Putting a Face to Levi Brian, Stonemason, of Carleton Place


In a brief story I posted about Maurice Burke the coppersmith of Carleton Place I added that Maurice’s sister died in a tragic house fire in Carleton Place along with Levi Brian’s wife Jane. Today, while looking for something else, I found this notation from the March 1, 1889 edition of the Perth Courier:

“The Moffatt Brothers have secured tender for the new bank at Carleton Place.  Associated with them for the masonry is Levi Brian.  The price is about $7,000.   Central Canadian

There was that name Levi Brian again. So after searching again I actually found some history about Levi Brian of Carleton Place.


Family pictured believed to be of Levi and Jennie (Jane) with their children. Photo from traveltales 

St. James Cemetery, Carleton Place


After his wife Jennie ( Jane) died in the fire he married once again to Annie Mary (Mary) Fanning of Carleton Place in Almonte on June 5, 1911. (Note: Mary is also related to the McNeelys)  Levi’s son Norman Clifford (Warner) worked for the Carleton Place CPR. After pouring through tons of Almonte Gazette’s I still not find out anything about the fire. But, it was nice to put a face and photo to another long lost resident of Carleton Place.

He also owned the Leland Hotel at one time and sold it in 1907.–

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Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  11 May 1907, Sat,  Page 20


L-R:  Brothers James Colin Bryan and Levi Brian. Photo from traveltales 


Levi BrianBirth:  ~1851    Place: Lanark County, Ontario

Death:  25 Aug 1919    [at age 69 yrs]   Place:

Burial:  Place:  St James Anglican Cemetery, Carleton Place, Ontario, Ramsey

Father: Hugh O’BRIEN (~1798-1880)

Mother: Laura Ann TOOLEY (1816-1870)

1st Spouse:   Jennie [Jane] MARSHAL3

Birth:           1 Jul 1856

Death:         7 Jul 1901

Marriage:    4 Dec 1871


Jane Florence (1879-)

Melville [Melvin] Cuthbert (1882-)

James Marshall (1884-)

Eva Blanche (1887-)

Norman Clifford [Warner] (1890-)

Hilton R. (1899-)

2nd Spouse:  Mary FANNING

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Darling resident, (“Huey’s Plains” ) Hugh O’Brien nearest known relative was Levi Brian in Carelton Place

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.

2 responses »

  1. I have sometimes wondered who was the stonemason who put their hand to the facades of , what used to be our 2 banks. Was it one of the 2 – Nova $cotia or Royal?

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