No More Credit at Bellamy’s Mills and Other Notes



Photo from

H . H . B E L L A M Y , May 25,1861-Almonte Gazette

CLAYTON HOUSE–Subscriber has opened a Public House in Clayton where by strict attention to business,he hopes to merit a share of Public patronage. H . H . B E L L A M Y , may 25,1861. P r o p r i e t or




January 29th 1862-Almonte Gazette


The CREDIT SYSTEM ABOLISHED!  Notice is hereby given that from and after this date, the subscriber will conduct his Business on a new principle. The increasing facilities for carrying on a profitable business and the large demand for money, renders it highly important to make the quickest return possible; and as the old motto is:

“4 nimble Sixpence before a slow Shilling!”

He will, in future, do business on the Ready, Pay System only. $ 3 as an immense reduction will be made in his prices to suit the new arrangement and all descriptions of produce taken in exchange. He also calls upon all parties indebted to him to make immediate payment and all accounts past due since 1st January, 1861,-unless PAID in TEN DAYS, will be left with the Clerk of the Court for collection. – John Schwaner? Carleton Place. Jan. 29 1862.


Photo from


Almonte Gazette-February 14, 1862

The Subscriber offers FOR SALE that valuable MILL PROPERTY, with about eighty acres of LAND, of good quality, situated at the ” V i l l a g e o f  C l a y t o n” and known as “Bellamy’s Mills”.

There are now in operation on the Property a grist Mill, a good new Saw Mill and water power sufficient to make several further improvements. This property is most favourably situated, being in the heart of a fine -wheat growing country, and convenient to any quantity of pine, and only about ten miles from the Almonte Station of the B. & O. Railway. The proprietor being anxious to make an immediate sale, intending purchasers would do well to examine the property without delay. T E R M S :—About £450 (845.49 Canadian Dollars today) required to be paid down; the balance to remain secured by mortgage for a term of years, and terms may be agreed upon. Hiram Bellamy: Clayton, February 14, 1862


Read the Almonte Gazette here



Sept. 15, 1899

Mr. Hiram H. Bellamy, for a generation or more a well-known and esteemed
citizen of Almonte who removed with his family to Toronto six or seven years
ago, was ill from paralysis for a long time, and succumbed last Monday at
the home of his daughter, Mrs. Alex. Armstrong, at *Clifton, Ont. He was 73
years of age. Our older citizens will remember the deceased as one of the
most genial of men with many excellent qualities, and will hear of his death
with sincere sorrow. The remains were interred in the cemetery at Clinton.
Mrs. Bellamy survives with five children. Mrs. John Sturgeon, of this town,
is a daughter of the deceased by his first wife. –Almonte Gazette


The information below is from the Clayton Ontario site

“Early Stories of Hamlets in Township of Ramsay”
by Howard Morton Brown – Carleton Place Canadian, 29 June, 1961

Edward Bellamy added a distillery and a carding mill.  Around his mills a village grew to have a population of 250 persons.  It continued to be called Bellamy’s Mills until in the 1850s its name was changed to *Clifton and again changed in 1858 for postal reasons to Clayton.  It was on what was then the main road from Perth to Pembroke, and soon supported a tannery, a cooperage works, a medical doctor, James Coulter’s hotel, and shops of blacksmiths, wagon makers, shoemakers and general merchants.  When the political riding of North Lanark was separately established in 1854, its nomination meetings which led regularly to the reform party’s reelection of Robert Bell of Carleton Place were held at Clayton.

Photo from Rootsweb

Built in the 1860s, the Ozias Banning House is a landmark in the village of Clayton. Of the Classical Revival style, the house was designated under the Ontario Heritage Act.
Clayton landmark, Ozlas Banning House dates back to 1864.
The Ozias Banning house is located in the picturesque village of Clayton, and is fine example of a mid-nineteenth century rural home of frame construction.
Ozia Banning bought the lot on which the house stands from Hiram Bellamy in the summer, of 1864. Here he built his house and a general store. Banning was a well known Clayton citizen, and a merchant and postmaster for over 40 years.

Dawn Jones added: The Ozias Banning house is currently owned by Mike and Jenny Doyle. There was a store on the same property up to about 1969 or so which was operated by the Carroll Family. When the Doyles bought the property the store was converted to a Co-op of sorts..Natural Foods, grains and such.


I apologize but each time I look at this picture it reminds me of the movie “Village of the Damned”

Clayton School- Photo from Charles Dobie Collection

Photograph of school class at Clayton Ontario, about 1909.
The only student identified on the back of the photo is Roy Reston Evans, third from the right, with pen marks above his head.
In the 1901 census of Lanark (North) Dist. 30, Sub-Dist. f-3, Ont. Archives Microfilm: T-6477, is found:

Evans Danill R.   M   Head     M   Jan 24  1863    37
Evans Eliza J.    F   Wife     M   Nov 29  1866    35
Evans Nina G.     F   Daughter S   Feb 18  1891    10
Evans Clifford    M   Son      S   Aug 17  1892     8
Evans Clarence    M   Son      S   Aug 15  1893     7
Evans Herbert E.  M   Son      S   May 28  1895     5
Evans Roy R.      M   Son      S   Jul 9   1897     3

Based on this census entry, I estimate the photo date to be about 1908-1909.

See an image of the students only, twice the size of the one above.

Can you provide names, corrections or comments?
Please email Charlie Dobie.

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4 responses »

  1. Check the name on the Almonte paper in 1861; I don’t think it was the Gazette! If I remember the masthead information correctly the Gazette was first published in 1867, six years after this.


  2. The date of the photo is bang on! The teacher is William Oates and he taught there in the 1909-10 term. He was a well loved teacher being very engaged in community life. He was very musical and often performed at public concerts in the village. He left to go to Toronto to go to College.

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