Perth Courier Obituaries

supplied by Christine M. Spencer of Northwestern University, Evanston, Il., USA.

Perth Courier, July 5, 1889

Smith—Died, at his residence in North Sherbrooke, on the 24th June, Mr. James Smith, Sr., aged 87 years and 5 months.

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On Monday, 24th June there passed away at his residence in N. Sherbrooke one of the old pioneers of that township in the person of James Smith, Sr.  Mr. Smith was born in Glasgow, Scotland on the 25th (?) Jan., 1802 and had therefore reached the advanced age  of 87 years and 5 months.  He came to Canada in 1821 and settled at North Sherbrooke where he was a resident for the long period of 68 years and was for a number of years the only original settler in that township.  In 1842 death parted him with his companion in the joys and hopes of life and he remained a widower for the remainder of his life.  When Dalhousie, Sherbrooke and Lavant were formed into a municipality, he was elected to the first council and was a Reeve for a number of years.  In politics he was a Reformer and took a lively interest in everything pertaining to the welfare of the community.  The deceased was widely known and greatly respected, a kind father and a true friend.  He was of deep religious convictions and lived out a consistent Christian life and passed peacefully away to the reward that awaits the just.

Westport—A. Vanderpool died on the 21st aged 75 (?), one of the first settlers in this section; his funeral on Sunday was largely attended; Edward Turner is dead, aged 48, his illness was short, from Friday evening and he died Saturday at 10:00 am.  He was a sober, industrious man and highly regarded.

Charlton—Died, at Perth on Saturday, 29th (?) June, Mr. Joseph H. Charlton, aged 29.

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General sorrow was felt by those who knew him at the death on Friday last of Joseph H. Charlton of this town, plasterer.  The deceased came from Arnprior a few days before suffering from a concussion (?) of the spinal cord and disease of (unreadable word) which developed itself there.  A short time previously he had got a rusty nail in his foot but this nearly healed up and he continued to work on the Arnprior town buildings.  While plastering a wall there he got a chill which aided by the wound in his foot developed into a disease of the nerves and spine and he had barely strength to get home.  There he died a few days later after much suffering.  He was a strong man of healthy physique before this and apparently destined for a long life.  But he was well prepared for the great change being an earnest Christian.  A quiet, unobtrusive and excellent citizen he will be missed by his friends and the community.  He leaves a widow and four brothers three of the latter attended the funeral.  The Rev. Mr. Henderson, Methodist minister, conducted the burial services.  He was married only a few months ago to Carrie Buchanan of Maberly (?).

Oso Station—Jonathan Tombleson died on the 19th June.  He was born in the year 1807 and died at the age of 82 years.  He leaves a family of four to mourn his loss two sons and two daughters and an aged brother.  Mr. Tombleson was esteemed and much loved by all and will be very much missed.  A funeral sermon was preached by Rev. John Raine at Sharbot Lake on the 21st and his remains taken to Maberly for burial.  Although he lived in this vicinity for a number of years, at the residence of his son, he died at Sharbot Lake while visiting his daughter, Mrs. Slider, there.

Davies—Died, at the residence of his brother on Gore Street, Perth, Mr. Thomas Henry Davis of Langdon House, Wellington, Shropshire, England, aged 35 years.

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A few weeks ago we mentioned that Mr. and Mrs. Th. H. Davies of Shropshire, England, had arrived in Canada to visit his brother William Davies of this town.  This week it is our melancholy duty to announce the death of Mr. Davies which occurred on Saturday last.  The cause of his death was consumption but the end came more suddenly then his friends had any reason to expect and was perhaps hastened by the fatigue of the ocean journey.  His remains were interred in Elmwood Cemetery.  Mr. Davies was a resident of Perth some ten years ago and made many warm friends during his stay, returning after a time to his native country, England.  His voyage to Canada was to improve his health which had become impaired but the insidious disease had made inroads too deep.  His widow leaves for England next week.

Perth Courier, July 12, 1889

Boyle—Died, at Lanark Township of inflammation of the lungs, on Monday, 1st July, Georgie Boyle, youngest son of David and Mary Boyle, aged 1 year, 11 months and 10 days.

Asleep in Jesus, blessed sleep

From which none ever wakes to weep

A calm and undisturbed repose

Unbroken by the last of foes.

McKerracher—Died, at Perth on Friday morning, 5th July, Mary Humphries McKerracher, wife of Mr. J. H. McKerracher, aged 36 (?).

Dulmage—Died, at Smith’s Falls on the 4th July, Mr. W. R. Dulmage, L.D.S., aged 37.  (note, unsure of surname.)

Anderson—Died, on Sunday, 7th July, John Anderson, 5th Concession Bathurst, aged 57.

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On Sunday last John Anderson, a well known farmer of Bathurst, died at his residence after a few weeks illness at the age of 57 years.  The deceased was born in the township and was widely known in it.  He was at the time of his death President of the S. Lanark Agricultural Society always taking a prominent part in its affairs and a majority of the directors and officers attended the funeral in a body out of respect to his memory.  Mr. Anderson was a member of Knox Church and a true Liberal in politics.  He leaves a widow and several children behind him.

Perth Courier, July 19, 1889

Barrie—Died, at Perth on Wednesday evening, 17th July, Archibald Barrie, aged 32.

On Friday last the wife of Mr. Jno. Herron passed away from this world of cares and sorrow.  The deceased was highly respected by all.  She leaves a family of small children.  The funeral took place Sunday and was largely attended the remains being interred in the Middleville Cemetery.

Perth Courier, July 26, 1889

Campbell—Died, at Glen Lynn, Bathurst, on the 20th July, John G. Campbell, infant son of Mr. A. B. Campbell, aged 10 months.

Sweeney—Died, at Cobden, Renfrew County, on the 21st July, Maryann Code Sweeney, wife of Mr. Spencer Sweeney, aged 43.

Perth Courier, Aug. 8, 1889

Raycroft—Died, on the 18th July, James Raycroft of Darling, aged 24.

Cameron—Died, at Smith’s Falls on the 17th inst., Carena Cameron, infant daughter of Mr. Adam Foster, Esq., aged 3 months and 10 days.  (transcriber’s note, not sure of this, may have been a printing error.)

Taylor—Drowned at Pembroke on the 22nd inst., Maude Taylor, daughter of Mr. Thomas Taylor, Chapleau, ten years.

Quigley—Died, at North Burgess on Tuesday, 30th July of paralysis, Margaret Quigley, relict of the late Mr. Peter Quigley, a native of County Armagh, Ireland.  The deceased had emigrated to Canada in the year 1848.  no age.

Perth Courier, August 9, 1889

Menzies—Died, on Wed., 7th Aug., Earl Ross Menzies, infant son of John Menzies, Glen Tay, aged 5 weeks.

Hogg—Died, at Perth on Monday, 5th Aug., Norman Brooke Hogg, infant son of Mr. W. J. Hogg, aged one year and 8 days.

McCurdy—Died, at Lanark Village on Monday, 5th Aug., Elizabeth Miller McCurdy, aged 59, relict of the late Mr. Daniel McCurdy.

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At Lanark on Monday last Mrs. D. McCurdy, aged 59, succumbed to that fell destroyer, death.  For some time past she had been suffering from diabetes and bore her sufferings with Christian patience and fortitude.  She leaves a large family all of whom are grown p.  The funeral took place on Wednesday at 1:00 the remains being followed to the grave by a large number of friends.

Mathews—Died, on Sunday 4th Aug. of Canadian cholera, Mary Ann Mathews, aged 40 (?) 49 (?).

Leach—Died, at Beckwith on the 4th Aug., Edith Leach, daughter of Mr. Robert Leach, aged 25 (?) 35 (?).

The Almonte Times of 2nd August contains the following death notice of the mother of David Nicholson of Perth:  “We regret to record the death of Mrs. Edward Nicholson one of the oldest and most highly respected residents of Ramsay, the sad event taking place on Tuesday after a short illness.  Mrs. Nicholson, whose maiden name was Cecilia Sutherland, came to Canada with her father, the late George Sutherland, from Scotland in 1818 and settled on the 6th Line Ramsay.  Her demise last week obliterates the last link of that family in Canada.  She was married to Mr. Nicholson when 18 years of age and of the union there were 7 sons and 4 daughters.  The sons are George Nicholson, who resides at Wroxeter, Ontario; James Nicholson, Dakota; John and Edward Nicholson, Vancouver, B.C.; David Nicholson, Perth; and William and Joseph Nicholson on the homestead.  The daughters are:  Mrs. Gavin Russell and Mrs. F. Crusoe, Almonte; Mrs. William Moore, Ramsay; Miss Ellen Nicholson who resides on the homestead.  She was about 81 years of age.”

Oso Station:  The cold hand of death has carried off one of our most eminent neighbors John Conboy.  The deceased was 99 years of age and lived in Olden Township about 3 miles from here.  He was honored and respected by all classes of people who knew him.  He leaves behind a family of four, an aged partner and a number of grandchildren to mourn his loss.  The funeral ceremony was performed by Rev. Mr. Raine at the deceased man’s residence.  His remains were then taken to the old cemetery near Maberly for interment.

Perth Courier, August 16, 1889

Hope—Died, at Perth on Thursday morning, 8th Aug., Emma Hope, infant daughter of Mr. Peter Hope, aged 4 months and 23 (?) days.

McLenaghan—Died, at Perth on Monday morning, 12th Aug., Henry Brook McLenaghan, only child of Mr. William A. McLenaghan, aged 1 year, 8 months and 21 days.

The Almonte Gazette of 9th August tells of the death of William Gilmour of that town on Thursday, 1st Aug., at the age of 69 years.  He was born in Glasgow, Scotland in 1821 but lived in Canada 64 years.  He filled the important office of Collector of Taxes for the Township before Almonte was made a separate municipality and was for many years a constable and from about the year 1860 till his death he was the trusted agent of Mayor (now Lt. Col.) Gemmell.  He was also librarian of the Ramsay Library and Mechanics Institute for many years.  He was a thoroughly honorable man in all his dealings and won an enviable reputation among his fellows.  In 1844 he married Ellen Burns who survives him.  Seven children were born to them five of whom are now living:  Mrs. Peter Naismith, Ramsay; Allan W. Gilmour of Braeside; Robert Gilmour of this town; William Gilmour of Ramsay; James B. Gilmour, now in Dakota.”

Miss Edith Leach of Beckwith died of consumption on Sunday of last week at the age of 25 years.  She had just returned from visiting her brother William Leach, hotel keeper at Pembroke a short time previous.

Perth Courier, Aug. 23, 1889

Wilson—Died, at North Burgess on Sunday, 18th Aug., Samuel Wilson, eldest son of Samuel Wilson, Sr., aged 29 (?).(see also below, where it says 20)

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On Sunday night last the family of Samuel Wilson, Scotch Line, sustained a severe affliction in the death of his eldest son Samuel Wilson, Jr., at the age of 20 years.  The cause of death was consumption and his illness dated back over six months.  The disease developed itself while he attended college.  The deceased intended qualifying himself for medical practice and had been a student at Queen’s College, Kingston with that end in view.  His career as a student had so far been very promising and foreshadowed a successful and useful course in the profession chosen by him had he been spared.  His remains were interred in the Scotch Line Cemetery on Tuesday last.

Sutherland—Died, at Perth on Saturday evening, 17th Aug., John Sutherland, aged 56.

Campbell—Died, at the residence of his son-in-law Andrew Armour, North Burgess on the 17th Aug., Donald J. Campbell, 7th Line Drummond, aged 61 (?) 64 (?).

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On Friday afternoon last Donald J. Campbell, 7th Concession Drummond set out to visit his son-in-law Andrew Armour who lives on the 9th Line North Burgess.  On the road he took ill and on arrival at his destination Dr. Munro was sent for who attended to his complaint and left him feeling somewhat better.  However, through the night he was taken worse and passed away about 2:30 am.  Heart disease was the cause.  The deceased was born on the farm on which he resided 70 years ago.  He father was one of the early settlers in this neighborhood and had a number of relatives in various localities.  One of his sons, John Campbell, married Miss McLenaghan of the same township and another daughter Mary Campbell married Andrew Armour, N. Burgess.  All were present at the funeral, which took place Monday afternoon to the local burying ground.  Rev. A. H. Scott of St. Andrew’s Church, Perth, conducted the funeral service.  Mr. Campbell was a member of the Presbyterian Church and was a life long Reformer as was his father before him.  He leaves a sorrowing wife to share the bereavement with her children.

Killen—Died, at North Burgess on Tuesday, 20th Aug., Jas. Killen, aged 81.

Perth Courier, August 30, 1889

Lee—Died, on the 22nd Aug., Margaret Turnbull Lee, beloved wife of Mr. John Lee, North Sherbrooke, aged 54.

The Mercury says:  “Within the past few days two of the pioneers of this district have gone to their last rest.  Mrs. Murdoch McDonald of the Goshen settlement in McNab died on the 12th inst. aged 79 years.  We have no biography in particular yet relating to her except that she was one of the second lot of emigrants who settled in this township of McNab.  On Wednesday of this week Hannah Gibbons, relict of the late William Gibbons of Admaston died at the residence of her son James Gibbons, Jr. near this village.  The deceased, whose maiden name was Hannah Preston came to this country form Ireland when quite a young girl and resided with her parents in the township of Drummond.  About 55 years ago she came with her husband (who died some 14 years ago) to the Township of Horton and after living there for a few years removed to the Township of Admaston settling on the farm now owned by James Gibbons, Jr..  Of nine children born to her five are still living, John Gibbons in the Brule (?); Alexander Gibbons in Pakenham; George Gibbons in Dakota; and Mrs. Daniel Stewart of Grand Forks.”

The Almonte Gazette says:  “it becomes our unpleasant duty this week to record the death of an esteemed and popular lady of this town in the person of Sarah J. Campbell Carnochan, wife of John Carnochan of the C.P.R. after a short illness from a puerperal fever.  The deceased (who was a daughter of Mrs. Donald Campbell) was but 28 years of age and had been married less than a year.”

The Smith Falls News of 22nd August says: l “we have to record this week the demise of one of the oldest citizens of ours, Mrs. Robert McLaren, which took place at her residence on Friday, 9th inst.  Elizabeth Jordan was born in Fordhull Parish of Ford in the County of Northumberland, England in 1805.  She was therefore 84 years of age at the time of her death.  She came to Canada in 1837 and was married to Mr. McLaren on the 20th March, 1839 by Rev. T.C. Wilson of St. Andrew’s Church, Perth.  Mr. Duncan McDonald of Perth was one of the witnesses present then and was also present, hale and hearty, 59 years later at the funeral of the deceased.  Mr. McLaren lived on a farm in North Elmsley until his demise in 18?? (1865??).  They had five daughters and one son born to them.  Some years ago Mrs. McLaren sold the farm and moved into town where she has lived for 15 years.”

Perth Courier, Sept. 13, 1889

Ireland—Died, at Perth on Tuesday evening, 10th Sept. Mrs. G. M. Ireland, aged 49.

McLaren—Died, at Smiths Falls on Monday, 9th Sept., John M. McLaren, aged 43.

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General sorrow was felt here at the news of the death on Monday last of John M. McLaren, proprietor of the Royal House, Smiths Falls.  His death was caused by kidney complaint aggravated by dysentery which ultimately produced heart disease and convulsions.  The deceased was born in the township of Drummond and during his life was Chief Constable at Carleton Place and proprietor of the Revere House, Perth.  He ultimately removed to Smiths Falls where he carried on the Royal Hotel until his death.  The burning of the hotel building last winter is said to have weighed on his spirits and affected his habits of life perceptibly.  He was buried in Elmwood Cemetery, Perth, his funeral being attended by a cortege of Masons and Oddfellows and A.O.U. workmen of which societies he was a member and a large number of whom came from Smiths Falls.

He leaves a wife and three children.

Trainor—Died, on Thursday, 5th Sept., Francis Joseph Trainor, infant son of John Trainor, Lanark, aged 8 months.

Perth Courier, Sept. 20, 1889

Johnston—Died, at Lanark Township on Wed. 11th Sept., Jane Baird Johnston, relict of the late Mr. Robert Johnston, aged 91 years.

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On Wednesday of last week one of the oldest residents of Lanark County, Mrs. Robert Johnston died at the residence of her nephew Andrew Baird at the great age of 91 years.  The deceased, whose maiden name was Jane Baird was born in Glasgow, Scotland in 1798 and came to Canada to settle in the Township of Lanark.  Her husband was Robert Johnston who died many years ago.  Her home was in the vicinity of Hopetown, latterly living with her nephews Messrs John and Andrew Baird who made their old aunt’s declining years as comfortable as kind hands could.  Mrs. Johnston was a member of the Presbyterian Church.  She leaves a large number of relatives in the township.

This week we chronicle the death of Mary Campbell, wife of Dugald Campbell at her home in Winona, Minnesota on the 16th August at the age of 70 years.  She was born in Drummond and departed this life in the full hope of a Christian’s final reward.

Consitt—Died, at Perth on Tuesday, 17th September, Isabella McGillivray Connit, wife of Mr. G. A. Consitt in her 47th year.

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After a long illness Isabella McGilvery Consitt, wife of George A. Consitt, solicitor, passed away on the morning of Tuesday, last aged 46.  The deceased was the daughter of the late Laughlin McGilvery of the Scotch Line.  The cause of her death was consumption and she bore it a long time, a tedious illness, with great patience and resignation.

Robertson—Died, at Carleton Place on the 8th Sept., Margaret McDougall Robertson, wife of Mr. Donald Robertson, aged 61.

Wilson—Died, at the residence of her brother in Worcester, Vermont, on the 7th Sept. Florence N. Wilson, second daughter of Mr. George Wilson of Appleton, aged 33 years.

John H. Cameron, printer, died at his father’s residence in Carleton Place on Monday morning last, 9:30 am.  The funeral took place on Wednesday at 1:30 pm.  Poor John did not long survive his arrival home.

Perth Courier, Sept. 27, 1889

Balderson—Died on Tuesday, 24th Sept., Matthew Balderson, fourth son of Mr. James Balderson, 9th Concession Bathurst, aged 19.

Menzies—Died, at Glen Tay on Wednesday night 25th Sept. Sarah Ann Ferrier Menzies, wife of Mr. John Menzies, aged 31.

Lanark Links--

On Monday last Jas. Burns of Darling was called to his long rest.  He was 82 years old and a native of Scotland.  He was the father of a large family of whom four are living in Darling at this time, Mrs. William McKinley, Mrs. George Thurlow, Mrs. Jas. Ferguson and Mrs. Jno. Ferguson.

Perth Courier, Oct. 4, 1889

Sherritt—Died, at Bathurst on Monday, 30th Sept., Mr. Robert Clement Sherritt, aged 53.

Mitchell—Died, at Perth on Friday, 20th Sept., James Mitchell, aged 59.

Imeson—Died, at Glen Tay on Tuesday, 1st Oct., James Imeson, aged 71 years and 2 months.

Bell—Died, at Carleton Place on the 26th Sept. Isabella Bell, only daughter of Mr. Robert Bell, Esq.  no age.

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On Thursday last the spirit of Miss Isabella Bell, the only daughter of our respected townsman Robert Bell Esq., fled to its final resting place in the realms beyond.  Miss Bell has been an invalid for a number of years and gradually became more and more feeble till her life just seemed to glide from her.  The funeral took place to Elmwood Cemetery on Monday morning and was attended by representatives of most of our leading families.  The aged father one of our pioneer citizens has our deepest sympathy in his hour of trial.  Dr. R.W. Bell of Peterboro and Mr. J.J. Bell of Brockville were both present to pay the last tribute of love and respect to the deceased sister.  The remains of her grandfather William Bell and uncles also lie in Elmwood Cemetery.  Carleton Place Herald

McLean—Died, at Lanark Village on Wednesday, 2nd Oct., James Edmund (Eddie) McLean, aged 15 years, only child of Mr. J. McLean, P.M. of Lanark Village.

Asleep in Jesus, blessed sleep!

From which none ever wake to weep.

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Lanark Links:  On Wednesday morning, Eddie McLean, the son of Mr. John McLean, postmaster, departed this life.  He was 15 years of age and of a kind and amiable disposition and loved by all who knew him.  Cut off in the bloom of youth his family have the heartfelt sympathy of all.  Funeral today (Friday) at 1:00.

Oso Station:  A dark shadow hangs over the neighborhood on hearing of the sudden death of Miss Maggie McPherson, daughter of Alexander McPherson of the township of Olden.  The deceased was twenty years of age and died of consumption and lived and died trusting in Almighty God.  She died about 10:00 Sunday morning and was buried on Tuesday the 24th (?) in C - - - r (Cedar??) Chapel burying ground near Maberly.  The pall bearers were J. F. McPherson, J. McPherson, George McPherson, John McPherson, Duncan McPherson and Harry McPherson, all first cousins of the deceased.  Rev. Mr. Laine (?) from Sharbot Lake conducted the funeral services which were preached in Zion Church.  He was assisted by Rev. Mr. Darling.

Perth Courier, October 11, 1889

The death is announced at Detroit of Rev. Dr. J. H. Lancashire, many years ago pastor of the Congregational Church in Lanark.  He was a native of London, England but left there as a child and received his college education in Toronto.  He latterly became a pastor of the Presbyterian Church in New York but finally retired from the active duties of the ministry.

The Whig says that Mrs. Wesley Mills of Smith’s Falls went to Kingston about two months ago on a visit to her brother J. S. R. McCann but was taken sick with a complication of maladies made up of rheumatism of the heart and erysipelas.  She died on Wednesday of last week leaving six small children.  Her remains were taken to Smith’s Falls for burial.

Port Elmsley News:  Died, on Sunday, Sept. (illegible date two numbers the first is a ‘2’) at the residence of Rice Frei, Albert Beckett, son of Archibald Beckett, aged 3 years, one month.

The Whig says that Daniel McDonald, one of the oldest residents of Newboro, died on Thursday at the age of 84 years.  He was for a number of years lock master on the Rideau Canal at Newboro.  He was a life long Conservative and took an active interest in politics.  He leaves a wife and three daughters and five sons.

Perth Courier, October 18, 1889

Died, at his residence on the 2nd Concession Darling on the 4th Oct., Mr. John McDonald Craig, in the 65th year of his age.  The deceased was born in the village of Lanark in 1822.  At the age of 8 years he moved with his parents to the township of Darling and when arrived at manhood followed the calling of foreman of a shanty for a number of years.  His family was ten in number, 9 boys and one girl, the daughter being the oldest.  When his boys grew up he lumbered for B. Caldwell and Son and A. Caldwell and Co. which occupation he followed till within five years of his death.  He was at one time a member of the Darling Council and was well known and well liked by all who knew him.  He was noted for being one of the best bushmen in the district.  His funeral was one of the largest ever in Darling.  The funeral service was conducted by Rev. Mr. Andrews.  Two of his children, George and the daughter, are in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin.  The others all are living in Darling or vicinity.

On Monday last Mr. and Mrs. Archibald McNee of Windsor, Ontario, arrived in town, bringing with them the body of their son Archibald McNee for burial in the 7th Line Drummond Cemetery.  The deceased was attacked by inflammation of the lungs about a year ago in Windsor which later developed into consumption and though he utmost care and professional skill were employed to check the disease, death finally came and released young Archie from the world’s troubles.  His death occurred on Saturday last and the funeral took place at 2:00 Tuesday last from the residence of his uncle D. D. Campbell of Drummond.  A very large number of friends of th4e deceased and family both from Perth and around Balderson attended the funeral which was conducted by Rev. Mr. Anderson Baptist minister.  The body was laid in the family plot of his mother’s relations many of whom numbered among the first settlers of this township.  The pall bearers comprised some of Archie’s boyhood friends from Perth and Drummond all of whom were grieved at the sad duty they were called upon to perform.  Archie was born in Perth in 1869 and was within a few weeks of attaining his 20th year when he died.  In their great bereavement his parents have the sympathy of all their old friends in the neighborhood.

Perth Courier, October 25, 1889

Harper—Died, at the residence of her father, Henry Lee, Esq., Lyn, Ontario, on Saturday, 19th Oct., Mrs. Ira Harper, aged 37, eldest sister of Mrs. W. G. Henderson of Perth.

O’Reilly—Died, at Kingston on the 11th Oct., Mr. Michael O’Reilly, aged 74.

McMartin—Died, at Renfrew on Sunday, 13th Oct., John McMartin, eldest son of Mr. D. C. McMartin, aged 29 years and ten months.

The Ottawa papers contain the news of the death of William Powell, ex-Sheriff of Carleton County and formerly a member in the Commons for that constituency.  He was first returned for the county in 1854 before Confederation and was responsible for the name the city of Ottawa is now known by.  The deceased was born in Perth in 1826 being a son of the late Col. Jno Hamilton Powell, one of the pioneer settlers of that town.  The family many years ago left Perth for Bytown as it was then called and became prominent residents there.  Mr. Powell was an uncle of W.W. Berford of this town.  He was president of the Irish Benevolent Association.

Perth Courier, Nov. 1, 1889

Dodds—Died, at Orchard, Ontario on Saturday, 26th Oct., Mr. James Dodds, aged 65.

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On Saturday last there died at Orchard, County Grey James Dodds, formerly of Bathurst in this county at the age of 65 years.  He was the oldest of the Dodds brothers, well known in this neighborhood and left Bathurst for the west about 30 years ago.  Ralph Dodds of Glen Tay is now the oldest surviving brother.

Lambert—Died, on the 9th Oct., Mary Needham Lambert, wife of Mr. Francis Lambert of Drummond, aged 48.

Beckett—Died, at Smiths Falls on Thursday, 24th October, Mrs. Rebecca Beckett, aged 76.

Jamieson—Died, at Kars (?), Sunday, 27th Oct., Mary Jane Gibson Jamieson, wife of Mr. David Jamieson, aged 66.

Bain--Died, at Kingston on Tuesday, 29th Oct., Rev. William Bain, D.D., former pastor of St. Andrew’s Church, C.P., in the 76th year of his age.

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On Tuesday afternoon last Rev. Dr. Bain of Kingston passed away that morning and about the same time other parties here were in receipt of the same sad intelligence.  Spreading over town, the news created a general feeling of sincere regret for the memory of the venerable and good Dr. which is still green with most of our citizens and his cheery kindly face remains with tender feelings.  About six weeks ago he was near death and his apparent recovery had been learned with keen interest by his old friends here and they were congratulating themselves that some years yet of useful life might be accorded the rev. gentleman when suddenly the news of his death put an end to such hopes as these.  The cause of his death was Bright’s Disease and we have learned that since his final illness he had always been in such a precarious condition.  He was taken sick again last week and on Sunday sank into unconsciousness from which he never rallied.  He breathed his last at 1:00 Tuesday morning. 

The late William Bain, D.D., was born in Nairn, Scotland in 1814 and in 1838 at the age of 24 he came to Canada.  He taught at the grammar school in Cornwall for a time assisted the late Dr. Urquhart and taught besides in the Quebec grammar school and in the preparatory school at Queen’s University in Kingston.  He took a divinity course himself in this college.  In 1847 he took the degree of Master of Arts.  For service rendered at Queen’s University by him and his congregation at Perth he received in 1882 the degree from this University of Doctor of Laws which in his case was worthily bestowed. 

He married Miss Urquhart, daughter of his former principal in the Cornwall Grammar School and this esteemed lady with six children survive him.

The Rev. Mr. Bain received a call from St. Andrew’s Church, Perth in 1846 and having accepted was formally ordained the pastor the same year.  For the long period of 35 years he filled the pastorate of this church and became deeply and dearly associated with the many families of the congregation through marriage and baptism ceremonies performed, communions administered, pastoral visits and sadder deathbed and funeral services attended to.  In the year 1881 he resigned the pastoral charge St. Andrew’s congregation receiving a retirement allowance and then removed to Kingston to end his days, his years then verging on the three score and ten allotted to man.  His age when death took him into the continued land beyond the grave was 75.

For many years Dr. Bain was a member of the Perth Board of Education and its chairman for a good part of this time.  He also served for a long time on the County Board of Examiners for teacher’s certificates holding this position until changes in the law altered its composition.  At his death he was a trustee of Queen’s University.  Four of his sons were graduates of that institution.  His surviving children are Judge John F. Bain of the Superior Court of Winnipeg; Dr. Hugh C. Bain of Prince Albert, NWT; W. G. Bain, barrister, Winnipeg; Urquhart Bain, Kingston law student; Misses Mina and Lily Bain of Kingston.  The remains will be laid in Elmwood Cemetery, Perth.  The funeral cortege will leave the C.P.R. station on the arrival of the 3:32 train, then proceed to St. Andrew’s Church where a short service will be held, after which the funeral procession will depart for Elmwood Cemetery.  Donald Fraser, an old friend, will accompany the remains from Kingston to Perth.

Morris—Died, on Monday, 28th Oct., at his residence, 471 Jarvis Street, Toronto, Hon. Alexander Morris, Q.C., in the 64th year of his age.

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Death of Hon. Alexander Morris

On Monday last the news was flashed over the wireless that Hon. Alexander Morris had died at his residence in Toronto that morning.  The tidings were a shock to his old acquaintances in Perth though the news was not entirely unexpected as word of his serious illness had reached here not long ago and it was known that for years he had been in delicate health.  His death was caused by malarial fever combined with diseases of the kidneys.

The deceased like so many other prominent men in the country, was born in Perth.  His father, Hon. William Morris, was a native of Paisley, Scotland and was a merchant here in the early settlement of our town.  He held a portfolio in one of the Upper Canadian administrations of that day.  We understand he was a Liberal in politics.  His son, Alexander, however, became a Conservative and lived and died as such.  He was born on the 17th March, 1826 and Mr. Morris was 63 at the time of his death, and during his manhood he passed through quite a striking and successful political career.  We shall briefly narrate the leading points in his life partly taken from our city contemporaries.

When a boy he attended Perth grammar school and after finishing the courses there went to Scotland where he attended the Madras (?) College of St. Andrews and afterwards went to the Glasgow University for a year and then returned to Canada.  After being in business for a short time with Thorne & Howard, commission merchants of Montreal, he became a student-at-law in the office of Sir John MacDonald in Kingston.  He afterward entered the University of McGill College and took successively the degrees of M.A., B.C.L. and D.C.L.  He then attended the law office of Attorney General Badgley and was called to the Upper Canada Bar in Hilary Term 1854(?) 1851 (?).  He was offered a partnership at this time in the law office of the late Attorney General John Ross but for family reasons he went to Montreal.  He was at once admitted to the Bar of Lower Canada and in November of the same year he married a Miss Cline of Cornwall.

Mr. Morris became a partner of Mr. Justice Torrance who had made a fine representation for himself in commercial law.  Mr. Morris was a Conservative in politics and in 1861 was elected to the Legislative Assembly for S. Lanark and constituency which his father had represented for 20 years.  At this time the question of representation by population was strongly agitated for by the late Hon. George Brown and others but Mr. Morris was opposed to it as he thought the time was not ripe for such a move.  He was a strong advocate of the Confederation and believed that this was the only way to settle difficulties that then existed.

The deceased was one of the chief movers in the coalition by Attorney General MacDonald and George Brown and in 1869 was given, for his special achievements, the portfolio of Minister of Inland Revenues.  His health began to fail him at the end of July, 1872.  He was appointed Chief Justice of the Court of the Queen’s Bench for Manitoba.  On the 2nd December of the same year he received the appointment of Lt. Gov. of Manitoba and the North West Territories.  He also became Chief Superintendent of Indian Affairs in the Manitoba superintendency and one of the special commissioners for making treaties 3,4,5, and 6 and the revision of treaties 1 and 2.  As Lt. Gov. of Manitoba, he did a great deal afterwards to promote the settlement of the Province and he helped to improve its legal conditions considerably.

When his five years in the gubernatorial chair had ended he returned to Perth.  He was a candidate in 1878 for the representation of Selkirk, Manitoba but was defeated.  About two months after that he was elected to the Ontario Legislature for East Toronto.  He defeated Hon. Oliver Mowat in the same constituency on the 5th June following for the Ontario Legislature having a majority of 57 votes.

In Oct. 1872 the Hon. Mr. Mowat was called to the Manitoba Bar and on March 13, 1876 was appointed a Q.C. by the Dominion Government.  On 13th Aug., 1881 he was presented by the St. Andrew’s Society of Montreal a governor of the University of McGill College and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the University of Queen’s College in Kingston.  He was also Vice President of the North American Life Ins. Co. and a director of the Toronto General Trusts Co. and of the Imperial Bank.  The Ontario government recently appointed him one of the commissioners for modifying the statutes of Ontario.

The late Mr. Morris was the author of several works among which were “Canada and Her Resources”, “The Hudson’s Bay and the Pacific Territories”, “Nova Brittania”, “The Treaties of Canada with the Indians of the Northwest”.  He was a very clever writer and was well known as a public speaker.  Mr. Morris was an elder in the Presbyterian Church. He leaves a wife and eight children, four sons and four daughters.

The Almonte Gazette says much sympathy is expressed for Mr. and Mrs. W. P. Robertson in the loss of their daughter Miss Jennie Robertson, a fine young lady of 20 years who succumbed to an attack of inflammation of the lungs on Wednesday after an illness of five days.  The deceased was a handsome girl—the picture of health—and was quite a favorite in the circle in which she moved.

The following notice from the Gazette was crowded out last week:  “We regret very much to have to announce the death of Andrew Baird of Appleton on Sabbath last.  Mr. Baird had been ailing for some time and was confined to his bed for several weeks.  The disease that cut him short was consumption.  He was in his 65th year.  Mr. Baird was of a very retiring disposition but was one of the best known and most highly respected farmers in Ramsay.  He was a very warmly attached friend of the Presbyterian Church and a Reformer in politics.  His wife survives him but, we regret to say, was ill during the latter part of his illness.  She is a daughter of the late Robert McFarlane.  Mr. Baird leaves six children:  William Baird, the eldest, who is the well known member of the firm Baird and Riddell, Carleton Place; Robert Baird on the homestead; Mrs. James Lang of Beckwith; and Misses Kate, Tena and Jessie Baird who are at home.

Mrs. Laroque, widow of the late Joseph Laroque of Darling, died on Sunday last at the ripe old age of 86 years.

William Conn, a resident of Smith’s Falls, died on the 22nd October.

Thomas A. Kidd of Beckwith died on the 17th Oct., 42 years of age, from consumption.

Perth Courier, Nov. 15, 1889

Brady—Died, at Perth on Monday morning, 11th Nov., Mr. John Brady, aged 84.

Elsewhere in the same paper:

On Monday last an old resident of this neighborhood, John Brady, passed peacefully away.  He was a native of County Cavan, Ireland and was born in 1803(?) 1805(?).  He came when 25 years of age to Canada and settled on the 3rd Line Bathurst where he lived up until two years ago.  In 1887 he moved into town having farmed in the township of Bathurst for 60 years.  He left a large family behind him among whom were his seven sons James and Patrick Brady, still living in Bathurst; William and Thomas now in Iowa; Michael Brady in Denver, Colorado; Francis Brady in Perth and Peter Brady in Smith’s Falls.

Nowlan—Died, on Saturday after a year’s illness, Mr. Peter Nowlan, North Elmsley aged 49.

Wright—Died, at Ramsay on the 5th Nov., Jane Boyd Wright, beloved wife of Mr. John Wright, aged 76.

Murdock—Died, at Pilot Mound, on the 3rd Nov., James Murdock, formerly of Bathurst and Carleton Place, aged (illegible, two numbers, the second is a ‘1’).

Elsewhere in the same paper:

We regret to learn of the death from heart disease of James Murdoch of Pilot Mount, Manitoba, brother of Mrs. John G. Campbell of this town at the age of 61 (?) years.  The deceased was born on the homestead farm in Bathurst on the banks of the Fall River near Playfairville but removed first to the County of Bruce and then to Manitoba.  He made his pioneer visit to Manitoba in 1874 and a published account of his visit and observations were widely and eagerly read.  He made considerable explorations in what was then an almost unknown land to Ontario people and in 1878 led a party of settlers from Bruce and Lanark Counties to the Prairie Province the vicinity of Pilot Mound having been chosen for their final resting ground.  The settlement became a very thriving and prosperous one and before long every lot in the reservation for them was taken up.  The deceased was an elder in the  Presbyterian Church and was an ardent Liberal in politics taking especially strong grounds in favor of Manitoba rights on the attempted C.P.R. monopoly.  We conclude with the following obituary notice in the Pilot Mound Sentinel of 7th November.  Mr. Murdoch was well known and esteemed for his upright character, his religious life and his intense hatred of wrong and injustice.  He was a man of original mind and a careful observer, possessed of vast amount of experience.  Although self taught he was an excellent mechanic, surveyor and engineer and several bridges in this neighborhood were erected under his supervision.  Large in stature, gifted with remarkable strength and activity and possessed of extraordinary recuperative powers, he was a model pioneer.  The success and advancement of the settlement here and the prosperity of the town of Pilot Mound are proofs of his sagacity in selecting a place of occupation.  As a farmer, he was eminently successful and besides having his affairs financially in a most orderly fashion he leaves a well cultivated farm, one of the finest in the district, large and commodious buildings with many cattle, sheep and horses and better still, he leaves a large number of warm friends and well wishers than many more pretentious men have found to possess.  Although aware from the nature of his trouble that he might pass away at any moment death for him had no terrors and during his illness he was more anxious for the welfare of others than concerned with his own danger and suffering and talked about his departure from this world without complaints but composure and cheerfulness.

Duncan—Died, at the residence of her son-in-law, Richard Willis, Carleton Place, on the 9th Nov., Mrs. Henry Duncan, aged 81.

The Almonte Gazette of 1st Nov., says:  The death is announced of Peter McGregor of Sarnia Township in the 76th year of his life.  The deceased when only four years of age came to Canada with his parents and settled in the Township of Bathurst.  In 1852 he went to Lambton where his two brothers Donald and Alexander McGregor had shortly before that time preceded him.  They all took up land in the Township of Sarnia and formed what is known as the McGregor Settlement now among the best agricultural settlements in Lambton.  Mr. McGregor leaves a family of 8 children all comfortably settled in life or provided for.

Perth Courier, Nov. 22, 1889

Ferrier—Died, at Otanabee, near Peterborough on the 12th Nov., James Ferrier, formerly of the Scotch Line, Burgess, aged 71(?).

The News chronicles the death of Patrick Doyle, a well known resident of Smith’s Falls.

Mrs. Marion Miller, who died at the residence of her nephew Mr. W. B. Cochrane of Paterson, New Jersey on Saturday last was buried there on Thursday.  The deceased was, in spite of her feeble appearance, only 58 (?) years old, born in Paisley, Scotland and came to Canada when only 8 years of age.  At the age of 19 she was married in Perth to Thomas Miller of N. Sherbrooke, a brother of Mrs. Donald Cameron of this town.  After her marriage she lived in N. Sherbrooke for 7 years when her husband died.  She then removed to Almonte and has lived since that time with her niece Mrs. O.E. Henderson.  Mrs. Miller, when sickness overtook her, longed to get back to Almonte.  She died in the full assurance of a blessed immortality.  She was an aunt of Messrs. Gavin Hamilton of Ramsey and D. Hamilton of Almonte.  For many years, Mrs. Miller was a valued nurse in the community.

The daughter of Mr. A. Woods, 22 years old, died on the 14th Nov., the funeral taking place on Saturday the 16th to the English Church Cemetery and was largely attended.

Perth Courier, Nov. 29, 1889

Grier—Died, at Drummond on Thursday, 21st Nov., William Grier, aged 73.

Elsewhere in the same paper:

One of the old Courier subscribers, John Greer, Ferguson’s Falls, died at his residence on Thursday of last week.  He leaves an aged wife and several children.

Lanark Links—On Sunday, 24th Nov., Mrs. Robert Craig passed from this world of care after a lingering illness.  The deceased was one of Lanark’s early settlers, well known to all.  She leaves a large family of 5 sons and one daughter, Mrs. A.D. McLaughlin at whose residence she died.  The funeral took place on Tuesday, Nov. 26 and was largely attended.

Perth Courier, Dec. 6, 1889

Clark—Died, at Rossville (Roseville?), Montague on the 28th November, Johnnie Clark, only son of Mr. Alexander Clark, aged one year five months.

Sleep little baby sleep!

Not in thy cradle bed

Not on thy mother’s breast

Henceforth shall by thy rest

But with the quiet dead.

Two deaths are announced from Boyd’s neighborhood:  Henry Wallace, at the age of 80 odd years a native of Ireland and Miss Minnie Ireton, eldest daughter of A. Ireton, aged 16.

Perth Courier, Dec. 13, 1889

Stanleyville:  It is with deep regret that we record the death of William Kileen, a young man about 23 years of age son of Michael Kileen of the “Island” and brother of Father Charles Kileen of Sharbot Lake.  He was severely injured some time ago by a fall in the Sydenham mine (?).  He had just recovered and went on a visit to his sister Mrs. Henry Smith, Crosby and while there he went out hunting and getting wet he contracted a cold, from the effects of which he died Sunday night.  His remains were followed by a large concourse of friends to his last resting place on Wednesday morning.

Perth Courier, December 20, 1889

Gardner—Died, at McDonald’s Corners on the 11th December, Albert Edward Gardner, aged 17 years and 6 months.

A precious one from us is gone

A voice we loved is stilled

A place is vacant in our house

Which never will be filled.

God in His wisdom has recalled

The boon his love has given

And though the body moulders here

The soul is safe in Heaven.

Perth Courier, Dec. 27, 1889

McCann—Died, at Perth on Tuesday morning, 24th Dec., John Francis McCann, infant son of Mr. John McCann, aged 6 weeks and 3 days.

Murphy—Died, at Franktown on the 21st Dec., Michael Murphy, aged (illegible).

Fraser—Died, at Perth on the 13th (?) 19th (?) Dec., Catharine Fraser, beloved wife of Mr. John Fraser, Perth, aged (illegible two numbers the second is a ‘9’----49??).

Brown—Died, at Ottawa on the 14th 9?) Dec., Elizabeth Dickson (?) Brown, relict of the late Mr. Robert Brown, (illegible word, maybe sister??) of Mrs. A. M. McArthur of Carleton Place, in her (illegible number) year.

Posted: 23 January, 2004.