Alfred Dulmage-The Son of the First White Child



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February 20 marks the start of Heritage Week, a great opportunity to participate and share in Ontario’s diverse heritage. From delving into local history to wintry walks–get involved! you can do to get involved!– Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum


Number 1- Discover your local history

Carleton Place Herald– Jan 2 1914

Like a thunderbolt from a clear sky was the announcement of the death of Mr. Alfred Dulmage this morning at his home on High street, for  few indeed knew of his illness. The day before Christmas he was feeling a trifle out of sorts, thought to be a slight *bilious attack. This was succeeded by an attack of *la grippe that later developed into pneumonia, and at 5 o’clock this morning the spark of life expired.

Mr. Dulmage was born at Appleton, being a son of the late Richard Dulmage, *his mother being a Morphy, the first white child that was born in this neighbourhood. He was 53 years of age. In his youth he was quite an athlete, and was well known among the young men of his day. December 29, 1896, he married Jennie Greene, daughter of the late M. A. Greene, who with one son Barnet who survives.

About eight years ago Mr. Dulmage disposed of his farm in Ramsay and moved to Carleton Place, purchased a property and made a comfortable home for himself on High street. He was a man of strict integrity, quiet and inostentatious in his disposition and highly respected b y  all who knew him.

In politics he was a Conservative, in religion a Methodist, and a member of the official board of the church. His death, as it were in,the prime of life, is very deeply regretted. The funeral is ‘fixed for Thursday morning, to the eighth line Ramsay cemetery *(Auld Kirk).


*Definition of bilious

  1. 1abiology:  of or relating to a yellow or greenish fluid that is secreted by the liver and that aids especially in the emulsification and absorption of fats :  of or relating to bile (see bile 1b)bbiology:  marked by or suffering from liver dysfunction and especially excessive secretion of bile <a bilious attack><a bilious patient>


2. Mom– Eliza Jane Morphy-It Wasn’t Raining Men in Carleton Place!


  1. Perth Courier, January 8, 1897
  2. Dulmage-Greene—Married, at Appleton on Dec. 29, at the residence of the bride’s parents, by Rev. Mr. Raney, Mr. L. Alfred Dulmage to Miss Jennie Greene
  3. 6539-89 Samuel N. DULMAGE, 33, farmer, Ramsay, same, s/o Richard & Mary, married Mary Elizabeth GREIG, 23, Ramsay, same, d/o John & Sarah, witn: Alfred DULMAGE & Kattie BAIRD, both of Ramsay, 19 June 1889 at Ramsay

*You Think you Got it Bad? The Russian Influenza of Lanark County

It Wasn’t Raining Men in Carleton Place!

*Before and After — Auld Kirk

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

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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