Bits of Bytown from early American and British Newspapers
July 16, 2011:
Thanks to Sue for transcribing the following material for us:
Hope you're enjoying summer - it is like early October out here in Vancouver. We have had no summer at all -
not even May. Truly a wet coast. Here are a few more items of interest re Bytown which I've found in some old USA and
British newspapers which might help someone out.
RIOTS AT BYTOWN, CANADA. - David Borthwick, one of the unfortunate men whom the Orangemen fired at during the riots -
the assaulted being unarmed, died on the 24th ultimo. The coroner's jury unanimously found that he was wantonly murdered,
but there is no remedy...............From the Ohio Plain Dealer of Oct 20, 1849
(Note: This refers to the "Stoney Monday Riots" of 1849.
Regarding a train accident near Albany, New York on Aug 2 1859 where many were killed. Among the wounded were John Tesson
of Quebec and Arthur Forbes of Bytown............From the Weekly Wisconsin Patriot of Aug 6 1859
March 15, 1828 - On Sunday week, a surprising surgical operation was performed at Bytown. A man named Hamilton, in a state
of intoxication, attempted to swallow a piece of beef, which was too large, and stuck in his throat. All the symptoms of
strangulation followed.........Some of his neighbors ran out to procure medical assistance; and fortunately, without much
loss of time, succeeded in getting a young gentleman, named M'Queen, who, on seeing Hamilton, was instantly aware that
not a moment was to be lost if he wished to save his life: he therefore made an incision into the throat, and slit up the
wind-pipe. He next looked round for the readiest instrument to serve his purpose, and espying a tea-pot, he tore the spout
from the pot, and fixed it in the incision in Hamilton's throat, to afford a medium through which to breathe. After some
time the operation of the vital powers began to be visible, and Mr. McQueen expressed a wish that some other medical aid
should be procured, as he did not wish to act any farther on his own responsibility. - and some others were called in, and
after a great deal of trouble, the piece of meat was forced into the stomach. The man is now well......
From the Republican Farmer of Apr 2, 1828.
The Bytown (Canada) Gazette remarks upon the unusual number of raftsmen who have been drowned on the Ottawa river this season.
It is stated that not less than eighty lives have been lost during the season..... Maryland Sun of July 7, 1845
Regarding the fire aboard the vessel "Montreal"....Mrs. Marmel, Lanark, aged 40, whose husband is above Bytown, has her
son James, aged 17. Lost three daughters: Margaret, aged 14; Elizabeth, 11; and Janet, 9 years.... New York Herald Tribune of July 2 1857.
Mr. Joseph Charles was killed a few days since at Bytown, Upper Canada, by the explosion of gunpowder....
New York Spectator of April 25 1828
Tow persons died recently in Canada, in consequence of being seized with a cramp while bathing: Mr. William Knapp of Montreal,
who was drowned off the Little Island in front of the harbor; and Mr. John C. Ware, formerly of the same place, who sunk
instantly below the water at Point Nepean, near By-town..... New York Spectator of July 14, 1828
A melancholy accident occurred at Bytown, on the 8th inst. by which Messrs. James Hawley and Colin Chisholm, both extensively
engaged in the lumber trade lost their lives. They were in a canoe at the foot of the Chaudiere Falls, with three other
men engaged in picking up drift timber, and were caught in an eddy. The men excaped with great difficulty. The sufferers
have left young widows with families - Montreal Gazette.......... New York Spectator of June 23, 1836.
At By-Town, we learn, the cholera is raging with great virulence, and the want of adequate medical aid is severely felt by the inhabitants;
there being but one physician in the place......New York Spectator of August 13, 1832.
A Mr. Lindley, in attempting to cross the river at Bytown, Canada, in a canoe with two of his sons, got immured in the ice,
and after hard work managed to land on one of the Leonards Islands, about 12 miles below Bytown. He left his canoe on the
island and tried to cross on the ice to the main shore, but when midway he broke through. His two sons endeavored to pull
him out, and broke thru' themselves. One of them managed to get out, but the other was together with the father, drowned;
and the one who got out was nearly perishing on the ice before he could be got off. The bodies were found next day.
The deceased has left a wife and small family, who are destitute enough...........N.Y. Rondout Freeman of Jan 2 1847
We learn from Bytown that the ice on the Ottawa is daily becoming more dangerous, and that already several double sleighs
have broken through. We have heard that on the 31st ult. a Mrs. McDonald, and her child who were proceeding on the Ottawa
with a horse and sleigh, were both drowned at Kettle Island, by the ice giving way beneath them. The body of the child
had been found, and an inquest held at Bytown, and a verdict returned of accidental death. Neither the body of the woman
nor the horse and sleigh had yet been found.................................Massachusetts Weekly Messenger of April 16, 1829.
MARRIED - At. Rideau Hall, near Bytown, C.W., on Tuesday, June 6, THOMAS MCLEOD CLARK, merchant of New York, to JESSIE, youngest
daughter of Hon. Thomas McKay....... New York Daily Times of June 20, 1854
DIED, at Bytown, Upper Canada, upon the 17th of August last, Elizabeth Alison, eldest daughter of the late David Black,
Esq., of Bandrum..........The Courier (of London, England) of October 25, 1834
MARRIED, Farmer, Reginald Onslow, Esq., Royal Artillery, son of the late W.M. Farmer, Esq.,
of Nonsuch-park, Surrey, to Geraldine, daughter of Captain J. S. Farrell, royal Artillery, at Bytown, Canada, Oct. 1
........... The Atlas (London, England) of Nov 15 1851
DIED, Sept 16, at Bytown, Canada East, the Hon. Mary Frederica, wife of Colonel Dyneley, C.B., Colonel commanding the
Royal Artillery in Canada........ The Guardian (London) of Oct 15 1851
July 18, 2011:
More from Sue:
DIED, W.H. Lett, ex-City Clerk of Ottawa, died recently, aged 73. He was one of the pioneers of Bytown, having gone there in 1928
Colonies and India of September, 10, 1892, London, Middlesex.
MARRIED, 21st ult., at Bytown, Canada West, Major Ringler Thomson, R.E., to Caroline, daughter of the late Major Powell,
and widow of George Buchanan, Esq
Age and Arguw of Saturday, June 22, 1844, London, Middlesex
A PIPE WITH A HISTORY - Sandusky (Ohio) Register - Captain Nugent, of the Water Works Board, has presented the writer
with a pipe, or rather bowl of a pipe, which has interesting history. Forty-none years ago, Captain Nugent was in the
employ of the Hudson Bay Company and was stationed 260 miles north of Bytown, now Ottawa, at a trading post on the
Gatineau River. The Algonquins, or Algonkains, once a powerful tribe of Indians, claimed the country in which the captain
was located as their own but the traders found them well disposed and more than ordinary intelligent. The captain was
standing on the bank of the river one morning, when a canoe containing two Indian boys was overturned by the rapids.
One of the boys the Captain succeeded in saving and the father manifested his gratitude to the pale face by presenting
him with a bead bag, a pair of moccasins and a pipe, the bowl of which was made of red granite. The moccasins have long since
disappeared, the bag the Captain still has, and the pipe of peace belongs to the writer......
The Cambridge Jeffersonian of May 22, 1884 (Cambridge, Ohio)
DUEL IN CANADA - It is stated in the New York True Sun that a Mr. Derbishire, M.P.P. for Bytown, recently challenged
Major Richardson, editor of the Loyalist. A meeting took place, but no damage was done to either party, and no
reconciliation took place. The cause of the quarrel was some editorial remark made by the Major which proved unpalatable
to the hon. member
The North Amercian of October 28, 1843.
DREADFUL ACCIDENT - The Montreal journals contain the particulars of an accident to the stage, running from Montreal to Bytown,
by which two passengers lost their lives. The driver, in attempting to cross the Ottawa at Longuieul, missed his way,
and drove into a hole nearly 60 feet deep, and the passengers, being inside the stage, had no means of extricating
themselves. Their names were Mr. Cumming of Montreal, and Mr. Cowan, a printer, a native of Carlisle, England.
The driver managed to keep up until he was rescued by people from the shore
Albany Evening Journal of Jan 8, 1847
ARREST - Officer Evans, one of the most active of our police officers, arrested yesterday Robert Palmer Jr., who
had embezzled from Mssrs. Hunten, Routh & Hunten, (Hunton ?) of Bytown, Canada, for whom he did business as a clerk,
a large amount of money and a quantity of goods. The sume of $3,172.83 was found in his possession. He was examined,
pleaded guilty to the charge, and was given over to an officer, to be taken back to Canada for trial.
Times-Picayune (Louisiana) of april 6 1844
INFORMATION WANTED - Of Patrick Johnston, who formerly resided at Balle-clare, 9 miles from Belfast, in Ireland.
He is believed to be in Canada, as when last heared (sic) from he was in Bytown, U.C. He is a cabinet-maker by trade,
about 25 years of age, and had his wife with him, who formerly resided near Belle's Green. Her name was Louisa Knox. -
any information concerning him will be thankfully received by his brother - James Johnston, Richmond, Virginia, USA
Virginia Enquirer of Feb 12, 1850
We learn from Bytown that on the 17th instant, a great concourse of the Irish labourers of that place and vicinity,
having assembled to celebrate St. Patrick's Day, paraded about the town, it is said, with the Emerald flag, the well
known signal of defiance and fight with their countrymen who have enlisted themselves under the Orange banner.
As might have been expected under the influence of these national and religious excitements, and "a little of the bottle",
a serious riot was the consequence, by which two men lost their lives, and several severely injured. Two men of
the name of McKibben / McKibbon and Power, have been taken up as being the principal actors on the occasion, and
will be sent to Perth to take their trial at the next assizes.
National Gazette (Pennsylvania) of April 8, 1828.
The Montreal courant of 20th inst, states that on the night of the 4th, a house on the Rideau Canal was purposely
blown up by gunpowder. On the day previous, a Mr. Little, (Lytle ?) the occupant, a Protestant, having quarelled with
some other natives of Ireland on the subject of Catholics and Orangemen, his windows were broken and fearing some violence,
he went to Bytown. Next night a number of people assembled, broke open the store of Creighton & McKay, took a cask of
gunpowder, placed it in Little's house and fired it. The house was blown to atoms, several of the neighbouring buildings
injured, and a man named Hunter, residing at some distance, much hurt. One of the rioters named Riley was killed by the
explosion. A party of military went from Bytown and apprehended six of the rioters
Macon Weekly Telegraph (Georgia) of Feb 20, 1830
FIRES IN CANADA - On the 24th ultimo, the dwelling house of Mr. Samuel Foster, in Grenville, together with furniture,
&c was destroyed by fire. Loss estimated at $1000 - no insurance. The dwelling house of Capt. Grant, in the Seigniory of
the Little Nation, near Grenville, Quebec, has been burnt down, the furniture &c destroyed. The house of Abraham Dow,
in Bytown, has burnt down
The Baltimore Patriot of Feb. 10, 1831
MONTREAL, June 19 - A correspondent at Bytown has communicated the intelligence of the death of Mr. Robert Lyons, who was
killed in a duel at Perth on the 13 inst (the duel was with Mr Wilson, student at law with J. Bolton of Perth).
The deceased was about 19 years of age, Wilson is about 26.
Columbian Register (Connecticut) of July 2 1833
MARRIED - In Dover, Mr. ROBERT J. SHAW, of Bytown, Upper Canada, to Miss ANN RYAN of Dover.
Portsmouth Journal of Literature and Politics (New Hampshire) of Oct 12 1850
MARRIED - In Bangor, Maine, 5th inst, by Rev Mr. Maltby, Mr John A. Winn, of Bytown (C W), to Miss S.E. Maltby,
daughter of the officiating clergyman.
Salem Register (Massachusetts) of Oct 9 1854
MARRIED - At St. John's church, in this village on the 17th instant, by Rev. Mr. Maloney, Mr. LAWRENCE FAGAN, of Ottawa,
C.W., to Miss SUSAN CONWAY, eldest daughter of Mr. Terrence Conway of this village.
The Plattsburgh Republican (New York) of July 21 1860
MARRIED - In this city, November 21, by Rev. H. Stebbins, William Berthwick (Borthwick ?) and Jane Blyth, both of
The San Francisco Bulletin of Nov 26 1870
MARRIED - In this city, June 20, by Rev. Dr. Flanders, William G. Perley, Esq., of Ottawa, Canada, to Miss Georgia M.,
only daughter of Col. Perkins Gale of this city.
New Hampshire Patriot (Concord, N.H.) of June 27 1866
MARRIED - At St. Michael’s church, Bloomingdale, on Wednesday, Nov 24, by the rector, Rev. T. Peters, GUSTAVE DE MACARTY
to ELIZABETH BLACK, youngest daughter of the late James Duncan Gellie, Esq., M.D., of Ottawa City, Canada, member
of the Royal college of Surgeons of London and Dublin.
New York Herald of Nov 25, 1858
MARRIED - In Ottawa, Canada, Aug 26, at Christ Church, by the Rev. Archdeacon Lauder, Charles M. Gale of this city,
to Emily, fourth daughter of the late C. Spashett of London, England.
New Hampshire Patriot of Sep 1 1875.
MARRIED - In Jersey City, on Thursday, September 8, at the residence of the bride’s parents, by the Rev. Spencer M. Rice,
Mr. WALTER DE F. SMILLIE, of Ottawa, Canada, to Miss MARY B., daughter of Mr. B.F. Town...
New York Herald of Sep 11, 1870.
MELANCHOLY DEATH - Ottawa, Ontario, Aug. 18 - The lifeless form of Mrs. Ardee was lately discovered in the Gloucester
Cemetery stretched over the grave of her children. It is supposed she committed suicide, as she had met with domestic afflictions
New York Herald Tribune of Aug 19, 1873
SUDDEN DEATH - Ottawa, C.W., Monday, May 21, 1866. Mr. John Galt, brother to the Hon. A.F. Galt, Finance Minister, dropped dead
of apoplexy to-day, while visiting the Parliament Buildings
New York Herald Tribune of May 22, 1866
DIED - In Ottawa, C.W., September 22, 1864, STEPHEN HICKS, aged 22 years and 2 months.
Kingston (C.W.) and Auburn (N.Y.) papers will please copy
Milwaukee Sentinel of Nov 4, 1864.
DEATH OF ONE OF MUNGO PARK’S COMPANIONS - Mr. Reuben Traveller, a well-known citizen of Ottawa, Upper Canada, died last week,
in the 81st year of his age. He passed through an eventful life,, among other circumstances having been present at several
of the great naval battles of Nelson, and being also one of those venturous spirits accompanying Mungo Park in his
The Sun of Baltimore, Maryland of March 21, 1861.
DIED - Jan 26, at Ottawa, Canada West, Flora, daughter of Alfred Jones, Esq., of Yonkers, N.Y.
New York Commercial Advertiser of Jan 27, 1870.
DIED - Montreal, July 16. Col. Brunel and Mr. Chesley of the Indian Department died at Ottawa of sunstroke.
The Quincy Whig (Illinois) of July 16, 1868.
DIED - In Ottawa, Canada West, Oct 15, of influenza, Mrs. Sarah W., wife of John Winn Esq.,
formerly of Salem, 62 years
Salem Register (Massachusetts) of Oct 19, 1857
DIED - At Ottawa City, Canada West, Oct.3, Mrs. Phebe W. Harvey, daughter of the late Capt. Henry Rolfe
of this city, aged 48.
New Hampshire Patriot (Concord) of Oct 29, 1862.
DIED - At "Holyrood Cottage", the residence of her son-in-law, John Abercrombie, on the evening of September 25,
after a lingering illness, MARY BANKS DANIEL, relict of the late Dr. Thomas Daniel, of Ottawa, Canada.
[Ottawa and Canada West papers please copy].
Baltimore Sun of Sep 28, 1875.
DIED - GELLIE - On Saturday, November 19, MADELINE COMYN, daughter of the late James Duncan Gellie, surgeon,
of Ottawa City, Canada West.
New York Herald of Nov. 22, 1864
DEATH OF WILLIAM KERR, ESQ. - Mr. William Kerr, late associate editor of this journal, died last night,
after a brief and painful illness. Deceased had been a resident of this city for nearly four years,
during which time he has been connected with this office in the various positions of compositor, foreman
and reporter. He was well and favourably known in this section, and the intelligence of his death, thought
the sad event had been expected for several days, will be received with deep sorrow by all who knew him.
Mr. Kerr possessed a liberal education and developed fine talents in the profession which he had chosen.
He bid fair to become a leading journalist, and possessed talents that fitted him well for the performance
of its duties. For several months past, he was attached to the editorial department of this journal, and
discharged his duties with fidelity and ability………..The remains will be taken to his former home at Ottawa,
C.W., this afternoon. Deceased was aged 24 years.
Jackson Citizen Patriot (Michigan) of May 16, 1867.
DIED - In this city, on Thursday, October 15, HENRY U. BURRITT, late of Ottawa, Canada, in the 52d year
of his age. New York Herald of Oct 16, 1874.
DIED - MULROONY - On February 20, THOMAS MULROONEY, in the 20th year of his age. Born in Ottawa, Canada.
New York Herald of Feb 22, 1875
DIED - SIMS - At Ottawa City, C.W., on Friday morning, 24th ult., John Clarke, only son of Henry A. Sims, Esq.,
aged 7 months and 4 days.
Illustrated New Age (Pennsylvania) of Dec 5, 1865
DIED - PETRIE - In this city, on Saturday, Feb 22, James O. Petrie, late of Ottawa city, Canada East (sic)
aged 29 years and ? Months
New York Herald Tribune of Feb 25, 1862.
DIED - At Nepean, Upper Canada, Mrs. Mary, consort of Mr. Robert Sterling, formerly of this town, aged 29.
Eastport Sentinel (Maine) of July 11, 1832.
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