Christena McEwen– The Belle of Beckwith Part 1 -“The Woodcocks”

Christena McEwen– The Belle of Beckwith Part 1 -“The Woodcocks”

Christena  was the daughter John Newcombe and as Ed Box wrote these notations he made this remark:

As I write this there is a notation on fly leaf which reads:

To Miss Christena McEwen

For having so accurately repeated Paul’s Epistle to the Colossians in the Sabbath School

Beckwith, May 19, 1861


In the last days of her life my Grandmother lived out her last days at our home in Carleton Place. I can still see her as she frequently did, sitting in the comfort of her old red rocking chair in her kitchen reading the Bible before she went to bed.



One time when we were having lunch together my grandmother, my mother and Hughie and I mentioned Mr. Woodcock, owner of the town bakery. My mother said quite defiantly, “What a name,  I wouldn’t want a name like that!”

Without skipping a beat my Grandmother answered, “It could be worse!”


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Everyone looked at her simultaneously and said, “What?”

She said,“Well it could have been woodpecker!”



Stories from the Box family from Carleton Place, White Lake, Prospect, Beckwith and the list goes on.

Remember if you have family stories you want to share with the LCGS please PM me or email me at


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)



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Roy Woodcock Photo -Woodcock’s Bakery

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He Hailed from Carleton Place– Harold Box– The Forgotten Scientist?

Was a Boldt Castle Boathouse Once in our Midst? See the Home of the Daphne!






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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