The House of Daughters –Stonecroft House




One of the early  pioneers of Beckwith, John Conboy, established his home on the 9th line of Beckwith. For those of you reading from out of town that would be: two miles west of Black’s Corners, and four miles south of Carleton Place in Eastern Ontario.

The early settler’s first log home was built when he arrived, but by 1850 Conboy had built himself a fine stone home with eight rooms. In 1885 he was Reeve of the township and appointed justice of the peace for Lanark and Renfrew, in which he served almost 30 years.

In 1861, with a growing family he added a kitchen wing to the house and enlarged it in 1889 with two downstairs bedrooms. Adding  a second storey he included an upstairs bedroom (later progressed to 4) and back staircase. Enamelled doorknobs were found throughout the home and the main front room was once the only door that had a door lock. Seeing it was probably used as a courting room for all his daughters, with dear old Dad presiding over the matters of the heart– it makes total sense to me.

One of the owners found Conboy’s wills and it seems that it had a very strange clause that had to do with his lone spinster daughter. You have to remember that a single woman at thirty was a hopeless spinster as life expectancy during those times was about forty years of age.  He left her: a bedroom with *ingress and egress and a cow. Conboy had in fact a total of 6 daughters and left the property to his daughter *Elizabeth and her husband James Nesbitt. Their son John Jr. married his cousin Eva Nesbitt and they in turn occupied the house.

The house remained in the family until 1965 when Tay Clarke, a former history professor bought it and turned it into an antique store.

Update– Found this in the Beckwith book by Glenn J. Lockwood.

In leaving his homestead to his son Robert in 1911- Thomas not only charged him with boarding,  and lodging and keep and giving  his daughter Eva medical attention as long as she remained unmarried, she was also allowed the privilege of keeping fowl the way she was doing. As you can see in the story she married her cousin.




*In property law, ingress, egress, and regress are the rights of a person (such as a lessee) to enter, leave, and return to a property, respectively. In a sale and purchase contract, it means that the buyer gets full rights to insure the property according to Standard A.

*Vol 13 Pg 272 (Lanark Co.) James NESBITT, 30, yeoman, Canada, Beckwith, s/o John NESBITT and Jane PIERCE, married Elizabeth CONBOY, 25, Canada, Beckwith, d/o John CONBOY and Margaret NESBITT, witn: William WHITE and Francis CONBOY, both of Beckwith, 17 May 1871 at Smiths Falls



Beckwith’s Anglican Church Founders

Beckwith township settlers who had petitioned in 1823 for the grant of the government building in Franktown for Church of England uses included such names as Austin Allen, George Bailey, John Conboy, Robert and William Davis, several Edwards (George, Thomas, Richard and Francis), James Garland, George, John, Robert and William Griffith, Henry and William Hawkins, Luke and William James, Peter Jones, William Kerfoot and William Kidd.  Others were Leaches (Edward, Thomas, Samuel and William), John, Thomas and William Lummox, Phineas Lowe, John and Dr. George Nesbitt; also Nowlans (John, Luke, Manny and Patrick), and John Poole, Peter and William Salter, James Saunders, Stephen and William Tomlinson, William Willis, Allan and William Wilson.

Original holders of rights to the town block lots of the 600 acre site over which Franktown must have been expected to grow had also received 100 acres farm sites elsewhere in the township.  They included Thomas Armstrong, William Burrows, John Conboy, Daniel Ferguson, Andrew Hughton, three Nesbitts, four Nowlans, Josiah Moss, Owen McCarthy, Thomas Wickham and others.– Howard Morton Brown


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 and now in The Townships Sun


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About lindaseccaspina

Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda was a fashion designer, and then owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa on Rideau Street from 1976-1996. She also did clothing for various media and worked on “You Can’t do that on Television”. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off on American media she finally found her calling. She is a weekly columnist for the Sherbrooke Record and documents history every single day and has over 6500 blogs about Lanark County and Ottawa and an enormous weekly readership. Linda has published six books and is in her 4th year as a town councillor for Carleton Place. She believes in community and promoting business owners because she believes she can, so she does.

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