In these days of military stress and history, the minds of many of Perth's older people turn
back to the days of 1866, when a company of Perth soldiers were on duty at Fort Wellington.
Perth had two or three distinct militia companies in the old days, and the history of the one
recorded here belongs to the company officered by Captain Edmond Spillman, Lieut.
Moffatt and Ensign Douglas. This company was on duty at Brockville from the 10th
of March until July, and then manned Fort Wellington at Prescott, where they remained from July
to Nov. 20th. Captain Moffatt, who was second in command then, has in his possession the
pay-sergeant's book of the great majority of the men who served from Perth along the St.
Lawrence in those troublesome days, and from this book is taken the list published below. The
pay roll is in the handwriting of John Kippen, now in Benson, Ariz., and brother of
Messrs. Duncan and Alex. Kippen. The penmanship is very neat, plain and well preserved,
and is pleasing to the eye. Capt. Moffatt values this book with its historic
reminiscences, and can recall many interesting incidents connected with the company.|
Of the commissioned officers above named, all are still living. Capt. Spillman is now in
Vancouver, Lieut. Moffatt is the Captain Thomas Moffatt of town, and Ensign
Douglas is Major John W. Douglas, of Windsor, uncle of Major
The names in order in the book run somewhat as follows, and the brief historic notes are
compiled by the Expositor in collaboration with Capt. Moffatt and Pte. Jas. R.
- Sergt. Wm. Kellock, painter, deceased; his widow Mrs. Kellock, and
son and daughter, James D. and Miss Nessie, reside in town.
- Sergt. A. C. Sinclair in the Registry Office, deceased; father of P. R.
- Sergt. John Kippen, now in Benson, Ariz., a brother of Messrs. Duncan and
- Sergt. Jos. McCormick, a shoemaker now deceased.
- Sergt. John Cox, deceased, brother of Mrs. D. Hogg.
- Corp. Wm. Fraser, deceased.
- Corp. Jas. Templeton, in Dakota.
- Corp. Wm. Watson, farmer at limits of town in Drummond, who died a few
- Corp. J. Mathieson, studied law with the late John Deacon, left
here, and whereabouts not known.
- Corp. David Mitchell, now in Kentucky.
- Corp. George Larivie, brother of Mrs. Arkinson, town, now shoe
merchant in Arnprior.
- Bugler Chas. Bell, now secretary of the grain exchange in
- Pte. T. Atcheson, was a splendid bugler, and was used as the brigade
bugler by Col. Crawford. He is now down South.
- Pte. W. W. Berford, well known in Perth for many years as lawyer and
later as county treasurer. His widow resides in Ottawa.
- Pte. Harry Belford, a riverman, deceased.
- Pte. T. Burke, one of the Oso Burkes, now dead. He was a
blacksmith and served his time with John Bell in the blacksmith shop now used as a store
house by John T. Devlin.
- Pte. Thos. Cumming left here shortly after the Company returned from
Prescott; last heard of in the North West.
- Pte. Jack Campbell served his time as a printer with the late Burton
Campbell in the old British Standard office. He died in Chicago.
- Pte. H. Cavanaugh is in Chicago.
- Pte. W. Davies, whereabouts not recalled. He was a marble cutter; his
father had his marble shop where Mr. Peter McTavish's house is now on Gore
- Pte. Wm. Farmer, is in Arnprior, in the shoe trade.
- Pte. Wm. Foster, was a farmer, died in the States.
- Pte. Thos. Flett, of Airdier, Alta., now home on a visit, a
- Pte. Sam Fisher, now in Almonte.
- Pte. John Fraser, deceased; was a son of the late Wm. Fraser, and
acted as county treasurer for a time.
- Pte. John Hudson, died in California. He enlisted with the American navy,
after the '66 trouble; was a brother of Henry Hudson, town.
- Pte. Wm. Harrington, came from Ferguson Falls, a shoemaker,
- Pte. Wm. James, learned trade of waggon making with the late Thomas
Hicks; whereabouts unknown.
- Pte. Alex. Kippen, proprietor of the Perth planing mill for many years.
Still hale and hearty.
- Pte. Allan Lister, deceased, carpenter, brother of Andrew
- Pte. W. Lawson, deceased, a harnessmaker, brother of Mrs.
- Pte. Robert Lillie, a foundryman, now in Vancouver, father of Mrs. Samuel
- Pte. J. Labron, blacksmith, drowned in Vancouver.
- Pte. James R. Moore, a resident of Caroline Village, who can recall many
incidents connected with the Company, and who is well posted about the "boys of the old
- Pte. Malcolm MacMartin, lawyer, deceased; brother of Sheriff
- Pte. R. O'Brien, a riverman, deceased.
- Pte. Richard Patterson, now in Washington; learned trade of waggon making
with late Thos. Hicks. His sister Mrs. Cavanagh resides at
- Pte. John Patterson, a printer, son of Thos. Patterson, a fanning
mill maker, now deceased.
- Pte. Manasseh Patterson, druggist at Almonte, now
- Pte. George Patterson, left here years ago. His father kept the St.
George's Hotel at the corner of Harvey and Drummond streets, where Geo. Smith has
double stone house now. This was Perth's best hotel in the old days, and where all the judges
and lawyers were wont to stop when at Perth for court.
- Pte. Geo. Steele, a carpenter, brother of John Steele, Scotch
Line; died at Smiths Falls.
- Pte. John Smith, left here years ago; his father clerked in
Dunnett's store, where the Merchants' Bank now does business.
- Pte. Andrew Sample, a shoemaker, deceased; his people lived in
- Pte. P. Stanley, deceased, son of Owen Stanley,
- Pte. Pat Sullivan, left here and whereabouts unknown. He was a shoemaker
- Pte. W. Templeton, a tanner., died a short time ago in Arlington, N.
- Pte. Wm. Wylie, operates the Wylie mills in
- Pte. Benjamin Warren, hardware merchant in Perth for many years; died
several years ago.
- Pte. James Watson, shoemaker, brother of the late Wm. Watson, who
ran a shoe repair shop for years in the Clements Block; whereabouts not now
- Pte. W. Willis, an Englishman, whereabouts not known.
- Pte. John McIntosh, a moulder, worked in Smiths Falls for
- Pte. Wm. Scott, a Drummond farmer, now dead.
- Pte. Henry Myers, old British soldier, stone mason,
- Pte. Peter Dunlop, dyer in Code's mills for years; known as one of
the best boxers in the company and of his time.
- Pte James Donnelly, left here years ago.
- Pte. Charles Watson, brother of the late Wm. Watson, 3rd line, dry
goods clerk with James Hicks.
- Pte. Lorenzo H. Judson, a printer.
- Pte. Norman Tomlinson, cabinet maker, learned trade with late John
Riddell; now at Sharbot Lake.
- Pte. Donald Campbell, a blacksmith, drowned in Lanark.
- Pte. James Robinson, whereabouts not known.
- Sergt. John Thornton, now at Fort William, clerk and treasurer of the Tp.
of Paipoonge, brother of Dr. A. W. Thornton, Montreal.
- Pte. Jno. W. Dennison, retired, town.
- Pte. John Lee, turnkey at the Perth jail for nearly half a
- Pte. John McLaren, carpenter.
- Farrell Bros., who belonged to the Barrie infantry.
COMPANY'S STRENGTH INCREASED.
When the Perth Company went into barracks at Fort Wellington, their numbers were increased by
recruits from the Morrisburg, Matilda and Prescott district, among them being several
batterymen. Those who joined or substituted for some Perth men who could not remain with the
company any longer were:--|
- Pte. John Dumarce, whereabouts not known.
- Pte. Thos. Fraser, of Prescott, deceased.
- Pte. Thomas Smith, a Crimean veteran, and a member of the 100th
- Pte. Thomas McNally, of Prescott.
- Corp. James Dunlop, a cabinet maker, who learned his trade with the late
John Riddell; whereabouts not known.
- Pte. David Carpenter, from Cornwall.
- Pte. William Salter, of Morrisburg.
- Pte. Matt Winegard, not known.
- Pte. Robert Lowthers, died in Montreal.
- Pte. Henry DeWitt, deceased; brother of Wm. DeWitt, of
- Pte. Henry Edwards, of Prescott.
- Pte. Chas. MacComber, in Wooton, Quebec.
- Pte. Geo. Molloy, deceased.
- Pte. James McDonald, of Morrisburg.
- Pte. Joseph Maiden, of Belleville was afterwards through Northwest
Rebellion, and in South African War.
- Pte. Robert Wilson, of Almonte who was skilled in the art of
- Pte. Henry McAlpin, of Prescott.
- Pte. Chas. Towsley, of Brockville.
- Pte. John Checkley, who afterwards rose to be Colonel of the 56th
- Pte. John McGillivray, of Iroquois, a batteryman.
- Pte. Francis Rourke, a cooper, worked with John
- Pte. John Sumner, of Carleton Place, a storekeeper.
- Pte. Geo. Moore, brother of James R. Moore, town, now
- Pte. John Dunbar, not known.
- Pte. John Steele, farmer on the Scotch Line.
- Pte. Dennis Driskell, of Prescott.
- Pte. Geo. Shaver, of Morrisburg.
- Pte. B. Milligan and Pte. Maurice Raymond, whereabouts not
- Pte. Duncan Thompson, a raftsman, came from the neighbourhood of
- Pte. Wm. Molloy, of Smiths Falls.
- Pte. James Porteous, Matilda.
- Pte. John Sherwood, of Newboyne.
- Pte. Solomon Barrie, of Perth, a butcher, deceased.
- Pte. Wm. Foster, farmer, deceased, brother of Chas. Foster,
- Pte. Henry Moss, shoemaker, here for years, deceased.
- Pte. Peter Roberts, in Sarnia now.
- Pte. George McFarlane, wagon maker, deceased.
- Pte. Robert Hall, assistant cook.
- Pte. Thomas Norton, Kemptville.
The privates received 25 cents per day. The entries in Sergt. Kippen's book are made out
in detail and the signature of each member of the company is signed as a receipt in his account
kept in the paymaster's book; the militia charged the men up for damages to barracks, sheets,
washing and hair cutting.|
This company is altogether distinct from the infantrymen who went to the Brockville front four
years later, and whose names the Expositor will endeavor to secure for a later
Care has been taken in order that no names of any who served either in the Brockville front or
in the fort should not be omitted, but as a few pages are missing from the paymaster's book, it
is just possible a few names may be overlooked. If any names are missing, the Expositor
would deem it a favor if our attention is called to the oversight.|