Bankruptcy– Robert Greenshield’s General Store of Carleton Place



Unfortunately these headlines were a sign of the time in the past. There were cyclical downturns in the mid-1870s, the early 1890s. In the late 1800s people were very concerned about work and their jobs. Most people worked in factories or sweatshops which were very dangerous and unsanitary.  In addition, many people did not go to school because their families wanted them to work to earn more money.

Several parents were not concerned that their children did not get a proper education and that the children also ran the risk of losing a body part in the terrible and harmful sweatshops or factories. More than good education for the children and finding a good job to work in there was the differences between females and males; the women couldn’t vote or go to college. In addition, industries were changing life in America a lot; most people lived in slums and there were laws passed to make work fair for both bosses and workers. People changed occupations like underwear.

Canada’s first bankruptcy statute of was known as the Insolvent Act of 1869. This Act, despite the formal name, was a bankruptcy law that provided for a distribution of the debtor’s assets and a discharge. The Acts of 1869 and 1875 only applied to traders. The Canadian Bankruptcy Act of 1919 abandoned the trader rule and widened the scope of the legislation to cover all types of debtors.

Perth Courier, Oct. 15, 1880

The liabilities of Mr. Robert Greenshield’s General Store of Carleton Place, who recently failed, are stated at $5,300 with assets nominally at $1,976.  Mr. Greenshields was formerly a saw miller but thought he knew more about general store keeping, in which opinion he has been proved decidedly wrong.

The creditors some time ago offered him a settlement at 65 cents on the dollar which he did not feel able to meet.  He himself subsequently offered 57 and one half cents on the dollar, which his creditors refused.  He has now made an assignment to Mr. C. H. Fait of Montreal.

Ontario Census of Carleton Place 1881

1881 Lanark County, Carleton Place (Village)
Copyright (c)2005, Richie Allen, OntarioGenWeb’s Census Project (
transcript by viewing the census images at Library & Archives Canada
LAC # C-13233
LDS # 1375869
District: Lanark South
District No: 111
Sub-District: Carleton Place Village
Sub-District No: h


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Historical Note

Robert Greenshields‘ son Thomas married Margaret Weir, and then moved to Carleton Place, Lanark Co., Ontario.

Descendants of

Robert GREENSHIELDS and Elizabeth “Bessie” MUIR


About lindaseccaspina

Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda was a fashion designer, and then owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa on Rideau Street from 1976-1996. She also did clothing for various media and worked on “You Can’t do that on Television”. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off on American media she finally found her calling. She is a weekly columnist for the Sherbrooke Record and documents history every single day and has over 6500 blogs about Lanark County and Ottawa and an enormous weekly readership. Linda has published six books and is in her 4th year as a town councillor for Carleton Place. She believes in community and promoting business owners because she believes she can, so she does.

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