Carleton Place, Ontario, Canada
originally named Morphy's Falls
(named after Edmond MORPHY and Barbara MILLER from County Tipperary, Ireland)
also, the nearby Village of Appleton, Ontario
June 15, 2015:
January 7, 2005:
Thanks to Robert Sample who has contributed the photograph below of McNeely's Tannery.
This photo is on page 25 of Carol Bennett's book Valley Irish along with the names of
some of the pioneers at Morphy's Falls.
February 17, 2005:
James McNeely (born in 1760) came to the Carleton Place area in 1822
from County Antrim, Ireland with his wife Agness and six children.
March 24, 2005:
In 1899 the bridge across the Mississippi at Appleton collapsed. Abraham Morphy was drowned.
Thanks to Robert Sample for sending the following article which is from the book
"Bobier Ancestry" written by Lena Bobier. Thanks also to Lena for permission to
reproduce it here.
Surnames mentioned in the article are Morphy, Beckett, Cram, Campbell, Dulmage,
Hamilton, Lyons, Teskey and Towsley.
August 19, 2005:
Bev Lohm is researching the following surnames in the Carleton Place, Carp,
North Onslow, Quebec and Osgoode / Russell areas. Some of these families went to the
Canadian west in the 1800's.
Names: BOYD, McINTYRE, WOOLSEY, McCALLUM, HOCKIN, CAMPBELL and ELLIOT / ELLIOTT
September 13, 2005:
Charles Wesley "Teachester" Munro was born c. 1820 in Glengarry.
He "went to Bytown as a lad" then on to Lanark County where he shows up in
the 1881 census.
December 5, 2008:
The Mill Dam at Carleton Place, 1904
Photo Source: Library and Archives, Canada, as reproduced in
Founded Upon A Rock, by Howard Morton Brown, page 93.
The town of Carleton Place was originaly founded in the 1820's by Edmond Morphy and his wife Barbara Miller who came fom County Tipperary, Ireland.
May 16, 2009:
Hello to All, I live in Carleton Place and I have been working on a genealogy project that
I want to submit to the Catholic Church for the 125th anniversary of the parish in September.
James Galvin, son of Patrick was on the committee struck by the priest to assist with the
planning and building of the first church in 1884. I would like to include some information
about the families of the committee members. I lived on the corner of Bridge and College
streets in the 1950’s . Next to our building was Lam Galvin’s tailor shop. I remember Lam
vaguely. I would see him and his sisters. I remember when the plate glass of his store window
was vandalized (broken). In the 1950’s when I was in my teens the “Battle of the Boyne’ was
still being waged in Carleton Place. In the attached pictures the Galvin building is the one
story structure. My father’s Central Garage is in the foreground. I would be delighted to
include any information that can be provided about the Galvin family from Patrick and Eliza
down to the present.
July 7, 2009:
I am tracing my Irish heritage and am asking for help.
I have found that my gggrandmother is Anna Jane Johnston. The daughter of James Johnston and
Margaret nee McKinney. I understand that Anna Jane was born on October 21st, 1844 in Carleton
Place, according to the 1851 census in York, York. There is also a sister to Anna Jane named
Mary born in 1846 also in Carleton Place. I do not know when they arrived in Canada, what
ship, from where in Ireland, and when they moved to York, York where James is apparently an
inn-keeper. I assume they were married somewhere in Ireland. James is born in 1820 and his
wife Margaret is born in 1826. They are Weslyan Methodist.
I am a descendant of Anna(e) Jane and her husband Samuel Irwin and their daughter Olive Maud.
Would you be able to help me in some way?
December 16, 2009:
Textile Mill at Appleton, Ontario, Canada
The village of Appleton is a couple of miles downstream from Carleton Place.
During the second half of the nineteenth century, the Mississippi River Valley
between Carleton Place and Almonte was the textile manufacturing centre of Canada.
There is a textile museum at Almonte.
The mill in the photo below was built by the Teskey family. There was a John Teskey family
who came to our area with the group migration known as the Peter Robinson Settlers, in 1823.
This Teskey family was from County Limerick, Ireland. In Ireland, they were Palatine Settlers who had originally
migrated to Ireland from Germany. There is an extensive write-up about this family in
Carol Bennett's book Peter Robinson Settlers, 1823 1825.
(photo taken April 22, 2005 by Al Lewis) Newspaper article from the Ottawa Citizen, dated June 23, 2012
Text Image Source Below: Watermills of Ontario, Quebec and Maritime Canada, by W. Stephen Cooper,
McGraw-Hill Ryerson Limited (Toronto and Montreal), ISBN 07-549594-5, page 8
Keywords for search engine: William Bredin, Boyd Caldwell, Collie family.
Photo and Image Source Below: Watermills of Ontario, Quebec and Maritime Canada, by W. Stephen Cooper,
McGraw-Hill Ryerson Limited (Toronto and Montreal), ISBN 07-549594-5, page 10
Keywords for search engine: John Gillies, lumbering business
posted on April 23, 2005:
"There was quite a connection back and forth between Appleton and Ashton. As I
recall, both the Presbyterians and the Methodists shared Preachers. This is talked
about in Dorothy Lewis nee Fisher's book 'Waymarks and Guideposts'.
Appleton was a good stretch with a fast mare from Ashton but seems that those folk
did it regularly."
... Robert Sample
January 13, 2010:
Soldiers from Carleton Place, Ontario, Canada, Canadian Expeditionary Force, France, 1915
One of these soldiers may have been Horace Brown
Can anyone verify the names of the four men?
There is an entire chapter about Horace Brown in Our Times: A Pictorial Memoir of Ottawa's Past. He brought his Kodak camera with
him and recorded his experiences, both in photographs and in print. He had a brother named Howard who may have been the author of
Founded on a Rock (a history of Carleton Place, mentioned above).
February 12, 2010:
I am researching my paternal grandmother's Burgess line. William Burgess born ca 1809 Ireland and his mother
Jane Burgess b 1772. William married Jane Taylor b 1821 Ireland. Among their many children was my g grandfather Nathaniel Burgess
b Ontario 1848. According to any info I have been able to gather all of their children beginning in 1835 with William and Eliza
b 1843 were all born in Montague Township. Nathaniel and his wife settled in Carleton Place. I'm probably reaching for straws but
if you have anything that would help my research it would certainly be appreciated.
thanks so much
February 28, 2010:
The Carleton Place Canoe Club has been in operation since 1893. Situated in
the town of Carleton Place, the club is located on the Mississippi River at the junction of Mississippi Lake. The club
is headquartered in a park -- a nice spot to launch your canoe. There is also a good boat ramp which handles motor boats.
Source: Ottawa Citizen, June 26, 1907
Names for Search Engine: Gowling, Stitt, Johnston, Gibson, Keyworth.
May 19, 2010:
Source for text below: Ottawa Citizen Digital Archives, Article dated December 11, 1895
Names for search engine -- Gillies, Braeside
November 4, 2010:
Carleton Place, Mississippi Lake and Ashton in 1879
Map Source: McGill University Digital Atlas Project
October 6, 2011:
Day Trip to Carleton Place
If you are a history buff, be sure to visit Carleton Place. Here are two places to spend some time:
The Book Gallery is the largest used book store in Canada, includes hundreds of hard-to-find local history books.
Many of the books from our Bibliography were bought there.
Then stop in at the Ballygiblin's Restaurant and Pub on Bridge Street in Carleton Place.
We had a relaxing lunch and the food is very good.
Ballygiblin's Restaurant and Pub takes its name from the 1824 Ballygiblin Riots which took place in Almonte and Carleton Place.
September 14, 2012:
New e-mail address for Mrs. Bobier incorporated in the list below.
March 6, 2013:
Al, The H.W. CRAM shown on the map of Ramsay Township at Concession XI, lot 7
is a descendant of the CRAM family who emigrated from Perthshire, Scotland to
Beckwith Township in 1818 and 1820. This family played a major role in Beckwith
Township, Carleton Place and Ramsay Township in the 19th. century. Today
Carleton Place has an active 'twinning' relationship with Comrie, Perthshire, Scotland
with frequent exchange visits by youths between the two places.
... Ian White
October 4, 2013:
Morphy's Falls, Ontario, Canada
February 3, 2014:
Carleton Place Band
Photo sent in by Frances Moore
July 11, 2014:
Hi there allan! Could you post my alias Lina Vilskid's performance at Ballygiblins restaurant july 19th in a comedy contest?
It will be a hilarious evening of the areas best comedians fighting it out for the top prize. Mike Beatty will
feature and it only costs $5!!
Lina Vilskid will regale the audience with the hilarious story of an italian dating a Scot!
Show starts at 8:30 Saturday July 19th!
Lina Vilskid to appear at Ballygiblin's
March 26, 2015:
Map Source: McGill University Digital Atlas, 1879, for Beckwith Township
E-mail Lena Bobier, Terry Skillen, Dennis, Jean Purcell, Ian White and Al Lewis
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