The History of St. James Woods

The History of St. James Woods

Photo- Mark Smith

This is from 2013 St. James Woodlot Trail dedication (Mark) Recommend that Council name the 20 Acres of Natural Environment North of the North Industrial Park as “St James Woods”, and dedicate the trails to Mr. John Hardisty Sellers, a Town Urban Forest Committee Member who also looked after these woods for the Anglican Church. This would officially confirm the current status of this area that was done by the Anglican Church as per the sign at the trails entrance by the cemetery. Location: Ramsay Con 7 PT Lot 2 RP 27R9978 Parts 2 and 3 (from Mr. Phil Hogan) : Common locale- West of the Anglican Cemetery on Ramsay 8, North of Bates Drive in the North Industrial Park.– Mark Smith

St. James Woods Trail

The early history up to 2005 was from John Sellers who was very big in managing the Woodlot. I was asked by the wardens if I could help out after his passing and I did but not to the extent that John did.
I have put in the map where all the trails are. You will note on the map there is a blank space. This is Sonnenburg Woods and the trails go across this piece of Town property.

Jim McCready

Thanks to Jim McCready for getting this from St. James Anglican Church for us to document

St. James Cemetery

Searchable Database of Parish Records

The church cemetery is situated adjacent to the 8th Line of Ramsay Township, immediately north of the Town of Carleton Place, about a kilometre north of the church.St. James Cemetery was founded on what is known as “Clergy Lands.” This land was granted to Protestant Churches under the 1791 Constitution. Over the years, the granting of these lands became a political issue and eventually the lands reverted to the Crown.

In 1856 the parish of St. James purchased the land for the sum of 100 pounds. For many years, the land supplied the wood for heating the Church and Rectory.St. James Cemetery dates back to circa 1834, the date of the founding of the Parish. Sometime between 1871 and 1890, George Dummert, who had emigrated from England in 1871, was asked to draw up a plan of plots for the cemetery. Prior to then there wasn’t an official plan.In 1903, a vault was constructed and for many years it was used by all denominations in Carleton Place. (In Canada the earth often freezes six feet deep and a temporary interment space is needed until the spring). Many of the pioneers of the Town of Carleton Place and many of St. James’ faithful parishioners rest in our cemetery. Decoration Sunday is held on the middle Sunday of August.The Right Reverend Robert Jefferson, Bishop of Ottawa from 1939-54, in his book Faith of our Fathers refers to St. James Cemetery as “now regarded as one of the finest private cemeteries in Canada.” The Parish of St. James is proud of that accolade.

In, memory of, Jacob Bond, who died, May 9, 1878, aged 37 Y’rs – also his, infant child, Joseph Francis, who died July 24, 1874 AE 1 Y’r & 11 mos.
Once repaired and now discarded.

For all you city folk as they say that read my pages– Carleton Place has a lot of amazing trails.. I already posted St. James Woods– today another surprise with Robert McClellan and Jill Heinerth– Yesterday I learned about crevices etc etc. on the St. James Walk– what will I learn today on the Mississippi Riverwalk trail.

Photos by Mark Smith of St. James Woods

Photos by Mark Smith of St. James Woods

Jim McCready
11:41 AM (2 hours ago)

to me, Joanne

A bit of history which is not documented but told to me by Old Butcher Bill Bennett.
The cement structure you see in one of Mark’s photo was a watering hole for his cattle. Bill would graze his cattle in the open fields by Ramsay 7th line. He would then heard his cattle up the main trail to the watering structure. That is why you can see remains of fencing on both sides of the trail to keep the cattle out of the Woodlot.
This structure is now on Sonnenburg Woods .

Take Care

Photos by Mark Smith of St. James Woods

Thanks to everyone who put this together!!

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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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