Some of Lanark County’s Firsts’
First name was Bathurst District.
First white settler, William Merrick, founder of *Merrickville
First *party of settlers from Scotland, 1820
First Upper Canada parliamentary representative, Hon. Alexander Morris, Perth
First representative in Province of Canada parliament, Hon. Malcolm Cameron, founder of The Courier
First Time County was divided into north and south ridings, 1851
First member Legislative Council, *Hon James Shaw
First representatives to Ontario Legislature, 1867, Daniel Galbraith and W. N. Shaw
First warden, Alex McMillan, 1841
First clerk of district council, Robert Moffatt, Perth, 1841
First session United, Counties of Lanark and, Renfrew, 1850
First *railway train arrived in Perth from Brockville on February 7th, 1859
First time reeves were chosen by vote of the people, and not by council 1867
First administrator of early military settlement, Staff-Surgeon Thom 1815
First settlers in Burgess Township were members of the “de Wattevilles” Germans who had fought in the Napoleonic wars, who came out here and fought against the U. S. A. with the British soldiers and who like their descendants became splendid Canadian citizens.
First surveyor of townships, Capt, Reuben Sherwood, 1816
First resident clergyman, Rev W. Bell, 1817
First teacher, John Halliday, 1817
First owner of oxen, *James Bryce, Bathurst
First assessment records show *one cow owned in Bathurst.
First white child born, *Eliza Holderness
First court house, 1821
First newspaper, *The Examiner 1825
First issue of The Courier was in 1834
First Curling Club in Perth was organized December 17th, 1875
First *Bible Society in Lanark County was formed in St. Andrew’s Church in Perth on February 24th, 1836
First election in Perth was held on July 10th, 1820, between Messrs. William Morris and Benjamin Delisle for the Commons, House of Assembly.
First Presbyterian minister, Rev A Wm. *Bell, arrived in Perth from Scotland in June, 1817.
Come and visit the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page– what’s there? Cool old photos–and lots of things interesting to read. Also check out The Tales of Carleton Place.
Information where you can buy all Linda Seccaspina’s books-You can also read Linda in The Townships Sun and Screamin’ Mamas (USA)
*It’s the Merrickville News 1880
*Dear Lanark Era –Lanark Society Settlers Letter
*I’ve Been Working on the RailroadSome Cold Hard Facts- First Tailor in Ramsay and a Cow Without a Bell
*Alfred Dulmage-The Son of the First White Child
*What Happened When the Paper Boy Never got Paid in Perth…..
*Notes About The First Baptist Church in Perth