Obituaries from the Ottawa Journal, 1886-1899
(Ottawa, Ontario, Canada)
July 10, 2014:
Hi Al - thought it was time for a few more newspaper obituaries. Most give quite a bit of information
which can be helpful to those doing genealogy on their ancestors.
The Late Horace King
A pioneer of this section departed this life by the death of Mr. Horace L. King, whose decease was recorded in
last evening`s Journal. Mr. King, who was the father of Messrs. Charles and Edward King, the well-known business
men of this city, landed in a canoe at the foot of the Chaudiere Falls sixty-four years ago, on the Hull side,
nothing but bush being observable on this side of the Ottawa river. After speculating in furs for some time,
he managed the business of Hamilton & Low (afterwards Hamilton Bros.) lumber merchants, up the Gatineau for
well nigh a quarter of a century. He had reached the ripe old age of eighty-four at his demise, which sad event
will be deeply regretted by a wide circle of friends.
The Ottawa Journal of February 9, 1886 (page 4)
Mr. Thomas Smith, one of Ottawa`s pioneer lumbermen, died at his brother`s house at Stewarton this morning.
He was seized on Wednesday with paralysis of the brain and sank rapidly, death resulting as above stated.
Many old residents of the city will learn of his demise with the deepest regret.
The Ottawa Journal of June 5, 1886 (page 1)
A PIONEER GONE
The late David Williamson, Senior, seventy years a resident of Grenville, and whose death has been announced,
has been long and favourably known in connection with the forwarding business of the Ottawa River. He left
Ireland in 1817, crossing the ocean on the ship `Ploughman`of Aberdeen, the trip occupying three months.
On his arrival in this country, he selected Grenville as his future home, and has since continuously resided
there. Being always an active, energetic and intelligent man, his services were eagerly sought after by
lumberers and forwarders doing business on the Ottawa River. His social qualities also making him a favourite
with all having business transactions with him. He was for many years contractor for the conveyance of
Her Majesty`s mails, and run a line of stages between Grenville and Carillon connecting the passenger
boats plying between Montreal and Bytown. In the troubles of 1837, he was among the first to shoulder his
musket in response to the calls of loyalty and duty. In 1840 he married Sarah McInnis, a native of Argyleshire,
Scotland, who died 28th February, 1858, leaving him four daughters and five sons, eight of whom survive him.
Of a family of eleven who crossed the ocean with him in 1817, he was the last survivor. Of recent years, he
was employed by the Government as deputy superintendent of the Carillon canal. After a long and active life
he has passed over to the majority, leaving behind him hosts of friends. His end was a peaceful and happy one.
The Ottawa Journal of April 9, 1887 (page 1)
DEATH OF MRS. ROBERT CONROY
At Aylmer, Quebec, last evening, one of the old pioneers of Ottawa county passed away, in the person of
Mrs. Robert Conroy who died at the old Conroy homestead at the advanced age of 72. The deceased lady was born in Hull township in 1815.
Her maiden name was McConnell. She was married to the late Mr. Robt. Conroy, lumber merchant, of Aylmer,
where she has resided during the past half century. She exhibited considerable business ability managing her husband`s estate
after his death which occurred in 1868. She leaves three sons and four daughters to mourn her loss: James Conroy, Colorado, USA;
R.H. and J. R. Conroy, Aylmer; Mrs. A. Driscoll, Aylmer; Mrs. J.C. Nelson, Regina, Saskatchewan; Mrs. J.S. Denois and
Miss Ida Conroy. The largest part of her useful Christian life was devoted to charities and the Anglican church at Aylmer of
which she was a member will miss her earnest labour. The funeral will take place on Wednesday afternoon to the old cemetery
The Ottawa Journal of October 3, 1887 (page 1)
Mr. Robert Hardy - Deceased at the age of 88
By the death of Mr. Robert Hardy, who last night passed peacefully away at his home 107 O`Connor street, at the advanced
age of 88, Ottawa loses one of its pioneers and most respected citizens. The late Mr. Hardy was born in Tullamore, Ireland.
He came to Ottawa in 1832 and set up in the weaving business on the Richmond Road, on the old
Armstrong property, and subsequently conducted the same business in New Edinburgh. He was for a number
of years lessee of the market tolls, and for about twenty years acted as agent for the late Mr. Nicholas Sparks, sr., and
afterwards for Mr. N. Sparks the younger. He lived a quiet home life and never mixed in politics. He was widely known,
though, and universally respected. During the past seventeen years he has been living in retirement in the city.
He was the brother of Mr. Francis Hardy of Gloucester. The deceased leaves a family of four daughters and fours sons;
Mrs. Armstrong of Long Island; Mrs. John Maxwell, Stewarton; Mrs. Marriott, Sault St. Marie;
Mrs. Robert Grant, Goulbourn Township; Miss Hardy; William Hardy, Gloucester;
Rot. Hardy, Black Rapids; and Ralph and Henry. For a number of years the late Mr. Hardy lived in a brick house on the
site of the Normal school.
The Ottawa Journal of August 23, 1888 (page 1)
At Thurso, Quebec on Monday, there passed quietly away one of the oldest and one of the last of the few remaining pioneers
of this district, in a person of Mr. Neil McArthur, aged 96, a well known and respected farmer. Mr. McArthur was born in
Argyleshire, Scotland, in 1793. He came to this country 48 years ago and settled at Thurso, where he has since lived.
At the time of his death he was the oldest man in the locality. During the past two years he had been confined to bed.
Deceased leaves several sons and daughters, among whom is Mrs. William McIntosh of Bank St., city.
The funeral took place yesterday to Lochaber Bay, the funeral sermon being preached by Rev. Mr. Haines. The pall bearers were
Messrs. A. McLean, James Blackburn, Allan McGillivray and James Whitehead.
The Ottawa Journal of August 14 1889 (page 2)
Osgoode township has within the last week lost two of its oldest pioneers, two who took an active part in the settling
of that township. The first of these was John L. McDiarmid who died November 29th. The second was the late
Mrs. James McDonald, who died Sunday the 8th of December, who emigrated from Scotland with her husband and was
among the first settlers. They settled on their farm they owned near the village of Ormond living there for
over 50 years. Of their sons, John, Duncan and Allan are settled near the old homestead.
The Ottawa Journal of December 13, 1889 (page 2)
Mr. James Gibson, one of Ottawa`s pioneer settlers, passed quietly away to the great majority Christmas eve.
Mr. Gibson had been a resident of the city for the past 49 years, having settled on York street, Lowertown,
Bytown, on his first arrival. He carried on business as a contractor and builder in partnership with Mr. W. Porter,
of this city. Mr. Gibson was 69 years of age, and his death was caused by paralysis. He leaves surviving him a wife,
and one daughter, Mrs. A. Holland. The funeral took place this afternoon to Beechwood Cemetery at two o`clock.
The Ottawa Journal of December 26, 1889 (page 1)
Mr. Charles McKenna, an old and respected resident of Fallowfield, passed quietly away on Friday 28th.
The funeral on Sunday was one of the largest witnessed in this part for some time. Deceased was one of the pioneer
The Ottawa Journal of April 15, 1890 (page 3)
North Branch, Osgoode, August 30. - Last Wednesday one of the oldest inhabitants of this section joined the
great majority. Richard Hepinstall has lived here since 1833, and was at death 89 years old. He carried
on tanning and farming during his long residence in Osgoode Township, and was one of the best known and most
highly respected residents of the township. The funeral yesterday afternoon, on arriving at Metcalfe,
where deceased was buried, was one of the largest seen in that section for some years past.
The Ottawa Journal of August 30, 1890 (page 1)
CASSELMAN, May 19. - Another of the pioneers of this place has gone from amongst us to join the throng on the
other shore in the home beyond the tide in the person of David Baker, an old and respected citizen, at the
ripe old age of 88 years. Mr. Baker was a native of this country and leaves a large and respeted family of
sons and daughters, amongst whom is Mr. Jacob Baker, one of our townsmen. The family have the sympathy
of many friends in their sad bereavement.
The Ottawa Journal of May 20, 1891 (page 4)
Mrs. McTaggart, relict of the late Isaac McTaggart, C.E., one of the pioneers of bytown, died Saturday at her
residence in New Edinburgh, aged 73. Mrs. McTaggart held the Royal Humane Society's medal.
Some years ago she saved a child from drowning in the Rideau river, dashing in at the risk of her own life.
She leaves two sons and two daughters to mourn her death.
The Ottawa Journal of February 8, 1892 (page 4)
The county of Carleton has lost an old and much respected citizen in the person of John Graham, who died at the
residence of his son, Thomas Graham, in Nepean township, yesterday morning, from an attack of the grippe.
Deceased was an uncle of Mr. John Graham, of the Grand Union, and grandfather of Mr. Graham, of Bryson & Graham.
He was born in County Fermanagh, Inniskillen, Ireland in the year 1800. He came to this country in 1822 and settled
in the third line of Huntley Township, where he was postmaster for several years.
For some years past, he had been living at the residence of his son Thomas, from where the funeral takes place
Tuesday afternoon to the cemetery at Bell's Corners. He leaves three sons, Thomas and
William, of Nepean, and Andrew, resident in Ottawa.
The Ottawa Journal of February 15, 1892 (page 1)
The Late Mr. Paul Cooper of Osgoode
(note: - this is an extremely long article which I have shortened)
A somewhat remarkable article appeared in an Ottawa paper 7 or 8 years ago recalling an incident of the
rebellion of 1837-38. In the fall of 1837, there walked into Bytown from the township of Osgoode,
5 loyal and sturdy young men to offer their services to the government as volunteers during the critical
and troublous times of Mackenzie and Papineau. It is needless to say their offer was gladly accepted.
It is a singular fact that, although nearly 55 years have passed away since those stirring days, the
30th ult. witnessed the first breach in their ranks, when the subject of this sketch passed away full of
years and honours.
The names of these young men deserve to be remembered among those of the pioneers of Carleton county.
They were John McEwen, Henry Latimer, Benjamin Wallace, John McKay and Paul Cooper.
Mr. Cooper was a descendant of an old Irish family, whose ancestors, it appears, came originally from England,
settling in the Green Isle about the year 1650. The ancestral Cooper formed one of the famous expeditions which
came over under the renowned Oliver Cromwell to suppress the Irish rebellion. For their services, the Cooper
family received from Cromwell a grant of land in Queens county, which is known to this day as "Cooper Hill".
The late Mr. Paul Cooper came to this country from Ireland in 1832, settling for a time in what was then known as
Bytown...............Mr. Cooper leaves a widow and six sons, all of whom are living, his death being the first
in the family for the phenomenal period of 57 years.
The Ottawa Journal of February 20, 1892 (page 8)
Another Pioneer of Ottawa District Passes Away
(note: - this is along article and much of it is missing as the page is torn)
Another old resident is dead. Mr. Robert Lees, Q.C., county crown attorney, died at his home this morning.
Mr Lees was one of the best known men in Ottawa and the county of Carleton. He was born in Dalkeith, Scotland,
and when a child in arms came with his parents to Canada in 1817, nearly eighty years ago. In 1819,
his father became one of the pioneer settlers of Lanark county, taking up land near Perth.
Though born in Scotland, the late Mr. Lees was educated and brought up in Canada and was a thorough Canadian in
patriotism and sentiment. He was admitted as an attorney in 1847 and called to the bar in 1848.
The Ottawa Journal of October 10, 1893 (page 7)
Another Ottawa Pioneeer Gone
Richard B. Stetham, one of Ottawa's oldest pioneers, died yesterday at his home, 35 Besserer st.
Heart failure was the immediate cause. A widow, three sons and four daughters are left to mourn his loss.
Deceased was born in County Wexford, Ireland 86 years ago. He came to Ottawa over 60 years ago and was
identified in all matters which tended to advance the city. He carried on a large gorcery business, when
he retired to a farm in Gloucester. Some years afterwards he returned to the city and has since
remained here. Funeral takes place tomorrow at 2 p.m. to Beechwood.
The Ottawa Journal of February 5, 1894 (page 7)
ISAAC MOORE DEAD
Mr. Isaac Moore died suddenly last night at his home on Argyle avenue. Mr. Moore, who was 71 years of age,
was one of the pioneer lumbermen of this district, and one of the old residents who helped
to build up the city. He was a first cousin of the late David Moore. Mr. Moore was born in Hull,
January 15, 1823, and was brought up there, but the last 37 years of his life were spent in Ottawa.
Mr. Moore married Miss Margaret Ellen Cutler, who survives him. He also leaves 6 children: 3 sons and 3 daughters,
to mourn his loss.
The Ottawa Journal of February 17, 1894 (page 7)
IN DEATH THEY WERE NOT PARTED
Mr. and Mrs. John Windle, respected pioneers of Bagot Township, died at their
home there on Saturday and Sunday. Mrs. Windle had been ailing for some time and died on Saturday. Preparations were being ma
de for the funeral, but the old gentleman told them to wait a day and that they could bury him also. His prophecy
was fulfilled. He died on Sunday evening and both he and his wife were buried together on tuesday.
Mr. Windle was 84 years of age, his wife 63.---Pembroke Observer
The Ottawa Journal of September 11, 1890 (page 3)
Mrs. Isabella Stitt, relict of the late James Stitt, died at her home near Stittsville (in Goulbourn Township) on Saturday,
13 inst., after an illness of 5 months and was buried Tuesday. Deceased was 75 years of age and was one of
the early settlers of Carleton County, having come here over 55 years ago. Mrs Stitt leaves a family of ten sons and
daughters to mourn her loss. They are, John Stitt who is on the homestead; Mrs. Henry Walker of Stittsville;
S. Stitt of 144 Rochester street, Ottawa; James Stitt and Joseph Stitt of Rossburn, Manitoba.; Mrs. Mary Ann Poole of
Van buren Ohio, USA; R.G. Stitt of Bredner, Ohio, USA; W.M. Stitt of Digby, Ohio, USA;
Mrs. Isabella Falls of Cugnet, Ohio, USA; and Wilson Stitt of British Columbia. The funeral took place Tuesday
to the Huntley cemetery and was very largely attended.
The Ottawa Journal of Ocober 18, 1894 (page 7)
COL. GILMOUR DEAD
(note: This is an extremely long obituary which I have shortened considerably)
One of Ottawa's most prominent citizens as well as one of the best known military men of Canada passed away
yesterday afternoon in the person of Allan Gilmour.....His birthplace was the parish of Shotts, Lanarkshire,
Scotland. He was born Aug. 23, 1816, his father being a farmer whose family consisted of five children,
Allan being the only son. Mr. Gilmour came out to Canada (Montreal) in 1832 and then on to Bytown.
The Ottawa Journal of February 26, 1895 (page 7)
LATE LAWRENCE WHELAN
In the death of Lawrence Whelan, which took place last evening at his late residence, 332 St. Patrick street,
the capitoal loses one of its oldest and most respected citizens. Mr. Whelan was born at Courtown, county Wexford,
Ireland in 1814. In 1846 he married Anne Fitzpatrick of the sameplace, and in 1847 they emigrated to Canada
and settled in Bytown, now Ottawa......The faithful companion of his life passed away about a year ago.
A son, the Rev. M.J. Whelan, pastor of St. Patrick's church, and one daughter, remain.
The Ottawa Journal of August 20, 1895 (page 7)
DEATH OF MR. S. B. SINCLAIR'S MOTHER
A despatch from Ridgetown Ont, says "On Saturday afternoon, the funeral was held here of Mrs. Alexander Sinclair,
one of the best known pioneers of Western Ontario. She was born at Henryville, Lower Canada, in 1828.
Her father, Samuel Bower, a Waterloo veteran, moved in 1836 with his family to Kent county, Ontario.
She taught school for a short time, and in 1849 was married to Mr. Alexander Sinclair, settling on their
new farm, now fordering on the town of Ridgetown, where their home became a centre for educational and
religious ifluences. Her husband survives her, one of the few remaining pioneers of those early days.
She leaves four children: S.B. Sinclair, M.A., vice-principal Ottawa Normal School; A.H. Sinclair, M.A., LL.B.
barrister, Toronto; the Rev. J.J. Sinclair, Thorndale; and Anna E. Sinclair.
The Ottawa Journal of August 29, 1895 (page 7)
MANOTICK, Sept 10. - One of the pioneers of this district, in the person of Mr. James Dunlop, who for the last
four years of his life lived at 20 Turner street, Mount Sherwood, Ottawa, passed away on September 4.
Deceased was in his 86th year.......Mr. Dunlop was a native of Gifford, Haddingtonshire, Scotland and came
with his young bride to this country in 1833. He first settled at White Lake, McNab township, then to
Perth, Ont., and from thence to Long Island Locks, Manotick, in the year 1845.....
In 1886 Mrs. Dunlop died, at the age of 74. four years ago, having accumulated considerable wealth, deceased
decided to take up residence in Ottawa, where he and his youngest daughter have since resided, leaving the farm
to his youngest son Charles. His family, consisting of 7 sons and 3 daughters, survive him, among whom are Messrs
Peter Dunlop, merchant, of Albert street; John Dunlop, of the Roger Oil Co.; Matthew Dunlop, merchant, Turner street;
Robert Dunlop, of the Department of Interior, all of Ottawa; Rev. J.C. Dunlop of Stayner Ont.; Mrs. John Bayne of
Kemptville; and Mrs Peter Hicks of Manotick, Ont. Interment in the Wellington Presbyterian cemetery.
The Ottawa Journal of September 11, 1895 (page 3)
DEATH OF MR. JOHN LESLIE
This morning the city's oldest merchant passed away at his home on Theodore street. Mr. John Leslie came to
Bytown after a short residence in Quebec, years ago, his native town being Aberdeen, Scotland. He has
followed the watchmaking and jewellery business ever since his arrival in 1842, continuously, and without
change or failure in business. Deceased was 92 years of age. Deceased leaves his aged wife to mourn the loss
of her kind and affectionate partner, also one son, James, who succeeds to the business so well established
by his father, and a daughter, Mrs. Code of Perth.
The Ottawa Journal of November 19, 1895 (page 7)
ANOTHER PIONEER GONE
One of the pioneers of Carleton county passed away on Saturday in the
person of Mr. Richard Garland. At the time of death the deceased was residing
with his son-in-law, Mr. S. Arthur, of James street. A native of Ireland, Mr. Garland had resided in Canada
for over eighty years, the greater portion of which time has been spent in Goulbourn township.
He leaves 2 sons, who live in Carleton Place, and Mrs. Arthur, and was an uncle of Messrs. J.M. Garland and
N.S. Garland, of this city. The remains were interred this morning.
The Ottawa Journal of February 11, 1896 (page 1)
DEATH OF A. J. BIRTCH
Adam John Birtch formerly of Richmond died suddenly at his residence on Wellington sstreet this morning, age 67 years.
The deceased was a son of the late Robert Birtch, one of the pioneers of Richmond,
who came from County Tipperary, Ireland.....
A large family, most of whom are grown up are left behind to mourn his loss. One son, Coller, S., holds a position
in the supply branch of the post office department. ......He was also a member of the Volunteer Corps, in Richmond,
and turned out with the "Carleton Blazers" when the regiment went to Prescott to defend Canada
against the attack of the Fenians, who atempted to invade the country. The funeral takes place
tomorrow to Beechwood.
The Ottawa Journal of July 21, 1896 (page 7)
DUNROBIN - First Burial in the New Cemetery
Sept 9 - It is with regret we have to record the death of one of the pioneers of this place in the person of
Mr. James Abbott, who died suddenly on Friday afternoon.....He leaves behind a widow, 3 daughters and 1 so to
mourn his loss. The children are all married. He was also a brother of Mr. A. Abbott of Hazledean, Mr. J.B., William and
Francis Abbott of Ottawa.
The Ottawa Journal of September 10, 1896 (page 3)
Funeral of the Late F.X. Landriau Today
The funeral of the late Mr. F.X. Landriau / Landriault, who died sunday, tookplace this morning from the residence of
his stepson, Mr. N. Valin, corner of Sussex and Murray streets to Notre Dame cemetery.....The chief mourners
were Eugene Laudriau, son of deceased, N. Valin and Judge Valin of North Bay, step sons. The late Mr. Landria was one of
the pioneers of Ottawa, having been 55 years in the ity. He was for some time in the hotel business and also kept a
The Ottawa Journal of April 18, 1899 (page 7)
A PIONEER'S FUNERAL
The funeral of the late Mr. James Davidson of Nepean took place on Sunday last to Bells Corners. The deceased
who was a native of Ireland emigrated to Canada in 1819 and was among the first settlers of the townhip of Nepean
where he resided in the same farm until his death. The pallbearers were Andrew Mackey, Kenneth McDonald, Robert Mackey,
John O'Grady, Patrick Moloughney and James Tierney.
There were 125 vehicles, and from three to four hundred people to pay their last respects to Mr. Davidson's memory.
The Ottawa Journal of April 25, 1899 (page 7).
DIED AT AYLMER - There died at Aylmer on Tuesday, one of the old pioneers of the Ottawa Valley,
in the person of Margaret Cahill, relict of the late George Bolton, and daughter of Michael Cahill, in the 92nd year of her age.
She was born in Ireland, January 16th, 1808, and came with her parents to Canada in 1820 and settled in Huntley township.
There was no Ottawa City at that time. A few years after they removed to Calumet Island, where her parents lived
until their death, some years ago. Having removed to Aylmer, she was married in 1829 to Mr. George Bolton, who died several
years ago. They had a family of seven children, three of whom survive her, Mrs. James Klock, Mrs. (Dr.) James Aylen of Aylmer,
and Mr. George Bolton, who is now in the USA. She was a member of the Roman Catholic church.
The funeral took place today to Belleview cemetery.
The Ottawa Journal of June 1, 1899 (page 2)
Mrs. Patrick Galvin, whose death, on Wednesday, at the home of her son, Mr. J.R. Galvin, Lake avenue,
was briefly mentioned yesterday, was one of the pioneer mothers of the community.....She had divided most of her
declining days since the death of her lamented husband about three years ago, between the two households of her resident
sons, John and James. She was a native of Drumrainey, Westmeath, Ireland, and came to Canada when about 30 years of age,
in 1845, having been born in June, 1815, the month of Waterloo, remaining in Montreal until the advanced spring of
1846, when she, with her husband, came to Carleton Place. The bonds of matrimony were united in Montreal in the
February preceding the removal to this neighbourhood. She, by maiden name, Eliza Cassidy, and Patrick Galvin,
came across the Atlantic in the same ship, pledged to marriage. There were eight children. Two, Mrs. James Dowling and
Mrs. Thomas, the youngest, are dead. The surviving members of the family are: Marcella (Mrs. Richard Gibbons) of Bristol, Quebec;
Eleanor (Mrs. Joseph D. Garrett) of Seattle, Washington, USA; Michael and Patrick of Arnprior; and James and John
in Carleton Place....The funeral took place this morning to St. Mary's church and the Catholic cemetery.
The Ottawa Journal of July 7, 1899 (page 7)
ALMONTE - Sept 26 - At his home in the New England section, Almonte, there passed from life on Sept 25th, 1899,
John CcCarter, a pioneer schoolmaster of Lanark county, at the ripe age of 76 years. Mr. McCarter
was born at Brechlin, Scotland, in 1823.......When still a youth, he came to the Maritime Provinces and subsequently
to Ontario, where he engaged in the profession of teaching. For 12 years he taught at Bennie's Corners, for 4 years
at Arnprior, Renfrew county, and for nearly a quarter of a century he was principal of the Almonte
Public schools. When teaching at Bennie's Corners, he married Agnes, a daughter of the late Peter Young of Ramsay Township.
She, with a large family of grown-up children, survives him.
The Ottawa Journal of September 26, 1899 (page 5)
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