Justice of the Peace 1864- Who Do You Know?



             *MR. JUSTICE JOHN WILSON-The Last Duel-Photo from Perth Remembered


Perth Courier, March 25, 1864

We lay before our readers a following list of magistrates recently applied for.  The addition thus made to the justices of the peace already accounted for renders the whole a formidable body:

Almonte:  John Scott, James Wylie, James Patterson, Matthew Anderson

Clayton:  James Coulter

Ramsay:  William Baird, John McCarton, John Houston

Pakenham:  James Ellis, William Snedden, Samuel Dickson, William McVicar, John Brown and David Ogilvie

Darling:  James Watt, Peter Guthrie, John Rintoul (or Ristoul)

Levant:  Archibald Browning, John Robertson

Beckwith:  John Stewart, 2nd Concession, James Conn, John Stewart, Ashton, John McEwan, 8th Concession, Adam Poole, John McKerracher, Thomas Alcock, Samuel Kerfoot, Dugall Ferguson, Ewen McEwen, John McEachon, Alexander Stewart, 8th concession

Perth:  George Dunnell (or Dunnett), John Hart, Jr., W.J. Morris, James Bell, Charles Rice, Robert Gemmill, Joseph M.O. Cromwell, Warren Botsford, Hugh Ryan, Alexander Kippen, Samuel Bothwell, John McPartland, Jr., William Fraser, William O’Brien, Thomas McCaffery, Jr., William McLeod, R. Matheson, Jr.

Bathurst:  John W. Adams, Robert Cummings, Edward Tovey, John Moderwell, William Doran, Neil McLaren, Michael Hogan, Alexander Dodds, John Manion, John G. Campbell

  1. Sherbrooke: John Mitchell, John Richey, John Carly (or Corly), John McGregor

North Burgess:  Michael Stanley, William Allan, William Drennan, Michael Kennedy

North Elmsley:  John Spalding, Thomas Nichol, Ebeneezer Bell, Abel Wright, Hamilton N. Sherwood, James Manion

Montague:  Peter Shield, John Livingston, James B. Andrews, David Loucks, John Shields, George McGrath, Robert Young, Joseph McCreary, John Wilson, James Wallace

Appleton:  Robert Teskey, Andrew Wilson, John Baird

Middleville:  Archibald Campbell, William Croft, James Rankin, Daniel Wilson

Hopetown:  Andrew Baird

Lanark Township:  J.W. Anderson, John McKay, James Mathie, William Aitkin, Alexander Stewart, Robert Robertson, Patrick Quinn, John Gillies, William Scott

Dalhousie:  Andrew McInnes, James Reed, Hugh McLean, William Purdon, John Donald, George Blair, Richard Sheridan, William Gibson, Allan Ferguson

Lanark Village:  William Robertson, Alexander G. Hall, Alexander Caldwell, James Mair, Jacob Gallanger, Adam Craig, Boyd Caldwell

  1. Sherbrooke: James Smith, Dugall McDougall

Pakenham Village:  Andrew Dickson, William Dickson, James S. Dunnett, Robert Brown, Daniel Hilliard, John Moir, John McG. Chambers, Richard Drescoll, Kennes (??—not Dennis) Branwick

Carleton Place—James Poole, Robert Grey

Drummond—John Ralston, James McIlquham, Jr., Robert Haley, Hugh McIntyre, William McGarry, John McKinnon, Jr., Robert Robertson, Angus McDonald, Peter McTavish

Smith’s Falls:  German M. Cossitt, Jason Gould, James Shields, Alexander Clarke, Daniel Tierney, James C. Foster




*An early pioneer lawyer, judge and politician of London, Ontario, John Wilson was born in Scotland, February 5, 1807, coming first to Perth, Ontario with his family about 1823. In his youth he fought a duel, killing a fellow law student but was acquitted on the charge of murder. After being called to the bar in 1835 he joined a law practice at Niagara and later set up his own practice in London. A reputedly active, robust and popular man who spoke his mind, he served in the militia in 1838, was Warden for the London District from 1842 to 1844 and became Solicitor for the City of London. He was later elected to the Provincial Legislature and achieved Queen’s Counsel in 1856. By 1863 he became a Judge in the Court of Common Pleas. Although he moved to Toronto, he kept his home in Westminster Township and died there on June 3, 1869.–Perth Remembered


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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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