John Goth–Tales of Beckwith Township


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1930, Sept. 20 – Ottawa Citizen Newspaper

A remarkable story is told by Mr. Robert Goth of Metcalfe Road at the top of Brian Doyle’s hill, about his grandfather and his father. It is that type of story which, in these days of comfort and convenience, one finds hard to believe. But there is no doubt that the pioneers put up with things and suffered hardships of a most serious character.

In the year 1818 John Goth came from England and settled on crown land in the township of Beckwith, about three miles this side of Carleton Place. Of course, at that time Carleton Place was not in existence, nor had it been thought of, though the falls were there doing business. John Goth had been a soldier in the Imperial Army. At the close of the Napoleonic wars, he was discharged. The policy then of the Imperial Government was to encourage its ex-soldiers to go to the Canadian colonies where they would form a reserve force of trainer men in the event of the United Stakes attacking this country.

So it came about that the summer of 1818 found John Goth, his young wife and a child of 4, also called John, settled in Beckwith. But Mr. Goth soon fell into trouble. Early in the fall his wife took sick of some sort of fever, and after a short illness, died.

Soon after his wife’s death, it became necessary for Mr. Goth to go to Prescott on business in connection with his grant of land. At least, Mr. Robert Goth thinks it was that. In any event he had to leave home. As there were no neighbours for miles around, the father decided that the only thing he could do was to leave the child in the house and make a forced trip. He told his son afterwards that he suffered mental agonies while he was away.

He put plenty of food on the rough table so that the child could help himself and showed him how to cover himself in bed at night. Then he had a long talk with the little fellow, explaining what he was going to do and urging him to be brave and not cry. Then finally, after kissing the little boy a fond good-bye and promising to bring him a toy, he went out and shut the heavy wooden door, securing it with a bolt and rope to prevent the entrance of bears or wolves. He had previously put bars over the only window in the cabin. Then, with a choke in his throat, he hurried away. He followed the old Indian trial which passed what is now Britannia and then veered off to the Rideau River which it followed for a considerable distance and then ran overland to the St. Lawrence River about four miles east of Prescott.

We will pass over John Goth’s 200-mile walk (there and back) and return him safe and sound to the front of his cabin five days later. One can imagine the feelings of suspense he would have as he tore open the rope from the door and threw it open. Would the son be dead or alive, sick or well? It was late afternoon of the fifth day when Mr. Goth arrived home. There had not been a sound in the house. He threw open the door. There, on the pine mattress lay the little boy! He rushed in and grabbed the child in his arms. The boy opened his eyes and threw his arms around his father’s neck. He had been asleep.

Now isn’t that a happy ending to the story? Perhaps it is just as well to tell that a little more than a year later, young John Goth had a new Mama to look after him when his father had to go away.



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John Goth (b. Abt. 1787, d. August 23, 1874)
John Goth was born Abt. 1787 in Dent, Yorkshire, England, and died August 23, 1874 in Horton Township, Renfrew County, Ontario, Canada.He married (1) Margaret “Peggy” Alderson on November 22, 1814 in Chapelry of Dent, Yorkshire, England.He married (2) Mary Elizabeth McNeely on Abt. 1823 in Beckwith Twsp, Lanark County, Ontario, Canada, daughter of James McNeely.

More About John Goth:
Burial: 1874, St Filian’s Cemetery, United Cemeteries of Beckwith Twsp, near Carleton Place, Lanark County, Ontario, Canada.
Residence: 1870, Goth Homestead, Ashton, Beckwith Twsp., Lanark County, Ontario, Canada.

More About John Goth and Margaret “Peggy” Alderson:
Marriage: November 22, 1814, Chapelry of Dent, Yorkshire, England.
More About John Goth and Mary Elizabeth McNeely:
Marriage: Abt. 1823, Beckwith Twsp, Lanark County, Ontario, Canada.
Children of John Goth and Margaret “Peggy” Alderson are:
John Goth, b. Abt. 1815, Dent, Yorkshire, England, d. March 11, 1897, Gloucester Twsp, Carleton County, Ontario, Canada.
Elizabeth Goth, b. April 27, 1817, Dent, Yorkshire, England, d. April 30, 1817, Dent, Yorkshire, England.

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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