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

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Linda Knight Seccaspina was born in Cowansville, Quebec about the same time as the wheel was invented and the first time she realized she could tell a tale was when she got caught passing her smutty stories around in Grade 7 at CHS by Mrs. Blinn. When Derek "Wheels" Wheeler from Degrassi Jr. High died in 2010, Linda wrote her own obituary. Some people said she should think about a career in writing obituaries. Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa from 1976-1996. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off she finally found her calling. Is it sex drugs and rock n' roll you might ask? No, it is history. Seeing that her very first boyfriend in Grade 5 (who she won a Twist contest with in the 60s) is the head of the Brome Misissiquoi Historical Society and also specializes in local history back in Quebec, she finds that quite funny. She writes every single day and is also a columnist for Hometown News and Screamin's Mamas. She is a volunteer for the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum, an admin for the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page, and a local guest speaker. She has been now labelled an historian by the locals which in her mind is wrong. You see she will never be like the iconic local Lanark County historian Howard Morton Brown, nor like famed local writer Mary Cook. She proudly calls herself The National Enquirer Historical writer of Lanark County, and that she can live with. Linda has been called the most stubborn woman in Lanark County, and has requested her ashes to be distributed in any Casino parking lot as close to any Wheel of Fortune machine as you can get. But since she wrote her obituary, most people assume she's already dead. Linda has published six books, "Menopausal Woman From the Corn," "Cowansville High Misremembered," "Naked Yoga, Twinkies and Celebrities," "Cancer Calls Collect," "The Tilted Kilt-Vintage Whispers of Carleton Place," and "Flashbacks of Little Miss Flash Cadilac." All are available at Amazon in paperback and Kindle. Linda's books are for sale on Amazon or at Wisteria · 62 Bridge Street · Carleton Place, Ottawa, Canada, and at the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum · 267 Edmund Street · Carleton Place, Ottawa, Canada--Appleton Museum-Mississippi Textile Mill and Mill Street Books and Heritage House Museum and The Artists Loft in Smith Falls.

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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