The Runaway Bridesmaid From Rosebank to Huntley

The Runaway Bridesmaid From Rosebank to Huntley


October 14 1898–Almonte Gazette

While the Meehan-Fenlon wedding party was driving from Rosebank to Huntley through the pelting rain of Tuesday evening the customary hilarity at such gatherings was being manifested by some of those composing the gay procession.

Mr. *Thomas Coady and Miss Meehan, sister of the bridegroom, were driving together behind Mr. Coady’s spirited team, and, the noise frightening the animals, without a moment’s warning they bolted out of the procession when opposite Mr. John Wilson’s, passing those ahead at a furious rate.

Mr. Coady was thrown out and Miss Meehan then pluckly took the reins but the horses coming in contact with an obstruction, the rig was overturned and Miss Meehan was thrown out, while the team ran seven or eight miles before coming to a stop.

They were found opposite Mr. Wm. O’Keefe’s homestead on the town line. The buggy was still upside down with nothing broken except the pole and the buggy top, the gear and body remaining intact.

Miss Meehan, drenched with rain, and with her arm and knee injured, was carried into County Councillor Hamilton’s residence, where her injuries were attended to. We are glad to learn that she is now little the worse for her exciting experience. Mr. Coady escaped with little injury.


8355-1898 John Lawrence MEEHAN, 28, farmer, Huntley Ont., same, s/o John MEEHAN & Catherine O’CONNELL, married Ann FENTON, 22, Ramsay, same, d/o John FENTON & Ann MANTEL, witn: Christopher MEEHAN of Huntley & Catherine FENTON of Ramsay, 11 Oct 1898 at Almonte

Thomas Coady– Raymond Patrick Coady-son

Anna Rose Nugent  was born 15 February 1917. She married Raymond Patrick Coady, son of Thomas Coady and Mary Carroll. He was born 23 January 1917, and died 30 March 1975.

More About Raymond Patrick Coady:
Burial: Indian Hill Cemetery, Pakenham Twp. Lanark Co. Ontario

Child of Anna Nugent and Raymond Coady is:
John Raymond Coady, born 10 July 1943. He married Helen M. Farrell; born 02 June 1948.


Cowell Ghost

Over the years, reports of ghostly apparitions on a fire road below Cowell College (Santa Cruz California) have prompted the area to be named Haunted Meadow. It was in that area on May 14, 1903, that young Sarah Agnes Cowell was killed when she was thrown from a buggy after the horse bolted.


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A Horse is a Horse of Course– Of Course—Angus McFarlane

Buggies Horses and Accidents

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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