Ruby M. Cusack
Picture: "Lakeside, Kennebecasis, Hampton NB" by Henry Josiah DeForest.
Grace Williams who is a descendant of Henry J. DeForest's brother James gave permission to use painting of "Lakeside, Kennebecasis, Hampton NB".
Henry Josiah DeForest
All the family had gathered at our grandparents home to spend Christmas Eve.
The turkey was cooking in the oven and fudge had just been made. The aroma drifted through the dining room and into the double parlour where two small fancy stoves with glass windows not only gave us heat but made us think we were sitting in front of a fireplace.
Aunt Sadie took great enjoyment in decorating the Christmas tree with fancy ornaments that had been used in the family for many years. Next she wrapped red and green garland around the tree followed with hundreds of icicles that had been carefully placed one by one on every branch.
Large photos decorated the walls and brought back many memories of family who I never knew but felt a bond with them from hearing about them from the ones who were older than I was.
Gram spent many hours throughout the year making our presents of knitted woolen socks, gloves, mittens, scarves. table cloths, fancy aprons, pot holders and the list went on.
When we think of the material we use for doing genealogical research, thoughts of those who gave so much of their time over the years to preserve family and community histories comes to mind.
Graham Segger contributed several pages of information and photos of paintings to “Generations” - The journal of the New Brunswick Genealogical Society - Fall 2019 - on the life and relatives of artist Henry Josiah DeForest whose ancestors were Loyalists. His baptism registration was recorded in Hampton Parish, Kings County on June 24, 1855. His parents were Josiah Fowler DeForest, a Blacksmith, and Anah Jane Fowler.
Tragedy was no stranger to this family including the death of Henry’s father from the kick of a horse he was shoeing when Henry was only six years old. Anah and her two sons moved in with her father on the north side of the Hammond River in French Village, Kings County.
Henry’s love of painting took him and his wife to many far away places and he became very well known.
You can read online the story of artist, Henry Josiah DeForest at http://grahamsegger.com/general-interest-articles/genealogy/the-art-of-henry-j-deforest/
A copy of the 65 page “Generations” - The journal of the New Brunswick Genealogical Society - Fall 2019 can be purchased for $9.00, which includes shipping, by contacting David Fraser at email@example.com where you will find lots of interesting reading.Thanks to the generosity of long-time member of the NBGS, Ken Kanner, transcriptions of the censuses of 1861, 1871, 1881 and 1891 for Westmorland County and 1861, 1871 and 1881 for Albert County are now on line. Ken spent many hours on this monumental task and deserves the gratitude of all.
You may find the collection on line at https://nbgs.ca/cpage.php?pt=290.
Library and Archives Canada (LAC) holds unique and extensive records about British Home Children.
Between 1869 and the late 1930s, over 100,000 juvenile migrants were sent to Canada from the British Isles during the child emigration movement. Motivated by social and economic forces, churches and philanthropic organizations sent orphaned, abandoned and pauper children to Canada. Many believed that these children would have a better chance for a healthy, moral life in rural Canada, where families welcomed them as a source of cheap farm labour and domestic help.
Several publications have been written about the Home children who were sent to Canada. Not all found a happy home.
In 1998, Grace MacCollum wrote the poem "Lost Love" that will touch your heart strings.A hundred thousand British children
Set sail toward Canada's shore,
To be tagged and shipped to farmers
Seeing their Moms and Dads no more.
To a land called milk and honey
These children went to live.
Their little hands became calloused
From the hard work they had to give.
How sad a Christmas Eve would be
To a home child so far from home and family.
As the carollers sang "Silent Night,"
Tears fell as he cried with fright.
At Christmastime a child should be
Gathered around his Christmas tree,
Not way off in a distant land
Made to live and work like a man.
Christmas bells are ringing
Around this time of year.
Families gather merrily
To spread their Christmas cheer.
Take time out this Christmas
To think back on the past.
And remember all the home children
Whose lives were shattered like broken glass.