John Samuel Agar 
Location served:
Chatham, Dover Centre  
Years in Practice:
1890 to 1937
Area of Specialization:
Family Medicine  


Dr. John Samuel Agar was born on September 16th, 1864 in Port Hope, Ontario. His parents, Thomas Agar and the former Abigail Weary, were immigrants from England and were considered farming pioneers in Canada.  Initially the family settled on the Caledonia Road in Chatham Township. Dr. Agar was the 9th of 10 children.  His siblings included, Sarah Ann, William, Thomas Sanderson, Catherine Jane, Charles Benjamin, Mary Louisa, Jabez, Emmiline and Lois Blanche.

Mr. and Mrs. Agar, felt so strongly about their children’s education, that they moved to Toronto in 1883, so that the children could benefit from a university education. Their daughter Mary Louisa Agar and their son John Samuel Agar graduated from The University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine in 1890. According to the 1928 Ontario Medical Register, John Samuel graduated M.B. and Mary Louisa graduated M.D.C.M.  Both doctors joined the College of Physicians and Surgeons on the 22 of May, 1890.  They appeared in the 1891 census as living in Dover Twp.  In October of 1904, they purchased the practice of Dr. William Henry Tye in Dover Centre, Ontario.

Dr. John Agar married Ella Violet Blackburn on the 19th of November, 1891 in Chatham Township. She was born in 1864, the daughter of Abraham and Mary Hannah Blackburn.  Ella Agar died in 1903.

According to the 1921 census, Dr. Agar lived at 245 Kings Street West in Chatham with his sister Dr. Mary Louise Agar and his sister Lois Blanche Agar, whose occupation was listed as a nurse.  Dr. and Dr. Agar now practiced medicine in Chatham.

On the 20th of June 1925, Dr. Agar married Berta Elma Kennedy in Windsor, Ontario. She was born in Burlington, Ontario on the 4th of August, 1878, the daughter of John Kennedy and the former Eliza Byron.  Mrs. Agar was a nurse.

Dr. Agar’s sister, Dr. Mary Louisa Agar died on the 6th of March, 1931.  Dr. Agar’s wife Berta, died on the 9th of October, 1931 just 6 years after she married Dr. Agar.  At the time of her death, Dr. and Mrs. Agar resided at 245 King Street West in Chatham.  Mrs. Berta Agar was buried at Maple Leaf Cemetery in Chatham.

Dr. Agar retired in 1937.  He died on the 14th August  of 1940 and he was buried at the Maple Leaf Cemetery in Chatham. There is a memorial tombstone at the Arnold Cemetery in Louisville, Ontario in his honor.  (Other members of the Agar family, including his sister Dr. Mary Louisa Agar, are buried at the Arnold Cemetery.)  At the time of his death he was married to Louise Darville and they resided at 200 Grand Ave., West in Chatham.  Louise Darville was born in Glencoe, Ontario on the 1st of March, 1882, the daughter of William Albert Darville and the former Mary Ann Pope.  Mrs. Louise Agar died in 1965 and she was buried near her parents at Mount Pleasant Cemetery in London, Ontario.

*Dr. Mary Louisa Agar and Dr. William Henry Tye are also featured on the Chatham-Kent Physician Tribute website.