Putting Together Pieces About Historical Homes– John Moore’s House –Napoleon Street

Putting Together Pieces About Historical Homes–  John Moore’s House –Napoleon Street



Photo by Mike Jeays Then


Jennifer E Ferris provided this photo –Google Earth street view, zoomed in past the modern house in front of it. Now
I asked on The Tales of Carleton Place if anyone knew anything about the photo of a home on Napoleon Street in Carleton Place that Mike Jeays took years ago. It is important that we document what we remember for future generations..-Linda Seccaspina

Tom Edwards I’m not sure Linda Seccaspina, but this looks like Pearl McRaes old home on Napolean Street. She lived there with her son John. It was basically where the Mahogany Spa is now.

Ted Hurdis Pearl sounds right but the last name doesn’t sound right to me ? I’m racking my brain now !!
Donna Mcfarlane  This is on property owned by John Moore.
Author’s Note–John Moore’s land (Lot #14, SW ½) ran for a similar distance along Napoleon Street; See historical facts below.
Joann Voyce–It is currently the property of Glenn and Joan Pierce who live in the modern home on the property
John Poole- Ted, just talking to Kevin Kennedy now and he confirms that it was Pearl McRae. Her son who washed dishes at the Thruway and was killed on the overpass right beside their home riding his bicycle.
Hazel Stewart-Huneault –It was the McRaes home I believe. Not sure of the correct spelling. John was tragically killed by a car while biking on Napoleon Street, many years ago.
Dawn Jones-I remember John quite well. He worked part time at Canadian Tire on Beckwith doing odd jobs. I knew he lived with his mother.
James R. McIsaac-I used to pick up Pearl in the ambulance regularly in her later years, John was killed on Napoleon Street. He and Oscar Brazeau used to hang together: a lawn mower and bike, an occasional case of beer:)
Ted Hurdis-I don’t know why the last name Bamfor or Banford keeps coming to me ? Anybody ?
Jenn Nolan-Just asked mom….  Her name was Pearl Bamford not Pearl McRae.
Hazel Stewart-Huneault-My brother hung out a bit with Pearl’s son and he just told me that yes, Pearl’s last name was Bamford and her son John’s last name was McRae.
Barbara Plunkett- Pearl McRae lived there , and she had a son named John. I knew Pearl McRae. I worked with Pearl at Bridge Estate Manor Retirement home. She cooked the meals there,. She was quite the Lady ,and a good friend.
Hazel Stewart-Huneault-How sad for her to lose her son. 😓
Barbara Plunkett-Yes, she passed away a few years after that
Kerri Ann Doe O’Rourke-My father installed a bathtub on the front porch because they wouldn’t have it in the house! That would have been in the very early 80’s
Ray Paquette-I vaguely remember the house which was located beside what we called Dibblee’s Quarry at the end of Napoleon where it joined Lake Park Road (the 11th Concession of Beckwith). The quarry featured in our boyhood because we often swam in it in the early spring before the Mississippi warmed up.
Joann Voyce-The quarry is now part of Mahogany and has a fountain in the middle of it.
Photo by Mike Jeays Dibblee’s Quarry
As Ray Paquette said: “What I find fascinating in this post is the tale that has evolved about this home and the filling in of the “blanks” associated with it. A real community effort!” I cannot do this without you.. so thank you.
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The Moore Family settled in Beckwith Township with Land Grants from the government of 100 acres per man of age.  
At the time, William Sr. and John qualified and the grants were registered in September 26 and 28, 1819 as  Concession 11 (now Hwy. 7 intersection of Carleton Place and Beckwith Twp) by the government settlement office  (which was then situated in the new village of Richmond, in the adjoining township of Goulbourn. John Moore’s land (Lot #14, SW ½) ran for a similar distance along Napoleon Street;

John moved to Goulbourn Township in 1822 with his wifeSusannah McNeely and settled on Concession #5,  lots # 26 7 27) near Richmond.  John sold parts of his Beckwith land between 1840 and 1860 to Carleton Place  and other residents which included:  Napoleon Lavalee, Rev. Lawrence Holcroft, Joseph Bond, John Neilson,  Hugh Boulton and Nathaniel McNeely.  John still held a total of 53 acres in 1851 which half had been
cultivated but none were in crops. John left the remaining part of his Beckwith land to their daughter Jannette (wife of James Brownlee).

William Moore Jr.’s land (Lot#15, SW ½) was a similar section along the northeast side of the Franktown Road and extended from Lake Avenue East to Highway #7.

The Moore family was the first family to arrive and hosted the Morphy family who arrived in 1819 and  moved on to settle close to the falls.  The family who settles closest to the falls is whom the town/settlement is named.

Interesting Note–The Moore home was a single storey log cabin which burnt down and was replaced by another.  It was rumoured  that William Moore Sr. was buried on the site, which is located behind the schoolhouse on junction of Hwy. 7  at the “Welcome to Carleton Place” sign.

William Jr had been granted Concession 11 Lot 15 which he sold later and moved to Westmeath, Renfrew ON with wife Margaret Bowes and children. William Jr had a blacksmith shop and was in partnership with Caleb S Bellows (who was postmaster) and he also removed to Westmeath.  William Jr had owned the “road to the mill” later renamed Bridge St after he sold.  He also had a barn on the site of the current railroad station. Frances Moore

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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