Sarah Duff McPherson and John Paul — Mount Blow Farm


Name:Sarah McPherson
Birth Place:Canada
Residence:Carleton Place
Spouse Name:John Paul
Spouse Age:24
Spouse Gender:Male
Spouse Birth Place:Canada
Spouse Residence:Ramsay Township
Marriage Date:4 Jan 1860
Father Name:George McPherson
Mother Name:Jane Marr
Spouse Father Name:Andrew Paul
Spouse Mother Name:Euphemia Yule
Name:Sarah Duff McPherson
Birth Date:abt 1838
Birth Place:Canada
Death Date:26 Jun 1878
Death Place:Lanark, Ontario, Canada
Cause of Death:Puerpairal Convulsions
Name:John Paul
Marital Status:Married
Birth Year:abt 1822
Birth Place:Ireland
Residence Date:1891
Residence Place:Dalhousie and Sherbrooke North, Lanark North, Ontario, Canada
Relation to Head:Head
Religion:Free Church
Can Read:Yes
Can Write:Yes
French Canadian:No
Spouse’s Name:Sarah Paul
Father’s Birth Place:Ireland
Mother’s Birth Place:Ireland
Division Number:2
Neighbours:View others on page
Household MembersAgeRelationshipJohn Paul69HeadSarah Paul70WifeMartha Paul45DaughterArchable Paul32Son

As in the fall, when the frosts of winter creep o’er the land, Nature one by one calls away the flowers she cherishes, so the Lord, as the snows- of age begin to fall, calls home ones he loves. The last to receive what was to him a welcome. summons was Mr. John Paul, of “Mount Blow Farm,” Ramsay.

Mr. Paul had been ill only about a month from progressive paralysis,and the news came as a painful shock to his friends, who were hoping to soon see him around again not realizing the seriousness of his malady. He was a man universally admired and respected for his sterling character and upright life. Always ready to befriend the unfortunate or to lend a cheering hand where the shadows of sickness or death had fallen.

Bom in a house which stood on the site of the dwelling in which he died, he lived continuously for sixty-eight years on “Mount Blow Farm-” He was bom June 14th, 1835, his father being. the late Andrew Paul, who was one of the pioneer Scotch settlers of this section, as was also his mother, who before her marriage was Miss Effie Yuill. His father died in I800, and the responsibility’ of a family, of’ two brothers and six sisters fell on his shoulders. 

On 4th of January, 1860, he was united in marriage with Miss Sarah Duff McPherson. Their union was blessed with nine children—eight boys and one girl, of whom six survive—John L., Innisville ; George MoP., Sarnia ; William J.., on the homestead ; David M., Advocate, Thiessaton ; Jas. M., Oak Lake, Man., and the only daughter, Miss Effie B., Brockville. The dead are Andrew, Frank and Robert. Mrs. Paul died in 1871, and for eight years he lived alone, but in 1882 he married the widow of Mr. H. A. Robertson of Perth, who survives him. Deceased was a Presbyterian in religion, and all his life was closely connected with church work, more particularly with the Sunday school department.

For over forty years, first at the old eighth line church and later, at the eighth line (Greig’s) school, he taught Sunday school, instilling it to the irinds of the children the first principles of a true Christian life, and at the same time setting them a shining example in his own life. Hewas an elder in St. Andrew’s church, Almonte, which church he appealed to.

In politics he was a Liberal, but always supported that which he thought was for the best interests of the country. He was often urged to enter public life, but could never be prevailed upon to do so, preferring to distribute his efforts in doing good to the greatest number rather than contain his attention to any  line of work. He was a man without a known enemy, and his advice was eagerly sought after and readily given to all classes. 

His death has caused a vacancy in the countryside which will be felt for years, and which w ill not be easily filled. About 45 years ago he commenced the lime burning business, which he carried on successfully on his farm. A few years ago his son William was admitted to the business, which from that time was carried on under the firm name of J . Paul & Son. The funeral on Monday was a worthy tribute to a worthy man. The attendance was very large, and was representative of the whole district. The cortege was over a mile long, and as it wound its way to the eighth line cemetery gave indisputable evidence of the popularity of the deceased, and of the esteem and respect in which he was held. May 2, 1903 of an Apopletic Stroke.

Photo and text- North Lanark Regional Museum
James P. Paul -Interviewed November 4, 2013 by Sarah Chisholm
Catalogue No.: 2013.43.1
Duration: 42 minutes
Photo: L-R: Sarah, Jim
James P. Paul (Jim Paul) comes from a long line of farmers. He grew up on Mount Blow Farm in Ramsay which was started by the Paul family in 1821.
Mount Blow Farm operated as a mixed farm until the early 1900s and was well known for its lime kiln business which ran from the 1860s to 1908. In 1925 the farm began the transition from mixed farming to dairy farming, building a purebred Holstein herd. In 1951 Jim Paul officially joined his father and his brother on the farm. Mount Blow Farm continued to expand and evolve. The farm improved with the addition of milking machines, a bulk tank and a pipeline all added by 1970.
Jim speaks about the history of the farm, the equipment changes and also speaks about his father, Norman Paul. Norman Paul is well known in Lanark County for his whittlings and dioramas.
This is a great interview for anyone interested in the history of Ramsay, agriculture, in particular the dairy industry.

Related reading

Ken Manson– 1986 Interview with Helen & Jimmie Dodds –Side 1B — Bill Croft and Farm Machinery

The Wondrous Life of Norman Paul

The Amazing Mr. Paul

The Mysterious 5th Line ?????

Recollections of Bert Hazelwood 1973

About lindaseccaspina

Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda was a fashion designer, and then owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa on Rideau Street from 1976-1996. She also did clothing for various media and worked on “You Can’t do that on Television”. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off on American media she finally found her calling. She is a weekly columnist for the Sherbrooke Record and documents history every single day and has over 6500 blogs about Lanark County and Ottawa and an enormous weekly readership. Linda has published six books and is in her 4th year as a town councillor for Carleton Place. She believes in community and promoting business owners because she believes she can, so she does.

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