GHS Annual General Meeting of May 1 Features John Johnson Manor House of Williamstown

The Glengarry Historical Society’s Annual general Meeting on May 1 will feature a presentation on the historic John Johnson Manor House of Williamstown by the current President of the Manor house Committee, Brent Lafave. This annual meeting will start at 6:00 PM with socializing before a potluck supper at 6:30. Annual business of the Society, including election of a new Board of Directors will commence at 7:30, followed by the Manor House presentation, all occurring at the United Church on the Hill in Alexandria.  The session is open to the general public.

Brent Lafave heads the Manor House committee, a not for profit organization, which began taking a role in helping Parks Canada care for, and promote the Sir John Johnson House National Historical Site in Williamstown (founded 1784). Williamstown is emblematic of the Loyalist settlements that Sir John Johnson was entrusted to establish from what is now the Ontario/Quebec border to as far west as Kingston.

In the 1990’s when the County Land Registry Office closed, the committee was one of the organizations that took land record abstracts and associated documents into safe keeping. It also holds other research material such as church records, school records, biographical information, etc. For additional information on the John Johnson Manor House consult the web.

Brent Lafave, a resident of Williamstown, was born in Cornwall. He is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario. He joined the Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry Highlanders, Canadian Army Primary Reserve as an Infantry Officer in 1979. He was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel in 1994 and commanded the Regiment from 1994 until 1998 when he retired to the Supplementary Ready Reserve. Brent’s had a 32 year career in Federal Law Enforcement with the Canada Border Services Agency; completing his service in the Criminal Investigations Division in 2013. Brent has been President of the Sir John Johnson Manor House Committee (SJJMHC) since January 2012.

His wife, Lynn Vogelsang, is a direct descendant of Sir John Johnson through her mother Doris. She serves as Vice-President of the committee and will be accompanying Brent to the meeting.

Brent Lafave will tell the story of the Sir John Johnson Manor House and the activities of its committee at the Annual General Meeting of the Glengarry Historical Society on Thursday, May 1, starting at 6:00 PM, at the United Church on the Hill, located one block east of North Main Street in Alexandria. For additional information contact either David Anderson, 613-347-7192 or Bill Gilsdorf, 613-525-5177.