The Grants of Goulbourn

The Grants of Goulbourn

map from H. F. Wallin - 1853

map from H. F. Wallin – 1853

The Grant family has a long and influential connection with the Stittsville area. Robert Grant was an early settler on land adjacent to Concession 12 (now Hazeldean Road) in 1818. He was known as a progressive farmer and also dealt in potash and lumber. He was Goulbourn’s representative on the District Council which was the forerunner of Carleton County Council. He was also a captain in the militia, fighting in the Battle of Windmill near Prescott in Nov. 1838. He built a stone house on his farm in 1832, a house which withstood the Carleton County fire of 1870 and survived 160 years before being demolished in 1992 by a developer. His son served on local government and his property is now the site of Grant’s Crossing Shopping Center.

Farms & Families collection

Family of Robert and Eliza Grant, standing left to right John, James, and William.
Seated Bessie (Mrs John Gourlay), Robert and Mary (Mrs William Templeton) from the GTHS Photo Archives HAZ081

Our speaker is local historian and wonderful story teller and actor, John Curry.  This promises to be a informative and lively afternoon. The Goulbourn Historical Society invite all to attend this presentation at the Royal Canadian Legion – Stittsville Branch, 1:30PM Saturday May 21st 2016.

Attendance, parking and refreshments are free. And, as always, remember to tell a neighbour, bring a friend.

Clara’s Rib – Royal Ottawa Sanitorium

Clara’s Rib – Anne Raina

Clara's Rib bookJoin the Goulbourn Historical Society at the Stittsville Library on Saturday, April 16, 2016 at 1:30 p.m. in the Library meeting room to hear about Clara’s Rib. This book, by local author Anne Raina, tells the story of her sister Clara’s time in the Royal Ottawa Sanatorium (the San) for the treatment of tuberculosis (TB) in the 1930s, ‘40s and ‘50s. Anne and Clara’s father and six more of their siblings also spent years in the San, with their father and two brothers dying of the disease.  Anne will tell Clara’s story, focusing on her years growing up in the San. She will explain why, when Clara left the San for the last time, one of her own ribs was packed in her suitcase.
 
Many of us probably remember the San which was located on Carling Avenue. It was often thought its high wrought iron gates were to allow no one in or out, except those unfortunate enough to have contracted TB.  Do you remember the tests in school when they ‘stapled’ your arm?
Anne Raina

Anne Raina

Anne has recently published two children’s books which give her a Goulbourn connection. The illustrator for these books is Julia Taylor of Munster. Anne will have copies of her three books for sale and she will be happy to sign them and chat with you.

 Attendance, parking and refreshments are free. And, as always, remember to tell a neighbour, bring a friend.

Pioneers of Goulbourn display at the Stittsville Public Library

Pioneers of Goulbourn

Pioneers of Goulbourn - Stittsville Public Library Artspace.

Pioneers of Goulbourn – from the GTHS collection

We are pleased to present a gallery of portraits of Goulbourn Township pioneers at the Artspace in the Stittsville Branch of the Ottawa Public Library. The presentation will be on display for the month of February 2016.

This is a careful selection of images from our extensive photo archives celebrating the pioneer families of the former Goulbourn Township.Some of the images date back to the late 1800’s and include studio portraits, group photos and airbrush portraits.

Also on display is a Scrapbook compiled by Mary Jane Argue and recently donated to the GTHS by Ellen Faulkner.

We invite you to come and appreciate these pioneers of our community.

GTHS Annual General Meeting

2016_Goulbourn Township_AGMThe Goulbourn Township Historical Society invites its members to its Annual General Meeting taking place January 23rd 2016.

The event will take place in the Church Hall of Christ Church, Ashton. Dinner will be at noon, price $15, followed by our annual business meeting. Details concerning reservations for dinner will be provided later. Please mark your calendar for this date and come out and support your Society.

 

 

Hobo Christmas – 1935

Hobo Christmas – 1935
terrance west

Author Terrence Rundle West joins us for a reading of ‘Hobo Christmas, 1935’ an excerpt from his book,  Not In My Father’s Footsteps. This historical novel follows two young men from the bread lines and hobo jungles of Canada to the battlefields of the Spanish Civil War. Hear an uplifting story that takes place in a Canada few could imagine today, based on true events and bringing to life the true spirit of the season.

Terrence was a former teacher and administrator in the Ottawa area and although having lived in Ottawa since 1968 still fancies himself as a northerner.

Terrence has written several historical novels revolving around Canadian events.

Hearing our story can be galvanizing; which is why Canadians are turning to novels that revolve around home-grown events. And why not? There’s enough history, politics and social drama in this country to match any nation. In my writing I strive to capture the essence of the life and times in which my stories are set“.

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This event will be held Saturday November 21, 2015 at 1:30PM in the Stittsville Public Library meeting room, is free and open to the whole community. It will be followed by light refreshments and a chance to chat with the author to learn more about his inspiration and research.

Finding Women on Ancestry

Finding Women on Ancestry

Building you Family Tree - the female side

Building you Family Tree – the female side

As you research your family tree do you find tracing females to be somewhat problematic? Female ancestors are often neglected in family histories and genealogies. Until recently women nearly always changed their names when they married either by law or custom. In addition women were often not allowed to sign legal documents or to own real estate in their name. Men were also the ones whose surname was carried into the next generation by the children.

Our female ancestors can be mysterious and they are waiting for you to come and find them! In this presentation, Lesley Anderson will share with you specific tools and strategies when searching for women in the Ancestry databases. This includes methods to uncover females using name variations and other search techniques. Famous and interesting women will be highlighted. The presentation will appeal to both new and experienced researchers.

Lesley Anderson has been involved in the personal research of her family tree for over 45 years and her passion for genealogy has branched out to teaching classes, speaking at seminars and conferences and doing research for others. Lesley works for Ancestry.ca as Content Specialist and has been Director of Education for the British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa. She Also volunteers at the Latter-day Saints Family History Library helping genealogists with their research.

Join us at 1:30PM on Saturday October 17th 2015 at the Royal Canadian Legion – Stittsville Branch for this presentation Women on Ancestry. Light refreshments will be available. This presentation is free and open to all.