The Doctor is In! George Griffith of Carleton Place


Perth Courier, May 5, 1882


Carleton Place—Prisoners for Kingston

Last Friday four prisoners were at the Carleton Place Junction under the charge of Sheriff Sweetland of Ottawa and Constable Gordon and Bailiff McGuire who were taking the quartet to the Kingston Penitentiary.  Their names and crimes are:  Griffith, for bigamy; James, incendiaries; Green and Fitzsimmons, thievery.  The latter were laced together at the wrists and ankles and the former ditto.


George Griffith is a doctor and an intelligent man and made a fair speech to the jury.  He had lived for many years with his wife by whom he had several children, one daughter 18 years of age.  In his defense he stated he knew not what he was about when getting married and held that on that account his marriage was illegal and that he was justified in marrying  Miss Goodall.

The fact of his living so many years with his first wife and of lately seeking a divorce in New York was ample evidence of his conviction and the genuiness of the marriage.  The judge was quite severe on the doctor for so clearly bringing ruin into a responsible family and sentenced him to three years.  His first wife was present at the trial.


You can read the Perth Courier at Archives Lanark

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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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