If You Went Down the Forest Road–Abbott’s Corners



Marker that separates Quebec, Canada and the United States


Did you know that settlers used to make their way in the forest along where the road now leads from Abbott’s Corners to Richford, Vermont as early as 1798?

There really isn’t many early records to show who ‘cleared the first patch’– but Ebeneezer Clark was the first one noted who came up from New York in 1795 and took a small piece of land between Frelighsburg and Abbott’s Corners– which was later owned by Hagan heirs. A few year later he settled on a piece of land owned by Chauncey Abbott, and the rest is history. Mr. Scofield in his day owned as many as 30 dairy cattle and a dairy that rivalled anyone in the county.

Dr. Jonas Abbott came from Bennington, Vermont and settled on his grandson Chauncey’s land and later went to Kingston, Ontario and made a fortune as a druggist. Abbott later returned and retired in the area and Abbott’s Corners was named after Dr. Abbott.

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Here is an Abbott’s Corners Directory — 2 miles from Frelighsburg–http://mapcarta.com/24109322


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    Photo–Greig Morrison 


ABBOTT’S CORNER – From — Missisquoi Genealogy
A small post village, situated in the parish of St. Armand East. It is distant from Bedford, the chef-lieu of the county, 13 miles, Clarenceville 28, Dunham 7, Frelighsburg 2½, Pigeon Hill 8, Philipsburg 15½, Sweetsburg 14½ , St. Johns 42, and Farnham 22½  miles. Population about 100.

Abbott E. B., farmer
Abbott Mrs. Chauncy C., widow
Ano Joseph, laborer
Baptist church, rev. A. L. Arms, pastor (non-resident)
Bridge A. E., farmer
Broe John, blacksmith
Carpenter Mrs. Alice M., widow, postmistress
Carpenter Edwin, farmer
Chadburn George, farmer
Comstock H. S., farmer
Corse A., farmer
District School, No. 5, Miss Bessy P. Sweet, teacher
Dwyer Mrs. P., widow
Goodhue Peter, farmer
Hope Miss Harriet
Jenne Albert, laborer
Macey E. B., carpenter
Macey L. F., farmer
McDermott Michael, farmer
Methodist church (Canada), rev. James E. Richardson, superintendent, Frelighsburg Circuit, resides at Frelighsburg
Post office, Mrs. Alice M. Carpenter, postmistress
Powers Ernest, school teacher
Powers Joseph, shoemaker
Richardson rev. James E., superintendent, Frelighsburg Circuit, Canada Methodist church, resides at Frelighsburg
Rodgers Mrs. A., widow
Scofield Columbus, retired
Scofield Lewis D., farmer
Scotield Mrs. L. D., widow
Scofield P. A., school teacher
Smith H. H., carpenter
Smith M. A., school teacher
Sweet Miss Bessy P., teacher District School No. 5
Tracey Edgar S., carpenter
Tracey Harvey
Tracey Miss Ella, school teacher
Tracey Mrs A., widow
Whitman Mrs. M., widow Rodman
Whitman S. R., J.P., farmer
Woodard Henry, plasterer


Come and visit the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page– what’s there? Cool old photos–and lots of things interesting to read.

Information where you can buy all Linda Seccaspina’s books-You can also read Linda in Hometown News


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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