Chapter 3

John and Frances Hedley become Grandparents
Frances  Hedley  (eldest daughter)
                      (gen. ii)
Pedigree
Descendancy

Frances Hedley
, the eldest of the six surviving children of Frances (Lawes) and John Hedley gave birth about 1821 to a son fathered by Captain James Dent Weatherley. Frances was about 20  years old  and probably working as housekeeper for James Weatherley. The child was named Thomas James Weatherley, keeping his father’s name, although he was raised by the Hedleys. Around 1832, when his son was about nine to twelve years old, Captain Weatherley returned to England, where he became mayor of Newcastle. (See addendum for more about Captain James Weatherley)

Thomas James Weatherley (gen. iii) was born in March Twp. abt. 1820, according to dates on his headstone, but census reports indicate1823. He married Margaret Mooney in 1849. Margaret was born Jan.14, 1823 on the 3rd line, Huntley Twp., the daughter of William Mooney and Catherine “Kittie” Hodgins. William Mooney, Margaret’s father, was born about 1790 in Tipperary. He came  with the Talbot Party, originally to London, Ontario in 1818, but then moved to Huntley Twp., Carlton Co. He married Catherine Hodgins in 1821 or 1822 in Richmond, Ontario. Catherine (Kittie) died within six years of their marriage, between 1826 and 1829. After Kitty’s death William, Margaret’s father, married Eliza Stanley (1808-1876).
(See Family of William Mooney & Catherine Hodgins (m1) and Eliza Stanley (m2) which follows the 7 children of Margaret Mooney and Thomas Weatherley.)

The 1851 Census for March Township shows Thomas “Weatherly,” a farmer, born in March Township and Margaret, his wife, born in Huntley Twp., both age 29, living in a one-storey log house with their three-year-old twins, James and Catherine, both born in March Twp. The religion of all four was “Church of England.”

Ten years later, the 1861 Census for March Township shows Thomas “Weatherly,” farmer, and Margaret, his wife, both born in Upper Canada, both age 38, living in a two-storey log house with their six children:
James, 12, attending school
Catherine, 12, attending school
Frances, 10, attending school
William, 7
Benjamin, 5
Thomas, 2

There are several variants of the name Weatherley, but generally, it appears that Thomas and his family used the spelling “Wetherly.”

The1879 edition of Belden’s Historical Atlas of Carleton County shows property owned by  “Thos. Wetherly” located on the eastern half of Lot 9, Concession 2 of Torbolton Township,  midway between the properties of “Jno Headley” and “N. Headley,” sons of John Hedley and Margaret Grierson (Chap. 4,1 and 4,5) and thus first cousins of Thomas. Thomas and Margaret Wetherly also lived in Fitzroy Township and later in Arnprior.
After Thomas’s death from paralysis on October 22, 1899 at age 79, Margaret made her home with her son William Wetherly in Carp.  She died on New Year’s Day, 1913, two weeks short of ninety years old.
Of the seven children of Thomas and Margaret Wetherly, only three were living at the time of their mother’s funeral in 1913: Mrs. Catherine Logan of Bells Corners, William Wetherly of Carp and Benjamin Wetherly of Vancouver. The graves of Thomas J. Wetherly and Margaret Mooney are in St. John’s Anglican Cemetery in South March. Margaret (Mooney) and Thomas Wetherly had seven children (gen.iv):

        1 - James Wetherly and his twin sister Catherine, born in 1850, were the firstborn children
              of Margaret (Mooney) and Thomas Wetherly.

        2 - Catherine E. Wetherly, born in 1850,  married Edward William Logan, born in 1851. 
             Edward was a well-known blacksmith in South March. Catherine and Edward were second
             cousins. (Edward was  the son of Jacob Logan and Jane Morgan, who was the daughter
             of Martha Hedley,
a younger sister of Frances - see Chap.5). Edward William Logan died
             Nov. 16, 1887 at age 36. (headstone) Catherine lived another 45 years. She died suddenly on
             Nov. 7, 1932, age 83, at the home of her son Alvin O. Logan, South March.  The graves of
             Edward Logan and Catherine Wetherly are in St. John’s Anglican Cemetery, South March.
             Catherine (Wetherly) and Edward Logan had two children:

                      (1) Alvin O. Logan (1880-1956) of South March
                       m1 Mina Edna Boucher (1887-1925)
                       m2 Amelia Margaret McInnes (1880-1957) (from 0bituary for Catherine
                            Weatherly Logan, Carp Review, Nov. 10, 1932) The graves of Alvin O. Logan
                             and his two wives are in St. John’s Anglican Cemetery, South March.

                      (2) Jennie Logan m. (--?--) Robertson. They lived in Bell’s Corners.     

       3 - Frances Wetherly, born in 1853, married Lois Duego in 1874. Frances was 21 and
            Louis 32 years old. Louis Duego was born in Fitzroy  Township, Carleton County in
            1842. Frances died in 1913 at age 60 and Louis died in 1925 at age 83. [from the
            Noble
Carruthers Family Tree]

It is interesting to note that Thomas and Margaret Wetherly followed the traditional pattern in naming their first four children – the twins, James and Catherine, were given the names of Thomas’s father and Margaret’s mother.  Frances, their second daughter, was given the name of Thomas’s mother, while William, their second son, has the name of Margaret’s father.

        4 - William Wetherly, the second son (fourth child) of Thomas and Margaret (Mooney)
             Wetherly, was born May 7, 1854 in Huntley Twp.
              m1  Emmaline Morrison on Nov. 12, 1884
              m2  Eliza Jane Downey (1854-1926) on Nov. 21, 1906
              In the late 1800s William built the family home in Carp that has sheltered three generations of
              Wetherlys. William Wetherly of Carp died Dec. 24, 1929 at age 75 and was buried at Christ
              Anglican Church, 3rd line, Huntley. 
              Emmaline (Morrison) and William Wetherly  had seven sons, but only three survived:

                     (1) William ‘Herbert’ Wetherly (gen. v), eldest son of Emmaline (Morrison) and  William
                           Weatherley, was born on May 24, 1886 in South March. He married Ida Jane Craig
                           (born Jan. 9, 1890) the daughter of William Craig (b. 1850) and Christianna Wilson
                           (b. 1857). Herbert lived in Carp where he worked as a blacksmith. He died  Jan. 23,
                           1940 at age 53 . Herbert’s  wife, Ida Jane Craig, died 25 years later, on Feb. 16, 1965,
                            at age 75. They are buried at Christ AnglicanChurch, 3rd Line, Huntley
                             Ida Jane (Craig) and William 'Herbert' Wetherly had ten  children (gen.vi):
                                 [1]  Emmaline Lillian Weatherley (1913-1996)
                                 [2]  William ‘George’ Weatherley (1912-1952)
                                 [3]  Kathleen Pearl (Kay) Weatherley
                                 [4]  Herbert ‘Omar’ Weatherley (1917-1982)
                                 [5]  Doris May Weatherley (1919-1972)
                                 [6]  Gladys Ida Weatherley (1920-1959)
                                 [7]  Norma Edith Weatherley (1923-2000)
                                 [8]  Kenneth Wilson Weatherley (1925-1990
                                 [9]  Robert ‘Harold’ Weatherley (1926-1980)
                                 [10] Gwenneth Weatherley,*  a great granddaughter of Thomas and
                                         Margaret Wetherly, was born and raised in Carp, in the home built
                                         by her grandfather William Wetherly.  Gwenneth, a school
                                         secretary, for the Waterloo County Board of Education for 25
                                         years, is married to Daniel Fish,*  who was born in Pictou, Nova
                                         Scotia,  but moved to Ottawa in 1945. Daniel worked as a radio
                                         and television announcer in Pembroke, Fredericton and Kitchener. 
                     (2) Thomas Wesley ‘Ernest’ Weatherley (1889-1978) was the second son of  
                           Emmaline (Morrison) and William Weatherley.
                     (3) Norman Weatherley (1891-1891)d. in infancy
                     (4) Willard Weatherley (1892-1935)
                     (5) James Frederick Weatherley (1894-1894) d. in infancy
                     (6) Edward Harold Weatherley (1895-1896) d. at age one
                     (7) Norman Lloyd Weatherley (1897-1899) d. at age two

        5 - Benjamin Wetherly, b. 1856, was the third son (fifth child) of Margaret (Mooney)
             and Thomas Wetherly. In 1913, at the time of his mother’s funeral, Benjamin was living
              in Vancouver, B.C. (Obituary). Benjamin’s grave is in Arnprior.

        6 - Thomas Wetherly, b.1859, was the second youngest of the seven children of Margaret (Mooney)
              and Thomas Wetherly.       
        7 - Susanna Wetherly, born in 1864, the youngest of the seven children of Margaret (Mooney) and
             Thomas Wetherly, married Richard John Bishop (1859-1923) on Jan. 2, 1889. They lived on
             Lot 23, Concession 3 of Fitzroy Township. Susanna died from measles on Aug. 8. 1903 at age
            39. Her grave is in Epworth Cemetery, Fitzroy Twp.
            Susanna (Wetherly) and Richard Bishop had four children:
 
             (1) Wilfred Roland Bishop died in infancy (b. March 13, 1891; d. Aug. 8, 1892) buried in
                   Epworth Cemetery, Fitzroy Township.
             (2) Edward Sidney Bishop (b. Apr. 26, 1892; d. Dec. 30, 1964) married Pearl Milks
                  (1897-1992) Edward's grave is in Diamond Cemetery, Fitzroy Township.
             (3) Alda Muriel Bishop (b. Sept. 27, 1894; d. March 1, 1951) married Horace James
                  Jeffrey Stevenson on March 1, 1916 in Epworth Methodist Church. Horace was born
                  March 18, 1893; died March 1, 1951. Alda, Horace, and Horace's sister Vera were all killed
                  in a car accident at Shirley's Bay overpass on Carling Avenue, Ottawa on March 8, 1951.
                  Horace was the son of William Stevenson (1859-1925) and Florence Maxwell Jeffrey
                  (1861- 1937). All are buried in Diamond Cemetery, Fitzroy.
             (4) Vera Margaret Catherine Bishop (b. Sept. 14, 1896; d. March 8, 1951) married
                  James Wilfred Gilchrist  on June 30, 1931. James, the son of  Joseph Gilchrist, was
                  born June  20, 1897; died July1967.  (Information about Susanna (Wetherly) and Richard
                  Bishop and their four children courtesy of their
great granddaughter Diane Moorehead)

Family of Wm. Mooney (b.1790) & Catherine Hodgins (m1) and Eliza Stanley (m2)
 
m1 Catherine (Hodgins) Mooney (3 children)
 
1) Margaret Mooney b. Jan. 14, 1823 in Huntley Twp. married Thomas James "Wetherly" (b. abt. 1820 or 22 in March Twp.) on March 30, 1849.
2) Mary Mooney b. June 4, 1824; d. Apr. 15, 1856 (age 31), buried in Anglican Church Cemetery, Huntley Twp., married John H. Holmes in 1843.
3) Thomas Mooney b. Dec. 26, 1826; d. 1853 at age 27
 
m2 Eliza (Stanley) Mooney  b. Nov. 1807; died Feb.11, 1876 (age 68), buried in the Anglican Church Cemetery in Huntley Twp., married before 1829.   (9 children)
 
1) Bejamin Mooney (1829-1910) married Mary Ann Laughlin
2) William Mooney (1830-1920) married Frances Acres in 1862. They lived in Manitoba.
3) James Mooney (1831-1899) married Nancy Baird.
4) Eliza Mooney, born Aug. 22,1834, married Adam Hodgins on April 11, 1860. Adam was the son of Irish immigrants Thomas Hodgins of Carp and his second wife Elizabeth Cavenaugh. Eliza (Mooney) Hodgins died Jan. 17, 1908 at age 74. Her grave is in Holy Trinity Anglican Cemetery at Danforth Lake, P.Q.
5) Samuel (Sam) Mooney was born Feb. 12, 1839 near Carp in Huntley Twp. He married Emma Jane Bradley, daughter of Lieutenant Col. William Brown Bradley and Christina Lacasse. Sam died Oct. 14, 1906 in City View, Nepean Twp. (age 68). His obituary states that he was "one of the most prominent and highly respected farmers in City View."
6) Catherine Mooney was born April 16, 1840. She married William Cavanaugh, son of William Cavanagh and Rebecca Hodgins. Catherine died in 1868 at age 26. Her grave is in the Anglican Church Cemetery in Huntley Twp.
7) Henry Mooney was born Dec. 30, 1843. He worked for Henry Mooney and Sons in Ottawa.
m1 Hannah Caldwell;  m2 Elizabeth Beeson (b. 1850) Henry Mooney died in 1923 at age 80. His grave is in the United Church Cemetery, Huntley.
8) Ellen Marie Mooney, born Feb. 11, 1845 in Huntley, married Frederick Bradley. Ellen died March 6, 1930 at age 85. Her grave is in the Anglican Church Cemetery in Huntley Twp.
9) Robert Mooney, born Sept. 1, 1849, married Sarah Ann Kidd (b. July 11, 1855) daughter of Richard Kidd and Maryann Hodgins. Robert died in 1926 at age 77 . His grave is in the Anglican Church Cemetery in Huntley Twp.


Children of Frances Hedley and  Walker Dawson

Frances Hedley, eldest daughter of John and Frances Hedley, born Sept. 16, 1801 in Ovingham Parish, Northumberland, England, married Walker Dawson of Ottawa, born about 1791. Frances was about 28 and Walker about 38. Walker Dawson's name appears on the 1828 list of Nepean Militia, Richmond, Upper Canada: Walker Dawson, age 37. Frances and Walker Dawson had six children in addition to Frances’ firstborn son Thomas James Weatherley (generation iii):

2. Nicholas Dawson

3. Frances Dawson, b. 1832 in Nepean Township, married Irish-born Beauchamp (Beacham) Scharf on June 1, 1850
 in March Twp. The bride was 18 and the groom 45 years old Beacham Scharf was born about 1805 in Moneenroe,
Castlecomer, County Kilkenny, Ireland, the son of James and Ann Scharf. He died at age 57 on April 9, 1862 in March
Twp. In 1891 Frances, age 59, a widow, was living at 690 Cooper Street, Ottawa. She died at age 71 in March Twp. in 1903.  Frances and Beacham Scharf had six children (generation iv):

                 1 - Frances Scharf, born Sept. 16, 1851 in March Twp. married Robert Ray in
                      Ottawa on April 16, 1872 at St. Albans Church Ottawa on 16 April 1872
                      witnesses Nathaniel Scharf and Jane Burroughs
Robert was the son of Rebecca (Conley)
                      (d. 1879) and  John Ray (1881). Rebecca was the daughter of Hugh Conley (d. 1830)
                      and Rebecca d. abt.1854).
                     
Frances (Scharf) Ray died June 3, 1880 at age 28. Robert Ray died 31 years later,
                      in 1911.
Frances (Scharf) and Robert Ray had two children:
                          (1) Isilla Ray
                          (2) William Henry Ray                  
                     (Information on Ray family courtesy of Barbara Hadden)

                 2 - Hedley Scharf was born June 28, 1853 in March Twp.  Hedley, a farmer, married
                      Mary Jane Hobbs on Jan. 3, 1878 in Goulbourn Twp., Carleton Co. Mary Jane
                      and Hedley were both 24 years old.  Mary Jane was born on Aug. 24, 1853 in
                      Shawville, Quebec.  Hedley Scharf died at age 52 in March Twp. on April 19, 1906.
                      Mary Jane died 17 years later, at age 68 on Sept. 17, 1921 in Brockville Hospital, Leeds
                      County, Ontario.
                 3 - William Scharf was born Dec. 8, 1855 in March Twp. He died at age 31 on May
                      16, 1887.
                 4 - Nicholas Scharf, born Feb. 23, 1857 in March Twp. married Marie Jeanne, born
                      Oct. 15, 1840.  Nicholas was living in Nepean in 1891 where he worked as a
                      teamster. He died at age 50 on March 29, 1907.
                 5 - Ephraim ‘Beacham’ Scharf was born March 2, 1859 in March Twp. Occupation
                        farmer. Beacham died at age 23 on Jan. 22, 1883.
                 6 - Adelaide V. Scharf was born in 1862, the year her father, Beacham Scharf, died
                      Adelaide died at age 12 on Feb. 16, 1875.

4. Mary Dawson married George Thompson
5. Charles Dawson married Ann Johnson
6. John Dawson married (- -) Johnson
7. Thomas Dawson married Margaret Marney


Addendum (Chap 3)
                                        
Captain James Dent Weatherley

Captain James Dent Weatherley  played a pivotal role in the lives of  John and Frances Hedley and their family. Through his sponsorship, the John and Frances Hedley family emigrated in 1819 from Ovingham in Northumberland, England to the Ottawa Valley in Canada. It is not clear whether the Hedleys were actually related to James Dent Weatherley, but John Hedley’s mother was Martha Weatherley, the daughter of  William and Frances Weatherley of Gunnerton. Additionally, the sister of James Dent Weatherley, Elizabeth Rowland Wetherley, was a witness at the marriage of John Hedley and Frances Lawes in Birtley Parish on June 9, 1798.  Frances Lawes, the bride, was born at Woodside in Ryton Parish, Durham, which is just outside Newcastle-upon-Tyne, where the family of James Weatherley had close family connections, so the connection of James Weatherley to the Hedleys could have been through Frances Lawes or through her husband John Hedley, or perhaps through both.

James Dent Weatherley was born October 6, 1777 in Plymouth, Devon Co., England, the first son (second child) of Robert Weatherley, a Plymouth printer and publisher and Elizabeth Rowlands, b. Oct. 22, 1749, daughter of James Rowlands, Esq. of His Majesty’s Exchequer, Westminster (finance ministry) and Sarah Dent (first name requires  confirmation), daughter of George Dent of the Parish of Finchley, Middlesex County.
Robert Weatherley and Elizabeth Rowlands, the parents of James Dent Weatherley, were married Oct. 31, 1774 at St. James’ Westminster (London, England) (IGI). They had six children, all of whom were baptized at  St. Andrews, Plymouth:

1) Elizabeth Rowlands Weatherley , b. Aug. 30, 1776. (Elizabeth was a witness at the marriage, in 1798, of John Hedley and Frances Lawes in Ovingham Parish, Northumberland.) Elizabeth married Cuthbert Ridley two years after the marriage of John Hedley and Frances Lawes, on Aug. 6, 1800, also in Ovingham Parish, Northumberland (IGI). Elizabeth was 24 at the time of her marriage to Cuthbert Ridley.

The 1851 Census for the Borough of Newcastle Upon Tyne (All Saints Parish, East Municipal Ward, 55 Bridge St.) lists 75-year-old Elizabeth R. Ridley, born in Devonshire, Plymouth, widow, mother-in-law, living with her daughter Jane and Jane’s husband William Graham, an organ builder, and four children: Cuthbert, 13; Elizabeth J.W., 4; Anne, 3; and Susan S.R., age 2

2) James Dent Weatherley was b. Oct. 6, 1777. James’s second name, Dent, was no doubt for his maternal great grandfather, George Dent of Finchley (d.1775), whose daughter Sarah (?) Dent was the mother of Elizabeth (Rowlands) Weatherley, James Dent’s mother.

3) Robert Weatherley was b. March 15, 1779 (christened June 20, 1780). Robert married Elizabeth Longridge, who was baptized July 27, 1783 in Newburn, Northumberland (IGI), the daughter of William Longridge and Ann Mason. Robert Weatherley and Elizabeth Longridge were married (by Licence) July 1, 1805 at the Chapelry of St. Andrew in the town and county of Newcastle upon Tyne. Marriage witnesses were Dorothy Longridge and William Longridge. Robert was listed as Robert Weatherley “of the Chapelry of St. Andrew in the town and county of Newcastle upon Tyne.”
When Robert and Elizabeth’s three children were baptized, at St. Mary’s, Gateshead, their father was listed as “Robert of St. Andrew’s, Plymouth, Master Mariner.” Elizabeth (Longridge) and Robert Weatherley had three children:
                1] Ann Mason Weatherley, b. April 14, 1806 (baptized March 15, 1809)
                2] Robert Weatherley,  b. Sept. 7, 1808 (baptized Oct. 11, 1808)             
                3] Elizabeth Rowland Weatherley, b. Dec. 15, 1810 (baptized Jan. 9, 1811, St. Marys, Gateshead)

4) Edward  Weatherley, b. April 12, 1780 (christened June 20, 1780)

5) Mary Ann  Weatherley, b. Oct. 31, 1781

6) Sara Gray  Weatherley, b. Nov. 3, 1784

An obituary in the Newcastle Courant in 1794, may refer to the death of the father of the above family, although this has not yet been confirmed:  "Mr. Robert Weatherley on Saturday April 5, 1794 of Field House near Gateshead of a tedious painful illness which he bore with manly fortitude and Christian resignation to the divine will.”
Twenty six years later, an announcement of the death of Mrs. Robert Weatherley stated the following: “Jan. 17, 1820, Weatherley, aged 70, Mrs. Weatherley, relict of Mr. Robert Weatherley, formerly of Field House, Gateshead.”

Much of the  following account is drawn from the article “James Dent Weatherley, A Peninsular Hero,” in the book, Men of Mark Twix Tyne and Tweed by Welford (pages 589-592).  A photocopy of the article was sent to Daniel Fish of Waterloo in 2003 in response to his request to the main library in Newcastle upon Tyne for information concerning James Weatherley.

 The above article stated, contrary to fact, that James Dent Weatherley was born in Newcastle upon Tyne, “the son of John Weatherley, of Willington House and Howden” who was the local agent and “straithman” for the Killingworth coal mine. Although John Weatherley was not the  father of James Dent Weatherley, John may have been his uncle, as it appears that the above John had three brothers (one of them Robert), sons of Mary (McGill) and Edward Weatherley, who were married in 1728. (The assumed fraternal relationship between Robert, father of James Dent Weatherley, and John Weatherley of Willington House and Howden requires  further confirmation.)

Although it is unclear how the childhood of James Dent Weatherley was spent, the Welford article mentioned above states that, “At the age of seventeen he entered the 60th Rifles (the Duke of York’s regiment) as ensign, and served in Holland throughout the campaign of 1799, was promoted lieutenant soon afterwards, went with his regiment to Egypt, and served upon the Neapolitan  frontier and in Sicily and Calabria.”

A search of the British Army Lists at the National Archives in Kew by British researcher Pam Stokoe did not reveal a James Weatherley on the Army Lists in 1806 or 1807. His name first  appears in 1808, when James would have been 31: “James Weatherley Ensign 61st (S. Gloucestershire).” The following years, 1809 to 1813, show “James Dent Weatherley Lt. 87th Reg. of Foot (Prince of Wales Own Irish) date of seniority 5 May 1808.”
The years 1814 to 1817 show James Dent Weatherley “Capt. 60th Royal Rifles Reg. date of seniority 7 Nov 1813.”
1818 to 1820 entries show "James Dent Weatherley Capt. 60th Reg. 25 Dec 1818 to half pay.”

In the year 1793 Louis VI of France was  executed, his wife Marie Antoinette was beheaded, and France’s “reign of terror” began. When revolutionary France declared  war on Britain, Holland and Spain, James Weatherley, according to Welford, served in Holland throughout the campaign of 1799. Shortly after, he was promoted to the office of lieutenant and went with his regiment to Egypt, which  Napoleon’s forces attacked as a means of striking at Britain. He also served in Sicily and Calabria in the “toe”of Italy.

In 1804 Napoleon crowned himself  “Emperor” and amassed an invasion fleet to attack England. James Weatherley fought under Wellington in the Peninsular War (1808 -1814) as Wellington repulsed Napoleon’s forces at Busaco in 1810, liberated Badajos, Spain in 1812 and fought  French forces in the Pyrenees. Welford concludes,  “Indeed, throughout the Peninsular War and up to the peace of 1814, wherever danger was the greatest, and daring most needed, Lieutenant Weatherley was found. For his services during this long and arduous campaign he received the Peninsular medal and clasps. Having risen to the rank of captain, he retired on half-pay in 1818, married Miss Sawyer, a lady of means, and went to Canada where he had obtained an appointment as resident magistrate.” (from “James Dent Weatherley, A Peninsular Hero” by Welford)

Actually, James Dent Weatherley did not marry Miss Sawyer immediately upon his release from the army. As reward for his services to his country, James, along with other young retired officers, was given Crown grants of land in Canada, along the Ottawa River. To help him in the development of his land grant, James Weatherley took with him to Canada in1819, as indentured servants, the John Hedley family of Ovingham Parish, Northumberland. According to records of the March parish, the first Church of England services in March were held in a building which Captain Weatherley had built for a home (Carlton Saga references - James Dent Weatherley). His original land grant later became the site of “Marchmont,” the riverside mansion constructed in 1872 by the Berry family at the Ottawa River terminus of Berry Road, now owned by the Marshall family, who have recently made attractive renovations to their home. It was probably on this original estate of  James Weatherley  that the family of John and Frances Hedley worked for three years, clearing the land and constructing dwellings. It is also likely  that Frances, their eldest daughter, worked there as housekeeper for Capt. Weatherley.  In 1822 she gave birth to their son Thomas James Weatherley. Apparently Frances remained in the household of James Dent Weatherley at least until their son Thomas was of school age.

Excerpt from “The Carleton Saga,” by Harry and Olive Walker, 1968, p. 245:
           The little colony (on the Ottawa River) even patterned its homesteads along the
           English country estates. Something of a strong fibre of social caste was dominant
           in the March colony.   They refused to compromise in the slightest degree with
           anything that might tend to reduce them to a common denominator, socially,
           with other settlers..... Temperamentally they could not forget that they belonged
           to an aristocracy transplanted in the wilderness; that they had traditions to
           maintain, and that they had a background of breeding and culture not possessed
           by the colonials..... A typical manifestation of this occurred in the matter of the
           location of the church.....It cropped out again in the matter of the school. One
           of the ladies had started a school for the children of the gentry. There was some
           question as to whether the son of the housekeeper of Capt. Weatherley was
           socially eligible to go to that school. The boy’s mother was anxious that he
           should commence his education, and apparently endeavoured to enlist the
            influence of Hamnett Pinhey in that direction.

During the 13 years that James Weatherley was in Canada, he acquired several properties in addition to his original grant, including the land on which Rideau Hall now stands and properties in the Crown Point area that still bear his name, such as “Weatherley Estates” and “Weatherley Farms.” Before departing Canada in 1832, James Weatherley sold some of his properties, but after returning to Newcastle, he placed in the Newcastle Courant, on March 10, 1836, an advertisement for the sale of one thousand acres within the present boundaries of the city of Ottawa, property “delightfully and advantageously situated in a genteel and populous neighbourhood, on the banks of the Ottawa River...”

Upon his return to England, James Dent Weatherley took up residence among his friends and relatives in Newcastle, and in 1834, at age 57, married 49-year-old Harriet Sawyer.
Marriage of James Dent Weatherley of this parish, Bachelor, and Harriet Mary Sawyer of this parish, Spinster, by licence, 5 February 1834. Witnesses Nath Walton (?) Robert Moses Dinsdale, Jane Sawyer, George Edward Sawyer.” From the Newcastle St. Andrew Parish Register (MF 285 Tyne and Wear Archive Service-TWAS)

 Becoming interested in municipal administration, James Weatherley won a seat on the Town Council in 1840, and in 1848 he was made Sheriff of the town. “The duties of the (sheriff’s office) were performed with such grace of manner that the following year they elected him chief magistrate” (from “James Dent Weatherley, A Peninsular Hero” by Welford).

 On Friday, Sept. 28, 1849, “Captain Weatherley’s Mayoralty was rendered memorable by the visit of Queen (Victoria) and Prince Consort (Albert) to open the High Level Bridge (over the Tyne River, connecting Newcastle and Gateshead).  ...On a raised platform in the centre of the bridge were stationed the guard of honour...The mayor presented the loyal address of the Corporation, which her Majesty kindly condescended to receive, repeatedly smiling and bowing to his Worship. Her Majesty, casting her eyes westward, observed to the Mayor that the view here must be very fine (it was raining), and also that it was a most beautiful bridge. His Worship immediately responded by saying, ‘I am very sorry that the day is so wet and gloomy; but I trust that your gracious Majesty will have leisure on some other occasion to renew your visit, when the day may be more propitious’...The Prince of Wales here appeared at the carriage window, and was received with loud cheers; and the Mayor, addressing her Majesty, said, ‘I hope your Majesty will allow me the honour of shaking hands with the Prince of Wales.’ Her Majesty graciously assented, and the Prince at the same time freely extended his arm, and gave his Worship a truly English shake of the hand. Then the train took its departure, and the Mayor hied back to the Guildhall to disrobe, and so on.” (from “James Dent Weatherley, A Peninsula Hero” by Welford)

 In honour of this great occasion, Newcastle silversmiths struck medals, one of which bears the inscription, “J. Dent Weatherley, Esq., Mayor of Newcastle; George Hawks Esq., Mayor of Gateshead. Her Majesty Queen Victoria, Prince Albert, and the Royal Family passed through Newcastle upon Tyne, Friday 28th September, 1849, received addresses on the High Level Bridge from both Corporations.” Two medals commemorating the event are (were?) in the collection of Mr. William Norman of Newcastle.
A year after his retirement as Mayor, Captain Weatherley was elected alderman, attending  duties in the Council Chamber and on the bench of magistrates. A Churchman, he took his seat every Sunday at Hanover Square Chapel, under the ministry of his friend the Rev. William Turner. He was co-director of one of Newcastle’s banks and served on several boards. The remainder of his time was given to the charitable institutions of Newcastle, including the Royal Victoria Asylum for the Blind, in which hangs (hung?) his portrait, painted by Steven Humble. He was also chairman of the School of Design in Newcastle and a friend of its teacher, W.B. Scott, in whose “Autography” James Weatherley is described as “an amiable man, with a noble simplicity of character.”

Census of 1841 for Newcastle on Tyne, St. Andrew Parish, New Bridge St.
James Weatherley, age 55, of independent means
Harriott Weatherley, age 50

1851 Census Newcastle
6 New Bridge Street
James D. Weatherley, head, married, age 73, late Captain in the Army, b. in Devon, Plymouth
Harriet M, wife, married, age 66, b. in Birmingham
Two servants, Sarah and Margaret Forster

James Dent and Harriet Weatherley left Newcastle in 1856 at ages 79 and 72  to reside in St. John’s Wood, London.

1861 Census Newcastle (Family Record Centre, London)
10 Wellington Terrace, Parish of Marylebone
James D. Weatherley, lodger, married, 83, retired Captain in the Army, b. Devonshire, Plymouth
Harriet M, wife, married, age 77, born in Birmingham

Newcastle Daily Journal Wednesday January 6, 1864 (Newcastle City Library)
At St. John’s Wood, London, on the 3rd inst. in the 88th year of his age,
James Dent Weatherley, Esq. Late Captain 60th Royal Rifles, and late of Newcastle upon Tyne.
Friends will please to accept this intimation.

Death Certificate; Registration District Marylebone
3 January 1864; 10 Wellington Terrace
James Dent Weatherley, male, 87 years, Retired Captain 60th Rifles
Natural Decay; Present at Death: Jno J. Weatherley of Pick Hill near Thirsk

Appendix: John Jopling Weatherley, who faithfully attended James Dent Weatherley in his later days in St. John’s Wood, London, was probably a relative. He was the son of ship owner Robert Weatherley (b. April 29, 1777; d. Aug. 21, 1851 in Howden) and his wife Elizabeth, who died three years later, in 1854. John Jopling Weatherley had a sister Emma.
Jopling was Captain of the 6th Dragoon Guards and Northumberland Militia, and was present at the Battle of Balaclava, Oct. 25, 1854, made famous by the poem The Charge of the Light Brigade, written by Alfred Lord Tennyson in 1864. The soldiers who were in that battle, including Jopling Weatherley, were thereafter known as “The Noble Six Hundred.”

Thanks to *Daniel and *Gwenneth (Weatherley) Fish of Waterloo for their assistance with information and pictures for Chapter 3; to Debbie Coxon Prince of Newmarket for information about the Dawson family; and to Judy Scott of Hamilton; Pam (Stokoe) Bennett of Nottinghamshire, England; and Bruce Elliott of Ottawa for their research.


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