Saturday, December 20, 2008

pg.28 "History of the Ottawa Valley"

Surnames found in this page for all those researching : Pinhey, Lloyd, Edwards, Logan, Scott, Erskine, Montgomery, BRADLEY, Cavanaugh, Mooney, Stars, Wilson, Graham, Evans, McEldowney, Roberts, Gourlay, Morin, Holmes, Hyde, Ahern, Rivington, Pearson, Moffet, Hays, Cowie.

pg. 28
"After gaining one of these elections, Mr. Pinhey indulged in some poetical descriptions of the rare occurrences at the place of polling. we give from memory a couple of lines as a sample of the fun in such cases:

Thom Acres, as cunning as any pet fox,
The bread and the cheese he locked up in a box...

In after times when he was warden of the county he would sit and enjoy the debates, sometimes throwing in a word gleefully to supplement or balance the opposing parties, or restore good humor if irritation had appeared. We recollect at the first formation of the council of the county of Carleton, they had agreed to have a district surveyor. Then the question of his salary was discussed. Some would borrow the $700 and pay in advance, others thought it should be earned first. The friends of the surveyor then fell on six months pay in advance. The mover dwelt on the fact that hte surveyor could not live six months on the air. The seconder also in an eloquent speech said he could not live six months on nothing. But he had known many a man that could live six months on or more on credit. The motion was dropped. The history of Mr. Pinhey's life would be the history of his township, and county, and the whole valley, as he was a very great actor in all the movements of note during his busy life. Col., afterwards General Lloyd, Col. Edwards, Capt. Logan and others lived in quiet retiremet on their farms and half pay otium cum dignitate, taking little to do with municipal or school affairs or anything but to finish a green old age in the peace and comforts of rural and religious seclusion from all the rush and conflict in the busy world. The north of March like the south of Huntley and much land on both banks of the St. Lawrence has a very thin soil on the rock foundation, adorned with wild roses, orange lilies, blueberries and shrubs in multitude, all so beautiful in their season. North Huntley and South March from the Carp valley of rich lands well cultivated as any part of the Dominion. The Ottawa & Parry Sound R. R. runs through this valley.

About 1818 or 1819 the first settlers of the Huntley side of the valley were John Scott, William Erskine and William Montgomery. The last cut the first tree. Their lands were soon the property of Lieut. Sans Bradley who built the little mill so long used there. John Cavanaugh came in 1819, William Mooney in that or the following year. The first located on the 3rd line, the second on the 4th line. The Stars, James and George, came from Hull about the same year and Moses Wilson from Cavan, Ireland. George and Thomas Graham from North of Ireland held lots 5 and 6, 1st concession Huntley. Evans, and Englishman, drew lot 9, which he sold to Arthur McEldowney. Thomas Roberts, a Welshman, had lot 10, which he sold to John Gourlay. James Morin, James Holmes, Samuel Hyde; the latter sold through Col. Ahern to John Gourlay. Richard Rivington sold to Pearson. David Moffet, Jas. Hays and Michael Rivington filled up to the rock spur where the land is worthless. Sergen Cowie settled west of the Carp Village and sold to Robert Wil -

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