Thomas Leach House- Donna Mcfarlane– Lot 12 conc 9 Beckwith

Thomas Leach House- Donna Mcfarlane– Lot 12 conc 9 Beckwith


Text and Photos Donna Mcfarlane

Lot 12 conc 9 Beckwith— House destroyed by fire Sept 17 1954. Picture was taken Xmas 1946–mom and dads first xmas there after moving from Lake Avenue in Carleton Place
Originally settled by Thomas Leech/Leach and deeded from crown in 1824 after settlement duties performed.



Text and Photos Donna Mcfarlane

Donna was born when they lived on Lake avenue Jan 6 1945 and they moved Sept 1946 to the farm. Her Mom hated to leave the house in town and move to country with no hydro and no water inside.

The porch was on the lane side of the house and ran fun length of stone house then another porch alongside the summer kitchen and separator room ending at woodshed. The stones at right under porch of stone house then the frame summer kitchen then the woodshed.. behind the house and a wee bit back you will see the drive shed.. in the far rear is the barns.


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Text and Photos Donna Mcfarlane

Image may contain: one or more peopleBarns as they were before the lightening strike took most of them– Text and Photos Donna Mcfarlane



 Thomas Leech

Thomas John Leech – 1793 passed away 29 March 1852 – Lanark, Lanark County, Ontario.

Burial –  Franktown Public Cemetery  Franktown, Lanark County, Ontario.

Leach (also spelled Leech) ancestors emigrated from Wexford, Ireland arriving in Canada and settling in Beckwith Township in 1820. I know of a Thomas Leach and William Leach who came over on the passenger ship “Maria”. I believe they were the sons of William Leach (b. 1750) and Anne Edwards (b. 1752). Several members of Leach families came to Lanark County between 1819 and 1822. I believe Thomas Leach was born about 1793 and married France Cooke sometime before emigrating.

The Leech/Leach family, from Wexford to Beckwith click here

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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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  1. This farm was on the 9th line of Beckwith, across the road from the original Hawkins homestead, settled by Roger Hawkins and Mary Griffith Hawkins, which is now Stonefields. Next door to Thomas Leach was his brother William Leach and his wife Harriet Hawkins Leach. That farm is still in existence and there is a beautiful old stone house on the property similar to the one at Stonefields.


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