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 railway. 
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 Edgewood 
of 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 budge. All his posts were restored in 1901 when Bishop Willis was replaced.

In 1904 he hand carved the altar in Emmanuel Church, Arnprior in memory of his brother in law Claude McClachlin.

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.
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Jack's father-in-law Daniel 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 cousin Rev Henry Usborne

Braeside and Arnprior are three miles up river from Portage du Fort where John's father George based his extensive lumber business

St Clement Chapel, Honolulu