The McVeety Family

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The McVeety Family

 

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Photo-Photo–Dorothea & James McVeety are in the front row centre- see other names in the Historical Notes section

I found this on Bytown.net— The McVeety Family

The McVeety and Best families came to the Lanark area in 1820 , according to familyrecords. I am a ggggrandaugter of James McVeety and Dorothea Best , who settled on lot 29 con. 6 , North Elmsley.  I have visited that area a number of times but have
had limited success.

   On one of my visits , the late Elsie (McVeety) Vass , who lived in the old stone
   house on the homestead, told of “Old Tom” who lived at the back of their farm near
   the lake.  According to Elsie, Tom went duck hunting one Sunday morning in the
   rain. When he returned to his shanty, he stood his musket against the fireplace
   and it exploded,  killing him.  Rev. William Bell , the Presbyterian minister,
   refused to let Tom be interred in the local cemetery because of his grave sin of
   hunting on Sunday. Consequently , Tom was buried beside  his shanty in the woods.
   Elsie told of seeing the ring of stones outlining the grave and remains of his    
   old fireplace.

   I have inquired at the Perth Library and have been told that Rev. Bell’s diaries
   are stored at Queen’s University library and that there copies, but these are not
   available through inter library  loan.   If these diaries are available ,  they
   could also confirm marriage and death  dates too.

   Can you suggest where I can search to determine if Tom was a family member?
   James  McVeety and his younger brother Simon came to Canada with their mother,
   whose maiden name was Waton ,in 1820.  We have no record of their father.
   Any suggestions will be truly appreciated.  
   
   Sincerely, June (McVeety) Hampel

 

 

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Here is a McVeety family, including a Thomas, in the 1881 census.

1881 Census Place: Elmsley North, Lanark South, Ontario, Canada
Source: FHL Film 1375869  NAC C-13233  Dist 111  SubDist C  Page 14  Family 73+
Sex Marr Age Origin Birthplace
Elisha MCVIETY F W 47 English Ontario
Occ: Farmer Religion: Church of England
James MCVIETY M 21 Irish Ontario
Occ: Farmer Religion: Church of England
William MCVIETY M 20 Irish Ontario
Occ: Son Farmer Religion: Church of England
Thomas MCVIETY M 13 Irish Ontario
Religion: Church of England
Elizabeth A. MCVIETY F 10 Irish Ontario
Religion: Church of England

and another:
1881 Census Place: Elmsley North, Lanark South, Ontario, Canada
Source: FHL Film 1375869  NAC C-13233  Dist 111  SubDist C  Page 45  Family 224+
Sex Marr Age Origin Birthplace
Simon MCVIETY M M 39 Irish Ontario
Occ: Farmer Religion: Methodist
Mary MCVIETY F M 34 Scottish Scotland
Religion: Presbyterian
Mary MCVIETY F 14 Irish Ontario
Religion: Presbyterian
James MCVIETY M 12 Irish Ontario
Religion: Presbyterian
Elsie MCVIETY F 10 Irish Ontario
Religion: Presbyterian
Margret MCVIETY F 2 Irish Ontario
Religion: Presbyterian
George MCVIETY M 1 Irish Ontario
Religion: Presbyterian
Born: Jan; 3m
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Photo–Dorothea & James McVeety are in the front row centre

Dorothea & James McVeety are in the front row center.

The others are possibly;

Back Row: two daughters and Thomas.

Front Row: James, Dorothea, James and Simon.

Ivy Mohrhardt would love to know for sure the names of people in the picture.

They had a family of nine children, 4 daughters & 5 sons.

 

 

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)

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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