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Thomas Leach House- Donna Mcfarlane– Lot 12 conc 9 Beckwith

Thomas Leach House- Donna Mcfarlane– Lot 12 conc 9 Beckwith


Text and Photos Donna Mcfarlane

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
Originally settled by Thomas Leech/Leach and deeded from crown in 1824 after settlement duties performed.



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.


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Text and Photos Donna Mcfarlane

Image may contain: one or more peopleBarns as they were before the lightening strike took most of them– Text and Photos Donna Mcfarlane



 Thomas Leech

Thomas John Leech – 1793 passed away 29 March 1852 – Lanark, Lanark County, Ontario.

Burial –  Franktown Public Cemetery  Franktown, Lanark County, Ontario.

Leach (also spelled Leech) ancestors emigrated from Wexford, Ireland arriving in Canada and settling in Beckwith Township in 1820. I know of a Thomas Leach and William Leach who came over on the passenger ship “Maria”. I believe they were the sons of William Leach (b. 1750) and Anne Edwards (b. 1752). Several members of Leach families came to Lanark County between 1819 and 1822. I believe Thomas Leach was born about 1793 and married France Cooke sometime before emigrating.

The Leech/Leach family, from Wexford to Beckwith click here


Things You Might Not Know about the William James House — Prospect

Things You Might Not Know about the William James House — Prospect



1-The 1830 “charmer” directly is behind St. . Augustine’s Anglican Church in Prospect village, a tiny community about 10 miles southwest of Richmond.

2-This storey-and-a-half rubble stonework beauty is of Loyalist or Neo-classic Neo-classic.

3-Bubble glass panes are found throughout the house and the present living room (formerly the kitchen) has 3 downstairs bedroom or “birthing” room, opening from one side .

4-Unlike most houses of the period, the staircase in this one led upwards – from the kitchen. In other words, front and rear doors are both centred with a connecting hall.

The stair rail is of tiger maple with a delicate, simple newel post and fine stringers.


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5-There are four ample bedrooms, bedrooms, a slightly smaller one opening off the master bedroom. A former cupboard is now the bathroom and the square window over the rear door is unusual. Ceiling hooks exist in both living room and upstairs and it is thought they were used for hanging lamps. Or possibly they could have been utilized utilized downstairs for hams and other meats.

6-William James was the original owner and was, evidently, a gentleman of both means and good taste. He built the sawmill on the Jock tributary and was certainly not a man to be rushed, according to local legend. The story goes that he would put a cedar log on for sawing after breakfast and went back at lunchtime, four hours later and extracted the finished plank.

7-It would seem Mr. James, was not wholly dependent on the sawmill for his livelihood. The land for St. Augustine’s Church was donated by the James family in 1854.

8-There is a local story regarding the two surviving James sisters who attended the. church. “They didn’t see eye to eye,” the tale goes, “and quite often at Sunday services they sat in different pews”.

9-In 1962 Arnold and Moira Guetta bought the property property from Mr. and Mrs. D. B. Rees . Previous to the Rees’ tenure, the stone house belonged to John Porter who had bought it from a son-in-law of William James about the turn of the century.





Beckwith council, staff and members of the heritage committee and public gathered outside Prospect United Church on Richmond Road for the reveal. – Submitted photo

In 1816, following the War of 1812, the Perth Military Settlement offered land grants north of the Rideau to emigrants from Scotland, and to veterans of British regiments, encouraging them to stay in Upper Canada, to help build and defend the fledgling colony.

By 1857, Prospect’s population was 75, and it had daily mail. Some of the prominent people were as follows: William Baxter, shoemaker; John Burrows, postmaster and store and tavern keeper; William Coleman, Wesleyan minister; Patrick Devine, carpenter and joiner; William James, sawmill owner; Fleming May, schoolmaster; Joseph Morris, blacksmith; Johnny Porter, blacksmith; James Sanders, carpenter and joiner; John Scott, sawmill and carpenter’s shop owner; Peter Stewart, tailor; and John Tombleson, shoemaker. Read the rest here—


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Jayne Munro-Ouimet Linda, the Poole’s that we’re involved with the newspaper business in Carleton Place lived in the Prospect area of Beckwith Township

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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)




St. Augustine’s Church and Christ Church

Who were the Carleton Place Orioles?

Next LCGS Meeting March 3- Speaker– Bud Van Alstine–Doran’s Rapids

Next LCGS Meeting March 3- Speaker– Bud Van Alstine–Doran’s Rapids

                                   MONTHLY GATHERING

March 3, 2018 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm

Beckwith Township Municipal Complex
1702 9th Line Beckwith Carleton Place, ON K7C 3P2


Speaker — Bud Van Alstine

Our March 3rd speaker will be Bud Van Alstine. Bud was born and raised in old South Sherbrooke Township, now part of Tay Valley Township, Lanark County. He grew up to be, among other things, a history teacher in Perth. Bud is now retired from teaching but still has a passion for local history. He speaks to us today on some of the short stories he has written on the area, the contributions he has made to the Van Alstine Family history book, and will probably touch on the ghost town of Doran’s Rapids.

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)




Dorans Rapids– From Historic Mills Tay Valley

Located on the Fall River in Lot 2, Concession 9, of the Bathurst Ward these mills were owned at one early date by Alvah Adams, son of Joshua Adams of Adamsville (Glen Tay). Later, they were owned by William Doran. The saw mill and grist mill became known as the Village of Doran.

Have you Ever Heard about Doran? Here Come da’ Judge!


Things You Don’t Know About Carlow Lodge and the Kidds

Things You Don’t Know About Carlow Lodge and the Kidds



Carlow Lodge was built in three sections in Burritts Rapids running down the hill to the bridge over the Rideau River. The house was built in 1850 by William Kidd a very successful Irishmen.

The shutters on the front of the house have or had small shamrocks cut in them.

The front fanlight at Carlow Lodge once spelled out Carlow Lodge out of coloured glass.

William Kidd first moved to The Derry in Beckwith in 1820 and later opening a general store when he moved to Burritt Rapids in 1840. This red brick building still stands today.

(Update– You can research all you want sometimes the facts are wrong and that is why I rely on your help to document our local history. I received this note this morning.  Bill M wrote:

William Kidd of Burritt’s Rapids was the son of Thomas Kidd who settled in the Cuckoo’s Nest, not in The Derry. English fashion model Jodie Kidd (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jodie_Kidd.) is a gr-gr-gr-granddaughter of William Kidd and through the pioneer Ennis family to she is distantly related to people in Lanark County.

Thanks Bill!


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William Kidd had two sons Thomas Albert and Edward.

Edward was a master cheese maker and had many cheese factories. In 1866 was noted as a pioneer cheese manufacturer and exporter.

After he fought in the Fenian Raids  son Thomas Albert Kidd became the postmaster in 1866 and remained Postmaster for 50 years.

In 1916 J. Harold Kidd took over as Postmaster until his retirement in 1950.

In Harold Kidd’s living room the walls were covered with photos of family members, famous visitors and important events.

Mrs. Kidd painted her drawing room door with pastel coloured flowers and her art work adorned the house.

Harold Kidd was the one that brought electricity to Marlborough County for over 200 customers, and this development on the Rideau River was eventually bought by Hydro Ontario.





Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  08 May 1918, Wed,  Page 15


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 - KIDD, Lieut Col. the Honorable Thomas Ashmore...

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Front view of Burritt House

Built circa 1832, Burritt Farm was erected on land granted to Daniel Burritt the Younger on May 17, 1802.

This neoclassical home, with its roots in the early architecture of Greece and Rome, stands graciously on the banks of the Rideau River. It’s gardens have been a labor of love over the span of more than 50 years. Knee-high burdock and five trees (three still remaining) was the challenge that awaited the homeowners. The garden “evolved” into the beautifully serene and bucolic splendor which will greet ticket holders. Stroll through the formal cutting garden, peaceful riverbank and then follow the graceful curves of the colorful perennial borders.

“This property remains one of the most outstanding, both architecturally and historically, in Rideau Township.”


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

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.


The Man who Disappeared– Stories of Dr. G. E. Kidd

Beckwith One Room Schools– Leona Kidd

More Memories of The Beckwith McTavish House

Home and Garden Before Home and Garden Magazine

The James Black Homestead


The McNaughton Farm– Memories Ray Paquette

The McNaughton Farm– Memories Ray Paquette


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Photo Janice Tennant Campbell– McNaughton Farm in Beckwith-

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Photo- Janice Tennant Campbell​ Campbell–7th Line of Beckwith near Tennyson. McNaughton family


Ray Paquette –One summer I was spending the evening at the Old Cheese Factory in Tennyson that the late Len Coleman had turned into a place for teenagers from the cottages and others to hang out and dance to a juke box. Len called me over (he knew me through my mother) and introduced me to Murray McNaughton who was looking for some help during thrashing that was about to begin. We came to an agreement and I went home with him to spend the night.

The next morning I began by stooking sheaves in the field that can be seen at the left of the house. It was a fascinating experience for me particularly when Mr. McNaughton showed me the remains of my mother’s family homestead which was cross the 7th Line road. The McNaughton farm was probably close to being the last farm that harvested their grain crops using a reaper and a thrashing machine. I have often looked back on those few days with fondness because of the traditional methods that were used which have long since been replaced by self-propelled combines..


Dale Costello Spent many a summer evening dancing the night away at the cheese factory. Favourite dancing partner was Ann Fentiman.

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Janice Tenant Campbell Photo-

Hi Linda
Here is one of the photos I told you about.
Duncan McNaughton on the back. His son, Lawrence (my maternal grandfather) standing beside the wheel.
Lawrence’s 2 oldest children my Aunt Edith and Uncle Lloyd sitting.
This would have been taken about 1928 or so.
Jan Tennant Campbell


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Janice Tennant Campbell That is my Uncle LLoyd McNaughton! I think it was taken at Tennyson store and the lady was the owner. I have this clipping somewhere. I’ll see if I can find it.

The caption says : Owner Elaine Taylor chats with local resident Lloyd McNaughton outside her store, formerly a cheese factory.


The Nesbitts of Beckwith

The Nesbitts of Beckwith



When the Carleton Place Canadian closed down, Jennifer Fenwick Irwin, curator of the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum rescued boxes of photos from the basement of said newspaper. These photos were going to be thrown out, so thanks to her we have about 1500 black and white photos from the mid 70s saved- but they are not documented to ‘who, what, where and when’. Last year I did maybe 50 of them and this year when I offered to look for  Carleton Place Canoe Club photos– I decided now was the time to do it as none of us are getting any younger–especially me.

It is so important to all of us that these photos are now documented for future generations. Years ago they put the Carleton Place Canadian on microfilm which is at the Carleton Place Library- and then all those old newspapers went to a landfill site. There is now about 75 at the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum and 50 at Lanark Archives. That’s it. Even applying for a government grant to get these newspapers off microfilm and on the internet like the Almonte Gazette was denied.

So each time you help identify a photo it is a godsend, now we can put the name to the face for future history. Thank you.

Tom Edwards identified this gentleman as Art Nesbitt. Tom also said he was a great guy and was the Chief in Beckwith for quite a few years. He also sold honey.


Linda Seccaspina– Beckwith 1965 Fire Department

Fire Chief – Robert Brooks John McFarlane, first vice-president Arthur Nesbitt, second vice-president


Joan Stoddart Art lived on the ninth line with his sister Frances.

Donna Mcfarlane Beverley J Wylie Frances had a bridal shower for me when I got married in 1964, She had all the neighbours at one of her cottages she is on right in this picture. I remember when their father Fred was reeve of Beckwith-cannot remember the year but i believe it was the year that the ninth line was paved from Blacks Corners to the swamp.



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Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  25 Nov 1939, Sat,  Page 27



Image may contain: 5 people, people smiling, people sittingPhoto- Donna Macfarlane-– Eula Irvine, mom(Martha Mccauley) Ellen Gardiner, Mary? from Sudbury and Frances Nesbitt

Beverley J Wylie Thank you Donna Mcfarlane..yes she was at my wedding in 1966 and I still use the cake plate she gave us…we also lived with our first born in that cottage for a short time before moving into our new place…great memories.

Donna Mcfarlane Beverley J Wylie Before Beckwith fire dept got pagers, Frances was one of the ones that telephoned the firemen. It was in the days of party lines, and they were on same line as we were, so if her phone rang during the night John got up and dressed to go and I listened in on her call lol… so he was often out the door before his call came in.


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Donna Mcfarland–– that picture was taken at Eva Nesbitts (Mrs John Nesbitt) 80th birthday.
Donna Mcfarlane —One of our original members from 1964 when dept started is still active in the dept..Gary McEwen was in high school when he joined.
Ben MacRae I remember going over to Arthur’s house with my dad to pick up the honey that Arthur gave us for keeping some of his bees at our farm. I was always wanting to snoop around the old family house that sat vacant for years after a fire, I believe. I also remember seeing that house once it had been restored. If I remember correctly the house was restored by Mrs Scullion and Arthur lived in his own house on the property.
Donna Mcfarlane Mrs. Scullion who bought the Nesbitt farm has a lot of information and old pictures on the Nesbitts.. one picture in particular that she has shows a bunch of men standing in front of the old stone house..there appears to be a woman sitting on the step with a dish on her lap.. Arthur said there was no woman there… I always felt that house was haunted and Arthur agreed.



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Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  16 Apr 1946, Tue,  Page 20


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)




Beckwith Fire Department 1965 Names Names Names

The House of Daughters –Stonecroft House


St. Augustine’s Church and Christ Church

St. Augustine’s Church and Christ Church


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Built in 1854, St. Augustine’s had a seating capacity of 120 to welcome Irish Anglican worshippers from the Prospect area who had previously made do in a school house. The church closed in 1967 but the building, cemetery and grounds are still maintained by the Ashton Parish. A service is still held here once a year during the first Sunday in August.

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Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  01 Jun 1929, Sat,  Page 5

August 1934 A Delightful Evening

The social held last Monday evening in the beautiful grove, on the farm of Mr. and Mrs. Cameron McTavish, first concession of Drummond, under the auspices of St. Angustine’s church, will stand out as one of the most enjoyable events of the summer months to be field in that section. A most elaborate program had been arranged and all entered heartily into the festivities. Read more Who were the Carleton Place Orioles?


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)




The Almonte Fire 1955– Almonte United Church

For the Love of St. Andrew’s– 130th Anniversary

Who Really Built the Baptist Church in Carleton Place?

Drummond Centre United Church — and The Ireton Brothers 38 Year Reunion–Names Names Names

Notes About The First Baptist Church in Perth

Smith’s Falls and District Baptist Church

Memories of The Old Church Halls

Tales From the Methodist Church in Perth

Knox Church– McDonald’s Corners

The Littlest Church in Ferguson Falls

The Beckwith Baptist Church

Old Churches of Lanark County

Before and After — Auld Kirk

Another Example of Local Random Acts of Kindness- Zion Memorial United Church

Hallelujah and a Haircut —Faces of St. James 1976

What did Rector Elliot from St. James Bring Back from Cacouna?

The Emotional Crowded Houses– St. James

A Sneeze of a Tune from St. Andrew’s Church in Carleton Place

The Old Church in Island Brook That Needs a Home

Let The Church Rise– A Little History of St. James Anglican Church

The Church that Died

St James and St Mary’s Christmas Bazaar 1998 -Who Do You Know?

Old Churches of Lanark County

When The Streets of Carleton Place Ran Thick With the Blood of Terror!