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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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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  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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