|Died||1862 (aged 72–73)|
Joseph Bloor (or Bloore) (1789–1862) was an innkeeper, brewer, and land speculator in the 19th century who founded the Village of Yorkville and is the namesake for Toronto's Bloor Street. Originally from Staffordshire, England, he emigrated to Canada in 1819 and eventually moved to the village of York, Upper Canada (later Toronto) with his wife Sarah (née Lees) and three children, where he became a prominent early figure.
He sold the brewery in 1843 (John Rose operated it as Castle Frank Brewery until 1864 and the building was demolished by 1875), and purchased a stretch of land in nearby Yorkville, where he and William Botsford Jarvis laid out streets for residential development.
The boundary of Yorkville and Toronto was named Bloor Street in his honour circa 1854. Bloor died at his home at 121 Bloor Street East, now demolished near Bloor and Church Street.
He is buried at Necropolis Cemetery on Winchester Street in Cabbagetown.
While his tombstone, and those of his descendants, spell the family name "Bloore", this was a posthumous development. Period references such as city directories, tax assessment rolls and biographical publications all spell his name without an "e".
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