Pte. Stanley Darling

Stanley Clarence Darling Stanley Clarence Darling was born on November 26th, 1894 in Lillies just north of the Village of Lyn. His mother was Fanny Darling and his father Wells. He was the oldest in a family of two boys and three girls. His brother Grant was born a year after him in 1895. We […]

Fire Insurance Maps

Goad Company Insurance Maps Charles Edward Goad (March 15, 1848 – June 10, 1910 ) was a noted cartographer and civil engineer. Goad is most noted for his insurance surveys of cities in Canada, Great Britain, and elsewhere. Fire insurance companies needed to know in detail the nature and size of buildings, width of streets, […]

Mallorytown Telephone Company

The Mallorytown Telephone Company was just one of hundreds small companies that dotted the rural landscape to serve local needs. It served both the Mallorytown and Lyn, Ontario phone requirements. The service connected with Bell Telephone at Mallorytown. In Lyn their exchange was located in the bottom floor of the Pergau Building on Main Street. […]

Jelly Farm Cemetery – 1876-1911

This is a small family cemetery that was for members of the Jelly Family. The cemetery is located on the intersection of County Rd 7 and the Atkins Lake Road. Photos from August 2016                   List of grave-sites as compiled by the Brockville Genealogical Society: Last First […]

The Last Run of the B & W

Passing of the Farmer’s Friend A good and faithful servant retires to a well earned rest by Gertrude E. Wheeler (nee Forth) 1952 On August 30th, last year, the old B&W Railway of Leeds County, Ontario became only a memory — a fragment of Leeds County history. The engine whistled a mournful note of farewell […]

St. James of Jerusalem at Jellyby

The Church of Ian by Tom Van Dusen Anybody shopping for Russel’s Ian Cunningham this Christmas has their work cut out topping what he gifted himself this year. Ian bought himself a church, not a table top porcelain church to place in a Christmas village. No Ian bought a full size stand alone church out […]

Memories of my Grandfather, William Henry MacNish

A Granddaughter Remembers Her Grandfather – William Henry MacNish by Margaret MacNish “My grandfather William Henry MacNish, was over 6 feet tall and carried a full head of snow-white hair. Heavy shouldered, he walked with a slow and dignified shuffle about the farm and up the oval driveway to the stone house. In spring, summer […]

Dynamite for Santa in the One Room School Christmas Concert

Christmas is a magical time, it was even more so when you attended a one room schoolhouse. It was a time before mass media and commercialism, a simpler time when our imaginations were the most important part of our growing up. We are fortunate to be able to share a story of those days written […]

Signature Quilt of 1926

The 1926 Lyn Signature Quilt For some reason in the spring of 1926, the Lyn Women’s Institute undertook to make a signature quiltto be sold that autumn at their annual bazaar. Funds generated by such an enterprise were used for a variety of community works, and perhaps a special need was felt to supplement improvements […]

Lyn Cemetery – Listing of Interments

The Lyn Cemetery Recording by George A.Neville (as it appeared in the booklet “Families” vol.22, no. 4, 1983, November) NOTE: Grave Location Maps at the very end of this post NOTE: Alphabetical Listing of Names is in the middle section of this post The Lyn cemetery was recorded during three major visitations on the 6th, […]

Memories from a One Room School House

Story One Our little school (Yonge Mills) had a few memories besides education that stands out in my mind. At Christmas time before school closed our teacher and pupils held a Christmas Concert. For weeks we practised our part then one school afternoon we held the concert. A couple of the older boys would go […]

Frozen Charlotte Doll

Frozen Charlotte Dolls Frozen Charlotte is a name used to describe a specific form of China Doll made from c. 1850 to c. 1920. The dolls had substantial popularity during the Victorian Era. The name of the doll originates from the American Folk Ballad, Fair Charlotte, based on the poem “A Corpse Going to a […]