The Thomas Alfred Code Journal – Letters-Part 15- Code Family– Love and Runaway Marriages

The Thomas Alfred Code Journal – Letters-Part 15- Code Family– Love and Runaway Marriages



Thomas Alfred Code spelled it Twomley in his journal, but on an ancestry site it is spelled Twamley. Since a’s and o’s look similar in handwriting I will go with the latter but will transcribe the same way he did.


The Great Great Grandfather of John, Thomas, George and Abram Code or Codd as was the original name was a Mr. Twomley, whose marriage to Lady Lynden, a lady in high social life, was quite romantic. The story condensed as follows: While driving one day as was her custom, Lady Lynden had occasion to call at a wayside house– for a drink of water– as the story states. While about to alight from her carriage, Mr. Twomley who happened to be near at hand, politely offered his assistance. The lady accepted the offer and in fact, had fallen in love at first sight.

Shortly after returning home Lady Lynden penned a delicate note to Mr. Twomley confiding her love for him, which elicited a reply to the effect, that although he (Mr. Twomley) valued her love and condescension to the highest degree, yet his circumstances on life were such as to debar a union with one of her high station. To this reply Lady Lynden appears to have paid no attention but, on the other hand, assured Mr. Twomley that she had ample means for both. Their marriage was soon happily consummated and a son and daughter were born of this union, the daughter eventually marrying Mr. Codd, grandfather of the brother’s name.

The grandmother of the wife of John Codd (who was Mary Ann Nugent) was a Miss Thompson, a English lady. The circumstances surrounding to this young lady’s marriage to Mr. Nugent were similar to those of Mr. and Mrs. Twonley, in as much as it was an affair of love. Although very young and wealthy, Miss Thompson seems to have been afflicted with ‘the divinest passion of the human heart’ to such a degree as to consent to a runaway marriage. Of this union was born a daughter, and as the daughter Mary Ann as she was called is the only one of the family of direct interest to the narrative I shall confine myself to her connection therewith.

Mary Ann Nugent, in the course of events, married John Codd (Grandfather Codd), one of the four brothers name above. One of the brothers of Grandmother Codd went to the Canadian North West where he became a fur trader among the Indians. Having been appointed to the position of Chief Trader of the North West Trading Company, Mr. Thompson no doubt found himself in a way to take himself a wife, and so adopted the usual method resorted to by white people in that then far off land. But, Mr. Thompson was more fortunate than many of his white brothers in this particular, for the daughter of a prominent and wealthy Indian Chief deigned to link her future with his. (A white woman was unknown in these wilds at the time).

For a wedding portion the wife of Mr. Thompson was favoured in a manner novel, and I fancy more substantially than are the brides of the present day. When the happy pair were united the new Mrs. Thompson was asked to step into one side of the scale used for weighing the immense quantity of furs handled at that time,and as she did so her proud father poured gold into the opposite side until the bride’s weight was equalled.This is a wedding portion which would probably be acceptable to many grooms of today.

Author’s Note– Was Thompson’s wife really Charlotte Small?

Tomorrow the Codd/Code Brothers



* Author’s Note-According to Wikipedia-On 10 June 1799 at Île-à-la-Crosse, Thompson married Charlotte Small, a thirteen-year-old Métis daughter of Scottish fur trader Patrick Small and a Cree mother. Their marriage was formalized thirteen years later at the Scotch Presbyterian Church in Montreal on 30 October 1812. He and Charlotte had 24 children together five of them were born before he left the fur trade. The family did not adjust easily to life in Eastern Canada; they lived in Montreal while he was travelling. Two of the children, John (aged 5) and Emma (aged 7), died of round worms, a common parasite. By the time of Thompson’s death, the couple had been married 69 years, the longest marriage known in Canada pre-Confederation.

Death Notices from The Christian Guardian, 1836-1850, by Rev. Donald A. McKenzie.
CODD, Mrs. Elizabeth, wife of Thomas Codd, was born in Ireland, and came to Canada in 1820 with her husband and family. She is buried at Boyd’s Settlement, Lanark Twp., October 20, 1839, in her 65th year: survived by her husband and numerous children and grandchildren. (January 1, 1840, p. 39, 0) read more here..

*Lady Elizabeth Twamley (1774-1839) married Thomas Codd (1773-1852 ). She was born at Croneleagh (also spelled Cronelea Crownalay) Townland, while Thomas was from nearby Mullahullen (also spelled Munahullen Mungacullin). Thomas was said to have “married the boss’s daughter.” Indeed, the Twamley’s were landowners and the Codd’s renters.

John Codd (Mary Ann Nugent) has never seemed to gravitate in people’s minds to this family, but when you look at it as a whole picture, he could hardly be otherwise. The family story in John’s household was that “a Mr. Twamley, while working  as a carriageman at an estate, met Lady Lyndon, and they were smitten – and became the grandparents of the four Codd brothers who set out for Canada.” The four brothers, who set out at various times, meeting up between 1820 and 1822, would be Abraham (who settled in Ramsay Twp. near George, George who settled in Beckwith Twp. John who settled in a number of places – perhaps Beckwith, Lanark and finally Drummond near Innisville, and (perhaps) Thomas, for whom there is evidence of  a sort – and who apparently moved on to Western Ontario.  Read more here..


Photo- Perth Remembered

Note—When the post office opened in 1851 a clerical error resulted in the community being called Innisville. The error was never corrected.


The first industrial process on the site was operated by the Kilpatrick family beginning in 1842 and established as a tannery shortly thereafter.  In 1882 a new owner, Thomas Alfred Code, established Codes Custom Wool Mill with a range of processes, including: carding, spinning, fulling, shearing, pressing, and coloring of yarns. In 1896, its name was changed to the Tay Knitting Mill, and it produced yarn, hosiery, socks, gloves, sporting-goods, sweaters, and mitts. Another change came in 1899, when a felt-making process was introduced and the mill was renamed Code Felt. The company continued to operate until the closing of the factory in 1998.


51 Herriott – The Code Mill is actually a collage of five different buildings dating from 1842. T.A. Code moved to Perth in 1876, and bought this property by 1883. Code spent 60 years in business in Perth. The business started with a contract to supply the North West Mounted Police with socks, and continued for many years manufacturing felt for both industrial and commercial uses.

Code Felt Co today– Click here..


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In the 1883, Mr. T. A. Code established Codes Custom Wool Mill with a range of processes, including:  carding, spinning, fulling, shearing, pressing, and coloring of yarns. In 1896, its name was changed to the  Tay Knitting Mill, and it produced yarn, hosiery, socks, gloves, sporting-goods, sweaters, and mitts.  Another change came in 1899, when a felt-making process was introduced and the mill was renamed  Code Felt. The company continued to operate until the closing of the factory in 1998. The following year, John Stewart began a major restoration and introduced new uses for this landmark. This impressive limestone complex with its central atrium now has an interesting mix of commercial tenants.-Perth Remembered


How did I get this?

I purchased this journal online from a dealer in California. I made every attempt to make sure the journal came back to its rightful location. Every day I will be  putting up a new page so its contents are available to anyone. It is a well worn journal full of glued letters and newspaper clippings which I think belonged to Code’s son Allan at one point. Yes there is lots of genealogy in this journal. I am going to document it page by page. This journal was all handwritten and hand typed. Read-More Local Treasure Than Pirate’s Booty on Treasure Island

How did it get into the United States?  The book definitely belonged to Allan Code and he died in Ohio in 1969.

Allan Leslie Code

1896–1969 — BIRTH 27 MAR 1896  Ontario—DEATH JUN 1969  Mentor, Lake, Ohio, USA


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”

The Thomas Alfred Code Journal – Letters-Part 6- Code Family– “Almost everything of an industry trial character had vanished in Innisville in 1882”

The Thomas Alfred Code Journal – Letters-Part 7- Code Family–“Thank God, no member of my family has disgraced me or the name!

The Thomas Alfred Code Journal – Letters-Part 8- Code Family– “We got a wool sack and put him inside and took him to the bridge”

The Thomas Alfred Code Journal – Letters-Part 9- Code Family –“I had much trouble in saving myself from becoming a first class liar”

The Thomas Alfred Code Journal – Letters-Part 10- Code Family – I conjured to myself: “You will know me later!” And Peter McLaren did.

The Thomas Alfred Code Journal – Letters-Part 11- Code Family –“I continued with bull dog tenacity for 12 years without salary”

The Thomas Alfred Code Journal – Letters-Part 12- Code Family–“Had I the course to go over again I would evade outside responsibilities beyond my share, even if it cost more”


The Thomas Alfred Code Journal – Letters-Part 13- Code Family–S. S. No. 17 Drummond, Innisville

The Thomas Alfred Code Journal – Letters-Part 14- Code Family–Letters from Mother Elizabeth Hicks

When Newspapers Gossiped–David Kerr Innisville

Kerr or Ennis? More about the Innisville Scoundrel

What Went Wrong with the Code Mill Fire in Innisville?



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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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