1787 - 1874
Early Lanark Settler
JOHN GOTH was
born Abt. 1787 in Dent, Yorkshire, England, and died
August 23, 1874
in Horton Twp, Renfrew Co, Ont.,
Canada. He married (1) MARGARET
"PEGGY" ALDERSON November 22, 1814 in Church of England, Chapelry
of Dent, Yorkshire, England, daughter of EDMUND ALDERSON and MARY CRAGGS. She
November 24, 1782
Yorkshire, England, and died
about. 1819 in Lanark
Co. Ont. He married (2) MARY ELIZABETH MCNEELY Abt. 1823 in Beckwith,
Lanark Co., Ont., daughter of JAMES MCNEELY. She was born Abt. 1804 in Co.
Antrim, Ireland, and died September 6, 1884 in Horton Twp, Renfrew Co, Ont. John
and Mary Elizabeth (McNeely) Goth are bur. at St. Fillan's Cemetery, United
Cemeteries of Beckwith Twp., near Carleton Place, Lanark Co.
John was a former English
soldier, demobilized as a Sergeant, from the 68th Regiment of Foot. He served in
the 68th Regt. of Foot for seven years, he enlisted in 1809. He was wounded
three times. First at Walcheran were he was wounded in the right arm. Second
time was at Salamanca
were he was injured on the
left side of his neck by shell fire. Third wound was received at Vittoria, Spain, a musket ball in his right
leg. He also served in Portugal. John was awarded a Military
General Service Medal with bars. He was discharged in 1816. John was also a
volunteer in Canada
during the rebellion in 1837.
It is not known exactly when
John Goth his wife Margaret (Peggy) Alderson and young John left Dent, YKS., and
came to Canada though it can be estimated that most probable they emigrated in
1819 based on the following: from the book by Glenn J. Lockwood, Beckwith: Irish
and Scottish Identities in a Canadian Community 1816 - 1991, (Carleton Place,
Ont.: Township of Beckwith, C1991).
pg. 582; Appendix 3 /
Immigrants located in Beckwith as Settlers by the Richmond Military Settlement
Office, 1818 - 1822:
Name: John Goth; County
England / Parish: (....) / Date
Located to Lot: 1819 Dec 1 / Con. 11
21NE 22SW / Family: Yorkshire
Permission was given by a
Free Grant because of John's Militia Service and was issued a location ticket on
Feb 4, 1824
for both lots. An Order-In-Council was issued, awarding the
patent that gave John private ownership of the property in Ashton, Beckwith
twp., Lanark Co., W ½ OF 22 & E ½ OF 21 in the 11th Con. 200 acres on
March 23, 1824.
John and Mary Elizabeth
(McNeely) resided on the Goth homestead in Ashton, Beckwith twp., Lanark Co.,
until just before 1871 where they went to reside in Horton, Renfrew Co., with
their son, Brice & Margaret (Forde) Goth. Their son, William stayed on the
Goth homestead of Con 11 Lot 21.
The following are the 2
children of John Goth & 1st wife, Margaret Alderson then followed by the 7
children of John Goth and his 2nd wife, Mary Elizabeth McNeely.
Children of John & 1st wife, Margaret (Alderson) Goth
1. JOHN GOTH was
born Bet. 1815 - 1816 in Dent, Yorkshire,
England, and died March 11, 1897
in Gloucester Twp., Carleton
Co., Ont., CAN.
He married (1) ELIZABETH
WILSON Abt. 1844. She was born June 5, 1823
June 4, 1873
in Gloucester Twp., Carleton
Co., Ont., CAN.
He married (2) HANNAH (NEE ?)
GOTH Bet. 1873 - 1881. She was born February 24, 1824
in Wales, England, and died
April 29, 1920
at 132 Greefield Ave., Ottawa, Carleton Co., Ont.,
is buried at North
Cemetery, North Gower Twp., Carleton
Co. John and Hannah are buried at
Cemetery, Leitrim, Gloucester Twp.,
Other surnames connected to
John & 1st wife Elizabeth (Wilson) Goth: BROWNLEE (1867-1891 Marlborough,
Carleton Co., Aft. 1891 poss. went out West), SPRATT, ANDERSON (Peel Co.),
CARPENTER (Norfolk Co. & Brant Co.), JAMES (Kemptville, Oxford-On-Rideau,
Grenville Co.), HUBBS (Sudbury), SHUTE (Connecticut, USA), MORRIS, BRATTON,
FENTON, BALKWILL, BARRETT, BOYCE, DUNCAN, MONTGOMERY, MOFFAT, ANDERSON, IRVINE,
MONTGOMERY, FEATHERSTONE, WALLACE, PERCIVAL, IRVINE, PERKINS, WILSON, ROBICHAUD,
BROWN, WALKER (Of Marlborough & Gloucester twps., Carleton Co.)
April 27, 1817
April 27, 1817, in Dent, Yorkshire, England. She died
April 30, 1817
in Dent, Yorkshire,
Children of John & 2nd wife, Mary Elizabeth (McNeely)
1. MARIA ELIZABETH GOTH, b.
April 14, 1824, Beckwith, Lanark Co., d. September 25, 1904, Beckwith Lanark
Co., married (1) NATHANIEL BURGESS, September 9, 1839, St. James Anglican
Church, Carleton Place, Beckwith, Lanark Co. married (2)THOMAS MOORE MCNEELY,
October 15, 1866, St. Paul’s Church, Almonte, Lanark Co., b. January 29, 1824,
11th line, Beckwith, Lanark Co., d. March 14, 1902. Maria Elizabeth & Thomas
Moore McNeely are buried at St. Fillan's Cemetery,
of Beckwith Twp., near Carleton
Place, Lanark Co.
There have been no
discoveries of any known children by Maria Elizabeth in either marriage though
the children of (2)Thomas Moore McNeely marriage to his 1st wife, Helen DUNCAN
(1822 - 1866) are residing with her and Thomas McNeely in Appleton, Ramsay Twp.,
Lanark Co., Ont.
2. JAMES GOTH, b.
January 3, 1826
in Beckwith Twp, Lanark Co,
Ont., married ISABELLA MAHON Abt. 1855, daughter of WILLIAM MAHON and JANE
DRUMMOND. She was born
September 30, 1834
in Kitley, Leeds Co., Ont.
James and Isabella purchased
14, situated on the fourth
concession of Horton Twp. Renfrew Co., in 1860. Sometime after 1860 but before
1871 they resided in Blanshard Twp., Perth Co. Sometime before 1871 they resided
in Usborne Twp., Renfrew Co. They then moved sometime shortly before 1880 to Verona, Huron, Michigan, United States.
James and Isabella had 10
children. Surnames connected are: VANHORN (Michigan
& Wisconsin, USA).
3. WILLIAM JOSEPH GOTH b.
October 2, 1830 in Carleton Place, Beckwith Twp., Lanark Co., Ont., CAN., d.
April 3, 1906 at Con 11 Lot 21 at Carleton Place, Beckwith Twp., Lanark Co. He
married MARGARET MCEWEN
August 20, 1858
in Carleton Place, Beckwith
Twp, Lanark Co., daughter of JOHN MCEWEN and AGNES CAMPBELL. She was b. June 2, 1836
Lanark, Scotland, she immigrated with her
family in 1843 to Lanark Co., and d. June 5, 1905
in Beckwith Twp., Lanark Co.
Both are buried at St. Fillan's Cemetery, United
of Beckwith Twp.,
Place, Lanark Co.
This couple resided at Con
11 Lot 21 Beckwith Twp., Lanark Co., and had 8 children. Surnames connected are:
WILSON (Lanark Co., &
), BURT (California USA), BROWN
(Michigan & California USA), ALLAN (Lanark Co., &
British Columbia), MCNEELY (Lanark Co.),
USA), KREKOW (Texas
Washington - Torrance, LA CA - Oklahoma USA), BRICE
(Lanark Co., & British Columbia), TAYLOR (Edmonton Alberta
& Payton Saskatchewan).
4. THOMAS GOTH, b.
July 4, 1832, Carleton Place, Beckwith Twp., Lanark Co., d. January 30, 1849,
Carleton Place, Beckwith Twp., Lanark Co., buried at St. Fillan's Cemetery, United
Cemeteries of Beckwith Twp., near Carleton Place, Lanark Co.
5. JANE GOTH b.
February 10, 1835
in Carleton Place, Beckwith Twp., Lanark Co., and d. January 22, 1877
in McNab Twp., Renfrew S. Co. She married JOHN MCRAE on December 23, 1856
in Horton & McNab
Presbyterian Congregation, Renfrew Co. He was b. December 1829 in Scotland
and d. July 12, 1883
in McNab Twp., Renfrew S. Co.
Both are bur. at White
Cemetery, McNab Twp., Renfrew Co.
This couple resided at White
Lake, McNab Twp., Renfrew Co., and
had 9 children. Other surnames connected are: MCLAREN (Renfrew Co.),
6. BRICE GOTH b.
March 6, 1840 in Beckwith Twp, Lanark Co, and d. June 21, 1907 in Ottawa,
Carleton Co. He married MARGARET FORDE
July 3, 1863
in St. James Anglican Church,
Perth, Lanark Co., daughter of JAMES FORDE and PERMILIA TUTTLE. She was b. Abt.
1842 in North Elmsley, Lanark Co., and d. December 24, 1900 in Arnprior, McNab
Twp., Renfrew S. Co. Brice is bur. at Cram/St. Fillan's Cemetery, United
Cemeteries of Beckwith Twp., nr. Carleton Place, Lanark Co.
At the time of their
marriage in 1863 this couple resided at Beckwith 11th Con the Goth family
homestead. Sometime between 1864 and 1867 they went to Horton, Renfrew Co.,
until about 1884. Between 1884 and 1887 they went to Arnprior/Sand Point, McNab
Twp., Renfrew Co.
Brice & Margaret (Forde)
Goth had 10 children. Other surnames connected are: COX (Fitzroy, Carleton Co., Ontario
- Morton, Brandon Manitoba -
Portage La Prairie Manitoba), DOOLAN (Gaspie, Bonaventure
- Beverley, Essex MA USA),
GREELEY (Fitzroy, Carleton Co., - Bristol, Pontiac
- Arnprior, McNab Renfrew Co),
ERWIN (Lanark Co), PROUDHOMME/PRUDHOMME (Montreal
7. SUSANNA GOTH, b.
February 16, 1844
, Beckwith Twp, Lanark Co., d. May 31, 1924
, Beckwith Twp., Lanark Co.,
married ROBERT BENNETT,
December 24, 1886, Ramsay Twp, Lanark Co., b.
Bet. 1847 - 1853, Horton Twp., Renfrew Co., d. November 10, 1934, Chamberlain, Saskatchewan, Canada. Susanna is
buried at PineGrove
Cemetery, Beckwith Twp, Lanark Co., and Robert is buried at Chamberlain, Saskatchewan.
They had no children.
Shortly after their marriage they left Horton, Renfrew Co., for Saskatchewan. Susanna left Saskatchewan
sometime shortly before 1901 and resided with her sister, Maria McNeely's family
in Appleton, Ramsay, Lanark Co. Robert stayed at Chamberlain, Saskatchewan.
I would like to close with
the following story and a condensed version from the Ottawa
Repository: The Gloucester
Twp., Hall Museum, Carleton
(Darlene Carnegie note - The
author is unknown but likely told by Robert Goth, son of The Little Survivor,
John Goth (1816 - 1897). Based on the Ottawa
Citizen Newspaper, (Carleton
September 20, 1930
a condensed version of this
story is entered under the heading "Tales of Long Ago" as told by
Robert Goth. Therefore it is my opinion that the author of this story most
likely to be Robert Goth (1851 - 1936), s/o John Goth, desc/o - John &
Margaret "Peggy" (Alderson) Goth.
Re-typed by Darlene Carnegie
from photocopy of original
THE GOTH FAMILY - THE LITTLE
The year was 1870, the month
was September, and the place was the top of Brian Doyle’s Hill
Township. John Goth stood on this
pillared front stoop and gazed steadily across the moonlit fields as he thought
about the abundant crops he had harvested from his land. A feeling of pride
tingled in his veins as he turned around and looked at the fine stone house. Is
face lit-up, for this was really a dream come true, for the lad born in Yorkshire, England, in the year 1816, and who
survived many ordeals in his life span. This house was originally built in the
year 1833 by James Johnston. In the year 1869 Mr. William Johnston sold the farm
of 200 acres to John Junior who moved from Malakoff to South Gloucester
(the farm formerly known as
Brian’s Doyle’s Hill).
He felt now he was really
reaping the benefits of a successful man, fine house for his family, a
prosperous farmer and a respected member of his community.
It was a pity he had never
visited his birth place, of Yorkshire
England, but many times he had heard
his father say in his broad Yorkshire
accent "Aye! Lad, thou were born in the fine county
of Yorkshire, the largest county in England, and always be proud you were
born a Yorkshireman’s son, they’re a fine hardy race of people with a past
to be proud of", he would say. Often his father had described to him the
City of York, with its magnificent
cathedral soaring above the ancient walled city and dominating the countryside
for miles around, and how its more than 100 stained glass windows, the art of
more than four centuries, made it the architectural jewel of medieval England. That all seemed so long ago,
but recently he had thought a lot about his father’s stories, and in
particular the one he enjoyed hearing the most, his father’s voyage to the new
world, and the first few years of striving to merely eke out a living in the
harshness of the dense Canadian forest.
Like many young Britons,
John Goth senior had joined the army at a young age, and the very fact he could
read and write and had achieved the rank of Sergeant, indicated he had been to
school and received a fair degree of education before entering the King’s
service. He was a soldier in the Durham Light Infantry, 68th Regiment of Foot,
and had served on the continent prior to coming to Canada. The 68th Regiment arrived in Quebec
on the 4th of July 1818
on the transports (sailing
ships) Albury, Alfred Wyton, Mr. George Osborne and Lady Hamilton, they remained
there until May 1819. Mrs. John Goth traveled with her soldier husband as did
several other wives. They worked in the army laundry and were paid a small wage
every week for their labors.
In July of 1819, the
regiment moved to Upper Canada with headquarters at Fort George and detachments
at the following places: one company at Ammerstburg, two at Drummond Island, one
at York, 20 men at Penetanguishene, 18 men at Grand Government had been
disturbed by the number of immigrants to North America settling in the United
States and so they began taking measures to counteract this movement by offering
grants of land in Upper Canada to discharged British Soldiers. After the close
of the 1812-1815 hostilities, the War Office was anxious to have loyal British
subjects settle in the eastern half of the province which bordered the St.
Lawrence River and the united States and was the strategic link between Great
Britain and Upper Canada, They felt sure the ex-military men would ably fit this
role, and at the same time, form a back-up force for the regular army in case of
an attack from the United States on Canada. The Colonial office was just as
anxious to have the
settled with loyal English
speaking people on land where they could become self-sustaining as quickly as
possible, and with the least amount of outlay by the British Government.
Sergeant Goth along with
several other soldiers from the 68th Regiment took his discharge in Upper Canada
and was located by the
Military Settlement Committee on land in the newly surveyed township
Beckwith, in present day Lanark
County. He was granted 200 acres on
22, Concession 11, in the late
summer of 1819. Specific tools, implements and sundries were issued to each
settler, but too many were unfamiliar to this rough life and this equipment was
not of great use.
One axe, one broad axe,
mattock, pickaxe, spade, shovel, scythe, hoe, draw-knife, hammer, hand saw, 2
scythe stones, 2 files, 1 camp kettle, 1 bed tick, 1 blanket, 12 panes of glass,
12 lbs of wrought iron nails in three different sizes and 1 lb of putty.
Many of the soldiers were
single men and had traveled a great deal whilst serving in the British Army;
they were ill equipped for a more sedentary life and therefore a great number
left their granted land within the first year, having sold it for as little as a
bottle of rum or a pair of leather boots. The Goth’s however, did stay on
their land and John built a rough shanty for his little family, their first home
in the dense Canadian wilderness of Upper Canada. For the first year, the
rations were supplied to each family free of charge from the military depots,
and this was done in order to help them over the initial settling period.
Tragedy struck the family
within weeks of settling in Beckwith
Township. Mrs. Goth took very ill with
fever and died in the early fall of 1819. Grief stricken and heart broken, her
husband, John Goth had no other choice but to carry on as best as possible for
his young son John’s sake. Many times, whilst carving his farm out of the
virgin forest, he wondered if he had made the correct decision to remain in the
new land. The mosquitoes had nearly driven them crazy all summer and he worried
about the desperately cold winter ahead. It was a lonesome and terrifying
thought, and bothered him a great deal.
There were certain rules
under the terms of settlement which were mandatory, if their grants were to be
finalized. So many acres of land were to be cleared each year, and this was a
colossal task for men and their families, but to John Goth Sr., widower and
looking after his little son who was just over three years old, it must have
looked insurmountable at times. Another requirement to complete the land
transaction, was the appearance in person before the Land Committee Council,
which sat only three or four times each year at Johnstown, near Prescott, and this had to be carried
out before three years expired. John Goth’s land grant was finalized on December 1st, 1822, so the following event must
have taken place in the early fall of that year.
Realizing that he must make
an appearance in Johnstown
before December, he knew he
couldn’t possibly take his young son, John, with him on that long journey
through the thick forests still yet traveled by Indians and roamed by wild
animals. After a great deal of thought, he decided to leave the boy in the
shanty, and so he prepared for his departure as best as he could. He had baked
bread and so he left it on the rough table along with a bowl of wild apples and
berries. Molasses in a stone jar was put alongside two large crocks of water and
a tin-drinking cup. He had a long talk with the little boy and instructed the
boy how to help himself to the simple food and water, showed him how to lie down
on the mattress which was on the floor in the corner of the shanty, and wrap
himself in the two rough blankets issued by the army depot. He nailed boughs of
wood over the tiny window to keep out wild animals, and then knelt down and
hugged the little lad tightly, and after kissing the little boy a fond good-bye
and with a choke in his throat he hurried away. With his army knapsack on his
back, packed with a little food and a bottle of water, he stepped out of the
cabin, bolted the outside door after him, secured it tightly with ropes and set
our through the forest for Johnstown.
He had spoken to one or two
men about going to Johnstown, when he was at the military depot drawing his
rations a few weeks earlier, and they had suggested the quickest route to take
was to join the Indian Trail near what is now Carleton Place, continue across
country through part of Montague Township and possibly cross the Rideau at
Burritts Rapids where there were a few people already settled on both sides of
the river, and no doubt would provide him with shelter on the first night of his
journey. Mr. Goth was a very experienced soldier, and able to navigate well
through the forest using the sun as a compass. Being in the early fall of the
year, there would not be any black flies or mosquitoes to bother him, and the
fact that he walked the 50 miles from Beckwith to Johnstown in two days is
indicative of his making excellent time over that rugged terrain. He appeared
before the Land Committee Council on the morning of the third day, which was December 1, 1822, and signed the land book,
making him the owner of 200 acres of land. He then immediately set off towards
home and his son. He stopped and bought some food in Prescott, hard tack biscuits and a
piece of cheese, and tucked it in his army knapsack, filled his old army water
bottle, hooked it on his belt, and headed towards the forest. He arrived back in
on the afternoon of the fifth
day, dirty, fatigued and hungry, but still he managed to run the last few yards
as he neared his shanty. He mentioned years later, his heart was thumping with
both fear and excitement as he pulled back the bolt, loosened off the ropes he
had secured the door with, and flung it wide open. Having no idea what to
expect, tears ran down his face at the picture that confronted him. The little
lad was fast asleep on the straw-filled mattress which lay on the floor in the
corner of the shanty. He picked him up and held him close, as this little son
was all he had left to strive for in this vast new country that was to be their
Many theories have been put
forth as to why this physically strong and intelligent man made the decision to
leave the boy alone in the shanty, but one can only speculate as to what options
were open to him before starting on this journey. Perhaps the thought of being
attacked by wolves or bears enroute was one reason. One would think he would
have no difficulty in leaving his child with the nearest neighbors as by this
time the assessment rolls indicate 300 families were settled in
Township. Perhaps it was that some
infectious disease was raging throughout his neighbor’s children that turned
him against leaving his son with them or could it be for some reason or other he
was at logger heads with his nearest neighbors and stubbornly refused to ask a
favor. The reader, at this time, must draw his own conclusions.
It should be noted that in
the year 1819 (as stated in the Ottawa Citizen Newspaper, 2001) over 5000 people
died in Canada
with a flu/fever illness.
By the end of that year,
1822, the little boy had a new mother, Mary Elizabeth McNeely, a bonnie Irish
girl who his father met and married near Carleton Place. Several children were born of
this marriage - so John Goth had brothers and sisters to share his life with.
The little survivor, John Goth, grew into a fine, strong man, and at the age of
18 years, set out "on his own" as a chopper. He cut trees down for the
settlers, split them into cordwood and stacked it. This kind of work he did
constantly for eight years, and became famous in the surrounding countryside as
an expert chopper. At the end of eight years, he could cut, split and pile three
cords per day, day in and day out, 18 cords each week, and that was considered
excellent chopping in those days. The following little story to the end of this
paragraph were told to me by John Charles Goth of which his father had told to
him - "It is understood that Mr. Goth appeared in one of the first editions
of the Guinness World Book of Records for his talent in wood chopping. Also told
is the story that at the age of 80, one year before his death he was still able
to stand on a sturdy post and step dance."
When he was 26 years old, he
had saved enough money to buy a farm at Malakoff in Marlborough
Township, build a home and pay a
preacher to perform a wedding ceremony. He married Elizabeth Wilson, daughter of
the owner of the farm he purchased in Malakoff in 1842. By 1870, John Goth had
purchased a second farm on the top of Brian’s Doyle’s Hill in
Township, and with the help of his
children, continued to farm at both places for eight years.
Surely Sergeant Goth was
correct when he said years ago of Yorkshiremen, "they were a hardy
stock!" The little survivor, John and his wife Hannah are buried in the old
abandoned cemetery at Leitrim on Highway 31 at Analdea Drive
across from the Hope
Cemetery. The following words inscribed
on the tombstone ‘FOR HE WAS A GOOD MAN AND FULL OF THE HOLY GHOST AND
FAITH’. John’s first wife is buried at North Gower in the Union
directly behind the Senior
John’s soldier father is
buried at the United Cemeteries of St. Fillan’s, Maple Wood and Pine Grove -
established in 1825. This Cemetery is located near Carleton Place. Highway 7 turn South on Cemetery Road
and follow the road till you
reach a lovely peaceful cemetery. This Cemetery is very large and magnificently
cared for with the long tall pines, the wonderful Maple trees and flowering
shrubs and many benches to sit in these peaceful surroundings. Along with John -
Born 1787 - 23 Aug 1874
aged 87 years are his wife Mary E. McNeely a Native of
Ireland who came to Canada
with her parents in the year
1820 - Mary born 1804 - 6 Sept. 1884 aged 80 years. The tombstone of Mr. John
Goth reads - "A Native of Yorkshire, England, who immigrated to Canada
in the year 1819". Please
note that in some areas throughout these stories it appears Mr. Goth and his
wife may have arrived in July 1818 - at this time there is no way of arriving at
the actual date of his arrival other than from the stories and notes as they
have been written.
Many of John’s soldier
settler neighbors who served their new country well, and whose Offspring
continued for many more years to till the soil their ancestors had prepared for
then in the virgin forest
Upper Canada, are also buried in the same
1930, Sept. 20 - The Ottawa
Evening Citizen Newspaper
"A remarkable story is
told by Mr. Robert Goth of Metcalfe Road
at the top of Brian Doyle's
hill, about his grandfather and his father. It is that type of story which, in
these days of comfort and convenience, one finds hard to believe. But there is
no doubt that the pioneers put up with things and suffered hardships of a most
Now follows the story: In
the year 1818 John Goth came from England and settled on crown land in the
township of Beckwith, about three miles this side of Carleton Place. Of course,
at that time Carleton Place
was not in existence, nor had
it been thought of, though the falls were there doing business. John Goth had
been a soldier in the Imperial Army. At the close of the Napoleonic wars, he was
discharged. The policy then of the Imperial Government was to encourage its
ex-soldiers to go to the Canadian colonies where they would form a reserve force
of trainer men in the event of the United Stakes attacking this country.
So it came about that the
summer of 1818 found John Goth, his young wife and a child of 4, also called
John, settled in Beckwith. But Mr. Goth soon fell into trouble. Early in the
fall his wife took sick of some sort of fever, and after a short illness, died.
Soon after his wife's death,
it became necessary for Mr. Goth to go to Prescott
on business in connection with
his grant of land. At least, Mr. Robert Goth thinks it was that. In any event he
had to leave home. As there were no neighbours for miles around, the father
decided that the only thing he could do was to leave the child in the house and
make a forced trip. He told his son afterwards that he suffered mental agonies
while he was away.
He put plenty of food on the
rough table so that the child could help himself and showed him how to cover
himself in bed at night. Then he had a long talk with the little fellow,
explaining what he was going to do and urging him to be brave and not cry. Then
finally, after kissing the little boy a fond good-bye and promising to bring him
a toy, he went out and shut the heavy wooden door, securing it with a bolt and
rope to prevent the entrance of bears or wolves. He had previously put bars over
the only window in the cabin. Then, with a choke in his throat, he hurried away.
He followed the old Indian trial which passed what is now Britannia and then
veered off to the Rideau
which it followed for a
considerable distance and then ran overland to the
St. Lawrence River
about four miles east of Prescott.
We will pass over John
Goth's 200-mile walk (there and back) and return him safe and sound to the front
of his cabin five days later. One can imagine the feelings of suspense he would
have as he tore open the rope from the door and threw it open. Would the son be
dead or alive, sick or well? It was late afternoon of the fifth day when Mr.
Goth arrived home. There had not been a sound in the house. He threw open the
door. There, on the pine mattress lay the little boy! He rushed in and grabbed
the child in his arms. The boy opened his eyes and threw his arms around his
father's neck. He had been asleep.
Now isn't that a happy
ending to the story? Perhaps it is just as well to tell that a little more than
a year later, young John Goth had a new Mama to look after him when his father
had to go away."
Many sources deserve special
recognition and appreciation for contributing to the data of the family of John
Goth. The dedication, friendship and inspiration of Carolyn Murphy who spent
countless hours researching and analyzing with me for the last 4 years. The
Ontario Gen Web Lanark Co., web site hosted by Keith Thompson and all their many
contributors to the site, a site that blessed me with many friendships and
discoveries. Dorothy Moss who tromped through cemeteries and travelled endlessly
in Lanark Co., in search of new discoveries. Lorna (Goth) Ford of Carleton
Place, who also tromped through cemeteries and traveled the back roads of Lanark
County & Carleton Co., obtaining photographs for the Descendants of John
Goth born 1815 of Marlborough Twp., Carleton Co. Much credit also goes to Lee
Bartley of the Meblee web site of Eastern Ontario Genealogical Information of
Carleton Co., which provided the beginning discoveries of research for
"John Goth of
Contact: Darlene Carnegie