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PostPosted: Tue Apr 03, 2007 6:49 pm 
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Ontario, Canada Census Index, 1871

Hon Roderick Matheson

Name: Hon Roderick Matheson
Age: 76
Estimated birth year: abt 1795
Gender: Male
Birth Place: Scotland
Residence District: Lanark South
Residence Location: Perth Town
Ethnic Origin: Scottish
Religion: Church of England, Anglican
Occupation: Senator
Division: 2
Microfilm Roll: C-10018
Page: 30
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This person is listed as a head of household.

MATHESON, RODERICK, merchant, militia officer, and politician; b. December 1793, in Lochcarron, Ross County (now Ross and Cromarty), Scotland, son of John Matheson and Flora Macrae; m. at Montreal, 5 Nov. 1823, Mary Fraser Robertson who died in 1825, then on 11 Aug. 1830 at Gavilock, Scotland, Annabella Russel by whom he had at least five sons, one of whom, Arthur James*, was treasurer of Ontario, 1905–13; d. Perth, Ont., 13 Jan. 1873.
      Roderick Matheson moved to Lower Canada with a brother at the age of 12. He was a sergeant in the Canadian Fencibles when, on 12 Feb. 1812, he was named quartermaster of the Glengarry Light Infantry Fencibles. He was wounded during the attack on Sackets Harbor, N.Y., on 29 May 1813, and promoted lieutenant on 21 August. He ended the war as the paymaster of the regiment and was placed on the half-pay list in 1816. He was granted land the following year in the military settlement at Perth, around which the rest of his life centred.
      Matheson was named returning officer at Perth in 1820. The next year he was gazetted captain in the newly formed 2nd Battalion Carleton militia, and on 18 June 1822 major of the 4th Battalion. These positions were contrary to the rule that militia promotions were to be based on relative seniority in the British army and elicited remonstrances from several half-pay officers senior to Matheson. He was not present at the fray at Perth between a company of the 4th Carleton and the Irish immigrants at the militia muster in April 1824, but he was among the justices of the peace who restored order. He was promoted lieutenant-colonel of the 1st Regiment Renfrew militia in November 1846, and in the next month of the 2nd Lanark. On 14 Sept. 1855 he was made colonel and given command of the 1st military district of Canada West, a post he retained until 1863.
      Matheson used his land grant and regular income from half pay wisely. He established a successful general store in Perth, bought land, and was a director in William Morris*’ Tay Navigation Company. On 24 Aug. 1833, he was appointed one of ten commissioners of the court of requests for the 1st division of the Bathurst District, and he was a member of the board of education of Perth. He also took a lively interest in securing internal improvements in the Bathurst District. Sir Charles Metcalfe* put his name forward in 1844 as a possible nominee to the Legislative Council. In February 1847, William Henry Draper again placed Matheson on a list of nominations to Lord Elgin [Bruce*] for a seat in the Legislative Council. He was appointed on 27 May 1847. Matheson sat in the upper chamber as a conservative until 1867 when he was named a senator. He helped in 1855 to defeat a bill supporting an elective Legislative Council by introducing resolutions against the principle.
      The first of a series of paralytic strokes in December 1867 disabled Matheson and another stroke on 7 Jan. 1873 caused his death at Perth one week later.


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PostPosted: Mon May 14, 2007 2:13 pm 
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February 15th 1836 - Private David Van Volkenbergh

The Board met pursuant to an order from His Excellency the Lieutenant-Governor to examine and report upon the case of Private David Van Volkenbergh, late of the Glengarry Light Infantry Infantry. Present: C. Widmer, President: Dr. King, John Rolph. The Board report that he is incapable of earning his livlihood by labour in consequence of a gunshot wound of the right foot.


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PostPosted: Mon May 14, 2007 9:17 pm 
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Assistant Surgeon Robert Horne

A little to the south of Britain Street, between it and Duchess Street, near the spot where Caroline Street, slightly diverging from the right line, pass northward to Queen Street, there stood in the early day a long, low wooden structure, memorable to ourselves as being, in our school-boy days, the Government Printing Office. Here the Upper Canada Gazette was issued, by "R. C. Horne, Printer to the King's Most Excellent Majesty."

We shall have occasion hereafter to notice among our early inhabitants some curious instances of change of profession. In the present case, His Majesty's Printer was in reality an Army Surgeon, once attached to the Glengary light Infantry. And again, afterwards, the same gentleman was for many years the Chief teller in the Bank of Upper Canada. An incident in the troubles of 1837 was "the burning of Dr. Horne's house," by a party of the malcontents who were making a show of assault upon the town. The site of this building, a conspicuous square two-storey frame family residence, was close to the toll-bar on Yonge Street, in what is now Yorkville. On that occasion, we are informed, Dr. Horne "berated the Lieutenant-Governor for treating with avowed rebels, and insisted that they were not in sufficient force to give any ground of alarm."

The Upper Canada Gazette was the first newspaper published in Upper Canada. Its first number appeared at Newark or Niagara, on Thursday, the 18th of April, 1793. As it was apparently expected to combine with a record of the acts of the new government some account of events happening on the continent at large, it was made to bear the double title of Upper Canada Gazette, or American Oracle. Louis Roy was its first printer, a skilled artisan engaged probably from Lower Canada, where printing had been introduced about thirty years previously, soon after the English occupation of the country.

In 1817, when Horne took over the paper, American Oracle was dropped from the title.

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April 7, 1823 - Christopher Widmer, Robert Kerr, Grant Powell. Robert Charles Horne, present. A commission was read appointing Robert Charles Horne, Esq., Royal College of Surgeons, London, and Assistant-Surgeon of the late Glengarry Light Infantry, as member of the Board. It is then recorded that Captain James Seacord, 1st Regiment Lincoln Militia and Ensign Kirkpatrick, 2nd Regiment Lincoln 2nd Regiment, appeared and being duly examined, received the following certificate each.

This is to certify that Captain James Seacord. 1st Lincoln Regiment of Militia, and Ensign Robert Kirkpatrick, 2nd Lincoln Regiment of Militia. both presented themselves before the Medical Board, at their sitting in April, 1821, and upon personal examination they are of opinion that the said Captain James Seacord and Ensign Kirkpatrick are incapable of gaming their livelihood in consequence of wounds received in action with file vagary. By order of the Board.

"(Signed) A. Lee, Secretary."

Doubtless the Seacord here mentioned refers to James Secord, The husband of the historic Laura Secord, who made the famous night journey to warn Lieut. Fitzgibon


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PostPosted: Thu May 28, 2009 10:24 am 
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Glens buried in The Old Burying Ground, Perth Ontario:

    McMillan, Alexander, Captain, unmarried Scotland, got 1025 acres.

    Adamson, John, Sergeant, married, Scotland, in 1817 got 25 acres in Town.

    Blair, William, Lieutenant, married, Scotland, got 23 in 3rd. Bathurst.

    Leslie, Anthony, Lieutenant.

    Horrax (Horricks) William, served 9 yrs. 62 days, England, got E. ½ 12 in 9th. Drummond, in 1816.

    McNamee, Patrick, married, one child, served 9 yrs. 106 days, Ireland, got land in Burgess.

    Matheson, Roderick, Lieutenant, was also Paymaster, got 825 acres.

    Paymaster - Anthony Leslie.

    Ensign - William Blair.

    Quarter Master - John Watson.

    Quigley, James, Sergeant, married, Ireland, served 3 yrs. 8 days, in 1816 got S.W. ½ 24 in 2nd. Burgess.


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