from P.E.I. Newspapers
Prince Edward Island Newspapers
by John Dye
Items of Interest
MELANCHOLY ACCIDENT & Loss of Two Lives
Examiner, June 17, 1851
TWS NOTE: The Kinlays are mentioned in the Strathgartney Journals and
later associated with Farrer Stewart (D.B.'s brother), who lived at West
On Sunday morning, the 1st instant, the House of James Kinlay Esq., J.P.,
Cape of this Island was discovered to be on Fire. Mr. Kinley with great
difficulty, succeeded in saving a very small proportion of his property,
nearly everything being consumed, and most melancholy to relate his son
a fine boy of 12 years of age, together with a brother of Mr. Kinlay's
both deaf & dumb, perished in the flames. The heart of the unhappy
found nearly entire, but not another vestige of either was discovered.
fire originated in the carelessness of a servant maid going to sleep leaving
candle burning by her bed side.
DIED A. NICHOLSON
Royal Gazette March 22, 1842
Last evening a poor man named Alexander Nicholson from the Big Woods,
Harbour Road Settlement, about 4 weeks since he was in the Woods chopping
log, which resting on the branches, after a second gave way, turned over
his leg, & a snag taking hold of his flesh, tore it off down to his
completely dislocated his knee. His mother & his wife being the only
near at the time, got him home & there being no medical assistance
Settlement, he continued to linger for some days, when he was brought
but it was too late to render him any assistance. He suffered the most
excruciating pains from 10 o'clock yesterday morning until 10 at night
expired. His wife has since been delivered of twin children, & her
despaired of. The deceased came to the Island 2 years ago, from the Isle
Sky, & is 29 years of age.
ACCIDENT - INDIAN
Royal Gazette May 4, 1841
ACCIDENT: On Wednesday last as Peter Louis with some other Indians were
shooting wild ducks off Governor's Island, the gun of one of the party
accidently discharged and being loaded with large shot, shattered Louis's
in such a dreadful manner as to require amputation, which was performed
same night by Dr. Makieson. Louis who is a temperate man, bore the operation
with more than Roman fortitude.
Wm. Allanby was awarded Lot 18 along with Col. Robert Stewart, elder brother
of Peter Stewart, the Chief Justice. At a council meeting held on 8 July
- William Allanby Esq., a member of this Board sailed from this Island
second day of November, 1774 & has not since arrived to the Island
or any part
of its Territories .... the said Mr. Allanby had obtained on the 16th
1774 His Excellency the Governor's leave of absence for six months &
been absent 1 year & 7 months .... he should no longer be a member
TWS Note: This man's grave is in the grave yard to the right and just
arriving at Ross's Corners as you leave S'Side.
Royal Gazette Aug 18, 1846.
A Patriarch - Alexander who proposed the Hon. Joseph Pope & Dr. Conroy,
Bedeque, in a speech of considerable length, & who also swore in the
Officer & the Poll Clerks, completed his hundredth year last October.
present he never even uses a walking cane, & his conversation &
as lively & vigorous as they were fifty years since. He has been in
Commission of the Peace for the last 40 years.
Islander, Feb. 13, 1852
On Saturday, the First instant, in the 107th year of his age, ALEXANDER
ANDERSON, Esq., of Bedeque. Mr. Anderson was born in the Parish of Murray,
near Elgin, Scotland, on the 7th October, 1745. He emigrated to New York
the year 1770, and was concerned on the side of the Crown in the Wars
Revolution, during which he was three times wounded, once severely, by
in the leg. At the Peace, he came to this Island, as a Loyalist, and after
some years he married and settled in Bedeque, where he acquired a valuable
property of about 1000 acres of land. The deceased's life in this Island
one of untiring industry; his habits, morally and physically, the most
and exemplary; he often boasted that he never broke his word with any
this he was enabled to do from his punctuality with others. He was of
frame of body, with strong retentive memory, which he retained until very
lately; and though latterly deprived of sight, his cheerfulness, nor interest
in passing events, never deserted him. He was 53 years in the Commission
the Peace. So gradual and painless has been his decay, that it may be
said, his taper burned out.
Royal Gazette Aug. 18, 1846.
Audubon, the Ornithologist, has left Montreal for the Southern States,
purpose of procuring some specimens to complete the last volume of his
splendid work on the Birds of America. He has taken with him a great number
English songsters, unknown in America, which he intends to liberate on
arrival, that they may be propagated in his native land.
Royal Gazette Aug. 10, 1841
The officers and Gentleman of H. M. Brig Ringdove, gave a very splendid
and Supper on Friday evening last, to His Excellency Sir Charles and Lady
Fitz Roy, Miss Fitz Roy, and the principal inhabitants of Charlottetown
its neighbourhood - to the number of 90 persons. The decorations and fittings
up of the beautiful ship, were of the most striking and elegant description,
and the whole were arranged with that excellent taste and neatness so
peculiarly characteristic of the officers of Her Majesty's Naval service.
merry dance was kept up with much spirit, and the rosy light of morning
above the horizon, before the delighted guests took leave of their kind
St. Paul's Church Records, Charlottetown
ALEXANDER BIRNIE - Born July 9, 1813; baptized Sept. 13, 1813
ANNE BAYLEY STEPHEN STEWART BIRNIE - Daughter of Mr. George Birnie and
Magdalen Stewart, his wife. Born Sept. 17, 1811. Baptized Dec. 27, 1811.
EARLY BARLEY PRIZE
The C.Examiner, Aug. 7, 1857
EARLY HARVESTING - The annual Prize given by the Hon.George Coles for
first new Barley delivered at his Brewery, was awarded to Mr. Alexander
MacKenzie, Saint Peter's, on the 5th instant. The Barley was cut on the
THE BEST BEAR STORY
Royal Gazette Aug 13,1833
On Saturday night the 3rd inst. Mr. Roderick M'Donald, of Norrie's Pond,
severely injured by a Bear. Having information that he was in pursuit
sheep, M'Donald went out accompanied by a person of the name of M'Aulay,
his gun loaded with swan shot; when within a few paces of the prowler,
fired and lodged the contents of his musket in his body, from the effects
which he fell. He thought he should now have no trouble to dispatch him,
up and struck him with an axe, but before he gave a second blow, he wrested
that weapon from his hand and threw it to some distance. He was now in
power of bruin singlehanded, who made several attempts to seize him by
throat, and it was only by getting hold of his ears, he extricated himself
from his desparate embrace. The bear now endeavoured to make off, but
getting hold of a longer from the fence renewed the fight - he struck
or three times, the longer breaking at each blow; having a small piece
left in his hand, he endeavoured to thrust it down his throat, but missing
aim he again fell against the Bear, who made every effort to seize upon
the vital parts, and it was merely by putting his hand in his mouth which
bitten desperately, that he was prevented. After struggling for some time
his savage antagonist, he succeeded in getting again hold of his ears,
which means he was relieved from his fangs. After his rescue he was covered
with blood from the top of his head to his feet, which proceeded from
wounds and those of the Bear. It seems unaccountable how M'Aulay could
remained quiet during this frightful contest and not render assistance.
M'Donald called to him several times but he gave him no aid, his excuse
afterwards was, that it being dark, he was as likely to strike M'Donald
Bear. Although M'Donald was dreadfully mangled, we are happy to say he
is in a
fair way of recovery. A pursuit was made after the bear by a number of
neighbours, but it raining during the night they lost all trace of his
JOHN PICTON BEETE
TWS Note: His children were contemporary with Robert Bruce Stewart Jr.
Stewart's father) Beete later left the Island and became the subject of
scandal. See below.
The Islander, March 5, 1852
Secretary's Office March 5, 1852
His Excellency the Lieutenant Governor has been pleased provisionally
appoint John Picton Beete, Esquire, to a seat in the Legislative Council
James Warburton, Colonial Secretary.
S'Side Journal, Aug. 9, 1888
A report which is current in Ch'town just now, and which is well authenicated,
furnishes unlimited food for the lovers of a little gossip. To make a
story short, Major Beete, for some forty years a resident of this Island,
few years ago inherited an immensely valuable estate in England, by the
of his uncle, General Sir John Picton, a Waterloo hero. Major Beete then
assumed the name of Picton and his income suddenly swelled to the comfortable
sum of 5,000 pounds sterling, or about $25,000 a year. Shortly afterwards
removed to England where he died last year at the age of 90. The property
being entailed, it was taken for granted that his eldest son, Francis
would be the heir, but not so. It turns out that Major Beete was married
before, and his first wife's son, a man of sixty years of age, has appeared
the scene and laid claim to the property. Everything is so straight that
best legal advice says that his claim must be admitted. Major Beete was
an oddity, but his eccentricity took a most extraordinary course in concealing
from the world, and particularly from his own family, the fact of his
been previously married.
BIRTHS: LITTLE DAUGHTERS
TWS Note: The mother of these children, Helen Olympia, was a grand daughter
John Stewart and first cousin to Helen Stewart Birnie, great grandmother
Royal Gazette Nov. 11, 1833
At Mussurabad, Benmgal, on the 28th February, the Lady of Colonel Littler,
commanding the 58th Native Infantry, of a fine girl.
Note by TWS: This was Helen Colebrooke Littler
Royal Gazette Sept. 15, 1835
On the 22nd July at Colebrooke Park, Tunbridge, the Lady of Lieut. Col.
Littler of the 54th Bengal Native Infantry, of a daughter.
Note by TWS: Either Louisa or Flora.
BLACK FISH OR PORPOISES
Royal Gazette July 22, 1834
GRAMPUS FISHING - On Thursday last, about 4 p.m. a large shoal of Grampuses,
in full chase, probably after some smaller species of the finny tribe,
seen from Orwell Point, standing in from the Bay, and darkening the surface
the water with their dusky backs. On approaching the point which divides
River from the Orwell, the shoal separated into two divisions, each ascending
one of these rivers to the number of at least two hundred. About twenty
well manned, and provided with such weapons as could be hastily procured,
commenced an immediate pursuit, and succeeded by dint of extraordinary
exertions, in driving on shore and capturing about a hundred and thirty
them, varying in size from ten feet to twenty fife. The blubber, which
from two to three inched thick, was immediately cut off in squares, and
is no doubt but a considerable quantity of excellent oil will be derived
this lucky windfall.
BLACK FISH OR PORPOISES
Royal Gazette Dec. 8, 1840
Last week , off the shore of Township 43 about 2 leagues to the eastward
Cable Head, a large shoal of Grampuses were observed near the land, &
some had got aground, several of the inhabitants near the place launched
& drove many more ashore; & finally secured 64 of them, the largest
feet long. All the blubber etc. had been got ashore before Thursday last,
we are sorry to hear that the captors cannot agree in dividing the spoil.
BLACK FISH OR PORPOISES
Royal Gazette Dec. 22, 1840
Further account of the capture of the Whales or Black Fish at Lot 43.
persons of the name of M'Kinnon, of Goose River, & 2 named M'donald,
River, accompanied with three other young men, saw a large shoal of Whales
about 12 fathoms water, off Goose River, when they put off with 2 boats,
equipped with pitch forks & axes. The fish keeping constantly on the
of the water, they succeeded in wounding one, which made immediately for
shore, the whole body following him, until they got into the surf, when
boats fell upon them with their weapons and despatched them.
BLACK FISH OR PORPOISES
Royal Gazette Sept. 8, 1846
A Shoal of Porpoises or Black Fish ran themselves on shore near Cape Kildare,
a few days since. 41 of them were captured by the Inhabitants. Some of
were upwards of 22 feet long. A large quantity of Oil is in process of
BOAT - FISHING EXPEDITION
Royal Gazette Oct. 15, 1833
In our last we stated that a boat with nine persons on board had left
River on a fishing expedition, on the morning of Wednesday, the 18th inst.,
and that great apprehensions were entertained for their safety, as the
following had been wild and stormy, and no accounts had been received
It now appears that in the evening of that day, about nine o'clock, when
began to blow fresh off shore, they made for the land, distant about eight
miles, with their oars; but the sea ran so high, and they shipped so much
water, that they had to desist from rowing and set sail on the boat, keeping
her as close to the wind as possible. The wind continuing to increase,
sail partly gave way, and a sea having swept away one of their oars, they
no alternative but to get her before the wind. All night it continued
with great violence, and at daylight no land was to be seen. The wind
time had shifted a little to the westward. About nine o'clock on Thursday
morning the wind abated a little, but they still held on their course
three o'clock in the afternoon, when they came in sight of Cape St. Lawrence
on the coast of Cape Breton. They then altered their course to the southward,
running along the coast of that island, until about three o'clock on Friday
morning, when they arrived at Broad Cove, in a state of great exhaustion
wet cold and hunger. On the Tuesday following, being the seventh day after
their departure, they got back to their homes, to the great joy of their
friends, who, it may easily be believed had suffered no small degree of
anxiety on their account.
BOYS CAUGHT STEALING
P.E.I. Register, April 13, 1830
Yesterday, Michael White, aged 14, and William Stowe, aged 12, were committed
to prison, charged with stealing two hams from the dwelling house of Solomon
Desbrisay & also for feloniously breaking open his store (opposite
north-east corner of Queen Square), and stealing raisins therefrom. These
depredations were boldly committed the previous night. The house was entered
by one of the windows. The juvenile delinquents, we understand, did not
the facts - but mutually charged the other with being the instigator.
P.E.I. Register, Aug. 10, 1830
On Thursday, William White, a boy of only eight years of age, charged
stealing a gun-lock the property of William Mutton, was committed to prison.
On his examination the youthful culprit confessed what he had done with
lock. He is a brother of Michael White's, who was convicted at the last
of Supreme Court, for a robbery on the premises of Solomon Desbrisay -
which offence he subsequently received three public whippings.
BRIDGE AT MOUNT STEWART
Royal Gazette Aug. 23, 1838
Letter to the Editor re faulty workmanship:
[It reminds me of the humerous old Irish song of Bryan O'Lynn]
"Bryan O'Lynn, his wife & his mother,
Were all going over the Bridge together,
The bridge it broke & they all fell in,
We're going to catch Herrings said Bryan O'Lynn".
COUNTESS OF WESTMORELAND
Colonial Herald Oct. 19, 1839
The Rt. Honourable the Countess Of Westmoreland arrived here yesterday
Steamer Cape Breton, from Pictou. It is the intention of her Ladyship,
understand, to spend the winter in the Island, & a house in Upper
has been prepared for her reception. We trust we may be allowed to entertain
hope that the visit of the Countess will be productive, not only of pleasure
satisfaction to herself, but of benefit to the numerous tenantry on the
estate in this Island.
CROSBIE - GEORGE GRAHAM
TWS Note: The details of the family of George Graham Crosbie are taken
the book RARE AMBITION by Michael Harris, 1992.
Thomas Crosbie, the father of George Graham, was born in the County of
Dumfries in 1796.
In 1840, forty-nine year old Margaret Crosbie, wife of Thomas, left Scotland
with her three sons - James, thirteen, John, eleven, and George Graham,
years old. Their father, Thomas, apparently did not come with them, at
there is no record of his arrival with his wife. By 1843, however, he
his family in New Brunswick.
George Crosbie left New Brunswick for Newfoundland in 1858. He first went
Harbour Grace and then to Brigus. On Saturday, July 30, 1862 he married
Ellen Chalker, whose father was a cooper in Brigus. The ceremony was conducted
by the Methodist Missionary at Harbour Grace, Rev. E. Brettle and was
in the Harbour Grace Standard.
George & Martha set up house in Brigus, which was one of the more
outports in Conception Bay. The town featured large, comfortable houses
at odd angles to take advantage of the marvellous scenery that set off
the finest natural harbours on the island.
... the Crosbies shared a duplex called "Lakeside" with William
Bartlett. The duplex had been converted from an unused granary.
George did very well and in 1871 the Newfoundland Directory listed his
capital letters as a dealer in dry goods, groceries, provisions, crockery,
boots and shoes. He also operated a small sawmill. By 1875 a ship, the
was owned by the budding businessman.
George & Martha had eight children: Margaret, Thomas, Martha Ellen,
Walter, George Lamont, John Chalker, and Robert, the last child born in
In February 1892 Margaret, (Aunt Maggie), married Charles Rogers, the
son of the Hon. Benjamin Rogers af Alberton, P.E.I. ... While visiting
sister in P.E.I. Jennie Crosbie met her future husband, Thomas B. Woodman.
tranplanted sisters feuded for years for reasons that no one remembers.
However, Aunt Maggie told Jean & myself that it was because Thomas
involved them in a poor investment in the silver fox business.
Ellie was the natural leader amongst the children. If anyone picked on
other children it was Ellie they had to contend with... Six foot two in
with a ramrod straight carriage and a fiercely determined spirit, she
nicknamed "Nelson" after the indomitable British admirable.
In 1884 George now aged forty-six moved his family to St. John's and soon
after he purchased a hotel, Knight's Home that had been built twenty years
earlier. When the reconditioned hotel opened its doors on May 1, 1886
it had a
new name - the Central Hotel. The new enterprise boasted all the latest
comforts. Including the first telephone service in Newfoundland. It also
smoking room as well as a billiards room.
On Jan. 9, 1889 Aunt Ellie married Captain Henry Barlett. In 1893 Capt.
Bartlett piloted Peary's expedition to northern Greenland, returning aboard
the Falcon the following year to take Peary back to Philadelphia. Aunt
accompanied him on the trip. Ellie however went home by another ship &
Henry & the Falcon was lost with all hands in a hurricane off New
York on Oct.
9, 1894. A few months later Ellie gave birth to Beth.
On Dec. 10, 1894 George Graham opened the second Central Hotel and three
months later George died at the age of fifty nine - the same age that
After a mere thirty-five years in Nfld. George had risen from a tradesman
outport Nfld. to one of St. John's most enterprising businessmen.
CROSBIE, GEORGE GRAHAM - Death of:
The Evening Telegram, Monday, March 11, 1895
In this city, on Sunday, 10th inst. at 9 o'clock, p. m., George Graham
Crosbie, proprietor of Central Hotel, aged 59 years; a native of Dumfries,
Scotland. Funeral on Wednesday, 13th inst., at 2.30 p.m.: friends and
acquaintances please attend without further notice.
DEATH OF MR. GEORGE G. CROSBIE
A Tribute from the Sympathic Pen Of Mr. Murray
DEAR SIR,-- I was exceedingly sorry to hear to-day of the almost sudden
of an old friend in the person of Mr. George G. Crosbie, proprietor of
Crosbie's Hotel. It was only one day last week that I met Mr. Crosbie
Street when collecting for the Athenaeum Library, and with the goodness
heart for which he was proverbial, and which made him so popular with
classes, he subscribed $5, saying pleasantly, "It will go hard with
me if I
can't help you to that extent." Although resident now for many years
John's where he came to take over the late "Knight's Home,"
Mr. Crosbie spent
most of his life in Brigus, where at one time he did a large business
general trade of the country, than which I know of nothing more trying
Man's resources, nor calculated to make greater inroads upon his physical
vitality. I well remember when preparing my pamphlet on the supplying
being indebted to Mr. Crosbie for a ......... Mr. Crosbie was himself
It is very sad that he should have been cut down just as he was on the
of blossoming into a new and more comfortable position, and one in which
many friends would have rejoiced to see him. Now that he is gone, alas!,
can all appreciate his worth........
Yours truly, JAMES MURRAY.
St. John's, March 11, 1895.
FUNERAL OF THE LATE MR. JOHN CROSBIE
The Daily News. St. John's, Newfoundland
March 14, 1895
A very large concourse of friends and citizens assembled yesterday to
their last tribute of respect to the late George Graham Crosbie. The Masonic
Body was in force. St. John's Lodge of which the deceased was a member,
reinforced by members of Avalon and Tasker, visiting brethern and several
the fraternity from H.SM.S..
About 3 o'clock the melancholy procession commenced, the Masonic Body
ahead. Amongst the clergymen present were Rev. Dr. Milligan, President
Methodist Conference; Revs. Dr. Dove, A.D. Morton, M.A., W. Graham, H.P.
Cowperthaite, M.A., and W. Swann, of Harbour Grace. Arrived at the graveside,
the Masonic brethern formed
AN OBLONG SQUARE,
inside which stood the relatives and other friends. The church service
conducted by Revs. A.D. Morton and H.P. Cowperthwaite. At its conclusion
Rev. Bro. Graham, Chaplin of St. John's Lodge, read the beautiful Masonic
ritual. The Brethren and many of the friends then united in singing the
funeral hymn, of which we append a verse:
"Here, brother, sleep, beneath the stone
Which tells a mortal here is laid,
Rest here, till God shall from his throne,
The darkness break, and pierce the shade."
At the conclusion of the singing, prayer was offered by the Chaplain and
W.M.S. Milligan of the St. John's Lodge, deposited the Apron of the deceased
together with the symbolic sprig of evergreen in the grave. Then the
were given and one by one the brethren passed by the open grave, depositing
upon the casket the sprig of evergreen so suggestive of immortality. The
deceased lies buried in the new portion of the General Protestant Cemetery,
his being the first interment apparently there.
In the death of George Crosbie, a good man and true, a worthy citizen,
husband and father, a sincere friend has been lost,
"Break from his throne, illustrious morn!
Attend, O earth! God's soverign word;
Restore thy trust - a glorious form -
of the faith
He must ascend to meet his Lord."
DR. BENJ. DE ST. CROIX
"Past & Present of P.E.I." by B.F.Bowen & Co., Ch'town.
Dr. Benjamin de St. Croix came to Charlottetown in the early part of the
nineteenth century, and died on the 10th of September, 1848. He was
commissioned to be Surgeon general and medical superintendant to the militia
forces of Prince Edward Island on the first day of November, 1812, in
fifty-third year of His Majesty's reign. The commission was signed by
DesBrisay, Esq., secretary and William Townsend, Esq., president and
commander-in-chief in and over His Majesty's Island Prince Edward, and
territories adjacent thereto. He held his diploma from the Royal College
Surgeons, London, 1801. He was an Englishman with a French name; probably
descendant of one of the numerous French families that came over to England
after revocation of edict of Nantes. He practiced for many years in and
Charlottetown, and was a maternal granduncle of the Hon. Frederick de
Croix Brecken, late postmaster and assistant post office inspector at
THE LATE DR. HOPKIRK
Summerside Journal, Thurs. Nov. 1, 1888
It is safe to say that hundreds of families in this Province have last
highly valued and personal friend in the death of Dr. Hopkirk which occurred
at Charlottetown on Monday evening last, after a long and painful illness.
Hopkirk was born in England in 1810, and pursued his studies of medicine
surgery, under some of the best masters of the day, at Guy's Hospital
Thomas' Hospital in London. After graduating he spent some time in England,
and emigrated to this Island in 1838, arriving here in the same vessel
bore Mr. John Denyer Woodman of Alberton and other members of that family.
Since then, without intermission, and until prostrated by illness, he
sedulously practised his profession in which he stood deservedly at the
He was twice married, the first time before he came to the Island, by
union he had two daughters, one of whom survives and now resides in France;
the second time to Miss Hensley, a sister of Judge Hensley, by whom he
seven children, four sons and three daughters. He was for over 30 years,
until a few months ago, Consular Agent for France in this Island, and
the last 15 years the position of Quarantine officer at Charlottetown,
would be the merest presumption on our part to attempt any eulogy of Dr.
Hopkirk's professional qualities, for his name is a household word on
Island, and his fame has been handed down from father to son and from
to daughter for the last three generations. The writer of this faint tribute
to his memory is under the deepest obligations to his skill and devotion.
About three years ago Dr. Hopkirk underwent a severe surgical operation
resulting in the amputation of his right hand. He continued his practice,
the relief afforded was only temporary, and at last he was obliged to
while for a protracted period before his death he was the victim of much
and suffering. His funeral took place yesterday afternoon from St. Paul's
Church to Sherwood Cemetery, and was attended by an immense concourse
persons, testifying the deep regret of the community for the loss of a
gentleman and a faithful friend.
Royal Gazette June 10, 1834
On Thursday, the 29th of May, Mr. Robert Mackay, of St. Peter's Bay, having
been suddenly attacked with Strangulated Hernia, underwent the important
operation for that perilous accident which was performed by Dr. Mackieson
consists in bringing into view, by means of an incision, the incarciated
portion of the intestines, removing the constriction with the knife, and
afterwards returning them to their proper situation in the abdomen. This
the third instance in which the above operation has been performed in
Island, and by the same operator. Mr. Mackay is rapidly recovering
Acadian died aged 110 years. She was at the siege of Louisberg.
Royal Gazette, March 22, 1836
DIED - On Monday the 15th February, at the head of Harris Bay in his
at the patriarchal (sic) age of 110 years, Margaret Bourgeois, a native
Louisberg, Cape Breton. She was present at both sieges of that once celebrated
town; and during the second siege, one of her brothers, while in the act
removing her, for greater safety, to a place in the cul de sac, was shot
at her feet. Upon this she fled into the woods with an infant eleven months
old, and herself in a state of pregnancy, where she remained six days,
subsisting on yew berries, the only fruit then to be obtained. Soon after
being discovered she was removed to Halifax, where she was accommodated
an apartment in Governor Belcher's house for the ensuing winter, during
(1759) her son, Prosper Poirier of Lot 10, in this Island was born. She
to see her great, great, grand children, being the fourth generation.
age of one hundred she recovered her eye sight sufficiently well to be
read small print.
DEATH - DAVID BUCHAN STEWART
St. Paul's Church Weekly Bulletin, Jan. 4, 1948.
In the recent Home Call of Mr. D.B. Stewart in his Ninety-first year,
Paul's has lost one of her oldest and most devoted members. The late Mr.
Stewart was a life-long member of St. Paul's Church. His love of Christ's
Church was evidenced by his regular attendance at the Services. His custom
to attend every Sunday Morning and Evening. Though several months before
death he suffered from ill-health, yet he endeavoured to attend his Church
was present the Sunday before God called him to higher service. His love
his Church, and his devotion to it stands as a glowing example to all
of St. Paul's.
To his bereaved sons and all members of the family we extend our sincerest
DEATH - JOSEPH ARSENEAUX
Royal Gazette Dec. 10, 1833
On the 21st ult. at St. Joseph's, Egmont Bay, at the advanced age of 90,
Joseph Arseneaux, one of the oldest native Acadians of this Colony. At
capture of this Island from the French, in 1758, he acquired, and has
since retained, the sobriquet of LEAGUE AND HALF, his knowledge of the
language being confined to these three words, and which formed the only
he could give to all the questions which were put to him by the British
Officers, whom he was frequently in the habit of meeting in the neighbourhood
of St. Peter's Bay, where he then resided. He was much esteemed by all
knew him, and his character was that of an honest, hospitable and charitable
DEATH - WIFE OF MAJOR P.D. STEWART
Royal Gazette Tues. Feb. 8, 1842
At Demerara, of Yellow Fever, the beloved wife of Major P.D.Stewart, Royal
Artillery, after an illness of 10 days, she departed this life on the
September, 1841, leaving a large family to deplore her loss. She was a
affectionate mother, & a sincere friend to all who knew her. She is
lamented by her friends. - London Morning Herald, Dec.7th.
DEATH - NATHAN DAVIES
Colonial Herald, Oct 21, 1832 (or 37)
On Wednesday last, after a lingering illness, which he bore with Christian
fortitude and pious resignation to the Divine will, Mr. Nathan Davies,
Merchant of this town in the 56th year of his age. During a period of
twenty-nine years residence in this Island, Mr. Davies had deservedly
the respect & esteem of all who knew him. He was an honest man - a
friend - a kind husband & a tender parent.
DEATH OF MRS. BENJ. DAVIES
The Islander Friday, Nov. 5, 1852
It has never, we believe, fallen to the lot of a public journalist in
colony to chronicle a more painful and melancholy occurrence than that
it is our duty this day to record. We do not remember any event of a local
character, which has cast such a gloom upon our little community, exciting
sorrow so deep, so sincere, and so widely diffused.
On Saturday morning last, while the lady of BENJAMIN DAVIES,
Esquire,M.P.P.,for Queen's County, was engaged in superintending the baking
cake over the kitchen fire of her own residence - her servant being employed
in another part of the house - and while in the act of lifting it from
fire, her back being partly turned to the burning logs, a light gown that
wore came in contact with the fire, which so rapidly ignited as to render
own efforts to extinguish it ineffectual. In the extremity of her alarm,
ran violently to her bed-room, up two flights of stairs where her screams
brought the servant to her assistance. The latter immediately snatched
double blanket from a bed and threw it around her, in the hope of smothering
the flame; but Mrs. DAVIES, becoming frantic with the heat of the burning,
threw the servant off, and rushing down stairs and into the open street,
for the house of Mr. W. DUCHEMIN, immediately opposite her own residence,
the door of which she was met by Mrs. DUCHEMIN and her daughters, by whose
active exertions the fire was extinguished, although not, unhappily, until
every particle of her clothing was consumed and, almost every part of
dreadfully burned. Medical relief was immediately obtained, but the
unfortunate lady was too much injured by the fire to have any hope or
of recovery. She lingered in great agony until about 8 o'clock this morning,
(Monday) when she was relieved from further sufferings by death.
Thus has fallen, in the bloom and vigor of life, by a calamity the most
painful and afflicting to contemplate, a lady whose cheerful and agreeable
disposition, and amiable deportment in every relation of life, rendered
generally esteemed, - virtues which will cause her melancholy and premature
death to be long and deeply deplored. - Royal Gazette
DEATH OF SAMUEL NELSON
Summerside Progress, Sept. 17, 1866
Todays obituary contains the name of Samuel Nelson, Esquire, who died
Tuesday last at the ripe age of 90 years. The name of the deceased gentleman
is associated with the earliest period in the history of Prince Edward
In the year 1786 - eighty years ago - General Edmund Fanning was appointed
replace Walter Patterson, the first Governor of the Island, and in the
of year the General arrived in Charlottetown, bringing with him young
Governor Patterson did not leave the Island until 1788. Mr. Nelson recollected
him very well and has often told the writer that he had known every Governor
and Chief Justice of the Island. About the year 1811, Mr. Nelson was elected
member of the House of assembly, and from that early period until the
1839 he continued a member. Mr. Nelson also filled the office of High
of the County. In former years he occupied a leading position among the
merchants of Charlottetown, and during his long life was highly respected
all his acquaintances.. His death severs the last link in the chain which
connected the present generation with the first settlers of the Island
the period of the English occupation. Many and great are the changes which
Nelson witnessed in this Island. We may instance one. In his early days,
Courier with letters left the Island occasionally for Halifax, carrying
mails on his back. He crossed at Tatamagouche, and in three days reached
Halifax. From Halifax the letters were carried to England in King's ships,
it not infrequently happened that in the Island intelligence from England
wanting for more than three months. Mr. Nelson lived to witness the era
Atlantic Telegraph.- Islander.
DEATH OF OUR OLDEST NATIVE - JOHN CROSBY
Islander Jan. 14, 1870
On Wednesday last, Jan.4th,1870, the oldest native of our Island, the
venerable Mr. John Crosby, of West River, passed into the spirit world.
father came here from the North of Ireland one hundred years ago! and
years after his arrival, having married, was born the subject of this
obituary, on April 16th,1775. Through this long lapse of years he lived
labored. Who shall tell the hardships through which he has struggled,
inevitable with our early settlers. Who shall paint the picture of the
and show the contrast with the present of our elevated Isle ! How the
roadless, bridgeless, comfortless Colony, has improved under the industry
our departed hero and his contempories ! What mutitudes of discontented
inhabitants have departed from our shores, while this perservering veteran
never in his life left the Island! During his century existence, what
wonderous events have transpired in the world! What thousands have died
he began to live! And during the lengthened period of his life, what physical
afflictions have been the portion of his contemporaries; - but, remarkable
relate he never suffered from any kind of sickness! His family consisted
eight stalwart sons - seven of these followed in his funeral procession,
youngest of whom is forty-six years old !
This venerable sire, - still able to read, which was his delight to the
on Wednesday retired to his bed, feeling a little unwell, but with no
particular, and in the full vigor of his faculties, almost immediately
gently into thr sleep of death!! Thus died, at the ripe age of ninety
the venerable John Crosby, leaving a widow still hale at eighty-five years,
and numerous descendants to honor his memory, and to mourn their loss.
Abraham of old, he "died in a good old age, an old man, and full
Thus, all, however long they live must die, and "the weary wheels
stand still at last." "Our fathers, where are they? and the
prophets, do they
live forever? No, they are gone with the mighty millions of mankind. And
are crowding upon them, like the accumulated flood down the ceaseless
rolling to the sea - the ocean of eternity ! Reader, have you done all
life you intend? Oh ! be up and doing, for "the night cometh when
no man can
"Live to some purpose; make thy life
A gift of use to thee;
A joy, a good, a golden hope,
A heavenly argosy.
By request of the bereaved friends, a Funeral Sermon was delivered in
Wesleyan Church at Cornwall, on Sabbath evening last, from the words -
long life will I satisfy him," - (Psalm xii: 16) by J. WINTERBOTHAM.
DEATH - THRU' THE ICE - WINTER TRAVEL
Colonial Herald, Jan. 5, 1839
Last evening, Mr. William Irving, Jr., of Cherry Valley was unfortunately
drowned near Second Creek, within a mile & a half of his residence.
He was on
his return from town, accompanied by his wife & another female, by
track he had taken in the morning, when his horse fell through the ice.
assistance, the 2 females were got safely out of the sleigh, but in attempting
to extricate the horse, he fell in himself, & his body was not discovered
until this morning, when it was found under the horse.
FIRE ENGINE - STEAM
Summerside Progress, Nov. 5, 1866
A STEAM FIRE ENGINE imported for the use of this City, from the celebrated
Establishment of MERRYWEATHER, of London, was landed from the Ship L.C.Owen,
on Monday last, in perfect order. On Wednesday steam, was got up, and
engine set to work. The suction hose was first placed in the cellar of
Stumbles, Queen Square, and some two hundred feet of hose attached to
Engine. It threw a heavy stream of water, through 1 1/16th inch nozzle,
high as the spire of St. Paul's Church. The Engine was afterwards placed
the end of Prince Stewart Wharf, and 1,200 feet attached to it. It then
a stream of water over the old Methodist Chapel. The last experiment was
considered not quite as successful as the first, but this was entirely
to bad fuel used, and the difficulty in keeping up steam. The Engine has
yet had a fair trial.- Islander.
FIRES IN THE WOODS
Royal Gazette Tues. June 2, 1840
During the recent warm weather, fires have been raging in the woods to
alarming extent, both in the Eastward & Westward of Charlottetown.
Rivers, on Monday last the 25 ult. the barn of Mr. Richard Lewellin, also
barn of Mr. Conners were burnt down. On Tuesday the dwelling Houses &
Mr. Wm. & Benj. Graham, with a quantity of grain were burnt to the
Ground, & a
School House in the neighbourhood; & we are informed, that the Dwelling
of Mr. Owen was several times on fire, from the embers of the surrounding
woods & it was with great difficulty the Ship yard was saved.
ICE - CH'TOWN HARBOUR
The Islander, April 30, 1852
The ice, on the Hillsborough, commenced breaking up on Tuesday last, the
inst; a large portion of it is still floating about in the harbour. The
weather is fine but the air is still cold. Horses for the last time crossed
the harbour on the 24 th inst.
ICE - CH'TOWN HARBOUR
Royal Gazette March 31, 1840
About 8 o'clock last night, a cry was heard on the ice proceeding from
direction of the Three Tides. Several persons immediately proceeded with
lanterns, boards & ropes, at great risk of their lives to the place
found a man in the water, whom they rescued from his perilous situation,
the horse & sleigh which he had been driving were lost.
TWS NOTE Mr. Davies second wife was Emily Stewart, my great aunt.
Royal Gazette Monday Feb. 21, 1853
At Charlottetown on Tuesday last, by the Rev. Doctor Jenkins, Rector,
Daniel Davies, Merchant to Catherine, fourth daughter of the late Ewen
The Islander, Nov. 9, 1849
A passenger in the Steamer (Rose) yesterday brought over a live moose,
native of Nova Scotia. We presume he intends exhibiting it.
NELLIS - MAN WITHOUT ARMS
The Examiner, Sept. 14, 1857
We understand that Mr. S.K.G. Nellis, born without arms, will give his
astonishing & novel exhibition in Charlottetown on Tuesday 15th, Wed.16th,
Thur.17 of September. The following are among the many achievements of
Nellis with his feet. Mr. Nellis will cut with scissors Valentines &
Likenesses, write legibly, fold puzzling letters, make boxes, open &
watch, take out & replace the crystal, load & discharge a Pistol,
Bow & Arrow at a three cent piece held between the fingers of one
spectators. Mr. Nellis will play several Marches, Waltzes Etc., on the
Accordion, Triangle, Drum & Violin cello. Mr. Nellis will shave any
one of the
audience. He will also sing a favorite song, & close his singular
Entertainment by dancing a Hornpipe.
PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND
See B-1261, Vol. 54, pg. 439
That the population of Prince Edward Island ... has progressively increased
a very rapid progress. The population being in 1806, 9,026: in 1827 -
and in 1833 - 32,292; an increase in 27 years of 22,616 ... since 1833
population is supposed to amount to about 40,000 persons.
The above taken from the Memorial of Proprietors of land in P.E.I. agreed
at the monthly meeting of the P.E.I Association held at 94 Great Russel
Aug.30, 1837 at which Robert Stewart was the Chairman.
Pg.572 of the above is a memorial of Capt. Peter Stewart and he says that
his grandfather Peter Stewart arrived in Ch'town in 1775 that there were
Pg. 576 of the above is a letter to the Rt. Hon. Lord Glenelg, Her Majesty's
principal Secy of State for the Colonies concerning the proprietors concerns.
On pg 579 Mr Stephen writes: "The whole of this subject seems to
me to be in a
very narrow compass. The Proprietary Body of Prince Edward's Isld. are
in a hopeless struggle to cultivate their estates by Tenantry after the
English fashion. This, however is a tenure of Land so foreign to the habits,
and so much opposed to the real or supposed interest of the Inhabitants
Brit. N. America, that no Laws written or unwritten can ever be strong
to bind them to the performance of the duties of Tenants as understood
country. The contest may be prolonged but will infallibly issue (?) in
triumph of the more numerous party who have on their side the local
Legislators and all other local interests.
Pg. 587 of the above is a letter to Lord Glenelg from J. Woodman dated
Marlborough, Jan.28th, 1837. He starts off "Being under contract
one of the most extensive Estates On P.E.I., #namely Townships No. 4,
5. & 6,
comprising 60,000 acres. ... I have this past year visited the Island
two of my sons there to prepare accommodations for the Emigrants I intend
He goes on to observe "The Community of the Island has been too small
Government of her own and therefore has not afforded the proper material
local Legislature, in consequence of which the Laws enacted are crude."
compares the Government of the Island to that of the Municipal Government
Prince Edward Island Gazette Feb. 13, 1819
A few days since a great number of Seals were discovered upon the Ice
vicinity of the Wood Islands, on the S. Coast of this Island, when a few
the neighbouring Settlers, with clubs, killed upward of 160 of them. Some
them we understand are of the largest size.
SHIP NEWS MISSING VESSEL
Royal Gazette May 2, 1853.
Schr. OCEAN SPRAY, of Newburyport, sailed from P.E.Island, Dec.25 for
& left the Gut of Canso January 2, & has not since been heard
from. She had a
cargo of grain & fish, and was commanded by Captain Blake of Castine,
of Schr. DUROC, lost, & was manned by the D's crew, some of whom belonged
Castine (Maine). The OCEAN STAR was a fine vessel of 85 tons, 2 years
Launched on Friday last, from the Shipyard of Messers M'Callum & Gregor,
Brackley Point, a very fine vessel called the Sir James Macdonnell. The
being very fine, a great number of people assembled & she was drawn
channel, a distance of about 250 yards by 80 horses & 200 men, in
style at the rate of 4 knots per hour.
Colonial Herald, Feb. 15, 1840.
LAUNCHED on the 6th inst. from the ship yard of Messers. McCallum &
Brackley Point, a superior built Schooner of 190 tons, called the CHARLES.
was hauled on the ice to the channel, nearly a quarter of a mile, by forty
pair of horses.
The Islander, Friday, March 19, 1852.
At Cove Head, on the 5th inst., the Schooner Nettle, owned by Ewen McMillan,
Esq. & Co., of the burthen of 90 tons. This vessel, which is of beautiful
model and workmanship, was drawn a distance of 3 miles on the ice, a great
part of which being uphill, by the united strength of 120 horses. The
being fine, a great concourse of people assembled to witness the interesting
scene, which was acknowledged by all present to be superior to any thing
the kind ever witnessed on the Island before. Comm.
SHIP - LARGEST
See Memories of Long Ago , B. Bremner, 1930, page 88.
The largest vessels built in P.E.I. were the ship GERTRUDE, 1361 tons
and the ETHEL, 1759 tons, in 1853, both owned by Andrew & James Duncan.
the Indian Mutiny, in 1857, the GERTRUDE was engaged as a Liverpool transport.
SHIP - BRITISH UNION owned by Joseph Pope.
Colonial Herald, Aug. 4, 1838.
Launched from the Ship yard of Joseph Pope, Esq., Bedeque, on the 6th
very superior copper-fastened brig called the British Union, of the burthen
188 tons, built chiefly of juniper.
Passengers In the British Union, from Bedeque for Falmouth - Mr. Joseph
Holroyd, Mr. W. Pope & Capt. Thomas.
Colonial Herald, Oct. 27, 1838.
The BRITISH UNION , Purvis, arrived at Bedeque, Oct. 20, in 46 days from
Plymouth, with goods & passengers, the latter being workmen for Mr.
Colonial Herald, Nov. 24, 1838.
The BRITISH UNION , Purvis, sailed from Bedeque on the 20th inst., for
Colonial Herald, Sat. April 20, 1839.
The Brig BRITISH UNION , belonging to Hon. Joseph Pope, sailed from Bedeque
for Plymouth in Nov. last, and has not since been heard of.
The Islander, June 4, 1858.
The Barque AURORA from Liverpool, arrived off this harbour on Monday last,
1st of June and after landing her passengers, proceeded on to Bedeque
owner, James C. Pope, Esq., where she will discharge part of her cargo
Goods, And return to Charlottetown with the remainder.
SHIP - ETHEL
The Islander Friday, June 4, 1858.
THE LAUNCH of a New Ship.
The largest ever built on P.E.I.
Launched from the Ship yard of Messers Duncan, Meeson(?), & Co, of
on Saturday, the 29th ult. & witnessed by an immense number of spectators,
splendid clipper built three-deck Ship named the "ETHEL". Dog-shores
removed about 11 o'clock, she then glided beautifully into her destined
element. She is of the burthen of 2,700 tons, and 1795 tons register,
and of a
model well adapted for combining speed with burthen. Much credit is due
James Duncan, Esq., one of the Firm, as a naval architect under whose
superintendance this noble ship has been built. The dimensions are 210
keel, 38 feet beam, and 29 feet hold. This splendid ship is iron strapped
the frame and fully iron kneed, and in point of strength, fastenings,
workmanship would bear inspection with any N.B. or colonial built ship,
may without doubt, be stated to be the best as well as the largest ever
in this colony. The ETHEL has been built under special inspection of R.C.
Coker, Esq; Lloyds Surveyor, to class 7 years A 1. She is built principally
juniper and pitch pine, and is intended for the Bombay or Australian trade.
She will be commanded by Capt. William Hall. We heartily wish the enterprising
The Islander, Sept.24, 1858.
Arrival Of Ship ETHEL 22 days from Charlottetown.
Note by TWS: The name of the port in the U.K.has been unfortunately omitted.
SHIP `THIRZA', LATER `READY', LATER `Q30'.
See Memories of Long Ago by B. Bremner, 1930, page 88.
There is another, though much smaller, vessel worthy of notice. It is
THIRZA, 204 tons, built in 1865 for Robert Longworth. In a newspaper clipping
under the caption of "Pressed into Service," I read: The PRIZE,
several other sailing vessels, was pressed into service by the British
There was the THIRZA, an old veteran of the sea, built as far back as
Prince Edward Island. In the course of her long career as a merchant vessel
she had been sold to English owners and her name changed to the READY.
the official name Q-70 this old ship did splendid work (in the great world
war), and stayed afloat until the Armistice.
Register 1862 - 66. Film # C 3179. Canadian Archives. #27, 1865.
Ship THIRZA, 199.98 tons, owner Robert Longworth. Dated 28 June 1864.
Sold 2nd Aug. to the Pitcairns, Cowhill, London who sold the vessel to
Gunn & others at Faversham on 17 Oct. 1866.
The THIRZA was 104'4" in length; 23'8" in breadth, & 12'7"
in depth according
to Lloyds Register of 1866.
SHIP MARCO POLO
The Daily Patriot, Thurs. Aug. 9, 1883.
THE LAST OF THE MARCO POLO.
The sale of this famed clipper ship and cargo took place yesterday under
direction of Hon.G.W. Howlan, Vice Consul of Norway and Sweden, at the
residence of Alexander McNeil,Esq., Cavendish Capes, and the day being
and the cargo a valuable one, there was a very large attendance indeed,
fact we may say that every town, village, and hamlet, from Alberton to
Georgetown was represented, and St. John, Sackville, Moncton, Shediac
and Kouchebouguac, N.B. as well.
The bidding was most spirited and the competition keen, many being seemingly
anxious to own something which belonged to the great packet ship, whose
when the Black Ball Line flourished, was world wide. The stores &
sold in small lots to various parties, bringing good prices.
The cargo consisting of something over 600 standards Quebec pine deals
as knocked down to Mr. Lantlamn of St. John, and Mr. George McLeod of
place at $5,500 and the hull etc., with masts and rigging alongside went
Mr. Lanlamn at about $500. The total sale would gross about $8,000.
The auctioneer was Archld. McNeill, Esq., of this city, who appeared to
discharge his duties to the satisfaction of every one and it is not too
to say that the underwriters may congratulate themselves for the handsome
amount of the proceeds which was due largely to his energy and perserverance
in making the most out of everything. Mr. Alexander McNeill deserves the
thanks of the parties who attended the sale, for the kindness of himself
SHIP C.H.TRUMBLE - Fast Passage. RICHMOND TO CORK.
The Quickest Passage on Record.
Summerside Progress, Jan. 28, 1867.
As will be seen by the following paragraph taken from the Cork (Ireland)
Herald on the 5th inst.- that Capt. Jermiah Crowly, with the brigatine
TRUMBLE" owned by J.A. McDonald, Esq., has made the passage from
the unprecedented time of 13 1/2 days. Capt. Crowley is a live man, &
good specimen of our seafaring men. Long may he continue to make quick
The Herald Wed. Dec. 6, 1865.
The Bark UNDINE, Kickham, from Boston and the Gut of Canso, arrived
evening. She takes in a cargo of Oats, and proceeds direct to Liverpool
this port. Should the Undine arrive home safe, she will have delivered
cargoes during the present season - 6 to and from Liverpool & two
to and from
the United States. This is unprecedented in the history of P.E.Island.
SHIPS IN HARBOUR AT THREE RIVERS, GEORGETOWN.
Royal Gazette Aug. 25, 1835.
On Sunday last there were one hundred and seventy five vessels at anchor
the harbour af Three Rivers, chiefly American fishermen.
SHIP WRECK OF SCHOONER "WELCOME RETURN".
Boston Journal as reported in Ch'town paper of Dec. 12, 1848.
AN UNFEELING ACT.- We hear it stated that the loss of life by the British
schooner WELCOME RETURN, before reported ashore on Monument Point, was
attended by some circumstances, which, if the statements may be relied
reflect with much severity upon the crew and male passengers consisting
eleven men, and one woman and six children - the wife and children of
the passengers. When the vessel struck, the men succeeded in getting ashore,
and sought shelter in a neighbouring house - leaving the woman and her
children on board the schooner.
A gentleman who was passing by the place some time after, was attracted
wreck by a low moaning sound. By means of a spar, he succeeded in getting
board, and found the woman with one child bound to her breast, to keep
perishing, and the other five dead! With much difficulty she was got ashore,
and taken to the same house where the crew and passengers - among them
husband - were enjoying a comfortable shelter. If the above statement
and we hear it from good authority, we envy not that father his reflections
he follows to the tomb the remains of his five children, who might perhaps
have been rescued, had he, to whom above all others they looked for succour,
assisted them in their extremity. The male passengers and crew of this
deserve the severest reprobation for thus leaving these unfortunate and
helpless individuals to perish, and the indignation an scorn of an outraged
public will be their fitting reward. - Boston Journal.
SHIP WRECK - SCHOONER "WELCOME RETURN"
See Royal Gazette Dec.12, 1848.
Melancholy Shipwreck - The schooner WELCOME RETURN, Captain Hewitt, of
from P.E.Island for Boston, went ashore at Monument Point, Plymouth last
Monday evening at six o'clock and immediately went to pieces. The crew
all saved. A woman who was on board with six children, succeeded in reaching
the shore with her infant in her arms while the other five were lost.
bodies were recovered and placed in the town hall, presenting five as
beautiful faces as ever were seen in one family.
STEAMER EXCURSION TO BONSHAW BY STEAMER
The steamer Isla, with a pleasure party of about 85 persons on board,
Steam Ferry Wharf yesterday morning at 10 o'clock for the head of Elliott
River (Bonshaw Bridge). On arriving safe at the Bridge, they all landed
after spending some time on shore, again embarked for town, & had
proceeded more than 30 yard when the Steamer took the ground - the tide
falling fast at the time. About a dozen of the party hired conveyances,
returned to town by land last night, the rest remained behind & took
quarters for the night at the Farm Houses in the vicinity of the Bridge
greater portion we hear were billited at Bonshaw House. An amateur band
together with an amateur vocal party were aboard the Isla we & hear
person who passed Bonshaw House this morning at four o'clock, that it
illuminated, & the Band was playing right merrily. The Ilsa, it is
will return this evening.
STRATH GARTNEY COAL
Arrives in River (in Stretch's schooner). R.S. getting hands &
a scow to bring
it up. (Aug.3, 1869). Got up one load (scow) Coal & unloaded it onto
breast work. (Aug.4, 1869).
Crosby & McFadyens lighters make a trip each with coal. (Aug. 05,
Heard of arrival of Fearnought, Capt. McNeil with coal for us. (Aug. 09,
Unloading coal with lighter & paid 15 pounds freight. (Aug. 10 &
S.G. (STRATH GARTNEY) CRANES
Saw innumerable cranes. (Aug. 17, 1870).
S.G. (STRATH GARTNEY) DEATHS
J. Stewart's child died. (Jan. 25, 1869).
Heard today of George Sherman's death. (March 23, 1869).
Young McKay died today. (Aug. 23, 1869).
R.S. & John to McKay's funeral. (Aug. 24, 1869).
John McPhail , Bonshaw died. (Aug. 24, 1869).
Mrs. Charles Wright died on Sunday last, 23 Jan. (Jan. 25, 1869).
Old Neil McLeod died. March 17, 1871).
John McArthur , blacksmith died last night. (March 23, 1871).
Old Breakey died last night. (Nov. 13, 1871).
S.G. (STRATH GARTNEY)
English mail from Farrer. Ouvrie (?) & Farrer about Lennox Island.
R.B.S. & R.S. looking at old papers for information about Lennox Island.
S.G. (STRATH GARTNEY)
RIVINGTONS - Relatives.
S. G. Journals
13 Sept. 1871. R.S. calls on the Rivingtons. Mrs. R. was a Miss. Littler.
mother was 1st cousin to mine.
15th Sept. 1871. R.S. & Redgie to Town & to Rankin House to see
Rivingtons: about town with Mr. R. seeing various people, back to Rankin
to tea. J. Stewart, the Mayor, Haviland Jenkins & McDonel. The Rivingtons
on boar Steamer P. of W at 12 P.M. R.S., McDonel & Jenkins go down
to see them
on board. R.S. sleeps ar Rankin House & McDonel, Redgie at Hopkirks.
5 Nov. 1872. English Mail. Letter & photo to R.S. from Mrs. Rivington.
TWS Note: Searched the Patriot & the Herald for mention of the Rivington's
visit without success.
STRATH GARTNEY FAMILY BURYING GROUND
S.G. Jr. 1871.
31 Aug. 1872. The Bishop & the Revd. G. Hodgson & Revd. Mr. Sargent
at S.G. After lunch the Bishop consecrates our family burying ground at
S.G. Jr. Dec. 31, 1870.
Inhabitants of S.G. (STRATH GARTNEY): R.B.S & Helen Stewart Stewart
Robert Bruce StewartEliza Martha Stewart
James Farrer StewartMatilda Mary Stewart
David Buchan StewartHenrietta Farrer Stewart
Reginald Fitzallan StewartEmily Stephen Stewart
Rosa Maude Stewart
John McArthur, ploughman
John Sinnott, horse & pig man
John Livingstone, cattle man
Hector McLeod, stable boy
William McCalder, absent on leave
Patrick Curling hired by the day.
DAVID STEWART - Great great grandfather of T.W.S.
See family papers.
Hand written note, probably by Rosa Maude Stewart (D.B.'s sister &
Here lie the remains of David Stewart, son of Robert Stewart, farmer of
Western Ardchranachrochan(?), and of Janet Black, whose remains are also
interred. He was born on the first day of June in the year 1769.
He left his native country at an early age and went to England. In partnership
with his brother Robert, he carried on the business of Landsurveyor and
agent for a long term of years, in Great Russel Street, Bloomsbury, London.
He died on the 26th of May in the year 1852, at the residence of his nephew
Acharache, near Strontian in Argylshire, having with the exception of
days attained the advanced period of 83 years of age.
JOHN STEWART - Great great great grandfather of T.W.S.
See hand written note in Family Papers.
Died on the 22nd of June at his residence Mount Stewart in Prince Edward's
Island, John Stewart Esq., late Deputy Paymaster General of His Majesty's
Forces and Marshall of the Court of Vice Admiralty in the Island of
Newfoundland, and for many years Speaker of the House of Assembly, and
Receiver General of His Majesty's Quit Rents in the former Island.
This Gentleman was the legal claimant to the ancient Title of the Earls
Orkney; he was closely allied to the Highland Chieftain George Ranald
of the ancient and legitimate race of Clanranald, and was grandson of
Highland Chieftain Mackinnon of Mackinnon who rallied and fought under
banners of Prince Charles Stewart on the plains of Preston Pans and Culloden
JOHN STEWART - Third marriage
Royal Gazette June 10, 1832.
Married at St. Paul's Church, Charlotte-Town on Sunday last, by the Reverend
L.C. Jenkins, John Stewart of Mount Stewart, Esq., to Miss Mary Raine.
JOHN STEWART - Birth of daughter (Marguerite)
Royal Gazette Oct. 20, 1833.
Mrs. Stewart of Mount Stewart, of a daughter.
See Royal Gazette Jan. 30, 1844
We do not recollect to have often witnessed a more violent storm &
snow than yesterday though its duration was not very long. After about
of clear cold weather the wind yesterday morning veered to the N.E. &
one o'clock began to blow with terrific violence, accompanied with snow.
Towards night it appeared to increase & at about midnight was at its
This morning we had some house frames blown down. Queen's Square strewed
the boards which formed the temporary roof of the Colonial Building &
every house & building filled with snow. We expect to hear of some
having happened to those persons who were not sufficiently prudent as
remain in town after the Election.
RUSSEL, MRS. JANET
Royal Gazette March 12, 1839.
At Netherstory, near Bridgewater, England, on the 10th December last,
Janet Russel, relict of Capt. Russel, R.N. and sister of the late Dugald
Stewart, Esq., Shipyard, Lot 18, in this province.
NOTE by TWS: This lady was a niece of Peter Stewart and cousin of John
Stewart. Her mother Annabella Stewart married Robert Stewart and they
to Malpeque in 1770. Annabella (her mother) was born on June 11, 1732
Janet herself would be born about 1757.
Royal Gazette Sept. 21, 1841.
On Thursday last, Mr. Tremain's new Teamboat commenced plying between
Wharf and the opposite side of the harbour. She appears to be strongly
substantially built, and her machinery, which was made at Pictou on purpose,
seems to work well. She is intended chiefly for the conveyance of carriages,
horses, etc. across the ferry, for which her capacious deck will afford
accommodation, and from her small draught of water she will be enabled
approach the Ferry Slip opposite even when the tide has considerably fallen.
She is propelled by three horses; but we have heard it said that in calm
weather it is only intended to use two. It seems, however, to be the opinion
of competent judges, that, from the width of the harbour and the strength
the tides and currents, that a boat of her magnitude could not with any
of certainty and dispatch be propelled by fewer than three horses even
calmest weather. - Herald.
P.E.I. Gazette Nov. 5, 1818.
About a fortnight since, a whale came on shore on the North Cape, of this
Island; it was 45 feet in length & it was supposed it would yield
Daily Patriot, April 5, 1890.
We were shown today by Messers Gay & Son, a wild goose with a grey
head. This we understand , is very peculiar, as these parts are almost
black. Messers. Gay had some 30 wild geese, all fine specimens, in the
The Islander, April 23, 1859.
On Monday last, Messers. Muttart & Warren, the contractors for the
of the Winter Mails from hence to Cape Tormentine, made their last trip
the season. We think it is due to those gentlemen to express the satisfaction
felt by this community for the regular & faithful manner in which
discharged the duties of that important and hazardous branch of the public
service. No accident of any moment has, we believe, occurred since these
were first entrusted to their management. The utmost certainty & regularity
have attended all their movements, & we only hope that the public
be favoured with the services of such excellent & trustworthy servants
Messers. Muttart & Warren.
WHIRLWIND - BEDEQUE
Colonial Herald, Sat. Oct. 12, 1839.
A whirlwind passed over Bedeque on Thursday the 26th ult. which did a
deal of damage along the line of its progress, supposed to be about eighty
yards in width. A new house belonging to Joseph Selliker was blown down,
joiner who was at work in it fortunately escaped unhurt; his barn containing
all his hay and grain, was also levelled with the ground. It then passed
Mr. Hooper's, lifting a large barn frame, and depositing it at a distance
fifteen feet from the blocks on which it originally stood, so much shattered,
however, by the shock, as to almost useless. It then tore the roof off
belonging to Mr. William Clark, which was carried through the air to a
considerable distance, and deposited in the Mill stream. A number of fences
were uplifted, and the pickets were seen twirling in the air like straws,
the largest trees bent down like saplings before its fury, which fortunately,
however, was soon exhausted.
SUMMERSIDE JOURNAL - APRIL 26, 1888
We have been kindly afforded the perusual of some venerable almanacs in
a gentleman, still resident in Charlottetown, made memoranda of the weather
and of notable events between fifty and sixty years ago. Each day has
remarks, mostly commonplace, but a few of the principle ones for the first
four months of the year we have selected and publish today, thinking that
some of our readers they may prove interesting. It must be understood
references to the ice, Three Tides, etc., relate to Charlottetown.
S'Side Jr. Jan. 1, 1824: Mrs,____ delivered of three daughters.
TWS Note: Mr Lord's ship the Majestic was said to have been burnt. (The
arrived at Ch'town on May 10, 1862).
SUMMERSIDE JOURNAL, May 24, 1888.
1858, May 29: Launch of Duncan's LEVIATHAN, 1697 tons.
May 31, 1835: Two vessels arrive from Ireland with 60 or 80 passengers.
measles carried off 26 infants at sea.
SUMMERSIDE JOURNAL, June 7, 1888.
June 7, 1876: Rankin House opened for Business.
June 13, 1859: St. Peter's Church, Ch'town opened.
June 15, 1864: Sale of old barrack property.
SUMMERSIDE JOURNAL, June 16, 1888:
June 24, 1824: Funeral of Mr. McKay and Capt. McAlpine who had perished
Paul's Island and their bodies were brought to Ch'town.
SUMMERSIDE JOURNAL, June 28, 1888.
A telegram from Ottawa says that Mr. Grant Powell, Under Secretary of
anxious to resign, and that the name of Mr. J.C. Pope, Sir John Macdonald's
private secretary, is favourably mentioned for the vacancy. Mr. Pope is
eldest son of the late Judge Pope, has been in the civil service for the
ten years. It is doubtful whether Sir John would part with him.
SUMMERSIDE JOURNAL July 12, 1888.
July 1, 1861: Comet appears in the N.W, sky and continues for a month.
July 3, 1836: Prayers for rain.
July 12, 1855: Dr. Conroy had his picture taken.
July 6, 1856: Death of Dr. Conroyy, aged 50.
July 7, 1856: Funeral of Dr. Conroy, Length of coffin, 6 ft. 4 in., breadth
shoulders, 2 ft. 7 in.; at head, 1 ft, 9 in; at feet 1 ft. 4 in.; depth
head, 2 ft.; at foot 21 1/2 in.; wt. about 525 pounds.
July 11, 1829: Death of Sarah Hamilton, relict of late Chief Justice Stewart.
July 12, 1877: Orange Riot Ch'town.
July 12, 1882: George Hubbard died in England.
SUMMERSIDE JOURNAL, July 12, 1888.
Mr & Mrs J.H. Crosby & child who have been away in for Denver
for the past
nine years are paying a visit to their Island home.
SUMMERSIDE JOURNAL, July 19, 1888.
July 23, 1859: Col. P.D. Stewart appointed Adjutant General of Militia.
July 24, 1858: Death of Charles Stewart, Rosebank.
July 24, 1859: Queen Street lighted with gas lamps.
SUMMERSIDE JOURNAL, Aug. 9, 1888.
SUMMERSIDE JOURNAL Aug. 2, 1888: The Catholic WEEKLY REVIEW is publishing
series of letters written from Quebec. It says that in the church Notre
des Victoires there is the following tablet in Latin:
Translation is as follows:
On the 1st May, 1688, the foundation stone of this church was laid by
Rene De Brisay, Marquis de Dennonville, Governor, Innocent XI, being Pope
Louis XIV, King of France, and that the church was dedicated to the Infant
Jacques Rene de Brisay, a dashing colonel of dragoons, was Governor in
from 1685 to 1689. He was brave but indiscreet and, in his treatment of
Indians, exhibited a singular want of tact. History says of him: "Few
Governors ever set down more sage maxims for administration, yet fewer
Canada in a sadder plight. Dennonville, who acted up to his lights, was
upright and nonorable man and a pious and devout Catholic. His little
daughter. Marie Anne. who saw the light at Quebec on the 14th of October,
1865, was the first of her name born in Canada.
The same year that witnessed the departure of the Marquis de Dennonville
Quebec, invested with the honor and dignities of the Viceroy of the King
France, saw also the departure from the shore of that kingdom of the cadet
branch of the family, the de Brisays dit de la Cour. Those who had gained
distinction in the civil wars, fighting under the standard of the Prince
Conde, were strict followers of the new Huguenot tenets and upon the
revocation of the Edict of Nantes, in the year 1685, they fled to Ireland
where, for a hundred years, they lived as British subjects, and intermarried
with several Irish families. The men, almost without exception, held
commissions in the Army or Navy of England. One General Jasper de Brisay,
married into the family of the first Sir John Parnell. Towards the close
the last century, a Colonel de Brisay received the Royal Commission as
Colonial Secretary and Deputy Governor of St John's (now Prince Edward)
in the Gulf of St.Lawrence and thither he removed. He died in Charlottetown,
leaving a large family whose descendants survive in many parts of the
Another de Brisay, afterwards known as "the General," was one
marriage notice was lately found in an old Halifax newspaper of 1799.
is "Married at St. John, N.B., on Monday the 22nd ult., Thomas de
Lieut. Colonel of His Majesty's Royal Regiment of Artillery, to Miss Anna
Byles, daughter of the Rev. Mather Byles, Recor of that city and chaplin
New Brunswick." One of "the General's descendant s, Mather Byles
de Brisay, is
now a judge residing in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia.
SUMMERSIDE JOURNAL Aug. 30, 1888.
Aug. 7, 1835: Col. Littler arrives in Ch'town.
Aug. 10, 1838: Rev. Dr. Jenkins went to St. Peters and baptised 32 adults
Aug. 10, 1882: Potatoe bug appears.
Aug. 13, 1856: Bank of P.E.Island commences business.
Aug. 14, 1878: George Kelly, a mulatto boy, murdered in Ch'town.
Aug. 19, 1871: Death of Mrs. R.B. Stewart.
Aug. 19, 1872: First rail P.E.I. Railway laid.
Aug. 21, 1847: Offices opened in Colonial Building.
Aug. 22, 1869: Two whales seen in Ch'town Harbour.
Aug. 23, 1855: Black Sam sent to gaol for threatening Dr. Hopkirk.
Aug. 27, 1885: Death of Dr. Mackieson, aged 90 years.
Aug. 29, 1885: Death of John Hatch, aged 80.
SUMMERSIDE JOURNAL, April 18, 1889.
South West, Lot 16, Notes
A few days ago as Messers. John A. and Artemas McNeill were cutting wood
the McLean Road they were startled by the screams of a wild cat. They
pursued him but in less than five minutes he was beyond their reach. They
describe the animal as a handsome light grey.
West Point Notes
At Cape Wolfe, on the night of the 8th inst., the Samuel Kinlay house,
unoccupied, owed by the Cape Wolfe Gold Mining Syndicate, was burned to
ground. The fire is supposed to have been the work of an incendiary. It
reported to have been insured.
SUMMERSIDE JOURNAL, April 25, 1889.
Goose shooting is about over for the season.. Among the most successful
sportsmen were Messers. Norman Ramsay, C.L. Easter and Edmund Taylor,
killed 38,36 and 40 respectively. Mr. John Woodside killed upwards of
As Mr. John S. Sinclair was walking along near his house one evening,
wounded goose flew past. Happening to have a hammer in his hand, he threw
knocking the goose dead.
NOTE BY TWS: I have examined issues of the Summerside Journal from Jan.
1888 to June 27, 1889.