Walter John Barrett

from 1865 to 1868–25 March 1949 (Age 84)
Ontario, Canada

The Life of Walter John

When Walter John Barrett was born from 1865 to 1868, in Ontario, Canada, his father, John Alexander Barrett, was 28 and his mother, Hannah McCrae, was 28. He married Catherine Margaret Carey on 26 November 1888, in Williamstown, Charlottenburg, Glengarry, Ontario, Canada. He lived in Glengarry, Ontario, Canada in 1911 and Detroit, Wayne, Michigan, United States in 1930. He died on 25 March 1949, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, at the age of 84, and was buried in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

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Walter John Barrett
Catherine Margaret Carey
Marriage: 26 November 1888

Spouse and Children


    Catherine Margaret Carey


26 November 1888
Williamstown, Charlottenburg, Glengarry, Ontario, Canada

Parents and Siblings

    John Alexander Barrett


    Hannah McCrae




World Events (8)


Age 0

Abraham Lincoln is assassinated by John Wilkes Booth.
1868 · The Railroad Refrigerator Car

Age 3

During the mid-19th century, attempts were made to ship perishable products by rail. The Western Railroad of Massachusetts was the first to experiment with the concept, but it was only functional in cold weather. In 1868, William Davis, of Detroit, patented a refrigerator car that used a frozen mixture of ice and salt to keep everything cold for shipment. It could be used in all weather and in all seasons. He sold the design to George H. Hammond, a Detroit meat packer, who built a set of cars to transport his products to Boston using ice from the Great Lakes for cooling.
1889 · The first Skyscraper in Detroit

Age 24

The Hammond Building was a high-rise building completed in 1889 and was 151 feet tall. It's considered the first skyscraper in the city and was the tallest in Michigan after it was built. The Hammond Building was demolished in 1956 to make way for the National Bank of Detroit Building.

Name Meaning

English: of much discussed but uncertain origin.1. It may be from a medieval personal name, but if so the form is unclear. 2. Alternatively, it may be a nickname for a quarrelsome or deceitful person, from Middle English bar(r)et(t)e, bar(r)at ‘trouble’, ‘strife’, ‘deception’, ‘cheating’ (Old French barat ‘commerce’, ‘dealings’, a derivative of barater ‘to haggle’). It is possible that the original sense of barat survived unrecorded into Middle English as a word for a market trader; the Italian cognate Baratta has this sense. It could also be a nickname or metonymic occupational name from Old French barette ‘cap’, ‘bonnet’.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • Walter J Barrett, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Walter Barrett in entry for Harold Barrett, "Ontario Births, 1869-1912"
  • Walter John Barrett, "Ontario Marriages, 1869-1927"

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