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George Willis — Photographer and Son of Pioneer Family

George Willis — Photographer and Son of Pioneer Family


George Willis Jr. (1820-1892) succeeded his father on the farm at the end of Lake Avenue (Conc. 11, lot 12) and there brought up a family long known in Carleton Place, including Richard, drowned while duck hunting in November 1893, and George E. Willis, photographer, musician and bandmaster, who died in Vancouver in 1940 at age 96 while living with his son Stephen T. Willis of Ottawa business college fame; William and John H. of Carleton Place, and daughters including Jane, wife of James Morphy Jr. the son of “King James” of the pioneer Morphy family.



Willis home at the end of Lake Ave West-photo- Linda Seccaspina

The land surrounding the log cabin and bordering on the Mississippi River a short distance from Lake avenue,Carlo-ton Place, was known for many years as “the shanty field”–The Ottawa Journal
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
12 Dec 1935, Thu  •  Page 17

Clipped from The Winnipeg Tribune,  08 Nov 1915, Mon,  Page 5




Photos of G. E. Willis Photographer

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Sam by Willis of Carleton Place


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.



Whatcha’ Talkin Bout Willis? — This Old House in Carleton Place

The Forgotten Cemetery at the End of Lake Ave West


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The Townend Saga is Solved



I posted this picture a friend of mine owns and thought it was a Townend family branch from Almonte. I was wrong and the mystery is now solved thanks to the Lanark County Genealogical Society.


Photo–Robert James Townend & Isabella Anderson Gilmour & Daughter

Stamp N Doodle who is Lynne Townend who makes fantastic card kits emailed the following information:  I am a great granddaughter (Lynne) of James Townend, born 1 May 1856 who immigrated to Canada in 1860 with his parents John Townend and Sarah J. Carr. The picture at the very top is not a picture of him and his family, but a family he took a picture of.

James Townend was Almonte’s first photographer, and conducted a studio there for many years. In his younger days he was a band leader being especially noted for his brilliant cornet playing. He married Isabella Anderson Gilmour, her death occurred at Perth on Tuesday, November 18th, of Mrs. James Townend at the great age of 96 years. She was born, on the 8th line Ramsay, probably the oldest native of the district at the time of her death.

Thank you Lynne!