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The Gooderham & Worts families emigrated from the Scole / Bungay area of England in the early 1830s, arriving in York, (now Toronto, Canada). First came James Worts, accompanied by his 13 year-old son, James Gooderham Worts. They built the windmill near the mouth of the Don River. They were followed in 1832 by William and Ezekiel Gooderham, their sister, Elizabeth (James Worts' wife) and 54 extended family members. Over the following 75 years, these families created the largest distillery in the world, as well as contributing to milling, banking, railways, shipping, farming and other essential components of the growing industrial country. They were active in the church and in various communities, as well as in health care and even in our political institutions. In 2013, descendants of the Gooderham and Worts families created an online website that includes a family tree with photos, documents and stories.


1802 William Gooderham’s Early Years in England

“William Gooderham’s mother died while he was quite young, but his father lived until he had attained to the years of manhood. The occupation of the Gooderhams was farming, and grandfather, father and son lived successively upon the old homestead for ninety-three years.

The family farm in Scole, England

At the age of twelve years William was sent up to London to enter the mercantile house of his uncle, Mr. Rodwell, who was engaged in the East India trade. Shortly after joining this house, however, his uncle gave up the business, and William was thrown upon his own resources.


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