A Carleton Place Fenian Soldier’s Photo



Samuel Fisher Photo from Carleton Place’s very own Norma Ford

Norma thinks this is a picture of Samuel Fisher, born July 1848 in Perth and died April 14, 1919 in Almonte. 

“When I was going through my Grandmother’s writings, she said there was a picture of her Great-Grandfather at the museum in Perth.  I went to check with them and this is the only picture they have from that time period.  I have his military records where he served in Prescott at the time of the Fenian Raids although they did not see any action in that area. A great picture whether it is my Great Grandfather or not.”–Norma Ford Carleton Place, Ontario.


Linda, something else interesting about Samuel Fisher. He is buried in the Anglican Cemetery outside of Almonte. His son, James Fisher owned a bronze factory in Burlington and made the headstone, picture attached. I can’t believe how well the headstone has survived the test of time, maybe all headstones should be made of bronze.


Perth Courier, October 29, 1897— *Samuel Fisher* is mentioned here

Upon the recommendation of Sir Richard Cartwright, Minister of Trade and Commerce, the British authorities have consented to order an issue of medals to those Canadian volunteers who took part in the suppression of the Fenian uprising or invasion in 1866 and subsequent years.  Lord Lansdowne, our former Governor General, and now Imperial Secretary, a few days ago cabled the Canadian Minister of Militia that he has recommended such a medal be struck.  To those who participated in two or more engagements they will be awarded a clasp.  Though 31 years have gone there are quite a number yet in town and elsewhere of the members of the two Perth volunteer companies who left “for the front” in March and June of 1866 and we give below the names of as many as we can gather with their present post office addresses.  Many are no longer in the land of the living and many others have after this lapse of years scattered to the four winds and their present abiding place is not known.

Perth Rifle Company

Captain Edmund Spillman in British Columbia

Lt. Thomas Moffat, Perth

Ensign Major J.S. Douglas, Shelburne(?), Ont.

Color Sergeant John Kippen, Los Angeles, California

Sgt. W. M. Kellock, Perth


Still in Perth—Robert Lillie, Peter Lavergne, William Lawson, *Samuel Fisher*, William Watson, Benjamin Warren, James Moore.  George Steele, Smith’s Falls; George Larivee, Sand Point; William Farmer, Arnprior; D.G. Mitchell, Campbelville, Kentucky; Manasses Patterson, Almonte; W.H. Wylie, Michipecotin(?); M. McMartin

Read the Perth Courier here at Archives Lanark

 Related reading:

Fenians OR Ballygiblins? Fighting Irish 101

About lindaseccaspina

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.

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