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Name Urquhart, Donald P.
Othernames D. P. Urquhart
Born c. 1855
Birthplace Quebec
Places of residence Quebec
Owen Sound, Grey County
Father Donald Urquhart
Mother Isabella Sutherland
Nationality Canadian
Notes Donald P. Urquhart was born in Quebec in the 1850s.

On March 23, 1881, Donald married Miss Martha Jacobina Paterson of Owen Sound, Grey County. He was recorded as a "Book Keeper" at that time. His father-in-law was Robert Paterson (Patterson), who had a drygoods store in town. The Urquharts were recorded as Presbyterians.

In an 1887 directory, D. P. Urquhart & Co. was a Grocery & Provisions store that also sold boots and shoes and was located in the brick building at the "Superior Block", corner of Division Steet and Water Street (now known as the 10th St. and 2nd Ave East northwest corner).

D. P. Urquhart sold out his business to Manley & Scott in 1888.

There is a photographic image of the D. P. Urquhart store front (1988.007.032) in the Grey County Archives collection.

The 1932 Vernon's Directory of Owen Sound listed Martha J. Urquhart as a widow of Donald P. Urquhart, living then at 745 2nd Ave. West. Some other Urquharts are also listed in the city at that time.
Occupation Book Keeper / Merchant
D. P. Urquhart & Co. Grocery & Provisions store
Publications Croft, Melba, FOURTH ENTRANCE TO HURONIA, mentions the Urquharts
Union Publishing Company Farmer's Directory for Grey, 1887, p. A102 (advertisement for D. P. Urquhart & Co.)
Role Business person
Spouse Martha J. Paterson, m. March 23, 1881

Associated Records

Image of 1957.027.017 - Coin

1957.027.017 - Coin

This is a small British coin, called a farthing, that dates to 1912. One side depicts Britannia, sitting down, and has "FARTHING" at the top, and "1912" at the bottom. The other side has a leftwards-facing bust of the King.

Image of 1957.027.001ab - Epergne

1957.027.001ab - Epergne

Peach-pink & white glazed ceramic epergne (a decorative holder for cut flowers). No maker's identification is present. The epergne is pink-coloured, with applied moulded white-coloured flowers and gold-coloured trim. There is a roughly circular bowl area, with three supports to it. An arching triple-armed holder is present for holding the removable water cone. The removable ceramic cone has moulded vertical lines. It rests in a petal-shaped holder in the bowl. The underside of the epergne has a trefoil (three-lobed) shape to its base. Function: Victorian epergnes sometimes held cut flowers to help decorate a table surface. They were typically a centrepiece item on the dining table.

Image of 1957.027.006 - Watch, Pocket

1957.027.006 - Watch, Pocket

Man's key-wind pocket watch. This is a silver-cased pocket watch. The crystal area of the watch lifts open by means of a small lip at the bottom (hinged at top). The numbers are Roman numerals. The hands are made of copper and have a small arrow on the hour hand only. There is a circle, 1.5 cm in diameter, which is flat in the middle of the crystal. On the back, on a small coin-like cover that is also 1.5 cm in diameter, is a Star of David (Jewish symbol) and the engraving "1853 United States of America". This coin-like cover can be slid to access where one winds the watch. The top of the watch has a watch loop.

Image of 1957.027.010 - Ring, Finger

1957.027.010 - Ring, Finger

A child's gold ring with an erased coin pendant. The band is decorated on the exterior with a fine engraving (may be called a chasing?). The erased coin still has the faint remnant of Queen Victoria's portrait image. The interior of the band has a hallmark of some kind (to be determined).

Image of 1957.027.013 - Fob

1957.027.013 - Fob

This is a man's black onyx and gold (or goldtone) metal watch fob. It has a flat, oval-shaped, bevelled-edged black onyx piece inset into the bottom of the fob. The top side has a goldtone (brass), rayed, oval-shaped decorative area, inbetween a pivoting hanger that has a stippled-patterned area and a trefoil shape before its pendant ring, to which is attached a jump ring. No maker's mark is seen.

Image of 1957.027.015 - Coin

1957.027.015 - Coin

Large copper coin-like token (dated 1822). The token is coin-like, but its edge is not knurled. One side has a full-length human figure illustrated, with a sword pointed to the ground at the left. There is some wording of a legend still visible: "SONS....D UND" and "1822". The other side has a plough (plow) motif, above which is impressed "J. Falls". Some other wording is partially visible: "SPEP O ANADA R DENCE ET LA COEUR" [....and the Heart]

Image of 1957.027.016 - Coin

1957.027.016 - Coin

This is a small British coin, called a farthing, that dates to 1911. One side has an illustration of Britannia (depicted sitting down) and the word "FARTHING" at the top, and the date "1911" at the bottom. The other side has a leftwards-facing bust of the King.