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Dominick Joseph Coady — Genealogy–Another Lost Angel

Dominick Joseph Coady — Genealogy–Another Lost Angel
The Gazette
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
11 May 1895, Sat  •  Page 1

When I see these lost angels I document as everyone has a story to tell and should be remembered.

When John Cody was born on June 11, 1837, in Fitzroy, Ontario, his father, Richard, was 36 and his mother, Margaret, was 20. He married Brigid LaHiff on April 25, 1866, in Ottawa, Ontario. They had seven children in 16 years. He died on June 8, 1924, at the age of 86. John Cody lived in Lanark, Ontario, in 1891.

Brigid LaHiff was born in 1846 in Ireland. She married John Cody in 1866 and they had seven children together. She then married Patrick Cody and they had six children together. She also had one son from another relationship. She died on April 4, 1919, at the age of 73. Brigid LaHiff married John Cody in Ottawa, Ontario, on April 25, 1866, when she was 20 years old. Brigid LaHiff married Patrick Cody in 1869 when she was 23 years old. Patrick Cody was born in March 1844 in Ireland. He married Brigid LaHiff in 1869. They had six children in 14 years- Dominic Joseph Coady was their son.

Death of Son Dominic Joseph Cody(1878–1895)

When Dominic Joseph Coady was born on June 11, 1878, in Ontario, his father, John, was 41 and his mother, Brigid, was 32. He had eight brothers and five sisters. He died as a teenager on May 8, 1895.

William Cody photo-Cody-Coady

William Cody photo-Cody-Coady

Name:Cody John
Birth Date:abt 1910
Death Date:10 Sep 1910
Death Place:Lanark, Ontario, Canada
Cause of Death:Malnutrition

Lightening — You Don’t Mess with Mother Nature — Or So They Told Me

Lightening — You Don’t Mess with Mother Nature — Or So They Told Me





Years ago as a child I used to sit on top of a pile of lumber at Dion’s Lumber yard next door and watch what everyone called “heat lightening”. I don’t see it anymore and wonder why, and then I learned that there is really no such thing as “heat lightning.”  What we were actually seeing was flashes of light reflecting off of clouds from lightning in a distant thunderstorm.

In my home when lightening was heard overhead things shut down in the house. We had to turn off the television and close the venetian blinds so the lightening would not wrap itself around them. To those that thought the latter was an old wives tale– it wasn’t. I saw it happen many times. So, we were all told to sit still in a chair with very little physical movement like the 2013 film Don’t Move. I was sure that if the lightening hit it would accidentally unleash a demonic force that might rip our family apart. So my mother rattled the piano keys at thunderous levels playing Glenn Miller songs while the storm raged on.

Meanwhile down the street some of my friends were not allowed to wash dishes or take a bath because lightning could travel through your pipes, and using any part of your home’s plumbing was a risk during an electrical storm. Fireballs had been seen flying out of faucets, and you didn’t dare get near electrical outlets. My Mother sometimes used to open all the doors and windows to let the thunder ball out if it so decided to go down the chimney. Her cousin had been struck by lightening, so I suppose she held that fear all that time.

If you were in the basement during a storm you better not be barefoot according to my Grandmother or you would get shocked. It was due to some story about our Cowansville, Quebec water reservoir being built over an active spring. I held whatever I needed to hold until after the storm as the lightening was supposed to come and rise up through the toilet and tickle your backside, or something like that. Take off any clothes that had zippers because the metal attracted lightning and hiding under your bed should be a last resort, as box springs were metal. It’s a wonder we weren’t all on “happy drugs”!

Talking on the phone was a no no as lightening travelled down the wires and the crackles on the phone line could make you deaf. One storm had supposedly fried all the phones on South Street, but no one had ever admitted their phone had been totalled, but  the local folks still believed it.

Hanging out at the park was forbidden during a storm as you were made to get out of the pool instantly if anyone heard a rumble. Of course the person that began this rumour was the same lady that told me I couldn’t go swimming after eating because I would get cramps and drown. That lifeguard had heard that little bit of advice from our Mothers that brought us there, and she didn’t want to get in trouble with them. I never did go to a funeral that someone got zapped in the pool or died right after swimming, and neither did my friends.

My Mother used to tell me that her Mother used to draw the sign of the cross on the window glass and mirrors in the house, and also on her forehead, to prevent the strike of lightning. All I could think of was that she was mixing up religion with lightening rods, and I still say a church that has a lightening rod is truly a lack of confidence.

The odds of being struck by lightning in your lifetime are 1 in 12,000,  but scientists say climate change may increase the chances to about 1 in 8,000 by year 2100. That’s fine I won’t be alive by then, but I do ask that others make the right decision about not getting struck by lightening. Could all those Mothers and Grandmothers be completely wrong with their stories? Remember, the road of life is paved with a lot of flat squirrels that couldn’t make a decision.

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

Beckwith Mystery — Anyone Remember a Meteor Coming Down on the 7th Line?

Beckwith Mystery — Anyone Remember a Meteor Coming Down on the 7th Line?


Adam Millar sent me this yesterday:

Hello, just wondering if you have ever seen historical records of a meteor in the Carleton Place area. My friend’s father told her of the huge hole he filled in his field and in the middle was a large meteorite (about the size of a small soccer ball – approx 60lbs).
Pretty sure she said his father had cursed the depression it left in his field. Farm is located on the highway (15 or 29 or whatever it is these days) and 7th line Beckwith. This would have been a huge fireball and likely very loud by the size of the meteorite. Thanks! -Adam
Well Adam, I found two instances but let’s ask our readers what they can remember and gather some comments. Here are my suggestions…
 May 26, 1957
November 1964

From Jim Mahoney– thanks to Glenda Mahoney

Hi Linda. It came from the east and went straight down the townline road high above the treeline. There were very few houses there so he had an unrestricted view. It was a bright neon green colour with a tail behind it almost like a comet or shooting star. . It was huge. It made no sound. It was glowing as bright as the sun. He could see it coming for what seemed like a long time and watched it until it disappeared towards Perth. It appeared to stay perfectly level. Straight shot down the Townline Road.—Jim also said that he waited for somebody to mention this glowing neon green sphere but nobody did. Nobody talked about it and he was quite surprised that there was no big fuss made about such an amazing thing so he eventually just forgot about it. He had told me about it a few times over the years and when I saw your article I told him about it. Once again my Linda clears up a mystery. Jim is thrilled u printed the story about it. He has always wondered why there was never a big deal made out of it. It is a very satisfying conclusion to his personal mystery.


Killed by Lightening– Martin Rachfort

Killed by Lightening– Martin Rachfort


August 5–1898 —with files from the Almonte Gazette

About four o’clock last Thursday afternoon a thunderstorm passed over the section of country between here and Pakenham, and several cases of damage by lightning are reported. The most serious was the death of Mr. Martin Rachfort, a stalwart young man of 23, who had been engaged on the farm of Mr. John McCann, near Blakeney, for the previous six weeks.

Mr. McCann had been at Pakenham, and was hurrying home to escape the impending storm when he passed Mr. Rachfort at work digging a drain some distance from the house. He shouted to him a couple of times that he had better go to the house before the storm came up. Mr. McCann took supper, and, noticing that Mr. R. did not arrive for his meal, though the usual signal had been given, he went out to see what was the matter, and found him lying dead in a lane between where he had been at work and the house.

He had been in the act of walking to the house, carrying the shovel he had been using, when a bolt of lightning struck him and killed him instantly. The straw hat he wore was torn to pieces and was scattered around where the body was found, the tongue of one of his boots was found ten feet ahead of him and both boots were badly torn.

Two small round holes were found on the left side of his head, marks showing that the electric current had skimmed along the surface of his body were also quite discernible, and a wound as of a burn on his feet showed where, the fluid had found egress, from the body. The current “ chipped” some of the silver on his watch and made an incision in the glass face, but the watch was still running when the body was found.

A brother of deceased was summoned from Sand Point, and took charge of the remains. Coroner (Dr.) Burns was notified, but did not deem’ an inquest necessary. The funeral took place on Friday j afternoon, from Undertaker Donald son’s “ morgue” to St, Mary’s church, thence to the R. C. cemetery

The Lanark Era
Lanark, Ontario, Canada
08 Jun 1904, Wed  •  Page 4

Killed by Lightening -or Death by Bear Devouring

Hit By Lightening— The Sad Tale of Henry Crampton

Lightening Strikes Again –The Storm of 1972

The Day The Wizard of Oz Came to Carleton Plac

The Lanark Era
Lanark, Ontario, Canada
22 Jun 1910, Wed  •  Page 1
The Lanark Era
Lanark, Ontario, Canada
08 Jul 1908, Wed  •  Page 1

Hit By Lightening— The Sad Tale of Henry Crampton


 On July 20, 1899, another fatal lightening strike in the Carleton Place area was added to the season’s list. The well to do bachelor, 39-year-old Henry Crampton had retired early at the family home on Scotch Corners Road and left his bedroom window open. He and his mother age 75-years, lived together. Not wanting to disturb him, his mother never checked on him when he was not about as usual in the morning.  


Mrs. Crampton went about her household work and noticed Henry was still lying in bed. She entered his room and closed the window. It wasn’t until Friday evening, nearly 24 hours later, that the terrible truth became known.


She sensed something was wrong with Henry and started for Henry Lowe’s about ¾ of a mile away. She met her nephew James Crampton on the road and they went back to the house together where the horrible facts became known.His mother told James she had always thought Henry was asleep.


Neighbours were notified, and they decided to call Dr. Sinclair of Carleton Place for a professional statement. On close examination of the room, there was no place noticed where the lightening bolt had entered the log structure. On the top of the deceased, at the left hand side, was a mark. His beard on one side, and portions of his hair were burned. The lightening current had also shattered one of the foot posts of the bedstead. The deceased was 39 years of age, and a respected member of the community. One of his cousins, Robert Crampton, was prominent as a merchant and municipal officer of Carleton Place. Henry had been born, and always lived at the scene of his death which was about 2.5 miles from Innisville. The funeral was largely attended.


Scotch Corners Road Trivia-


One of the most beautiful dead end roads to explore and ends at Squaw Point Ln.


The Sinclair Cemetery, Scotch Corners is also on Scotch Corners Road.  Here lies the original Scottish settlers John & Colin Sinclair Bros. from Argyllshire, Scotland and Colin McLaren who settled on the adjacent farms, on the 9th of November, 1822, also Wm. MacDonald in 1838. Burials – 1858 to 1964.

In 1822 John Sinclair and his bride, Sarah Black together with two unmarried brothers, Colin and Alexander, sailed from Tobermory (presumably near Inverary), June 14th, among 64 passengers on the sailing vessel Pilgram (or Philgram). They arrived at Quebec on August 22nd and thence to Ontario.

John received a land grant in Lanark County, Beckwith Twp. Colin got land in Carleton County, Torbolton Twp. but shortly moved to Beckwith Twp. adjoining that of his brother John. Alexander was quite a bit younger, eventually acquiring his farmland in the same Township a few Concessions away.

The district in Beckwith Twp. is called Scotch Corners, and there is a family cemetery located on a small parcel of land from what was John’s original land grant. John and Colin along with several of their family members and a few neighbours are buried there. Alexander was buried at Almonte, Ontario.


In Memory of Barbara, wife of Colin Sinclair, who died Aug 1, 1875, aged 37 yrs. Also two infant children.

“Earth has one mortal less, Heaven one angel more”


Beautiful wetlands which extend into Mississippi Lake.


Mrs. T. A. Bulloch and family, living at Hopetown, received a very close call early Sunday afternoon during a severe electric storm which passed over th at district. Mrs. Bulloch and her family were all in the house when lightning struck the chimney , demolishing it, followed down through the stove pipes into the stove and through the floor, ripping up the boards and also the baseboard. Two of her sons were standing near a sewing machine alongside the window watching the storm. The lightning bolt tore the boots completely off one of the boys, tore his pants and he received severe burns to his feet, A younger son, wearing running shoes, also had his pants torn and shoes ripped and received severe burns to his leg. The glass in another window was smashed1 out. Fire did not start from the lightning. Another son, J n his bare feet had his toes burned. Apart from shock and surface burns the children were not seriously injured.. May 1939

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