Part I: A History of Families
Diary of Burgeo, Newfoundland. Written
in 1925 by Joseph Small.
I shall now take up the families and try to name them all and give a history of
their coming here as far back as 1796 when the first settlers came. This I feel
I can better do than any other person in this town as I have been living here
among them since 1860 and in 1907 I undertook to get the family history
together. In 1860 there were only 62 families living here, but in 1907 were
about 180. This does not include Hunt's and Our Harbor. I find that in 1860 a
great many names of people on the Church Records who lived here in the Forties
were not here in 1860 and presume many of them went to the Westward others had
gone elsewhere or had died. This is especially of West Burgeo and I now give the
names of those of the above place: John Anderson, Fred Cox, John B. Cox, Samuel
Cox, Robert Rose, Jonathon Rose, Francis Read, Robert Harris, James Blumpied,
William Major, and William Mead. The most of these can be traced as they went to
LaPoile and West Point with the exception of Jonathon Rose who I am informed
went to Grand Bank. This was taken from the Church Records.
In 1860 when the writer of this History
came to live in Burgeo there were about 60 families living here except Hunt's
and Our Harbor. In these two settlements there were 6 in Our Harbor and 8 at
Hunt's Harbor and Muddy Hole 5. The heads of these families passed away years
ago and their sons have married and taken over the old lands and rebuilt on the
same stands. These families all came from Hermitage Bay previous to my coming. I
propose to begin with the families on the Islands altho they were not the first
to settle in Burgeo. I have before mentioned therefore I do this for
convenience. Undoubtedly there was someone living on these Islands Colliers and
Vatchers before Mr. Matthews came in 1796 or 1800. Many things have been dug up
such as pieces of iron buttons, and parts of coffins and hones which is a proof
of people having lived here but were gone at the above date. Possibly they were
Old Mr. Parsons with his family settled
on Vatcher's Island before the writer came and was dead long time before 1860
and I cannot find any record of his burial after 1842. His wife died somewhere
about 1862. The youngest son Richard was in charge. He married Ellen Matthews
daughter of Thomas one of the sons of the first settler. Other members of the
Parsons family who came from Jersey Harbor with the old man were John and Henry
and a daughter May, death recorded and two boys William died 1844, 18 yrs.
George died 1846, one month old. One daughter married to George James who was
married at Harbor Breton before coming here. John had left with his family, he
was married, to Bay of Islands before 1860. Richard also went to Bay of Islands
on or about 1866. Henry married Rosanna Maddock widow and both lived up to about
1900 and had sons and Mrs. Parsons by her first husband had 3 children, Samuel,
John, my old and faithful servant and Elizabeth. Mrs. P was no doubt married to
Maddock before coming to Burgeo. By this second marriage there was William and
Thomas and only Thomas left. William died fourteen years ago leaving a widow and
four boys. He made three marriages. Thomas remarried and lives at the old home
and this house is the only fishermen house standing today what was when the
writer came in 1860.
James and Michael Carroll were in Burgeo
in 1845 and lived and died on this Island. They married sisters, Matilda and
Catherine Wells. No record of their marriages, was married before they came
here. The Wells at one time lived in Muddy Hole East. The children of James were
James, John, Thomas Mary and Sarah. All left Burgeo after they grew up. James-,
the father, died of cancer on or about 1875. Mrs. Carroll
died at the insane asylum at St. John's in the eighties. Michael Carroll died
sometime in the seventies. His widow married Thos. Porter of Hunt's who after
moved to Deer Island where they died about fifteen years ago. The children were
James, John and Mary. John lost at the ice with Capt. Colley. James moved with
his family to Sydney an 1921. Mary went to Halifax in about 1880 and married
George James was here in 1840. Came from
England to Jersey Harbor married Susannah James. Had as family George who was
dead before the writer came, born in 1842. Ch. Record Betsy who married John
Grimes died in about 1900. Thomas who is yet alive age 81. Sophie living in the
States went there
in 1870 with the writer's sister and later married W.H. Matthews is a widow
still living here and Edward living on the Island now. He married Rachel Green
William Bobbett came here from Htg. Bay
was single man date unknown was twice married first Charlotte Matthews 1845 by
this marriage one child John who lived here and married Grace Matthews of W.B.
and in the eighties moved to Harrington Harbour in the seventies, Mrs. Bobbett
died only a year or two ago but Mr. B. many years ago. Three sons still alive
and making a good living there.
Emmanuel Vatcher here married to Susan
Matthews in 1850 and had a large family of girls and boys and many of them dead.
Mr. Vatcher died on or about 1890 and Mrs. V. on or about 1913. was a daughter
of Old Uncle John. The family was Richard Long dead. John living here with his
family. Now all gone out into the world except one Leonard a widower Manuel long
dead married Rebecca Hare who left Burgeo and went to live in N.S. Francis long
dead was married to Wm. Stewart who died some years after the wife. Deborah long
dead was married to Henry Dicks had one son was drowned on the Banks with Capt.
John Vatcher in 1900. Martha married to Robert Foote of Red Island. Joseph died
some years ago and Harriet married George Gaines.
Walter Ford an Englishman do not know
when he came to the country or to whom. He married first Harriet daughter of
Uncle John Matthews wife was dead in 1860. Had one child Maria who was adopted
by the Grand Mother Matthews married our old friend Thomas Dicks. Mr. F.
again married Susannah Picks of West Burgeo. sold his house on this Island to
Wm. Ford and moved to the SandBanks and started farming. By this marriage he had
two daughters Deborah who married James Evans The other married a Jersey man
they went to P.E. Island. At one time before Walter F. sold his house he rented
the property to one George Cox who came from St. John's with his family and he
opened a business later he moved with his family to Sydney 1868 where he is
still living but over 80 years old. His wife was Amelia Skinner born at Richard
Harbour came here to her aunt, Mrs. Caswell.
We will take the family of Colliers
first for whom the Island gets its name. Old Mr. Charles Collier came to Burgeo
from Lamaline. The date unknown but it must have been as early as 1820 and I
think the family must have all been born at Lamaline. Mrs. Collier died in 1862
a very old person. She was a Bagg one of the old stock of Cape LaHune that moved
from Burin in about 1800. This family consisted of Charles who died in say 1897
and his wife a few years before. Mrs. C. was a Anderson from Otter's Point and
the next was Mary who married Joseph Dicks lived on this Island. Mr. Dicks died
before 1860 and Mrs. D. In about 1880. The next was Susan who married Francis
Read of LaPoile. Mrs. Read lived to be a very old lady died in 1920 age 96. They
were married in 1843 by Rev. M. Blackmore in Burgeo. The next was John who
married Mary A. Hayman of Fox Island somewhere about 1852. He died in or about
1890. Mrs. C. still living with son Charles. One daughter married to Thomas
Janes. They are still living on the island. The other member of this old family,
Elizabeth, long since dead. She was married to Christopher Dicks who died before
1860. They left a large family but only four living at this date. Two here and
two long gone from Burgeo. On this Island we find in 1860 Abraham Keeping of
Ramea who died this year. He was married to Elizabeth Dicks in 1851. After his
death Mrs. K. married my old friend Thomas Taylor both long dead. Next we find
my old friend and dealer for years Charles Hann who married Susan Collier, the
daughter of Charles both now dead. Charles on or about 1915. Mrs. Hann on or
about 1918. Three sons of this family were drowned at sea. Charlie with Capt.
John Vatcher in 1900. Capt. Bert 1916, Billy in schooner of Thos. Moulton in the
year before mentioned. Next we find Stephen McDonald, a bachelor lived alone
left Burgeo went to Harrington, Labrador in the seventies died there in the
eighties. Had a brother there Thomas. This now covers the Island and I must move
on to Small's Island formerly known as Slades how it got it's name I have never
been able to ascertain. John Furneaux an Englishman came to this country with
Newman &Co. was clerk with them first I think, at Harbour Breton or Gaultois
then here. How or why he came to leave them I never knew. He built on this
island a dwelling house and a large store and shop early in the fifties. He took
a grant for most of this Island from North end to East of the South end line
running back of those formerly on the Island before him. He also took up the two
small Islands know at Fish Is. and "Vat"Island. On the latter he built a herring
house called a "Vat" hence the name. He opened a business and carried on until
1860. It was not a success. His wife was a Miss Winter from St. John's a most
estimable woman. They moved to Cape Breton in 1861 and finally came back to
Channel where Mr. F. was an agent for Rideley & Sons. After some years was
appointed Customs Officer. He died on or about 1878 at Rose Blanche and son
Richard took over his post which he only resigned in 1924. Other members of this
family was Jessie who married Dr. Wicks of R.B. Emily married John Rolls and
Bessie Dr. oldest drowned at Channel. George went North and is engaged there at
this date. This covers this family and my late father and them always on very
friendly terms and took over his property a year before Mr. F. took his family
to Cape Breton. The next family, John Northcott came here from Hermitage Bay
married Eliz. daughter of Wm. and Annie Guy. They had a large family of boys and
girls. Three and all of them died early of the fatal disease, consumption. Also
William after he was married to Susan Ingraham of Hunt's who later married
Christopher Dicks, a widower. Wm. Northcott and Mrs. John Remo were children of
this marriage of William. There are 3 sons of J.N. now living at Deer Island.
Henry, Thomas and Nathan. John lost his wife in 1870 and married the widow of
Thos. Parsons of Hunt's and went to reside at Deer Island and died there in
1906. wife later. One son John died gunning in 1869. Benjamin Northcott married
Charlotte Guy. They had no family both dead some years ago. This house and
gardens was left to John Davidge.
Widow Annie Guy whose husband William
Guy an Englishman died in 1859. Mrs. G. was a daughter of old Mr. Matthews, 1
the first settler of this Island in say 1796. The sons and daughters of the
above family were as follows: John, Elizabeth, William who was killed gunning in
1855. Charlotte, Annie, Sarah, Ambrose, Alex, Jane and Thomas. All have long
since died and except 2 or 3 of consumption. John married Sarah Kendell of Long
Island, Hermitage Bay on or about 1855. John died in Dec. 1898. Mrs. G. In the
year 1912. Elizabeth married John Northcott as above mentioned. Charlotte
married R. Northcott. Sarah married John Davidge, an Englishman who came to
Burgeo a servant to Uncle John Matthews. They were married by Mr. Cunningham on
Sept. 15th, 1848. Mr. Davidge and a son, George were drowned in April 1867
coming from Connoire Bay to Wreck Island were they resided at the time. quite a
large family and one yet living here William. Others dead and moved away to
Canada. Jane married Christopher Dicks before 1860 and died as early as 1867.
Annie married Samuel Buffett in 1865 both dead since 1912. Ambrose married Dinah
Stewart Mrs. G. living at Halifax. Ambrose died in 1912 of heart failure. Alex
married Martha Rose in 1869. Mrs. G living at Port aux Basques with a
son-in-law, Harris, age 78. Thomas married Jane Bowdridge. He died in the
eighties of consumption. Widow lived here up to about 1900, then went to the
States with a daughter still living.
John Windsor, an Englishman no doubt
came out to old Mr. Matthews'. He married the daughter Susan. Had as family 4
daughters Rhoda, Susan, Maria, and Jane. Rhoda married Joseph Gunnery who built
on this Island both dead long ago. Maria married Thomas Knott wife died ten
years ago. Thomas died of cancer in 1900 or thereabouts. Two sons living on the
Island. Susan was a cripple never married. Also Jane both long dead.
William Taylor, a Jerseyman or
Englishman married Widow Gunnery who brought him a large family by her first
marriage. Mary long dead, Joseph died in the Seventies, James dead, Thomas
drowned at Rose Blanche in the Sixties, George died many years ago also
Caroline. By this marriage there was four children Robert, Richard still living
here also Dinah who married Joseph Vatcher and they are living here still and
Elizabeth who married James Vatcher. This family moved to the Labrador many
years ago and about twenty years ago moved to Quebec. James died of cancer three
years ago leaving his widow and three sons and other children. The three sons
all served in the late War.
We leave Small's Is. and take up the Old
Jersey Room of Nicholl & Co. which I have mentioned before. In 1860 Mr. Filleue
was the agent and our old friend Mr. Middleton was the Bookkeeper. Lawrence,
clerk, Robert Luce, storekeeper. This was a splendid compact business Room and
at this date 1860 a large trade was carried on and much fish exported some
direct and more to LaPoile and loaded onboard vessels. Joseph Strange sailed the
schooner 'Eugene' a regular packet weekly or tri-weekly to LaPoile. Mr. Strange
was an Englishman married Sarah Matthews. They had no family. In 1871 moved to
England "Hazelberry Bryon" his home and took over his father's estate, a farm
and was successful. They have both died since 1880. Mr. Strange in his will left
a sum of money to George Matthews of Colliers Island who was a newhew of Mrs.
Strange and was brought up by them.
Next and nearby the Jersey Room we come
to old John Anderson and his large family of sons and two daughters. This man
came from Fortune with his Jackboat and family and planted himself at Dragon,
Htg. Bay long before the writer was born perhaps and the date of his coming here
and building on the southeast of the "lookout" is unknown. Even the eldest sons
had no conception of dates or time being, Mrs. A's name was Johanna. This family
consisted of nine sons and 2 daughters. All of them except George (known) as
Bookkeep and the two daughters were born elsewhere than Burgeo. Grace, Mrs.
Clothier is yet alive. Robert died on or about 1912 left widow who soon followed
him. She was the daughter of Aaron Shuter who died before the writer came. John,
my old servant for many years died twenty-five years ago. His wife was a widow
of C Ches Clothier and there wen-no children by this marriage which took place
at Fox Island long ago. There was quite a large family and they intermarried and
are living here or dead. Mrs. C. died twenty years ago and both were buried at
the Methodist Cemetary. James lived and died at Fox Island. I know nothing of
him. died before 1860.
Charles went to Rose Blanche and
married. died 10 years ago. Know nothing of him. Thomas lived near the old man
on the Point was married to a Melbourne of King's Harbor, had no family. She
died in the Eighties, him say 1900. Had a second wife Mary Coley. They had two
children. She is still living here.Isaac married in 1861 to a widow named Hare
and had some family. Both long dead. Elias married Mary Shuter. They had no
family. Both dead. Mr. A. only two years ago Eli died in say 1912. First wife
was a Clarke had a daughter by this marriage Nowa widow of Philip Anderson
second wife was a Grant. They lived in the Reach. had quite a family of boys
living here or at least two of them. He was a servant of mine for years. The
last and I think the youngest was George died long ago. The descendants of this
old couple are numerous as can be seen by the Church Register and The List of
Voters. We find old Mrs. Shuter living on this point with her son Aaron at this
date and later Aaron went to Rose Blanche married had one child a girl. He was
drowned there a year or so after being married came here to an aunt and married.
Joe Clarke died some years ago. There is no one left of this family. The first
was an Englishman or Jersey lived where John Pinel has his home. died before
1865 from an injury received while working for Nicholl & Co. getting ballast in
King's Hr. Now we will go out to Firby's Point where we find Uncle Geo. Hare and
his brothers and father. A very old man and his brother-in-law, Matthew Gore and
John Caswell an Englishman. This family of Hare's came from Belloram in say 1843
and found this Point waiting for them and I have been told by them fairly
wooded. George took the Point from where now Samuel Hare's southern boundry is.
He was a neat builder of punt and later skiffs. Mrs. Hare
was a Kelly I believe. John was the oldest son of this family, then Mary ,
James, George, Thomas and Robert. Mr. Hare and his wife been long dead. Robert
and family lived at Sydney up to 1910 but I believe dead at this date.
John Hare and Robert had their house
where now stands William Northcott's. John's wife was a Ridgley of Fortune Bay.
No doubt married before coming here as I find no record of it. Their family was
Easter A, John and Rebecca. Easter married Wm. Buffett of Jersey Hr. who built
his house near the old people. He died some years ago. Later the house sold to
Joseph Dicks. Rebecca married Manuel Vatcher. They lived on Vatcher's Island. He
did not live long, died of the family complaint. The widow with her sister went
to sydney John married a Buffett girl and took his father and mother to Halifax
both now dead. Robert was the youngest of these four sons and he married Betsy
Mullet of Old Charlie an Englishman and was Church Sexton in 1860. The children
of this marriage were James, Samuel, Archibald, Thomas the oldest, I think died
when about 14, daughter Elizabeth who married Stephen Vatcher both dead, also
two sons within a few years. Sabrina, Rachel and Victoria all living at Sydney
married. Rachel a widow. Husband was W. Hunt of WestBurgeo. The next son James
who married Susanna Smith on oth 16th Sept. 1847. Mrs. H. was from Fortune Bay.
They had a large family. William who married Mrs. Hibbert, a widow whose husband
was drowned at the Barrisway in August 1859 both dead since 1910. George who
married Isabella Stewart who built and lived on Frank's Island. He died twent-five
years ago and wife five years later. Matilda was married to Amice Pinel he died
in 1900 in Dec. of Typhoid fever. Mrs. Pinel living with her daughter Maud, Mrs.
Vatcher at Rose Blanche. The Property fell to Walter who still occupies it. John
married Susie King of Burnt Islands. John died in say 1915. Mrs. Hare in 1921.
The property owned by the son Lewis. Betsy married Saul Gellam of Channel and
died many years ago. Then Saul married the sister, Mary Jane, and she died long
ago. Samuel went to Channel before he was very old and married a daughter of
Thomas Gillam. On the death of his wife he later married a woman from Fortune
Bay and later moved to Sydney. I do not know if he is still living. There were
two sisters of these brothers Mary and Madeline. Mary married Charles Bungay and
Madeline married Matthew Gore. I will have more to say of these marriages below.
Matthew Gore, an Englishman, married
Madeline Hare on 6th day of Dec., 1844. No doubt Uncle Matt was a servant with
Newman & Co. They had as family three sons William, Ralph, Samuel and a girl who
married a Belloram man and is now living. William married Jane Anderson both
living at Mercers and have a daughter. Ralph died on a voyage from OPorts say
eight yrs. ago and was buried at St. John's. His widow who was Susie Pike of
Channel now lives there the son at Halifax and the Gore family on the old stand
with new house and has the same job the father had 'Keeper of the Public Store'.
He married some years ago to a Miss Anderson of Channel and have no family. Now
this covers the families of old Grandfather's Hare's sons and daughters.
We now come to John Caswell an
Englishman who came to Burgeo with Newman & Co. and served them until they
closed up in 1862. He came to the writer's father and served for a number of
years. He married Mary Hardy of Richards Harbor who was a servant to the big
house N. & Co. They were married on the 19th Aug., 1849. They had as family
John, William, Edward and Henry. No daughters. John was shot at Muddy Hole Point
an accident in the year 1865 lived to be brought home age 16. William married
Mary Hatcher of Hunt's was a good carpenter, clerked for the Co-operative Store
until they had closed up and later sold his house and place to Thomas Moulton
and moved to Sydney yet alive. Henry and Edward both moved to Sydney before
1900. Henry married Susie Dicks daughter of my old friend Joseph and was in 1914
a steward on a steamer bound for England and steamer and crew all lost. Edward
married Mary Keeping of Burnt Islands. He died in 8
P.E. Island ten years ago left wife and family. Old Mr. Caswell went to Sydney
with William . died there over ten years ago.
Following the path from the Point and we
come to William Stewart. He came from Fortune Bay and was here with his family
before 1860. His wife was a Ridgley. They had a large family of girls and two
sons. The oldest daughter named Mary Ann married John Barnes a Jersey man. He
was a servant with the writer's father up to 1865. Mrs. B. died in 1864 leaving
a son John and Susie. Mrs. Street now living here was brought up by Mrs. James
Hare. He got to the States many years ago married. John Barnes went to England
in 1866 later joined the police force and married again. Very little was ever
heard of him again. The second daughter Dinah married Ambrose Guy who died some
years ago. Mrs. G. living at Halifax with her children. The third daughter
married a Hulin of Channel dead sometime ago. Julia married Manuel Harris of
Port aux Basques still living. Susie married John Anderson (Grunchy). She died
in 1921. Mary married John Rose of Harbour Breton in 1888 still living no
family. William married Fanny Vatcher and he built now where John Pinel is. Both
dead these many years left a son who went to his aunt at Harbour Breton.
married. John married Edith Ingraham of Hunt's and lives on the old spot and has
quite a family. The next house we come to we find William Ingraham. I do not
know where he came from and when. He was a servant of ours in the Sixties. His
wife was a Kendall. They had three sons and one daughter, Susan, who married
Mishack Dicks. Later she moved to Codroy and married again. John Ingraham was
drowned in the pond in December say 1876. Sam and Billy got away somewhere to
the other side.
Just under the "Lookout" where now our
friend James Moulton lives we find old Mr. Payne an Englishman when he came to
the country and to whom I do not know but had plenty of oppurtunity to ask him
had I known I was going to write this History of Burgeo. We find him in Burgeo
as early as 1850 Sept. 16th when he married widow Dinah Knott. Mrs. P. had two
former husbands one Ingraham and Knott. Mr. Payne was a widower with three
children grown up before 1860. William, a servant to John Windsor died in 1867.
Grace the youngest went to Rose Blanche I have lost sight for years. Mr. P.
first wife was a Widow Hann married her at Pushthrough. Chas. Hann and Mrs.
Bobbett were the two children of that marriage. Mr. Payne was engaged on the
Jersey Room of Nicholl & Co. and remained there until their failure in 1862.
When DeGrunchy, Renouf Clement Co. opened at the Old Room he went there and
remained as long as he was able to work. He left the house under the "Lookout"and
removed to the house formerly occupied by the late Samuel Prosser who was
drowned before 1860. He went to Ramea to end his days with his son John and died
about twenty-five years ago. We cross the road from the "Lookout" and find a
house belonging to the late Henry Strickland of West Burgeo. The "Jersey Room"
took over the property later on and sold it to Ambrose Guy. Just east of this we
come to John Davidge an Englishman who came out as a servant to Uncle John
Matthews. He married Sarah Guy on the 15th of Sept. 1848. They had as family
George, William, John, Ambrose, Alfred, Jennie and Ann Eliza. As I have
mentioned before he was drowned with his son George in 1867. William married
Carrie Caines had a large family who are all gone out into the world long ago.
His wife died and he married a widow Mrs. Stone now living here. The mother
lived with him for years after the last boys got married. Later went with son
John when he died say 1905. Ambrose married Strickland girl from West Point.
They move to New Glasgow in about 1908. Alfred married Phoebe Caines and moved
to Halifax in 1919. John married Susan Collier whose father I do not know not of
the Burgeo family lived on Small's Island and only moved away to Alberta in 1925
where he had two daughters married and his son Sandy went with him. Ann Eliza
married John Matthews of the late J.M. She did not live but a few years the
fatal disease took her off. Jennie married Philip LeCocq Jerseyman and one time
in my employ was a very nice fellow. She only lived a few years and died like
the sister. Philip went to Halifax got master of a schooner was lost with all
hands of this coast fifteen years ago. One of his crew was Dickie Matthews
J.M.'s son, a fine young fellow.
Denis Kinslow comes next from Belloram before 1860, wife Kelly, sister of Mrs. Geo. Hare of the Point. A brother of theirs lived and died in Francois. The family consisted of Tryphena, George, Abraham and Pricella. This couple being long dead say over thirty years. Abraham was a single man being in the schooner "William H. Hart" belonging to Bowley & Small in July 1864. On arrival in Boston de deserted with two others of the crew and joined the American Navy. He never returned to Burgeo but was known to be at Glace Bay 1917 paying a visit to his brother George.. George married Rose Parsons, the daughter of the late Francis Parsons sub collector. His wife coming into some money from her father's estate, he went into business at Red Island and of course lost it all. He then went as a teacher to Ramea. Then to Francois. Mrs. K. died some years ago at Francois. There was some family one married at Ramea to Richard Chaffy, one married to James Miles at Grand Bruit. Arthur married John Barter's daughter. Next John Green's daughter at Hunts. Lastly a woman from North. He was agent at Hunt's for A.T. Spencer. Then moved to Glace Bay and his father went with him. I hear he died a year or two ago. George had a very good learning and was a socialable fellow in our younger days. Pricella went to live at Red Island with some cousins died there twenty-five years ago. Tryphenia married Thomas Billard son of the old Frenchman who came to Francois many years ago and married Marian Durnford was living at Red Island as early as 1840 three of his sons married there. There was seven sons and Thomas was the youngest and there are more descendants from this old Gabriel on this coast than from any family in the whole district and had Thomas not moved to Louisburg thirty years ago and let his sons marry there would have probably been 50 more descendants of the old gent. Thomas died some years ago but the wife was living ten years ago at Glace Bay with her daughter.
I find I have missed one family after finishing the Stewart family that was James Ford who lived close. Besides the Stewarts and Mrs. Ford was a sister of Mrs. Stewart. There was a large family of sons and two daughters and the oldest was born in Fortune Bay before coming here. James, the eldest, was married but I see no account of it. He lived one time where now is the big flake of the Burgeo & LaPoile Co. West of the road leading to the bottom of Firby's Hr. He bought this house from John Barnes before mentioned. He moved to Channel with his families in the Sixties. Thomas, the next, went to Channel. He was married to a daughter of old Mr. Strickland of W. Burgeo, Mary A. Strickland. Jane married Richard Rose now living at Halifax with her son. The husband died only last year. Mary A. married after the family moved to Channel to Capt. William Poole in 1904. They were living at Cape Ray. George, Manuel and John all went to Channel with the family. John married and moved to Cape Breton. George and Manuel, I believe, died years ago at Channel.
John Guy comes next. He married Sarah
Kendall of Long Island, Htg. Bay. She must have come here as a servant. Was in
the Fifties a servant to Mrs. Cunningham, my wife's mother. They were married in
1855. They had as family William, Aggie, Evellena, John, Mr. & Mrs. Guy both
dead. William married an Anderson from West Point. Moved to Halifax twenty-five
years ago. Evellena married my friend William Harris living here yet family
gone. Two at Halifax girl died and a son killed in action 1916. Harvey a fine
lad. John married Eliza Eavis of Ramea. They had family and a fine boy killed in
the war. Chester, brother of these lads above mentioned, enlisted in my office.
John and family started last year for Toronto to join his two sons Rowie and
Willy two fine young fellows who had succeeded in getting good positions there.
Wife and two daughters got as far as Port-aux-Basques an hour after he dropped
dead. This was a terrible shock to all of this community. They returned with the
body and after the funeral the wife and daughters moved on to Toronto. They are
all living together and have good positions.
Joseph Matthews comes next, a son of old
Uncle John. His wife was a Northcotte, came to Burgeo with her brothers on the
18th Sept., 1849. They had as family W. Henry, Joseph, Elizabeth, George and
Fanny. W.H. married Mary James now living but William was drowned was master of
a small schooner belonging to Penny and Sons, on a trip to Bay of Islands. This
would be about 1898. The crew all lost. Nothing ever heard or seen of this
vessel after leaving here. Joseph married Susan Matthews no living with her son
W.J. Joseph died of consumption twenty years ago. Elizabeth married Skipper John
Vatcher who was lost on the Banks 1900. I have written of this before. They had
a large family of boys and girls: Joseph, Max and Sandy all skippers and living
and the mother and Sandy went to Boston last year to reside where there are two
married daughters. Mrs. George Dicks of Mercers and Lucy Rossiter of Ramea. Two
others of this family of grandchildren of Joseph M. Fannie married Hugh Pink who
died in 1915 at LeHune. Then she married Samuel Billard who died 1923 and Mrs.
B. returned from Rose Blanche to her old Cape. George married twice first to a
Mary Ann Greene who died many years ago of Diptheria No family. Then he married
Sarah Strickland of Hunt's living now on Vatcher's Island. They have a family
who are scattered. Archie and a young lad Sandy, Deborah and Annie May. Mary
died young. The widow of Joseph who died in 1868 of the family complaint
consumption married James Hare of George and moved to Sydney both dead some
Next house and family was Joseph Strange
an Englishman who I have mentioned before a servant to Nicholl & Co. He married
Sarah Matthews (Uncle John's). No family. Left NFLD and went home to England and
took over his father's farm, etc. I think they went away in 1869 both dead. Next
we come to a small house quite near Mr. S and was occupied by Widow Keeping of
W. Burgeo. She had 4 sons Robert, John, Edward and Lambert. The last three got
away to Gloucester years ago Rober married daughter of Aunt Betsy Dicks who only
lived a year or two after marriage he then went to Cape LaHune and married again
to a Barter who is a widow there. Robert died in 1923, a friend of mine for
Now we come Uncle John Matthews of the
first man to settle here with the exception of Mr. Currie. John came in about
1795 as near as can be ascertained. Old father Matthews came here with his
family and settled on Smalls Island known up to 1860 as Slades Island. The wife
of this man was a Bagg a daughter of old Mr. Bagg. How many of his family was
born here no one knows but only one or two. The sons were Thomas, Hugh, John &
William I know no others. There was in 1860 another family of Matthews but do
not seem to be of this family names Samuel, Edward and John. The daughters of
the old man were Ann, Frances, Maria, Elizabeth, Susan, Ellen and one other who
married and went to Bonne Bay long before 1860 name of husband Organ died 1866.
John who heads this family married
before the first rector came Martin Blackmore, 1840. His wife was Frances Dicks
and her mother lived with them, a widow, dear old Granny who was a Caines and
died about 1868 very old person came from Lamaline years back with husband and
The family of John & Frances Matthews
were John, George, Henry, Joseph, William, Samuel, Christopher Thomas, and James
Maria, Sarah, Susan and Deborah. John married Keeping of West Burgeo had two
sons John and George. John died after 1900 leaving a wife and son Rupert. George
living a widower on Colliers Island. John died of consuption before 1860. George
was not married also died of consumption before 1860. Henry married Ann Jordan
also died before 1860. No family. Joseph I have mentioned on Page 10. William and Samuel died after 1866. Never married both of consumption.
Christopher Thomas married Lavena Collier had large family. Mrs. C.T. died on or
about 1896 and C.T. not many years ago of cancer of the stomach. The children's
names are Charles, Samuel, Arthur, Susie, Frances, Bertha and Clara. James, the
last of the sons, who was my great friend up to his death only in 1921. He was
Uncle Jim to the whole community was in poor health for over twenty years
Bronchitis. He married Julia Cluett of Belloram who died the year before of a
short illness. They had as family William, Albert, John, James, Estella, Violet,
Theresa and Francis. Maria married Walter Ford, an Englishman. They set up on Vatchers Island near sister Susan. They had only one child Maria. Mrs. F. died
shortly after the birth of the child and she was adopted by the Grandparents and
married Thomas Dicks. She died in 1912 or thereabouts. Sarah married Joseph
Strange as mentioned earlier. Susan married Emmanuel Vatcher on the 9th Sept.,
1851. They had a large family fully mentioned earlier in the diary. Deborah
never married like her brother James she was Aunt Deby to the old town carried
on business for years for our old freind, Mr. McCourt. Finally became a partner
under the style of McCourt and Matthews and they bought the old Jersey Room.
After the death of Mr. McCourt the business became hers and she took George
Samways as partner and on her death over twenty years ago it became his. Now I
think I have covered all of Uncle John's family. The Parish Register does not go
back of 1840 and when Mr. Blackmore came here ArchDeacon Wicks was on this South
Coast before that and no doubt married a great number of people but no record of
them was kept. Rev. Thomas Bridge was also on this shore and did some mission
work and it was during the time of Mr. Blackmore and it was recorded.
The next family is Widow Betsy of
Christopher Dicks. He was dead before 1860 and no doubt is recorded in the books
kept by the next Rector, Mr. Cunningham. This family consisted on Eliza who
married Geo. Hunt. She only lived one, year after the marriage. I forgot to say
above who Aunt Betsy was. She was a daughter of old Grandfather Collier. The
next of this family was Christopher who died few years ago was twice married.
This I have mentioned before the families into who he married. Susan the next of
this family married Robert Keeping. She only lived two years was dead before
1868. Charlie died of consumption like his sisters on or about 1874. Thomas now
living a widower. His wife was Maria Ford who died 1912. They had a family two
now living and married. Edwin and Nina and one man in the States. Henry living
and is the light keeper wife Ellen Vatcher and they have lost two children by
consumption. One drowned on the Banks by a former marriage of T. One Henry by
this marriage who was married to Susan Caines and lost to sea with Capt. Bert
Hann mentioned on the pages of vessels losses. One daughter, Etta, now living at
home. There were two other daughters of Aunt Betsy's. Jane and Betsy married
years ago and left and went away both living a year ago.
The next family in this neighbourhood
was Williana Kinslow. The house was wher James Matthews lived now occupied by
Thomas Gunnery and once the property of the writers father. Was enlarged rebuilt
in 1867 and sold to James Matthews. Mr. Kinslow was from Fortune Bay and brother
of Dennis before mentioned. John of Red Island. His wife was Emma Kelly. They
were married on Oct. 9th, 1843 and he did not live long. There were two
daughters Adelaide and Margaret and William. Adelaide married William Bond of
LaPoile. Mrs. K. married Samuel Penny Englishman. They moved to Bay of Islands.
Margaret went with them and Billy R. was drowned at Rose Blanche from a skiff. I
almost forgot those children of Mr. K.
We come next to Henry Dicks, the father
of my friend Philip. Mr. Dicks died long before the writer came and at White
Bear Bay where they lived in the winter time. He had three brothers George,
Christopher and Joseph before mentioned on Colliers Island. This family came
from Lamaline with their people long ago. Granny, the mother, I have mentioned
and the father died long ago and their house used to stand between Philip an
Jas. Matthews house.
Mr. D. married Susan Anderson and this
family was as follows Edward, Joseph, Fanny, Henry, Isaac, Philip, John, and
Harriet. Only three living at this time. Philip, Fanny better known as Aunt
Fanny and Harriet. Edward married Anne Pink of Deer Island Had no family and
lived for some years and looked after Henry, Isaac, Philip and Harriet. The
mother married Uncle William Matthews a widower with a family. After Edward was
appoint light keeper in 1876 Philip the youngest took over the property and
rebuilt the house, etc. Edward had a great mind and was most ambitious. As a
sideshow once went Banking, tried whaling, then Fox Farming. In the latter he
was before, his time which since has become a success. He died in 1912. Joseph
married Hannah Kendall at West Point came here to live and built on the
Sandbanks from there went to Barrisway Point. Later back to Sandbanks. It was
him and Edward who started the Co-operative store which he conducted for a few
years (this before mentioned). He finally moved to P.E. Island with his family,
bought a fishing schooner, and after some years he moved to Waltham, Mass.
having four boys who all took to carpentry. He and his wife both dead and their
family scattered. Nora and boys at Waltham all married. Alice, married a
Jerseyman Pinel before leaving Burgeo. He died she then married a Huet at Sydney
where they reside now. Susie married Henry Caswell was living at Sydney when he
was lost on a voyage to England during the war. Fannie married John Matthews
Uncle Williams son and they had a large family. John died suddenly one Sunday
night after service was Church Sexton and fell just as he entered his door. Aunt
Fannie has spent the last two years with her sons Nathan, a clergyman and
Manuel. Nathan was a clerk of mine for a few years went to the States, Boston,
to my people was later able to go to college in Virginia was ordained Deacon and
priest in 1900 and went to West Africa and worked there for twelve years. The
Society gave him work since then. Another son John married Anne Davidge on her
death he went to British Columbia still living. Harriet died about ten years ago
and was a cripple all her life. William, living here married Hannah Crewe of
Deer Island. They have a family of boys married and away to the States. Two
girls Sadie married Henry Foote her cousin of Red Island Dottie married Wm.
Anderson of John in the Reach. Philip working here. John single here twin
daughters one here married to Wilson Keeping. The other married at Glace Bay.
One other girl married to a Bowdridge living in the States. Manuel married the
daughter of Mrs. Geo. Collier. They live in Detroit. The youngest of Aunt
Fanny's family married in the States some years ago.
Henry Dicks was born in 1843. When I
came here he was a servant to my father. He went to Channel and married to Agnes
Bragg moved to P.E.Island some years ago. He was drowned on the Labrador ten or
fifteen years ago wife still living at Sydney and they had a family John,
Nelson, and others I do not know of.
Isaac Dicks died at the insane asylum at
St. John's 1865. John Dicks went to Channel married to one Gillam daughter of
William was lost in the Gulf many years ago. His widow married Forsey and a
daughter was brought up by her Uncle Edward. Harriet Dicks married Capt. Parks
of Jersey and he set up business on Vatcher's Island. Had a daughter. He did not
live long died of comsumption years ago.The widow married the brother Jabez and
they built a house on the land owned by Lewis Moulton or his stepmother. They
moved to P.E. Island and Jabez died there. There was two or three boys by the
marriage moved to St. Johns lived there for a few years kept a lodging house
from there went to the States. Mr. P. still living. Philip married Matilda
Bowdridge and he carries on the old stand of his fathers and Edward a most
industrious man has a fine property good neighbour and friend. His family was
quite large. Minnie who married in Nova Scotia some years ago to one Monroe
Elsie married a brother. Veronica has lived near Boston for some time married
there has some family. Mabel married to a Sydney man. They are living at Grand
Fal Falls Winnie unmarried also Isabel. They work in the States. Henry was
drowned when a small boy of the slip. George living here married Susie Tibbo an
adopted daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Colback. He runs his vessels fishing and
freighting. This covers Philip's family.
We come next to old Mr. Jordan who I
have mentioned of before. He came from England many years ago. I think to the
firm of Spencers at Burin. Just at what time he came to Burgeo I do not know and
when he was married. He married Jane Collier and they had 2 children. Annie who
married Henry Matthews no family. He did not live long after marriage. died of
family complaint as did so many of his brothers. Mrs. M. married after to Capt.
Jacob Simms of Newman & Co. and lived at Gaultois. By this marriage there was a
nice family of girls and a twin of boys Bob and Jack well known here for after
the death of Mr. S. they came to live with the Grandparents also Maggie. These
all got to the States. Bertha Simms married Capt. John Taylor of Coastal fame.
He was lost near St. Johns some years ago. Then Mrs. T. went to the States where
there were sisters and brothers and married again. They are all lost sight of.
Maria Simms married at Burin now living here. Charles Jordan as I have stated
before was drowned at Channel if married left no issue. Mr. John as I have
before mentioned was the first Magistrate in Burgeo appointed in 1874 and held
it until he became tot old and a new appointed was made. The next we come to is
Granny Vatcher and a dear soul she was. She died a very old person about thirty
odd years ago. Was Midwife for many years and brought 400 children into the
world and never lost a woman. Mrs. V. was a Caines came to Burgeo with her
husband an Englishman many years ago from Lamaline and I think her family were
all born there perhaps except Phoebe and Joseph. Mr. Vatcher was dead many years
before the writer came and no death recorded between 1840 and 1849. George,
Emmanuel, Richard and Joseph who was the youngest son. The daughters were
Martha, Phoebe, Deborah, and Mary. Richard died single man before 1860.
Stephen Vatcher who I think the oldest
son or next to George I have mentioned as having been drowned in the Long Reach.
His wife was Maria one of the Grandfather's Matthews many daughters. I do not
find when they were married but it took place before Mr. Blackmore as it is not
recorded by him. His family consisted of Elizabeth born in 1842, Richard born in
1844, John born 1846, George James and Stephen, Sarah Martha Jemima and Ellen.
Elizabeth or Betsy as she was called
never married. Died in 1867 of fever. Richard married at Rose Blanche wife dead,
came back home and brought a child who later in years married John Dominey now
living. Richard died three or four years ago and had been living with his
brother Joseph. John married Elizabeth Matthews and bought the Joseph Strange
property now owned by Eph Matthews. George married at Rose Blanche lived there
for some years then went to Sydney. They had a family now all scattered. James
married Elizabeth Taylor. They went to Labrador many years ago. Then moved to
Quebec he died three years ago or there abouts. Joseph married Dinah Taylor.
They were still living in the Reach and had a family three girls two married at
Red Island one in Nova Scotia one son Capt. Joe Jr. Stephen the youngest took
over the house and married Elizabeth Hare of Robert. He died in 1915 of heart
failure at Harbour Breton was master of one of Robert Moulton's vessels. His
wife died in 1916. Had a large family. Two sons Robert died of consumption
in 1918. The other boy died in France. joined a Canadian Regiment. Six daughters
two at St. Jacques, two at Louisberg two Halifax. Robert became the only heir to
the property and it was sold to William Webb sons Sarah married Thomas Matthews,
Uncle Williams son. They moved to Channel sold their home which was the old
Bobbett property on Vatchers Island later moved to Sydney. He was killed in an
accident. I know nothing of this family. Martha married Edward Cluett of
Belloram. They had a family. I know of two sons both master mariners. Edward
been dead for some time. Mrs. C. still living Jemima married John Collier. He
died on a
voyage from S. America was master of the "Duchess of Cornwall" Time was in 1919.
He was buried at sea by the mate Leonard Hare, had two sons on board as part of
the crew. A son of this marriage, John, took charge of Robert Moultons Ltd.
vessels in 1917 "Lizzie M. Stanley" on a voyage from here to Catalina to load
fish was lost and all hands and the going how was never known. Stephen, also a
master mariner. One daughter died some years ago of consumption one married in
Fortune Bay and Archie home with Mrs. C. and owner of the house. Ellen Collier
known as Nellie married to Henry Dicks of Christopher Sr. They have lived on
Boar Island since 1902. Their son Henry who was married was lost with Capt. Bert
Hann sch. "Elsie Burdett" in 1918 and left a widow and two boys.
This now takes all of Uncle Stephen Vatchers family. George was married and living at Grand Bruit in 1859 where I
first saw him. He married a widow a Mrs. Payne know nothing of her she had a son
who died there a single man. Of this marriage there was three girls. On the
death of Mr. V. in the late Sixties the girls were brought to Burgeo or rather
the Uncle here went for them. Martha went to live with her Uncle Stephen. She
died od consumption at the age of 20. Susanna went with her Uncle Manuel and
later married James Rose. She died on or about 1902 left a family. Her husband
predeceased her by quite few years was drowned. Phoebe went to live with Uncle
Joseph later married Thomas Bungay who died as long as 1895 left the widow with
one boy George, a girl Martha who died away I think at Glouchester where George
was sailing out of. Mrs. B. later married William Rose of Samuel, both still
living at Burgeo and have a daughter married at Halifax. The next of this family
was Richard who died few years before the writer came. Was never married. Next
comes Uncle Manuel. He married Susan Matthews 20 Sept. 1851. I have given an
account of this family before when writing up Vatchers Isl. Mr. V. was a smart
and ambitious man always wanted to be one of the first like his brother Stephen.
Joseph the last and youngest of Grandmothers sons. He married late in life to
Martha Gore. They had 2 children Ella and Joseph, the latter died very young of
consumption. Ellan married Leonard Hare. There was by this marriage two boys
Joseph and James. Mrs. H. died some years ago of the fatal disease consumption.
Leonard was lost with his son James on the "County Richmond" which I have before
mentioned. Jeseph in the States. Leonard married a second time to Mary J.
Gunnery widow. There was no family. Uncle Joseph died in 1912 an old man.
I now take up the daughters of
Grandmother Vatcher. First Deborah who married James Rose who came here as a
young man from Grand Bank. Mrs. R. died before 1860 he in 1880. They had as
family Samuel, Richard, James, George, Dinah and Martha. Samuel married Jane
Keeping of West Burgeo. He died twenty years ago. Mrs. R. living with her
daughter in Boston. Three girls were married in Bay St. George. All living and
have good homes. William living here still married as before mentioned. Mary
married Uncle William Matthews. She was dead before 1860. and he married again
to Susan Dicks widow before mentioned. By this marriage wer John, William,
Martha, Emmanuel, Richard, Thomas and Mary Ann (twins). William left Burgeo and
went away somewhere, I think, with the Wilsons of N.B. long before 1860. John,
our old friend, as I have before mentioned married Fanny Dicks and the account
and names of this family I have given before on the Dicks side of the house.
Martha went to live at St. John's before 1860 with the Sawyers. Mr. S. being a
Customs Official before this time she married and went to Boston where I met her
in 1867. She only paid one visit to her home after leaving her. That was in
1864. Richard went to Western Point and married a daughter of John Anderson.
They had some family. I know nothing of them. He was drowned in deep water with
another man some years ago. The widow married went to St. John's to live. Uncle
Emmanuel went to Channel to live and married Annie Evans. They had no family.
Twenty-five years ago they moved to New Glasgow, N.S. both was alive few years
ago Thomas as before mentioned married Sarah Vatcher. Went to Channel lived
there some year then N. Sydney where he was killed by an accident. Mary Ann was
a teacher at Ramea for some years. Then married Capt. William Buffett a widower
been living in the States since 1906 went there took a position as housekeeper.
This covers the family of Mary Vatcher(later Matthews). Martha married John
Gaines on Dec. 17, 1850. Mr. C. came here from Lamaline. Mrs. C. was his cousin.
They had a large family. James now living. Also George. Thomas and John died as
young men of consumption. Caroline, Deborah, Phoebe, and Martha of these
children we find James married Jane Collier daughter of Charles. They have one
son living only, Lewis who lives at Sydney last ten years married first a
daughter of Capt. John Vatcher. She only lived a few years died of consumption
left two boys. One died of fever. Aubrey still here with the Grandparents. His
second wife was daughter of Philip Filleue. George married his cousin Harriet
daughter of Uncle Manuel Vatcher. They are living in the Reach here. A good
family and I think living yet. The oldest is Susie who is a widow with two boys.
Her husband Henry was lost at sea also mentioned before. Ivy married Wm. Kinslow
of Red Island where they are living. Martha married Ward Matthews of William.
They are having a good family. John yet single (but not for long) served in the
War and was wounded which impedes him from too much labour was appointed "Tide
Waiter" in 1923. He owns a house on the Cross Road. George, Joseph and younger
sister of this last two are all living at home. Sarah married Stan Crewe of Deer
Island. Now we come to the daughters of John Caines family. Caroline married
William Davidge she died of consumption and left two girls and three boys who
are in the West married. One daughter Phyllis who married William Anderson
living on Bobbetts Island Deborah married Hugh Matthews. She died many years ago
of consumption and left two or three girls who went away to the States after
thier father married again. Three sons Thomas was drowned with W. H. Matthews in
a schooner of John Penny & Son going to Bay of Islands over twenty-five years
ago. Rupert went away to sea and sailed on big ships and during the War became a
Commander in the American Navy. He bought land in the South married and has
settled down there. Ernest, the last of the family married and has lived at
Sydney and has a large family. Phoebe married Alfred Davidge and they raised up
a family. I think two girls and three boys. Freeman was a soldier in a Canadian
Reg't and was wounded. The others were carpenters, in fact, all of them. One
daughter at Sydney married a son of Jim Taylor once of Burgeo. The last girl of
them at Halifax where they moved four years ago. Martha married Joseph Gunnery
who was lost on the Banks with Skipper Johnny Vatcher in 1900. She married again
at Lamaline to a cousin. There was no family by this marriage John married Susie
Crewe of Deer Island daughterr of William Crewe. He built or bought a store
owned by John Steer and made a fine house of it. They
had quite a family of boys and girls. They moved to Sydney a few years ago. I
have forgotten names of the
family. This now covers the family Martha Caines nee Vatcher.
The last of G.M. Vatcher's family is
Phoebe who first married a Mr. Hebbert. This marriage took place on or about
1857 or 1858. Mr. Hebbert was drowned at a place known as Little Gut west of
Little Barrisway and one Mr. Critch the operator of the Tel. Co. Mr. B., the
bookkeeper with Newman Co. This was Aug. 1859. The writer was at Burgeo at this
date. Mrs. Hebbert later married William Hare of James. Both dead within last
ten years. They left good family. First William who married Susie Dominey. They
also had a family two boys and five girls. The second son died in Scotland
Harvey was a soldier and died of diptheria. The girls at Halifax. One married
two here teaching. Kenneth married a Green of Our Harbour living at Halifax was
also in the Navy during the War. Carrie of the first marriage married Fred
Somerton once our teacher. Now Magistrate last six years at Trinity. James
married his cousin Harriet Caines they live here had family of two boys Victor
and Rupert. One daughter Martha married Reuben Somerton live North somewhere and
the daughter of this family married a constable of St. John's. Now this covers
the children of G.mother Vatcher of Martha Caines nee Vatcher. Next we come to
John Matthews son of Uncle William who married Fannie Dicks daughter of Henry
Dicks. They were married late in the Fifties. Not recorded on the first Register
which I am making use of. I have given an account of their family under Aunt
Fannie's family. Hence no need of doing it again.
Next we come to Charles Bungay who came
from Sagona married Mary Hare sister of the Firby's Hr. families. Married 1846.
They had as family Maria, Thomas, John, my old servant for years. George and
Edward. Mrs. B. and Maria died in the early Seventies. The family was broken up
and homes found for the boys. Thomas married Phoebe Vatcher now Mrs. Wm. Rose.
He built in the Reach did not live long say six years. Left three children. One
died a boy young say six years. George in the States have mentioned this before
under Phoebe's name as Vatcher. John married here Isabella Warren had one child
wife died. A girl grew up went West somewhere. John some years after went to
Rose Blanche and married a widow. He died four years ago.
Next we come to Old Uncle William
Matthews who first married Mary Vatcher and I have before mentioned this family.
His second wife was Susan Dicks married before 1860. They had two children Hugh
and Susannah both now living. Hugh married first Deborah Caines and this has
before been mentioned and their family. His second wife was a Anderson. Susanna
married Joseph Matthews of Joseph. He has been dead this fifteen years or more.
William and Thomas represent the Family and Mrs. John Matthews. Also Harriet
married Leonard Leach at St. Catherines. Aunt Susan as she was known to all
lived to be a very great age. She was an Anderson, sister to the late John and
William who lived on the Sandbanks. She died 1915. One hundred last Oct. This
covers the families of these two marriages.
James Rose comes next as I have said
before came from Grand Bank and married Deborah, daughter of Grandmother Vatcher
of this family I have not fully mentioned except Samuel and his family. Richard
married Jane Ford who is still living at Halifax. Richard died there last year
f1924 age 80. Was an old aged pensioner lived with his son Capt. Dickey. John a
brother of the above went to Channel got caught with others in the country deer
killing and perished near Margaree. Matilda married Alex Guy long dead. She
still living at Channel with a son in law. Dinah married Capt. William Buffett
both dead years ago.
Next we come to Uncle Stephen Vatcher of
whose family I have fully mentioned before under the wife and his name. John
Caines house comes next up the Reach. He came from Ramea married Hannah
Chevalliar of West Burgeo. They had only one child, a girl. George died in 1866
of consumption. Widow went home with her own people of W. Burgeo. This family
moved to Sydney in the Eighties all dead, I believe. Mr. Chevelliar was born at
Arichot. N.S. went from there to St. Pierre, no doubt with his people some of
whom lived there in the early. Sixties One sister perhaps others.
The next residence is the Parsonage
where we find Rev. John Cunningham and family. The Parsonage was occupied by the
former Rector, Mr. Blackmore. Whether he had it built or whether it was ready
built when he came, I have never heard. Mr. Cunningham added to it on the N. and
shortly after he came in 1848 also commenced a new church in the Fifties and of
this church I have fully written before. There was no other buildings on the
North side of the Main Road except the school and church. The church grounds are
the same today as they were in 1840. Two pieces of land in Burgeo for church
purposes were conveyed to the Lord Bishop in 1844 by John B. Cox on Aug. 16, and
the other lot where this piece is I do not know. Of course, the other is that on
which the church, rectory and school stands on and was appropriated by the Lord
Bishop in 1844. At Upper Burgeo there is three pieces of land belonging to the
church. First piece was conveyed by
William Anderson and others on April 12, 1844. Next piece August 16, 1845
appropiated by the Bishop. The third piece on April 13, 1844 by Wm. Anderson and
others. I know only of two pieces of land in Upper Burgeo belonging to the
church. One on the Island where first stood the little building that was used
every Sunday afternoon from and after Easter Sunday until November and the
writer went almost every Sunday. The second piece is on the Sandbanks used for a
cemetary which is now unfenced, I am sorry to say. I do not think any person
living knows where the third piece is. There was a new church built on the
Island in the early Eighties was consecrated by Bishop Jones and the writer was
present and took part in the service (started the hymns). This church did not
stand long and was blown down in the Fall of 1879. The new church was then built
on the Sandbanks within two or three years. The carpenter was Edward Cunningham.
Owing to the people moving away almost in a bunch and older ones passing away it
was taken down and used at Ramea and some of it was sold. This closes the record
of churches at Upper Burgeo from say 1840 to 1880, under the clergyman Mr.
Blackmore, Mr. Cunningham and Henry Cunningham. After the latter incumbent Mr.
Field came then Mr. Smart (now Canon Smart). The Mr. Allsopp. Next Mr. C.Nichols,
Sticklings, Fletcher, Tarrant, Parsons now Victor Cunningham. How long he will
remain is hard to say. The men of the last forty years did not remain long
in one Parish and this is not good for the church.
I must again take up the few remaining
families of Burgeo before going to Upper Burgeo and will say before doing so
that on the South side of the road, main from the opposite of the Old Parsonage
to the house and land owned now by W.J.Matthews there was not one building
except near the water of Firby's Harbour and that was Charles LeRoux was from
Fortune Bay married Bungay I presume before coming here no record of it from
1840. He was a large powerful man but fell and was injured from which he never
recovered but lived up into the early Seventies and fished when he could. Had he
been a well man no fisherman would have been better of than him. They had as
family two sons John and Charles and three daughters Grace, Dolly, and Sarah.
Charles lost at sea. John died. Married
at Sydney. Grace married Manuel Harris Port aux Basques. Dolly married Francis Touzel, a Jerseyman. Sarah married Philip Ereaut another Jerseyman who came to
the country in 1860 a boy on the old "Jersey Room" Nichol and Co. later to DeG.
R.&S.& Co. died only a few years ago leaving a good estate which is now being
used by the widow. A very quiet man he was. By this marriage there were two
girls and two boys. George lost at sea in a vessel belonging to the late Thomas
Moulton. Philip a clerk to Clement & Co. both unmarried. One daughter Elizabeth
living with her mother. Gussie married Ambrose Sheppard living here came from
Harbour Grace. Dolly (Mrs. Touzel) had a family of three daughters and all three
of them became school teachers. One married a Methodist teacher moved to Halifax
five years ago. One Ida teaching and Blanche married at Harbour Breton one
Eliott. Lennie working at Halifax married Will Eliott.
The next house we find vacant at this
time 1860 belonged to Newman & Co. Samuel Prosser lived there with his family
until he was drowned a few years before in December. Was one of the skippers of
the "Old Room" N. & Co. went to Rose Blanche to carry supplies to the planters.
I do not know how he lost his life but I think I have heard vessel and all hands
went. The widow and the family moved to New Harbour later say 1864. Jabez our
old friend returned and served Manuel Vatcher as a shoreman for sometime then
married Elizabeth Eavis of Ramea who was a servant with our old friend and
neighbour C.T.Matthews. A brother remained Enoch Prosser remarried
and married Emily Dominey of Deer Island a sister name unknown also married N.
Hr. Another sister married at
Cul de Sac. Enoch died long ago and his widow married again. Jabez made his home
and brought up a family and
built the house now owned by William Foote. Widow P. went to New York four years
ago and lives with her sons Samuel and William. The daughters married Thomas
Anderson son of Rob't and moved to Sydney. Poor old Jabez fell dead near the
harbour one day wandering around. This was ten years ago, Hence the family name
is gone from Burgeo.
The Samuel Prosser home fell into the hands of De G.R. Co. and was sold by them to Philip Ereaut Sr and was all rebuilt and made into a nice large home. Old James Payne as before mentioned lived under the "Lookout" lived in the old Prosser home for some years; in fact, until he went to Ramea.
We now come to a nice little cottage
close to the road leading to the "Old Room" owned and occupied by Charles Samways an Englishman. Mrs. Samways before married was a widow having been
married only a very short time to a Mr. Eales before he lost his life under most
distressing circumstances. They were on their way home to Jersey On the passage
the vessel met another ship in distress and in taking off the crew of this
vessel in the boat was Mr. Eales who had volunteered to go as a hand was
unfortunately drowned. Later Mrs. E. was landed in Jersey a widow. She returned
to NFLD and no doubt went to live with her people again at West Point. I think
one Thomas Anderson Mr. C was a clerk of Newman & Co. and I find his name very
often in the Church Record as a witness to a marriage. Mr. & Mrs. Smith later he
came to Burgeo and built one of the prettiest cottages ever seen here and opened
a business for himself. They had one son George and two daughters Valentia and
Amelia. Mr. & Mrs. Samways have long been dead George came when quite young to
work in the father of the writer's shop and remained for many years afterwards.
Afterwards went to St. John's and was for quite a while afterwards with the
Royal Stores. Married a St. John's lady then was carrying on a general business.
His wife did not enjoy good health and he took her to Bermuda but the change did
not cure her. Later they returned to St. John's and she did not live long.
George after this returned to Burgeo and went into business with Aunt Debbie
Matthews married the daughter and the business fell into the hands under the
same name Matthews and Samways. George in the year 1900 and bought out Penny &
Sons and is still carrying on. They have a nice large family three of them young
women and George off working and no doubt do well being a very handy and
industrious. Also two small girls and a son the youngest. Amelia married our old
old friend John Matthews, who passed away. After his death she married
Ex-sergeant Kelland. By the first marriage there was one son, Rupert, a fine
man. He grew a general favourite with everybody, he was a great genius had the
first motor engine and started the business in Burgeo. He married Theresa
Vatcher and they had two children, girls. He very suddenly gave out was sick
only a few months died leaving his business and property to his wife who carried
it on being
conducted by W.J.Matthews. Mrs. M. later married in Boston where she resides
since 1920. Valentia married our friend John Colback a Jerseyman who came out in
the late Sixties to LaPoile as a Smith to the firm of DeG.R.C. & Co. soon after,
he came to Burgeo Room. Few years after this they removed to Belloram and
remained for some years. Then returned to Burgeo and built an up to date forge
and a nice home. In the Eighties they made a trip to Jersey but returned and he
is still at his work in a smaller forge and is a great genius does all kinds of
brass and metal work gunsmith who cannot be beat. Mrs. Colback has enjoyed very
poor health for many years. They had no family but adopted while a Belloram
Susie Tibbo and she married George Dicks(Capt.) of Philip and they live together
since 1917 and made a very nice family.
I cannot close this account of the S.
family without adding that Mr. & Mrs. S. were particularly new people and the
writer with other young friends in the Sixties were also welcome to their home
and had many pleasant parties (select) in the happy days of long ago. Miss V.
and Amelia were particularly nice girls fine singers and sat in our choir for
years, Also Mr. C. who had a tenor voice.
We come next to a house where we find on
James Leary a cooper from St. John's employed by the "Old Jersey Room" of Nicholl & Co. who owned this house. He with his family moved to Channel later to
Bay of Islands. This house was built in the Forties by John B.Cox ther merchant
(Old Room) for his father and mother but shortly after Mr. Cox sold his "Room"
to Newman and Co. and went to P.E.Island and the old people went to Upper Burgeo.
and lived and died with Lambert Forward Sr. who wife was a daughter of the old
people. This house was sold to Nichol & Co. and then occupied by the first
doctor One Morris of St. John's had left Burgeo before 1860. The house was
bought by Mr. Parsons the sub collector who died in 18--leaving Mrs. P. and Miss
E. At their death it was sold to Mr. P. Filleu who rebuilt it and is occupied by
him at this date.
The next house near the water we find
Esau Rhymes and family. Mr. R. was an Englishman employed by Newman & Co. and
was one of their best skippers was master of the "Eagle" that was built on the
'Old Room' sixty tons was a real 'packet' between here and Harbor Breton
carrying goods and fish all the season between the two places. Skipper Esau was
a fine smart old fellow when the writer came here. He was married to Ann
Saunders in Burgeo by Mr. Blackmore 23rd Sept. 1847. I do not know who Mrs. R.
was but presume she came here with some of the Hare's from Fortune Bay. They had
quite a family of girls and one son John who died a young man many years ago
knew him well Eliza is the only one remaining of this family. Remain married to
Lambert Clothier one sister if not two was drowned in the Pond here. James
Rhymes house stands today where the old one died.
There was one other house in Firby's Hr.
occupied by one Rendall a servant of Nicholl & Co. They moved to Gaultois
shortly after 1860. I know nothing of this family except John who was a
carpenter and who built the church. Out on the Point West side we find Benjamin
Cook who was known and called The Master of Voyage for Nicholl & Co. He moved to
Gaultois one year after the "Room" closed That was in 1862. His first wife was
Charlotte Hardy of Richard's Hr. came here a servant to Mrs. Dawe of the Old
Room married July 24th, 1848. There was two girls by this marriage Sarah and
Maria. Sarah married at Gaultois later moved to St. John's where her husband
died she then went to Halifax. Maria married George Ball of Rencontre. Mrs. Cook
died and the "Skipper" as he was called married Honone Prosser a daughter of
Samuel Prosser who was the mother of Mrs. John Peters who died at Rencontre last
year a very fine person has a daughter living here. Now Mrs. Matty Beauchamp.
This house was formerly owned by John Anderson who moved to Western Point and
was sold to N.& Co. Now taken down long ago by Henry Clement.
Now we come to the Old Room where I find
Robert Dawe Manager a married man and the family was Robert, Dan, Sampson, James
and Elizabeth. They left Burgeo in Sept. 1861 and went to England, Dartmouth and
Mr. & Mrs. Cunningham visited them when they went home in 1884.
The name of the manager who took charge
was James Watkins single man. The bookkeeper was John Colland clerk in shop
Edward Gallop who some years after became the agent at Gaultois. Storekeeper was
William Pooke. This room closed down in 1862, Sept. 10th. Everything taken at
Gaultois most of the dealers came to 'Bowley Small' and some of the old hands.
In 1864 the "Room" was sold to new formed company in Jersey "DeGrunchy Renouf
Clement & Co. and then Filleu the former agent for Nichol & Co. took charge with
a Mr. LeMotty bookkeeper and Mr. Ward as clerk. The last house we find John
Moore an Englishman servant at the Old Room. He married Jane Anderson of West
Point a sister of Mrs. Samways. They had a family of four boys George, Levi and
the names of the others I have forgotten. They upset a punt in the Western Bight
and both drowned. George died Levi hung round here for some years bought a
schooner with John Matthews later went to British Columbia. That's the last we
heard of him. Mrs. Moores died of consumption and the old man got a housekeeper
died twenty-five years ago. Thats the end of this family.
This was the only house at Muddy Hole
but before 1860 how long I cannot say but in the early Fifties. James Keeping
the father of Richard Keeping now living at Ramea lived there now a small town,
We go on West and come to Mercers and
find Old Captain Benjamin Buffett and his sons Samuel, William, Benjamin all
young men going in vessel with their father and brought the writer to the
country in the schooner "Francis" 40 tons register in 1860. This small vessel
carried the most valuable cargo ever taken into Boston for size of a barrel
American currency. This was in 1865. In 1864 when the writer visited home or
former carried some gold soverigns $4.80 was the value in NF then. They were
turned into American paper at the rate of $14.40 each but later gold was higher.
Capt. Buffetts oldest son was married to Easter Hare and they had a family John,
William, George and Bindell James. One daughter who married Samuel Pike. They
moved to Sydney twenty years ago. Morgan was lost at the ice with Capt. Colley
in 1890. The widow and the youngest son lived at the old home for sometime
later. She went to Sydney with son George died only a few years ago. James
rebuilt the house was married to Guy, daughter of the late Thomas Guy. He died
of consumption sometime ago. Widow with children went to States also and Mrs.
Guy went with her and a visitor also. John Buffett married Patience Pike of
Channel. Has no family living at Mercers still, William married Clara Matthews
of C.T.M. They had a family of girls one son Morgan lost at sea in the "Lizzie
M. Stanley" two or three daughters. Mrs. B. sold her house after this and moved
to Sydney where she still resides. George married Bertha Matthews of C.T.M.
moved to Sydney. He died last year. Bendell lives in Sydney. Samuel the second
son of the old Capt. married Annie Guy. They built at Mercers house
now standing was married in 1863. Had as family Benjamin, Thomas, Rebecca, Lucretia, Selina, both dead. Rebecca married Abraham Keeping both long dead. Benjamin married Miss Eastman of Burnt Islands moved to Halifax some time ago. Thomas married Fanny Matthews of W.H.M. He died last March leaving a large family of girls. Widow living here still but lost the oldest and most promising girl Millie with consumption in Feb. last passed. Lucretia married George Miles of Otter's Pt. They are having a family no doubt. Harriet married Samuel Matthews live at Ramea no family. Selina married Isaac Keeping of Ramea, a widow living at Ramea no family(married only three years ago). William the third son married Dinah Rose daughter of James Rose(the first). He was a long time in the employ of the writer and a great friend. Mrs. B. died many years ago leaving husband and two daughters one boy Willie. The oldest then Gertie soon followed the mother with that dread disease consumption Willie soon followed. Deby married James Pinel had one child a girl. She did not live long had a nice home in Firby's Hr. Now owned by George McDonald. James P. went to Calgary and a Burgeo widow followed him and he soon married again. The child was adopted by Grandmother, the second wife of Capt. William, a Miss Mary Matthews who taught school before this at Ramea. Old Grandmother Buffet lived and died with them. Capt. Buffet died 25 years ago and the widow with young Pinel went to the States and made good as a domestic. The girl Gertie went to Canada to visit her father and married there. Mrs. B. still in the States with Burgeo people. The old house was sold and taken down. It had been rebuilt was formerly the house of George Hunt situated in the mouth of the Short Reach. The land was sold to Wm. Webb & Sons is lying idle and not of much value altho it brought a good price. Benjamin the last son died many years ago say in 1888. He was married to a Miss Troake of Garia left a family who moved to Canada where the widow had several brothers. The old couple had two daughters which I have forgotten but never knew them. One married James Anderson of Otters Pt. died before Uncle Jimmy. One married Jonas Shears of Harbour LeCou moved to Bonne Bay years ago. Old Grandmother Buffet was a daughter of the first Durnford of Francois and sisters to old Mrs. Billiard of this shore and district. Name was Marion. Mrs. Buffett was Edith. John Buffett of this place is the only male representative in once large family and the last time I saw him I did not think he would last many years.
I now take up the outside portions of Burgeo first "Our Harbour". These people all came from Hermitage Bay and not
before 1848 as I find no records of any births by the names of people who were
living there. Benjamin Harris and his brother John came from Grold and Mrs. H.
was a Cribb daughter of the old famous fisherman of that place. Mrs. H. was a
dear old woman and we clerks liked to see her come to the shop. They had a
family of five: two sons William and George. The latter died a single man thirty
years ago, went off his head. William being the oldest took charge after the
death of his father who was one of the greatest fishermen of the whole place.
The mother lived some years with him also George. William married Edith Porter
daughter of old James Porter of Hunts Hr. They had a family and James a fine man
looks after the mother now alive and well. William been dead
over twenty years. Rachel married Wm. Coley who came there as a shoreman in
1862. They had one child a daughter now living here and in poor health a widow
she was taken on the death of her mother a child by her Grandmother and the
father went to Fox Island and married and had a family of nine. Seven boys all
living and dark or black as their father. Ellen married John Kendall(Candle) the
name was spelt years ago who came as a shoreman from Htg. Bay in 1865. He died
only last month age 80. The widow been in the asylum for the insane the last
four years--they had as family Robert, Benjamin John two daughters Robert
married Grace Eavis they moved from Our Harbour to Burgeo Hr. in 1918. bought
the house of the late Joseph Dicks on Colliers Island. They have three sons
living two dead. Benjamin went to Glouchester and got ahead amazingly for one
who never had any chance to go to school. He went to night school and worked
hard got on steamers and worked up to an engineers position. I think he is a
Chief. Returned home four times to see Father and Mother was a very smart
looking man and knew how to speak and act. He married up there somewhere. John
married --Anderson daughter of Robert of Firby's Hr. They are having a family
and live by their father's stand. Susan married William Hann. She died fifteen
years ago. They had two sons George and William. The latter died at Glouchester,
a fisherman, ten years ago. George and the father keeping bachelors home for a
long time. Jemima married William Fudge. They had only one child young woman
now. They moved to Sydney three years ago. William died two years ago widow and
daughter out to service. Matilda married Matthew Street. Mrs. Street died long
long ago left son and daughter. Capt. George and Lizzie who married William
Green both now living. Capt. G. near the Courthouse. This covers Mr. Harris
family. John Harris I know little about except he moved to Brazil in say 1870
with his two sons George and James. A daughter was marrried to one Matthew Brown
of Rose Blanche. They moved to the Labrador years ago. They have all passed away
as I find no one by that name there now. William James came from New Harbour.
His wife was a widow Street. Mother of Matthew, George and Betsy. George died in
the Sixties unmarried, Matthew I have mentioned above as having married Mary H.
Harris. Betsy S. married Benj. Rose of Htg. Bay. Came as a servant to someone in
Our Harbour in 1860 married 1862. He and a son only a lad was driven off in a
punt when a gale came up in winter of say 1880. He succeeded into getting into
Vinals Passage and anchored in a cove under cuttails. Fishermen of the harbour
could not get to him. Night came gale continued when morning broke no punt to be
seen.(Poor fellows). He left a widow and three sons, John, Matthew, & Benjamin
and two daughters. They moved into Muddy Hole and Mrs. R. died of consumption
thirty years or more ago. John took charge for a time. He married a daughter of
Isaac Anderson. Built on Bobbetts Island got ahead very fast owned a schooner
freighted and fished . He lost his life, Sch., and all hands. West of Isle Aux
Morte cargo of coal for R. Moulton mentioned before. Had no family left large
estate over three thousand dollars. Widow married William Billard of Grand
Bruit. Matthew married daughter of Geo. and Isabella Hare. First built on Franks
Island later outside Muddy Hole where we now find them. They had three girls one
son George who was killed in France during the War. Benjamin living at Muddy
Hole wife was a girl from Cul de Sac, Minnie Hamilton. She died in 1923. Their
family is small oldest girl age 16. Elizabeth Rose married George Hiscock living
in M. Hole. George comes from LaPoile. They had large family 4 boys and 3 girls.
Two boys died of diptheria. George married at St. John volunteered--served in
France, two home Carrie at Halifax. Carrie Rose married at Halifax. Mary Rose
married William Parsons. died of consumption left a son Billy who is a cripple.
A daughter Mary who married at Belloram,
Andrew Mullins. They separated later A. living here M. at Sydney.
Old William Janes was left a widower and
lived around here for some time finally went with his John to Cinq Serf died
there was like his brother Joey very witty and could always make a pun on
someone or something. This closes the James family.
Next we come to Benjamin Green who came from New Hr. probably followed the Old Man as he married Ann Street the stepdaughter sister to Betsy. He was another of the great fishermen and cured it more than good. They had as family Matthew, Rupert, George, and Benjamin. All now living at Our Hr. and married. Three daughters William married Street daughter of Matthew Street had large family. Mr. Green died many years ago. The widow still living . An old woman but quite smart. William family the- boys all married. George and Matt married and living at Our Hr. Rupert at Rencontre great boy last at begin of the War. A number of girls away married. One at home one married Kenneth Hare at Halifax. One or two died at Sydney. George married a daughter of Robert Anderson the 2nd. Benj. married daughter of Daniel McDonald living at Our Hr. They have a family--Elizabeth Rose married George Ingraham of Hunts who died many years ago. Widow still living had 5 sons and one daughter who married Samuel Crant had one child. She died some years ago. The boys are George who married a daughter of William Strickland of Hunts Is. Henry Martin a daughter of Mecshac Meade of this place. Fred married the widow of John Porter. John and Will at home. --married John Forward . they had two sons and one daughter who married William Larner, Sydney living in the States married a girl from North up at Halifax. Edward married a daughter of Charles and Annie Matthews living at Halifax. The last daughter married Andrew Hare cannot recall her name. This ends B. Greens family.
James Green also from New Harbour. Had
three sons William of Otters Pt. John died at Hunts. Left a widow
2 sons and daughter. Now living at Eclipses Gut. The house of the old man was
where Andrew Hann now lives. He moved West with son Thomas long ago died at Isle
Matthew Street mentioned before married
the second wife had son who was named Matthew was drowned from one of our
bankers at Cape Brazal left a widow and three children the boy now a man a
cripple lives with his mother who married John Warren, Muddy Hole the girls too.
Mr. S. second wife was a daughter of James Ingraham of Muddy Hole, Hunts Is. She
died long ago. Mr. S. spent the last years of his life with his son George died
ten years ago.
We will move on to Hunts Island and here
we find John Hann an Englishman and a fine man he was died with cancer of the
tongue twenty years ago. His- wife was a Crewe from Dawson's Cove came here no
doubt with her brothers John, Martin or William who all settled here. They were
married by Mr. Cunningham the second wedding
he had after coming here Sept. 13th, 1848. Their family was William, Samuel,
Andrew, John, Louise and Miriam.
The latter died many years ago unmarried. Louisa married Robert Porter of James.
They left a large family of girls and two sons both married lived on the Island
and was drowned while gunning ten years ago(John and Samuel). The girls of this
family are Miriam died at St. John in hospital. Mrs. P. before her husband and
to Sarah Rose. He died say ten years ago. Two daughters married Jas. and Robt.
Harris of Our Hr. One Edith married to James Porter of Jas. Porter. He(Jr) died
of consumption and she sold her house and went to Hermitage and married again.
Now living. William before mentioned married a Harris of Our Hr. Samuel also
married there to daughter of Wm. Harris. Andrew married --Green daughter of Ann.
They have good family. John who took over the place and property of his father
and cared for the mother who was a nice person. John married --Green daughter of
William before mentioned. They have a fine family four boys and a girl or two.
The first John was a tall man
and the sons and grandsons take after him.
Next we come to John Rose who came here
from Htg. Bay later married Edith Porter Sept.10, 1846 by Mr. Blackmore She was
a daughter of old Samuel Porter and sister to Jas. Sr. They moved to Seal
Islands in the late Sixties more fish up there and thats what this class of men
wanted. I know very little of this family except a daughter who married her
cousin one John Strickland who went West at the same time Joseph Ingraham(Engram)
as the names were called when the writer came to this country was married to one
of the Crewes sisters to Mrs. Hann was married before coming here. They both
died long ago. Their only daughter I know is Widow McDonald now living with her
son. Martin died early a young man. George married Edith Porter both dead but
not before he married again to --Green of Our Hr. Now living with her sons.
Next we find William Green who wife was
a Northcott sister of J & B. and Mary who married Joseph Matthews and his family
was Benjamin, Henry, John, Thomas, Rachel and another sister who married John
Francis of Hermitage. She is a widow husband drowned coming out of Sydney harbor
few years ago. Mr. Green died of cancer many years ago wife long dead. John a
single man drowned on the Banks in "Grace Hall" John Anderson master in 1887.
Henry married Edith Porter of Robert, he was a cripple with a crutch from
boyhood but he was most vigorous fisherman and saved some money and had no help
family all girls except a boy last of the family now only thirteen. Henry died
of cancer in 1924 a widower whose wife was a daughter of the late Jas Ingraham
of Hunts. Alice married Jas. Ingraham of Hunts both living. Rachel married
Edward James . They had two boys John who married a Foote of Red Island live and
built where his grandfather James had his house. Edward second boy living at
home. Sofia married Chas. Dominey living Colliers Island. Joseph Ingraham and
his wife long dead. Mrs. I. was a Crewe a nice woman--Mr. I. was the son of old
Grandmother Payne and a brother to Mr. Wm. Taylor. This now covers Hunts Island
and we will go up the harbour.
We find Grandfather Samuel Porter an
Englishman very old but kept a little school for the children. He died in the
early Sixties was living with son James. He had several daughters one Elizabeth.
I think there were others James married Edith who I think was a Crewe. They had
a family Thomas, Philip, James, Robert, Sarah, Catherine, and one other who
married William Strickland father of John now living there. Mr. P. and wife been
Thomas married Mary daughter of John
Crewe by the marriage there was a daughter who married Peter Carroll they lived
at Deer Island. Philip my old friend died in 1923, 77 years old. His widow yet
living. She was a daughter of Robert Hatcher of Muddy Hole, Hunts. James was
married but I have lost touch with the name of her. He was lost on the Banks in
the "Grace Hall" in 1887. Had three sons one Henry died at Hunts Is. married
daughter of Robt. Porter. The two others went away to Glouchester living there
now both married last known place of residence was Edgartown, Mass. I find James
married a daughter of Joseph Ingram of Hunts Island. Robert married Amelia Hann
had a large family both dead lived on Hunts Island. The daughters two married at
Our Hr. to James and Robert Harris one to Harry Green one to Henry Porter one
died at St. John's. Sarah married Robert Strickland both dead left a family.
Catherine married Benjamin Simms both dead. Three sons living here Chas. Robt.,
& Benj. One James lost on the Banks in the "Grace Hall" in 1887. --married
William Strickland brother to Robert both dead.
William Crewe came with his wife from Dawsons Cove had a son William born no doubt before coming as I find
the next son Martin baptised in 1847. They had a daughter married first to James
Harris of Ramea second husband Rob't Strickland. Thomas now of Hunts represent
the family. One daughter Ann married Thomas Parsons an Englishman 1855 He died
years ago and Mrs. P. married John Northcott both dead lived at Deer Island.
There may have been others of this family but I have no records at hand and
memory gone for this family(moved to Deer Island in 1870 had sons John & Martin.
John Crew came no doubt at the same date 1846 I remember the wife also. Mr. Crew
fine people as were the others of Hunts. One son Samuel went to Rose Blanche a
widow with sister in law a daughter Ann married Thomas Hatcher-father to John of
M.H. All of this family gone for some years. Martin Crewe lived here. His wife
was Sarah daughter of old Samuel Porter. Mr. C. was lost on the fishing grounds.
Punt sank had I think a son with him. This was in 1860. We find James Ingraham
living here came no doubt as a shoreman to William Crewe. As he married a
daughter Mary who I forgot to mention on the last page. They had a son Thomas
who died a bachelor some years ago after the father and mother. The father was
drowned out gunning and one John Northcott. This was in the Seventies. Son James
living of Hunts still, married --Green daughter of William daughter Caroline
married William Dominey lived at Deer Island. W. D. died leaving boy James now
then married to sister Sarah of John Hatcher. After William's death wife and boy
came to live with the writer as a servant remained until she married Peter
Rossiter of Deer Island. Mrs. R. died in 1925 no family by this marriage.
--married John Hatcher and they have a family. The boys and one girl.
Benjamin Simms the oldest of that great
family of Muddy Hole East. There were seven in all I think and I have met them
and knew Uncle Robert well. B. came as a shoreman no doubt to James Porter as he
married his daughter. He and his wife both dead. sons and a widow daughter Mrs.
Strickland M.H, living. I have mentioned this family a page or so before. We now
go to the little settlement of Muddy Hole and here we find first Robert Hatcher
a most genial man one whom everyone liked. I remember his wife as well as
himself named Mary no doubt married before coming here from Htg. Bay. Their
family was Philip, Thomas James Robert and Charlie daughter Sarah recorded 1840.
I know nothing of Thomas married Anne Crewe both dead. Philip married went to
Rose Blanche. James married Mary Hatcher his cousin daughter of Benjamin
Haltcher both dead. He was drowned in the Eighties Vinals Passage hauling his
nets left a daughter yet living married to Robert Strickland. Robert living here
a widow for some years wife was a Ingraham of Muddy Hole father long dead also
mother had a brother George who was drowned with John Rose. Charlie married a
Lawrence died of consumption over ten years ago. His widow living with a
daughter at Muddy Hole. She is the midwife there and I hear has never lost a
woman. Sarah the daughter of the old gent married P.Porter is now a widow living
with John Rose son in law and the other sister married William Caswell moved to
Sydney 25 years ago both living had large family of girls. Benjamin Hatcher
brother of Robert who I know good old man and fisherman I know nothing of his
wife, son James married there both him and his wife died long ago. One daughter
married Abraham Wells both dead there was a lad Jim a girl Nellie and she
married Morgan Billard living on the Sandbanks. Jimmie died thirty years ago
William Ingraham, Uncle Billy, lived there do not know much of him died many
years ago. A daughter married Robert Hatcher who now lives on Firby's Pt. She
died long ago. A brother George was also married to a daughter of Jas. Ingraham
of M. Hole both dead left a son who died here few years ago. George lost with
John Rose. James Ingraham lived here a fine old man do not know who his wife
was. They have both been long dead and They had one daughter who married Thomas
Strickland of M.H. both long dead and left a large family of boys. Philip,
John, Thomas, James, William and Robert. One daughter married J.R.Porter. Thomas
Strickland came from Htg. Bay as a servant and married as stated above. He was a
brother of Robert of Hunts.
Abraham Willis lived here. His wife was
a daughter of Benjamin Hatcher. He came here from Muddy Hole East where his
folks lived. His daughter living still at West Burgeo wife long dead and he was
sent to St.John's I think to the "Poor House" and died over there fifteen years
ago. In the Fifties Mr. Wilson of Grand Manom built two large stores at this
Muddy Hole and carried on a big fall and winter herring fishery until the
herring deserted the coast as they did in 1860 and its only the last fifteen
years we get herring at some of our small bays.
This I think covers Muddy Hole with the
exception of one Joseph Ingraham who married a daughter of James Porter (Ann).
He was a brother to Old Uncle Billy mentioned before. This man was drowned at
Cul de Sac. His widow married John Billard of Grand Bruit. I have now covered
Burgeo, Our Hr., Hunts and Muddy Hole and will take up the families of King's
Hr. and Bay de Lieu. In Kings Hr. we find Old Job Timberley an Englishman wife
was a daughter of old Grandmother Melbourne. She lived there with her son James
whose wife was a daughter of old Mr. Hayman of Fox Island. On the death of JM
she married Thomas Taylor. Henry Cutler, an Englishman,
lived here his wife was a Melbourne. These latter two families moved to Fox
Island. The Cutlers here and Ramea are the sons and grandsons of Henry. Job had
two sons James and Joby and three daughters Mrs. T. was a daughter of Mrs.
Melbourne who taught many of her children and J.I. to read. James Timberley
married a daughter of Mrs. Clark both dead. One son lost at sea, William, One
John living at Sydney married a young daughter of James Young Sr. Jane was
married first to George Strickland of Bay de Lieu had one son one daughter boy
drowned in 1900 here daughter dead. Jane married next to one Toms of Pushthrough
he died she returned here and worked for a living. She went to Sydney and
married O'Brien who was killed in an accident She is still living
here with a nephew. Sarah married Wm. Strickland who died ten years ago. She is
still living with her daughter, Mrs. Sullon. Another daughter married Thomas
Lushman, Grey River, both dead. I think left a son. This covers the families who
were living there when the writer came and in a year or so these people moved
out of it. John & George Grimes lived there before 1860 but moved up to Cinq
Serf and John Grimes who lived here up to 1900 was a son and other West, of this
name, are descendants of these two men.
In Bay de Loup we find old Mr. Blackmore
an Englishman who married widow of George Strickland whose husband had died
leaving here with a very large family. He died 16th March, age 59 and left
surviving him sons William, John, George I know of no others. Girls Betsy,
Rachel, Fanny. I have heard there was one older than William. William married
first a woman at Hunts who did not live very long and there was no family. In
1860 he married Sarah Timberley who is still living with her daughter Mrs.
Sutton. They had quite a family. Edward who died a young man. James married
daughter of John Crant both living. Joseph never married, was killed in the
country by an Avalanche of snow fifteen yeaars ago. Two girls married away.
Hannah married George Sutton both living in Reach. They had a family William,
Wilson, Jerry and Joseph. Rachel, Mary and Martha. William covered himself in
glory in the great War. Was married to Millie Taylor of Grand Bruit one child.
After the war came home then left the country after two years and never returned
to his wife. In 1923 fell overboard and was drowned body recovered. This was in
Ruperts Land. Widow and child living here also the other girls. John married
Sarah Kinslow of Red Island both living. The father William died five years ago
a very old man. Was a good fisherman and worked. The family all born in Bay de
Loup before except the three girls. Moved to Burgeo in the early Eighties. Three
other lads here. Rachel married Ephraim Matthews living here also the other
girls. Betsy and Rachel never married only died a year or two ago old persons.
Fanny married Larry Benoite. Moved from Bay de Loup before 1880. They had a
family both dead some years. William married daughter of James Young living here
Peter died young man years ago. One daughter married to Frank Benoite living
Grandys Brook another married Henry Brown living here. The oldest name married
Teddy Anderson living at Mercers. John Strickland the second son married Grant.
They moved from Bay de Loup at the time the brother did. Both dead these many
years left George 3rd. John and William all live in the Reach where they all
planted themselves and were the first to build there as early as 1879. Mrs.
Blackmore was the first. George Strickland the 2nd married Jane Timberley(Jane
O'Brien now). They had boy and girl. Job drowned 1900 here unmarried. The girl
married one of John Crants sons or Thos. I am not sure which. She died long ago
He settled on the Labrador. There was a boy and girl by this marriage. He grew
up here but got away as a lad. The girl, Jessie, also got to Canada and married
at Belgian. She visited here in 1908 and was a great swell and plenty of money.
Was nice looking and reports say they went to Belgium shortly after this.
I have now to go back to Mr. Blackmores family. Do not know when this second marriage took place of Mrs. S.with Mr. B. but reports say it was in Burgeo but not by the first Rector, Mr. Blackmore. There was by this marriage three girls, two died young. I remember one of them. The oldest was Lizzie who married Peter Benoite. Brother Larry he died over forty years ago and left widow and Johnny, Peter, Sarah and Ellen. Widow died in 1916.
Johnny married Susie Grant of Thomas
Grant both living and have had a large family. One Annie married to Frank Remo.
Three died two of whom were teachers The other the eldest married to Wm. Swift,
son of George. Both died of consumption left no family. Four sons living Peter
married daughter of John Remo, William another daughter, Frank and Samuel living
young men Victor died of consumption last February.
Peter married Rosie Buckland daughter of
William Buckland Sr. Been dead twenty-five years or more consumption There were
two boys by this marriage Lewis and---- Peters sister Sarah Ellen has kept house
for him ever since, who never married. Thomas Crant also lived at Bay de Loup
came from Hermitage with his family. I know nothing or very little of them
before coming here. Mr.& Mrs. C. and son William single man died in the Sixties.
They left four sons Peter, John, Thomas, Samuel and George and three daughters
Catherine, Mary and Jane. John married Matilda Swift both dead. They had as
family----sons. These got away to Glouchester one died some years ago and left
some money to his father and it kept the old man a long time after all the
family here had married and left. He moved up from Red Island and built a house
in the Reach and took a family in to live with him and he made a will leaving it
all to them. Three daughters one married Joseph Lawrence, One Mabel married
James Strickland of Wm. One married in Quebec. Samuel Crant left NFLD in 1863
and settled at Sheet Harbour never returned; married there. George went to
Channel in the Seventies married is there yet. Thomas married Mary Clarke
settled in the Reach many years ago, died of Typhoid Fever nearly thirty years
ago. Thomas still living an old man with son George. They had as family Samuel,
George and Thomas, Susie, Caroline, Martha and---. George married daughter Sarah
of John Remo and have a good family. Three boys and three boys. One dead was
drowned a beautiful child. Thomas married a daughter of Mrs. O'Brien. She died
left a boy and girl. Thos. went to Labrador. The children brought up by the
Grandmother. Jessie got to Sydney, from there to Alberta. There married an
Australian or Belgiun. I have mentioned she paid a visit here some years ago
fine looking woman. She and husband both died of the Flu' a few years ago
leaving two children with her brother Thomas who got up there with her and
married I do not know the name of this man. Susie married John Benoite. Caroline
married Wm. Clothier, Muddy Hole. Martha married George Strickland. Both living
in the Reach, have family and one married. Harriet married William Strickland of
John. living in the Reach. She died of Typhoid, left two girls one married
Thomas Swift, one to John Swift.
Now we come to Upper Burgeo that was
settled before Old Mr. Matthews came here in 1796. Andersons how many of them
came and when I do not know, nor have I ever heard any person in the first years
of the writers coming here. I think it is understood that this family or
families came from Burin and that there were two brothers and the Great
Grandsons say they were of Scotch descent. I am only taking families as I know
them in 1860 and there were no old men left and I find no old people buried at
Upper Burgeo by Mr. Blackmore or Mr. Cunningham from 1842 to 1849. They may have
lived up to the Fifties. John Anderson and William we find living on Fox Island
and they were there some years after this date. These men were brothers but who
their father was I do not know and do not know any of the brothers nor were
there any others in Upper Burgeo. Fathers name Edward. Brother is William 1st.
John married Susan Matthews daughter of the Old Man Matthews who came first. I
think she was second youngest. Their family was John and the oldest son lost on
the Banks in 1887. Master of "Grace Hall". He married Annie Clarke of Burnt
Islands had as family two daughters. One married to Capt. A.
Chaisson no family. One married in Nova Scotia. Two sons(twins) Alfred and William (Bobbets Island) Mrs. A. the mother of these four died over ten years ago. Then there were Charlotte married John LeMoine, Channel, who was a telegraph repairman at Grandys Bk. They moved to Channel, had two children Nathan and a girl who lives in the States. Nathan lost in the fall of 1925 from his schooner the "Una" near St. John's. left an adopted son Harry LeMoine age 20. Nathan's wife was a daughter of Morgan and Ester Buffett. They had no family. she died of consumption twelve years ago. Jessie my old friend, Philip Filleue, a Jerseyman, came out in the Sixties to his Uncle John who was agent on the Old Room. They had as family Howard, Philip, and Clarence. All living. None of the boys are married this date 1925. Jane married Billy Gore living at Mercers. Had one child, a girl living home. Jane Anderson married first to James Wilcox, an Englishman. He was lost on the Banks schooner "Grace Hall" in Aug.,1887. They had one child, a boy Arthur who died when a lad. After she married Wm.Gore as above mentioned.)
Now, we will take up William Anderson
brother to John. There were three sisters to these brothers Susan, Elizabeth and
Ester. Susan married Henry Dicks and then Wm. Matthews, this family will be
mentioned later. Elizabeth to George Dicks. Ester married, I think, one
MacDonald and moved to Harrington, Labrador. William Anderson married Elizabeth
Farrell of LaPoile. Their family was Edward, William, and Selina. Edward married
Elizabeth daughter of Larry Benoite now living at Mercers. They had large
family. William married a daughter of Joseph Anderson of Smalls Island. They had
a family all scattered. Mrs. A. died of typhoid fever ten or twelve years ago.
Selina married A. Miller of St. John's who died only last March. They had a nice
family. Mrs. Miller was a great friend of the writers sister and spent much time
as a girl at our house in the Seventies was very lively and the best of company.
John and Mrs. A. moved to Burgeo and built a house now known as the LeMoine
property (their grandson) who was lost from his vessel last October. near St.
John's. William and wife both dead long ago also John and wife. These two
brothers and three sisters mentioned I learned were the descendants of Edward
Anderson while the other branch were of William and possibly Robert of Otters
Pt. may have been another brother to the above. Then there was another family at
LaPoile or West Point. Hence I believe they were all one family. I believe of
the two families that Thos. of W.P. was one.
George Dicks we find living on the
Sandbanks a brother to the Burgeo family whose mother was living up to 1869 and
I remember her very well, a dear old soul, sister to Granny Vatcher(Caines) were
their maiden names. This family consisted of George, William, Ester, Deborah,
Sarah, Francis and--. George Sr. and wife died long
ago say 1865 and 1870. George Jr. married a daughter Jane of Lambert and Hannah Forward. They had a nice family. Moved from the Sandbanks to Mercers where he died in 1905. Widow still living. George 3rd the oldest son married Maria, the daughter of John and Elizabeth Vatcher and they had two sons a young man living at home blind or nearly so. One son Norman two girls. Rita married Louis Vatcher, live at Halifax. Vera also there. Lambert, the second son went to Labrador years ago was a teacher and trader, died late in the Nineties. Daughter
Doris came here with the grandmother,
went to Halifax for a change of climate, but it had no effect. She died of
consumption in 1915, was taken care of by her Aunt Annabel. Third son Wilson
died in the country from exposure one winter, sometime in the Nineties
unmarried. Another son Fred lost at ice from the schooner "Notice". One daughter
Matilda married Leonard Bowdridge. They have a family four boys and three girls.
One daughter Irene married at Halifax to third husband. Another married to Theo
Bugden, Deer Lake. William Dicks second son of Geo. 1st married a girl named
Nell. They moved to Sydney. He died there twenty-five years ago. Mrs. D.was a
cousin of Geo. Samways.
Ester married Walter Ford an Englishman,
a widower. They had two daughters Deborah and Ester. Debbie married James Evans
of Channel where they live. One child a girl. Ester Ann married James Colbert a Jerseyman.
Then moved to P.E.Island thirty years ago. I know nothing of them. Deborah Dicks
married Eliot Pike of Channel
in the Sixties. They had a family. I only know of one who married Ralph Gore.
She moved to Channel in 1925.
Sarah Dicks married an Englishman both dead. Francis married Albert Poulin a
Jerseyman. Mrs. P. dead. I know
nothing of their family. There is a Doctor Poulin but I think he is of a former
marriage Susannah married Thomas Anderson of West Point. Moved to Channel in the
Sixties lived on Channel Head, went to Labrador. From there to Quebec. Mrs.
Samuel Gore is a daughter. A sister married Thom Keeping of Channel. I know
nothing more of this family. Mr. Anderson was a brother of the late Mrs. Samways.
have been a son of Thes. of West Point and Robert of Otters Pt. and a John of
Upper Burgeo. Another one also William of which I mention has been made.
On the Island we find Lambert Forward.
He came from Grand Bank, 1840 and his wife was Hannah, daughter of old Mr. Cox
father of the large family that came to Upper B. in the Thirties and John Mrs.
F. brother the first one to open business in or near Burgeo. Old Mr. Cox was the
son of a soldier, a colonel; I believe stationed at St. John's and all the
family were born there. John, Frederick, George and Samuel came to this district
in the late Thirties and settled on the Sandbanks and J.& F. opened business
there. The old couple long dead and lie on the Sandbanks. The family consisted
of Isabella, Elizabeth, Lambert, John, Ambrose, Dolly, Louisa, Jane and Matilda.
Isabella married Edward Anderson, brother to Wm. of Upper Burgeo. She died in
1862 and Edward I think next year. They left sons Harvey and - . Grandmother
took Harvey and Lambert Forward took Harvey married J. Bowdridge. She died of
cancer oof the face in 1914. married Henry Hiscock, an Englishman. They lived on
the Sandbanks. There was no family. He died of consumption in 1884. Mrs.
afterwards married Martin Billard of Margaree formerly of Grand Bruit (was very
much her senior). I think there was one or two sons by this marriage
Elizabeth was never married. Went to Nova Scotia and was a domestic in Truro,
N.S. for many years. Returned here 1911 went to live with her sister, Mrs.
Colley. The next year was sent to the hospital by the member of the district Mr.
Robert Moulton. She was found to be subject for the insane asylum. Was sent
there and died in 1914 buried at St. John's. The writer was administrator of her
estate. It was closed up and shared among the heirs and there was quite a few.
Lambert Forward, my good friend up to
the time of his death which was in ----. He married Ellen Chevalier of Upper Burgeo. They had a nice family. First he built his house on the Sandbanks. Later
came to Muddy Hole where he could keep his vessels and he had a number of them
from 1860 up to the time he gave up say in 1900. His family were four sons and
five daughters. The oldest Harriet married James Moulton still living here. They
had a large family but many died in infancy. Harold Augustus and Hilda married.
Robert the last at home. --died when about 18, a very nice girl. Hannah named
for her Grandmother Forward married John Pinel. They had no family. Lilly
married John Moulton (his second wife). TThey have had a large family. All at
school yet. They lost a fine boy in 1923 was delicate especiallly after he lost
a foot Maud, the youngest girl and lived with her father as housekeeper up to
the time of his death. She married Lewis Moulton son of the late Thomas M. They
live and own the old John Caswell place. John, the first of the boys married
Alice Green of Our Hr. daughter of Benj. Green living at Muddy Hole. He is a
tradesman. Their family was Edward, Sydney and Austin. One daughter --married to
William Larner, operator and moved to Whitbourne. John learned his trade from
our friend, John Colback. Henry got away to the States after his father gave up
going to sea. First in large sailing vessels then in steamers out of N.S. Then
to the States worked up to First Officer, then Master and during the War did
some fine work in Government ships carrying war material and other valuable
cargeo for the Allies. Retire from the sea in 1919 and has a farm in
Connecticut. Edward lost in the ice with his uncle Capt. Colley before
mentioned. Robert married a Miss Gallop of Codroy. They have a family. Have
lived most of their time at Sydney except two years here 1918 -1919. John B.
Forward; brother to Lambert died in1862 of brain fever, was unmarried Ambrose,
brother of L.married Valerie Chevalier and lived on the Sandbanks for number of
years. In the Eighties moved to Lingan. Capt. F. Forward of St. Georges is a son
and there are other sons. A daughter married Capt. Cartier an Army Capt. They
live at St. Georges. I know nothing about them.
Sophia C. Forward a daughter of Lambert
the First married Robert Billard of William. They lived at Muddy
Hole. After the death of her husband which was in 1892. There were 2 children
boy and girl. They are both living at Halifax. Mrs. B married at Halifax to a
Capt. Smallcombe who died six years ago and Mrs. S. living there where
the daughter is. Louisa married Wm. Matthews of Upper Burgeo, moved to Petites
long years ago and moved to
Sydney some years ago. both dead, I believe. I know nothing of their family
except one a Captain who was here a few years ago 1914, Master of a large vessel
loaded with fish. Matilda married Capt. Louis Colley and built
and had their family at Muddy Hole. Capt. C. was born in St. Malo, France. Came
here as a boy with Capt. Lambert F. and later married the sister. He was in the
employ of the writer was a most successful man and owned a fine vessel in which
he was lost on the ice which is before mentioned. Mrs. Colley died only a few
years ago and they left a very nice family and they like their father have made
their mark. Llewellyn, a teacher for some years at Bishop Field College a clever
man unmarried. Ambrose married a daughter, Violetta,of my friend James Matthews.
They have a large family and reside at Channel where he carries on a flourishing
fish business. He clerked and was an agent for R. Moulton for some years at Rose
Blanche. Robert C. has lived some years at Detroit, U.S.A. married a Miss
Causman at Channel few years ago and returned there again. Annie Colley was also
a teacher, married Capt. Joseph Vatcher and have a nice home her. Only one child
a girl almost now grown up. The Capt. has been long time Master and has been
very successful. Miss Josie has been teaching ever since she was a pupil and
left school. She left us a year or two ago she was missed by the Sunday School
and Church, was a splendid organist and very fond of music particularly bright
and lively. Jane Forward, the youngest or next to the youngest married George
Dicks the 2nd. I have mentioned the family in the Dick's line Mrs. D. is still
with us and lives up to Mercers. This now covers the Forward family.
We next come to Mr. Bowdridge who married Susan Richard whose family resided at Upper Burgeo but moved to West Point before 1860. Mr. B. was a step-son of John Cox, the first merchant married Sept. 21st, 1848 by Rev. John Cunningham up to Upper Burgeo. They had a family George, Samson, Reuben, Leonard and Matilda, Francis and Isabella, yes one more, Cox, a son I do not remember any others. Mr. B. carried on a small business at Upper B. for some years. He also built a schooner here say 30 ton. The material was got at Grandy's Bk. He also was a great mover as petitioner for a grant to have the Canal cut through Broad Marsh which was proved to be of incalculable benefit to the two Burgeos. It was cut in 1867. George, my young friend, was of a splendid disposition a great fisherman and worker. The building of the Sidor was his great delight. Unfortunately he died young, was taken with pneumonia and only lived a few days. He was unmarried. Samson married a Miss Tipple moved away to P.E.Island. I know nothing of his family. He was a Master Mariner last I heard of him. Reuben lived first at Upper Burgeo married a Georgina Guy who did not live long, died of consumption, left a daughter who lives with her grandmother Guy at Halifax; a very delicate girl. Second wife, a Miss Oake, a teacher. They have lived at Ramea for some years. Was agent for Henry Clement. Leonard lives at Mercers, married to Matilda Dicks daughter of George the 2nd. They have a large family some nice boys. Mr. B. a good churchman and has been a Church Warden for many years. Matilda married my old friend and neighbour for sixty years P. Dicks, a most industrious man has a fine premises on the old stand of his father. He is Uncle Phil to all the neighbours around. I do to see him as often as I can to chat with him. He is always to work in his shop. Can carpenter, cooper, or do anything and if you want to borrow go to Uncle Phil, no better neighbours ever lived. He is well informed and knows what's what. They have had a nice family one son George Capt. and owner of his own vessel always ties up to father's wharf which will, no doubt, be his later on. The girls are all settled down except Winnie and Isabel and I suppose, this is only a question of time. The others I cannot name live in N.S., Boston and Grand Falls. Francis married Thos. Guy, one of my boyhood chums. He died many years ago of consumption. They had two girls--married James Buffett of Morgan. They lived at Mercers. James died in 1910. The other sister --went to the States and Francis and Mrs. B. went to join her there somewhere way West and these two girls both married. Isabella married Robert Andrews, a teacher at Upper Burgeo. She did not live long. Say two or three years. This covers the Bowdridge family.
The next family we take up is Augustus Chevalier who was a
Frenchman born at Arachat, N.S. moved to St. Pierre. Do not know when or how he
got to Upper B. He married Susan Anderson, a sister of William and Edward John
and George and I think Thomas of West Point was another brother. They had four
daughters Harriet, Pricilla, Ellen and Valentia. Harriet married George Hunt of
Ramea who died in 1866 of consumption one child a girl
Florence marrried James Hewitt. Moved to Sydney. She died some ten years ago.
James married Widow Pinel (Alice Dicks). Ellen married my old friend Lambert
Forward mention of this family in the Forward line. Pricilla
married Edward Murphy, operator at Grandy's Bk. from 1867 to 1874. They moved to
Sydney. Valentia married
Ambrose Forward. I have also mentioned this family under the Forward line. They
still live at Lingan. Mr. & Mrs. Chevalier moved to Sydney where there daughter
lived. Mrs. Murphy and Harriet their daughter went with them. They and the
Murphys all passed away some years ago.
Thomas Skeard, a widower, lived here
with two sons and one daughter. Moved to Channel in the late Seventies. I know
nothing of this family. Richard Skeard married Eleanor Anderson of Upper Burgeo,
daughter of Wm. Anderson the 1st sister to Mrs. Chevalier 16th Sept., 1842. By
this marriage there were two sons William and Thomas. The latter was adopted by
Mrs. Chevalier his aunt. Mr. Skeard married again. They all moved to Channel I
met the old man last in 1900. We sat on a hill part of an afternoon and talked
of old times in Burgeo. Thomas Skeard married his cousin, daughter of Thomas
Skeard and William some person in Channel. We find Mrs. MacDonald there with her
three children. She is a widow, daughter of Thomas Reid, the Magistrate at
LaPoile. She taught the school here for some time. Bruce, the oldest and a
companion of the writer lived at the Parsonage for a few years. Rev. C. sent him
to school at St. JOhn's. On his return he took to Ramea taught for a while. In
the fall of 1869 he cleared out and went to St. John's N.B. with a Capt. Griffin
who annually came to Ramea for herring. He wrote to his mother for a year or
two, then stopped. Nothing has ever been known of what happened to him. Laura
married Reuben Parsons, Operator at Grandy's Brook. They went to St. Pierre. She
did not live long.
George went with them in the Cable Office, also died young. Mrs. MacDonald went
to LaPoile and lived with the old folks. They have all passed away and are
buried there. Mrs. McDonald was a very nice person.
The next family, Edward Anderson and his
wife Isabella (Forward) passed away as I have before mentioned in the Forward
line. George Anderson, brother of E. married Bethania Childs of LaPoile in June,
1853. I know nothing of their children. Mrs. A. died at Upper Burgeo in the
Eighties and the husband later went to Sydney with his sister, Mrs. Chevalier
and died there. William Anderson, the fine old Patriarch of Upper Burgeo married
first a daughter of Grandmother Dicks. There was no family by this marriage. He
afterwards Susannah Poole and they had a nice family and the writer knew them
all. They are as follows: Sarah who married Samuel Wrixion, an Englishman and a
very fine man. He was a great reader. Mrs. W. died in the late 70's and left
some family. I know of one Nellie who is somewhere in the States unmarried a
year or two ago. He moved to Sydney and States married again, died only a year
ago-Martha Jane married George Collier. They lived with the old Gentleman for
years until he died at Upper Burgeo. He is buried on the Sandbanks and later
they moved to Burgeo in the Reach. George only died last week, May 1st. They had
no family. He was a Civil War Veteran and enjoyed a good pension from the
American Government After the close of the War 1865 he sailed the seven seas and
up to the time of his death he could give you a full account of his voyages
which was very interesting.
Thomas, I think, was the 3rd of this
family, got away from his home in the Seventies. Went to the Southern States.
Never returned. married and lived in Texas. The last I heard of him he was a
carpenter. William married Harriet daughter of Henry Strickland, Sr. They moved
to Sydney first then to B.C. He still writes home to his sister Mrs.
Collier.--married Joshua Strickland of Upper Burgeo. They moved to Sydney. I
know nothing of them only Mr. S. died some years ago. Joseph, my friend, lives
here married Fanny daughter of William Billard. They had a family Hubert of
Mercers who married a daughter of Hugh and Mary Dominey. Joseph died two years
ago. They had a crippled daughter now forty years old. Never walked, two other
daughters away and I dare say married. John, who lives here married Lizzie
Vatcher and they had a family. John away single to sea, William married Dorothy
Matthews and live with them. Susie married Hubert Dicks both died in the States
few years ago of consumption. Had a nice home in Maldin, Mass. They left two
sons and they were brought here. One died only a baby; the other a nice American
boy(he says) and will return to that country some day. Another daughter married
in N.S. I do not know to whom or where they live. This, I think, covers the
family of Mr. & Mrs. A. (Sr.) who were both nice people and great workers which
accounts for thier smart children who are also pushers and Joseph
is feeling today his many exposures. I think Thomas Anderson of West Point was a
brother of this family as I find in the Church Records he live at Upper Burgeo
in 1842 with his wife Bethania. Robert Anderson Otter's Pt. was the father of
James, William, John, George and Benjamin all of whom the writer knew in the
Sixties. James living here at Mercers is a grandson. The Andersons of Burgeo
were not of this family. They came from Fortune B. and have been mentioned .
James Matthews comes next. He had a
brother John who moved from Upper Burgeo to Petites with his family before 1860.
The wife of J.M. I remember but do not know who she was. This couple died years
ago and are buried on the Sandbanks Cemetary. One son William married Louise
Forward moved to Petites in the Eighties Later moved to Sydney both dead few
years ago. One daughter Grace married John Bobbett in 1872 later moved to
Labrador. There may have been others If so I have forgotten them.
We find also in this little cove Henry
Strickland whose wife was a Skeard died many years ago and Mr. Skeard in say the
late Nineties. His family was Henry who married Amelia Matthews. they are both
living yet he-82. Dinah married at Channel, Deborah married Thos. Hickman of
Grand Bank. They had no family. He died in 1925. Joshua married Eleanor Anderson
daughter of Uncle William Anderson. They moved to Sydney when the Exodus took
place at Up. Burgeo in the Eighties. Harriet married Wm. Anderson of Uncle Wm.
They had no family, moved to Sydney, then to B. Columbia living yet.
Widow Keeping is the last family. She
was the Widow of George Keeping who died before 1860. Son Robert married Susan
Dicks of Burgeo. She did not live long like her sister who married George Hunt
died of consumption in 1866. He then married a Barter at LaHune who survives
him. He died in 1923. Was a servant with us in the Sixties and a friend up to
the last of his life and we were both pleased to meet when it was possible to do
so. John, Edward and Lambert went to Gloucester, Mass.years ago.
Jane married Samuel Rose. He died in 1904. They had a large family of girls, three married at St. Georges. The widow lives with the youngest married to a Mrs. Farmer. Now living at Gloucester. Lambert married at Sydney. William here married Widow Phoebe Bungay. Had one girl, is at Halifax. The oldest daughter was first married to John Matthews, one of Uncle John's sons. He died before 1860. left two sons George and John. The latter died, George living and a widower.