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
deMeuron 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.