Cliff carried in the wood for the kitchen stove, while I stayed behind in the woodshed to split the cedar kindling. With one careless wack, I cut into my gum rubber boot but luckily no flesh was damaged.
In the 1780s, John Ingraham of the present Fredericton area was not so fortunate, as he chopped his toe off while cutting wood with his father. That winter it was necessary for his sister Hannah to haul him to school on a handsled. In the book, “ The Bitter with the Sweet - New Brunswick 1604 - 1984", the author Mary Peck includes the reminiscences that Hannah Ingraham related in her old age.
The book also includes information on:
* Captain Owen of England who in 1770, brought 38 men and women to Campobello as settlers. The list of these Indentured Servants gives the ‘Quality or Trade’ of each. John Pendergrass was a fisherman, John Hurst was a ploughman and gardener, and Sarah Haslam was a housekeeper.
* The “Return of Native Indians in the Province of New Brunswick, placed out by Lieutenant General Coffin in English Families by Indentures of apprenceship to be educated . . with the date of September 24, 1813 lists the name of the children and with whom indentured”. As an example, on the 2 January 1807, eight year-old Joseph Lewis Paul was placed with Rev’d O. Arnold for a term of thirteen years to learn the trade of ‘Farmer’. This chapter has some very interesting and revealing facts on the Sussex Indian School, 1787 - 1826.
* Hugh MacKay, a native of Sutherlandshire, Scotland was in his 97th year when he departed this life in 1848 and was buried in St. George. A document of 1815, concerning the caring of a gravely ill Corporal Nathanael Wright tells much of MacKay’s lifestyle.
A very informative chapter on lumbering brings details of the woodsmen with their mighty axes.
Other chapters in the publication provide information on, the Jardine Shipbuilding family, Dr. John Vondy and the ‘Looshtauk’, Tommy Atkins in New Brunswick, Sara Emma Edmonds - the Spy, Sadie Harper, Andrew Bonar Law, Genealogical table of Law and Kidston families, the Protest Press, Paul Doherty - Pauper, Grace Helen Mowatt, Miller Brittain, the McCains and Muriel McQueen Fergusson.
Many black and white photos from a variety of sources provide a glimpse into New Brunswick during years past.
“ The Bitter with the Sweet - New Brunswick 1604 - 1984" by Mary Peck was published in 1983 and can be viewed in several research institutions in Canada.
The author’s choice of topics and the presentation of hard-to-find information makes this a ‘must’ on the reading list of New Brunswick family history researchers whether they be novice or experienced.
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Noddin: Where did Michael Noddin, the 1774 Yorkshire settler come from in Yorkshire?
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