Dr. Gilbert Tweedie was born in Dumffrieshire, Scotland on the 12th of January 1828. His parents were George Tweedie and the former Janet Graham. He was the eldest of 5 children. His siblings were; George, Jean, James and Janet.
Dr. Tweedie emigrated to Canada in 1849. It is unknown where he received his religious education, but he was ordained as a United Presbyterian Minister in 1853. He was the minister of a church in Manilla, Ontario (Victoria County). He resigned in 1855 to branch out to the New Canada Presbyterian Church in Lindsay, Ontario.
He married Minerva Ann Martin in 1856. She was born on the 29th of October, 1834 in Thorne Corners, Ontario. Her parents Sanford Martin and the former Fatama Ellsworth, were farmers. Her siblings were; Hiram, Caleb, Philip, Sarah, Warner, Albert, Eliza and George.
Dr. and Mrs. Tweedie had 10 children; Fatama Janet Tweedie, Margaret Ann Tweedie, George Sanford Tweedie, Gilbert H, Minerva A., Sanford M. Tweedie, Charles Ellsworth Tweedie, Janet Graham Tweedie, Maitland Harold Tweedie (born and died in 1874 of meningitis) and Herbert William Tweedie (born and died in 1880 of cholera. Baby Herbert was buried at the Dresden Cemetery).
Dr. Tweedie graduated M.D. from Victoria College in 1860. Dr. Tweedie and his family were listed on the 1861 census in Toronto. He obtained a provincial licence to practice in 1862. According to the 1882 Ontario Medical Register, Dr. Tweedie joined the College of Physicians and Surgeons on the 15th of June, 1866.
Dr. and Mrs. Tweedie lived in the small communities of Oakland (Victoria County) and Manilla from the mid 1860’s until the mid 1870’s when they likely moved to Dresden.
In 1878 Dr. and Mrs. Tweedie were living on Brown Street in Dresden and Dr. Tweedie had his medical office on Main Street. Dr. Tweedie is listed in the 1885 Ontario Business Directory and a 1891 Dresden City Directory.
By 1893, Dr. and Mrs. Tweedie were living in Toronto. Dr. Tweedie was the Superintendent at the Riverdale Hospital in Toronto. The 1911 census records that Dr. and Mrs. Tweedie were living at 53 Langley Ave., in Toronto.
Dr. Tweedie died on the 23rd of August, 1916 at his residence on Langley Avenue in Toronto. According to the 1921 census, Mrs. Tweedie was living with her son Charles and her daughter Minerva. Mrs. Tweedie died on the 14th of December, 1928 in Toronto. Dr. and Mrs. Tweedie are buried at the Dresden Cemetery.
*Dr. Tweedie’s son George also became a physician and he practiced medicine in Michigan. George’s son, Dr. Sanford Martin Tweedie (1931-1991) served with the United States Army during WWI.
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