Helen Isabella Murdoch Campbell— Remembering Commerce Ship Settlers

Helen Isabella Murdoch Campbell— Remembering Commerce Ship Settlers

The Weekly British Whig
Kingston, Ontario, Canada
09 Nov 1916, Thu  •  Page 5

In the first year of immigration, 1820, many of the settlers arrived at Lanark very late in
the season. The Commerce had docked at Quebec City on June 20th allowing her 402
passengers to reach the settlement by midsummer. But the other vessels did not arrive at
Quebec until late summer; the Brock on August 20th and the Prompt on August 31st, meaning
their 546 settlers did not arrive at Lanark until early autumn.. read more here–CLICK HERE

           Eighty-three years ago Lanark’s first post office was established with Mr. J.A. Murdock as postmaster. At that time and indeed until 1851 it was controlled by the English post office. Mails were not so frequent as now and were carried on horseback from Perth. John Hall acquired the position in 1834 and appears on the scene of incoming and outgoing mail bags until 1854 when A.G. Hall succeeded to the office. This gentleman resigning in 1858 left an opening for William Moorehouse, who was appointed on Oct. 1st of that year. He held office for less than three years, resigning on April 1st, 1861. A.G. Hall was reappointed on Oct. 1st, 1861, and remained the incumbent till his death which took place January, 1866. William Robertson next took the position on April 1st, 1866, was removed from office in December, 1872, and Alexander Munro appointed. In 1874, however, William Robertson was reappointed and remained till the 11th March, 1879, when he resigned and A.P. Bower thereafter ruled behind the scenes, until 1882, when Mr. MacLean was asked to step in. The Lanark post office was made a money order office on the establishment of money order offices in Canada in 1855 and a savings bank business was established in 1868.
That peaceful residential part of Lanark now known as Beatty Corner was once the neighbourhood where two taverns flourished, viz, Buffam‘s, mentioned before, and Mrs. Lamont‘s. The Lamont inn supplied a sort of home for the shantymen when off work and many tales are told of the roistering times passed within its hospitable walls. — CLICK Here
Name:Helen Isabella Campbell
Birth Date:abt 1831
Birth Place:Lonark Co
Death Date:21 Oct 1916
Death Place:Lanark, Ontario, Canada
Cause of Death:Senility

On Saturday, October 21, Helen Isabella Murdoch, widow of John Gray Campbell who died one year and three months ago. Aged 85 years 11 months. He father the late John A. Murdoch, brother in Aberdeen and her mother Jean Hall, from Clackmannan were among settlers on the “Commerce” in 1820. They married in Lanark Village shortly after and had family of ten. She married June 16, 1852 by Thomas Fraser, Presbyterian, Lanark. To Elmwood.

Name:Helen Isabella Campbell
Birth Date:10 Nov 1830
Birth Place:Lanark County, Ontario, Canada
Death Date:21 Oct 1916
Death Place:Perth, Lanark County, Ontario, Canada
Cemetery:Elmwood Cemetery
Burial or Cremation Place:Perth, Lanark County, Ontario, Canada
Has Bio?:Y
Spouse:John Gray Campbell
Children:Peter Gray CampbellJohn Murdoch CampbellEva WalkerAlma Hall RuddAlexander Bower CampbellLorne Argyll CampbellMary Isabella BurnsAnnie Gray MacGillivray

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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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