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When Researching — Tragedy Somehow Shows Up- Fair Family- Watson’s Corners

When Researching  — Tragedy Somehow Shows Up- Fair Family- Watson’s Corners

Died, at Watson’s Corners on Sunday, Feb. 7, the beloved wife of George Fair, aged 51.

When Marion Agnes Craig was born in 1845 in Lanark, Ontario, her father, Alexander, was 30, and her mother, Agnes, was 24. She married George Fair on August 26, 1870, in her hometown. She died on February 4, 1897, in Lanark, Ontario, at the age of 52, and was buried in Watsons Corners, Ontario. Agnes Craig married George Fair in Lanark, Ontario, on August 26, 1870, when she was 25 years old.

Perth Courier, Feb. 19, 1897

Watson’s Corners:  It becomes our sad duty this week to record the death of Mrs. George Fair which took place at her late home on Sabbath morning, 7th inst. After suffering intensely from cancer for months.  On December 15 the deceased underwent an operation and had what was supposed to be at the time all the cancer removed but as time went on it was found that her system was full of cancer which eventually caused her death.  

Deceased, whose maiden name was Agnes Craig, was born in Dalhousie 51 years ago.  Twenty six years ago she married George Fair who survives her and came to live in our village where she has resided ever since with the exception of a few years she spent in Michigan.  The deceased was of a kind and loving disposition and made friends with all with whom she came into contact. 

 During her illness her sufferings were such as pen would fail to describe.  Some time previous to the end she called her loved ones to her bedside and bade them a loving farewell telling them she was going to the home prepared for God’s children where there would be no more pain or sorrow.  

The funeral on Tuesday was very large the church literally packed while many had to remain outside.  Rev. J.A. Leitch preached a very appropriate sermon after which the remains were conveyed to the cemetery and deposited in their last resting place to await the resurrection morning.  Deceased was a member of Zion Church, the Ladies Aid Society and Christian Endeavor Society and also a teacher in the Sabbath School.

Name:Mrs George Fair ( Marion Agnes Craig)
Birth Date:abt 1846
Birth Place:Dalhousie
Death Date:4 Feb 1897
Death Place:Lanark, Ontario, Canada
Cause of Death:Cancer

Her husband George Fair was born on October 25, 1830, in New York, USA. He married Agnes Craig on August 26, 1870, in Lanark, Ontario. He died on October 30, 1913, in Palmerston, Ontario, having lived a long life of 83 years, and was buried in Watsons Corners, Ontario.

Her youngest son was accidentally killed in 1901.

The Windsor Star
Windsor, Ontario, Canada
21 Oct 1901, Mon  •  Page 5
Name:George Levi Fair
Birth Date:abt 1886
Birth Place:Dalhousie
Death Date:18 Oct 1901
Death Place:Lanark, Ontario, Canada
Cause of Death:Accidentally Shot Died Instanlty

When George Levi Fair was born on April 22, 1886, in Lanark, Ontario, his father, George, was 55 and his mother, Marion Agnes, was 40. He had four siblings. He died as a teenager on October 18, 1901, in Watsons Corners, Ontario, and was buried there.


The Craig Family 1930s Goulburn North Gower and Lanark County

The Craig Family 1930s Goulburn North Gower and Lanark County


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More Facts About the Craig Family Mr. W. R. Gillanders Supplements the evidence re the Craig Name Supplied in Mr. Beverley Craig’s History of the Craigs of North Gower and Goulbourn,.


I was very Interested in reading about the name of Craig. Without disparaging the author’s contention that the original Craigs came from the south of Scotland, there Is no evidence that there were not Craigs among the Dalriad Scots when they came from Ireland. The name was not a family one originally, and the Craigs in every Gaelic speaking country were distinctive men who earned the distinctive name. Perhaps the south ot Scotland was the most likely place to rear a family In those days, but when it comes to authentic history, the distinguished Craigs certainly came from the north. It is traditional In Aberdeenshire that there were Craigs there long before the advent of William the Conqueror in England. These Craigs fought at Bannockburn (1314) and at Harlaw (1411). It was from Aberdeenshire that Craig of Craig Pintray (in Aberdeenshire) Journeyed with his retainers to find death on Plodden Field (1513); his son John, the great Scot-is!), reformer, was born at Craig Fin-tray, as was Sir Thomas Craig, who after sojourning in France, settled in 1873 in Edinburgh where he be came perhaps the greatest man In Scotland at that time and founded a family which throughout the following centuries produced many eminent lawyers. In the eleventh, twelfth and thirteenth centuries it was the polite habit to Insist on a southern origin,. Just as In England today all families with pretence declare their forefathers came over with the Conqueror; and as in the United States everybody came over In the Mayflower.


For the past 2,000 years at least, the Irish word for Craig was Just Craig (Craig); the Scottish Gaelic la Creig, sometimes spelt creag, in order to show Plctlsh disdain for the Erse; in Manx, the third branch of the Goi-delic family, the word was also cralg. All these words, whether written Craig, Crieg or Creag, have the same pronunciation simply Craig. The Welsh is also written Craig, pronounced in the inimitable and beautiful Welsh way. but certainly not craig as we know it. It is doubtful if even a modern Welsh scholar could give the correct value of the old Welsh vowel sounds. In those days spelling was not of so much importance in every day life as pronunciation, The only branch of the Goidelic family which affected the orthography of Scottish Gaelic was the Irish much to the disgust of Scottish scholars, ancient and modernand this was principally through the missionaries, called In by the Dalrlads. By A.D. 600 these missionaries had converted the country between the Humber and the Forth to Christianity, apart from their work among tne picts ana scots. Thus, whether the Craigs as a family arose in the Welsh Strathclyde or in the Anglo-Scottish east, they would get the spelling of their name pat from all sources; and in case of sound there was no differentiation between that of the ranting, roaring Dalriad Scots and the proud, independent Picts. The name of Craig as a distinctive appellation to distinctive persons is older than the south of Scotland, and as these persons were not a clan but individuals distinguished in every district wherever Gaelic was spoken, there is no evidence to controvert the opinion that there were Craigs in Ireland when, as the song says England was a pup; and in Scotland long before the pawky southern Scots began to pawk, With apologies to vour patience W. R. GILLANDERS, Albion Hotel Ottawa,

Clipped from

  1. The Ottawa Citizen,
  2. 20 Dec 1930, Sat,
  3. Page 2


  1. All about the Craig’s, from Lanarkshire, Scotland to Lanark County, Ontario

    The Craig family crest has three variations, one for England, Ireland and Scotland. The crest above it for the Scottish Craigs and we have a long history there. The family motto “Vive Deo et Vives” translates roughly into “Live with God that you may live for ever”
         The surname means rock, rocky , low hill. The anglicised word is “crag”.  It is often thought to be a descriptive surname but is as likely to be derived from the people who built and lived in the fortresses which were built on the low, rocky hills. Below is a picture of the “ancient” Craig tartan. I guess there is a modern version as well?

    So much for my flip remark, there are about a dozen Craig tartans, for hunting, ancient….. One for every occasion .

    The first family I have information on is John Craig and Jane(Jean). All I have is that they had a son, William, born in 1746.
         William married Jean Russell on January 15th, 1763. Jean , born in 1745, was from Cambusnetham, Scotland, a neighbouring parish.
    They had seven children;
    Lilias 1764-1764,
    John 1767-?,
    Silios/Lilias 1769-?,
    Jean 1771-?,
    William 1773-?
    James 1775-?.
    where you can buy all Linda Seccaspina’s books-You can also read Linda in The Townships Sun and theSherbrooke Record and and Screamin’ Mamas (USACome 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. Tales of Almonte and Arnprior Then and Now.

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The Bryson Craig Farm in Appleton

The Bryson Craig Farm in Appleton



This historical home is located on a charming little country road next to the Mississippi River to the southwest and connecting the Appleton Village with Highway 44. Known for many years as the Ross Craig farm — it was built in 1857 by Robert Bryson. The house appears on the Walling map of the counties of Lanark and Renfrew, and all the homes on this road once competed with each other to see who could produce the best quality home.

Some evidence points to the kitchen “ell” as being the first building, as the window trim is plain unlike the rest of the home which carries the “eyelash trim”. The floors are made from maple or pine and architectural details point out that this home was once one and a half storeys being carefully built to a two storey later on in years. The staircase is boxed in and very wide similar to the Glendinning home in Glen Isle.

The original kitchen was eventually turned into a family room and there is a minor mystery in the home. At the top of the stairs next to the master bedroom is a small room which is now a bathroom, and it was formerly either a large cupboard or a baby’s room as a peek through tiny window is on the master bedroom wall.

It is obvious that the Bryson and Craig families lived in the main house and used the smaller section for the hired help. This home is one of the rare homes in the area that has no fireplace and they probably used box stoves or ornamental Franklin stoves. William Kennedy and family bought this home from Hugh Grace who had followed the Craig tenure in 1969. It was always a farm but through the years the acreage of the property got smaller. In 1972 the Kennedy’s moved to Mattawa and any current history of the house known would be appreciated.


Along the ninth line between Shipman’s Mills and Appletree Falls located the Matthew McFarlanes, Sr. and Jr., and Thomas Patterson; while across the river along the 10th line located James Leitch, Arthur Lang, Peter McGregor, John Smith, James King, James Bryson, James Orr, Richard Dulmage, William and Robert Baird. James Bryson from Paisley and James King took Lot I11 of the 10th concession. George Bryson, a son of James, was one of the first Lanark County pioneers to go into the lumbering trade in 1836 and later, with his brother Robert, engaged in lumbering at Fort Coulonge and along the Black River in the province of Quebec. George Bryson represented Pontiac County in that province and was called to the Legislative Assembly of Quebec in 1867. The village of Bryson was named after him. During the lumbering era George Bryson and Simon Dunn established shanties throughout Ramsay and built the slide at Shipman’s Mills. There was talk of running the slide in canoes to save portage but all flunked out except Robert Bryson who with Dunn ventured the risky trip in a large pine log canoe. The canoe and crew shot down the steep incline at a rapid clip and all went well until they came to a 14 foot drop at the end of the slide into the bay below. The canoe split in two and the men were thrown into the rapids below but were rescued by onlookers.

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.


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I have been writing about downtown Carleton Place Bridge Street for months and this is something I really want to do. Come join me in the Domino’s Parking lot- corner Lake Ave and Bridge, Carleton Place at 11 am Saturday September 16 (rain date September 17) for a free walkabout of Bridge Street. It’s history is way more than just stores. This walkabout is FREE BUT I will be carrying a pouch for donations to the Carleton Place Hospital as they have been so good to me. I don’t know if I will ever do another walking tour so come join me on something that has been on my bucket list since I began writing about Bridge Street. It’s always a good time–trust me.

Are You Ready to Visit the Open Doors?