and photochemistry and ?supervisors were fighting? to find places for their students ?to work with Jim Guillet?.?
    While he and the University could not interest any Canadian companies in his inventions in biodegradable plastics, there was a great deal of interest from other countries so Professor Guillet set up three high-technology companies that were based on inventions and technology originating at the University of Toronto. EcoPlastics Limited manufactured degradable plastics and polymer flocculants and also carried out contract research on tar sands recovery, light sensitive plastics, greenhouse films and related products. Medipro Sciences Limited was founded in 1976 to research medical applications of plastics materials and is noted for its development of ?artificial skin? for burn victims. Solarchem Corporation developed proprietary methods for making pharmaceuticals and specialty chemicals using sunlight as the primary energy source. Guillet served as president of each company at various times (EcoPlastics, 1976-1985; Solarchem, 1984-1985, and Medipro, 1985-1993). EcoPlastics and Medipro achieved modest commercial success (Medipro was purchased by Pharma Patch PLC in 1993) and Solarchem became a major manufacturer of equipment for the decontamination of water and air using high-intensity UV lamps.
    Throughout his years at the University of Toronto, Professor Guillet was very active in administrative work. From 1969 to 1976 he sat on the University of Toronto Patents Committee and in 1977 was appointed chair of the University?s Task Force on Patent Policy. From 1983 to 1984 Professor Guillet was Associate Dean for Research and Planning at Scarborough College and served on numerous committees relating to policies for invention and other intellectual property. Other University bodies he served on included the Innis College Council (1969-1970), the Faculty of Arts and Science Council (1971-1973), the Department of Chemistry?s undergraduate curriculum committee (1971-1975), as a fellow of New College (1975-1979), on the Faculty Club?s board of directors, on the review panel for physical sciences for the Connaught Committee (1977), as chair of the Wiegand Committee (1982-1983), and on the Decanal Promotion Committee (1983). In 1986 he chaired the Research Board?s Computer Software Taskforce and in 1987 the Ad Hoc Committee on the PhD/MBA Program.
    Professor Guillet was renowned for his ability to attract students and researchers to his laboratory and for forging links with chemists in other countries, more than 30 in all. He ?immersed himself in the lives and problems of his students and the scientists who came from around the world to work with him??[he] would spend hours and hours tutoring them [his students] if they were having a problem??He was just incredible?He knew what their log jam was and who they should speak to.?? During his career he supervised 28 Ph.D. theses, 26 masters degrees and 50 post-doctoral fellows and research associates. He was also active in giving lectures about science to primary and secondary students in Ontario schools.
    Professor Guillet had numerous visiting academic appointments. The principal institutions he was invited to were Vanderbilt University in Tennessee (twice), the CNRS Macromolecular Institute (Strasbourg, France), Acadia University, Kyoto University; the University of California at San Diego,
    IBM Research Laboratories (San Jose, California), the University of Mainz, St. Andrew?s University, St. John?s College, Cambridge, and the International School of Advanced Studies in Polymer Science (Ferrara, Italy).
    Professor Guillet held numerous offices in scientific societies and attended many conferences where he often delivered plenary lectures. He organized seven international meetings in chemistry, including the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC). At the Chemical Institute of Canada he chaired several committees. He served on the editorial advisory boards of five important international scientific journals and was an active reviewer of publications and research proposals in Canada and the United States. In 1987 he co-founded the Polymers and Composites Program of the Ontario Centre for Materials Research, a consortium of five university research groups. In 1988 he acted as an adviser to the Foundation for Research and Development in South Africa.
    Professor Guillet received numerous honours for his work, beginning in 1967 with a fellowship in the Chemical Institute of Canada. In 1977 he was awarded the Gold Medal and Canada?s patent number 1,000,000 for the invention of degradable plastic. In 1981 he was elected a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and received a Guggenheim Fellowship, which was followed by a Killam Fellowship in 1987. He received an honorary doctorate from Cambridge University in 1974 and the Chemical Institute of Canada awarded him its Montreal Medal in 1998. In 1999 the Society of Polymer Science of Japan presented him with its International Award.
    Professor Guillet died in Toronto on 23 September 2005, from complications following successful bypass surgery." from GEDCOM of Cheryl (Kemp) Taber, Feb 5 2016.2

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