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How Did John Nolan Die? Believe it or not……

How Did John Nolan Die? Believe it or not……

The Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
11 Apr 1908, Sat  •  Page 3

This was so sad I had to document it. Poor John Nolan in 1908 had a cold (most likely pneumonia) and buried Ozias Banning who died from pneumonia April 8th, 1908. Three days later Nolan’s burial was being planned.

Name:Ozias Banning
Birth Date:abt 1838
Birth Place:Lachute, Qc
Death Date:24 Mar 1908
Death Place:Lanark, Ontario, Canada
Religion:Holiness Movement
Cause of Death:Pneumonia
Name:Azias Banning
[Ozias Banning
Birth Year:abt 1837
Birth Place:Lachine
Residence:Huntley Township
Marriage Date:13 Feb 1861
Marriage Place:Ramsay Township, Lanark, Ontario, Canada
Father:Azias Banning
Mother:Alice Keir
Spouse:Catherine Sutherland
Name:Banning Oyyias
[Ozias Banning
Marital status:Married
Birth Year:abt 1838
Birth Place:Ontario
Residence Date:1891
Residence Place:Ramsay, Lanark North, Ontario, Canada
Relation to Head:Head
Religion:Church of England
Occupation:General Merchant
Can Read:Yes
Can Write:Yes
Dwelling Uninhabited:69
French Canadian:No
Spouse’s name:Chaterine Oyyias
Father’s Birth Place:Quebec
Mother’s Birth Place:Scotland
Neighbors:View others on page
Household Members:NameAgeBanning Oyyias53William Oyyias21Annie Oyyias19Chaterine Oyyias

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In November of 1920 an attempt to set aside a deed of ownership on certain Carleton Place Lake Ave property made by the late Mrs. Jane Nolan to her son. Thomas Frank Nolan, a few days before her death, was made in the Supreme Court of Ontario before Chief Justice Mr. William Meredith this morning. The case was the first on the list for the non-jury session.

The will of Mrs. Nolan, when read, shortly after her death on December 19, 1919 stated that the homestead was left to her daughter. Mrs. M. T. Comrie and Mrs. Lila E. Edwards and the remainder of the estate divided among her four sons.

Frank Nolan produced a deed to the homestead, dated December 3, 1919 in which his mother gave him the property and it is to set aside this deed that his two sons have taken action.

Undue Influence, misrepresentation and fraud are claimed to have been used by Frank Nolan in securing the deed. Dr. R. S. Preston, who attended Mrs. Nolan stated that she was perfectly conscious at the time. The case was proceeding when court adjourned. Mr. A. E Kripp, K.C. MP is acting for the sisters and Mr. W H. Stafford, Almonte, for Mr. Nolan.


I found the clippings below about the case, but never found out who won. Since he listed he was living on Lake Ave in one of the census’s later on, one can assume he kept the Lake Ave properties.  Thomas Franklin Nolan went by the name of Franklin and his occupation was listed as a ‘washer’.

UPDATE- Thanks to Jennifer Fenwick Irwin at the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum we have the following.


11 Lake Avenue West, built by Thomas Nolan.

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Jennifer Fenwick Irwin– Today is known as 51 Lake Avenue West. 


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Name: Jane Nolan (Mother)
Gender: Female
Marital Status: Married
Age: 51
Birth Year: abt 1840
Birthplace: Ireland
Relation to Head-of-house: Wife
Religion: Church of England
French Canadian: No
Spouse’s Name: James S Nolan (carpenter)
Father’s Birth Place: Ireland
Mother’s Birth Place: Ireland
Province: Ontario
District Number: 84
District: Lanark South
Subdistrict: Carleton Place
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members:
Name Age

James S Nolan 50
Jane Nolan 51
Henry Nolan 27
John Nolan 25
Teresa Nolan 19 (sisters in court case)
Lila Nolan 17 (sisters in court case)
Franklin Nolan 13 (Thomas)
Fred Nolan 12
Herbert Nolan 10

Nolan, Lake Ave. Carleton Place. -

Clipped from

  1. The Ottawa Journal,
  2. 29 Nov 1904, Tue,
  3. Page 5

Name: Thos Franklin Nolan
Age: 25
Birth Year: abt 1879
Birth Place: Carleton Place, Ontario
Marriage Date: 24 Nov 1904
Marriage Place: Carleton, Ontario, Canada
Father: Jos S Nolan
Mother: Jane Cunningham Nolan
Spouse: Estella Agnes Cluff



Clipped from

  1. The Ottawa Journal,
  2. 04 Feb 1942, Wed,
  3. Page 7


Clipped from

  1. The Ottawa Citizen,
  2. 30 Jul 1943, Fri,
  3. Page 19

Almonte Fire of Nolan’s and Wylie’s Stable

Names Names Names of St. James Carleton Place Genealogy

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?