Needham Notations Pakenham Genealogy

Needham Notations Pakenham Genealogy


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Needham’s Market Garden Photo


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More Needham Genealogy CLICK here.

Thomas Boyle Family tree – and side branches —Family Group Record for David STORY and Jane NEEDHAM CLICK here

Family Group Record for David STORY and Jane NEEDHAM


The Pakenham Brush Fire of July 1939

The Pakenham Brush Fire of July 1939

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In June of 1939 there was a town fire in Pakenham and then in July of 1939 to make things worse there was a huge brush fire. Finally realizing the danger from a forest fire in the Pakenham Mountain district, volunteers turned out in large numbers. The fire had caused destruction to thousands of ‘dollars’ worth of lumber over a four-mile front. It  became almost impossible to get men to fight the flames without pay.

With a large party of men and equipment to fight the blaze, T. J. Needham, of Pakenham started for the scene of the fire. Their chief efforts were made in the vicinity of a sawmill, owned by H. L. Barr. and which was about one and a half miles south of the village. Mr. Needham said that up to the present it had been impossible to make the villagers realize the menace the blaze presented to their homes.

Arthur Seward, a homesteader, and his bride of five months, who lived in the path of the fire, had to move from their home. The Sewards immediately packed ready for instant evacuation of their property if the flames should threaten their home.




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A. J. McWatty– whose farm was a mile from Pakenham village, was forced to send for aid when the flames swept perilously close to his outbuildings and only the efforts of a small army of volunteers saved the property.

Three separate outbreaks in the high mountains of the district have been reported. A girl spectator from the Almonte area had her dress burned off when a spark from the area lit on her back, it was reported. She was not seriously hurt, however, and bystanders beat out the flames with their hands. A motorist who left his touring car standing near the scene of the fire returned to find its canvas top burned completely off.




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The Pakenham Fire of June 1939 –Names Names Names

Mayne Store–Memories of the Pakenham Fire 1940

  1. The Pakenham Fire of 1940

  2. July 8, 1940 Fire at the Mayne Store Pakenham

  3. Dickson Hall Fire Pakenham-H. H. Dickson

  4. Fire at Pakenham Woollen Factory with Town Directory

The Lavant Station Fire 1939

James Jimmy Regan and Others

James Jimmy Regan and Others






December 21 1937


The Indian Hill Cemetery near Pakenham, Ontario. This cemetery is part of St. Peter Celestine church.– Photos click here

This area is Peter Robinson country (many of the settlers came in 1823). It’s also
LUNNEY country. Father Lunney (one of seven brothers) is the Priest at South Gloucester

Some of the surnames, and year of death, in the Indian Hill Cemetery are:
ABBOTT, Walter                                          1895
BRENNAN, Michael (husband of Eliza MALTIN)              1866
BOLTON, Mary Anne
    (infant dau of Benjamin BOLTON & Bridget RYAN)     1885
BODDY, Margaret (dau of William BODDY & Johanna BUTLER) 1889
BODDY, Mrs. William (Hanna BUTLER)                      1903
BODDY, Hannah Mary (dau of William BODDY)               1913
CARNEY,       (dau of Peter CARNEY & Sarah MCGUIRE)     1880
CONLEY, James (age 70)                                  1889
CLOSE, James (age 62)                                   1898
CALLAGHAN, Catherine (Mrs. Dan J. MARTIN)               1933
CRONIN, Ellen (Mrs. Jerry SULLIVAN)                     1897
CLAROUX, William                                        1901
DORAN, Mary Anne                                        1887
DOLAN, Elizabeth (Mrs. Bernard Donaher)                 1920
DONAHER, Bernard                                        1897
DRISCOLL, Hannah (Mrs. John DILLON)                     1878
FAULKNER, James                                         1877
FAULKNER, Mrs. James                                    1895
FOLEY, Julie Anne*(dau of John FOLEY & J. O’BRIEN)      1880
FOLEY, George Richard* (son of John FOLEY & J. O’BRIEN) 1881
FOLEY, Michael Eugene* (son of John FOLEY & J. O’BRIEN) 1881
FLYNN, John (age 38)                                    1877
FINLEY, Anastasia (Mrs. James FERGUSON)                  1887
FARRELL, Sarah (Mrs. Joseph H. GENDREAU)                1894
FITZGERALD, James (age 79)                              1915
FERGUSON, Mary (Mrs. Palmer TRAVERS)                    1915
FARRELL, Mary (Mrs. Michael J. TIMS)                    1923
FARRY, Alice (Mrs. James LEVI)                          1873
GORMAN, Mary (Mrs. John FLEMING)                        1874
GARVEY, Patrick (son of John GARVY & Mary O’MALLEY)     1877
GALVIN, James                                           1914
GALVIN, John Matthew (husband of Rita HOUGH)            1915
HORAN, Mary (Mrs. John CLOSE)                           1894
JEFFREY, Wilfred                                        1929
KELLY, Anne (Mrs. Denis GALLIGHAN)                      1866
KARNEY, John                                            1866
KEAGAN, Ellen (dau of Bernard KEEGAN & Mary MORRIS)     1881
KEAGAN, Bernard (age 73)                                1883
KEARNS, Peter (husband of Ellen PRICE)                  1920
KELLY, Michael (age 3 years )                           1866
LUNNEY, Patrick (age 60)                           1880
LEE, Alice (Mrs. John SHEEDY)                           1939
LYONS, Catherine (Mrs. Charles PRICE)                   1906
LEVY, James                                             1877
MARTIN, Frances (Mrs. James FITZGERALD)                 1914
MULVANEY, Margaret                                      1865
MERRIMAN, Michael                                       1888
MURPHY, John Edward (age 65)*                           1894
MURPHY, Catherine*                                      1913
MALEY, Patrick                                          1895
MALEY, James                                            1904
MARTIN, Daniel (age 65)                                 1912
MURRAY, Bridget                                         1918
MCCOY, Neil (age 93)                                    1901
MCHALE, Patrick (age 84)                                1915
MCARAN, Patrick                                         1873
MCDONOUGH, Bridget (Mrs. James FERGUSON)                1921
NORTON, Michael                                         1865
O’MALLEY, John (age 82)                                 1892
POWER, Margaret                                         1883
PRICE, Charles (age 84)                                 1902
QUIGLEY, Bridget (Mrs. Jeremiah FOLEY)                  1895
REGAN, Patrick (son of Patrick REGAN
    & Frances DUFFALAY)                                1866
REGAN, Mrs. Patrick (Frances DUFFALAY)                  1905
ROACH, Mary Anne                                        1894
RYAN, Mary (Mrs. Egbert FREUDENBURG)                    1894
ROBINSON, Jane Elizabeth (Mrs. John STAFFORD)           1914
SHEAHEN, James (age 57)*                                1896
SHEEDY, Elizabeth Anne                                  1919
SHERLOCK, Michael                                       1924
SHERLOCK, John                                          1924
SHAERON, Matthew (Shearon)                              1918
SHEARON, John                                           1935
TEEVENS, Mary (Mrs. John SHERLOCK)                      1913
WHALEN, Catherine (age 76)                              1891
WALTON, Margaret (Mrs. Bernard CAMERON)                 1896
WALSH, Bridget (Mrs. John O’MALLEY)



The Lonely Grave of Barney Shiels of Cedar Hill

What You Didn’t Know about Harvey’s Mills — Pakenham

Spring 1909 Pakenham — James Lunny William David Story

Foley Almonte — Genealogy

Foley Almonte — Genealogy





About twenty businesses were in operation at and near the bustling village of Clayton in 1871, including a grist mill, a cooperage plant, Coulter’s and Gemmill’s hotels, McNeil’s tannery, the sawmills of Timothy Foley, Daniel Drummond, and William Smith ; James McClary’s planning mill, Timothy Blair’s carding mill and J. & A. Hunter’s woollen cloth factory.




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where you can buy all Linda Seccaspina’s books-You can also read Linda in The Townships Sun and theSherbrooke Record and and Screamin’ Mamas (USACome and visit the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page– what’s there? Cool old photos–and lots of things interesting to read. Also check out The Tales of Carleton Place. Tales of Almonte and Arnprior Then and Now.



The Sad Tale of the Foley Family–Foley, Harper, Sly, Bowes & Elliott

Foley House

 If You Don’t Have a Perfect Tablecloth Your Husband’s Eye will Wander

 If You Don’t Have a Perfect Tablecloth Your Husband’s Eye will Wander


The origin of the honeymoon, however, was when early men used to carry their brides to far off, secret places where she couldn’t be found staying there for almost a month.

The word “honeymoon” conjures up images of a romantic getaway a deux, created for lovebirds who have just tied the knot and are ready to enjoy some time one-on-one. But that wasn’t always the case. Though it was first coined back in the 16th century, honeymoon took on (a version of) its current meaning in the early 1800s, when Brits used it to refer to a post-wedding tour in which newlyweds (and their families) visited relatives throughout the country who had not been able to attended the nuptials.

During mid-Victorian times the prominent colors of the dress were practically brown or black. The bride was advised not to wear anything noticeably new to make people figure out that they were newly married. If the bride married in the traveling dress, she wore a bonnet on her head instead of a veil. The couple was accompanied by family and friends till 1860s, but after that, they used to travel alone.

Fortunately, by the time the 1950s rolled around, honeymoons only had room for two. But they were still quite different from what they are today. While the most popular destinations for honeymooners these days include HawaiiMexico, and the Bahamas, back then honeymooners from the U.S. and U.K. had their sights set elsewhere. Four of the most popular honeymoon destinations of the ’50s just may surprise you — so take a look

Even in the Swinging Sixties, many couples made it all the way to their wedding night without ever glimpsing each other’s underwear, let alone what lay beneath. Sex wasn’t expected to be pleasurable for women — and was always a source of potential embarrassment.

‘Often a husband can make that first night easier for a wife if he finds an errand to perform while his bride is preparing to retire,’ wrote psychologist and marriage counsellor Dr Clifford R. Adams in Modern Bride magazine in 1952.

‘He may even suggest that he will be gone for 15 or 20 minutes, which will give her a chance to be in bed when he returns.’ But new wives shouldn’t expect too much, Dr Adams warned.

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The Illustrated Encyclopedia Of Sex, which includes somewhat bizarre diagrams comparing a woman’s reproductive organs to that of a chicken, was relatively outspoken on the subject of bedroom antics.

Want to keep your husband content after the honeymoon? Forget daring lingerie or sparkling conversation. Marriage experts from the 50s agreed universally that no marriage could possibly survive a man having an empty stomach.

And woe the wife who put an afternoon’s jollity before the evening meal. ‘A social service meeting, an afternoon tea, a matinee, a whatnot, is no excuse for there being no dinner ready when a husband comes home from a hard day’s work,’ advised the Rev A. H. Tyrer in his influential 1951 manual Sex Satisfaction And Happy Marriage.








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    TWO HEARTS MADE ONE at Balderson Corners — Annie Findlay and “Short Jack” Mclntyre

  4. The Wedding of Rosanna Ouellette

  5. The Engagement of Rosanna Ouelette

    The Wedding of Stanley Alexander Jackson and Margaret Elizabeth Forbes

    The Thomas Alfred Code Journal – Letters-Part 15- Code Family– Love and Runaway Marriages

  6. If You Can’t Wear a Princess Dress on Monday — Then When Can You?

  7. An “Absolutely Fabulous” White Wedding Day — May 19th!

  8. Linda’s Countdown to the Royal Wedding–May 18 –Day 7—“Let Them Eat Cake” said Queen Victoria

  9. Odd Ironic Wedding Stories –Or it was Almost Lonely Valley

    Marriage Records Lanark County, Ontario, Canada– Names Names Names

    Till Death Do Us Part in Lanark County?

    Taming of the Beckwith Shrew?

    A Smith’s Falls “Frustrated Young Love’s Dream” Purdy vs Lenahan

    Going to the Chapel? Hold on– Not so Fast!

    Another Episode in Spinsterdom–The Armour Sisters of Perth

    She Came Back! A Ghost Divorce Story

    Slander You Say in Hopetown? Divorce in Rosetta?

    Go Ask Alice – The Saga of a Personal Ad Divorce

  10. The White Wedding Burial- Local Folklore

The Almonte Wreck by Marion O’Shea age 9

The Almonte Wreck by Marion O’Shea age 9


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    Dear Uncle Ray — Marian and Ettie Morrow — Bessie and Robert Sproule –Shirley Thomas Lavant Station 1942

    Patsy Williams from Carleton Place and Uncle Ray’s Mail Bag

  5. Miraculous Escapes– Almonte Train Wreck

  6. Cpl. James H. Clifford and Miss Marion  McMillan-Survivors of the Almonte Train Wreck

  7. Linda’s Dreadful Dark Tales – When Irish Eyes Aren’t Smiling — Our Haunted Heritage

    Survivor still affected by 1942 Almonte train wreck

    55 years ago–One of the Most Tragic Accidents in the History of Almonte

    Did You Know About These Local Train Wrecks?

Dont’ bring Home a Baptist Preacher!

Dont’ bring Home a Baptist Preacher!


Back in the 1840s in Ontario,  any Protestant sects other than that of the Church of England had a pretty hard time. Their ministers could not legally marry people, and they were under many other handicaps. Less known sects, like the Baptists and Congregationalists were looked upon with suspicion by members of the Established Church.

In 1843 there lived across the St. Lawrence a Baptist minister named Elder Fay, and he thought it was duty to cross the river to Canada and preach the gospel to the pioneers. On his journey he asked a  blacksmith who could put him up. The blacksmith knew a local farmer, who had a reputation for entertaining strangers, so he advised Elder to see the farmer.

Just then the farmer passed the shop in his sleigh and when he heard  about the situation he put the preacher up no questions asked. The  farmer and his wife were members of the Established  Church and after he had taken the Baptist preacher home his wife took him  outside and said:

“Oh George, why did you bring such a person to our house?”

The farmer replied that he could hardly have done otherwise than he did without being inhospitable. He admitted that the neighbours might wonder at his bringing a Baptist into the neighbourhood. But, they would have to make the best of what was called a bad job.

When Elder Fay expressed desire to preach in the local school house, the farmer had worries, as he was afraid he would have to introduce the preacher and did not wish to do so. But the elder soon settled that difficulty quickly. When the farmer  asked about this matter of an “Introduction” the elder said:

“My good and tiny Bible will introduce me.”

A meeting was held in due time and paid off without the preacher  saying anything to which the farmer could take exception and the elder made many converts in the area.

My how things have changed.






In the late 1700s and early 1800s, the Methodists used “circuit rider” preachers to minister to rural flocks.


Why Baptists Were Few.

The fewness of the Baptists as compared with
other denominations. The reason for this may be
found largely in the fact that the population of Upper
Canada and of the Eastern Townships of Lower Can
ada contained a large proportion of United Empire
Loyalists. Baptists were numerous in the United
States at that time, but a large proportion of them
I were favorably disposed to the independence move
ment, and hence very few of them were found amongst
those who came to Canada at the close of the American
War of Independence.


Rev. Duncan McPhail was a Highland Scotch-
man. He came to Canada as a school teacher, but was
called to preach to the Baptist Church at Chatham
(Dalesville). He received no salary but gained a meagre living for himself and family from a rocky
farm. After his death his church work was taken up
by his son.

Rev. Daniel McPhail. Young Daniel was only
about 20 years of age when he took up the work of his
father both on the farm and in the church. He was
sent to Madison Seminary, in Hamilton, N.Y., by a
Presbyterian merchant. After graduation, he was
pastor at Osgoode for 26 years, but spent much of his
time in evangelizing amongst all the churches of the
east. He was commonly spoken of as ” The Elijah
of the Ottawa Valley.” He was possessed of a great
passion for soul-winning, and probably organized more
Baptist churches and saw more of his converts enter
the Christian ministry than any other one man in



This is one reason why you have issues finding marriages in the early 1800s

In Upper Canada, however, the utility of such a demographic approach is limited. As Ward observes, “the available parish records are too few, too fragmentary, and too imperfect to support sustained analysis of this sort.”82 The colony did not mandate reporting of marriages until 1831, and even then, only dissenting Protestant ministers and magistrates were required to submit an annual list of marriages conducted to the District Clerk of the Peace. Anglican and Catholic clergy were exempt.

Before 1831, registration of marriages was voluntary and subject to a fee. Changes to
licensing requirements in 1848 produced a more complete set of records, but these again
must be interpreted with caution.84 In any case, demographic records from Upper Canada provide little substantial information about how and why marriages were conducted, much less the discourses which informed them. This study concentrates instead on other kinds of qualitative evidence gained from published travel writing and emigrant literature, as well as private writings, including diaries and letters.


Robin Christine Grazley




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Notes About The First Baptist Church in Perth

Smith’s Falls and District Baptist Church

The Beckwith Baptist Church