We never had to ask Mum what we were having for supper on Saturday night. We knew it would be homemade beans and raisin brown bread followed by ginger bread with whipped cream for dessert.
It was usually an early supper so Dad could finish his barn work of milking the cows by seven o'clock. He then came in and snugged himself up and off we went to Hampton. He would take us into Robb's Drug Store and buy us a double decker ice cream. Cliff would choose vanilla and I had maple walnut.
Sitting on the front street of Hampton, eating ice cream and watching the sights, was as great a treat to us as the kids of today would have on a trip to Boston.
We watched people come and go from the Drug Store. Couples went happily into Coleman's Restaurant. Mum usually needed some dry goods from Mrs. Morrison's store and I tagged along while Cliff accompanied Dad to buy some sausage meat from Vern Allaby and on to Billy Smith's Hardware to get some ten penny nails. I was fascinated with the Barber's pole on Chester Craig's Barber Shop.
Things change with time and slowly landmarks disappear but thanks to David Keirstead, the generations to come will always know what Hampton was like in the past.
For seven years, David diligently researched for untold hours, the history of Hampton Station and Hampton Village as well as touching upon Lakeside, Lower Norton and Warneford. Upon completion, he donated his manuscript to the Kings County Historical and Archival Society Inc. In1983 they published the book, ‘Reflections' - The Story of Hampton, N. B.
This book is like taking a walking tour of the Hampton in the days gone by. One can almost see the lady of the house in her high collared dress with starched apron, attending to her daily chores. The wine of the saw at the Flewelling Mill rings in your ear and the bang of the hammers of the boat building crews echoes along the river. Quitting time sees the tired men heading home. As the years advance, David gives us a glimpse of village life - a community working together into the 1980s
Some of the chapters are: The Indians and the French; The Loyalists; Lower Norton; Kennebecasis River; The Front Street; Dutch Point Road area; from the river to Elm Street; Kennebecasis River Road; Tourist Avenue; Midway; from the Schoolhouse Hill to the Ossekeag Creek, the Wayside Inn and the Red Brick Corner; the trains (including the St. Martins Train); Town Square; Centennial Drive; Bull's Hill; Everett Street; Tilley Sreet; Woodpecker Hall Road; Little Smithtown; Lakeside; Education, Music, Arts and Crafts; Organizations past and present and Sports. Many photos of homes and businesses that are still standing or gone can be found in the book
Tour the Streets of the Hampton, view the homes and businesses of yesteryear, meet the doctors, pay a visit to the school, learn the history of this town all while sitting in the comfort of your favourite armchair reading ‘Reflections - The Story of Hampton.'
This 333-page book is available for viewing at several research
institutions in New Brunswick.
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Reed - Mitton - Chapman - Steeves: I am looking for information on Susan Reed, born about 1824 who married John Mitton. They lived at Coverdale Parish during the early 1800s. Their children include: John; William; Lavinia Ada; Moses; Ellen; Minnie and 3 others. There was a man named Ralph Mitton living with them at the time of the 1851 census, and we're not sure if he was John's father or not. Lavinia Ada was my great-grandmother and was born in 1857. She moved to North Dakota about 1884 after marrying Alfred Thomas Chapman, son of Robert Dickie Chapman and Rachel Steeves. I haven't been able to find out anything about the Mittons above and I am hoping someone might have some information on who they descended from. Susan Reed is a total mystery. I finally found out her maiden name and thought for sure I could check online databases for info on her, but she doesn't show up on any of them. I'd be grateful for any info. I have more dates to share.
-Penny J. Axtman, P.O. Box 83, Minnewaukan, ND, 58351. Telephone (701) 473-5507. E-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Hunter - Hamilton: My Great-great-grandfather James Archibald Hunter was born on Dec. 31, 1812 - probably in Saint John. On Jan.14, 1837 he was married to Margaret Hamilton by Rev. Wilson. Does anyone know the church that the Rev. Wilson was affiliated with as this might be a starting point to find information on my Great-great-great-grandparents.
-Barb Hunter, 38-500 Douglas Avenue, Saint John, N.B., E2K 1E7. E-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hindman: I am seeking any available information on John Hindman who was born in1798 in Ireland and emigrated to New Brunswick about 1845 with his wife Sarah and two sons: John Hindman Jr. and Alexander. They emigrated to Ontario, Victoria Co. Manvers Twp., circa 1855.
-Betty A. Goldstein, 48 Meadow Drive, Queensbury, NY, 12804. E-mail to email@example.com.
Gordon: I am looking for any information on a Smith Gordon who was born Mar.17, 1870 in Springfield, New Brunswick and died Sep. 4, 1954. He was found on Dec. 21, 1954 in a large park in Saint John. I have the Saint John newspaper clipping on page 11 of Dec 21, 1954 but it does not state where he was buried. I have searched some of the cemeteries in and around Springfield and the Sussex area with no results and also some of the cemeteries in Saint John area, with still no results! I am wondering if some reader might have this information and would be willing the share it with me?
-Bob Gordon, 1005 Vintage Court, Rio Vista, CA, 94571. Telephone (707) 374-6944.
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McLeod - Campbell - Morrison: Family lore has it that Donald McLeod was one of 6 brothers who came from Scotland and that they may have been Loyalists. He was married to Margaret Morrison (1772 - 1840) and they had 3 children: Janet, Lydia and Hector, all born between 1803 and 1808. Donald died - although where and when is not known - and in 1816, Margaret married Duncan Campbell, of Campbell Settlement, Kings Co. Donald McLeod was granted 400 acres of land in the Campbell Settlement area in 1809 which appears that his 3 children inherited. I have found no connection between Donald McLeod and all the McLeods of Sussex and Penobsquis area. Hopefully someone can provide me with some information.
-Diane McLeod, 2111 - 31 Avenue S.W., Calgary, Alberta, T2T 1T5. E-mail to email@example.com.
Ruby is a genealogy buff. Readers are invited to send their New Brunswick genealogical queries to her at firstname.lastname@example.org. When E-Mailing please put Yesteryear Families in the Subject line. Please include in the query, your name and postal address as someone reading the newspaper, may have information to share with you but not have access to E-mail. Queries should be no more than 45 words in length.