March Township, Carleton County
History and Genealogy
(now part of the City of Ottawa, Canada)
Painting by Ruth McMillan in 1976
Shows the Head of the Rideau Canal Locks in Ottawa, Canada in 1893
December 27, 2012:
Source (Above): The Age of Gentility: The Formation of an Aristocracy in the Ottawa Valley, an article
by Michael S. Cross, in Canadian Historical Association, Historical Papers, 1967, pages 105-106
Keywords: Richmond, Goulbourn Township, Rideau Canal. Also, the Talbot Settlers came to Hazeldean in 1818
and the Peter Robinson Settlers came in 1823.
Source (Below): Map Showing all property owners in March Township, 1879
(McGill University Digital Atlas Project)
Left Map: Village of South March Right Map: The Hamnett Pinhey Estate on the Ottawa River
Names for search engine: Younghusband, Armstrong, McMurtry, Wilson, Sharpe, O'Brien, Richardson, Morgan
(Morgan's Grant Subdivision), Bradley, Lewis (son of John Bower Lewis), Scissons, Joseph Smith, Joseph Davis
(see below), Church, Riddle (Riddell), Erskine, Pinhey, Read, Allen, Irvine, Monk.
Other members of the elite residents of March Township were Benjamin Street, James Coates Browne,
Census data for 1820-22 for March, Goulbourn, Huntley, Marlborough and Nepean
Townships can be found here.
Also at http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/granniesgarden/
Statutory Labour in March Township:
Thanks to Barb Hadden for this fascinating original document which
is in the Kanata Town Hall. The document lists the names of folks in 1843 in March Township who were required
to do statutory labour to maintain township roads. Many other March Township names are listed: Younghusband,
Armstrong, Wilson, Loggan / Logan, Read, etc.
E-mail Allan Lewis
Hello and Merry Christmas
I have another question.....This time I am looking for the Erskine Arms in March Township. I have a feeling
it is or was just down the road from Kanata.....but don't know if it still exists, or where it once existed.
This is where the March Township meetings were once held. I would like to drive by and see what is there now.....
If it no longer exists, I am wondering if either of you might know in what book I might find a picture of it.
I have just started to look for it, so have not covered much ground yet.
I have checked the 1879 old map of March Township, but its not mentioned on it. Any ideas as to which
direction I should look to first to find such a picture ?
The reason for this research is because my great grandfather x5 was the Captain William Brown Bradley
(1771-1850), and he was a Justice of the Peace after his participation in the War of 1812, and he was
present at these early March Township meetings 1823-1829. I would like to visit the same site he did.
Also, I was wondering if you had any advice to offer regarding this piece of research.......
I have an obituary for Captain William Brown Bradley who died in Gloucester (Montreal Road area) in 1850.
However I feel it is incomplete and that I only have the first portion of it. It mentions that he died at
his son's residence but other than that makes no more mention of family, not his wife, not his other children.
Other than the first line it speaks to only his military career. The obituary was found by someone else whom
I don't know and given to me by yet someone else. Apparently it was printed in the October 1st edition of 1850,
of the Montreal Gazette (although he died Oct. 2, 1850 according to the obit, figure that one out!)
I tried to contact the Montreal Gazette, some time ago and had no response from them. I have
contacted BANQ (library and archives of Quebec) and they told me they don't have old copies of the
Montreal Gazette, but that Laval University had them on microfiche. I went to the Laval University
website and emailed them, but it was in French, and I received no reply...I might not have emailed
the right dept. Found a better name in the Contact Us list and emailed them again, and still no reply.
I am wondering if you might have a contact name at Laval University, or know of some other way I
might be able to find copies of the Montreal Gazette from Oct . 1-3, 1850 ?
Do you think Ottawa University might have this paper on microfiche ?
Any other advice would be greatly appreciated.
It's possible that the Erskine Arms was located on the Erskine farm which is bi-sected by the Klondike Road
on the map on the left above. There are two buildings shown on the farm -- one is likely the home and the
other may be the Erskine Arms. Highway 17 runs through the village of South March, but in the early days
I believe that the Klondike Road was more heavily travelled.
I had a look for copies of the Montreal Gazette but was unable to find them archived on the Internet
between 1840 and 1870. Starting in 1870, the records seem quite complete, but that is too late for us.
They have left unfilled images for the decades beginning 1830, 1840, 1850 and 1860 as if they may be
available but they just have not digitized them yet. I think your best bet would be to contact the
University of Ottawa Archives and hopefully they will be able to help, or at least point you in the
right direction. A couple of years back I had an appointment in a building (maybe on Laurier Avenue
East) and noticed the location of the Archives in that building. It's easy to get at and there is a
handy parking lot adjacent to the Archives.
Another possibility would be the Gloucester Township Historical Society.
Let me know how you make out and good luck with this project and for all of your research in 2013.
January 1, 2013:
Hello Al and Karen:
I knew the name "Erskine Arms" sounded familiar to me. I felt I had read about it 'somewhere'
Now I remember:
Perhaps this may give you a clue to further the research:
The Township of March Registry, May 26, 1828, shows that the south half of lot 18, concession 4,
consisting of 100 acres, was ceded by the Crown to John Hedley. Although free land grants had been
abolished in 1824, it appears that John Hedley had applied for and settled prior to that date.
John quickly became active in the development of his community. The first minutes of "The Inhabitant
Householders," held August 20, 1822 at the "Erskine Arms" (probably the home of Captain Weatherley)
recorded the forming of the "Courts of Request" at which John Hedley was one of those contributing
to the cost of this first judicial office in March Twp. He made a donation of one pound - one of
the larger donations.
See here: http://www.hedley.ca/genealogy/text/chapter2.html for Hedley family history and genealogy.
Hope this helps.
(I have an interest in the story of Weatherley)
Thanks to Karen for the following photographs:
The 'Parsonage and Church" pic is from the front of both buildings, also to show their proximity to one another.
Photo on the right is the school house.
These are for your website Al. I did not check first to see if they are already on your site.
More to come
Lot 10, Con 4, South March Lot 11, Con. 3, March - School House
Plaque on St Johns Anglican Church, says: St. Johns Anglican Church - The cornerstone of St Johns Anglican Church was laid in 1839
by Mrs. Anna Lloyd, wife of General Arthur Lloyd, who along with Hamnett Pinhey raised the funds to build a church in South March.
Contractor Alexander Christie built the Church, of locally quarried limestone. The building is a simple, rectangular classically
inspired structure with pointed arch windows. It is a Designated Heritage Property.
Below are a couple more pictures for your website, but again I did not look to see if you have these pictures already.
The plaque on the March House says: "The March House was built by the McMurtry Brothers (see map above left)
in 1882 as a post office, grocery and dry goods store. Most of the stone used in this simple structure was
quarried from the site. in 1897 its stone construction saved the March House when a fire destroyed most of
the wooden surrounding buildings. The store operated until 1938 and was the hub of the small hamlet of
March Corners. Designated Heritage Property 2004.
Happy New Year Al and Karen!
Colonel (later General) Arthur LLOYD
Thanks Karen for the wonderful pictures of St. John's. I will take this opportunity to explain my connection to
Colonel (later General) Arthur LLOYD, born in County Limerick Ireland about 1775, was one of the original
half-pay British officers who settled in March Township. He married Ann(e) Dering MONK (sister of Captain
John Bening MONK, another very prominent officer settler) in Halifax, N.S. in March 1811. The Lloyds
and the Monks arrived together in 1819 (somewhere in my notes I have the exact date!)and settled on the
Ottawa riverfront. The Lloyds built 'Bessborough' (see p. 258/259 Carleton Saga for story/picture) and
'Beechmount' (see p. 247/248).
Arthur Lloyd and his wife had no children of their own but they did 'adopt', raise and educate (in Ireland)
James Campbell USHER, b. Boston, Massachussetts, USA, 1808. His parents were actors who acted with/were
friends of Edgar Allan Poe's parents. Thus the story "The House of Usher"!! Both his parents died in 1814
and 'somehow' JCU became a member of the Lloyd family. Lloyd had hoped that Usher would join the British
army to follow in his footsteps and become his heir but JCU eventually convinced him that he wanted to
become an Anglican minister, ordained c. 1833.
(Al... in case you have access to the Horaceville Herald issue 40 see:
In Quest of an Heir: The Early Life of One of General Lloyd's Wards, by Bruce S. Elliott)
About 1827 Thomas STOKOE, his wife, Sarah (Drummond) sons and daughter Clara, arrived from London to
also settle on Concession 7. Mrs STOKOE was James Dent WEATHERLEY'S first cousin. JDW, as you know,
was one of first settlers, once again a half-pay officer. He was born in Plymouth, Devon, England in 1777.
All of these families appear frequently in the (early) Hamnett Pinhey Diaries. (http://www.bytown.net/pinhey.htm)
For example I have a printout of May 1835:
17th Church Usher preached, 24th Stokoes called. (The big one for me) 21st WEDDING Usher.
This is from a letter from Anglican Archives Ottawa confirming the marriage.
Usher was married 21 May, 1835, at March Township, Upper Canada, to Clara Stokoe of March. The witnesses
to the marriage were Hamnett Pinhey and J.B. Monk, Esq., J.P. also of March Township.
James Campbell Usher and Clara Stokoe are my great great grandparents.
Finally, briefly what happened to all of these people? You know Pinhey and Monk stayed in March.
Weatherley returned to England about 1832 and later became Mayor of Newcastle, the Lloyds also
returned to England where AL died in 1851 in Lytham, Lanc, the Stokoe family sold their 100 acres
in 1836 and moved to Wentworth County (Hamilton) where son Charles Henry became the first city
clerk when Hamilton, Ontario became a city in 1846.
James Campbell Usher first ministered in Wentworth, then in 1836 moved to Brant County (Brantford)
where he became the minister (Later Canon) of the first Church in Brantford, Grace Anglican until
1872, the year of his death.
I hope that you find a couple of interesting points in this brief summary of some of the original
settlers - The Age of Gentility!!! I am greatly indebted to Bruce Elliott for much of my successful
research. We met in 2004 when I had a fellow STOKOE researcher visit me from England and we travelled
to Ottawa, Pinhey Point and Bruce kindly showed us around. We all corresponded for months after we met.
Also the Carleton Saga chapter on March really does a good overview, (in my humble opinion).
All the best for 2012 to you both,
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Judy, I find your email of information interesting. Thanks for sharing. I especially find Ushers life
interesting.....being born in Boston, sent to Ireland, then comes to Upper Canada, then moves to Brantford.
I too would like to see issues of the Horaceville Herald, the earliest ones. I have glanced at the
Pinhey diaries, and my own great grandfather x4 John Snow is mentioned in them as coming to purchase
something...don't remember the year. (he was born 1793 Chittlehampton, Devon, England and came to
Canada in 1816). I am searching for a record of John Snow's death. I have it from "Hurling Down
the Pine" by Bond, that John Snow drowned at Chats Falls but year not
given. And don't know where he got that info. Snow lived on the Quebec side of the Ottawa River.
His only child that I know of was born in 1823 and his wife remarried 1828 or before......so it
was somewhere in those five years that he drowned.
Don't know if his body was ever found, or where he was buried if he was found, it could have been on the
shore where they found him. It could have been in a cemetery whose records were burned in one of the
several fires that have since ravaged the areas. He could be in one of those churchyards with no
stone or a stone that is illegible. Maybe in one of those Heralds his death might have been
mentioned, or the re-marriage of his wife. She was originally Barbara Allen, who came to Hull as a
one year old (from Massachusetts) with her parents and the Philemon Wright group (in 1800).
Still, she married a third time and moved to Massena, New York, USA and lived out her years there.
I descend from John and Barbara's only child John Allen Snow. It was he who married Catherine Bradley,
grand daughter of the Captain William Brown Bradley, whom I have been researching lately.
Thank you and bye for now
March 10, 2013:
Hi Al and all.
Just a quick mention about John Ray.
In researching more of my great, great, great grandfather Joseph Davis(see map above) of South March, I transcribed
the entire March township Map from the Belden map of 1879. John Rea was listed in the Altas as the Canada Company.
As such it had 500 scattered acres across March township.
Additionally John Rea / Rae himself is listed on the map as having 120 acres and Nathaniel Rea as having 100 acres.
Whether John Rea (Ray) was a land agent of the Canada Company or a major shareholder, he was certainly involved
with one of the larger land owners in March. I also read in the Historical Atlas of Carleton County that
Hamnet Pinhey was also connected with the Canada Company either as an agent or a shareholder.
Pinhey is listed in the Belden Atlas as having 1180 acres and John Pinhey as having 400 acres, a total of almost 1600 acres.
The Historical atlas recounts how Pinhey only had 80 acres broken at first and had a hard go of even breaking even on
the broken ground. This did not stop his pursuits as a wealthy businessman. It is very interesting to note that John Rea
and Hamnet PInhey may have operated within the same circles. The Historical Atlas
notes that Dr. Alexander Christie was Hamnet Pinheys closest friend ( as Tories). And smack dab in the middle of it all
is Joseph Davis father of my great grandmother Catherine Davis Chugg. There were many connections
between the pioneers in March Township and the early settlers across the Ottawa River who were associated with
Hope this sheds a little light on John Ray.
All the best,
August 20, 2014:
I am hoping you might post this email somewhere on your website, on a page that has a lot of people researching
March Township. I have created a Facebook page for March Township and it can be accessed by typing the following
in the browser:
My hope is to get people to post pictures of our heritage there. It can be pictures of old farmhouses, or old
pictures of people; anything that will stimulate discussion of our heritage. I have posted some pictures already,
but most of them I already sent to you for your website.
I am creating the same thing for Goulbourn Township .... Will let you know when it is done.
March 30, 2015:
Please do add my e-mail address. I have found a lot of family that way.
One of my Uncles was Art Read, but he died an elderly many several years ago. He lived in Vancouver, BC I bet a lot
of the Reads are related back there. I know my Uncle Art and Aunt Olive used to visit Read family members in Ontario.
(When we lived in Stittsville, I used to play old-timers hockey with an Art Read ... Al)
I am looking into the Edward and Jacob Loggan / Logan and Arthur Read families in March Township.
Thanks so much for all you are doing. If I can help you any way on anyone doing research in this area, please let me know.
Donna, here is a beginning. Other names on this map are John Bowes, John Gow, Alexander Gow, William Graham and Thomas Kelly.
Notice the name Arthur Read on this 1879 map from The Carleton County Atlas project by McGill University. The name Arthur
has persisted through the generations.
Map Source: Excerpted from McGill University Carleton County Digital Atlas, 1879, March Township
November 28, 2015:
I was going through Bytown or Bust and found your e-mail stating that you were looking into Edward and Jacob Loggan
in March Township. Edward is my 5 great grandfather.
Would like to exchange information.
Thanks to Karen Prytula for the following:
I am not sure where you are located but if you are in the Ottawa area, there is a 4 page spread on the Loggan's
beginning with Edward in "Families and Heritage Homes of March Township", V1, and pictures of Loggan farms in V2,
available at the Ottawa Public Library.
... Karen Prytula
I am also very interested in this as the Loggans are my ancestors. Some spell it with one g and some spell it with 2 g's.
Trying to find my Loggan / Logan binder at the moment to send info.
September 28, 2016:
Thanks to Carmen Rochon who is in the process of sending along many obituaries from Ottawa newspapers from the
1890's and early 1900's. These obituaries are a tremendous resource. The following obituary, from Carmen,
is for Mr. George Acres of South March.
Source: Ottawa Journal, May 21, 1900
November 21, 2016:
The following news clipping from The Ottawa Journal, Saturday, March 2, 1899 has been provided by Carmen Rochon.