Early Stage Coaches in the Ottawa, Canada, area
The WATT family ran a line from their store to Bytown (see below by Taylor Kennedy).
Other early (1830's) stage coach lines went from Bytown to Aylmer, Quebec to take people
to the steamboat docks for travel westward up the Ottawa River (settlers and lumbermen).
Also, the Bytown and Prescott Stage Coach travelled south from Bytown along what is
now Highway 31. At South Gloucester it jogged west and followed Concession 4 of
Osgoode Township (the Stagecoach Road even today) towards Kemptville and Prescott.
Here is some information from Taylor Kennedy:
The Watt family store was near "Hearts Desire" in a dip of Greenbank Road. This is
also where the post office was and the first postmaster was D. Clothier in
1875. He is recorded on Ann Kennedy's death registration as receiving the
news from Timothy Kennedy who farmed beside her in which my Kennedy's were a
couple of farms north of her. ( I have always had a feeling that she was
closely related to us and don't know why) Maybe because she was widowed and
was brought over by her sons but her will only states her daughters. This is
where the land searches will be handy.
Anyways I would think the Watt Stage Coach followed the Rideau to Ottawa.
At Hearts Desire was where Patrick Madden built a cheese factory and
Patrick Brophy was employed as the cheese maker.
From the Kennedy Story by Desmond Kennedy ;
The stage coach, which had been operated on week-days between Jockvale and
Ottawa, and which brought the mail to the Jockvale Post Office , continued
to operate for five years or so after the railroad came through but, with
the advent of rural mail delivery (RMD, as it was called) that service was
no longer needed. I can recall that in 1916, when the Parliament Buildings
burned, we first learned of the fire when Con Watt, who drove the stage,
brought the news on his return from his daily run to Ottawa. Our first
telephone and radio were still some years in the future.
I was reading about some municipal offices such as "Pathmasters" who a
section of compulsory road work under their jurisdiction. One was Martin
Tierney in 1837 who had from "Hogs Back to Black Rapids" and another pathmaster
was Daniel Fogarty who was also on St. Patricks Church committee in
Another important position back then was the official position of "Fence
Viewer". Their function was to determine what was a lawful fence and imposed
fines as required. A lawful fence had to be HORSE HIGH, BULL STRONG AND
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