of Kedgwick River
B. M. Broderick
Once the meal was finished,
the adults sat around the table drinking their tea and talking. Cliff
and I took off to play hide and seek.
When Cliff was hiding behind the commode, Gramp came into the bedroom,
pointed to him and barked, “Stowaway with a five dollar price on his
We thought we had done something terrible. We ran down the stairs
as fast as we could.
Nineteen year old, Michael Bernard Broderick, a native of Cappoquin,
County Waterford, Ireland, was a stowaway on the Stormy Petrel
it sailed out of Galway Bay on Friday, September 6, 1899. On the
third day at sea, he was discovered and he became a member of the crew.
Upon arriving in Campbellton, the vessel took on a cargo of lumber. In
the middle of the night, Michael lowered himself by a rope, over the
of the ship and hid in the woods, as there was a price to be paid for
a deserting crew member. Thus began a lonely new life in a strange
He was taken on as a farmhand with the MacDougal family in Broadlands
near Matapedia and later found employment as a handyman with the
In 1900, he married Isabella MacDonald. They became the caretakers for
the Roger’s property on the Kedgwick River. Here they raised their nine
children. The door of their home was always open. A yearly event was
visit of the owners of the property accompanied by guests who enjoyed
angling season. This was followed by the lumber crews who needed to be
‘Memories of Kedgwick River’ by their son, the Rev.
Michael Broderick, presents interesting insights into the history of
New Brunswick but first he takes the reader on a journey to discover
life his father left behind in Ireland.
Father Broderick also explores the opening up of the area of the
province that was at the turn of the century, a wilderness known only
to the trapper, the hunter, the angler, and the lumberjack.
Fascinating stories of characters who shared and participated in its
development are related. You will meet Isaac Farrar, Uncle John
MacDonald, W. C. Teagle, Clyde Hynes, James Michael MacDonald and
others in the pages of this 1994 publication which is available in
several libraries in New Brunswick.
Given - Orr - Carr: James Given was born in Ireland about
and married Margaret Mary Orr, the daughter of Thomas Orr and Margaret
in Saint John on 01 March 1851. They purchased a farm in Bloomfield,
Parish, Kings County in 1861. Their family consisted of 15 children.
died on Erin Street in Saint John in 1901. Margaret was residing on
Street at the time of her death in 1920. I would like to determine the
of origin in Ireland for both James Given and Margaret Orr as well as
names of their parents, siblings and descendants.
Sharp-Marshall: Arthur Busby Sharp married Margaret Marshall 1883
Sussex, New Brunswick. He died in 1914 in British Columbia. His
were Elizabeth, John and Sarah. Who were his parents?
-Roberta Kincaid, 365 Shackelton Pt. Rd.,
NY, 13030, USA. E-mail
Maria - Ballard: Isaac Marsh was a private in the 76th Regiment
the British Army serving in Nova Scotia in 1855 when he met and married
Ballard in Halifax. The following year they had a son, Isaac George
in New Brunswick. I am looking for any information concerning the
or any references to the regiment’s service in Nova Scotia.
-Robert Marsh, 38 Sandalwood Ave., Woodlands, 6018,
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