Capt John Longworth (d. 1883)
Death of a Remarkable Man
The Huron County News publishes the following sketch of the life of Capt. John Longworth, who died on the 16th day of January, 1883 at the house of Mrs. Winsor, Sr., in Port Austin, Mich.
The deceased was born on the 7th day of April, 1790, in the county of West Meath, Ireland. He entered the British service when quite a young man, and served under the Duke of Wellington in the Peninsula war, and holds from the government of Great Britain medals, with numerous clasps, each clasp having thereon the name of one of the great battles of that war in which he fought.
After the final surrender of Bonaparte the great, he returned to Ireland, where he remained in the military service as a civil engineer, until the spring of the year 1830, when he left the service and emigrated to Canada, reaching Quebec in May, 1830, entered the service of the Canada Company as a civil engineer, and soon after moved to Goderich, Ontario. He built the first harbor at that place,--in fact the first ever built on Lake Huron,--and had charge of many other public works for that company.
He continued to reside at Goderich for nearly fifty-three years, and until October 20th last, when his grandson, Richard Winsor, brought him to Port Austin on account of his failing health, that in his last days he might have that loving care and attention which he needed from his many children, grand-children and great-grand-children here. Two of his great-grand-children,--Richard, Jr. and Amos Winsor,--are almost men, and were able to lift their great-grand-father from one bed to another during his last illness.
Mr. Longworth is the father of Mrs. Winsor, Sr., Miss Jane Longworth, and Mrs. Neill, of Port Austin, and Mrs. Lizars, wife of Judge Lizars, of Stratford, Ont., and Mrs. Robson, of Vancouver’s isle. Miss Longworth, with a self-sacrificing devotion seldom equaled, has been ever present with her father in his declining years administering to his every want to his dying hour.
His grand and great-grand children here are numerous, and Mrs. Jas Jenks and Mrs. R.W. Irwin, of Sand Beach, and Mrs. Wm. McKenzie, of Port Huron, are grand-children. To his grand-son, Richard Winsor, of Port Austin, who lived with him for several years when a boy, he always clung with a father’s love.
He leaves a widow 73 years old, the mother of Mrs. Neill and Mrs. Robson, who mourn with sorrow that none but she can know.
[Port Huron Daily Times, Jan. 25, 1883]