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Andrew Stevenson- Justice of the Peace, Cooper and Cheesemaker

Andrew Stevenson- Justice of the Peace, Cooper and Cheesemaker

Almonte Gazette

April 14 1882

Death of Mr. A. Stevenson – The many friends had scarcely returned from following the late Mr. Snedden to the grave before they were called upon to wend their way thither again, to mark their respect for the memory of Mr. A. Stevenson, J.P., who has gone over to join the “majority.”

The deceased gentleman came to Canada from Glasgow , where he was born, with the other members of his mother’s family, together with his step-father, the parent of the late Mr. Galbraith, of whom the deceased was a half-brother, in the year 1821. The family settled in Ramsay, and at that time our late townsman was about nine years old. He resided with his family for some six or seven years, and then went to Montreal , where he learned the trade of a cooper, remaining there about seven years, when he removed to Carleton Place and commenced a cooperage for himself.

He followed the trade for two or three years, his shop being on the site now occupied by Lavallee’s hotel ( Leland). In 1833 he married, and moved to his own farm on the 2nd con. of Ramsay, where he remained until 1870, when he came to Almonte, and has since resided here. Mr. Stevenson was a member of the township council from 1852 to 1856, and was for many years a Justice of the Peace. For over thirty years he was Pork Inspector for this district. After forty-nine years of married life, he has left a widow, who feels her loss keenly, and a family of two sons and three daughters. The deceased was a very quiet, unobtrusive man, and was consequently not as widely known as many less worthy, but in all the various positions he was called on to fill he brought a strong conscientiousness, combined with a good share of common sense, to bear, and thus succeeded in establishing a claim to the respect of those with whom he was brought into contact.

Owing to frequent attacks of asthma he was latterly confined much to the house, but he was not long confined to his bed. He died on Sunday morning last at the ripe age of 77 years, and was followed to the grave on Tuesday by a very large number of the people of the town and country. Those who knew the late Mr. Stevenson were conscious that he felt severely the death of the late Mr. Galbraith, from the shock of which he never recovered.

During the 1874 and later, when the cheese was being made at the Rosedale Union Hall Cheese Factory, Andrew Stevenson would load a wagon up with 25 or 30 boxes of cheese, and head for Pembroke with a team of horses. At this time the building of the railroad was in full swing and camps were set up in different places.

John Morrow

John Dunlop 1837-1914 was my great-great-grandfather; the Andrew Stevenson mentioned would have been his wife Euphemia Stevenson-Dunlop’s brother, who was also a Justice of the Peace. This story was written a few years ago now since my granduncle Norman Gilbert Dunlop died Dec. 27, 2010, 15 days short of his 103rd birthday, and the author, Berneice McKay, has also passed away.

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             *MR. JUSTICE JOHN WILSON-The Last Duel-Photo from Perth Remembered


Perth Courier, March 25, 1864

We lay before our readers a following list of magistrates recently applied for.  The addition thus made to the justices of the peace already accounted for renders the whole a formidable body:

Almonte:  John Scott, James Wylie, James Patterson, Matthew Anderson

Clayton:  James Coulter

Ramsay:  William Baird, John McCarton, John Houston

Pakenham:  James Ellis, William Snedden, Samuel Dickson, William McVicar, John Brown and David Ogilvie

Darling:  James Watt, Peter Guthrie, John Rintoul (or Ristoul)

Levant:  Archibald Browning, John Robertson

Beckwith:  John Stewart, 2nd Concession, James Conn, John Stewart, Ashton, John McEwan, 8th Concession, Adam Poole, John McKerracher, Thomas Alcock, Samuel Kerfoot, Dugall Ferguson, Ewen McEwen, John McEachon, Alexander Stewart, 8th concession

Perth:  George Dunnell (or Dunnett), John Hart, Jr., W.J. Morris, James Bell, Charles Rice, Robert Gemmill, Joseph M.O. Cromwell, Warren Botsford, Hugh Ryan, Alexander Kippen, Samuel Bothwell, John McPartland, Jr., William Fraser, William O’Brien, Thomas McCaffery, Jr., William McLeod, R. Matheson, Jr.

Bathurst:  John W. Adams, Robert Cummings, Edward Tovey, John Moderwell, William Doran, Neil McLaren, Michael Hogan, Alexander Dodds, John Manion, John G. Campbell

  1. Sherbrooke: John Mitchell, John Richey, John Carly (or Corly), John McGregor

North Burgess:  Michael Stanley, William Allan, William Drennan, Michael Kennedy

North Elmsley:  John Spalding, Thomas Nichol, Ebeneezer Bell, Abel Wright, Hamilton N. Sherwood, James Manion

Montague:  Peter Shield, John Livingston, James B. Andrews, David Loucks, John Shields, George McGrath, Robert Young, Joseph McCreary, John Wilson, James Wallace

Appleton:  Robert Teskey, Andrew Wilson, John Baird

Middleville:  Archibald Campbell, William Croft, James Rankin, Daniel Wilson

Hopetown:  Andrew Baird

Lanark Township:  J.W. Anderson, John McKay, James Mathie, William Aitkin, Alexander Stewart, Robert Robertson, Patrick Quinn, John Gillies, William Scott

Dalhousie:  Andrew McInnes, James Reed, Hugh McLean, William Purdon, John Donald, George Blair, Richard Sheridan, William Gibson, Allan Ferguson

Lanark Village:  William Robertson, Alexander G. Hall, Alexander Caldwell, James Mair, Jacob Gallanger, Adam Craig, Boyd Caldwell

  1. Sherbrooke: James Smith, Dugall McDougall

Pakenham Village:  Andrew Dickson, William Dickson, James S. Dunnett, Robert Brown, Daniel Hilliard, John Moir, John McG. Chambers, Richard Drescoll, Kennes (??—not Dennis) Branwick

Carleton Place—James Poole, Robert Grey

Drummond—John Ralston, James McIlquham, Jr., Robert Haley, Hugh McIntyre, William McGarry, John McKinnon, Jr., Robert Robertson, Angus McDonald, Peter McTavish

Smith’s Falls:  German M. Cossitt, Jason Gould, James Shields, Alexander Clarke, Daniel Tierney, James C. Foster




*An early pioneer lawyer, judge and politician of London, Ontario, John Wilson was born in Scotland, February 5, 1807, coming first to Perth, Ontario with his family about 1823. In his youth he fought a duel, killing a fellow law student but was acquitted on the charge of murder. After being called to the bar in 1835 he joined a law practice at Niagara and later set up his own practice in London. A reputedly active, robust and popular man who spoke his mind, he served in the militia in 1838, was Warden for the London District from 1842 to 1844 and became Solicitor for the City of London. He was later elected to the Provincial Legislature and achieved Queen’s Counsel in 1856. By 1863 he became a Judge in the Court of Common Pleas. Although he moved to Toronto, he kept his home in Westminster Township and died there on June 3, 1869.–Perth Remembered


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