File contains the following; three Nursing certificates issued to Mary Agnes Barr (originally from Renfrew), one dated November 28, 1905, another dated September 15, 1906, and the other dated April 2, 1906; four black and white photos circa 1888; persons identified: Mary Barr, Robert Scobie, Andrew Scobie, Christine Barr, Cathie Barr, Mary Campbell, Minnie Campbell Christie of Admaston
The Bellile family settled in Arnprior around the 1820’s. There are variations in the spelling of this family name: Belisle, Belliel, Bellile. Booklet compiled by Gerri Bellile of Hortonville, Wisconsin, U.S.A. in 1982. It outlines 7 generations of the Bellile family. Donor not known.
1. Booklet of poems by William Macnab Box, called “Nature’s Byways”, which includes a poem about Waba Creek (“A Stream”), with handwritten information by Peter Hessel and an excerpt from McNab — The Township.
2. Photocopy of page 13, The McConnels of Fitzroy Twp. by J. & F. Stewart, 1985, pertaining to John A. Box and other Box descendants including Dr. John Howard Box, Chief of Staff at the Arnprior Hospital. Other key terms: McConnell, Stacey, Hawley
3. Newspaper clipping of obituary of John Samuel Box of White Lake, from Chronicle, August 6, 1975. He was the son of Alexander Box and Violet Alston.
4. Letter from Barry A. Stewart of Victoria, B.C., dated Oct. 10, 1996 with pedigree chart and family group sheets for the Box family on Havey’s Hill in Arnprior. Other family names: Stewart, Carther, Box, O’Meara, Lenehan, Lane, Kelly, Powell, and Mulcahy.
5. Copy of an obituary of Alexander Box (known as Lal Box) of White Lake, who died on a Thursday late in 1937 (date unknown). Was 6 foot 3 tall and weighed 200 pounds. Was a lumberman, and a scorer. Son of Alexander Box and Ellen McGregor. Never married.
6. Photocopy of an article in “White Lake — The Later Years” [publ. in December 2000] of an article by Verna Black: “The Box Home” regarding the house in White Lake built by Allan McNab (son of the Laird of McNab), with photos of William McNab and Harry Box (son of Alexander Box and Violet Box nee Alston), the Box House and family. See also several references to this house in “McNab — The Township”. The “Box House” is located on the south side of what used to be called Front Street in White Lake, opposite Stirling House. Violet Box nee Alston. Rebecca Alston (widowed McNab) nee Buffam. Alexander Box. Hotel. Auction.
7. Photocopy of an article in CanadiAntiquer, August 1976, entitled “Auction sale at 19th century stopping place”, by Brenda Lee-Whiting. This auction took place at the “Box House” in White Lake. Many of the items sold had originally belonged to the Laird of McNab, his son Alan McNab and his wife Rebecca nee Buffam who (after Allan McNab’s early death) married Jack Alston. The Alstons operated a hotel in this house. Their daughter Violet married Alexander Box — hence the name “Box House”. Owen Black of White Lake was the executor of the (Box) estate, Revel Stewart the auctioneer. The article mainly lists the antique items and says nothing about the fact that the house was actually built by Archibald McNab’s son Allan.
See also references in McNab — The Township.
8. 13 black and white photos of the “Box House” in White Lake, taken about 1988 by Peter Hessel.
9. Two colour photos of the “Box House” in White Lake, taken by Peter Hessel in April, 1994, after a fire had severely damaged the building.
1. Nineteen-page list of descendants of Donald Douglass. Compiler and date of production unknown, but later than 2003. Some of the surnames: Campbell, Headrick, Barrie, Kennedy, Duffy, Grace, McLachlan, Stewart, Kippen, McNab, and many others (no index).
2. Handwritten notes by Peter Hessel on green paper, regarding some of the connections with the Waba Stewarts (the “patriarch” of the Waba Stewart family, Alexander Stewart, married Elizabeth Douglass).
3. Copy of photo: “Picnic at Peter’s Point”, approx. 1935. (Peter’s Point on White Lake?). Most names identified on back of photo.
4. Copy of photo, “Isobel and Colin Campbell”. Isobel was the sister of Elizabeth Stewart-Hessel’s great-great-grandmother Elizabeth Stewart nee Douglass. The man was her husband Colin Campbell. Isobel was born on June 10, 1795 in Middleton Duntaulich (see Item 5).
5. Photocopy of an extract from the Register of Births for the parish of Dull in Perthshire, Scotland, re the birth of twins Robert and Isobel Douglass to Donald Douglass and Isobel Douglass nee MacCraw, in Middleton, Duntaulich. The twins were born on June 10, 1795. The excerpt was issued on May 11, 1881. Isobel (the twin sister) was the woman in the photo (Item 4).
6. Photocopy of part of obituary of Earl Bremner Campbell of Waba (died Feb. 28, 1948) and wedding invitation to celebrate the wedding of Elizabeth Annie Stewart (daughter of Robert Stewart) and Earle Bremner Campbell of Waba, on June 24, 1908. [Robert Stewart was the brother of John Stewart and one of the owners of the Stewart Brothers mill in Waba. He lived in the stone house in Waba.)
File consist of a photocopy of Document MS-1-4, Renfrew Archives, an undated manuscript by Carrie Fisher, pertaining to McNab Township and Fisher family history. Partly transcribed by Peter Hessel in 1992. Some names: Catherine Fisher, Donald Fisher, John Fisher, John McCallum, John Fisher McCallum.
See also Folder “Canaan”. See index in “McNab - The Township” by Peter Hessel
1. Handwritten notes (red) by Peter Hessel about the “John Forrest Papers” in the National Archives, PAC finding aid 788, MG 24, I 158.
2. Clipping of obituary of Elizabeth Wallace Forrest nee Holbein, wife of James (Jimmy) Forrest of McNab Township. Elizabeth died on March 29, 1995.
3. Page 58 of McNab — The Township, re John Forrest Sr. at the township meeting of June 3, 1840. He advised not to kill the Laird of McNab and urged peaceful means to settle the dispute.
4. Page 157 of McNab — Blacksmith John Forrest of Burnstown, precentor at the Canaan Church, then at the Burnstown Church.
5. Page 203 of McNab — Blacksmith John Forrest of Burnstown.
6. Page 302 of McNab — John Forrest Sr. - weaver.
7. Obituary of James Gordon Forrest (Jimmy Forrest), born Feb. 15, 1911, died August 4, 2004 in Renfrew. Jimmy and his wife Elizabeth nee Holbein raised a family of 9 children near Glasgow Station.
8. Memorial card for the funeral of James Gordon Forrest (Jimmy Forrest). Colour photo of Jimmy and his wife, taken at their 60th wedding anniversary, which was celebrated at the McNab Public School gym.
9. Program for the funeral service of Jimmy Forrest at Glasgow United Church on August 6, 2004.
7. Photocopy of Renfrew Mercury photo from Aug 1974 showing Lewis Forrest of Glasgow Station (blacksmith) working on a horse.
See also file: “Lime Kilns” in Peter Hessel Fonds
See also file: “Walton Scrapbook”, with a photocopy of a photo of John Forrest, precenter at the Burnstown church, on page 17.
1. Photocopy of short notice in “White Lake — The Later Years” by David Fraser (David A. Fraser) of White Lake, “The White Lake Sawmill”, with photo of the mill in 1998. Nelson Fraser started to build this small sawmill in 1948, fully operational in 1950. Last log sawed in July 1998. Building sold and moved to another location.
2. Two-page handwritten notes by unknown, undated. Alex Fraser, blacksmith, who settled in White Lake in the early 1870s. Also carriage work. He moved to Renfrew in 1897. Thomas Fraser (the father of Alex Fraser of Burnstown) worked with Alex Fraser the blacksmith in White Lake.
1. Gray booklet, “My Father’s People, a Burke, Bourke, Bourk Genealogy”, by Mary Bourk Gillan, R.N. Pakenham, 1967 (?), 104 pages. Other spelling mentioned: Burke.
Some places mentioned are Scotch Bush, Micksburg and Pakenham.
Some other family names are Cavanagh, Mulligan, Homes, and Cowan.
2. Blue booklet, “Followers of the Shield, a Gillan, Geelan Genealogy” by Welland and Mary Gillan. Pakenham, 1970; 176 pages. This publication contains information about The Gillan Mineral Water Springs which later became "Dominion Springs". It was situated on Francis Gillan's farm at Lot 10 Concession 2 of Fitzroy which was settled in 1836. W. J. Gillan was the proprietor.
1. Printout of notes on the Hall family by Peter Hessel. Norma Caroline Hall (died in Sep. 1993) and her brother Eric Patterson (Pat) Hall (died in Dec. 1993).
2a. Handwritten address given by Norma Hall to the Arnprior and District Historical Society on March 10, 1987, regarding the Van Cortlandt family (ancestors of Norma Hall) and their connection with Arnprior. Claude McLachlin (Norma’s grandfather). Norma Van Cortlandt (Norma’s and Pat’s grandmother), Dr. Edward Van Cortlandt (Ottawa physician, died 1875, Norma’s great-grandfather). Norma McLachlin (Norma’s mother). Ewen McLachlin (Norma’s great-uncle who was killed in World War I) and (2b)photocopy of Ewan McLachlin from McGill University web-site and (2c) title page of Edward Van Cortland's book "Observations on the Building Stone of the Ottawa Country" 1860.
3. Clipping from Arnprior Chronicle-Guide, (1980s?) by John Nelson, entitled “Volunteerism part of family tradition. Rewarding, interesting and fascinating is how Norma Hall describes her volunteer work. Photo. Received volunteer award on April 22 (year?). Arnprior and District Historical Society, Library Board chair, Emmanuel United [sic! should be Anglican] Church Pastoral Care and Social Action Committee. Helped to organize Meals on Wheels program.
4. Clipping of Obituary for Norma Hall, by Leo Lavoie. Memorial service at Emmanuel Anglican Church on September 7 . Norma was born in Arnprior in 1915 at Edgewood Estate, the family’s summer residence. Her father was Sydenham Drummond Hall, her mother was Norma McLachlin. She died in Arnprior on September 2 . Elementary education at Elmwood School in Rockcliffe Park. Family moved to Arnprior permanently in 1932 to live at Edgewood. She attended Arnprior and District High School and then Hatfield Hall Ladies’ College in Cobourg. At age 15, she was Canadian Junior Badminton champion. Joined the WRENs in World War II and became an officer, stationed in Halifax and Washington. Worked for the Anglican Church in Manitoba, Newfoundland and Labrador. She was a founding member of the Arnprior and District Archives, and in her will Norma Hall left a generous legacy to the Archives.
5. Clipping of death announcement for Norma Hall.
6. Clipping of death announcement for Pat Hall. Eric Patterson Hall was in his 69th year. He died at home on December 15, 1993.
7. Envelope containing six colour negatives by Peter Hessel, of Norma Hall; from these, a framed photo was produced which hangs in the Archives office.
8. Six colour photos taken by Peter Hessel, of Norma Hall, from a photo reproduced in the newspaper article [item No. 3 above]. Also containing four b/w photos of Norma Hall by Peter Hessel showing Norma sitting in an arm chair at her home. Also a colour photo taken by Peter Hessel in 1988, of Norma and Pat Hall standing at a tall white pine next to the former McLachlin home on “The Hill”.
9. Handwritten letter by Ian Van C. McLachlin of Montreal, dated January 13, 1994, to Peter Hessel, thanking him for an in-memorial donation following Pat Hall’s death.
10. Handwritten brief note regarding material in possession of Ed Hall, and business card of Ed Hall, 2288 Fox Crescent, Ottawa. Refers to maps, picture of Killin, etc. Related to Norma and Pat Hall?
11. Two handwritten notes by Peter Hessel and another person regarding research done by Randy Boswell of the Ottawa Citizen in 2002 re the VanCourtlands and an Indian grave site in Ottawa.
See also numerous references to Norma Hall in the A&D Hist. Soc. Fonds 93-0006-1-6.
See Chapter 20 "the Minute School Closed, Everybody Came to Edgewood" story by Norma Hall in "Some of the Stories I Told You Were True" by Joan Finnegan.
File consists of handwritten notes by unknown person containing some genealogical information on Hamilton families including Andrew Hamilton (clerk of McNab Township), William Hamilton, James Ramsay Hamilton, etc.
1. Family history. The Headricks lived in Waba between 1919 and 1970, in the stone house built by Donald Stewart.
2. Copy of letter by Mrs. Marion Headrick of Nepean to Peter Hessel, dated Mar. 16, 1998, regarding the Headrick and Yuill families. [The original letter is in the Yuill file]. The letter and its appendix contain much genealogical information about the Headrick and Yuill families.
1. Eight colour photographs taken by Peter Hessel in May or June 2000 at the property of Steve and Jodi Lapp at 809 Milton Stewart Ave., R.R. 2, Arnprior (part of Lot 24, Concession 7, McNab Township). The property was sold in August 2000 to Michael Hoffmann and Rosalind Spencer. The farm to which this property belonged was the homestead of a Henderson family (Henderson was a weaver according to verbal information by Steve Lapp). The Lapps owned the place for only 6 years, but they did extensive renovation work on the house (inside and outside). This is a remarkably well-preserved stone house. There is a dry sink in the kitchen. Also of interest is the Findlay stove. There are prominent outcroppings of rock on the land near the house.
2. Photocopy of page 207 from McNab — The Township, indicating that Archibald Henderson was a weaver in Burnstown in 1851.
3. The History of Henderson House, Lochwinnoch (c. 1862), by Rosalind Spencer. Booklet prepared in 2002. Includes extensive research into Henderson family including census records, assessment records, land records etc.
John Hough was a shoemaker; John A. Hough (b. 1884) was a carpenter.
Scope and Content
File contains information on the Hough family of White Lake:
1. Photograph (by W.A. Starnaman of Kitchener) of John Alexander Hough as a young child in 1886, “at old house door”.
2. Photocopy of article and photos in Chronicle, Dec. 2, 1981, of John A. Hough of White Lake, who died on Nov. 21, 1981. He was the son of John Hough and Anna Jane McConnell. John A. was a carpenter and postmaster in White Lake. His house on the main street in White Lake (which was also the post office) was restored and slightly moved back from the road by Neil Stewart, who lived in it for a few years in the 1990s. John A. was curator of Waba Cottage Museum for some years. He built the wooden imitation chimneys on the museum roof. On the same photocopy is an article from 1979 re John A. Hough’s 95th birthday (born in White Lake on April 12, 1884). More photos on the reverse side: tombstone, family photos.
3. Black and white photo of “Johnny Hough Jr. White Lake, standing in door of his camp on bush lot up the lake”, Oct. 1933. (Information: Duncan E. Stewart).
4. Black and white photo taken by Edith McNab (married Morphy) taken on August 10, 1921. Left to right: John Hough Sr., D.J. McNab, Wm. Wynn, John McNab, Mrs. John McNab, Garfield McNab, Robert Taylor, Gladys McNab (Rivett).
5. Black and white photo (Feb. 1960) of two men at a house in White Lake, apparently taking down the post office sign. The man on the ladder (“John”) is probably John Hough Jr.
John "Bailiff" Lyon was born 15 June 1830. He married Mary Catto 31 March 1852. He married his second wife Elizabeth Lilly on 19 October 1887. She died in 1909. Their children were Lilly Jean and Clarence Duncan Lyon. He lived in Arnprior and died in Lanark County.
Scope and Content
This file consists of:
1. Photograph marked 84.1.3 of Mr. and Mrs. John Lyon and their children Lillie Jean and Clarence Duncan in traditional Scottish dress.
2. Photograph marked 84.1.4 of the John Lyon Scottish Dancing Classs, Marked second from left - Lillie Lyon.
3. Photocopy of handwritten genealogical notes (5 pages) about the Lyon family compiled by Mrs. Lise Porter from Dr. John D. Lyon and Elizabeth Lyon in 1987. Including copy of undated obituary of Clarence Duncan Lyon, in an unknown newspaper, entitled “Military Cross Winner Dies at Age 80”.
File consists of a Brochure entitled “The McConnells of Fitzroy Township, Ontario” by John Stewart and Flora Stewart, of Barrhead, Alberta, 1985/86. Other names included: John Hough (John A. Hough) of White Lake, Draper, McClure, Dr. John Box (Dr. John Howard Box), Stubbs, McIntyre, Stevens, Edmunds, Annie McNab, Nitz, McMunn. Photocopied photos and documents.