Dr. William John Roe was born in Ontario on the 3rd of January, 1842. His parents were William Walker Roe and the former Ellen Doherty. His father was an auctioneer. Mrs. Roe died when Dr. Roe was a child. Mr. Roe married Diana Culver and they had two children; Emma and Charles.
According to the 1872 Ontario Medical Register, Dr. Roe obtained a licence in midwifery at the Coombe’s Lying-In Hospital in Dublin, Ireland in 1864. He joined the College of Physicians and Surgeons in Canada on the 14th of June, 1869.
Dr. Roe married Margaret ‘Maggie’ Adelaide Campbell on the 6th of March, 1866 in Chatham. Mrs. Roe was born on the 15th of July, 1842. While living in Bothwell, Dr. and Mrs. Roe became the parents of two children; George (born November 24th, 1866) and Eleanor “Nellie” (born abt 1868).
According to the 1871 census Dr. and Mrs. Roe were living in Chatham with their children. Nellie died of diptheria on the 16th of November, 1874. She was buried at Maple Leaf Cemetery in Chatham. According to the 1874-1875 Kent County Business Directory Dr. Roe’s practice was located on William Street. In the 1877 publication of the Chatham Directory, he was listed as practicing at 119 Queen Street.
By 1880, Dr. and Mrs. Roe were living in Georgetown, Ontario and Dr. Roe, had his practice on Main Street. Dr. and Mrs. Roe’s son George died in Georgetown on the 3rd of March, 1880 of peritonitis. Dr. Roe was still practicing in 1901 according to the census of that year.
Mrs. Roe died on the 3rd of March, 1907 in Georgetown. Dr. Roe died on the 1st of November, 1912 in Georgetown.