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Just one of the several family briefs written by Frank Eames () which provides links to the history of Gananoque.


The little thumbnail sketches shown in “Mrs. Simcoe’s Diary” shows Carey’s cabin in the lead of the rock formation of the island on the exact site of Mr. Cunningham’s boathouse. The lady has sketched showing her sketching the Carey site; also the ancient elm tree, but recently removed for the new structure at the Pump House.

The ‘Little girl”… Charlotte Sheriff’s daughter, became the wife of David Jamieson eventually; his name appears as on e of the proprietors of “Gananoque’s First Public School, 1815” See a booklet by this writer, also the BRASS TABLET PRESENTED BY HIM TO GANANOQUE BUT FOR SOME TIME OUT OF SIGHT, in the back of which are some few records that should not be lost. I have been told it may be re-hung in the Linklater School. I put a lot of time and expense in that to preserve the names of those pioneers, of whom David Jamison was one.

Its historic value to our youthful observers requires no comment. Of the Jamieson-Sheriff union there were two daughters, Rebecca and Charlotte. Rebecca became the wife of Raselas Stone. Charlotte became the wife of David Petch, ancestor locally of the Petch Family and forebear of Mr. Jack Petch at Bishop’s Drugs. Decedents of these unions still living can “take up the skeins and knit the knots from”[sic] here”. Much more of interest could be cited… but that endless seam I shall leave for other to complete.

Frank Eames.