Lanark County, Ontario, Canada
History and Genealogy

Painting by Ruth McMillan in 1976
Shows the Head of the Rideau Canal Locks in Ottawa, Canada in 1893

Landscape in Lanark Township, Ontario What an area to walk with your dog! "Far from the Madding Crowd" ... Thomas Hardy Scene in Lanark Township near Middleville, Ontario
August 14, 2006: On behalf of Penny Samek, President, Lanark County Genealogical Society. We are pleased to invite you to the 25th Anniversary Gala and Banquet hosted by Lanark County Genealogical Society (LCGS) on September 30, 2006. The purpose of this Gala and Banquet is to: Celebrate LCGS success and to present our accomplishments and our facilities to the community at large. A number of Historical displays will be set-up for viewing and information exchange. Some of the displays include: Lanark County One Room Schools, the Perpetual School Tree, holdings from the LCGS Library and from the Lanark County Archives. Our Guest Speaker is Author Joan Finnigan. Joan is the acknowledged social historian of life in the Ottawa Valley, and the receiptant of a Genie Award. In 1965, the National Film Board produced her award-winning screenplay The Best Damn Fiddler from Calabogie to Kaladar to national acclaim. Joan returns to Lanark County to share her stories of her Lanark County research experiences while compiling the Valley's Oral History; stories about the people she met and the yarns she heard. Joan’s presentation will bring back memories and re-kindle the spark for preserving your county's history. The program for the Gala and Banquet which will take place on September 30, 2006 at the Township of Beckwith, Community Hall 1702, 9th Line Beckwith, R.R.#2, Carleton Place Ontario can be viewed on-line and registration for this event can be done on-line through our website at: . The $30 registration cost includes a “Hip of Beef Buffet”, you should RSVP through the Registration Hyperlink or by contacting one of our Co-Chairs by September 5, 2006. Our space is limited, we recommend an early registration. For more information on the Lanark County Genealogical Society, please refer to the Society website at I look forward to meeting you at the 25th Anniversary Gala and Banquet. Yours sincerely, Jayne Munro & Marilyn Snedden Co-Chairs of the 25th Anniversary Project
May 23, 2008: Thomas Hawkins, ML# 250, came from County Wicklow, Ireland to Lanark County in 1819.
November 18, 2008: In the early 1840's, John Sheppard and his second wife, Mary Appleby, also arrived in Lanark County (Ramsay Township) from County Wicklow.
August 31, 2009: Here is an excerpt from a posting on our Hawkins page. Some families from the Scotch Line at Perth migrated to the Manotick area of Osgoode Township in the 1850's. The Scotch Line is worth a drive if you are in the Perth area. Beautiful country and lots of well-built stone homes built in the 1800's. ... Al Yes, the Scotch Line is the road from Perth to Christie Lake. It is actually Concession 1 in Bathurst Township, and my Wilson family were among the first group of settlers from Scotland to be granted land in the new Perth Military Settlement in 1815. They actually arrived in Perth in April 1816, having spent the winter in the Barracks in Brockville before making the trek to Perth in the Spring. The Blairs came to Perth area in 1820, and settled on Concession 4 in Bathurst Twp. Hugh Blair and Mary Christie made the move to Manotick about 1850, and his brother, Henry Blair, b. 1832 in Bathurst Township, owned a farm on Long Island and was a sawyer. Henry retired and sold his farm and was back in Bathurst, living with his brother James William Blair (my great-grandfather) in the 1891 census. Henry never married and died in 1903. I would be happy to make contact with anyone researching these families. One distant cousin, Muriel Blair Cameron did send me information back in the 1990s on her line from Hugh Blair, but she did not, at that time, have Euphemia Hall's parents' names. Thanks again for your help. Lois Flyte Arizona, USA
December 11, 2009: Ann Martin is researching the family of James and Nancy Brougham who came to Ramsay Township from Ireland.
February 22, 2010:
Lanark County Population in 1861, by Township Source: Wallings Map of 1863 -- Lanark County Population of Lanark County in 1861

September 16, 2010: Hopetown, Clayton, Lanark, Ontario, Canada Lanark Village, Hopetown, Middleville and Clydesville were all settled by Scottish Lowlanders in 1820 and 1821. Mississippi River at Ferguson's Falls, Ontario Blue sky in the east, thunderstorms coming from the west Mississippi River at Ferguson's Falls, Ontario, Canada
August 1, 2011: The Village of Clayton is west of Almonte, at the junction of Taylor Lake and the Indian River.
August 8, 2011: Patrick Lennon and Elizabeth Moulton settled in the Township of Lanark, in Lanark County. Elizabeth was from County Carlow, Ireland.
February 17, 2013: One of the townships located in Lanark County is Darling Township.
January 8, 2014: Mr. Ron Shaw is researching his BLAKE, RICHARDSON,and GREENLEY Families from Counties Wicklow and Wexford, Ireland.
November 28, 2014: Trudy Crawford is researching John CRAWFORD and Janet BRYCE who came to Lanark County. They were originally from Scotland.
May 3, 2015: Here is a new book, just out by Mr. Bud Van Alstine. The book is called A Short History of South Sherbrooke".
March 9, 2016: Hello, I found your emails listed on a Lanark County History and Genealogy site. I'm researching information about a fire that destroyed a cheese factory that used to exist at the corner of Highway 7 and Scotch Corners Road in Lanark County. I remember my grandparents used to point out portions of the old foundation when driving to their cottage on Ebbs Bay, Mississippi Lake. They told us that it used to be a cheese factory but it had burnt down. I can't seem to find much information about it and don't even know what the name of the factory was. I was wondering if any of you had any information you could share with me concerning this factory and the fire that destroyed it? I would very much appreciate anything you could tell me on the subject. Thank you, Mark Milloy, Ottawa

Our Disappearing Heritage Landscape, by Karen Prytula
The lumbering industry was important in Lanark County by the 1830's. John Gillies and Peter McLaren were to early lumber barons. Source for the following photo is A Pioneer History of Lanark County by Jean S. McGill, page 168. The Clyde and Missippi Rivers provided major access to and from the forest hinterland in Lanark.
John Gillies and Peter McLaren. Lumber Barons in Lanark County
February 1, 2019: (post retirement)
Keywords: Lanark Village, Alexander Caldwell Picture Source: Lanark Legacy, by Howard Morton Brown, ISBN 0-9690289-2-X, page 237. Clyde Hall - home of lumbering baron Alexander Caldwell

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