Bradish BILLINGS and Lamira DOW
First settlers (1813) in Gloucester Township, Ottawa, Canada
Painting by Ruth McMillan in 1976
Shows the Head of the Rideau Canal Locks in Ottawa, Canada in 1893
March 1, 2008:
Bradish Billings was the first settler in Gloucester Township. His house and property were
on the south-east corner of todays Bank Street and Riverside Drive (Billings Bridge).
October 31, 2002:
Also from Joan McEvoy Rooney:
I have been working for the friends of the Billings Estate the last 3 years,
so I have the entire Billings family tree and a lot of info about his
neighbours - in fact we are in the process of trying to publish a booklet on
Billings area.- a slow painful process. Let me know what info you need.
Source: Posted to CAN-ONT-CARLETON-L@rootsweb.com on October 30, 2002
March 3, 2003:
Here is a great web site regarding Bradish Billings and Lamira Dow.
also posted on March 3, 2003:
Am looking for info on above Billings relatives,
If any info available from history ,yourself or the Billings Heritage Home I
would greatly appreciate it.
I live in Northern Ontario,and have no idea who to contact.
Visit the web site of the Billings Museum.
and thanks to Mary Cox for the following interesting document!
I was going through yet another family file and I found the attached.
In case you are not able to read it the most important fact as far as I am concerned is:
“The first recorded burial here was that of Mrs. Berry, mother-in-law of Isaac Firth
of Bytown, 1820. The last name was that of John Roger Billings in 1961. A Billings
child, Cynthia, died in 1818; she was probably buried down by the river’s edge at the
original family settlement site. There are thought to be about 20 family graves, and
many more marked and unmarked, in the section devoted to Billings Bridge families.
The graveyard was vandalized in the late 1960s. Final decisions have yet to be made as
to its future appearance.
Al, I remember reading in one of my books that Andrew Berry had a sister and that
Isaac Firth had married her. I don’t really know if that is true.
(other names for search engine: Berry, Charles Murray, Maria Murray, Amelia Traveller)
E-mail Allan Lewis
April 9, 2008:
Map of Billings Bridge, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada in 1879
Source: McGill University Digital Maps
The Prescott Road on the map is now Bank Street. Long Island Road is today called
January 16, 2009:
Joan McEvoy Rooney has written an interesting paper called The Settlement of Billings Bridge and Junction Gore.
August 17, 2009:
New e-mail address for Mary Cox: firstname.lastname@example.org
August 31, 2010:
Text Source below: Ottawa, The City of Big Ears, page 51
Keywords: Lamira Dow (from Merrickville), Philomen Wright, Hog's Back and Dow's Lake, Voyageurs
May 3, 2011:
Early Commuting from Ottawa South to Downtown Ottawa
Before the arrival of Street Cars, the early civil servants commuted by Stage Coach between
Billings Bridge and the Post Office Department. At the time, Post Office was the largest Department
of the Federal Government. Ottawa was a "Civil Service town" beginning with Canadian Confederation in 1867.
I worked for 30 years in the federal Department of Finance. If you visit their web site, keep
your hands on your wallet. (Just kidding!)
Source of Ticket Image, below, is Gloucester Roots, page 79
Name for Search Engine: W. Whiten
July 18, 2014:
October 12, 2014:
Taylor Kennedy has sent along an interesting document containing a lot of old photographs of the Billings family members.
These are high-quality photographs taken by the Ottawa professional photographer William Topley.
By going to Taylor's MS-Word document, you will be able to enlarge the photographs by hovering your cursor over a corner of
any picture and then drag the cursor to enlarge.
April 22, 2016:
There is a lot of information regarding the Billings family at the Ottawa Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society web site.
July 29, 2019:
Text Block and photograph below are from National Capital Region Heritage: School House built by Bradish Billings c. 1835,
Keywords: 2087 Riverside Drive, Ottawa