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JONES, Isaac and Sophia Owens

The Jones family was one of many who prospered during the heyday of lumbering in the Upper Ottawa Valley. Westmeath Township’s main lumber baron was Alexander Fraser (1830-1903); and his two sons John Burns (JB) Fraser (1859-1939)  & William Henry Alexander (W.H.A.) Fraser (1863-1918) carried on the family legacy. See FRASER entry. Solomon Jones Jr. and so many others worked  for the Frasers – however Solomon filled a very important role;  first serving as lumber agent and ...

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JEFFREY Extended Family

In the late 1840s an extended family of seven JEFFREY siblings, consisting of three brothers and four sisters and their families at that time, emigrated from County Antrim (Belfast) Northern Ireland to the New World, coming up river as far as Fitzroy Township, near Arnprior, Ont. This was unusual that such a large group from one extended family would all emigrate together. But times were extremely hard at that time in Irish history, “The Great Hunger” and if you could make the sea...

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JOHNSON, J. Alvin and Elsie Griese Johnson

“Mr. Alvin Johnson, who had succeeded Ida Beach as a telegraph operator, moved his office into the Dunn Store where he also worked as a store clerk. Delahaye Brothers bought the store from Mr. Dunn, but in a couple of years it was sold again to W. G. Jones and then to Mr. Pimlott in  1919.In 1926, Alvin Johnson purchased the building and set up a dry goods and grocery store where local farm produce was bought and sold. The post office was also moved here. In 1945, Alvin’s son Jack,...

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JACKSON, John and Elizabeth Warren Jackson

According to the 1881 Census for Westmeath Township a John Jackson (1825-1906), an Irish immigrant and his wife Elizabeth Warren (1834-1916), who was born in Ontario, were raising a family of 11 children and were farmers. John and Elizabeth Jackson are buried in the Beachburg Union...

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JACKSON, Noah and Alfreda Cobb Jackson

“Harriet Amelia Jackson is my name and Westmeath is my native place”. That is how a young Harriet Jackson, second daughter of Noah Jackson (1796-1868) and Alfreda Cobb (1798-1877), described herself, as she stitched a very special embroidery piece called a “Sampler”.   This type of fabric art was very popular in the pioneer days and often used to improve a girls’ stitchery. Harriet’s work sets out her complete family and includes the deaths of three...

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JACKSON, William Thomas and Elizabeth Eliza Bess Appleby

The Appleby family had immigrated from Shillellagh, Co. Wicklow, Ireland and settled in Lanark County, Eastern Ontario. In 1840, Elizabeth Elisa Bess Appleby married William Thomas Jackson from County Wicklow, Ireland, who had come to Canada with his parents Thomas Jackson and Margaret Tomlinson and first settled in Lanark County. William Thomas Jackson (1813-1868) and Elizabeth Appleby (1817-1903), lived on the 10th Concession, Lanark County and  would have five children: Susan Jackson...

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