John Usborne Born February 3rd.1842 in Quebec.
Married December 14th.1871 in Arnprior, Ontario
to Jessie Maria (aged 19), daughter of Daniel McLachlin of Arnprior.
Jessie died in in 1924
John died August 1926.
He was educated at Trinity College, Toronto
Jack was in lumber. In 1869 he
was in partnership with his cousin, Rev
Henry Usborne and together they built a sawmill at Braeside. They
bought land which allowed the Brockville
and Ottawa railway to extend the line a further three miles from Sand
Point to Braeside. The mill was sold in 1873 to the manager of the
He then ran the Waba Creek Vinyard and did a lot of experimental work
with apples and grapes.
In 1881, after a brief stay in London, Jack was living in Arnprior in a large house fronting on to the
Ottawa river, called Edgewoodof
which he was a trustee between 1873 and 1884. It was built by his father George who sold it to his father-in-law.
He was described as a "Gentleman" and had 3 servants, 1
governess and 2 gardeners. The house may have burned down before 1902.
The site is now the Robert Simpson Park.
He was ordained in 1887 "to work among the poor". In 1897 he was
appointed by the Anglican Bishop Willis as Rector of St Andrews, Honolulu but was soon in headlong
collision with a bishop he came to
despise. John had a new church built
in a suburb
of Honolulu. He wrote " Dear Bishop, You permitted
me to resign my Church in Toronto, break up my home, my family and my
life, that I might come out here, without remuneration, to take your
duty in Honolulu. Your actions
have formed one continuous, unreasonable and otherwise unaccountable
persecution. I have not done one wrong deed of any kind". The Bishop sacked him as
Rector accusing him of setting up a break-away church. Supported by his
church trustees and a thriving congregation John refused to
his posts were restored in 1901 when Bishop Willis was replaced.
They retired from St Clements in 1917 to Restarick(?), a house on Diamond Head, Hawaii.
Jessie was a sculptress. She died on a train near Evanston, Wyoming. See full biography.
McLachlin (First Dan) was the biggest producer of white pine during the great era of
Canada's lumber industry (1840-1860).
He entertained the Prince of Wales in 1861. Died 1872.
Jack's saw-mill at Braeside.
It burned down in 1910.
Usborne St. was probably named after his
Braeside and Arnprior are three miles up
river from Portage du Fort where John's father George based his
extensive lumber business