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Snippets of the Thompson Farm — Ramsay

Snippets of the Thompson Farm — Ramsay

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Information about the Thompson Farm came from:

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So Where was Lloyd Ontario Lanark County? Thanks to Jennifer E. Ferris

So Where was Lloyd Ontario Lanark County? Thanks to Jennifer E. Ferris

All that is left of Lloyd Ontario is a mention below and I felt it needed to be documented.

Populated place – a city, town, village, or other agglomeration of buildings where people live and work
Mindat.org Region:Lanark County, Ontario, Canada
Latitude:45° 9′ 14″ N
Longitude:76° 19′ 45″ W
Lat/Long (dec):45.15389,-76.32944

Almonte Gazette Decemeber 1911

So where was it? For that I go to Jennifer E. Ferris… Five minutes after I asked she found it. It was near the end of the 12th line of Lanark, and on the same road as the floating bridge. Lloyd was on this side of the water. “16 is wolf grove rd”- At least one Thompson family farm there. Thanks Jennifer!!

If you have any memories of Lloyd Ontario please let me know.

november 1943
Photo thanks to Jennifer E. Ferris
At least one Thompson family farm there. Thanks Jennifer!! Photo jennfier E Ferris

Not sure if they leaned Clayton way or Rosetta way, as they are about half way between??

1969 topo map– Jennifer Fenwick Irwin
Black square is a house, long rectangle is a barn- ( Lloyd, Ontario) Jennifer E Ferris

From Jennifer E. Ferris

Ok, so the following is from Charles Dobies page online —- Schedule of post office boxes for Lanark township Thos McMunn, on conc 11, lot 16, listed as owner, and mailbox is RR#5 Almonte.

James Thompson, on conc 11,lot 16, listed as owner, mailbox is RR#2 Clayton. Lot 16 is the first lot north of Wolf grove road, and concession 11 means it’s on the left side of the 12th line as you drive up towards the lake and former floating bridge.

On the other side of the road was Henry Savage, lot 16, owner, RR#2 Clayton Enoch Giles, lot 17, owner, RR#2 Clayton John Ireton, lot 18, owner, RR#2 Clayton. (names and locations were designated as owner or tenant) Also, the Concession 12 families could be either on Lanark conc 12, right side of the road, Or On the current Clayton road, on the left side as you drive towards the village. (the east vs west side of the lot are not mentioned) For concession 12, those residents on the east side were off of Lanark concession 12. Those on the west half of the concession would be off the current Clayton road.

That’s the mailboxes details—-Lanark Township, Lanark County, Ontario, 1918 Directory.freepages.rootsweb.com

Jennifer sent Today at 2:03 PM

The original settlers are different names. One may be a misspelling, but is taken as transcribed online. Original settlers details come from a set of web pages called Granny’s Genealogy Garden. Original settlers for Lanark Twp, concession 11, lot 18 east, John Chapman Sr, located on April, 25, 1821 Lanark Twp, concession 12, lot 17 east, John Loye, located on Feb 10, 1821 Lanark Twp, concession 12, lot 17 West, James Tierney, located on Feb 2, 1821

Thanks Jennifer for all your hard work…

Lanark Highlands is a township in eastern Ontario, Canada in Lanark County. The township administrative offices are located in the village of Lanark. HistoryThe current township was incorporated on July 1, 1997 by amalgamating the former townships of Darling, Lanark, and the previously combined township Lavant, Dalhousie and North Sherbrooke with the village of Lanark.CommunitiesThe township comprises the communities of Arklan, Boyds, Brightside, Bullock, California, Cedardale, Clyde Forks, Clydesville, Dalhousie Lake, Elphin, Flower Station, Folger, French Line, Halls Mills, Halpenny, Hood, Hopetown, Joes Lake, Lammermoor, Lanark, Lavant, Lavant Station, Lloyd, Marble Bluff, McDonalds Corners, Middleville, Pine Grove, Poland, Quinn Settlement, Rosetta, Tatlock, Watsons Corners, and White, as well as the ghost town of Herrons Mills

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The Thomas Alfred Code Journal – Letters-Part 15- Code Family– Love and Runaway Marriages

The Thomas Alfred Code Journal – Letters-Part 15- Code Family– Love and Runaway Marriages



Thomas Alfred Code spelled it Twomley in his journal, but on an ancestry site it is spelled Twamley. Since a’s and o’s look similar in handwriting I will go with the latter but will transcribe the same way he did.


The Great Great Grandfather of John, Thomas, George and Abram Code or Codd as was the original name was a Mr. Twomley, whose marriage to Lady Lynden, a lady in high social life, was quite romantic. The story condensed as follows: While driving one day as was her custom, Lady Lynden had occasion to call at a wayside house– for a drink of water– as the story states. While about to alight from her carriage, Mr. Twomley who happened to be near at hand, politely offered his assistance. The lady accepted the offer and in fact, had fallen in love at first sight.

Shortly after returning home Lady Lynden penned a delicate note to Mr. Twomley confiding her love for him, which elicited a reply to the effect, that although he (Mr. Twomley) valued her love and condescension to the highest degree, yet his circumstances on life were such as to debar a union with one of her high station. To this reply Lady Lynden appears to have paid no attention but, on the other hand, assured Mr. Twomley that she had ample means for both. Their marriage was soon happily consummated and a son and daughter were born of this union, the daughter eventually marrying Mr. Codd, grandfather of the brother’s name.

The grandmother of the wife of John Codd (who was Mary Ann Nugent) was a Miss Thompson, a English lady. The circumstances surrounding to this young lady’s marriage to Mr. Nugent were similar to those of Mr. and Mrs. Twonley, in as much as it was an affair of love. Although very young and wealthy, Miss Thompson seems to have been afflicted with ‘the divinest passion of the human heart’ to such a degree as to consent to a runaway marriage. Of this union was born a daughter, and as the daughter Mary Ann as she was called is the only one of the family of direct interest to the narrative I shall confine myself to her connection therewith.

Mary Ann Nugent, in the course of events, married John Codd (Grandfather Codd), one of the four brothers name above. One of the brothers of Grandmother Codd went to the Canadian North West where he became a fur trader among the Indians. Having been appointed to the position of Chief Trader of the North West Trading Company, Mr. Thompson no doubt found himself in a way to take himself a wife, and so adopted the usual method resorted to by white people in that then far off land. But, Mr. Thompson was more fortunate than many of his white brothers in this particular, for the daughter of a prominent and wealthy Indian Chief deigned to link her future with his. (A white woman was unknown in these wilds at the time).

For a wedding portion the wife of Mr. Thompson was favoured in a manner novel, and I fancy more substantially than are the brides of the present day. When the happy pair were united the new Mrs. Thompson was asked to step into one side of the scale used for weighing the immense quantity of furs handled at that time,and as she did so her proud father poured gold into the opposite side until the bride’s weight was equalled.This is a wedding portion which would probably be acceptable to many grooms of today.

Author’s Note– Was Thompson’s wife really Charlotte Small?

Tomorrow the Codd/Code Brothers



* Author’s Note-According to Wikipedia-On 10 June 1799 at Île-à-la-Crosse, Thompson married Charlotte Small, a thirteen-year-old Métis daughter of Scottish fur trader Patrick Small and a Cree mother. Their marriage was formalized thirteen years later at the Scotch Presbyterian Church in Montreal on 30 October 1812. He and Charlotte had 24 children together five of them were born before he left the fur trade. The family did not adjust easily to life in Eastern Canada; they lived in Montreal while he was travelling. Two of the children, John (aged 5) and Emma (aged 7), died of round worms, a common parasite. By the time of Thompson’s death, the couple had been married 69 years, the longest marriage known in Canada pre-Confederation.

Death Notices from The Christian Guardian, 1836-1850, by Rev. Donald A. McKenzie.
CODD, Mrs. Elizabeth, wife of Thomas Codd, was born in Ireland, and came to Canada in 1820 with her husband and family. She is buried at Boyd’s Settlement, Lanark Twp., October 20, 1839, in her 65th year: survived by her husband and numerous children and grandchildren. (January 1, 1840, p. 39, 0) read more here..

*Lady Elizabeth Twamley (1774-1839) married Thomas Codd (1773-1852 ). She was born at Croneleagh (also spelled Cronelea Crownalay) Townland, while Thomas was from nearby Mullahullen (also spelled Munahullen Mungacullin). Thomas was said to have “married the boss’s daughter.” Indeed, the Twamley’s were landowners and the Codd’s renters.

John Codd (Mary Ann Nugent) has never seemed to gravitate in people’s minds to this family, but when you look at it as a whole picture, he could hardly be otherwise. The family story in John’s household was that “a Mr. Twamley, while working  as a carriageman at an estate, met Lady Lyndon, and they were smitten – and became the grandparents of the four Codd brothers who set out for Canada.” The four brothers, who set out at various times, meeting up between 1820 and 1822, would be Abraham (who settled in Ramsay Twp. near George, George who settled in Beckwith Twp. John who settled in a number of places – perhaps Beckwith, Lanark and finally Drummond near Innisville, and (perhaps) Thomas, for whom there is evidence of  a sort – and who apparently moved on to Western Ontario.  Read more here..


Photo- Perth Remembered

Note—When the post office opened in 1851 a clerical error resulted in the community being called Innisville. The error was never corrected.


The first industrial process on the site was operated by the Kilpatrick family beginning in 1842 and established as a tannery shortly thereafter.  In 1882 a new owner, Thomas Alfred Code, established Codes Custom Wool Mill with a range of processes, including: carding, spinning, fulling, shearing, pressing, and coloring of yarns. In 1896, its name was changed to the Tay Knitting Mill, and it produced yarn, hosiery, socks, gloves, sporting-goods, sweaters, and mitts. Another change came in 1899, when a felt-making process was introduced and the mill was renamed Code Felt. The company continued to operate until the closing of the factory in 1998.


51 Herriott – The Code Mill is actually a collage of five different buildings dating from 1842. T.A. Code moved to Perth in 1876, and bought this property by 1883. Code spent 60 years in business in Perth. The business started with a contract to supply the North West Mounted Police with socks, and continued for many years manufacturing felt for both industrial and commercial uses.

Code Felt Co today– Click here..


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In the 1883, Mr. T. A. Code established Codes Custom Wool Mill with a range of processes, including:  carding, spinning, fulling, shearing, pressing, and coloring of yarns. In 1896, its name was changed to the  Tay Knitting Mill, and it produced yarn, hosiery, socks, gloves, sporting-goods, sweaters, and mitts.  Another change came in 1899, when a felt-making process was introduced and the mill was renamed  Code Felt. The company continued to operate until the closing of the factory in 1998. The following year, John Stewart began a major restoration and introduced new uses for this landmark. This impressive limestone complex with its central atrium now has an interesting mix of commercial tenants.-Perth Remembered


How did I get this?

I purchased this journal online from a dealer in California. I made every attempt to make sure the journal came back to its rightful location. Every day I will be  putting up a new page so its contents are available to anyone. It is a well worn journal full of glued letters and newspaper clippings which I think belonged to Code’s son Allan at one point. Yes there is lots of genealogy in this journal. I am going to document it page by page. This journal was all handwritten and hand typed. Read-More Local Treasure Than Pirate’s Booty on Treasure Island

How did it get into the United States?  The book definitely belonged to Allan Code and he died in Ohio in 1969.

Allan Leslie Code

1896–1969 — BIRTH 27 MAR 1896  Ontario—DEATH JUN 1969  Mentor, Lake, Ohio, USA


Andrew Haydon.jpgAndrew Haydon–He was the author of Pioneer Sketches of The District of Bathurst (Lanark and Renfrew Counties, Ontario) (The Ryerson Press, 1925) and Mackenzie King and the Liberal Party (Allen, 1930).

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.

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The Original Thomas Alfred Code and Andrew Haydon Letters – —Part 1

The Thomas Alfred Code Journal – Letters-Part 2– Perth Mill

The Thomas Alfred Code Journal – Letters-Part 3– Genealogy Ennis

The Thomas Alfred Code Journal – Letters-Part 4a – Innisville the Beginning

The Thomas Alfred Code Journal – Letters-Part 4b – Innisville — Coopers and “Whipping the Cat” 1860-1870

The Thomas Alfred Code Journal – Letters-Part 4c – Innisville — Henry York and Johnny Code

The Thomas Alfred Code Journal – Letters-Part 4d – Innisville — “How We did Hoe it Down”!

The Thomas Alfred Code Journal – Letters-Part 4e – Innisville — ‘Neighbours Furnished one Another with Fire’

The Thomas Alfred Code Journal – Letters-Part 5- Code Family– “Hawthorn Mill was a Failure, and the Same Bad Luck has Followed for at Least 50 Years”

The Thomas Alfred Code Journal – Letters-Part 6- Code Family– “Almost everything of an industry trial character had vanished in Innisville in 1882”

The Thomas Alfred Code Journal – Letters-Part 7- Code Family–“Thank God, no member of my family has disgraced me or the name!

The Thomas Alfred Code Journal – Letters-Part 8- Code Family– “We got a wool sack and put him inside and took him to the bridge”

The Thomas Alfred Code Journal – Letters-Part 9- Code Family –“I had much trouble in saving myself from becoming a first class liar”

The Thomas Alfred Code Journal – Letters-Part 10- Code Family – I conjured to myself: “You will know me later!” And Peter McLaren did.

The Thomas Alfred Code Journal – Letters-Part 11- Code Family –“I continued with bull dog tenacity for 12 years without salary”

The Thomas Alfred Code Journal – Letters-Part 12- Code Family–“Had I the course to go over again I would evade outside responsibilities beyond my share, even if it cost more”


The Thomas Alfred Code Journal – Letters-Part 13- Code Family–S. S. No. 17 Drummond, Innisville

The Thomas Alfred Code Journal – Letters-Part 14- Code Family–Letters from Mother Elizabeth Hicks

When Newspapers Gossiped–David Kerr Innisville

Kerr or Ennis? More about the Innisville Scoundrel

What Went Wrong with the Code Mill Fire in Innisville?



Cowie Thompson Family– Thompson Shoe Store in Perth

Cowie Thompson Family– Thompson Shoe Store in Perth




Cowie Thompson Family

This article was so faded it was almost illegible but because I hope it might help someone.

In a recent letter to Patrick Leonard of Perth a descendent of John Thompson, an early Perth settler, Mrs. Margaret L. Burroughs, now of Twin River, New Jersey, tells some of the history of this pioneer and his descendants and the Cowie family.

John Thompson lived in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, England, and in April of (date illegible) he married Anne Temperly(?) Temperby(?).  A year later they had a son, William John Wilson Thompson and in (date illegible) they came to Canada.  Eventually the Thompson family settled in Perth where John started a shoe business on what is now Gore Street.

They had five children:  William John Wilson(?) who married Margaret(?) Fraser(?) or Frost(?); C – – – who married Harmon(?) Kellery(?); Elizabeth who became Mrs. Munroe(?); while Nathaniel and George remained single.

Of the second generation, William John Wilson had ten children:  Mary Ann who died young; Margaret who married William Curry and lived in Almonte; Samuel who married Henrietta Coure(?) and settled on the Scotch Line; William George who married Margaret Gamble(?) and lived in Almonte; James, Mrs. Burroughs grandfather, who married Agnes Cowie and he eventually settled in Almonte after living several years in (illegible); N – – – – – – –  Nicholas(?), who married Mary – – meson (Jameson?) and took up residence in Orillia(?); (son, name illegible) who married Martha Armour and went to Drummond; Hannah who married(?) Alexander Cameron(?) and took up residence in (illegible word) Bay; Joseph who married Jane Abby and lived in Carleton Place; David who married (illegible first name, maybe Hannah) Close and his (illegible two words) married L – – – L – – .  These couples lived in Brace – – – – – and Ramsay respectively.

Of the third generation, Mrs. Burroughs grandfather, James, lived in Glen Tay where her mother, Henriette Jane, was born.  The next three children, Robert, Margaret and Agnes were born in Almonte.

Of the fourth generation, Henrietta Jane married John Moore and resided on the 7th Line Ramsay.  There were six children as follows:  Agnes, Gertrude Malinda(?), William, Charlotte(?) M – – – – – – (Mathilda??), Margaret L who married A.A. Burroughs and moved to the U.S., and John Osborne of (Orillia??).

Cowie—Robert Cowie of Edinburgh, Scotland came to Split Rock, New York with his sister in the later half of the last century.  Robert married Henrietta Jane Adams of Split Rock who was related to John Adams, second President of the United States.

Henrietta, their first child, was born in Upper Canada.  The next three, John, Agnes and William, were born in the U.S. in Split Rock or Utica and then they returned to Perth where the next five were born:  Francis, Lillie(?) or Leslie(?), Margaret, Robert and Jane.  Of these it is not know who John married while Agnes became Mrs. James Thompson, Mrs. Burroughs grandparents; William married twice and his daughter Garvella (last name illegible, begins with a ‘S’) lives on the Scotch Line.

Janet Cowie, sister of Robert, married Mr. Allen, a lawyer who practised law and opened the first post office in Perth.  Mrs. Cowie’s brother, John Adams, came to Perth with the Cowies.  John farmed and taught music.  It is not known who John married but they had no(?) children.  They adopted his wife’s niece Louise McKay who later married Ralph Dodds and their grand daughter Mrs. Ferrier lives on the Scotch Line across the road from the old John Adams farm.


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.

Information where you can buy all Linda Seccaspina’s books-You can also read Linda in The Townships Sun andScreamin’ Mamas (USA)





The Sad Tale of the Foley Family–Foley, Harper, Sly, Bowes & Elliott

PATERSON Families of Ramsay Township

James Stewart Ferguson– Lanark County Genealogy


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