The Story of Grace Patterson

The Story of Grace Patterson


Almonte Gazette– November 1 1901



Among the settlers who came to Lanark County in 1821 was a little girl named Grace Patterson, daughter of James and Jane Patterson, who with their family had left their home in Kilbride, Scotland, and had come to Lanark County to hew out for themselves a home in the primeval forest.

The family consisted of five boys and two girls, the last surviving one of whom the subject of this sketch was laid, to rest in the cemetery on Saturday last having attained a ripe old age of 85 years.

Born in Kilbride in 1816, she was only a lass of 5 years when the party arrived at Lanark Village, at that time the port of entry for the northern’ townships of the county, and she had a distinct recollection of the women and children being billeted in tents and wigwams in Lanark, while their fathers were absent locating their lands and preparing places of shelter for their loved, ones.

Her parents settled on a farm in the 2nd concession of the township of Ramsay, occupied by John Robertson.  In 1837 she married William Affleck and removed to the township of Lanark where she lived until her demise on the 24th.

Fifty-six years s.go her husband was thrown from horseback and killed, and she was left alone to battle with the hardships of pioneer life and to rear her  family of five little children. Her family consisted of Robt. P., of Pilot Hound, Man., (deceased) ; William, of Washington Territory: Jane, wife of A. B. Yuill, of Hopetown, and James and Maggie on the homestead.
Her grandchildren numbered 22 and her grandchildren 19. She was devoted and a consistent member of the Congregational church and the funeral services were conducted by Rev. D. McCallum assisted by Rev. W. S. Smith. The large concourse of friends and acquaintances who showed their tribute of respect to the memory of the departed.


The Patterson Family of Lanark County , Ontario

Submitted by Linda Jordan

George Patterson came to Canada with his regiment, the 37th Regiment of Foot, during the War of 1812. He was born in Perth, Perthshire, Scotland May 15, 1782 and was baptized on September 19, 1782. He married Ann Marigold, who was from Worcestershire, England. George Patterson received a grant of land in Bathurst on Lot 14, Concession 5. He later moved into Perth, where he worked as a shoemaker. The children of George and Ann are shown below briefly.  CLICK HERE



Samuel Patterson and Elizabeth Upton

The Patterson Hotel Renovations

Annie Patterson — Descendant of John Gemmill

Patterson’s Restaurant Perth


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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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