Mary Stuart Brien –Mary Beth Wylie

Mary Stuart Brien –Mary Beth Wylie


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This is a picture of my Great Grandmother Mary Stuart Brien (1857-1946) at age 20.

Her father Edward O’Brien died in 1872 at a young age, leaving her mother, Martha Dunn O’Brien with six children to raise. As was customary, because Martha had no means to support her family, the children went to live with relatives. So at age 13 Mary went to live with her Aunt Mary (Dunn) and Uncle Alexander McDougall. Her mother remarried John Percy in 1872, but none of the children returned to live with her.

Mary Stuart Brien married James C Paul in 1883 in Lanark, Ontario and had four surviving children. Following my great grandfather’s death she lived with my grandfather, her son Raymond Paul until her death in 1946.

Keeping our history alive.

Mary Beth Wylie


Thanks Mary Beth– I have added the following genealogy I found online.




The first immigrant was my ggg grandfather Hugh O’Brien 1798-1880. He was one of the first settlers in Darling Township and his property was very poor. However fast forward to today and it is now the OMYA quarry. The story is that he was a lapsed Catholic- and he married a Methodist woman -Laura Tooley  1816-1870.

The children of Hugh and Laura  are listed as O’Brien, Brien and Bryan.

The next generation they all (excepting gg Aunt Janet O’Brien Kemp) assumed the Brien name. I suspect it was because O’Brien was a Catholic name and they were all Protestants.

So that’s my interpretation- guess we’ll never know for sure.

Mary Beth




8491-98 (Lanark Co): Andrew PERCY, 23, farmer, Lavant, same, s/o John PERCY & Martha DUNN, married Minnie V. GALLIPAN, 22, Perth, same, d/o Charles GALLIPAN & Margaret O’BRIEN, witn: Mr. & Mrs. Edward ROBERETSON of Lavant, 18 Aug 1898 at Poland

5265-77 John PERCY, 26, farmer, Dalhousie, same, s/o John PERCY & Martha Ann SCOTT, married Mary MAGEUREY (Magenry?), 21, Lanark, same, d/o Robert MAGUEREY & Esther WINKWORTH, witn: Thomas PERCY of Dalhousie & Arch. BALLANTINE of Lanark, 13 Feb 1877 at Lanark twp

5911-85 Robert PERCY, 25, laborer, Lavant, same, s/o John PERCY & Martha SCOTT, married Annie McINTOSH, 23, Dalhousie, Poland, d/o David McINTOSH & Mary PARK, witn: Nathaniel & William PERCY of Lavant, 26 Aug 1884 at McDonalds Corners, Dalhousie

8491-98 (Lanark Co): Andrew PERCY, 23, farmer, Lavant, same, s/o John PERCY & Martha DUNN, married Minnie V. GALLIPAN, 22, Perth, same, d/o Charles GALLIPAN & Margaret O’BRIEN, witn: Mr. & Mrs. Edward ROBERETSON of Lavant, 18 Aug 1898 at Poland

Vol 22 Pg 242 (Lanark Co) John PERCY, 45, widower, Ireland, Toronto, s/o John PERCY & Margaret DUFF, married Martha O’BRIEN, 36, widow, Glasgow Scotland, Dalhousie, d/o John DUNN & Mary CAMERON. Witn: John McNICHOL & Isabel BEITH, both of Dalhousie. Dec. 2, 1872 Dalhousie

1881 Census – Household: (Mix of Martha #1 & #2’s children??)

John PERCYM Male Irish 54 Ireland Farmer C. Presbyterian
Martha PERCYM Female Scottish 45 Scotland C. Presbyterian
Thomas PERCYMale Irish 25 O Laborer C. Presbyterian
William PERCYMale Irish 24 O Laborer C. Presbyterian
Robert PERCYMale Irish 22 O Laborer C. Presbyterian
James PERCYMale Irish 20 O Laborer C. Presbyterian
Nathaniel PERCYMale Irish 18 O Laborer C. Presbyterian
Isabella PERCYFemale Irish 7 O C. Presbyterian
Andy PERCYMale Irish 4 O C. Presbyterian
Edith M. PERCYFemale Irish 2 O C. Presbyterian
Census Place–Dalhousie North & Sherbrooke North & Lavant North, Lanark North, Ontario


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)




Genealogy Search– Looking for Pender Family Information

Looking for Information on the Kazy Family from Smiths Falls

The McVeety Family

Beckwith 1820 Census Lanark County–Who Do You Know?


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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