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A Beckwith Will and James and Eliza Rattray

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A Beckwith Will and James and Eliza Rattray

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It was said in the newspaper of the 29th of April 1899 in the Ottawa Journal that William Rattray left a will by which his son James, age 19, was to receive $1,000 provided he did not marry “Eliza” Rattray, his sister- in-law. At his mother’s demise the same son was also to have the 260 acre farm.

Four grandchildren were also to receive, until of age. the invested proceeds from another farm. This latter farm was subsequently sold and the price thereof placed in the bank. The will came before Chief Justice Armour for adjudication, and judgment was given to the effect that the son shall receive the full thousand dollars and the 260 acres free from all restraints to marriage. The clause, regarding the other farm for the benefit of the grandchildren was expunged and the proceeds in bank were ordered to be administered by the executors.

It looks like James wasted no time in getting married as he married the 1st of September 1899, and guess who he married.

Author’s Note: This happened almost 120 years ago and was NOT unusual in those days. When brothers died etc they married widowed sister in laws, etc so the children would have a father to raise them. It was just the way things were done. Maybe there had been an argument in the family and Elizabeth/Eliza was not liked. Of course a newspaper clipping will never tell you that.

 

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James Rattray

mentioned in the record of James Rattray and Elizabeth Ann Rattray

Elizabeth Ann Rattray

Ontario Marriages, 1869-1927

Name: James Rattray
Event Type: Marriage
Event Date: 01 Sep 1899
Event Place: Franktown, Lanark, Ontario, Canada
Gender: Male
Age: 51
Birth Year (Estimated): 1848
Father’s Name: William Rattray
Mother’s Name: Ann Rattray
Spouse’s Name: Elizabeth Ann Rattray
Spouse’s Gender: Female
Spouse’s Age: 41
Spouse’s Birth Year (Estimated): 1858
Spouse’s Father’s Name: Joseph Hodgson
Spouse’s Mother’s Name: Elizabeth Hodgson

 

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McLaren Left it All to the McLeod Sisters–His Maids!

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Lanark County Genealogical Society Genealogy Jamboree — June 9th-   Chief Kirby Whiteduck

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Lanark County Genealogical Society Genealogy Jamboree — June 9th-   Chief Kirby Whiteduck

 

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Only at Beckwith Heritage Days Click here June 9 — 9-6

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                                           Chief Kirby Whiteduck

 

Kirby earned an Honours Bachelor of Arts Degree in Social Anthropology from York University and has partially completed a Masters of Social Work from Carleton University. He holds a Native Counsellors Certificate from the Ministry of Education of Ontario.

Outside of his educational pursuits, Kirby has spent all of his employment working for and with Pikwakanagan and First Nation Organizations. After university, he was employed for two years with the Union of Ontario Indians researching the Algonquin land claim. Kirby has also worked as a Social and Education Counsellor at the Ottawa Native Counselling Unit operated by Pikwakanagan. Other employment and commitments have all been with and in support of Pikwakanagan in varying capacities such as Manager of Education Services, Manager of Fish and Wildlife Commission, Researcher, Advisor and Land Claim Negotiator. Kirby is now in his ninth consecutive year as Chief and he currently holds the portfolios for Communications, Finance, Administration and Personnel, Child and Family Services, Negotiations and is the supervisor of the Executive Director of Operations.

He is the author of ‘Algonquin Traditional Culture’, published in 2002. His book details the traditional culture of the Algonquins of the Kitchissippi Valley at the early period of European contact.

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For Information:

Lanark County Genealogical Society

47 Lansdowne Avenue, P.O. Box 20028
Carleton Place, Ontario  K7C 4K3

Contact

President
president@lanarkgenealogy.com

 

Comments About The Pine Room — Highway 15

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Comments About The Pine Room — Highway 15

 

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Ted Hurdis –-Pretty sure this was at the corner of Hwy #15 and the 10th line. There’s a chip wagon there now.

Photo of the present building where The Pine Room once was.. Photo-The Crispy Spud

Andrea McCoy Yes it was right where the chip wagon is. I believe it burnt down– I worked there my first paying job–There was the dining room with the stucco walls. Then a more casual eating area with a counter and stools and tables and then the store.
I cannot remember the cooks name….nice guy. Worked there with Bud, June and their daughter Leslie. There is a son too. I am sure there are a few of us with stories to tell.

Janice Tennant Campbell— Hwy 15 and 10th Line was Brook’s Store when I was younger.

Lorelei Brunton Worked there as cook summer 1980.

Maureen Myhers My aunt and uncle Bud and June Savage along with their son Paddy and daughter Les owned it and I also worked there, great place to eat,drink and socialize. Maureen McGrath

Janice Tennant Campbell Linda Seccaspina it was a grocery / variety store then as far as I remember. I’ll have to ask Mom Bob Brooks owned it. We used to stop there or at Shackleton’s at Blacks Corners on the way to the Cottage.

Debbie Roy I remember that place. My Aunt Helen and Uncle Howard owned it and ran it as a grocery store during the 1970’s. But I can’t remember who bought it from them

 

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Tammy Marion  – This is a picture I took in the kitchen of the Pine Room some time between 1976 and 1980..My brother had just started working there as a cook ( in the plaid shirt ). He loved to cook.. I can’t remember the man’s name on the right and I don’t know who the girl is in the background. Other’s may know..

Ted Hurdis  Farook Assada ran it.

 

Tracy Diane Cindy Dakers Regimbald you used to work there!

Ann Stearns Rawson There was also an oil delivery service there but later torn down. At one point someone named Savage ran the restaurant.

Sandra Rattray It was Bob Brooks gas station and grocery store

Wendy Healey Went there for dinner Prom Night one year

Donna Mcfarlane Jim Murray had the first store there .. He moved a cabin from the 11th line there and opened a wee store late 40s i think cant remember the ones who owned it in 54 but I remember they were held up

Mike Dakers Before it was a restaurant, it was Bob Brooks BA gas and service and our local store and hangout. I worked there at nights and weekends pumping gas and cutting grass. With a push mower O might add. It took 2-3 days to cut lol. Think i made .50 cents and an abundance of glass bottle coke and chocolate bars. Bob was also the first fire chief of Beckwith fire co. And my father Duncan was Deputy Chief. That was in the mid sixties for me. And after that, it was turned into the pine room restaurant, owner was a man named Bud Savage, and later on his son took over. I might add also, my sister worked as a server there also. We did just live right across the road. Good memories.

Paul Todd Gloria’s Father and I frequent the Pine Room at lunch time when we built at the corner of 15 & 10th line

Linda Gallipeau-Johnston OMG Yes – as teenagers we used to go to that station and I remember being in the Pine Room too. There’s 2 things that weren’t even on my radar!

Jo-Anne Dowdall-Brown Jeff Dezell we went there for our Grade 8 graduation!

Sylvia Giles–Use to go into the dining room for dinner with my Mom and Dad!!

Patti Ann Giles-When we lived on Doe Rd. 1975, I used to bike there with my 2 year old son to get him a popsicle. Owners were great people.

Jeremy Stinson It had stucco walls in the 60s/70s style with the tops of barrels with xxx on them. Ate there when I was a kid. Shanna Willis, there is an infamous story about your mother working there. The story involved swinging doors to the kitchen.

 

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Orena Villa of Beckwith — Boy do I feel Stupid– Duff Williamson and McNeely Genealogy

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Orena Villa of Beckwith — Boy do I feel Stupid– Duff Williamson and McNeely Genealogy

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For a couple of years now I have been clipping newspaper articles from different historical media. I have been seeing many social notes about vacations being spent at Orena Villa in the Carleton Place area. Last month I got rid of some and those “Orena Villa” were among them as I figured I would never find this place. This morning when I was writing a story about the early mills in Carleton Place I somehow found mention of it. It was under my nose the whole time, and had I asked Jennifer Fenwick Irwin who did an exhibit on Annie Duff at the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum she would have told me. Boy, did I feel stupid.

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Orena Villa built in the 1850s belonged to William Duff  b: 1784 in Muirend, Auchtergaven, Perth, Scotland d: 4 Jan 1864 in Orena Villa, Beckwith, Lanark Co., Ontario, Canada ) on the 11th Concession. The family emigrated in 1843 and within 10 years of settling down in Beckwith he was able to build this fine home which was of course called Orena Villa:)

 

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      Duff of Orena Villa guest book click here.

      Cheryl McDufff—I am the grand daughter of Lyal Claude Rueben Duff born in Beckwith on Nov 12, 1900. He was a brother of Robert George Duff born May 16, 1895 and of Andrew Ebenezer Duff who went to serve in WW1 in 1916. Isabella Corissa Duff was his twin sister and was known as “Isa”. He legally changed his name on Sept 29, 1928 to Claude Roland McDuff and lived in Regina, Sask until his death on Jan 31, 1978. He had one son, Gerald William McDuff born on Aug 20, 1937 in Regina. Gerald William McDuff is my father as well as the father of 2 other younger daughters, Gina Marie and Leanne Gay.

 

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Born in Carleton Place in 1871, her early life was spent at “Oreno Villa”, the family homestead at Duff’s Bay on the 11th Concession of Beckwith. She studied painting and fashion design in New York City in the late1890‘s and spent time working there for Vogue Magazine.
Returning home to live with her sister Denysa, Annie spent her time painting and taking photographs. Her work depicts rural life in Ontario and includes scenic landscapes, scenes of hunting, camping, family life and wildlife. She was known for hiding in greenery with food in her hands to order to attract the birds! The National Gallery of Canada holds much of Annie’s original works and she is credited as the first Canadian female to portray maternity in “Woman by the Sea” –-Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum

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Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum

William Duff from Beckwith on right with shoemaker Patrick Tucker of Carleton Place.

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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 and The Tales of Almonte

Information where you can buy all Linda Seccaspina’s books-You can also read Linda in The Townships Sun andScreamin’ Mamas (USA)

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Hay Look Me Over! Big Bill Duff

The Female Artist from Carleton Place That Never Went Viral

The Cottages of Mississippi Lake — Carleton Place Ontario

Just Like a Clue Game –“Who Dun it” in Beckwith?

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Just Like a Clue Game –“Who Dun it” in Beckwith?

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How did “Cardy” Miller die? I found out today working on a piece about the mills in Carleton Place- In 1903 Findlay employee Cardy Miller took away his sorrow by a self inflicted shot to the heart on the 10th line as he could take no more.

NAME: Cardinal Miller
GENDER: Male
AGE: 20
RELIGION: Presbyterian
BIRTH DATE: 1885
BIRTH PLACE: Ramsey
DEATH DATE: 19/10/1905
DEATH PLACE: Lanark Ontario Canada
CAUSE OF DEATH: Shooting Instantaneous

 

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The Boy Who Disappeared From Beckwith–Gordon Taylor

“2,000 people on the streets”–Dr. Finlay McEwen of Carleton Place

History Still Lives on at The McEwen House in Beckwith

The Media Then and Now–Johnny Gillies Had a Gun

You Didn’t Use a Match in Beckwith!!

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You Didn’t Use a Match in Beckwith!!
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It would be impossible to give an entire list of the names of the early immigrants of Beckwith, but some of the earliest as follows:

Duncan McEwen, Donald Anderson, John McLaren John Cram, and John Carmichael in the 10th concession.
Peter McDougall,  Duncan . McLaren, AIex. and Donald Clark, John and Peter McGregor, in the ninth concession
Alex McGregor, Peter Anderson, John Stewart, and Donald Kennedy in the eighth concession
Findlay McEwen, Archie Dewar John and Peter McDiarmld in the seventh concession
Robert, John James, and Duncan Ferguson, and Duncan McDiarmid in the fifth concession.

From a glance at the names it is pretty obvious that the folks came from the “heathery hills of Scotland”, but it might be of interest to know that they came to form a miniature colony. Although a few returned to there original homeland most would never see their loved ones or homes again.

After six weeks journeying across the Atlantic they arrived at Montreal, and proceeded in small open boat’s up the St. Lawrence to Bytown/ Ottawa. Then they began another weary journey to the solitude lands of Beckwith, where there travel was more impeded than ever. No railway lines, no roads, simply a narrow blazed trail through the leafy woodland

People simply grew what was necessary to  exist. Game was plentiful, hence meat was abundant until they killed so many deer they became scarce. Fires were ignited by flint and tinder, and anyone seen using a match was considered suspicious and was looked upon and being a witch or wizard as the case might be. Oil lamps were introduced but they were supposed to be more dangerous than a box of dynamite in the house, hence everyone kept a safe distance from them. Only the most reckless member of the family would attempt to light the lamps. Read– Was the Devil in Peden’s Store? When Matches First Came to Carleton Place

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Original Franktown Settlers Store

 

Lanark April 12, 1821– this was what was available to the settlers at the local concession stores

Grindstones
Whipsaws
Cross-cut saws
Files of all sorts
Augers,falling axes, hand axes, pickaxes, hammers,kettles,frying pans,bills, iron wedges,latches and catches,locks and keys, pitchforks, saw sets, hand saws and spades.
Adzes (a tool similar to an axe with an arched blade at right angles to the handle, used for cutting or shaping large pieces of wood.)
Blankets– ONE for each man and woman, and ONE for every two children
Files, Gimlets, Pails and Hemp
Harrow Leets
Nails

The government would give aid to 1,800 emigrants on terms similar to those granted in the previous years. There were already 6,281 applications for help and each immigrant before they sailed from the old country the British Passenger Act set had some minimum requirements for food on board ships had to have: 18 pounds Irish mess beef, 42 pounds of biscuits, 132 pounds of oatmeal, 6 pounds of butter and 3 pounds of molasses based on 84 days passage to Quebec. Passengers in steerage survived on “lukewarm soups, black bread, boiled potatoes, herring or stringy beef.

The fare served to immigrants later detained at Grosse Isle wasn’t much of an improvement over the steamships. In the early years, stewed prunes over dried bread was a standard meal while they waited. Once emigrants arrived at the port of departure, a few obstacles remained. Emigrants had to pass various physical exams to ensure a certain level of health before embarking. This was to prevent the spread of disease while on board as well as to prevent diseases from being carried to the destination country. Physical exams and eye exams (to make sure travellers did not have trachoma, a chronic conjunctivitis) sometimes held emigrants up for days or even an entire week.

What they went through makes a bad day look really good doesn’t it?

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)

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Shadows of Beckwith Cemeteries

Beckwith 1820 Census Lanark County–Who Do You Know?

The Beckwith Highlanders and “Humpy Billy” Moore

So Where is that Gnarled Oak in Beckwith?

“Teachester” Munro and the S.S. No. 9 Beckwith 11th Line East School

John Goth–Tales of Beckwith Township

Beckwith –Settlers — Sir Robert the Bruce— and Migrating Turtles

What I Did on Beckwith Heritage Days – Alexander Stewart – Ballygiblin Heroe

The Now Complete Page Turning Story of the Beckwith Grandfather Clock

Update on The Manse in Beckwith

The Manse on the 7th Line of Beckwith

Home and Garden Before Home and Garden Magazine

Desperately Seeking Information About the “Beckwith Copperhead Road”

Hobo’s and Tragedies in Beckwith

Beckwith Child Stolen by Natives

Take Me Home Beckwith Roads– Photo Essay

What Was it Like Living in Beckwith 1800s? Christina McEwen Muirhead

Beckwith Fire Department 1965 Names Names Names

They Built this Township on….

Photos of Beckwith Township Fire Dept 1970s

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Photos of Beckwith Township Fire Dept 1970s

 

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All Photos are from the Canadian newspaper files from the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum

 

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if you can identify any of these firemen let me know..

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All Photos are from the Canadian newspaper files from the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum. I do think these two photos from the 70s are from Carleton Place due to the uniforms on them. I could be wrong.

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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)relatedreading

Beckwith Fire Department 1965 Names Names Names

The Rencraft Fire Dept Photo Brings Back a Familiar Name

What if You Had a Fire and No One Came?

Fire, Could End All You’ve Become — Photos of those that Protect Carleton Place

Help Thy Neighbour in Carleton Place- Ronnie Waugh Fire 1959

News of Butter– Fireman— and Women of Stamina in Carleton Place