01 March 2012


To blow my own horn a bit;

8th Anniversary
Yesterday I completed 8 years of 'virtual' Walking around Canada. Since leaving St. John's NFLD on 1 March 2004 I have walked over 10,550 K's and am now walking up the 'Top of the World Highway' just west of Dawson City, YK and am heading thru Alaska back to Whitehorse, then ?? Last stop was Inuvik, NWT, at the top of the Dempster Hwy.

100th Anniversary
On 19 April 2012 it will be the 100th Anniv of the sinking of the Titanic. A connection to Ottawa was the fact that Charles Melville Hayes, the President of the Grand Trunk RR, was on board heading home for the opening celebrations of the Chateau Laurier Hotel which were to be held on 26 April 1912. The opening was not held and Sir Wilfred Laurier signed the register on 1 June 1912 to begin operations. This year they will celebrate the 100th anniv. starting 1 June 2012.
Ref; Ottawa Citizen 17 Feb 2012 pgs C1 and C8.

200th Anniversaries
In 1811 Ira Honeywell settled in Nepean Twp, Con. 1, Lot 26 with his wife and son. This lot is just up Woodroffe Ave not far from new Ottawa City Archives. The Nepean Museum has built a representative cabin in which they would have lived. There is no known Genealogy of this family available locally altho I have started one on PAF on branch computer.
In 1812/13 Braddish Billings settled in Gloucester Twp on a lot in Junction Gore. An extensive genealogy of his family is on the branch computer and also on the branch website. I would like to know if anyone has a connection to these two early settlers or to those who settled in present day Ottawa before the start of the Rideau Canal construction.

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