Greig Family — Carleton Place and Ramsay Lanark County

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Greig Family — Carleton Place and Ramsay Lanark County

The Gazette last week mentioned the death of Mrs. James Greig of Carleton Place, which occurred on the 24th of March, and this week is enabled to give some interesting particulars regarding her life. She was born in Paris, France, in 1811. Her father, Mr. Thos. Mansell, was an English weaver, who went to France about 1801. Soon thereafter war arose between England and France, and with hundreds of other English­ men, he was made a prisoner at Paris and could not escape. He married the widow of a French officer killed in war, and in 1811 their daughter, the late Mrs. Greig, was bom. In 1819 Mr.Mansell returned to England and Yorkshire, and here their only son Mr. A. T. Mansell, of Westmeath, now 82 years of age, was born.

 In 1820 the family came to Canada on the strength of reports sent back from relatives. For four years they lived near Brockville and then settled in Ramsay, near Almonte. The father died fifty years ago. The mother some years later. The former was 90 years of age, the latter 75. Mr. and Mrs. Greig were married in 1832. He was a native of Clarkmannshire, Scotland. They came to Carleton Place in 1863. 

For six years Mr. Greig operated the grist mill. Then he retired altogether from business- life and for many years the two enjoyed unbroken pleasures. 

The children living are Peter, James, Andrew, Mrs. Jas. Cram Alfred, Mrs. John Donaldson, Rohert and Christena.  The dead are John-Mrs. Templeton and Thomas. All the children were present at dinner on the day of the funeral, Robert and James coming from far western States and Mrs. Oram from Pilot Mound. The funeral took place on Saturday afternoon, interment  family plot in the 8th line Ramsay- cemetery, quite a number going from Almonte to join the cortege, some at Carleton Place and others as it neared the cemetery. Five sons and. her son-in-law were the pallbearers. April 3, 1903

1881 Census

Name:James Greig
Gender:Male
Marital status:Married
Age:75
Birth Year:1806
Birthplace:Scotland
Religion:Presbyterian
Nationality:Scotch (Scotish)
Occupation:Gentleman
Province:Ontario
District Number:111
District:Lanark South
Sub-District Number:H
Subdistrict:Carleton Place
Household Members:NameAgeJames Greig75Francess Greig70Christina Greig22

Friday December 12 1884, The Almonte Gazette p.3:
DEATH OF MR JAMES GREIG – Carleton Place had during the past week been called to mourn over the loss of two of her leading citizens. We chronicled last week the death of Mr A. McArthur, who was soon followed by Mr Jas Greig, father of Mr Thos Greig, barrister, of Carleton Place, and of Mr A.M. Greig, barrister, of Almonte. The deceased gentleman was born in Alloway, Clackmannshire, Scotland, in July, 1806, and removed from thence to Canada in 1830, and settled on a farm in Ramsay, where he continued until 1862. He then removed to Carleton Place, engaging in gristmilling and taking contracts, one of which was the building of the old lockup in this town. The local grist and oatmeal mills were bought by Henry Bredin from Hugh Boulton Jr. They continued to be operated by James Greig (1806-1884), who ran these mills from 1862 to 1868 after the death of Hugh Boulton Sr., founder of this first industry of the community. read-Working in the Grist Mill

Mr Greig finally retired from business in 1868 to enjoy the competency he had earned for himself by industry and frugality. In 1832 he married Frances J. Mansell, who is still living, and by whom he had eleven children – seven sons and four daughters – all of whom are living with the exception of the eldest son, who died about seven years ago. In February last deceased had a apoplectic stroke, from which he never recovered, but was able to be about, although unable to speak. It was however, evident to others that he was gradually failing, and on Friday last he breathed his last, and was buried on Monday in the 8th line cemetery, Ramsay, followed to the grave by a large circle of friends. Mr Greig was a Conservative in politics, though the man generally weighted with him before party. In religion he was a member of the Presbyterian church, and his late pastor, the Rev Mr Scott, officiated at the funeral. The deceased leaves one sister, Mrs Reisland, of Springfield, Illinois, his widow, 10 children, 18 grandchildren & 1 great-grandchild. Carleton Place has suffered lately in the removal by death of vary many of her oldest inhabitants.
courtesy of Gary Byron

Mrs Frances Grieg

Name:Francess Greig
Gender:Female
Age:70
Birth Year:1811
Birthplace:France
Religion:Presbyterian
Nationality:English
Occupation:M
Province:Ontario
District Number:111
District:Lanark South
Sub-District Number:H
Subdistrict:Carleton Place

Friday March 14 1930, The Almonte Gazette front page / Headline: JUDGE GREIG DEAD
A.M. Grieg Passes in 81st Year Distinguished Citizen Is Remembered For His Public Service
Mayor of Town and Warden of County County Judge In Bruce County Retiring About Three Years Ago
Was Law Partner of Late Judge Jamieson. Had the Distinction of Not having a Single Judgement
Reversed By a Superior Court. Funeral Friday.


Alfred Mansell Greig, late county judge of the County of Bruce, died in the Civic Hospital, on Wednesday, after an illness of some month’s duration. He was in his 81st year. He was born in the township of Ramsay near Almonte, son of the late Mr. and Mrs James Greig. After attending school at home & high school at Carleton Place, he studied law in Perth with the late F.A. Hall & graduated as an solicitor & barrister from Osgoode Hall in 1875. Setting up practice in his old home in the town of Almonte, he formed a partnership with the late Joseph Jamieson, who afterwards became Judge Jamieson of Guelph. After Mr. Jamieson’s elevation to the bench, he was in partnership for some years with the late Harold Jamieson & later took as his partner his only son, Percy A. Greig, who s still carrying on the old business in Almonte. In May, 1915, Mr. Grieg was appointed by the Borden government to the position of junior judge of Bruce county with residence at Walkerton, & held that position until his retirement in 1925. He efficiency filled that position during the 10 years of office, not one judgement of his being reversed by a superior court.


An Active Career
Judge Grieg had a busy career and took a deep interest in all the activities that tended to the welfare of the town of Almonte. He served as town councillor, was reeve for three years and also warden of Lanark county in 1885. Following that he was 3 years mayor of Almonte ad each time by acclamation. During his term as reeve, Almonte’s beautiful town all was erected. He was likewise town treasurer for many years. Mr. Greig was a candidate for the Ontario Legislature in the Conservative interest about 25 years ago but was defeated by a small majority. His church activities included a chairmanship of board of managers and a member of the session of St. John’s Presbyterian church. On the union of St. Andrew’s & St. John’s at Almonte some years ago, he continued as chairman of the board of managers & a member of the session of the United Church. Lodge Associations In fraternal societies, Judge Greig was a member of the I.O.O.F., Sons of Scotland, A.O.U.W. & R.O.F. At the time of his departure from Almonte, he was a director of the Rosamond Memorial Hospital, a position he held since the inception of that institution. He was also a director of the Almonte Rink Company and a member of the curling club. He was predeceased by his estimable wife, Annie M. Neilson Greig, in 1926, & is survived by 1 son & 1 daughter, Eleanor (Mrs Chas. E. Lindsay, of Chicago), also Percy A. Grieg, barrister, Almonte, one grandson, 2 grand-daughters and two sisters, Mrs James Cram, Fort William & Mrs John Steele, Carleton Place. The funeral will take place from the residence of his son, P.A. Grieg, Clyde street, on Friday at 2.30 o/clock to the Auld Kirk Cemetery.
courtesy of Gary Byron

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The Wilkie Lowry House on Highway 29

The Wilkie Lowry house was owned by my great grandfather, John Fairbairrn Greig, in the 1860sMy great r\andfather, Thomas Campbell Arthur (not MCArthur), married J F Greig’s daughter

Frances Josephine Greig. My grandmother,Jessie Miller Arthur,(Hamilton) was born and grew up in the house as did her eight brothers and sisters. TC. Arthur also ran the Appleton store as dd his uncle Thomas Arthur. Granny was a friend if Mrs Hollie Lowry. I believe they were both members of the ROCKY RIDGE WI. When the Arthurs left the farm they carved there initials on an upstairs window. 2021 marks 200 years since the first of my family arrived in Ramsay. )Robert and Thomas Mansell. Enjoy all your articles,Linda. Thanks so much
Judith Salley

James Greig was probably born in Carleton Place but newspaper notice of wedding (1896) says “of Cardinal, late of Montreal”. Couple seems to moved to Iowa USA shortly after their marriage but there is some evidence James Greig was in Iowa as early as 1888. James Greig may be the son or nephew of Carleton Place lawyer Thomas Greig (1839-1888) or of Carleton Place bookseller James F. Greig (1831-1876). He may also have been of the same family as Alex E. Greig (b. c1840) of Carleton Place or Ramsay Township who became Dean of the University of Saskatchewan and married Jessie Shaw (c1870-1965)

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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