The bulk of this article was published in the Perth Courier, December 28, 1916,
but additional information has been offered by website users. The items have been
re-arranged so that regiments are listed alphabetically. Additional information
is credited with the name and email address of each submitter. Items without credit
are from the original article.
This article is based heavily on a paper written for the Perth Historical and
Antiquarian Society, circa 1900. Please see Notes
About The Forming Of A Military Settlement.
Following the article in last issue (Centennial
Of The Perth Settlement) relating to the settlement in and about Perth,
other particulars of the pioneer days are given this week, taken from the
notes preserved from early records and summarized by the Perth Historical
Society -- a most useful organization of our younger residents formed some
years ago to deal with the settlement events now a hundred years old, many
of which might otherwise disappear from the knowledge of the present and future
generations but for their thoughtfulness and labor. All honor to them for
what they have done. The paper relating to the settlement of soldiers, after
their return from Britain's and Canada's wars is partly given below:
The farms along the Christy Lake road (3rd con. Bathurst), 1817-1818, were
taken up principally by the retired soldiers of the de Watteville and
Regiments -- Swiss, Belgians, Germans, Poles and Italians, at first
conscripts in Napoleon Bonaparte's army, gathered from these various
nationalities, and compelled to serve in his campaigns -- and who afterwards,
when taken prisoners by the British, volunteered to serve for our empire in
the war of 1812-1815 against the United States. At the peace which followed,
they were given grants of land by the Crown of farm lands in Bathurst,
Burgess and Drummond. Most of them, unused to farming under the new
conditions then prevailing, and perhaps through mere shiftlessness, abandoned
their land and emigrated to other parts. Those who remained in Bathurst and
Burgess were: Sergeant Pierre Klein, Flanders, lot 25, 6th con.;
Privates Peter Adam, German, S.W. ½ 7 in 8th con. Burgess;
Harry Kuppir (Cooper), German, E.½ 16, con. 8, Burgess;
John Meckler (Mackler), private, Swiss, ½ 18 con. 9
Burgess; George Hoffsmith (Smith), private, Swiss, ½ 6,
3rd con. Bathurst; Andrew Stillar, private, Swiss, E.½ 5, 3rd
con. Bathurst; Louis Pennette, private, German ½ 22, 6th con.
Bathurst; John Publow, private, Flanders, ½ 26, 6th con.
Bathurst, Jacob Dick, private, Swiss, ½ 23, 7th con. Bathurst;
Jacob Hollinger, sergeant, German, W.½ 1 in 6th con. Drummond.
With these came as chaplain Rev. Abbe Lamothe, a Frenchman, who got
800 acres. He settled among the Burgess soldiers in 1818, in lot 7 in 7th
con., and died in Perth, East Ward, in the building where Mrs.
McNaughton now keeps a grocery.
Other soldier settlers in and about Perth were:
- Dr. Alex. Thom, Scotch, 800 acres in Bathurst, South Sherbrooke
and Perth (Gamsby farm), as surgeon to forces; James Noonan,
gunner, Ireland, E½ 16 in 1st con. Drummond, 1817; Richard Cullen,
Ireland, ½ 16 in 1st con. Drummond, 1817; David Hogg, Scotch,
22, 2nd con. Drummond, 1816; David Kinnear, lieutenant, Ireland,
18 in 11th con. Drummond. He lived in a small stone house (now gone) between
Greenly's Corners, Perth, and the Lanark turn -- 1820.
- 6th Regiment -- Peter Leaver, private, England, 24, 4th con. Bathurst,
in 1816 -- grandfather of Mr. James Leaver, Perth.
- 9th Regiment -- Samuel Fidler, private, England, 24 in 4th con.
Bathurst, in 1815.
- 11th Regiment, Devonshire -- John Monk Mason, Ensign, Ireland,
200 acres in Bathurst and Burgess, 1819.
- 17th Regiment -- Private Thomas Echlin, Ireland, 9th con. Bathurst.
- 41st Regiment -- Dennis Noonan, Ireland, ½ 18, 3rd con.
Bathurst; Zephania DeWitt, Pennsylvania, private, 23, 4th con. Bathurst.
- 49th Regiment -- Capt. Alexander Fraser, Scotland, ½ 16,
4th con. Drummond, 1816.
- 57th Regiment -- Samuel Herbert, England, 11 in 2nd con. Drummond.
- 68th Regiment -- Thomas Kirkham, England, private, N. E. ½
15, 2nd con. Bathurst, 1819.
- 76th Regiment -- Sergt. John Balderson, S. W. ½ 8th con.
Drummond, England; Charles W. Sache, England, 1 in 9th con. and 1
in 10th con. Drummond, 1819.
- 81st Regiment -- Evan Griffith, Welsh, S. W. ½ 12, 2nd con.
- 89th Regiment -- Moses Budd, private, England, ½ 1, Drummond,
1816; Samuel Swan private, England, 19, 2nd con. Bathurst, 1816.
- 90th Regiment -- Sergeant James Maitland, Scotland, Montague, in
1815 or 1817.
- 103rd Regiment -- Lieut. Henry Graham, Ireland, 600 acres -- became
a Senator; Major James H. Powell, Ireland, 1,000 acres around Perth,
1818; father of Sheriff Powell, of Ottawa; Sergeant James Young,
Scotland, ½ 24, 8th con. Bathurst -- afterwards gaoler in Perth;
has many descendants in this vicinity.
- 104th Regiment -- And. W. Playfair, colonel, Paris, lot 22 in 12th
con. Bathurst, 36 in 10th con. Drummond, and 21 in 7th con. Lansdowne, Co.
Leeds, 1817; Joseph Avery, corporal, Ireland, E. ½ 14th. 6th
con. Bathurst, 1818.
- Canadian Fencibles -- Lieut T. de Lisle, Lower Canada, 12 in 6th
con. Beckwith; 2, 4th con. Drummond; S. W. ½ 24 5th con. Leeds, 1817;
Asst. Military Secretary Noah Freer, afterwards president Bank of
British North America, 21 in 11 con. Drummond, N. E. ½ 20, 4th con.
Sherbrooke (1816), 28 and 29 in 5th con. Elmsley, 6 in 5th con. Burgess
-- 600 acres in all, 1817; Sergeant Joseph Legarry, Lower Canada,
27 in 10th con. Bathurst, 1816; Captain Josias Taylor, 4 lots in
Drummond; private Louis Grenier, Lower Canada, in 1816 got N. E.
½ 18, con. 10, N. Elmsley; Captain William Marshall, Scotland,
in 1816, 670 acres; drew lot in Perth owned later by Captain Leslie
and J. A. McLaren; took charge of Lanark land office, and located
the Dalhousie settlers; Sergt. William Matheson (Bill of all Trades),
United States -- S. W. ½ 19, 1st con. Drummond, 1816 -- transferred
to Edward James.
- Field Train -- Wm. McNaughton, England. He had the first bakery
in town, where the Ferrier block now stands.
- 7th Fusilliers (Royal) -- Staff-Sergeant William Brown, England,
11 in 9th con. Burgess, formerly held by a deWatteville man for one year.
- Glengarry Fencibles -- Sergeant Jas. McNiece, Ireland, W.½
10, 9th con. Drummond, 1816; Corporal Thomas Morris, England, N.
E. ½ 11, 4th con. Bathurst; Angus McDonald, private, Upper
Canada, 12 in 11th con. Drummond.
- Glengarry Light Infantry -- Captain Alex. McMillan, Scotland; got
1205 acres; Sergt. John Adamson, Scotland, in 1817 got 25 acres in
town; William Blair, Lieutenant, Scotland, 23 in 3rd con. Bathurst;
William Horricks, England, E. ½ 12 in 9th con. Drummond, and
Patrick McNamee, Ireland, land in Burgess; Lieut.-Col. Matheson,
paymaster, got 825 acres; Paymaster Arthur Leslie, lieutenant; Quartermaster
John Watson; Sergeant James Quigley, Ireland, in 1816 got
S. W. ½ 24 in 2nd con. Bathurst.
- 19th Light Dragoons -- John Truelove, private, England, Bathurst.
- New Brunswick Fencibles -- Lieut. Alex Fraser, Scotland; in 1816
got 7 in 10th con.; in 1818 got W. ½ 6 in 1st con. Drummond.
- Royal Artillery -- Nicholas Spooner is believed to have arrived
in Canada as a Driver (of horses) in the Royal Artillery during the War
of 1812-14 and to have remained in Canada after the war. In 1820 he was
given, by Order in Council, a Free Grant for Military Service title to the
SW ½ (100 acres) of Lot 20, con 4, Drummond Twp., on the edge of
what is now the Town of Perth. He had lived on that parcel at least as early
as 1817 as he, his wife and daughter (both named Elizabeth) appear in the
1817 Lanark census. However, his name has not turned up at all in the Royal
Artillery records at Kew (London) which leads to the thought that perhaps
he had already emigrated and joined the Royal Artillery in Canada. Very
soon after he received title to his land he seems to have abandoned it and
moved to Montreal from which point the major events in his life are fairly
well documented, but virtually nothing is known about him prior to 1817.
Submitted by Julian Bernard.
- 3rd Royal Guards -- Lupton Wrathall, private, England, N. E. 13,
5th con. Drummond, 1817.
- Royal Navy -- Lieut. Thos. Consitt, England, ½ 21, 1st.
con. Bathurst; drew other lots in Lansdowne, Leeds Co., but exchanged them
for lots in Burgess; he fought with Nelson in battle of the Nile; Lieut.
Charles James Bell, block 4, lot 27, 2nd con. Drummond, 1822. He
lost a leg at the battle of Plattsburg.
- Naval Artillery -- Joseph Tysick, England, N. E. ½ 8 in
8th con. Bathurst, 1817. (See Don Tyzack's website at: http://homepages.tesco.net/~dontyzack/
for on-going research on this line).
- Royal Newfoundland Fencibles -- Lelievre, Captain, 800 acres.
- 4th Royal Veteran Battalion -- Ensign Matthew Gould, England, 7
in 8th con. Drummond, 1816.
- York Chasseurs -- Thomas Leonard, Sergeant, Spain, 12 in 10th con.
For a very similar article, see Notes About
The Forming Of A Military Settlement.