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Looking for a Bathurst School House– Can you Help?


Hi Linda

I was curious if you had any information on a small school that used to be on the Bathurst line west ( what it’s called now but maybe concession 11?) It’s built on part lot 1 Dalhousie township on the western side of said lot and the foundation is still present. We have owned the property for a number of years and have found little info. Sorry that should read part lot 9. Owner of the lot in 1879 was a B. Avery. Owner of the east side of lot 9 was a Cameron. Thanks.

Doyou have any information? Please email me sav_77@yahoo and I will forward it to Dan Hunton. Thank you!


Maple Grove Public School (after 1969)
Bathurst S.S. #1 and #15
Tay Valley twp.
Glen Tay Public School
Bathurst S.S. #3,4,12,13,15
Tay Valley twp.
Glen Tay Public School
Bathurst S.S. #5
Tay Valley twp.
Glen Tay Public School (after 1967)
Bathurst S.S. #5,6,7,8,9,10,11
Tay Valley twp.
Glen Tay Public School
Bathurst S.S. #7
Tay Valley twp.
Glen Tay Public School (after 1967)
Bathurst S.S. #8
Tay Valley twp.
Glen Tay Public School (after 1967)
S.S. No. 5-10 Bathurst
Tay Valley twp.
Glen Tay Public School (after 1967)
S.S. #11 Bathurst (MacVeigh’s)
MacVeigh Rd., Perth
Glen Tay Public School
S.S. #12 Bathurst
Tay Valley twp.
Glen Tay Public School
S.S. #7 and #18 North Burgess and Bathurst (Centre Scotch Line)
Upper Scotch Line Rd., Perth
Glen Tay Public School (after 1967)
SS#1 – North Burgess & SS#2 Bathurst (same book)
513 Upper Scotch Line Rd., Perth
Tay Valley twp.
Glen Tay Public School
S.S. #11 and #14 Drummond (Bathurst)
Tay Valley twp.

Schools on the Bathurst Line

The Lanark Era
Lanark, Ontario, Canada
06 Nov 1918, Wed  •  Page 5
The Lanark Era
Lanark, Ontario, Canada
10 Jan 1917, Wed  •  Page 5

The Lanark Era
Lanark, Ontario, Canada
06 Dec 1911, Wed  •  Page 1

The Real Last Duel– Over a Dog? Bathurst Courier

Drummond, Lanark, Darling, Dalhousie, Bathurst and North and South Sherbrooke –Be Ready to March — 1838

A Lost Letter — Reverend Canon Thomas Leech and Mary Empey Leech

A Lost Letter — Reverend Canon Thomas Leech and Mary Empey Leech

According to Ancestry.ca Mary Rombough Empey Leech married Rev. Thomas Leech on Tuesday June 25,1901 in Lanark, Ontario. This letter that I rescued was mailed from Carleton Place, Ontario on February 23, 1896, so they were not married yet.

Mary was born in 1862, so she was 39 years of age and he was 38 years of age when they married. They had one child Mary Adelaide (middle name named after her Grandmother) Leech and she was born June 19, 1902. On Jun 1921 •  she lived in Loughboro Township, Frontenac, Ontario, Canada, single and lived with the family in the family with Kingston. Their daughter Mary Adelaide LEECH was born on June 19, 1902, in Leeds, Ontario, her father, Thomas, was 39, and her mother, Mary, was 40. She died in 1996 at the age of 94.

This letter written from Mary Empey Leech to Thomas Leech from Mary was addressed to Reverend Leech in Bathurst Ontario–stamped Carleton Place on the front and Bancroft on the back. It begins:

Carleton Place February 23, 1896

My dearest love,

There is only J. the wee lad and myself here today. Father and Mother are both in Ottawa. We hope the change may do them both much good- Too many remark how much dear old father has failed this winter- I feel quite downhearted some nights as I come in from work and find him so miserable. However, if he gets along through Spring he may feel smart and stronger in the summer. This winter has been very trying to so many people.

How have you managed dear to get through the deep snow this month? Are you glad the Archbishop has made his visit? Helps your mission. Am sorry the Brotherhoods will not be with you sooner. I suppose however that he is coming and begin duty in his new field at easter. How have you and Mrs. Mallet settled in? I drove home (horse) part of the way this morning for a chat with your father and Ettie. Your mother stayed in town as it was lucky it was a mild day.

Say? dear home– You follow in a “careless rut” with writing to the home-folks- perhaps you have written within the last fortnight- have not heard any complaints since two weeks ago.

Maggie and Hattie attend church very regularly. Edith and ? are not so regular- they attend all the funerals though. I was joking with Hattie about W. the other day. She is very comfortable and I think very happy. This is Lent so I must abstain dear for sending you too long a letter. Will send you a copy of the “Passion of Jesus” which we are having here during this Lenten season. You may give it to Mrs. Sargeant. Perhaps she could get it up for Passion Week. We are not taking the “Story of the Crosses” on last page on as it would be long all taken together at one service. Think you will like it. once more dear love adieu. Yours as ever.


Thanks for sending the writing paper send another soins ( in care of her) Thank you

I would like to know how high the “snow mountains” are there. Cannot bear ours. ( snow drifts)

Rev Thomas Leech

DEATH1951 (aged 87–88)
BURIALSaint James CemeteryCarleton Place, Lanark County, Ontario, Canada  Show Map
MEMORIAL ID197173302 · View Source
Mary R. Empey Leech
1946 (aged 83–84)
Saint James Cemetery
Carleton Place, Lanark County, Ontario, Canada  Show Map
197173303 · View Source
Mary Rombough Leech (Empey)
Also Known As:“Leach”
Birthdate:June 26, 1862
Birthplace:Osnabruck Centre, Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry United Counties, Ontario, Canada
Death:1946 (83-84)
Place of Burial:Carleton Place, Lanark County, Ontario, Canada
Immediate Family:Daughter of Hamilton Nevis Empey and Adelaide M Empey
Wife of Thomas Leech, Reverend
Mother of Mary Adelaide Leech
Sister of Jean Graham HunterBessy Empey and Adelaide Empey
Mary R. Empey Leech
CEMETERY:St. James Anglican Church, Carleton Place
BURIAL PLACE:Lanark Ontario Canada
NOTES:Leech Rev. Thomas Leech M.A. Canon 1863 – 1951 His Beloved Wife Mary R. Empey 1862 – 1946 Beloved Parents Of Mary Adelaide New Every Morning Is The Love
Name:Mary Rombough Leech
[Mary Rombough Empey] 
Race:Scottish (Scotish)
Birth Date:26 Jun 1861
Birth Place:Ontario
Death Date:19 Jul 1946
Death Place:9th Line, Lanark, Ontario, Canada
Father:Hamilton N Empey
Mother:Adelaide Empey
Spouse:Canon T Leech
Certificate Number:027868

The Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
01 Aug 1946, Thu  •  Page 14

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Rev Canon Leech 1951 death

The Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
25 Sep 1973, Tue  •  Page 44

Text and Photos Donna Mcfarlane

Linda I remember as a very young girl visiting this gentleman at Xmas to deliver a Xmas tree from our farm.. he was born there and had tears in his eyes when he saw the tree….. i think this is the one you wrote about this ( yes I did LOLOL)—i may have been four at the time but because of the fact he said he was born beside the fireplace —-i remembered him is a photo of the house where he was born which was destroyed by fire sept 17 1954…..Lot 12 conc 9 Beckwith— House destroyed by fire Sept 17 1954. Picture was taken Xmas 1946–mom and dads first xmas there after moving from Lake Avenue in Carleton Place

Text and Photos Donna Mcfarlane

Donna was born when they lived on Lake avenue Jan 6 1945 and they moved Sept 1946 to the farm. Her Mom hated to leave the house in town and move to country with no hydro and no water inside.

The porch was on the lane side of the house and ran fun length of stone house then another porch alongside the summer kitchen and separator room ending at woodshed. The stones at right under porch of stone house then the frame summer kitchen then the woodshed.. behind the house and a wee bit back you will see the drive shed.. in the far rear is the barns

Bathurst in 1896

The Ottawa Journal
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
22 Aug 1896, Sat  •  Page 1

The Remains of the Bethel Methodist Church

The Remains of the Bethel Methodist Church


Photo by: fiso

Bethel Methodist Church

Concession 11, Bennett Lake, Bathurst

In 1893, the Bethel Methodist Church was built. The brick building was erected to replace an old log building which was much too small for the congregation. In order to start a fund for the building of the church, Mr. William Pratt donated $100. Dedicated to the cause, Mr. Pratt also collected funds for the church, gathering $300 in one day. Members from the community all pitched in where they could donating money, lumber and hard work.


Photo by: fiso

Mr. Dick Campbell was responsible for the stone work, the Bishop Bros did the framework and Messrs. Charlton and Buchanan did the brick work. The minister at the time, Reverend Barry Pierce painted the church. During the construction of the church, the workers boarded free of charge at Mr. William Pratt’s. The church was free of debt when it was completed, and with the small remaining funds, a shed was built for the church.


Photo by: fiso

The church held no socials or suppers and people donated what they could. Money, food, fuel and horse fodder were all donated to the minister from church goers. The first wedding to be held in the church was between Thomas North and Margaret Pratt, and the last wedding, the union of Harold McGinnis and Violet VanAlstine was held in 1942.

In 1947 Maberly’s sister church, Bethel United Church, built in 1893 and located eight miles north of Maberly on the 11th concession of Bathurst Township, collapsed. The roof collapsed in 1959 and at this point the building had been vacant for some time. A monument can be found where the church once stood on Bennett Lake Road.  With files from Tay Valley History


Photo by : fiso

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 and The Tales of Almonte

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The Harper Family of Perth

The Harper Family of Perth


Rev. W. G. T. Brown (1873-1951)

W. T. L. Harper (1907-1990)

By D. B. Anderson (1932 – )

After the close of Napoleon s career in Europe in 1815, many British soldiers and some naval men obtained land in what was familiarly known as the Perth settlement.

The little town of Perth did not spring up spontaneously. The site was chosen by the Government as the head of a district lying north of the Midland and Johnstown districts, comprising a great part of the Ottawa Valley in Upper Canada. Men were hired to clear the land and to erect certain buildings necessary for the administration of Justice.

To the Perth settlement from Queens County, Ireland, came James, Joseph and Ephraim Harper, with their sister, Mary Ann. Joseph Harper was born around 1766 at Cootehill, County Cavan, Ireland. He served in the Yeomanry Militia during the Irish rebellion of 1798. He was not a soldier but, like many others, he came hoping to improve his lot and find a future for his children. It is not easy to visualize the long weary journey, weeks tossing on the Atlantic in a small wooden sailing ship, crowded with seasick passengers and without the conveniences of our very poorest vessels of the present day.

He and his wife, Mary Boyle, with daughters Mary, Jane, Ellen and Nancy, arrived in Canada on the “Prince Augusta” on June 2,1818. During the crossing their son, John, was buried at sea. He had been injured on the playground at school and was
afterwards a cripple. Nancy, a child of but six years, who did not suffer from seasickness, as did the others, remembered the tears and sad outcry of her stricken mother that “she had left all her friends in Ireland, and now her one little son in the sea”.

From Quebec the family travelled up the St. Lawrence to Montreal and thence still farther up by boat and portage to either Prescott or Brockville. From the St. Lawrence, the settlers would push their way back through the woods and swamps, crossing many streams that no longer exist, finally reaching Perth. Here the Government had erected some sort of protection on the “island” for immigrant families, where they might remain until the husband and father had “drawn” his land made a trip to it and built some rude shelter of logs and brush.

Joseph Harper secured land in the township of North Burgess on Lot NE 15, Conc. 8 on July 23, 1818. and there he removed with his wife and their four daughters: Mary, Jane, Ellen and Nancy. On January 31, 1819, in a rude shanty in the woods, a son was born and named Ephraim Boyle Harper. Some time later on November 5, 1820, a daughter Elizabeth (Bessie) was born.

Harper was a weaver and, as it was still the day of the hand-loom, he seems to have done a good business among the settlers. Alas, the burden of making a home in the wilderness fell heavily on his daughters. However, the family prospered and soon had not only the work oxen of every pioneer, but horses also.

The girls were good horsewomen. An occasional trip on horseback to Perth and some visits to a more distant neighbourhoods helped to relieve the monotony of life in the bush. Mary and Jane had been to boarding school in Clonmel, Ireland, but Ellen and Nancy were too young to leave their parents before the migration to Canada. As there was no school in the wilds, these two girls were never in school, but did receive some education at home. Later this was supplemented by their brother, Ephraim, while little more than a child himself. Ellen was fond of good reading and had a memory stored with the Bible and Shakespeare, Milton and other great English classics.

In their old age, Ellen and Nancy, who could remember little or nothing of Ireland, had stories to tell of their fun and mishaps in the woods of Canada – stories that had to do with horseback riding, riding colts without saddles and being thrown in mud or snow.

One story of another type of escapade must have come from their very early years. Their father had a large hollow basswood cut into suitable lengths and cleaned out for storing grain. The two little girls thought one of these might provide the thrill of a swift downhill ride. Nancy’s turn came first. She got in and Ellen started the block on its way. Once started, there was no stopping it till the bottom of the hill was reached, while inside the wild screams told of a head being bumped from side to side in the wildly careening log, as it gathered speed down the rough hill.

Mary Harper, born in Ireland November 9, 1802, was the eldest child of Joseph and Mary (Boyle) Harper.In 1822, before she had completed her twentieth year, she married John Deacon. He had come to Canada from Kilkenny, Ireland in 1816, the son of an Irish family of the Perth settlement. (Marriage Bonds of Ontario – 1803-1834)

John Deacon of Drummond, yeoman and Mary Harper of Burgess, spinster, March 25, 1822 at Perth, Ontario.

Bondsmen: Joseph Harper of Burgess and Samuel Churchill of Ramsay, yeomen.

She settled with her husband in the township of North Burgess, afterwards moving to Perth in 1825. In 1842 they moved to South Sherbrooke, where Mr. Deacon engaged in the lumber trade. He later served as Magistrate,Councillor, and Reeve.

To them were born seventeen children, of whom six died in infancy, but eleven lived well beyond middle age. The names of these were: Ellen (Mrs. Sam Mitchell), John, James, Henry, William, Joseph, Thomas, Eliza Jane (Mrs.Thomas Dowdall), Ephraim, Richard and Mary Ann (Mrs. John McMunn)..

Mary (Harper) Deacon died December 28, 1877, her husband on May 12, 1866. They are buried in the Old Methodist Burying Ground, Robinson Street, Perth.

Jane Harper, born in Ireland in 1805, was the second daughter of Joseph and Mary (Boyle) Harper. She married an Irishman from County Cavan, Ireland, named Thomas McCue (1798-June 18, 1880). Their first location was on the 11th concession of Bathurst, but they found the land was entirely worthless and were compelled
to abandon it after a year or two. McCue bought part of a clergy reserve lot in the 8th concession of Bathurst and here they made their home till their death.

Jane had a severe illness when a young girl and was never robust afterwards, although she lived to a great age. Her husband died on June 18, 1880 at 82 years, and she died on June 4, 1891, aged 86 years, both of senile debility. They
had no children.

Ellen Harper, born in Ireland on January 14, 1810, was the third daughter of Joseph and Mary (Boyle) Harper.On September 3,1833 she married an Irishman, Thomas Gallagher, who was born January 10, 1810, in County Tyrone,near the village of Clogher.

He was one of at least seven children born in the house still known as Fardross. They lived there in their youth andthat is where their mother died.This estate has been in the possession of the Glodstanes for generations. How it was in the possession of the Gallagher family for years is not known. They were possibly charged a small rent to care for the place when the owners did not come to Ireland for a period of years. The family was apparently quite prosperous, as the sons received a much better education than the majority of young men of their day. Two of the sons, James and John, remained in Ireland and some of their descendants are still there. Thomas came to the Perth Settlement in 1829, when 19 years of age.

After their marriage they seem to have lived for a time in Burgess, but soon moved to a farm in Bathurst on the Tay River, a few miles above Perth. Here they began to make a home for themselves, though Thomas was never a successful farmer, nor an expert axe-man, a skill which was very much needed in the clearing of forest land. He seemed to have been expert around the small grist and sawmills of the day and his education made him useful also in the office management of these little enterprises.

A good measure of success attended the efforts of the young couple and their growing family for several years, until they were driven from their home and lost the fruits of their labor. It is not possible at this time to know the whole story
of the disaster that was too common in the early settlement of the country. Land was granted by the Government and at times purchased without careful survey of titles.

The occupants of certain farms in the Perth Settlement found that their titles were irregular. Some had the opportunity of re-purchase at reasonable rates and others had not. Apparently, Thomas had not. Fraud, incompetence and neglect had each a share in the condition but, in every case, the settler was the sufferer. The earnings and the hard labour of the family were all gone. It was an awful blow and one of which they hardly ever spoke. There was a story of neighbourly kindness when this happened. The indignant settlers came to the Gallagher’s and said, “We want you to go to a neighbour’s house and do not come out, nor ask any questions, nor know anything that is going on”. Then,from all about, came the men with their oxen, pulled down the log house, moved it across the river to a new site and there rebuilt it and soon the little home was ready again for the family.

They had eight children:

Thomas (August 20, 1834 – December 1, 1856)

John (January 29, 1836 – December 1, 1856)

Harriet (July 5, 1838 – April 14, 1880) – married James Brown.

Ephraim (March 22, 1840 – September 7, 1858)

William (May 28, 184? – June 4, 1917) – after the death of his brothers, he had to assume much of the burden of the farm, though he was quite young at the time. He never married.

Joshua Adams (July 16, 1844 – October 7, 1917) – married Margaret Linton

James Joseph (July 12, 1846 – January 22, 1928) – married Margaret Robinson .

Henry Deacon (August 16, 1851 – May 5, 1909) – married Ida Holmes and lived in Brockville.There was no farm, but the father was not tied to the land as other settlers and, were it not for anxiety about his growing family, he might have continued in other employment. When his older sons almost reached manhood, he rented a farm in the rear of Bathurst. The family, however, had to pass through greater sorrows than the loss of property.

The two older sons, Thomas and John, aged 22 and 20 years, were drowned together in the Mississippi River on December 1, 1856. The rented farm lay on this stream and the two sons, perhaps not thoroughly acquainted with the river, broke through
the ice. Both were strong swimmers and had broken much ice in their efforts to get out. No one could hear their cries and at last they sank exhausted. Nearly two years later, their next son, Ephraim, died after a long illness on September 7, 1858. Their deaths almost killed the mother and indeed she never fully recovered, though she lived to be a very old woman.

Later, Thomas bought a farm near the little village of Fallbrook, about a mile distant from the one he had rented but he continued to find employment elsewhere. He was a man six feet two inches in height, who never worried, never had a headache, never missed a meal and never had a severe accident and so, at a great age was able to boast that he had never had a spoonful of medicine from a doctor.

Ellen (Harper) Gallagher died in Fallbrook, near Perth, on October 3,1897, when she was 87 years and nine months old. Her husband, Thomas, died four years later on December 22, 1901, when he was nearly 92 years.

Mary Ann (Nancy) Harper, born in Ireland on October 2, 1811, was the fourth daughter of Joseph and Mary (Boyle)

Harper. She married Henry Sleigh (Sly) from South Crosby, on March 12,1835. They had one daughter, Mary Jane Sleigh (December 17, 1836 – July 14, 1910).

Mary Jane married William J. Keays on May 30, 1860 (1833-November 7, 1897). They had the following children:

William J. (1862-1929) – married 1) Angeline Churchill (1861-Apr. 17, 1891) buried Old Methodist Burying Ground

2) Susan Jones.

Annie H. (Mrs. Alfred J. Bell) 1885-1945 – buried in Elmwood Cemetery with her husband.

Ellen Jane (Jennie) (1867-1918) – married 1) E. James Foley 2) Howard Buffam.

Ephraim D.(1871-1911) – married Elizabeth F. McNaughton – buried Elmwood Cemetery.

Minnie M. (Mrs. Frederick Leighton) 1876-1905 – buried in plot with mother, father and brother, Harry.

Henry (Harry) (1879-1952) – unmarried. Buried in Elmwood Cemetery with mother, father and sister, Minnie.

After the death of her husband, Henry Sleigh (Sly/Slye), Nancy married John Bowes on February 27, 1850. It is said he left for the United States the day of their marriage and never returned.

One child, John, was born on June 20, 1850. He married Ann Elizabeth Bell (Sept. 21, 1853 – July 27, 1934).

To them were born three children:

Esther Wilhelmina (Nov. 22, 1878) – married John Crosbie. No children.

Harriet Ann (May 1, 1880 – Mar. 6, 1963) – married Rev. Dawson D. Elliott. No children.

Alfred Anson (Mar. 23, 1883 – Mar. 31, 1965) – 1) Ida Margaret Warren.

2) Margaret Rebecca Wilson.

One daughter, Helen Margaret (Apr. 26, 1943 – Aug. 15, 1945).

For many years, John was assessor in the township of Bathurst and was widely known and respected. He died on November 14, 1931.

Mary Ann (Harper) Sleigh/Bowes died on October 31, 1895. She is buried in a marked grave in Elmwood Cemetery.


HARPER, Ephraim B. M.A. D.D. was born in 1819 in Ontario, was received on trial in 1841 and died in 1902, 1844 Thorold, 1846 E.Flamboro, 1846 Stamford/Niagara, 1851 Bathurst Tp., 1851-1855 Elm St. Toronto West circuit, 1866-1869 Chairman Ottawa, 1870-1872 Norfolk St. Guelph (Wellington Co.)

Ephraim Boyle Harper, the only surviving son of Joseph and Mary (Boyle) Harper, was born the year following the arrival of the family in Canada on January 31, 1819.He married Susannah Street, second daughter of Samuel Street, on May 20, 1846 at her father’s home in Thorold, Ontario. They had eight children, Cecil, Laura, Bertha, Selina (Sept.4, 1852-Nov.11, 1856) and Samuel (Aug. 1847 -Oct. 5, 1849). Only Cecil, Laura and Bertha lived to maturity..

Ephraim was accepted for the Methodist ministry and served almost all the leading pulpits of Methodism in Canada,winning honors in Hebrew, Chaldee, Arabic and Syraic, having a working knowledge of fourteen languages. He died on February 6,1902 at the home of his son, Cecil, in Nantasket, Mass., and was buried at Norval, Ontario.

Elizabeth (Bessie) Harper, youngest child of Joseph and Mary (Boyle) Harper, was born in the township of North

Burgess November 5,1820. She moved to the township of Bathurst with her parents about 1832.

Close by the Harper home, on Lot 22, Concession 9 of Bathurst Township, lived Michael Foley and his family, among which was his son, Thomas.

In the year 1834, Thomas Foley (1817-1894) sailed from Ireland with his parents, Michael and Margaret, and his siblings, Matthew (1810), Mary (1815), Catherine (1825-1913), Ann (1825), and Peter (1831). A brother, Patrick, had arrived before them in 1832. A sister, Margaret, was born in Upper Canada, Bathurst Township in 1836.

His father, Michael, was born in County Carlowe about 1783 and his mother, Margaret (Cherfer/Cheverus) was born in County Wexford in 1789. Although in their forties, his parents faced the unknown of this wild country and were looking forward to something better than what they had left in Ireland. After a number of years, an impressive stone
house was built, which stands to this day high up on the hill.

At the age of thirty, Thomas married Elizabeth Harper on May 25, 1847 in St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church in Perth, in the presence of his brother Patrick and sister Catherine. Although Elizabeth was a Methodist of the Church of England and Thomas was Roman Catholic, the difference in religion was not considered to be a significant factor until much later in life.

Thomas and Elizabeth lived in a log house on Lot 21, Concession 9 next to his father, Michael. They had six sons and four daughters, all of whom grew to maturity.

Ellen, born May, 1848, never married.

John Harper, born August 26, 1849, married Esther Annie Clayton (1860-1929). He died in Innisfail, Alberta on June 3, 1930.

Thomas Harper, born April, 1851, never married. He died November 14, 1887.

Michael Harper, born January, 1853, never married. He died March 31, 1894.

James Joseph, born January, 1855, married a distant cousin, Ellen Jane Keays. He died March 27, 1891.

Matthew Levi, born September 13, 1856, married Jean Orpha McMartin. He left his wife and baby daughter,

Hilda, in Perth to make his way out to Western Canada, taking part in the Klondike Gold Rush a few years later.

He died March 13, 1936 and is buried in Ocean View Cemetery, Burnaby, B.C.

At the time of Thomas Foley’s death on July 25, 1894, there was religious bickering with his sister, Catherine (Foley) Smith, who insisted he be buried in the Roman Catholic cemetery of St. John the Baptist at Perth. Only his wife, Elizabeth, sons Aaron and John, and spinster daughters Ellen and Caroline were mentioned in his will dated June 8, 1893.

Mary Ann, who married George McLellan, was living in Perth at the time of the birth of her son, Laurence, in 1899 but later moved to Vancouver, B.C.

It was on December 29,1899 that Elizabeth (Harper) Foley died after a few days illness from pneumonia. She was buried in Elmwood Cemetery, Perth, beside her children Thomas, Michael, James and Eliza Jane. Her son, Aaron,was buried in the same plot at the time of his death from tuberculosis in 1900 and daughter, Caroline, also died from tuberculosis in 1905. Their graves are marked by three tall tombstones, engraved with their names.

Sadly, the family were separated from their father by religion, both in life and death.

Joseph Harper’s first wife, Mary (Boyle) Harper, it would seem, was some years younger than her husband. Her death took place many years before his. His second wife was Mrs. Jane (Bowles) Churchill, widow of Samuel Churchill, of Lanark – who had six children. On March 10, 1835, the marriage was performed by Rev. M. Harris (Bathurst Courier,March 13, 1835). His daughter Mary Ann (Nancy) married Henry Sleigh just two days later, on March 12, 1835.

Joseph Harper and his wife Jane (Churchill) sold the farm at North Burgess to a William McLean on May 13.1841.

They then purchased 66 2/3 acres of Lot northwest 21, Concession 6, in the township of Bathurst on October 2,1843 from a William Glascott for £140.00. Glascott had secured the land from the Crown. When the family moved from North Burgess to the township of Bathurst, the Post Office was named Harper and the hamlet familiarly known as Harper’s Corners.

His wife, Jane, though younger, predeceased him and, when a very old man, he was left without his once substantial property. He died at the home of his daughter, Jane (Mrs. Thomas McCue) on November 21,1874 at the age of 108 years, where she and her sister Nancy had cared for him most tenderly. His death and age are recorded in the United Church Archives, Christ Church Cathedral, Ottawa, Ontario.

His remains were interred in the St. James Church burial ground in Perth, Ontario. The Rev. R. L. Stevenson officiated at his funeral service.

At the time of Joseph Harper’s death in 1874, his son Rev. Ephraim Boyle Harper was Wesleyan minister at Port Hope, Ontario. Two of his grandsons were Judge Deacon and Thomas Deacon, MPP for North Renfrew. A nephew, the son of his sister Mary Anne, Rev. William Bennington Curran was minister in the Church of England in Galt, Ontario.

(Pembroke Observer, December 4, 1874).

Received from: Dolores Anderson




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A post office in Bathurst Township, Lanark County, Ontario 7 miles west of
Perth, the county seat, nearest bank and railway point. It contains a
Methodist church and public school. Stage daily to Perth. Pop, 60.

Joseph Warren, Postmaster

Butler John, butcher
Leighton Miles, blacksmith
Marguerat Henry, cabinet maker
Rae George, agricultural implements
Warren Joseph, general store

…from 1898-99 Eastern Ontario Gazetteer and Directory

HARPER, a post settlement in Lanark County, Ontario, 7 miles from Perth, on the C.P.R. It contains 1 Methodist church, school, telephone office, blacksmith shop, cheese factory, 2 stores and 1 private bank. Pop. 60  ...from Lovell’s 1906 Canada Gazetteer

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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)




Jonathon Francis and Margaret Carswell– From Scotland and Ireland to Pakenham

The Sad Tale of the Foley Family–Foley, Harper, Sly, Bowes & Elliott

PATERSON Families of Ramsay Township

James Stewart Ferguson– Lanark County Genealogy


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What Came First in Lanark County? The Chicken Or the Egg?

What Came First in Lanark County? The Chicken Or the Egg?




Some of Lanark County’s Firsts’

First name was Bathurst District.

First white settler, William Merrick, founder of  *Merrickville

First *party of settlers from Scotland, 1820

First Upper Canada parliamentary representative, Hon. Alexander Morris, Perth

First representative in Province of Canada parliament, Hon. Malcolm Cameron, founder of The Courier

First Time County was divided into north and south ridings, 1851

First member Legislative Council, *Hon James Shaw

First representatives to Ontario Legislature, 1867, Daniel Galbraith and W. N. Shaw

First warden, Alex McMillan, 1841

First clerk of district council, Robert Moffatt, Perth, 1841

First session United, Counties of Lanark and, Renfrew, 1850

First *railway train arrived in Perth from Brockville on February 7th, 1859

First time reeves were chosen by vote of the people, and not by council 1867

First administrator of early military settlement, Staff-Surgeon Thom 1815

First settlers in Burgess Township were members of the “de Wattevilles” Germans who had fought in the Napoleonic wars, who came out here and fought against the U. S. A. with the British soldiers and who like their descendants became splendid Canadian citizens.

First surveyor of townships, Capt, Reuben Sherwood, 1816

First resident clergyman, Rev W. Bell, 1817

First teacher, John Halliday, 1817

First owner of oxen, *James Bryce, Bathurst

First assessment records show *one cow owned in Bathurst.

First white child born, *Eliza Holderness

First court house, 1821

First newspaper, *The Examiner 1825

First issue of The Courier was in 1834

First Curling Club in Perth was organized December 17th, 1875

First *Bible Society in Lanark County was formed in St. Andrew’s Church in Perth on February 24th, 1836

First election in Perth was held on July 10th, 1820, between Messrs. William Morris and Benjamin Delisle for the Commons, House of Assembly.

First Presbyterian minister, Rev A Wm. *Bell, arrived in Perth from Scotland in June, 1817.



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*It’s the Merrickville News 1880

*Dear Lanark Era –Lanark Society Settlers Letter

*Shaw’s of Perth

*I’ve Been Working on the RailroadSome Cold Hard Facts- First Tailor in Ramsay and a Cow Without a Bell

*Alfred Dulmage-The Son of the First White Child

*What Happened When the Paper Boy Never got Paid in Perth…..

*Notes About The First Baptist Church in Perth

*Bell Street– Carleton Place Ontario

“Lanark is my Native Land” -Master Clarence Whiticar 1930

“Lanark is my Native Land” -Master Clarence Whiticar 1930

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Glen Tay School – SS#3 Bathurst Township, Lanark County, ON-Diane Duncan


At the 1930 Lanark County Educational Association meeting held in Carleton Place on May 31st, the president, Mr. Peter McCallum, of Almonte, offered a beautiful silver cup to the county pupil giving the best address on the subject, “‘Lanark County.” (if you look at the historical portion there are lots of students names)

There were six contestants and the prize went to Master Clarence *Whiticar, a pupil of S. S. No. 3, Bathurst, at which school Miss Mary M. Gray of Ferguson’s Falls, is teacher. The address is as follows:­ 


Lanark County, one of the finest counties in Ontario, with its significant motto: Intelligence integrity and industry, and a county we are proud to call our own, is the topic upon which I shall speak this afternoon. There is much one could say about Lanark County, but as my time is limited to only a few minutes shall touch rather lightly upon the subject for I can only speak on its general points.

You all know a good deal about Lanark County, as it is today one of the most progressive counties of our province, but I shall go back for a brief space of time to its early history and ” tell you a little about it “in the making.” At the close of the war of 1812-13 and 14, many of the soldiers engaged in that conflict, desirous of remaining in Canada were discharged and settled by the Government on territory north of the Rideau Lakes. This was accomplished in 1815 and 16 and a comparatively large number of these military settlers were located and about what was then known as “The Perth Settlement.” The territory round about was known as the “District of Bathurst” in Upper Canada.

In that same year (1816) many Scotch settlers arrived from Glasgow and Greenock, coming in by way of Brockville and took up land along that is still known as the *”Scotch Line”.  in 1823 owing to prepared failures of potato and other crops in Ireland, many settlers from that land were brought out, and these augmented the already flourishing pioneer settlement of Bathurst.

Many of the places in Lanark County are named after prominent military, men, who figured largely in these days. Bathurst was named after Lord Henry Bathurst son of Earl Bathurst, who was then foreign and Colonial Secretary in the British diplomatic service. Ramsay takes its name from General George Ramsey, Earl of Dalhousie, who also gave his name to another of our townships, Pakenham, after Sir Edward Pakenham, who was drilled in the battle of New Orleans. Beckwith Township was, named after General Sir George Beckwith, a distinguished officer in the British array at that time.

Coming closer to our own locality we learn that Glen Tay at one time a large manufacturing village, was originally called *Adamsville after Captain Joshua Adams, Who this place built the first mill, within the establishment forming the Rideau” In after years the name, District of Bathurst, was abandoned by Act of Parliament, although the township name was retained. It may be added that the present counties of Renfrew and Carleton originally formed part of Lanark County, although at that time, that territory had not been divided into so called counties or townships.

But today Lanark County is a well defined municipality and thickly settled. Its people are of the finest. We have few foreigners within our borders. We are all of Anglo-Saxon blood descendants of these Scotch, Irish and English pioneer settlers and we have the staunch qualities of these great races the thrift a common sense of the Scotch, the large heartedness and love of laughter peculiar to the Irish and the fine traditional culture and respect for law and order characteristic of the English.

Lanark County with its fourteen townships comprises a great area of splendid arable land. There is naturally a great diversity of surface characteristics, but comparatively little waste land. The finest agricultural portions of our county exist in the townships of Drummond, Ramsay, Pakenham and Bathurst, our township taking preeminent place. The breeding and maintenance of fine stock is a noticeable feature of our County. It is said that there is more shipped from Perth than any other station between Montreal and Peterborough. Lanark County is, rich in mineral wealth.

The finest quality of limestone deposits exist in Burgess and Bathurst. Feldspar is mined extensively and shipped in great quantities. In the northern townships a splendid quality of marble exists, although owing to the lack of railway facilities it has not been worked. In Elmsley and Burgess we have *lead and mica deposits, both of which have been mined extensively.

Speaking of Perth, the capital of Lanark County, there is no town in Eastern Ontario more noted for its progressiveness and natural beauty. Its industries give employment to several hundred hands, and as for beauty of location it is truthfully said to have within a radius of thirty miles thirty fine lakes, each a paradise for sportsmen.

Care of Lanark’s aged has been provided by the *House of Industry at Perth, while at *Children’s Shelter at Carleton Place tells the story of love and care to those miles of misfortune to be found in every community. At the time of the Great War where the cry came forth that civilization was in danger the descendants of Lanark’s Pioneers proved that they were worthy sons of worthy sires by sending more recruits according to their population to Britain’s aid than any other county in the Dominion.

Ladies and gentlemen, we should feel proud to own Lanark County as our birth-place or our place of residence, and no matter where we roam in the years to come, let us always remember our great heritage from pioneer ancestors in this particular part of our fair Dominion. And let us never forget to regard Lanark County as our home, first and last. Breathes there a man with soul so dead who never to himself hath said. A home his footsteps, he hath turned From wandering on a foreign  strand This is my own native land.



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Bathurst Township Boy

Again Trophy Winner 1932

Special to Tire Journal PERTH, Ont., Oct. 27.-Clarence Whitaker, S.S. 3, Bathurst Township, for the second year in succession, won the George S. James silver trophy in the senior section of the annual oratorical contest open to the prize winning speakers at Lanark County rural school fairs held here last night. ‘The Lawrence James’ silver trophy, for the winner of the junior section, went to Jean Ferguson, S.S. 6, Dalhousie Township. The two champions will represent the rural schools of Lanark County in the Eastern Ontario competition to be held at Kemptville on October 29. All eligible competitors spoke at the contest, which was conducted by W. A. Davidson, county agricultural representative, in the Gymnasium of the Perth College Institute. Suitable prizes were awarded to the other winners, who were as follows: Senior section-Rodger Stewart, S.S. 13, Lanark; Dorothy Paul, S.S. 14, Ramsay; Merle Percy, SS. 1, Dalhousie- Ida Frizell, SS. 1, Elmsley; Eldon Lightbody, S.S. 16. Montague West; Dorothy Truelove, S.S. 8, Drummond Junior section-Helen Gilmore, S.S. 16, Drummond; Hazel Kettles, S.S. 8, Beckwith: Frank Stead, SS. 13, Lanark; Betty Suffron, S.S. 6, Montague: Kathleen Matthews S.S. 14, Ramsay; Jean Woods, S.S. 1, Pakenham, Russell McNaughton, Balderson Corners School, Bathurst. The judges were J. H. Hardy, principal of the P.C.I.; John L. Scott, William Reid, J. E. Anderson Harold Shaw and Sheriff Joseph Ebbs. Short addresses were given to the competing students and the large audience by Principal Hardy, Public Schools Inspector T. C. Smith, Sheriff Ebbs and Mr. Anderson. Musical items on the program were offered by the P.C.I. girls’ orchestra, comprised of the Misses V. Brunet, M. Brunet, D. Hoffman, I. Hogg and M. White. Miss Alice Tysick, of Montague, gave a recitation, while a lap dance was executed by little May Lytton of Poland Township.–Newspaper Articles compiled by Grant McFarlane of Lanark.—Received from: Melanie Maso


*Scotch LineNews from The Scotch Line

*AdamsvilleIn Memory of the Very Few–Adamsville Burial Site

*Mining-My Daddy was a Miner — was Yours?

Other school papers-EARLY SETTLEMENT OF DALHOUSIE-Tina Penman, Middleville, Ont.

*House of Industry at Perth–Did You Know About the House of Industry?

*Children’s Shelter at Carleton Place–The Very Sad Tale of Cecil Cummings of Carleton Place


Clipped from The Ottawa Journal03 Nov 1934, SatPage 27

WHITICAR– I thought this was a misspelling as it could be the name Whitaker but it was not. There are many Whiticar’s buried in the St. Stephen’s Cemetery
Brooke, Ontario, Con 6, Lot 7, Bathurst Twp.Burials 1858 to Today– CLICK here to see page for the St. Stephen’s cemetery list


White Morley Dewitt 1961   Frances ??
70 Whiticar Charles 1860 04 20 23 Aug 1926 Mahalia Sewell
280 Whiticar Charles R. 1880 05 06 29 Jul 1963 Agnes Conroy
239 Whiticar Thomas 1882 1974 Minerva Buker
160 Whiticar Mabel W. 1908 12 10 07 Feb 1983 Wilbert A. Fournier
71 Whiticar Edward 1912 07 07 11 Apr 1977 Annie Morrison
161 Whiticar Matilda G. 1914 09 13   Melville John Blair

In Memory of the Very Few–Adamsville Burial Site



Adamsville Private Burying Site

Lot 20, Con 2, Bathurst Twp.

Burials – 1866 to 1887

Adamsville CemeteryLocation: Lot 20 Concession 2, Bathurst, near Glen TayDetails: Adamsville is located at the bridge crossing the Tay River. There was once a Wesleyan Methodist Church and cemetery located on this site. There is nothing left to indicate either church or cemetery at the present. There are no markers, but it is believed that there were several burials in this cemetery from 1866 to 1887.On June 27, 1866, William Morris Adams sold part of lot 20 on the 2nd concession of Bathurst to the trustees of the Adamsville Wesleyan Methodist Church for the price of $250.

There were three men listed as the cemetery trustees. Their names were James Hargraves, Ralph Dodds and William Robinson.The cemetery was located on the east side of the road and on the south side of the hill overlooking the Tay River. On top of the hill there is a house that is located around 1000 yards away from the site of the church and cemetery. Although the cemetery was situated close to the road, it was hidden behind large lilac trees.Unfortunately, by around 1947-1950 the church foundation and cemetery had almost completely disappeared. At that time, some building stones, and a few illegible and broken headstones remained. There was one stone with the inscription of “Ma–ion”, most likely being the name “Manion” as there was a Manion post office near the area.

Adamsville is located at the bridge crossing the Tay River on lot 20 of Bathurst Township.  Apparently there was a Wesleyan Methodist Church and cemetery.

Plot Surname Given Names Born Died Relationship
1 Manion
2 Barber Boy
3 Covion Girl Drowned Tay River
4 Pegg Laura Drowned Tay River
5 Kehoe John 1887

There is nothing left to indicate either church nor cemetery at present.  There are no markers and it is believed that there are several burials in this cemetery.  No further information–Keith Thompson, 31 October, 2001


Photo from Perth Ontario

Bathurst Courier, August 12, 1851

Died, At Adamsville, near Perth , on the 11th inst., Mary Adalaide (Aleerhouse), daughter of Mr. Henry Aleerhouse of that place.


Thanks to Dianne Kehoe Lawrence we can add this this morning.. Thank you for sharing this gem.


One of the burials mentioned is that of my 1st cousin 3x removed: John Kehoe s/o Peter Kehoe and Bridget O’Toole. The story of his death from newspaper articles: The following appeared in the September 22, 1887 edition of the Smiths Falls Record News. “About 8:30 o’clock Tuesday evening it was reported on the street that a man had walked into the river at the foot of Market street and had been drowned. The Record was soon on the spot, and found the report to be true, the strongest evidence being offered in its favour by the body of the unfortunate man lying of the ground limp and lifeless as it had been taken out of the water a few minutes before. Then and since, the following details have been gleaned. The man’s name was John Keough, a framer by trade and said to have been a first-class workman. He has been working of late for a Mr. Healy and a Mr. Giff near town, but for the past few days he has been about the streets here, generally under the influence of liquor, of which he died an unhappy victim. Tuesday evening he was seen on Beckwith street very drunk about half-past five and about two hours later he went into Carrol’s hotel. The bartender there says he did not pay much attention to him but noticed his coming in and sitting down. He asked for nothing, nor spoke to anyone, but sat still in his chair until the bartender told him he wanted to close up and that he had better go. He immediately got up and went out, and as this was about fifteen minutes after eight it is thought he walked down Market street from there and into the river. Mr. Riddell, the night watchman at Frost & Woods, saw him going towards the water and shouted to him from across the street that he would go into the river if he was not careful. Keough told him to go to “h-ll”, and the next instant a splash in the water told what had happened. Another man who was close by ran down with Mr. Riddell, who had a lantern in his hand, but though they were not more than a rod away no trace of the man could be seen. Mr. Riddell and the other man both declare that he never came up after he first went down. The wharf at the end of the street is about four feet higher than the water, which at that point is about ten feet deep, so that nothing could have prevented them from seeing him if he came to the surface. They quickly got a boat round to the place and without difficulty found and raised the body, which was taken to the town hall to await orders. Dr. McCallum, coroner, was summoned, but he did not think an inquest necessary as there were no suspicions of foul play. Chief Vrooman telegraphed to Mr. Burns, of Perth, brother-in-law of Keough’s and he sent word to the other relatives. Yesterday morning Mr. James Noonan, of Bathurst, brother-in-law of the deceased, came to town to take the body to Glentay where the dead man’s wife and children live. The Record saw Mr. Noonan and was told that Keough had at one time been well-to-do, his father having given him 150 acres of good land in Bathurst, but that liquor had been his ruin in life. He leaves a wife and four children, two boys and two girls, the youngest of which is ten years old. His habits of life are said to have been such that his wife refused to live with him and for a number of years they have lived apart. He at one time kept hotel in Perth, from where he went to Almonte, and after remaining there a few years returned to Bathurst. He was a good mechanic, and naturally a quiet good natured man: but his life, through liquor, was unhappy, and his death, through the same, untimely.


SMITHS FALLS NEWS – DROWNED – On Tuesday a carpenter named John Kehoe, while under the influence of liquor, fell from Frost & Wood’s wharf into the river and was drowned. Frost & Wood’s night watchman saw him walking toward the river and warned him not to proceed, but he paid no attention. The watchman and another man heard him fall in and ran to the spot, but could not see the slightest trace of him. After a fruitless search they got a boat and boat hook, and brought the man ashore. As he had been under water some forty minutes the vital spark had fled. The body was taken to the Town Hall and next day his friends took it to Glen Tay for burial. (7 Oct 1887 pg 1)


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Tay Valley Township- Mills-Adam’s Mill

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The Oldest Cemetery in Drummond

So Who was Buried First in the Franktown Cemetery?

Kings Warks and Cemeteries–Interesting Discoveries of Lanark County

The Ghost Lights in St. James Cemetery

The Forgotten Cemetery at the End of Lake Ave West

Stairway to Heaven in a Cemetery? Our Haunted Heritage