The Saga of a James Street Home— Christina McEwen Muirhead

The Saga of a  James Street Home— Christina McEwen Muirhead


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This is the home of my great grandparents Robert and Jemima Box.  Photo–Gary Box


Eventually Christina McEwen Muirhead moved to Carleton Place with her three children to a residence she owned in the town. The house stood on the south east corner of an otherwise vacant one acre lot. The lot was bounded on the West by William Street, on the East by Bell Street and on the South by James Street. The house was later to become the family home of William and his wife *Mary Gillies and their five children: Arnold, Eleanor,Ralph, Kenneth and Ida.

Years later when Christina’s daughter Mima (Mrs. R. E. Box) was married she was given a quarter acre lot on the South West corner (William and James). They built a large 5 bedroom brick home there in 1900. The wood trim in the house came from the family farm in White Lake. The timber logs were taken to nearby Waba, milled into the proper lumber and transported by horse and wagon to Carleton Place.

There is a beautiful oak stairway that leads to the upstairs and the dining room was panelled in oak, and very hard to come by “Bird’s Eye Maple”. The grandchildren were born in the James Street house, the funeral of Dr. Dan Muirhead, and Christina Muirhead died in this very home. Both the former Muirhead and Box homes still stand in Carleton Place and the trees planted with love from a bygone era still stand and are the lone witnesses to ongoing time.


Next-Dr. Dan (Dr. Daniel A. Muirhead)








*From the collection of Linda Seccaspina-Mary Gillies Muirhead posted this note on this death card.–The Lost Gilles Family Ephemera Rescued



*Jessie Comrie- Nurse to all the Muirhead children Death Notice–Mary Gillies Muirhead posted this note on this death card.–From the collection of Linda Seccaspina–The Lost Gilles Family Ephemera Rescued



Information where you can buy all Linda Seccaspina’s books-You can also read Linda in The Townships Sun and Screamin’ Mamas (USA)

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.




What Was it Like Living in Beckwith 1800s? Christina McEwen Muirhead

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

Killed by Zulus — Duncan and James Box

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

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

“Bossin’ Billy” McEwen Muirhead –Box family

McLaren Left it All to the McLeod Sisters–His Maids!

The Lost Gilles Family Ephemera Rescued


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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