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And the Stone and Brick Masons Marched– Jennie Marshal Brian 1901

And the Stone and Brick Masons Marched– Jennie Marshal Brian 1901

I wrote about one of our iconic stonemasons Levi Brian a few years ago and he also owned for a short time the Leland and the Queen’s Hotel at one point. He sold the Queen’s Hotel in 1904 and the Leland Hotel in 1907. Darling resident, (“Huey’s Plains” ) Hugh O’Brien nearest known relative was Levi Brian in Carelton Place

The Ottawa Journal
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
17 May 1904, Tue  •  Page 9

Levi’s wife had died in a fire and I could not find out any information. Today I found the information and I am going to share it here to be documented.

On the 12th of July 1901 the funeral on Tuesday of Mrs. Levi Brian ( formerly Jennie Marshall of Clayton) was held in Carleton Place which was very largely attended. She died on Sunday night from the effects of burns, received that morning by the accidental explosion of a coal oil can. She was 45 years-old. The untimely death of such a highly esteemed lady, so faithful a mother, such a kind and generous neighbour, was a shock such as seldom comes to any community.

Six children are left with the grief stricken husband. They are Mrs. Albert Salter (Jennie), Eva. Melvin, Marshall, Warner and a 15 month old baby boy Hilton. In the funeral procession in body marched: the stone and brick masons and others engaged under Mr. Patrick McGregor in the erection of the Findlay buildings. The service in St. James Church, conducted by Rev. A. Elliott, was intensely solemn and impressive.

The Ottawa Journal
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
08 Jul 1901, Mon  •  Page 1

After his wife Jennie ( Jane) died in the fire he married once again to Annie Mary (Mary) Fanning of Carleton Place in Almonte on June 5, 1911. (Note: Mary is also related to the McNeelys) — see–

The Ottawa Journal
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
20 Dec 1897, Mon  •  Page 6
The Ottawa Journal
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
21 Jun 1907, Fri  •  Page 6
The Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
07 Dec 1900, Fri  •  Page 2


Maurice Burke, a cooper, made barrels across the street from where the post office now stands.  His sister Julia taught school in the Public School for many years.  We often heard the youngsters rhyming c-a-t  CAT, r-a-t RAT, etc.  She was burned to death in a fire as was Levi Brian’s wife.

Putting a Face to Levi Brian, Stonemason, of Carleton Place

In Memory of Jack Wilson — The Mason’s Mason

James Fanning– Robert Nolan– Train Accident

James Fanning– Robert Nolan– Train Accident



Clipped from The Ottawa Citizen, 14 Jun 1907, Fri, Page 1-


006178-87 (Lanark Co) James S. FANNING, 21, workman, Beckwith, Carleton Place s/o Robert & Ellen FANNING married Anna Mary RATHWELL, 22, Drummond, Beckwith d/o William & Anna RATHWELL wtn: William H. LEACH & Sarah RATHWELL both of Beckwith, 13 July 1887 at St. James Church in Franktown.




Carleton Place Locomotive




Jenn Nolan My Great-Great Uncle. His sister, my great grandmother, had to identify his remains. Cause of death was being crushed and he was scalded by the steam and water. He is buried at St.James cemetery Carleton Place. He was so badly scalded that the undertaker had to just lay his suit on his body. His casket was covered in flowers at the service.


Ray Paquette My father-in-law was an engineman (engineer) on the CPR and he often regaled me with tales of derailments. I remember him telling me that in times of derailment, they, the engineer and fireman, would stand in the cab of the engine waiting to determine which way the engine was going over on its side before jumping to safety in the opposite direction


Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  22 Sep 1899, Fri,  Page 5




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.



When Trains Crash —Ashton Train Accident 1950

Clippings of The Old Perth Train Station

The Glen Tay Train Wrecks of Lanark County

Did You Know About These Local Train Wrecks?

Tragedy and Suffering in Lanark County-Trains and Cellar Stairs

I was Born a Boxcar Child- Tales of the Railroad

The Lanark County “Carpetbaggers”–Lanark Electric Railway

The Titanic of a Railway Disaster — Dr. Allan McLellan of Carleton Place

What Happened on the CPR Railway Bridge?

Memories from Carleton Place–Llew Lloyd and Peter Iveson

Linda’s Dreadful Dark Tales – When Irish Eyes Aren’t Smiling — Our Haunted Heritage

So Which William Built the Carleton Place Railway Bridge?

The trial of W. H. S. Simpson the Railway Mail Clerk

55 years ago–One of the Most Tragic Accidents in the History of Almonte

The Kick and Push Town of Folger

Train Accident? Five Bucks and a Free Lunch in Carleton Place Should Settle it

The Men That Road the Rails

The Mystery Streets of Carleton Place– Where was the First Train Station?

Memories of When Rail was King- 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?