Census data of Simonds Parish gives information on more
10,000 residents, including those residing in the Poor House
|Michael Horgan and his wife Margaret appear in the 1891 census
with children John, Kate, Mary, William, Michael, Gerald, Annie and Frank.
There was one thing that Mum never let me go without - and that was my rubbers and I hated those rubbers. Cliff and I were looking for Blue Irises in the swamp and suddenly my foot slipped and my rubberless shoe was stuck in the mud. I now had a shoe full of muddy water. I had no intention of telling Mum about my misadventure. I rubbed off the mud with dried grass and that night I stuffed the boots with newspapers in the hopes all would be fine by the time I started off to school in the morning. But alas, it was not to be. The toes of my boots curled up and the insoles were hard and twisted.
My usually good natured mother was quite annoyed and snapped at me with, "Your carelessness is going to put us in the Poor House."
It seemed the word "Poor House" cropped up in many conversations and the older folk were afraid of being sent there. I wondered why.
A week or so later, a visitor was telling Dad of the hard time his aunt was having since her new daughter-in-law moved into the home. He then commenced to recite a poem, that went something like this:
"Over the hill to the poor-house I'm trudging my weary way
I am woman of seventy, and only a trifle gray.
My son Charley was pretty good to me, with scarce a word or frown.
Till at last he went a-courtin', and brought a wife from town.
She was somewhat dressy, an' hadn't a pleasant smile
She was quite conceited, and carried a heap o' style.
Over the hill to the poor-house--I can't quite make it clear!
Over the hill to the poor-house--it seems so horrid queer!
Many a step I've taken a-toilin' to and fro,
But this is a sort of journey I never thought I'd go."
This week as I was reading the names of the two hundred residents of the Poor House who were listed on page 66 to 74 of Division 1 of the 1881 Census for Simonds Parish, I thought of the sadness faced by so many who due for the most part to no fault of their own were sent to these institutions. Several widows were listed: Anne Cook - 80; Sarah Lough - 72 year; Clarissa Simmons - 68; Martha McFall - 83; Anastasia O'Tool - 82; Eliza Heron - 81; Hannah Dougherty - 66; Lucy Brown - 75; Mary Sloan - 76; Mary Givan - 82 and Margaret Condon - 65. Children were also here as Charles Nicholson was only three months old, Margaret Nicholson was five years old and I assume their mother was possibly 35 year old Margaret Nicholson. The five Driscoll children ranged in age from 1 to 13 and two Minehan children were 8 and 10. John Crowley was listed as single and 92 years old.
On page 28 to 30 of Division 1 of the 1891 Census of Simonds Parish, there are nearly 60 inmates of the Industrial School listed, ranging in age from age 2 to 19.
In 1891, Michael Horgan, farmer, was enumerated along with his wife Margaret and children John, Kate, Mary, William, Michael, Gerald, Annie and Frank.
All this information and much more can be found on the 10,931 residents of the 1871, 1881, 1891 and 1901 Census of Simonds Parish, Saint John County in the 392 page book with full name index compiled on these censuses by David Horgan.
By the way, the Parish of Simonds was created in 1839 from Portland Parish and was named for James Simonds who was one of three prominent business men who lived in Saint John prior to the Loyalist arrival in 1783.
Census Records are often the only key we have to connect families and neighbours. Thanks to the painstaking work by David, searching for information on families and persons in Simonds Parish has been made much easier.
The publication on the Census Records of Simonds Parish can be ordered from David Horgan, 90 Cosy Lake Road, Saint John NB, Canada, E2N 1P8. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. The price is $25.00 plus shipping.
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Matthews - Cox: I am seeking information on my Grandmother Louise (Cox) Matthews, who was born in the late 1890s in Perry, Maine, to John and Abbie (Dean) Cox. Her siblings were: Edward, Roy, Silas, Gertrude, John, Elizabeth, William and Merton. Louise was married in 1912 at Baileyville, Maine to David Oscar Matthews, who was born at St. George. They had 4 children all born in Woodland-Bailyville Maine area: Thelma, Alice, Pearl and Harry. In1920 they were divorced and at time Pearl and Alice were boarded with the Harris M. Choate family of in Alexander, Maine and Thelma went to the Alden C. Perkins family of in Alexander. My father Harry at the age of one year was given to Lewis Frye, in Woodland, Maine. The last record I have of my grandmother Louise Cox Matthews was in1920, when she was keeping house for Albert Robinson of Upper Mills, Charlotte County and she was charged with the murder of her illegitimate infant but was found not guilty. Can anyone help me locate information on my grandmother and her life after 1920?
Evelyn Roman, P. O. Box 604, Searsport, Maine, 04974, USA. E-mail to email@example.com
Reid - Mather - Kimble - O'Hara: I am looking for the descendants of Harriet Eliza Reid, born May 12, 1810 and Alexander Mather who were married September 27, 1830. Their children were: George (baptized 1834, St. Andrew's Kirk, Saint John, N. B.) and Jane (baptized 1839, St. Andrew's Kirk, Saint John, N. B.) There may have been other family members. I would also like to find information on the descendants of the following: Lilley Reid, born October 6, 1816 who married John Kimble of Kingston Parish on January 24, 1839 as well as Mary Ann Reid, born June 15, 1820 who married William Francis O'Hara of Saint John City on June 24, 1851. Marriage performed by Robert Cooney.
-Vonda M. Adams, 608-611 University Drive, Saskatoon, Sk., Canada, S7N 3Z1. Telephone 1-306-244-5258. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Barton: I am looking to contact any person with new, or different information than that presented in "Roger Barton's Kinsmen Vol.2 (1987).
-Alex Bond, 9 Belfast Street, Riverview, N.B., Canada, E1B 3E9. E-mail email@example.com.
McCartney: My father-in-law Earle Woodrow McCartney was born in Saint John, New Brunswick. His father was Philip MacCartney. We believe there are still family relatives in the area. Since we are planning a visit to Canada in 2002, we would like to contact relatives to find out more about the family's history. We would appreciate any help you could provide to us.
-Anne H. McCartney. E-mail to AmcCartney@AOL.com.
Tobin: Thomas Tobin and Ellen Driscoll had children: Richard (Rick) Tobin, Catherine (Tobin) Corcoran, Mary (Tobin) Cahalane, Margaret (Tobin) Sexton, John Tobin and possibly others. Family legend has it that Thomas and Ellen Tobin lived in Timoleague, County Cork Ireland. They departed Ireland, with some or all of their children, on or about 1845-1850 for possibly the area of Newcastle or Grand Lake in New Brunswick. During the 1850-1865 time son Richard (Rick) moved from Canada to Manchester, New Hampshire and Catherine, Mary, Margaret and John moved from Canada to Lowell, Massachusetts. I found a William Tobin listed on the 1870 Census of Lowell who was married to a Catherine Sullivan. All of their children were born in New Brunswick. Can anyone provide me with information on these Tobin families?
-William F. Tobin, 59 Chestnut Street, Concord, Ma., 01742, USA. Telephone 978-371-9837. E-mail WILLIAMFTOBIN@aol.com.
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