“Labour of love”: Couple breathes new life into a former funeral home in Lanark village

The historic home is one of the oldest in the village — operating first as a manse

Evelyn Harford

Perth Courier

Tuesday, November 1, 2022

Jeannette and Rene Bosman are returning one of the oldest homes in Lanark village back to its former glory as a family residence.

Jeannette said being able to save and restore a historical Lanark landmark, when others, including the old Kitten Mill, have fallen into severe disrepair makes the project even more special.

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The exterior of the Bosmans’ home. This will be the front entrance. Evelyn Harford/Metroland

“That is a legacy that’ll live on,” she said. “This house isn’t going anywhere. It’s been here 190 years.”

The stone home has been gutted to create a dream home for the couple.


Interior of the gutted home. Evelyn Harford/Metroland

“It’s a labour of love,” said Jeannette. “This is our town. We don’t want to retire anywhere else.”

Sitting atop a hill, you can still see churches from the house — a reminder of its religious origins.

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St. Andrew’s United Church can be seen from the home. Evelyn Harford/Metroland

The home was built in the early 1830s as a manse for Scottish Rev. William McAllister. It remained in that family until it passed to the Catholic Church until 1946.

Seventy-six years ago, George S. Young bought the property and opened Young Funeral Home. In 1975, Blair and Son Funeral Home bought the business and building. It was used as a satellite office and continued to operate under the Young Funeral Home name to honour what Young had built. Wakes and funerals were held in the home until 2013.

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Jeannette Bosman holds out a floor plan for the home. Evelyn Harford/Metroland

The home’s unique history and beautiful bones drove the Bosmans to purchase it this March after they sold Providence Point — a retreat they’d owned and operated since 1998.

When the couple were looking for a new place last December, there weren’t a lot of options.

Jeannette said when they saw a dumpster outside the former funeral home while driving to the apartment building they own in Lanark village, the couple decided to reach out.

“We hadn’t heard of any funerals here in forever, I said to Rene ‘What do you think?’” said Jeannette.

On Christmas Eve last year, the couple went to view the property and Jeannette fell in love, despite a past that might have dissuaded others.


The upstairs of the home is gutted. Evelyn Harford/Metroland

“Everybody passed through, and their lives were celebrated here,” said Jeannette. “This is actually a good place. We want to celebrate the history. The house is more than the history of death. Death is a part of life and we shouldn’t be afraid of it.”

Jeannette, Rene and their 14-year-old son, with the help of tradespeople, have stripped the home to the stone walls on the interior and exterior.

“Me and the crowbar have been good friends,” she said.


Horsehair insulation, top, and the old boiler in the basement. Evelyn Harford/Metroland

Through the demolition, the building’s history has been peeled back.

What the couple was able to salvage from the building, they will incorporate into the renovation to honour the home’s history.

“We want to tie the old in with the new,” she said.

Jeannette recalls pulling out thousands and thousands of nails from the lath and plaster walls — a reminder of the love put into the home’s construction.


The home has been stripped to the stone walls inside. Evelyn Harford/Metroland.

“It actually saddens me to take all that lath and plaster off the walls,” said Jeannette. “The work they had to do to even make all those tiny little nails. Somebody has put some major hours into that.”

An old cigarette carton and keys were found. Photos of the ambulance brigade from the First World War were discovered in the attic.

Reminders of the funeral home were also found.

A Victorian funeral carriage, which is owned by Blair and Sons, still rests in the adjacent outbuilding. A home for the piece of history is being sought.


Funeral carriage owned by Blair and Sons. Evelyn Harford/Metroland

The couple hope the home will be ready for them and their youngest son to move in by next Christmas — two years from when they decided to buy the property.

Future plans for the building, in addition to its use as a private residence, are still in discussions.

To follow along with the renovation, visit the Bosmans’ Instagram account @bosmanestate. If anyone has information about the history of the home, contact them through Instagram.

Genealogy Society Successful Publication “Lanark County Routes” Results in a Sequel to be Published in 2023

Lanark County Genealogical Society continues to celebrate our farming community and the pioneers who cleared the trees and rocks built their homes and planted around the stumps. Our two-volume set published last year Lanark County Routes, East and Lanark County Routes West was a great success.

We tapped into the history recorded in the local Tweedsmuir History books and collaborated with several of the present farmers in the County to tell the stories. We tell the story of who the early settlers were and what is known of their family, and the subsequent owners up to the present day, noting the changes in farm life, from the days of oxen and horses to that of big machinery and robots.

But many stories are yet to be told. We are now beginning to work on a sequel.

LCGS is happy to tell the stories of all the properties and the people who have lived on them, whether they were successful or not. If your farm was not included in last year’s books and you are interested in your farm history being recorded for future generations, please get in touch.

In corresponding with our organization we encourage you to send your email message to or by phone: 613-257-9482

This photo is of the McWatty homestead called High Lonesome built in 1875 and demolished in 2013. The McWatty homestead farmland in Pakenham Township (now part of the Municipality of Mississippi Mills) today is the High Lonesome Nature Reserve, a 200-acre property located in the Pakenham Hills and lies within the Pakenham Mountain Provincially Significant Wetland Complex. To read more about this reserve select the link.

Lanark County farms have a varied history. In the early days of settlement, every family relied on the land to provide them with the income and food that they needed to survive. However, that only worked for those who were fortunate enough to get the good land. Many properties passed through several different hands if it was not profitable. Some properties, with the right people involved, grew and prospered and are still providing adequate living for their owners today.

Sample Farms in Lanark County Routes East
The Robertson farm on Upper Perth Road in Ramsay is a farm whose original settler’s descendants farmed until 1962 when it was sold to another local farmer. Like many of the small older farms on its own it was no longer able to sustain a family with the income that was needed

The John Kidd farm on Kidd Road in Beckwith is a farm that is still in the possession of descendants of the original owner, also John Kidd, who arrived in Beckwith in 1818. This is one of many farms where the descendants’ names are recorded for future generations.

Corad Farms Pakenham township is an example of several 100-acre parcels being combined into a large modern operation. The Hunt family have over 500 head of Limousin cattle and grow corn, soybeans and hay on their 1000 acres of land.

Sample Farms in Lanark County Routes West
The John Love farm in North Sherbrooke is an example of one of those farms where the pioneer was barely able to make a living because the land was so rocky and poor. This man was eventually forced to move to Dalhousie where he had slightly better land. His buildings from North Sherbrooke did survive and are now part of the display at Wheeler’s Pancake House and Museum.

Another difficult area to farm was Darling Township. However, the John Rintoul farm Concession 6 was able to sustain Rintoul family members for 143 years. When it was sold in 1995 the new owners extensively updated the buildings including rebuilding the stone foundation under the barn and made it into a working farm again.

Drover’s Way farm in North Elmsley was a property that changed hands many times over the years. The Loten family who bought the land in 2001 have turned it into a major sheep farm with about 600 ewes. They also have horses and operated a riding school.

For more information, or to enquire about having your farm listed in the sequel, please call 257–9482 or email .

Pre-Order your copy of a new publication “The History of Pakenham 1823-2023”

After almost two years of research and interviews, author Robert Gardiner is thrilled to announce that pre-sales for The History of Pakenham: 1823-2023 have begun. The book is a hardcover and contains images, maps, and portraits. It covers a broad range of subjects and touches on all 200 years of Pakenham’s history, so there’s something for everyone to enjoy! The book is expected to be released in early 2023.

Pre-order your copy today!

Click on the link below to pre-order your copy and learn more about the book’s pricing, delivery dates, and other details. History of Pakenham Two Hundred Years

“A rare gem for genealogists and historians!”

Pakenham is home to 2 Lanark County Wonders. Five-Span Stone Bridge and the St. Peter’s Celestine Catholic Church. This quaint village also is the home of one of Canada’s longest-run General Stores. Situated along the banks of the Mississippi River, this village is a tourist attraction in Lanark County and about half an hour’s drive west of Ottawa Ontario.

Lanark County Genealogical Society Awards and Recognitions Event

On Saturday, November 5, 2022, in the Beckwith Municipal Building at Black’s Corners Ontario, it was a time to recognize the countless hours of many of our volunteers for their work in researching, authoring and preserving Lanark County Families History and Heritage for the future generations. It also was a time to recognize those who work behind the scenes to make and advance the Society of today.

Awards were presented:

Lanark County Pioneer Families Humanitarian Award to Rose Mary Sarsfield for her leadership and collaborative interest in preserving the history of Lanark County Ontario for future generations. Her lifetime contributions to fostering unity in genealogy, the preservation of records and in helping make family history a vital force in the community at large.

Long-Standing Community Service Recognition Award to Gary Byron and Jayne Munro-Ouimet for their many years of dedication to preserving the family histories of Lanark County.

Dedicated Volunteer Awards to Karen Prytula and Don Ross for their countless hours and dedication in researching and documenting our Lanark County heritage and family stories for future generations.

Back Row: Deputy Reeve Brian Dowdall, Jayne Munro-Ouimet 20+ years service, Helen Benda Life Member, Gary Byron 25+ years service, Rose Mary Sarsfield Humanitarian Award, Karen Prytula Dedicated Volunteer Award

Front row: Marilyn Snedden, Shirley Somerville and Helen Gillan all Life Members.

Absent were Don Ross Dedicated Volunteer Award and Life Members Marion Cavanagh, Linda Seccaspina, Arlene Stafford-Wilson, Rosetta McInnes, and Josephine Van Alstine.

Our Guest Speaker Catherine Poag, writer and a local author spoke to us about her latest publication “The Ferry Man’s House” which is based on a Lanark County real-life legend. Catherine will soon release her second publication that advances on Rideau Ferry’s Gate Keeper legend

The merits of using Cemetery Transcription publications in conjunction with online computer research

Submitted by Brenda Krauter

I recently purchased a Cemetery Transcription publication originally produced in 1989.

I have noticed that there seems to be a general feeling that cemetery transcription publications are now more or less obsolete since the advent of the internet and more and more cemeteries and tombstone photos being available online.

While I agree that being able to view the cemetery information and tombstone photos online is a wonderful asset for research, there are also drawbacks which make the “old fashioned paper” cemetery transcription publications invaluable.  Numerous tombstone photos online are difficult to read as the tombstones have eroded over time and many cemeteries have unfortunately been subjected to vandalism.  As well, it is almost impossible to tell from the online tombstone photos if the tombstones are part of a family plot. 

A large number of cemetery transcription publications were produced many years ago when the tombstones were still very readable and the information was usually compiled according to cemetery plot numbers, making identification of family plots an easier task for research.  Also, I have noticed that some of the cemetery transcription publications also identify plots (and occupants) where no tombstone exists.  Unmarked graves are usually not identified with online cemetery information.  A photo of a tombstone that does not exist cannot be included with photos of the tombstones that do exist.

The fact that most cemetery transcription publications were produced many years ago is a bonus to research, not a negative, as most people doing genealogy research are not looking for recent graves.

Contrary to what the media would have us believe, all the information genealogists seek in doing research is not available online; a lot of information is still only available on paper and microfilm, leaving genealogy enthusiasts with still many avenues to explore.

The annual Lanark County Harvest Festival is back!

Head to Beckwith Park on Sunday, Sept. 11, 2022 to celebrate the county’s bounty of the harvest during a community event hosted by Lanark County and Beckwith Township. This festival features partners from the Township of Lanark Highlands showcasing its people, products and projects. Bring the kids there will be fun things there for them, too! Even better, this event is FREE!

Celebrate the harvest and take part in this fun, a community event featuring local producers, food seminars, cooking demonstrations, local musicians, historical displays and more.

Lanark County Irish and Potatoes

It was in the 1750s that a group of sailing Spaniards returned back home to Europe, bringing with them a delicious tuber plant from South America. The tuber we know as a “potato” eventually reached Norway in the mid-18th century and became a regular part of Norse cuisine.  Before the arrival of potatoes (1750s) communities had problems with crop failures, occasional famines and hard times.

All was well for a few decades and then things changed. Once again “Hard times” took its toll on Ireland. Cased by fungus-like organism blight spreading rapidly amongst the potato farmers, The Great Famine also known as the Potato Famine or the Great Hunger, was a period of mass starvation and disease in Ireland from 1845 to 1849. The worst year of the period was 1847, known as “Black ’47”. The most severely affected areas in the west and south of Ireland.

Before it ended in 1852, the Potato Famine resulted in the death of roughly one million Irish from starvation and related causes, with at least another million forced to leave their homeland as refugees. Between 1845 and 1855, at least 2.1 million people left Ireland, primarily on packet ships but also steamboats and barque sailing vessel —one of the greatest exoduses from a single island in history.

The famine was a defining moment in the history of Ireland. Its effects permanently changed the island’s demographic, political, and cultural landscape, producing an estimated two million refugees and spurring a century-long population decline.

At the height of the Famine the English were shipping as many Irish as they could to Australia or Canada, with most going to Canada. Because they were considered social refuse and traveling at government expense, the Famine Irish often came over in conditions worse than those experienced by blacks transported to America as slaves; blacks, at least, were worth money. The destitute Irish were a financial burden to the English as long as they were on their land. Their objective was to be rid of them; it didn’t really matter if they arrived in Canada dead or alive. The 6,000 Irish buried on Grosse Ile near Quebec City is testament to that.

While many Irish-American families are descendants of Famine survivors, Are you a descendant of Famine emigrants?

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Musician Don Messer: song title is Little Burnt Potato

Althorpe School House S.S. #6, aka Tysick School

Althorpe School House S.S. #6 “Tysick School”

The hamlet of Althorpe officially came into existence when a post office was established in 1877 in the home of A. H. Norris. The post office and store served the farmers around Farren Lake, who were subsistent and added food to their kitchen table from their fishing and hunting abilities, and from their gardens, and the wild edibles in season.

As the hamlet progressed, Althorpe was served by a cheese factory, which does not exist anymore. We know that education became important to families through the existence of four other one-room schoolhouses in the area, at various times. The history of the Tysick School probably starts in 1916; as that is the date of our earliest administrative record when we see Ida & R.W. Tysick deeding a part of the lot to the School Board’.

School builder Nicholas Lennon signed and dated one of the building planks

Nicholas Lennon built the school, and as you can see here on the right, he has signed one of the planks in the building. He wrote: Nicholas Lennon, November 30th, 1916.

This may have been the day he installed that board or the date he finished the schoolhouse.1, 2

This next picture is what the schoolhouse looks like today.3

A drive-by view of the schoolhouse most recently

The following article appeared in the Perth Courier dated September 23, 1921: “The trustees of S. S. No. 6 have lately invested in a new flagpole, thirty feet high, and a flag which makes quite an additional improvement to the appearance of the schoolyard. Mr. R. Tysick who erected the flagpole has also been given the contract for the building of a new woodshed this fall, all of which is progress for No. 6.”  Mrs. Horrocks was the teacher.

Public Meeting in the Schhoolhouse
Meeting announcement

Since local schools were sometimes the only public building in the area, they were used for more than just education.  On November 28, 1921, the Honourable J. A. Stewart was holding a public meeting at this schoolhouse. It appears he was campaigning for an election that would occur the following week. His advertisement reads “A cordial invitation is extended to every elector including the ladies. God save the King. 4

In 1922 the school class consisted of seven children from three different families: Tysick, Fournier, and Dowdell. The teacher was Mrs. Horrocks.

The summer of 1922 saw the cleaning of the schoolhouse and its woodshed which included a coat of paint; the work completed by Mr. S. Renaud. Mrs. Horricks passed her examination in an agricultural course that she took during the summer, and returned to this school with new aspirations.  School resumed on September 15.. 5

Mrs. Horrocks

The school was suspended during week 2 March in 1923 because poor Mrs. Horrocks slipped and fell on the schoolhouse steps and sprained her ankle. Luckily, the steps were of wood.  Had they been of stone on cement, she may have hurt herself further. However, a railing might have broken her fall! W.F. Michell was the school inspector for the County, and building inspectors for townships were not popular until later on6 Right: A blurry picture of Mrs. Horrocks.

Students with the teacher on the school steps, Tysick family barn in the background

In 1953 the school had children from only four families in attendance: Tysick’s, Fournier’s, Noonan’s, and Norris. The teacher was Betty Miller. In this picture, you can see the Tysick barn in the background.7

The school was no longer used as a school beginning in 1956.8   It remained in the possession of the School Board until 1968 when it was sold to Joseph Thomson.

present owners Mr. & Mrs. Crawford

Nov 10, 2020 – Presentation Day – In this photo, we see the present owners Mr. & Mrs. Crawford holding their Tay Valley Heritage Properties plaque and certificate.

The Crawfords are eager to preserve our cultural heritage.  Photo by David Zimmerly.

Writer of this article: Karen Prytula

1 Photo by Randy & Tammy Crawford
2 David Taylor research, land abstract
3. Google Maps
4, 5, 6 Perth Courier
7, 8 South Sherbrook School Book

© Lanark County Genealogical Society 2022

Max Sutherland Memorial Library

 696 7th Concession Road Darling, Lanark Highlands, Lanark County Ontario

 On Saturday, May 7, 2022, our society members, and guests enjoyed the tour and the browsing time in the Max Sutherland Memorial Library located on the lower level of the Tatlock Community Hall. Nancy Veary Jibb, the community hall volunteer, was our guest speaker. She spoke to us about the history of the hall and the acquisition of the library of our member, the late Max Sutherland.

Max Sutherland passed away unexpectedly in 2019. He was a great historian of Darling Township. His spouse and family members gifted to the people of Lanark, Max’s extended genealogy and history research.

Max Sutherland had no ancestors in Darling Township, but that did not deter his interest in the place he adopted as his second home. Max devoted many years of his life chronicling the history and the families of this place. He was also not averse to trying to literally dig up where the pioneers were buried, climbing fences, crawling through brush, over rock piles with his shovel, along with friends to try to find where the old families buried their loved ones before there were organized cemeteries.

An appointment is required to visit this library. Arrangements can be made by phoning 613-256-1737

“Max Sutherland may your love for preserving Lanark County history, family trees, those Lanark Highlands hills, and your encouragement to all who have met you or wish they had, continue to shine down on us from on high”.

Max loved to sketch. This is one of his sketches: the Historic One-room School House at California, Lanark County
Not only did Max sketch, he liked to carve. There are a few of his hand-carved walking sticks on display
Community Hall Volunteer Nancy Veary Jibb
spoke about the development of the Max Sutherland Library and its holdings.
Hall Association Publications
Lanark County Heritage Maps
Shelves of heritage books
A photo gem among the researched works- Jane Mary Heron Murray 1821-1906

Max devoted many years of his life chronicling the history and the families of this place. He visited with descendants and recorded stories and family histories, documenting for the future generations, life in Darling Township. Max had called his collection of essays “Wild Lands of the Crown – Essays on the History of Darling Township.

Sadly, he did not live to see it published but now thanks to the Tatlock Hall Historical Group, Nancy Veary Jibb, Joan Armstrong, and Pat Burnett, Max’s 246-page book has been made available to us all. For anyone, whose ancestors lived in Darling Township, this is a must-have possession.

Limited copies of this indexed book are available from Lanark County Genealogical Society for $40 plus shipping.  

Welcome to the LCGS Query Corner 2022

More and more people worldwide want to connect to find their ancestors. At LCGS Genealogy Query Corners we encourage you to find others researching your ancestors, to work together to search for information on a surname or locality, and to share family history info with other users. Our corner also can be used as a place where you can ask for information from other researchers who may be tracing the same family lines. Writing a concise short paragraph that clearly defines your question will help readers understand what you want.

Example of a Good Query

Looking for information on the descendants of Thomas QUACKENBUSH Sr. who was born abt. 1836 in Drummond, Upper Canada. He was the oldest son of George QUACKENBUSH and Sarah PEEVERS. He married Mary HUBORD in 1856. They lived in Ramsay, Lanark County and were likely the parents of two sons and three daughters. Descendants lived in Leeds, New York, Michigan and elsewhere.
Also researching the Bulloch, Kerr, O’Regan, Sweet and Telefer families.

BOAGAndrew Boag (1792-1830) and family. Andrew was a Lanark Society Settler arriving on the Broke in 1820. Seeking any information about this family and related families. Andrew Boag arrived with his wife Mary Ann Lawson Boag (1798-1887) Children: John (1821-1901) married Flora Barr in 1850. Elizabeth (1823-1883), and Margaret (1828-1897) married Alexander Lawson (1822 Scotland-1887). Settled on Con 6 Lot 11 E in Lanark.Marianne Tripp Punshon
BRIGGSMy 4x great grandparents Stanley (AKA Sandy) Briggs, his wife (likely named Catherine) and their son Thomas set sail from Dublin on 10 May 1819 on the ship Columbia as emigrant settlers, heading for Perth Military Settlement. The family was settled on NE 1/2 Lot 11 Conc 8 Bathurst Township (McVeigh’s sawmill). Also on the same ship was the family of Thomas and Elizabeth [Faris] Gunness, (settled at Harper) including daughter Jane who would marry Thomas Briggs on 30 Aug 1824, Church of England, Perth. Jane Gunness and Thomas Briggs are my 3x great-grandparents. I have been researching the intermarried families of 1851 South Sherbrooke Township, where another set of 3x great grandparents settled 1830’s at Maberly: Thomas Hughes and Margaret [Livingstone]Jan Briggs-McGowan
CAMPBELL, SASH AND DOOR COMPANY (Lanark Village)I wonder if there is any resource available that has a history on the Sash and Door Factory (planning mill) that was in Lanark village at the corner of Owen and Georges, PRIOR to the fire of 1959. It is often referred to as the -Campbell Sash and Door company, and I know, through findings in the Perth Courier, that my ancestor Archibald Campbell erected such a mill. The mill would have been owned by Archibald, then son William Weir Campbell, then son-in-law Robert Lawson, and the son James Weir Campbell. Then sold to Archibald Affleck in 1888-89, then to John W. Stewart in 1897. Anyways, I am wondering if this mill in Lanark Village prior to 1959 was the same one or the site of the same one.Jason Campbell
DOYLEWhat would be Thomas Doyle‘s year and if possible, date of death? Was he buried in St. John the Baptist Church like his wife Mary Kelly (died May 23rd, 1879, buried May 25th, 1879)? Born about 1779 Wexford Ireland give or take a few years and died probably late 1869’s or 1870 (no longer on the census, 1871). Local Area: Drummond Township. 3rd Concession, lot # 17.Mike Doyle
I would love to find a picture of my great-great-grandmother, Ann Chambers Dunlop. Her husband is James Dunlop 1824-1897, Carleton Place
Belinda MacKinnon
I am a direct descendant of 2 “Lanark society” families: Francis and Janet Hamilton (Lesmahagow emigration society, 1820); and John and Elizabeth Leckie (Parkhead emigration society, 1821). Both families pioneered near McDonald’s Corners and became connected through the 1846 marriage of George Hamilton and Mary Leckie.
I have a background in history and librarianship and possess a keen interest in genealogy generally, and particularly concerning the 1820-1821 emigration society settlers, this interest is enlivened by my family connection. I also possess a limited edition, privately published book (400+ pages), The Leckie Clan 1778-1994, which may be of interest to some LCGS members. Largely through this book, but also through other readings and research, I already know a lot, but I’m keen to learn and share more from and with other like-minded people. The story of the Scottish emigration in particular never fails to fascinate.
Naturally enough, I suppose, I love all things Lanark Co. and it is a favourite day-trip destination.
JAMESI have come across a real stumbling block, and have looked at Family Tree Search, Ancestry and My Heritage, and cannot seem to find any mention of my GGGgrandmother – I do not even know her name. If you could direct me to where I may be looking This is what I have: Me, Father – Donald James GFather – Ephraim Wallace James (b.1910 d. 2001) GGfather – Enoch George James (b.1867 d.1951) GGGfather – George James (b.1827 d.1896 m. 1847) 5.1 Annie Harris b.1824 Ramsay Township Lanark, Ontario 5.1.1 her father was William Harris (b. 1790 d.1861 Ramsay Township ) 1861 Showing 5 daughters, 2 were born in Ireland, came over from Wexford Ireland 1817, had 3 daughters in Ontario Canada (Ramsay Township). It looks like 6 came over (husband/wife and 2 daughters, the other two could have been brothers or parents). Cannot find any mention of the wife. Can’t even find birth or baptism records for the three born in Ontario, let alone land grants etc.Kimberley James
KENNY and THOMPSONArthur Kenny b1802 – d1887 m. Barbara Ann Thompson b1814? – d1895 Arthur is a lock labour starting at Sly locks 1836 but maybe earlier. Poonamale locks, Edmonds lock and finished at Jones Falls in 1854 where he bought property beside brothers in Leeds. I am looking for any information about the Barbara Thompson family. Where they married and are there any records for their first five children born around the Smiths Falls area.Susan Sullivan
LANARK MILITIAI am interested in the formation, recruitment and role of the Lanark Militias formed in the early 1820s. How were the local militias formed, recruited, managed, trained and armed in the 1820s and 1830s? What was their role in relationship to the standing army? Would the closest regular army personnel have been based in Perth?Marianne Tripp Punshon
LAWSONJohn Lawson (1775-1869) and family. John was a Lanark Society Settler arriving on the Broke in 1820. Seeking any information about this family and related families. Family members are wife Elizabeth Somerville (1779-1850) and children Mary Ann Lawson Boag (1798-1887) James (1799- 1889) Jennette (1803-1883) Robert (1806-1892) Bella (1815-1901) John (1816- 1903) and Peter (1819-1895). Bella (Elizabeth or Isabella) married John Robertson in 1863. Another son, Alexander (1822-1889) was born in Lanark. Local Area: Settled on Con 6 Lot 11 W in Lanark.Marianne Tripp Punshon
LETTSTo make contact with the family of Samuel Lett and I believe his wife was Agnes Creighton. One of the stories we had was that when Ralph and Eliza Lett came to Canada in 1847, they “captured” the smaller brother Thomas and brought him with them to Canada. By doing this they were sure their parents (Thomas and Eliza Lett) and the rest of the family would follow. Ralph and Eliza proceeded to York, now Toronto, but left Thomas with a “cousin” Samuel Lett in Lanark. When the rest of the family came in1849 they settled in the Eganville area and Ralph, Eliza and Thomas joined them there. So now I am trying to make a connection with the Samuel Lett family to find the family connection to Thomas Lett.May Prange
MCEWAN MCEWEN BRINDEL & BRINDLEI am looking for information on this family, specifically vital records if possible and or land contracts. Cannot find any on ancestry except the 1851 census who proved they lived there. At that time, they were probably pioneers. Local area: Carleton, Beckwith, DrummondIrene Ducharme
MCDOUGALLI’ve always had an interest in my family history, in particular the McDougall families of North Sherbrooke.Chris Crain
MCNICOLI am interested in finding out about my family’s heritage in Lanark county which includes the Mcnicol, the Machan and the SomervilleCindy McNicol
Hi there, I’m happy to share about my family. I connected with you all from 2010-12, and I’d like to reconnect. William Moore (born ca 1800 Ireland) and Winnifred Stephens of Maberly, Ontario (South Sherbrooke / Lanark South) had Thomas Moore (Reeve of South Sherbrooke) who married Margaret Chambers. I have a picture of Winnifred Moore sent from a cousin in the U.S., but so far no definitive birth records or date from Ireland or picture for Thomas Moore their son, even though he was greatly involved in politics, as Reeve, according to the Perth Courier, on the death of his son William E. Moore in 1891.
Another mystery is Thomas Moore, who died 04 Jan 1887, was apparently buried on the same day as his brother John Moore (who died 4 days apart, 30 Dec 1886) but Thomas and his wife are nowhere to be found. John is buried at Laidley Cemetery in Maberly. More info on my family history can be found at my website under Moore and related Lanark names: Happy to share whatever photos and a letter I have with Thomas’s signature and many of others who petitioned to protect a chapel on his father William’s land in the 1850s. I’d like to visit the local archives and museum this summer. That’s it for now
Krista Moore
MURRAYSeeking information on immigration to Canada as well as parents of David Murray birth 1798. Born 1798 Perth, Scotland; Death 1868 Perth, Ontario and Married to Catherine Stewart.Angela Murray
O’BRIEN (BRIEN) (CRAIG) (KEMPHow did Janet O’Brien (later Brien, then Craig then Kemp) get from Lanark to Winnipeg, Manitoba by1878? Background: In later life, she went by the name Janet Craig Kemp. Janet was born Janet O’Brien in Hopetown, on 11 March 1864, to parents George and Martha (Dunn) O’Brien. She eventually dropped the O from her name but lived (as a servant) for a while with a Craig family (at Middleville?) after her father’s death in September 1869. Later she adopted the Craig name. By 1878 she somehow moved to Winnipeg, Manitoba. Perhaps there was (Craig) family there? In Winnipeg, by 1988 or 89, she married William Andrew Kemp, then moved to Vancouver, BC. She died in Nanaimo, BC on 16 January 1960. Much of this information came from Max Sutherland. He later may have discovered how Janet got to Winnipeg. Perhaps his book mentions that. I know most of her life history after Winnipeg, but anything else would be welcome.Fred Gregory
PORTEOUS (PORTIEOUS), BLACK, ALLAN, NEILSON, KELLOCK CORRYResearching: Scotland/England/Ireland to Ontario, then to Manitoba, more details and additional non-Lanark names at or Local area: 19th Century – Bathurst & South Sherbrooke Township plus nearby locationsPatricia Allan
RITCHIESeeking information regarding the family of Samuel Ritchie (1824-1914) and Phoebe Eliza Blanchard (1831-1900). They were apparently married in 1852, she had resided in New York, but the couple settled in St. Joseph, Berrien Co, Michigan, USA. Unknown whether Phoebe was born in Canada or how this couple met. Samuel ran a sawmill in Michigan. Samuel was the second eldest son of John Ritchie Jr (1793-1864) and Mary Blair Wilson (1796-1857) of Lot 10 Con 1, Bathurst Twp (Scotch Line). Time range 1824-1914Carol Ritchie
RITCHIESeeking photographs of children of John Ritchie (1793-1864) and Mary Blair Wilson (1796-1857). This couple married Nov 7, 1820 and resided Lot 10 Con 1 Bathurst Twp. Lanark Co. Eleven children survived to adulthood. Samuel Ritchie (1824-1914) md to Phoebe Eliza Blanchard — moved to US about 1851, settled in Michigan Janet Ritchie (unmarried) (1827-1880); Jane Ritchie (1828-1859) md Joseph White; Wm Ritchie (unmarried) (1829-1862); George Ritchie (1832-1895) md Jessie Nichol, Bathurst Twp.; Robert Ritchie (1833-1888) md Mary Mason Miller, Bathurst Twp.; Susan Ritchie (1837-1890) md John Menzies (brother of her sister-in-law Jane Menzies), Bathurst Twp. I have photos of the other four children and am willing to share. Mary Ritchie (b 1821) md to John Campbell, Proton Twp, Grey County; John Ritchie Jr. (1823-1906) md to Jane Menzies, S. Sherbrooke Twp; James Ritchie (1835-1911) md to Eliza Byers (my great-grandparents), Bromley Twp, Renfrew County; and Anne Ritchie (1840-1884) md to Wm. Hendry of Brockville Ontario Local Area: Bathurst TownshipCarol Ritchie
STRETCH/NAPIER1832-1868? Darling Township . I am seeking information about my 2ggmother, Frances or Fanny Stretch, born at or near Kingston 28 January 1832, daughter of John Stretch and Mary Cook; married Andrew James Napier 1828-1898 on 24 January 1851; I have records of 9 children: Mary (William Shane/Andrew Jenkins) 1852-1922; Catherine (John Elliott) 1855-1917; John (Jane Camelon) 1865-1918; Andrew 1859-?; Thomas (Euphemia “Famie” Wark) 1860-1949 (my ggparents); Fannie (William Camelon) 1862-1915; William (Sarah Ann “Annie” Camelon) 1864-1955; David (Christena Ferguson) 1866-1915; and Richard (Amy Jane Scott) 1868-1927. It appears Fanny may have died giving birth to Richard but that is one of the things I would like to verify; he ended up with her parents in Minnesota while the others apparently remained in Canada, at least until they were adults—Fannie and William died in Minnesota. John, Fannie and William were all married to their step-siblings, children of their step-mother Sarah Pretty Camelon Napier (my double 2ggaunt).John Morrow
THOMPSONTracing Alexander Thompson family settled Drummond about 1822 from Scotland. Son Alexander was born in 1830 in Drummond. Alexander the son’s mother was Janet on his birth record.Patricia Wood
TYZACK (TYSICK)On your website, you have a record: -Naval Artillery. Tysick, Joseph, married, England, 2 children, served 4 yrs. Got N.E. ½ 8 in 5th. Bathurst, in 1817, which had been formerly granted to one of Glengarry Fencibles. Then you refer to my Tesco website which expired years ago. Please refer to “Tysick.htm” instead. Local Area: Bathurst 1817Don Tyzack
WARDSeeking information about Elizabeth Ward, 2nd child of Patrick Ward and Anne Keating, Concession 1, Lot 7, Drummond Township. Unknown marriage/death/burial dates & places. Also seeking contact from any descendants. Birth – 1828, unknown death date. Local Area: Concession 1, Lot 7, Drummond Township Ward
WARD (2)Seeking information – death dates and burial location(s), Edward Ward & wife Anastasia Molloy plus any children. Arrived 1824. They owned land kitty-corner to son Patrick, Concession 2, Lot 6 and next to Concession 1, Lot 8P. They also owned Concession 1, Lot 26P, in Montague Township & sold it to (son?) Thomas Ward in 1843. Also seeking contact from any descendants, Edward Ward & Anastasia Molloy both born in Ireland in about 1873, arrival in Lanark County in 1824. Edward died sometime after 1843. No death/location. Local Area: Drummond Township and Montague Township Ward
WARNOCK, CAMPBELL, RANGER, McCULLOCH, FERGUSON, WHITE I am interested in Warnock, Campbell, Ranger, McCulloch, Ferguson, White families from Fallbrook, Elphin & McDonalds Corners and Maberly areaShirley McCulloch

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