Swish Swish –Another Tale in the Casket

Swish Swish –Another Tale in the Casket

The Cowansville, Quebec Knights Family Trunk Tales

Louise Knight

My Great Great Grandmother Louise Knight was a lady in waiting for Queen Victoria. Rumour has it that the woman had “loose skirts” and ended up getting kicked out of the royal court.  However, she did do very well for herself flashing those skirts, and Louise ended up marrying some Earl who lived in Essex. Her beloved husband died at an early age and the family became a trucking conglomerate, hauling milk for the Nestle Pudding Company in the UK. I guess the proof is in the pudding!




Alexander Knight Music Mogul?

Alexander Knight

Great grandfather Alexander Knight was listed as a Music Publisher’s Manager in an 1891 UK Census, but he was also a British Music Hall musician. My great grandmother brought in laundry to help support her and my grandfather Frederick J. Knight while Alexander dibble dabbled his life away.

In 1901 and 1911, the houses on KENNET ROAD, LONDON W9  where they lived in Paddington County in London were multiple occupancy.  The West Mills Yard would have been busy with a market and also  was the location of the canal commercial artery into the heart of London from the countryside 100 years and more ago. Today, there is no poverty in this area as there are offices in the buildings with desirable houses facing the canal.

Eventually he left them and took the next boat to the United States and ended up dying on Ellis Island in 1912.  His body was shipped back and buried in Plymouth, England. Apparently my great grandmother terrorized my young grandfather showing him the photo below often and telling him this is what would happen to him if he did not follow a righteous road and stay out of North America. He immigrated to Cowansville, Quebec as soon as he was discharged from WW1 and my Grandmother followed a year later.




Information written by my late Grandmother Mary Louise Deller Knight on the back of the postcard

Great Cousin Odessa

Great cousin Odessa, as I was told a zillion times, was named after the port of Odessa and did a lot of theatre work as a dancer in London. I never asked what kind of dancing she did, and no one ever spoke about it as I believe large fans and rowdy men were involved.

All I know was that my grandmother used to tell me that when Dessa got old no one wanted her, and she was promptly shipped off to Canada to live with my grandparents. Odessa became extremely senile, and every week they would give her a 50 cent piece, which she would put in a small pouch with a long string that she wore around her neck. When she died the coins were never found. My grandmother kept insisting Odessa must have sent the money back to England, which is a stretch seeing she never left the darn house. Of course my Grandfather’s Mother Mary who had also immigrated to Cowansville was never checked for extra coinage!


Linda Seccaspina

When I got pregnant with my first child I found out that my blood type was the rare AB positive. My doctor told me that 3% of the world has this blood type and it was mostly wacky royalty from Europe. Sitting there 4 months pregnant in a neon green and yellow balloon dress I had designed and looking much like a flashing traffic light about to explode I started laughing.

My Doctor looked me straight in the eye and said,

“And that is my dear is why you are the way you are.”

“You are what you bleed.”

Some people are just born with chaos in their blood–just put the past in the casket and forge on.


Great Grandfather Alexander Knight

England and Wales Census, 1891
Name Alexander Knight
Event Type Census
Event Date 1891
County London
Parish Paddington
Ecclesiastical Parish EMMANUEL
Registration District Paddington
Residence Note Kennet Road
Gender Male
Age 33
Marital Status Married
Occupation Music Publishers Manager
Relationship to Head of Household Head
Birth Year (Estimated) 1858
Birthplace Uxbridge, Middlesex, England
Page Number 27
Registration Number RG12
Piece/Folio 8/ 118

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 andScreamin’ Mamas (USA)


Remembering one of the “Tom Sawyer’s” Of Cowansville Quebec


A Curio of Nostalgic Words

Hobos, Apple Pie, and the Depression–Tales from 569 South Street

Ashes to Ashes and Spins of the Washing Machine

The Days of Smocking and Spanish Bar Cake

Been Caught Stealing– Bank of Montreal

Angry Mobs, Wolves and Bloodsuckers –Selby Lake

Memories of UFO’s Earthquake Lights and Gale Pond

Misty Glen Mountain Snow Bunny Hop

Music in the 60s- Memories of Herman’s Hermits

Back to The Future — Twisting Your Dignity Away

Groovy Hints on How to Catch and Keep a Boy – 60’s style

The Dreams of a Sugar Plum Fairy

I Was A Free Range Child

Scrapbook Photos of Cowansville

6 Seconds of Cowansville High School – Our Miss Phelps

The Benefits of Having a Large Human Chassis for Traction

Linda and Christmas Cards– and the Lack off–This is Your Christmas Letter:)


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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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