Connecting the Bread to Go with Mr. Jelly-Carleton Place Genealogy

Connecting the Bread to Go with Mr. Jelly-Carleton Place Genealogy

Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  02 Aug 1913, Sat,  Page 1

The other day I was doing research and came across an unusual name from Carleton Place. The gentleman’s name was either Calvin J. Jelly or Calvin S. Jelly and he was a very talented student from Carleton Place. So being curious, I attempted to put his life together.

Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  11 Aug 1913, Mon,  Page 1

Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  10 May 1921, Tue,  Page 18

Calvin Sherwood Jelly was born in Algoma, Ontario, (Elliot Lake area) but because his Uncle Richard Jelly lived in Carleton Place the James Jelly family moved to our  ‘junction town’.

I imagine James moved for work as his brother Richard was a foreman at the Carleton Place C.P. R. yards. James became a roadmaster for the Carleton Place station and the family was listed in the 1901 Carleton Place census. A roadmaster is assigned a territory of track on the railroad to maintain and see that it is kept up to whatever standards the railroad has set forth regarding it.  Calvin Sherwood Jelly was 6 at the time of the 1901 Carleton Place census.

1901 Carleton Place (Town), Lanark Census

5 6 30 Jelly Calvin 6
5 6 29 Jelly Earnest 12
5 6 27 Jelly Eliza 35
5 6 26 Jelly James 46
5 6 28 Jelly Lloyd 14

Calvin S. Jelly went to Carleton Place High School and became a brilliant student as noted in the Ottawa Journal  clippings above in 1913. Later in 1921, after his stint in the service, he resumed his studies and became a chemical engineer in London, Ontario

Canada, Soldiers of the First World War, 1914-1918

Regimental number 1261628
Calvin S. Jelly
Algoma, Algoma Co, Ontario, Canada
Montreal, Canada


*Photo-Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum-CPHS possibly taken between 1914-15.

Second Row L to R; Dorothy Findlay, Annie Mullett, Marjorie Taber

Remembering his Carleton Place roots it seems young Marjorie Taber was still on young Calvin Sherwood’s mind. By the looks of the photo above she was a beauty, so how could be not forget her. She was listed on the marriage documents as being 26 and an organist for one of the local churches. Marjorie Taber and Calvin Sherwood Jelly married on Saturday, October 11, 1924 in Carleton Place, Ontario.


Stock photo

Wedding Announcement

13232-1924 Calvin Sherwood JELLY, 30, chemical engineer, Algoma Mills Ont., 385 Waterloo St. in London, s/o James JELLY, b. Grenville Co. Ont & Annie LAWRENCE?, married Marjorie TABER, 26, organist, Carleton Place, same, d/o W.W. TABER, b. Lanark Co & Katie BEST, witn: John & Bernice CHAMBERHOUSE of Eganville, 11 Oct 1924 at Carleton Place



The last mention I saw was that they were guests at a wedding in 1934 and lived in Toronto at that point, and Mrs. Jelly’s father’s funeral in 1961.

Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  17 Sep 1934, Mon,  Page 10

Chamberhouse Wedding

Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  25 Mar 1961, Sat,  Page 22


I’ve been told lots of stories about Mr & Mrs Jelly over the years. My great grandfather actually use to own the property (Mr Jelly only owned what the house was sitting on), then he sold it to Mr Jelly for some ridiculously cheap price.

Yep! No relation though from what I recall. My great grandfather is Art Toop. Dorothy did some research on the house many years ago, she might be able to tell him something too. Amanda Armstrong

Kevin Boyce and family now own the house.–

Photo information

*Photo-Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum-CPHS possibly taken between 1914-15.

Black and white photograph on grey card backing. It appears to be a school picture from CPHS possibly taken between 1914-15. There are very few boys in the class and one is wearing a military uniform. The photograph was taken by Hammond of Carleton Place.The names listed on the back are:

Front Row L to R; Ethel Weir, Mary McFadden, Millicent Lusher, Elsie Williams, Mary Hill, Bessie McCallum, Wilena McRorie.

Second Row L to R; Dorothy Findlay, Annie Mullett, Marjorie Taber, Irene Lusher, Helen Findlay, Jean Craig, Helen Mullet, Norma Weeks, Gladys Paul.

Third Row L to R; Janet Wilson, Jessie McTavish, Hazel Robertson, Blanche McKim, Alma Hammond, Priscilla McNeely (Form Teacher), Irene Campbell, Millie McIntyre, Jean McLaren, Bulah Leach.

Fourth Row L to R; MacFarlane Neilson, Fraser McDougall, Barnet Armstrong, Orval Gorm, Bill Cram, Joe Corkery, Ernest Hammond.


When I do research every single day if I can’t get rid of the skeletons I might as well make them dance.

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.


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The Sinclair Family Cemetery–Photos by Lawrie Sweet with Sinclair Genealogy Notes

Trodden Wright Genealogy


Join us and learn about the history under your feet! This year’s St. James Cemetery Walk will take place Thursday October 19th and october 21– Museum Curator Jennfer Irwin will lead you through the gravestones and introduce you to some of our most memorable lost souls!
Be ready for a few surprises along the way….
This walk takes place in the dark on uneven ground. Please wear proper footwear and bring a small flashlight if you like.
Tickets available at the Museum, 267 Edmund Street. Two dates!!!

OCT 28th
Downtown Carleton Place Halloween Trick or Treat Day–

Here we go Carleton Place– Mark Your Calendars–

October 28th The Occomores Valley Grante and Tile Event–730pm-1am Carleton Place arena-Stop by and pick up your tickets for our fundraiser dance for LAWS. They also have tickets for Hometown Hearts event at the Grand Hotel fundraiser

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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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