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Women’s Institute Burritts Rapids 1902-1988

Women’s Institute Burritts Rapids 1902-1988
with files from the book donations Donated by- Ed and Shirley (Catherine) Simpson-
with files from the book donations Donated by- Ed and Shirley (Catherine) Simpson-

About WI
Women’s Institute is a local, provincial, national and international organization that promotes women, families and communities. Our goal is to empower women to make a difference.

About FWIC

The idea to form a national group was first considered in 1912. In 1914, however, when the war began the idea was abandoned. At the war’s end, Miss Mary MacIsaac, Superintendent of Alberta Women’s Institute, revived the idea. She realized the importance of organizing the rural women of Canada so they might speak as one voice for needed reforms, and the value of co-ordinating provincial groups for a more consistent organization. In February 1919, representatives of the provinces met in Winnipeg, Manitoba, to form the Federated Women’s Institutes of Canada.

The identity of the Women’s Institute still lies profoundly in its beginnings. The story of how this historic organization came to be is one that resonates with women all over the world, and is engrained in the mission and vision Ontario WI Members still live by today. CLICK here–

The Federated Women’s Institutes of Eastern Ontario Cookbook

The Evolution of the Women’s Institute — Mary Cook News Archives 1982

North Lanark District Women-Ramsay Women`s Institute Branch?

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

Watson Kidd Genealogy Bancroft

Watson Kidd Genealogy Bancroft

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From Jill Bartley

Here are the photos of my Grandfather Harold Walter Watson and Doreen Hilda Watson (nee McCormack) of Bancroft ON.  My Grandfather’s Mother was Christie Robinson Kidd. That is my Grandmother Doreen Watson in from of her Mother in Laws house.  Her mother in law was Christie Kidd
 Christie Robinson <I>Kidd</I> Watson
Here is a link to Christie and John Watson’s grave. CLICK HERE

From our LCGS president Jayne Monro- Ouimet

Jill, thank you so much for the Photos,   And the brief family history.
I will have a look at the Kidd family information that I have.  The Kidd’s settled in Beckwith Township and then branched out.
Bill M.–
The Watson – Kidd family possibly descends from Alexander Kidd a Scotsman. This may be the same Alexander Kidd who settled in Bathurst Township, Lanark Co. in 1815, but who moved after a few years to the Peterborough area. The Kidd families in Beckwith Township were emigrated from Ireland.

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.

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Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  26 Dec 1928, Wed,  Page 2

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

Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  20 Dec 1973,

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.”


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

Bustling About Burritt’s Rapids– Public School Photos

Bustling About Burritt’s Rapids– Public School Photos



Public school Burritts Rapids–In 1793, Stephen and Daniel Burritt, from Arlington, Vermont, settled in the vicinity of the area now known as Burritt’s Rapids. A plaque was erected by the Ontario Archaeological and Historic Sites Board commemorating the founding of Burritt’s Rapids.

By 1812, Burritts Rapids had become a bustling hamlet. At the peak of its prosperity, it had telegraphic and daily mail, 2 general stores, a bakery, a millinery shop, 2 shoe shops, a tin and stove store, a grist mill, a woolen mill, a tannery, 3 blacksmith shops, 3 wagon shops, a cabinet shop, 2 churches, 2 schools, 2 hotels, a bank and an Orange Lodge.

The hamlet’s natural advantages as a transportation centre were enhanced by the opening of the Rideau Canal in 1831. Burritts Rapids was the site of the first bridge across the Rideau River. A post office was opened in 1839.

By 1866, Burritts Rapids was a village with a population of about 400 on the Rideau canal, in the townships of Oxford and Marlborough, and counties of Carleton and Grenville. It had two schools, and citizens were in the lumber business. 

Unfortunately, the hamlet was by-passed by the railway, and its importance gradually diminished with the decline of the canal as a means of transportation.

Burritts Rapids was home to the Rideau Correctional and Treatment Centre from 1947 until its closure in 2004. It was subsequently demolished in 2013.

Public high school students in this area go to South Carleton High School in Richmond.

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From Empire post. comDear Benjamin,

I am in receipt of your favour enclosing a statement of Accounts and as it differs so much from my expectations that I think it better to let it stand until I come down. We are new comfortably situated at Burritts Rapids at least as much as we could be expected. Mary Ann as well as myself is delighted with the exchange, the Mill is in good order and is doing well, I have done mere Business since I opened my new goods here than I would have done in 6 months in Kilmarnock, every person appears to be holding out encouragement to me. I think there is no doubt but that there will be a village start up at once. People seem to be quite encouraged to think that I have obtained the Water Privilege from Government — Major Bolton told me in Bytown yesterday that they never would have given a Lease of the waters to Smyth and appeared to be quite pleased with the exchange. Smyth has been very arbitrary with the Government officers and Put them defiant which course will never answer with these big Gentlemen. I have taken quite a different course. I have used all the fine speeches and soft sodder that I could think of and by that means have gotten the thing settled to my satisfaction. I am Putting me up a house near the Mill – 20 by 50 ft, as shop and a dwelling. I expect to get into it this fall. I was Much pleased at receiving a letter from Father, and shall endeavour to answer it shortly, I should be glad to have him see Mr. Alec McLean soon respecting the Balance of that devised sess? Roll. Mr. Pringle has written to me saying that it was placed into his hands for Collection I wrote to father stating the Terms that I should like to conform to, and would like to have him call on Pringle and state the thing to him as I am afraid that he will put me to cost. These young Lawyers are fond of employment. We shall expect some of you up this summer. The roads are much better to where we live now than where we lived before. Turn at Johnstown and inquire for Kemptville and then you are only 9 Miles from my Mill. Mother and Noriah might drive themselves out — or if they come as far as Prescott in the Boat, I would send for them at anytime. l may be down in a short time and Perhaps not until Fall. I have been expecting the Miller up for these some days Past- and should be very glad to have him come as soon as possible . I should not however be willing to pay him the salary he asks. I think it much too big but would be willing to Pay any reasonable Price if you Thought he Would answer – I would not value a few Dollar if I could get a Person that was a competent Hand and he would give satisfaction, I am very anxious that he would come up and would be Willing to Pay Part of his expenses, providing he did not agree,— if Possible write me by return of Mail if Nickleson will be up or net – I must look out for another immediately. Little Albert is getting a little better Poor little fellow he has had a hard time of it. Father states that the crops are looking well and he thinks that there will be something besides cordwood to be seen in Cornwall market next winter. I hope Norah and her little ones are doing well.

I am to all friends and remain your affectionate Brother=John S. French




By 1812, Burritts Rapids had become a bustling hamlet. At the peak of its prosperity, it had telegraphic and daily mail, 2 general stores, a bakery, a millinery shop, 2 shoe shops, a tin and stove store, a grist mill, a woolen mill, a tannery, blacksmith shops, 3 wagon shops, a cabinet shop, 2 churches, 2 schools, 2 hotels, a bank and an Orange Lodge.4385-01 John PATTERSON, 30, cheese maker, Sarnia, Manotick, s/o Benjamin PATTERSON & Sarah Ann KIDD, married Tena McCORKELL, 20, Osgoode, same, d/o James McCORKELL & Bella FINDLEY, witn: William PATTERSON of Burritts Rapids & Nellie DAVIDSON of Manotick, 12 June 1901 at Brays Crossing.


BURRITTS RAPIDS, June 26: – Special – Miss Lila G. Ferguson, principal of the senior room of the local Public School for the past three years, was honored by the pupils of both the junior and senior G rooms, and the junior teacher, Miss Laura Christie, yesterday, when she was presented with two handsome silver gifts: Edith plant made the Presentation and Cora Plant read the address, Miss Ferguson expressed her deep appreciation to the pupils, and Miss Christie

HISTORYFrom Rideau info.comBurritts Rapids was one of the first settlements on the Rideau, predating the Canal itself. In 1793, Colonel Stephen Burritt, floated down this section of the Rideau River on a raft looking for a good spot to settle. At Burritts Rapids he saw the water power potential for a mill and settled there with his wife Martha (Stevens) and their two-year old son Henry. Their second son, Edmund, was born here on 8 Dec 1793.

The story goes that, soon after settling there, they were dying from a fever when they were rescued by a band of local Indians, nursed back to health, and even had their crops harvested for them. Ever after, the Burritt home was a welcoming place for Indians travelling the Rideau.

When Colonel By came through in 1826, Burritts Rapids was a thriving village with several businesses. The first townsite was laid out in 1830 and a post office, with the name “Burritt’s Rapids” was established in 1839. In the 20th century, the name was changed to “Burritts Rapids” and today, both the community and lockstation are known by that name. The village, like the Rideau Canal itself, lost its commercial importance at the start of the 20th century.

The fixed bridge at the north end of town (over the original Rideau River) is in the location where one of the earliest bridges across the Rideau was built in 1824 (it has since been rebuilt at least twice, in 1920 and 1983). Just upstream of that bridge a mill dam was erected (as early as 1845). It crossed the entire channel, with a waste weir at the south end and served a saw mill and a grist mill (both located on the south side of the river). The remains of this dam can still be seen today.

In about 1832, a timber high level fixed bridge was constructed across the channel of the canal (south end of town), just upstream of the present day swing bridge. By the early 1850s, it had been replaced by a timber swing bridge in the location of the present steel truss swing bridge (which dates to 1897). The swing bridge is opened by turning a crank in the pivot at one end of the bridge. Counter weights and a set of roller wheels mounted on a circular track underneath allow the bridge to be swung with little effort.

To the north of island, on County Rd 2 (Donnelly Drive) is the historic Christ Church, one of the earliest churches on the Rideau. An Anglican congregation had been formed in about 1822, but had no fixed place of worship. In 1830 Daniel Burritt donated land for a church and a burying ground. Construction was started in 1831 and completed in 1832. In 1834 the church was consecrated as Christ Church by the Right Reverend Charles James Stewart, Bishop of Quebec.




with files from the book donations Donated by- Ed and Shirley (Catherine) Simpson-
with files from the book donations Donated by- Ed and Shirley (Catherine) Simpson-
with files from the book donations Donated by- Ed and Shirley (Catherine) Simpson-


Did Anyone Find the Lost Barrel of Silver Coins That Lies at the Bottom of the Rideau Canal?

The White Wedding Burial- Local Folklore

A Romantic Story of the Founding Of Burritt’s Rapids

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

Samuel Patterson and Elizabeth Upton

Samuel Patterson and Elizabeth Upton


Kemptville Advance November 1897

A lad who first saw the light of day in County Antrim, Ireland, in August, 1800, ventured across the raging Atlantic when only 17 years of age, unaccompanied by a parent or any near relative. When he put foot on Canadian soil he was a total stranger to all. Listen while we tell you w hat has been the outcome of this Irish lad.

His first abode was in Montreal where he worked for three years. Then he came into Upper Canada, passing through a place which he affirmed had but two houses, and which is now the capital of the Dominion. Through the latter place he proceeded on to the township of Beckwith where he remained for several years.

Later a young woman arrived from County Wexford in his own native land, and at the village of Richmond they were united in holy wedlock. The ups and downs of a wilderness life was their portion, but being well equipped with health and strength, perseverance and honesty, they were equal to all the trying emergencies and made a success of life.

Samuel Patterson and Elizabeth Upton were the happy young couple, and in 1842 they moved to Oxford township to spend the remainder of their days. To them were born ten children, five of whom are still living, whose names, ages, number of children and grandchildren we give below :

John Patterson, Kemptville, aged 69, 9 children, all living ; 16 grandchildren.

James Patterson, Oxford, aged 67; 12 children, 2 of whom are dead ; 9 grandchildren.

Benjamin Patterson, Burritt’s Rapids, aged 60; 14 children, 1 of whom is dead.

Samuel Patterson, Kemptville, aged 55; 11 children, 7 of whom are now dead.

Mrs, Robert Wiggins, Marlboro, aged 58; 4 children; 4 grandchildren. Those who were married but have since died are: Mary, wife of Robt. Conn, afterwards Mrs. Wm. Sanders, of Sarnia, 10 children. Robert, 2 children. Ann, wife of James Donnelly, Marlboro, 7 children, 13 grandchildren.

It will thus be seen that the descendants of this one Irish lad were 10 children, 69 grandchildren, 42 great-grandchildren, or a total of 121 people. When the Sickle of Time cut off their existence the grand sires were well advanced in years. Mrs. Patterson departed this life on Dec. 22, 1883, at the age of 82 years, and Mr. Patterson on Sept. 18, 1887, aged 87 years.—




Pattersons-Kemptville Public Cemetery
Leeds & Grenville Co./Reg./Dist., Ontario CLICK HERE

4385-01 John PATTERSON, 30, cheese maker, Sarnia, Manotick, s/o Benjamin PATTERSON & Sarah Ann KIDD, married Tena McCORKELL, 20, Osgoode, same, d/o James McCORKELL & Bella FINDLEY, witn: William PATTERSON of Burritts Rapids & Nellie DAVIDSON of Manotick, 12 June 1901 at Brays Crossing



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