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Who Got What? The Will of William Gillies

From my personal collection

The Will finally was publicized in 1914

The Lanark Era
Lanark, Ontario, Canada
22 Apr 1914, Wed  •  Page 8

The Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
17 Apr 1914, Fri  •  Page 2

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The Story of Henry Marshall and his Inheritance

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The Missing Heir

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Hal Kirkland –A Machine for Making Money

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Those in charge of the Gemmill Park must erect WHAT??? You will not believe this!

So What Happened to Miss Winnifred Knight Dunlop Gemmill’s Taxidermy Heads?

Who Won the 1950 Austin Sedan?

The Story of Henry Marshall and his Inheritance

The Story of Henry Marshall and his Inheritance

The Story of Henry Marshall and his Inheritance..

The Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
01 Mar 1960, Tue  •  Page 13

Henry Marshall, a wiry 80-year-o!d from! Carleton Place, will collect less than $300,000.

Mr. Marshall’s brother William R. Marshall, whom he last saw 56 years ago died three weeks ago in Washington leaving $439,000 without a will. The prominent realtor left most of this sum in cash. “He’ll collect about two-thirds of the total,” explained Mr. Gittings. “The rest will go to the government under the U.S. Federal Estate Tax laws.

The lawyer said he had been advised of the whereabout of Mr. Marshall’s younger brother by a lady from Canada with a French name. He couldn’t recall the name but mailed a letter to Mr. Marshall in Carleton Place immediately outlining details of the estate.

Henry Marshall chuckled with the town baker, William Woodcock, about how the news spread. A lady in Mr. Woodcock’s employ recalled, after seeing an item in Saturday’s Citizen that her husband once worked for a Henry Marshall. After confirming the name she went to tell him the news. Since then it has spread like wildfire. The item told of the search for a Henry Marshall who was last known to be around Ottawa 30 years ago.

Mr. Marshall had come from Quebec and farmed in Lanark County for several years. He has a son, Thomas, living at White Lake, and a daughter Olive, (now Mrs. Thomas Nulan) of Malton, Ont. This tallies with the information held by the lawyer in Washington. Mr. Marshall says nothing will change. “I’ll just have to hang onto the brains I’ve got,” he said referring to any sharpies who try to get the money. He has already had several offers from Montreal to drive him to Washington.

However, he doesn’t see any need to go after the money. The parting of the ways for the Marshall brothers came 30 years ago, just after Henry Marshall’s wife and small daughter died. His elder bachelor brother wanted to adopt the son but Henry considered this an improper request and the two drifted out of touch with each other. The picture of health and happiness now, Henry Marshall is a well respected and well known resident of Carleton Place.

He boasts many cronies among Carleton Place’s retired farmer set. Several of them have been around to congratulate him on his good fortune. He enjoys the company of Nat Tudor a former farmer, or Fred Garland, who lives next door to his 50 William Street quarters. His little spare time is spent watching television. ‘ “I only believe a little of what I see on TV,” he said, while a TV cameraman was setting up his lights. “And I never thought that ‘Millionaire program made much sense ’til now.” ‘

March 1960– Almonte Gazette

March 3 — It was reported that a Carleton Place man by the  of Marshall had inherited a brother who died.

According to a dispatch which appeared in an Ottawa newspaper datdd Feb. 26, Henry Marshall, 80 years old of Carleton Place has inherited a fortune from his brother, William R. Marshall, a Washington D. C. real estate operator. A dispatch, presumably from a United States news service, appeared in Saturday’s daily papers announcing that William R. Marshall had died without a will and that his estate of $439,000 would go to his next of kin, a brother living in Canada if he could be located.

On this being drawn to the attention of the elderly Carleton Place man, who is a widower and lives alone in a white frame house at the corner of William and George Streets, he stated that the American lawyers need look no further for the heir as he was the man they were trying to locate.

According to his story it was 30 years since he last met William R. At that time Henry had lost his wife and a daughter and the elder brother attempted to adopt his son Tommy and take him back to the States with him. This did not suit Henry so he refused and the brother returned home never to communicate with him again. He did hear from him from time to time, indirectly, through a sister now deceased and who lived at Cornwall and with whom the Washington broker corresponded now and then.

Mr. Marshall who was brought up on a farm in Quebec, farmed for some time in the Clayton district and then moved to a farm near Ashton from which he retired 12 years ago, to live in Carleton Place. His married son lom, 48 now lives on a farm at White Lake and a daughter Olive, Mrs. C. Nolan lives at Malton. The Ottawa newspaper in which this story appeared made quite a hit of it as a staff reporter was sent to Carleton Place to interview the elderly Mr. Marshall.

The scribe goes into great detail about the old man’s homely habit describing his two box stoves for which he still chops wood and even the rocking chair in which he takes his ease beside one of these comfortable heaters. It appears from what this writer found that Mr. Marshall is a well-preserved person who sometimes fills in as a babysitter for younger people who live nearby and want to go out for an evening.

There is a picture of Mr. Marshall in this newspaper which shows the face of a rather handsome, kindly old chap with a well trimmed moustache. Those who read the story will hope that it is all true and that he does not have to clear too many hurdles in order to claim his inheritance. It is said that Mr.. Marshall farmed in the Wright schoolhouse section of Ramsay which is quite a few miles from Clayton. It is a long time since then and not many people will recall the Marshall family being there.

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A Forgotten Will of 1895

A Forgotten Will of 1895





Ottawa Daily Citizen
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
17 Jan 1895, Thu  •  Page 2



In Victorian Britain, readers were entertained with bitter statements of disapproval that made it into many wills. Sir Thomas May of London, for example, who in 1887, cut off his wife and daughter with a shilling each, while bequeathing an annual sum of £100 to his lucky servant.

In 1850 only around 15 per cent of adults who died left enough wealth to make inheritance a matter worth caring about; most people died with nothing or they were in debt. By the mid-1930s that proportion had shifted to approximately 23 per cent of dying adults


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

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The Missing Heir


June 17 1898

On Saturday evening last one of Huntley’s well-known residents passed out of life in the person of Mr. James White, who lived on the twelfth line. Deceased was 76 years of age, and was ill for a couple of years from a complication of ailments. He lived nearly all his life on the farm on which he died.

His funeral took place on Monday, and was largely attended. Deceased was a successful farmer, and amassed considerable of this world’s goods. By will he leaves to his only son, John, whose whereabouts have been unknown for twenty years, the homestead with its 100 acres and $2,000 in cash, provided he turns up within the next twenty years. Should the son not be found the above will revert to his daughter’s family.

To his daughter, Mrs. Dennis O’Brien, he leaves $1,200 in cash, 100 acres of land and all the stock and implements, etc. The estate is worth over $10,000. The father of the late Mr. White was one of the leaders of the famous Ballygiblin settlers who came to this section in 1822.





Clipped from The Ottawa Journal15 Jun 1898, WedPage 2

Peter Robinson settlers in Huntley township, Carleton County, Ontario [Upper Canada], 1834. The names below can be found on the passenger lists for the Hebe and the Stakesby (from Cork to Quebec, 1823).

Transcribed from:

Return of a portion of the Irish Emigrants located in the Bathurst District in 1823 and 1825, by Peter Robinson Esqr, and who are now entitled to receive their Deeds, the lots having been inspected by Francis K. Jessup in 1834.1.

Township of Huntley:

Name Half Lot Con
Name Half Lot Con
James FORREST West 20 11
William WELCH East 20 11
Timothy FORREST West 21 11
Timothy KENNEDY East 21 11
Charles SULLIVAN West 23 11
Jeffery DONOGHUE East 15 10
James WHITE East 17 10
Michael CRONIN West 18 10
James ALLAN East 19 10
John KENNEDY West 19 10
John KEEFE West 19 10
William GREGG West 16 9
William WHITE West 20 9
James MANTLE 27 10
Thomas BOYLE N.W. 4 [quarter] 24 10
S.W. 4 [quarter] 25 10
Thomas BRISTNAHAN Senr. West 21 9
Thomas BRISTNAHAN Jnr. East 20 10

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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Robert-John Shaw Spent a Quarter of a Million Dollars?



Yesterday afternoon I was falling asleep while I was typing, as sometimes being a #strongwoman tires me out LOL. As my tired eyes scrolled down through a local newspaper archives something caught my eye and woke me up.


Please note sometimes he was known as John and sometimes Robert Shaw

Perth Courier, June 16, 1899

Many of our residents will recollect “Christmas” or Robert Shaw, who has been a resident of Perth off and on for some years.  The Smith’s Falls Record says:  “Among the different people who have been attracted to Smith’s Falls from outside places during the past few weeks is Robert Shaw, who came here from Carleton Place.

He is commonly known as “Christmas” and leads rather an irregular life.  He works about sawing wood or any odd jobs he can get and for a day or two this week was at work in the dump at Victoria Park.  Last night at 10:00 he was anxiously trying Dr. McCallum for more work in the park; this morning comes word from Perth that he is heir to a quarter million dollars.  A rich relative in Dublin, Ireland just died and left him that amount.”


Victoria Park– Smiths Falls–Smiths Falls & District Chamber of Commerce

What? What? What?

In 1896 I wrote about an article in the Perth Courier “that a half witted resident of Carleton Place named Robert Shaw, known as “Christmas” was brought in on a charge of kissing the young ladies of that town and the judges gave him three months in the Perth gaol”.  Shaw was a resident of Perth at one time, but was now devoting his time to Carleton Place.

So three years later he went back to Perth, probably still kissing the ladies, and has just inherited a quarter million dollars in 1899? If you read the story below –in 1914 he was reported being found frozen in a cardboard box then allegedly found alive. Tales of him working  on the CNR near the Pettawawa River surfaced, and if you believe ancestry.ca he finally met his maker in 1929. OR– so they say.

My question is: how does one spend $250,000 in the late 1800s- or are those stories on people losing their lotto winnings true– even then?

Anyone knowing anything about John or Robert Shaw please contact me.

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Robert Shaw “Cold as Ice” in a Cardboard Box?

Come and visit the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page– what’s there? Cool old photos–and lots of things interesting to read.

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