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Tales from Lammermoor — Gibson — Part 2

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Tales from Lammermoor — Gibson — Part 2
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Strictly Left – Right: William Gibson, Irene McNicol (now Pretty), Russell Harper, Cecil Paul, Dorothy Bartraw (McIntosh), Basil Paul, Mary Ellen (Gibson) Paul, John Harper, Effie Drysdale, Bob Drysdale, Joe Paul, Janet (Gunn) Gibson, Herbert Gibson.

Dorothy (Bartraw) McIntosh was a friend of the family. All others — Drysdale, Harper, McNicol & Paul — are connected to the Gibsons by marriage. Herbert Gibson, the young man on the far right, died of diabetes soon after the photo was taken. He is standing beside his mother, Janet (Gunn) Gibson. His father, William Gibson, is standing far left. Janet (Gunn) Gibson was a Gunn from Hopetown. William Gibson & Mary Ellen Paul were brother & sister. Mary Ellen was the mother of Cecil & Basil Paul and wife of Joe Paul. Brothers Russell & John Harper were nephews of William Gibson & Mary Ellen Paul. Effie Drysdale was a niece of William Gibson & Mary Ellen Paul.

Joanne Park Huskilson says in part: ” There were 10 children in my grandfather’s (William Gibson’s) family and no matter where they lived in Canada or the US, they always considered Lammermoor their home. “


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Good family picture. Uncle Herb was forever remembered as a 19year old. They still kept all his childhood games and comic books from the 1920s in his room that remained his room until Uncle Edgar McDougall finally sold the farm. Uncle Herbs room was a time capsule that spoke of his life 50 years after his passing.

Read more-For the Love of Lammermoor

Nearly a year after J. Herbert “Herb” Gibson began his service as a bomber with the 75th Battalion, he jokingly described his routine training in a letter to his girlfriend, May Bell Keays on February 2, 1917. “We bombers practice throwing bombs, like a baseball player would keep in trim for the match. Only bombs are not thrown like baseballs and then it would be with you to catch one!” But the jokes soon ended as his friends and family died.

In an undated letter to Keays he described the horror of seeing the grave of his best friend, Tom Butler. “Here, standing in a foreign land, beside the grave of my chum, neighbour and finally comrade in arms, my thoughts flashed back to the quiet peaceful homes from whence we came, on an errand the full consequences of which we did not realize then,” Gibson wrote.

Then, in early January 1918, Gibson was huddled near a candle in the trenches, reading letters from his mom when he learned of his parents’ deaths. They died from poor health at age sixty-nine within ten days of each other on the farm where Gibson lived before war. William R. Gibson and Euphemia Nairn Gibson, his parents, lived on a hundred-acre farm in Lammermoor, Lanark County west of Ottawa. Their farm was only a mile away from the farm that the Keays family owned so in letters home, Gibson would often call Keays “His little friend on the 8th Line,” referring to the Bathurst Township road where their farm was located.

Gibson enlisted on March 30, 1916 from Perth, Ontario because he felt like he had to do his part in war, even though his parents disapproved. Many soldiers put their country ahead of their lives. But after his parents died, Gibson felt like he had nothing left. “It seems as though there were nothing more to live for now,” he wrote to Keays on February 3, 1918. “It is so hard to think that my dear parents passed away in such a short space of time, and that they will not be there to welcome me home after the war.”

In February 1919, he returned to his family farm but couldn’t carry on his family’s farming tradition because of his wounds. Gibson was shot in the right arm in March 1917 at “Vimy Ridge” and in July 1918, he was shot in Arras while lying at a listening post in “no man’s land.” The German gunfire smashed three of his ribs and damaged his lungs.

Gibson moved to Winnipeg, Manitoba with one of his brothers to build houses while Keays tended to her younger siblings at their family farm after their mom died in 1921. Keays eventually joined him in Winnipeg and they married on February 10, 1931—the anniversary of his return to Canada. Gibson was forty-two-years-old and Keays was thirty-six-years-old. They had two kids and lived the rest of their lives in Trenton, Ontario.

He was born on November 11, 1889 and he died in October 1967 at age seventy-eight. Keays died at age one hundred and three in 1999.

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Gibson Family Cemetery Click

In 1884 the late William Gibson of Lammermoor in Lanark’s historic Dalhousie township picked up an old horse-shoe on his farm and hung it on a branch of a small oak sapling. His son of six summers was beside him at the time. The senior Mr. Gibson has long since passed away and in 1937 the son decided to cut down the oak tree.

The stump measured two feet across and in the centre of the log, about five feet from the ground, was embedded and well preserved the forgotten horse-shoe around which the tree had grown.

For the Love of Lammermoor

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For the Love of Lammermoor

 

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Photo-Charles Dobie–

Strictly Left – Right: William Gibson, Irene McNicol (now Pretty), Russell Harper, Cecil Paul, Dorothy Bartraw (McIntosh), Basil Paul, Mary Ellen (Gibson) Paul,John Harper, Effie Drysdale, Bob Drysdale, Joe Paul, Janet (Gunn) Gibson, Herbert Gibson.

Dorothy (Bartraw) McIntosh was a friend of the family. All others Drysdale, Harper, McNicol & Paul are connected to the Gibsons by marriage. Herbert Gibson, the young man on the far right, died of diabetes soon after the photo was taken. He is standing beside his mother, Janet (Gunn) Gibson. His father, William Gibson, is standing far left. Janet (Gunn) Gibson was a Gunn from Hopetown. William Gibson & Mary Ellen Paul were brother & sister. Mary Ellen was the mother of Cecil & Basil Paul and wife of Joe Paul. Brothers Russell & John Harper were nephews of William Gibson & Mary Ellen Paul. Effie Drysdale was a niece of William Gibson & Mary Ellen Paul.

Joanne Park Huskilson says in part: ” There were 10 children in my grandfather’s (William Gibson’s) family and no matter where they lived in Canada or the US, they always considered Lammermoor their home. “


Many thanks to Ruth (Drysdale) Duncan for this photograph.
And thanks to Joanne Park Huskilson for most of the names, and for how everyone is related.

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Clipped from The Ottawa Journal29 Jun 1900, FriPage 6

Perth Courier

James Gibson of Lammermore

A descendent of Lammermore’s first settler sees his village coming to an end.

In 12 or 15 years there will not be a Lammermore.  This is the pessimistic opinion of James Carmen Gibson, life long resident and proud descendent of the first pioneer settler in the 143 year old settlement.  The once flourishing community was established by James Gibson a native of Lanark, Scotland who led a small band of his countrymen into the virgin forest of eastern Ontario in 1821.  It was these hardy settlers who named their new home Lammermore after the Lammermore Hills of their native land.  James Carmen Gibson, great great grandson of Lammermore’s founding father, may also be the last of the Gibson’s in that community.

Mr. Gibson puts it this way:  “I can remember about 45 years ago there were 11 families and 78 people living here.  Now there are only three families and 16 people.  The trouble is that there are no children around here. The three families have just 9 children going to a public school and on top of that we have four bachelors here.”

The Gibsons have one son to carry on the family name and he is destined for a career in the Ontario Provincial Police.  They also have four daughters.  Mr. Gibson summed up the future of Lammermore in a nutshell when he remarked “None of the young men are going to stay and farm.  That is plain to see.”

Lunch with the Retired Women Teachers of OntarioArlene The Gibsons used to raise dairy and beef cattle on their 300 acre farm which has been in the family since 1831 with the depression and the consequent change in the price of farm products Mr. Gibson found it more profitable to start hauling milk for other farmers to the Middleville cheese factory.  He was drawing milk for some 17 farmers in the area and continued this business until 1956 when he was forced to make another change.  “Most of the farmers around here turned to beef production.  There was not enough milk to pay me to draw it to the cheese factory so we began shipping cream to Brockville.”  Mr. Gibson turned from shipping cream to (illegible word) lumber in the E. B. Eddy Company in Hull.  He supplies the company with roughly 500 cords a year and will often travel to  six days a week with a band of poplar or spruce.

The Gibson family began tapping trees in 1821 with the arrival of James Gibson from Lanark, Scotland. He was the first pioneer settler in the area and named their new home Lammermoor after the Lammermoor Hills in Scotland. Their five children Verna, Beatrice, Norma, Carol and Earl all helped out with the operation. They also raised beef, dairy on their busy farm and hauled milk to the Middleville cheese factory.

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Clipped from The Ottawa Journal17 Sep 1900, MonPage 7

 

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Perth Courier, May 7, 1897

Lammermoor:  T. Deachman has returned home after a visit to D. Currie.

Obit: Mrs. Stephen Park, Ellen Ferguson was born a Lammermoor, Feb 28th, 1858 a daughter of Mr. Allan Ferguson. She married on Apr 17th, 1878 and is survived by her husband and seven children; Agnes (Mrs. R Pretty) of Hopetown; Jean (Mrs. C Craig) of North Battleford Sask; James of Mazenod Sask; Eulelia (Mrs. Matt Tullis) of Drummond; Mary (Mrs. Murchison) of Mazenod Sask; Margaret (Mrs. W Cameron) of Watson’s Corners and Charles at home. One daughter Annie May deceased. She also leaves two sisters and one brother; Mrs. David Napier, Mrs. Gould of Winnipeg , and Allan Ferguson of Watson’s Corners. Burial in Watson’s Corners Cemetery.

Perth Courier, April 17, 1896

We regret to say W. L. McDonald lately a merchant at Lammermoor, Lanark Township, has been forced to assign for the benefit of his creditors.

Perth Courier, May 27, 1898

Watson’s Corners:  Mrs. James Barr will leave today to join her husband who went out there a couple months ago. ……A number of persons from our village and from Lammermoor attended the marriage of Teresa Duncan of McDonald’s Corners and Mr. Parsons of Ottawa last Wednesday

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Clipped from The Ottawa Journal15 Apr 1944, SatPage 11

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Gibson Family Burials

Lammermoor, Ontario, Lot 26,

 Con. 1, Dalhousie Twp.

Burials 1851 to 1978

 

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The Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
20 Mar 1937, Sat  •  Page 17

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October 30, 2021  · 
Watts Homestead built by Robert Gibson -Lammermoor
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October 30, 2021  · 

Margaret Watt 1837-1905 and Robert Paul 1837-1905