Reverend Asa MEECH
(Meech Lake)
also Cynthia MEACH and Worden Stephen GLASIER

September 12, 2005: Picture of Meech Lake (Photo by Wendy Millar)
Picture of Meech Lake
November 2, 2002: Hello! Re your message on CAN-ONT-CARLETON list: My husband is descended from Rev. Asa Meech who settled in the Meech Lake area. According to an article in the booklet, "Up the Gatineau", published in 1981, his aunt, Marion Meech, writes that he was in the area of Hull in 1815. I don't know whether or not he was influenced by Philemon Wright to come, or if he came on his own later. However, I will type out a paragraph in Marion's article which has some information which you might find interesting: "It is an established fact that Asa was located on lot 21 in the 10th range of the Township of Hull in 1821, and that he lived there until his death in 1849 in the home that he built, and that is still there. The Public Archives provides information about the development of the Chelsea area, in petitions for land grants, and in reports of the government land agent, Philemon Wright. From these old papers one's imagination readily creates a picture of scattered homes, growing families, varied labours, and slowly increasing crops and livestock. In November, 1823, Philemon Wright submitted to the governor of the Province a report on the progress, in the preceding two years, of seventeen settler families. Of Asa Meech he says: 48 years, married, 4 children, lot 21, 10th Range, one house, no barns, 24 acres cleared, 6 under cultivations, 15 horn cattle, 15 swine, no labouring men, $50 expenses on the land. Four years later, April 7, 1827, another report by Philemon Wright covers the progress of 53 families. By this time, Asa Meech had lot 22 also, with 12 acres cleared, a barn had been erected, a bee-hive established, and $150 expended on the land. Wright speaks of him as a good industrious farmer with a large family, who wants a charter for a full lot." ... Nancy Meech Note: Nancy also sent some very interesting material regarding the journey of Philomen Wright from Montreal to Hull in 1800, over the ice of the Grand River assisted part way by Native Canadians. Her story is on the Philomen Wright page under date of November 2, 2002.
March 5, 2003: See also the Moore family.
November 16, 2004: Dear Al, Sorry this took so long. Yes it's OK to add it to your page. I'm hoping to improve/add to the information about Stephen and Cynthia and their families as time goes by. I would be interested in corresponding with others who may have an interest in these families as I would like to find out whatever I can about their lives. Regards, Helen Dupleix Thanks to Helen for the following interesting information:
Cynthia MEACH and Worden Stephen GLASIER
Worden Stephen Glasier and Cynthia L. Glasier (nee Meach) Cynthia Glasier W. Stephen and Cynthia Glasier & family (Worden) Stephen Glasier was the son of Benjamin Glasier (b. 1802; d. 12th March 1862) and Ann Worden (b. 1800; d. 5th September 1845). He was probably born in New Brunswick, Canada on 24th September 1842 [1, 2]. He married Cynthia L. Meach [3] (or Meech) about 1860 [4]. Cynthia was the daughter of Rev. Asa Meech and his third wife, Margaret Docksteader [5], and was born 14 Dec 1839, in Hull, Quebec, Canada [4]. Cynthia's father, Asa Meech, fathered 21 children. His second wife and several of her children were drowned in a flood in a creek that feeds into Meech Lake [20]. W. Stephen and Cynthia were living in Mattawa, Ontario when W. Stephen's brother Thomas spent the winter of 1865 with them and worked as a fur trader [6]. The brothers hadn't seen each other for seven years prior to this [6]. At the time of the 1871 Federal Census W. Stephen and Cynthia were staying at a hotel in East Pembroke Village, Renfrew North, Ontario and they had two children; Mary E. Glasier (3 years old, born in Quebec) and John Arthur Glasier (1 year old), born in Ontario. W. Stephen's occupation was listed as Lumber Agent and they belonged to the Church of England [7]. In 1876 W. Stephen was proprietor of a hotel at Mattawa [8] which was called Glasier House [9]. Cynthia's sister, Cecelia L. McConnell (nee Meech, b. 1827, d. 1915 at Ottawa, Ontario) and her family also lived at Mattawa. Cecelia was married to Rinaldo McConnell (b. 26th June 1820, d. 20th June 1866 at Mattawa) on 7th May 1847 in Meech Lake PQ. They lived at Rivermead Road on the north bank of the Ottawa River. Rinaldo was drowned at Lacave in the Ottawa River and is buried in the Pinehill Cemetery at Mattawa [10]. A son, Rinaldo McConnell was born in Mattawa in 1852, and a grandson Rinaldo W. McConnell was born in Mattawa in 1898 [11]. In 1882 W. Stephen Glasier and family immigrated to the United States [12]. They were living in Marquette, Michigan where W. Stephen was working as a woodsman. He filed a Declaration of Intent to become a citizen of the United States, at the Circuit Court in the County of Marquette, Michigan, USA, on 22nd September 1884 [13]. On March 14th, 1889 W. Stephen and Cynthia went to Bruces Crossing, Ontonagon County, Michigan where they intended to settle and farm [1]. However, within two weeks of their arrival on the property, Cynthia had to leave to nurse their daughter Mary E., who had been in delicate health for some years but who had become seriously ill and now needed constant care [1]. Cynthia could not return because Mary needed a physician's care, which could not be had on the claim [1]. W. Stephen built a log hut which measured 14 feet by 16 feet and stayed there alone [1]. The first season W. Stephen cleared some land and planted potatoes, vegetables and a nice garden, and set about preparing more land for a crop [1]. He had no farm animals and he did all the clearing work himself with hand implements [1]. During this period he worked almost continuously at their claim except for a month in October/November 1889 when he was employed as a scaler near Matchwood at the lumber camp of Tibbetts & Co.[1]. W. Stephen Glasier purchased the 160 acre property on December 6th 1889 for $200.00 after filing a patent (no. 17515) for the land described as the S.W. quarter of section 29 of township no. 48-N, range no. 38W in Ontonagon County, Michigan [1]. At the time of the U.S. census on June 1st, 1900, W. Stephen and Cynthia were living at West 4th Street, Duluth, County of St. Louis, Minnesota, where W. Stephen was working as an explorer [12]. It was noted on the census that Cynthia had borne five children but only one (Mary E.) was still living [12]. Mary E. Glasier married Silas A. Craft about 1895 [14]. W. Stephen was naturalized as a U.S. citizen on 27th July, 1900 at the 11th Judicial District Court in the County of St. Louis, Minnesota [15]. Silas A Craft and John Levigne were witnesses [15]. W. Stephen Glasier also purchased another 160 acres of land in Ontonagon County, Michigan by the patent process, which was granted on 14th February 1893 [16]. W. Stephen and Cynthia Glasier moved to Oregon in 1903 [2] and by the time of the 1910 U.S. census they were living in a rented house at East Belmont Street, Portland, Oregon, where W. Stephen was working as a Cruiser in the lumber industry [17]. Their daughter Mary E. and son-in-law Silas Craft lived nearby in the same street [14]. Silas was employed as a bookkeeper in the lumber industry [14]. W. Stephen Glasier died on 13th October 1914 at the age of 72 years at 1032 E 30 N Street. The informant was Mary E. Craft, who by this time was living at 1181 Haight Street, Portland, Oregon. The cause of death was inanition* which he had suffered from for a year. He had also suffered from Cystitis for 2 years which contributed to his death. W. Stephen was buried at Rose City Cemetery on October 15th 1914 [2]. Mary E. Craft was admitted to the Portland Sanitarium on 9th March where she died on 15th March 1916 at the age of 44 years, 9 months and 16 days. The cause of death was Interstitial Nephritis, Mitral Insufficiency and Pernicious Anaemia. Mitral Insufficiency and Dropsy contributed to her death. The informant was Mrs. C. L. Meach. The maiden name of the mother of the deceased was Cynthia L. Meach. Mrs. Glasier (of Balfour Apartments) organised the transfer of the cremated remains to Rose City Cemetery, Portland, Oregon [3] where they were interred in the same grave as W. Stephen Glasier . There was no undertaker and there is no marker on the grave [18]. Cynthia Glasier returned to Ontario. Her last place of residence was Drummond St., Perth, Ontario. She died aged 78 years on 30th July, 1920 of heart disease. The informant was Ronald McConnell. She is buried in Section 40, Lot 11 E at the Beechwood Cemetery in Ottawa, Ontario. The lot owner is Rinaldo McConnell. The others that are buried in this lot are: Josephine M. C. Dickson, Rinaldo McConnell, Rinaldo W. McConnell and Emma Vaughan McConnell [19]. *Inanition - Physical condition resulting from lack of food ie. Starvation References for "Worden Stephen Glasier and Cynthia L. Glasier (nee Meach) [1] Testimony of claimant (Worden Stephen Glasier) for land at Bruces Crossing, Ontonagon County, Michigan U.S.A. Entry file patent no. 17515, issued 1st September 1891. [2] Death certificate for Stephen S. Glasier at Portland, Oregon. Reg. no. 65. [3] Death certificate for Mary E. Craft at Portland, Oregon. Reg. no. 608. [4] Email correspondence with Jeannette (Meech) Maloney, 9:04 am 17th May 2004 [5] Email correspondence with Jeannette (Meech) Maloney, 6:43 pm 17th May 2004 [6] "Reminiscences of my early days" by Thomas Saunders Glasier, page 40 [7] 1871 Ontario census Page 48 Province of Ontario, Enumeration District 82, North Renfrew, Sub-district East Pembroke Village. [8] "Giants of Canada's Ottawa Valley" by Joan Finnegan, pages 83, 86, 88. [9] "Glasier House" songbook. The Glasier House song book was transferred to the Arnprior & District Archives in 1993. The book (ledger) is stamped "Arrival Book" on the cover and W.S. Glasier, Glasier House, Proprietor, Mattawa is stamped on the pages. Email correspondence Tuesday, July 30, 2002 11:36 pm from Laurie Dougherty, Archivist for Arnprior & District Archives. [10] Website of Michael Ross Murphy http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~michaelrossmurphy52/mcconnell [11] Family Search Pedigree Resource Files - Disc #66, Submitter: Sylvianne Penner, 3419 19 Street N.W., Calgary, Alberta, T2L 2A9, Canada. [12] 1900 U.S. Census Glasier, W. S., Minnesota , St. Louis, 3-WD Duluth Series: T623 Roll: 789 Page: 267 [13] Declaration of Intention, No. 2963 lodged by Worden Stephen Glasier at the Circuit Court in the County of Marquette, Michigan, U.S.A. on 22nd September 1884. [14] 1910 U.S. Census Craft, Silas A., Oregon , Multnomah, 8-WD Portland, Series: T624 Roll: 1286 Page: 195. [15] Naturalization Certificate no. 452 for Worden Stephen Glasier - On 27th July 1900 in the State of Minnesota, County of St. Louis at the District Court. The two witnesses were Silas A. Craft and John Levigne. [16] Entry file patent no. 18548 Ontonagon County, Michigan U.S.A. Issued 14th February 1893 to claimant Worden Stephen Glasier. [17] 1910 U.S. Census Glasier, Worden S., Oregon , Multnomah, 8-WD Portland, Series: T624 Roll: 1286 Page: 200. [18] Correspondence with Rose City Cemetery and Funeral Home,Portland, Oregon, and burial permit applications for Stephen S. Glasier no. 3168, and Mary E. Craft no. 4203. [19] Email correspondence with Stephania Marinelli, Administration, Beechwood Cemetery, Ottawa, Ontario 17th May 2004. [20] "Meech of Meech Lake Quebec, Canada - posted by Jeanette Maloney on Genoforum March 26th, 2000. http://genoforum.genealogy.com/meech/messages/48.html ... Helen Dupleix
August 12, 2005: Hi Nancy, I wonder if you could be of help to me. Your correspondence on Asa Meech came up as a result on a search of Asa Meech that I did. Margaret Docksteader is an ancestor of mine, I am trying to establish who her parents are. I have the marriage record of Margaret & Asa, it reads. Married this sixth day of November eighteen hundred and twenty two by license Asa Meech of Hull district of Montreal Minister (widower) and Margaret Docksteader of Argenteuil spinster by me Joseph Abbott Rector of St Andrews. signed by Asa Meech & M Docksteader witnessed by: Mary Docksteader and Wm Teasdale The copy is very poor but I compared it to other marriage entry by the same minister and made light and dark copies to piece it together. It was on LDS MicroFilm #1992904 St. Andrews 1821 - 1899. For the time period in question the church was called "Church of England in St. Andrew and the Seignory of Argenteuil". Hopefully you can shed some light on this. Your help would be greatly appreciated. ... Julie Kolisnyk _______________________ Hi Julie: ... Do you mind if I add your e-mail to Nancy to our Asa Meech web page? ... Al ________________________ yes you may. I think I may have since established who Margarets parents were. Here is a portion of another email that I sent out with regards to this. On Genealogy.com there is a forum re "Meech of Meech Lake . . .", specifically by Jeannette A Maloney dated March 26, 2000, it is #48 of 235. Based on Margaret's birth date of 1799 I was able to determine which Margaret Docksteader it was. Read on for clarification. If you wish to post this, please feel free to do so. I have addtional information on some of Margaret's Great Grandparents; specifically John's father Simon Docksteader (also spelt Dockstadter). He is referenced in a book on the history of the county of Argenteuil. It's title is "History of the counties of Argenteuil, Quebec, Prescott, Ontario" by C. Thomas. It is published by Mika Publishing Company, Belleville, Ontario, Canada. From what I have learned Simon & Winjah Leroy were one of the founders of the St Andrews church and there is a plaque in the church in honor of them. The Leroy's are also in this book. The Docksteaders came via Germany, then were sent to England for a brief period by Queen Anne for protection from King Louis of France, then eventually to New York. This was information provided by another source, which I am still looking into, but it sounds quite interesting.... Some additional information; St. Andrews is also know as Saint-André Est (Est is east in english). It is in the county of Argenteuil, in Quebec, Canada. Very close to the Ontario border. here is the email I subsequently sent: I had posted some info on the Asa Meech Genealogy Forum and then ran across this Forum on 'Meech of Meech Lake' I was looking for info on Margaret Docksteader. I have Asa and Margaret's marriage record but couldn't establish which Margaret Docksteader he had married as I have more than one of them. I am related to the Docksteader side of the family. The information on their marriage record is as follows: Married this sixth day of November eighteen hundred and twenty two by license Asa Meech of Hull district of Montreal Minister (widower) and Margaret Docksteader of Argenteuil spinster by me Joseph Abbott Rector of St Andrews. signed by: Asa Meech & M Docksteader witnessed by: Mary Docksteader and Wm Teasdale If the infomation on date of birth of 1799 that you provided for Margaret is correct I can provide the information on her parents. Margaret Dockstader was born 17 Jan 1799 in Lower Canada (now know as Quebec, Canada) Her Parents were John Dockstader (b 1761to1766 in Stone Arabia New York died in 1854) m. abt 1790 in Montreal Quebec to Cecilia Leroy (b 1773 in Stone Arabia, Montgomery Co., New York, USA and died in 1869) Grandparents (Dockstader) were George 'Adam' Dockstader (born abt 1736 in Stone Arabia NY, died 05 Nov 1819 St. Andrews East, Quebec, Canada) m. 02 dec 1760 in Stone Arabia NY to Eva Berleths (b. 1740 Stone Arabia NY, died 25 May 1822 in St. Andrews East, Quebec, Canada. I have Eve's death record. Grandparents (Leroy) were Simon LEROY (b. 19 nov 1746 Fishill NY and died 1838 St Andrews, Argenteuil Co, Quebec, Canada) m. 1769 Poughkeepsie, Dutchess Co, NY to Winah (or Winjah) Jacocks (or Jaycocks) (b. 27 dec 1753 in Poughkeepsie, Dutchess co., NY and died 10 Jul 1825 in St Andrews, Argenteuil co., Quebec. Simon & Winah are buried at the St. Andrews East Cemetary in St. Andrews. I have a digital image of the Tombstone. You indicate Margarets death as 1854. Do you have anything more specific; exact date and location? Also Asa and any children. Any info that you could provide would be helpful. ... Julie K Alberta, Canada
November 18, 2005: Thanks to John Levesque for the following article from the Montreal Herald in 1822: Hi Al. Researchers of the Meech family and the early days of Hull and Ottawa might be interested in the following item I stumbled upon while browsing through the June 1, 1822 edition of the Montreal Herald on microfilm. This is one of the very few references to the area that I have come across while combing through several years of the Montreal paper. Feel free to post the item as you see fit. (By the way, the "Meach" spelling is how it appears in the paper.) Regards, ... John Levesque
Awful Dispensation of Providence
The Rev. Asa Meach from Canterbury Connecticut, USA, having a numerous young family, was induced to remove to Hull, on the Grand or Ottawa River, hoping to see all of them settled near him and by their industry & economy, to become valuable and happy members of Society. He commenced the removal of his family by bringing his wife, and all the little helpless ones and his second son, about 17 years of age, in the month of March when the winter roads were yet good, and after placing them in a situation of security he returned to Connecticut to settle his affairs and send in the remainder of his family. About the first of May his eldest son arrived with a waggon and other property, and proceeded on to join the rest of his family. Mr. Meach arrived at Montreal on Thursday the 10th inst. and on Monday following proceeded to join his family, anticipating a happy meeting after his toils. But distressing to relate, on Wednesday the 22nd inst., as his wife, his second son, and two youngest children were crossing a small creek to make a visit to the family of P. Wright, Esq., (PW) they were unfortunately turned over and thrown into the River and all drowned. The bodies of Mrs. Meach and the two youngest children were found soon after – that of the son has not yet been discovered. The body of Mrs. Meach and the two youngest children were interred on the following day. Truly, may it be said, that in the “midst of Life we are in Death.” Montreal Herald, 1 June 1822
November 11, 2009:
Picture of the Home of Reverend Asa Meech (original log house covered with wood siding) Source: National Capital Region Heritage, page 73. Picture of the home of Reverend Asa Meech

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