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Ethel Anne Thompson's

An Eye to the Future

A History of Pocologan, New River, Lepreau and Little Lepreau

ad and Gramp had been in the woods for less than a week cutting next year’s firewood. A little black cloud of trouble seemed to be hovering over them. First the leather tug on Chief’s harness broke, next the link in one of the traces came apart and today Dan lost one of his winter calked shoes.

Cliff and I listened as they discussed the contacting of a farrier. Dan was usually a really gentle
horse. When it came time for shoes to be put on him, he let it be known in no uncertain terms which blacksmith could shoe him.
In Pocologan, in the 1800s, Enos Justason opened a blacksmith shop which was much in demand. His expertise brought customers as far away as Woodstock to have their horses shod.

Enos first married Lois Saye and they had eight children. After her death, he married Laura Boyd and they had two sons.       

Ethel Thompson’s 1992 publication, “An Eye to the Future” gives accounts of the families of the past and present as she details the history of Pocologan, New River, Lepreau and Little Lepreau.

Margaret, wife of James Dawson was the first grantee of land in Pocologan in 1809 and Moses Vernon was the first settler to build a sawmill on the stream.

Ned Chittick, a coachman to a prominent family in England, fell in love with the boss’s daughter and she with him. The father of the girl refused to give his consent to the marriage so the young couple ran away and were married. They immigrated to Canada and settled in New River where they built a house on land above a beach which bears the name Chittick’s Beach.

Robert Varden Hanson, who was born in 1805, and members of his family were the first settlers in Little Lepreau arriving in 1836. His father, John Hanson, had come from England and settled in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania. Robert married Priscilla Knight, a sister of Gideon and Joshua Knight who came with the Quakers to Beaver Harbour.

William Rothwell Lomax, his wife and their family arrived in Little Lepreau on one of the returning Hanson boats from England.

William Faquharson, who with his wife and two sons immigrated to New Brunswick from Scotland in 1923 and settled on a grant of land in Pocologan, brought his gold-tipped bagpipes with him.

In 1864, William Boyne was granted a tract of land in the Parish of Lepreau.

In “An Eye to the Future”, Ethel Anne Thompson not only tells the history of Pocologan, New River, Lepreau and Little Lepreau, but she gives us a glimpse of the early settlers and their descendants, through text and the many photos that are included in the publication. It is available for viewing at several research institutions.   

Query 1424
World War I - Miramichi: I am interested in information concerning men of the Miramichi area who served in the Great War. Letters, pictures, diaries, etc.
54 Confederation Dr.
RR #3 Niagara on the Lake
Ontario, Canada,  L0S 1J0

Query 1425
Buchanan - Connor - Kerr - Slater: Mathew Buchanan, son of George Buchanan and Catherine Connor, was born in Scotland. He and his wife, Mary Kerr lived on the Douglas Valley Road in Queens County, New Brunswick, near their daughter and son-in-law, Thomas Slater. They moved to South Boston and were buried in Chelsea, Massachusetts in 1908.
256A Washington Street
Peabody, MA
01960, USA

Query 1426
Olsen - Falconer: I am looking for information on Christian H. Olsen, who was born in 1848 in Norway - location unknown and died in 1916 at Molus River, New Brunswick. Also I need information on his wife Sarah Jane Falconer, who was born in 1851 (location unknown) and died in 1935 at Molus River. Seeking marriage record, immigration record (1873), naturalization record (1860) or ship crew records as Christian H. Olsen was a carpenter on a ship that sank in the Northumberland Strait or any other records that might indicate from where in Norway he came.
2-1370 Kingston Ave.
Ottawa, ON
Canada, K1Z 8L2

Query 1427
McInelly - Grant: Looking for information on John McInelly born Sharon, Windsor, Vermont 26 Sep 1796 and died 22 Mar 1857 Charlotte, New Brunswick, Canada. Wife, Sarah Grant born Saint John, 18 Apr 1798. Married in Houlton, 4 Apr 1818. One child, Arthur listed as being buried in Hillman Cemetery, Temple, York County, New Brunswick.
1060 Rambler Dr.
Salt Lake City, UT
84116, USA

Query 1428
Rogers - Kedgwick River Lodge: I am seeking information on the Rogers family, who built the Kedgwick River Lodge. The family is mentioned in "Memories of Kedgwick River" by B. M. Boderick.
6 Main Street
Hyde Park, NY
12538, USA                                                          
Telephone (845) 454-9440

Query 1429
Pitfield: Information sought on the Pitfield family, in particular the origins of George Pitfield who came to Nova Scotia / New Brunswick on the Spring Fleet of 1783. Information concerning him and his is on my website Keen to find out where in America he came from and to hear from any descendants.
Hugh Pitfield, 146 Church Lane East, Aldershot, Hants, GU11
3SS, England  email:

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