More Local Treasure Than Pirate’s Booty on Treasure Island

More Local Treasure Than Pirate’s Booty on Treasure Island


My actual book of “Pioneer Sketches of the District of Balhurst “( Lanark and Renfrew Counties) Volume 1” signed by Andrew Haydon 1925


When I began documenting the letters between Andrew Haydon and Thomas Alfred Code I assumed the approximately 40 page history journal relating to the Code family had been put into the book Haydon wrote about the district of Bathurst.

The journal I have in my pocession included correspondence with Andrew Haydon, member of the Canadian Senate (1924-1932) who asked Thomas Alfred Code for biographical information. Code in his attempt to aid Haydon put together correspondence, typed biographical information, and news clippings as well as a few letters handwritten from his mother in this journal.

The American seller that sold me the book also assumed that when Hayden later published “Pioneer Sketches of the District of Balhurst “( Lanark and Renfrew Counties) Volume 1”   had included a small portion of Code’s information in his book. He didn’t. The letters between Hayden and Code were done in 1929 and the book was published in 1925, so I figured that the letters were to be of use to him in Volume 2 if Hayden ever wrote it. Instead, he wrote Mackenzie King and the Liberal Party 1930, and then died in 1932.

In this book by Andrew Haydon he discusses the settlement and development of the ‘old’ Bathurst District. The District of Bathurst included most of Lanark, Renfrew and Carleton Counties in present-day Ontario. From the world events that set the scene for settlement of the ‘upper’ province, to specific information about individuals who came to call Bathurst District their home.



My actual book of “Pioneer Sketches of the District of Balhurst “( Lanark and Renfrew Counties) Volume 1” signed by Andrew Haydon 1925

The author has included many first hand accounts of those who experienced the hardships and opportunities of settlement in a new land. Includes many references to the early families and individuals in the region. So, this makes the Code letters and ephemera I have in the journal all the more important to local history.

“The history of Bathurst still waits to be written. A well known English writer has explored in fiction the story of the Five Towns. The history of Bathurst turns to the geography of its Five Rivers– the ancient forest home of Algonquin tribes, whose wigwams once dotted those picturesque tributaries of the Ottawa, still carrying the French or Indian names of Rideau, Mississippi, Madawaska, Bonnechere and Petawawa.

And along the Five rivers the adventurous pioneers constructed scores of mills, little and large, around which were clustered scores of hamlets, many of whose locations are marked today by the crumbling ruins of an old stone chimney, or otherwise rest but in the dim memories of a rapidly disappearing generation.”– Andrew Haydon

It goes to show you that you should never judge a book or even words by their cover as History is not a burden on the memory but more of an illumination of the soul.


The Code Journal of local history and Code Genealogy



Andrew Haydon.jpgAndrew Haydon-–He was the author of Pioneer Sketches of The District of Bathurst (Lanark and Renfrew Counties, Ontario) (The Ryerson Press, 1925) and Mackenzie King and the Liberal Party (Allen, 1930).


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.

Information where you can buy all Linda Seccaspina’s books-You can also read Linda in The Townships Sun andScreamin’ Mamas (USA)




The Original Thomas Alfred Code and Andrew Haydon Letters – —Part 1

The Thomas Alfred Code Journal – Letters-Part 2– Perth Mill

The Thomas Alfred Code Journal – Letters-Part 3– Genealogy Ennis

The Thomas Alfred Code Journal – Letters-Part 4a – Innisville the Beginning

The Thomas Alfred Code Journal – Letters-Part 4b – Innisville — Coopers and “Whipping the Cat” 1860-1870

The Thomas Alfred Code Journal – Letters-Part 4c – Innisville — Henry York and Johnny Code

The Thomas Alfred Code Journal – Letters-Part 4d – Innisville — “How We did Hoe it Down”!

The Thomas Alfred Code Journal – Letters-Part 4e – Innisville — ‘Neighbours Furnished one Another with Fire’

The Thomas Alfred Code Journal – Letters-Part 5- Code Family– “Hawthorn Mill was a Failure, and the Same Bad Luck has Followed for at Least 50 Years”

When Newspapers Gossiped–David Kerr Innisville

Kerr or Ennis? More about the Innisville Scoundrel

What Went Wrong with the Code Mill Fire in Innisville?


The Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
14 Oct 1924, Tue  •  Page 9

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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