What Came First in Lanark County? The Chicken Or the Egg?

What Came First in Lanark County? The Chicken Or the Egg?




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

*Shaw’s of Perth

*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

*Bell Street– Carleton Place Ontario


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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