A History of Anagance Ridge
I rushed to get
my Arithmetic finished so I could have a look in the box of books the
Lady LaTour Chapter of the I.O.D.E. sent for our school library.
The first book was thin with lots of pictures and very easy to read. It
was about a secret tree house that held lots of surprises. I made an
excuse to sharpen my pencil and placed the book on Cliff’s desk. I
watched him as he read the first few pages. By the look in his eye, I
knew he had the same idea as I did.
We rushed home right after school to get the boards and tools to build
a house in the Spruce tree in the upper pasture.
Things didn’t go quite as planned. Dad was willing to give us the
boards and nails but he had a whole bunch of you must agree “to do
In “A History of Anagance Ridge”,
Margaret K. Elliott spells out the stipulations the grantees had to
agree to when taking out grants of land in 1803 - “A grantee was
required to pay two shillings for each one hundred acres of land. He
was to clear and put in cultivation three acres out of every fifty, or
if the land was swampy and marshy, to drain and clear three acres of
every fifty. For every fifty acres of barren land he was to keep three
head of cattle. He was also to erect a strong dwelling twenty feet long
by sixteen feet wide.”
Mrs. Elliott provides information on many of grants and to whose hands
they fell into in later years as well as biographical information on
the families. The largest grant was to the Honourable Ward Chipman who
received one thousand acres, which he sold to John Simonds, who
operated a large farm and built a frame house with a verandah all
around it. Simonds sold two hundred acres to William C. F. Paley, one
of his hired hands. Two hundred acres were sold to his foreman, Robert
Ogilvie and a few years later the remainder of his holdings to Samuel
William Paley sold his land to James Elliott, who divided it between
his two sons, John and George.
Robert Ogilvie left his farm to his son Heber. The land was sold to
John and George Elliott.
In about 1873, Samuel McCully sold his six hundred acres to Duncan
McLeod of Portage Vale, who had married Katherine Musgrove from
The religious denominations in Anagance Ridge were the United Church,
formerly the Methodist Church, Roman Catholic and the Baptist who had
larger part of the people of the community as members.
In 1885, Miss Mary Goldrup, who held a third class licence, made an
agreement with the trustees, Lawson Brown and W. S. McCully. Her salary
was $68.00 for the first term. When Janet Fowler, later Mrs.
Thomas Elliott came to teach, she refused to do so until the trustees
had the building cleaned.
A school picture of 1902 has the names of more than forty students with
their teacher, Laura Moore.
Mrs. Elliott states in her introduction, “It is of the people, their struggle with
the environment, their courage and their ambition and desire to leave a
better home for their descendants, and a better community because they
lived in it, that this story is written, and each in his or her own way
contributed so much to the making of Anagance Ridge.”
“A History of Anagance Ridge”written
in 1970 by Margaret K. Elliott is available for viewing at the
Salisbury and Sussex libraries.
Fowler - Langstroth - Rice - McMan: I am looking for information
on the ancestors and descendants of William Beatty and Jasper
Beatty, who came from Ireland to Kings County, New Brunswick in the
1830s. William Beatty’s wife was Margaret and they had the following
children: 1) Robert Beatty, 2) Thomas Beatty 3) John Beatty, 4)
William Beatty, 5) Noble Beatty who married Sarah, and 6) George
Beatty. I would like to mention, Thomas Beatty married Harriet A
Fowler, and had 10 children - [Margaret M. Beatty who married Craven F
Langstroth, Josiah married Sarah Ann Rice, Leslie died as a
child, Noble, James, George, William, Robert, Ward, and Wallace
all came to Minnesota]. Jasper Beatty, who came from Ireland, married
Deborah and had the following children: two step daughters Frances
McMan, and Sarah McMan, natural children Margaret, Catherine, Deborah,
Jemima, John and Jasper. If anyone has any connection or information on
these two Beatty families please contact me. We are holding the Beatty
family reunion in the summer of 2006 in Beatty Township, Minnesota and
would love to meet new cousins.
23215 Walden Ave.
Armstrong: My great grandfather, John Cameron was born circa
1841 in New Brunswick to Donald Cameron and Jane Armstrong. John
Cameron married in Inverness Scotland 1 December 1865. Any information
on the family would be most welcome.
ALLAN CAMERON BARCLAY
I am seeking information on the ancestors of Margaret Ougler, 2 May
1912 and Sadie Ougler who were born in Saint John, New Brunswick. What
is the origin of the Ougler name?
215 Edward St., Apt 104
It is reported that Robert and Griffith Jr. Jenkins, two sons of
Griffith Jenkins, a Loyalist from New Jersey and my 4th great
grandfather, moved to New Brunswick about 1783 when Griffith moved to
Digby, Nova Scotia. I am looking for their descendants.
JAMES WENTWORTH JENKINS
1734 Spring Lane
Salt Lake City, UT
- Kinney: Joseph Barnes married Sarah Kinney (location
unknown). I am interested in finding their parents, siblings and
children. Conflicting census information on ages but approx date of
birth is 1806 in Saint John, New Brunswick. The family moved to Fort
Fairfield, Maine in the 1840’s.
48 Beech Street
- Whallen - Sullivan: James Andrew Marshall, son of John
Marshall, was born in 1837 in Pictou or Kings County, Nova Scotia. He
married in New Brunswick to Ellen T. Whallen, daughter of William
Whallen and Mary Sullivan at St. Luke's Church, Parish of Portland, on
6 Dec. 1864. They were in the 1881 Lepreau Charlotte County, New
Brunswick census. Shortly after they moved to Milbridge, Washington
County, Maine where they remained until their death in 1921.
64 Oakland Street
My great-grandfather, John Henry Lemington Pidgeon was somehow related
to Walter Pidgeon, the actor. I'm interested in how they were
218 Bennington Rd.
Samuel John Beattie was born circa 1845. His father drowned in a mill
pond in Carleton, St. John County in 1850. The mother died of
tuberculosis a few days later. Samuel’s, brothers Richard and William
were taken in by their father's uncle. They had a sister also. Richard
who was born 16 Mar 1854 lived in Sussex until his death 31 Aug 1925.
He is buried in Kirk Hill Cemetery there. I am looking for any
information regarding this family.
LORI BEATTIE McCONNELL
P.O. Box 728, Buellton, CA