Beckwith family

Beckwith Family


Research from Merle Armstrong regarding the Beckwith Family

Samuel Hustis Vincent Beckwith was a son of Samuel and Mary (Sanford) Beckwith. He was born on February 6, 1840 in Berwick. On January 23, 1874 he married Jemima Saunders of Burlington, a daughter of Walter and Margaret (Toole) Saunders. They then lived at the corner of the Shore Road and what was later to become known as the Nollet Beckwith Road. Samuel was a farmer and fisherman. After his wife died in 1891, Samuel continued to live with his son Nollet until his death on June 1, 1905. He was then buried beside his wife in the Burlington Cemetery. They had nine children. Bertha was a Doctor of Physiotherapy and lived in New York; Percy and Frederick died in infancy; Nollet married Mabel Neaves and lived on the home farm; Samuel married Helen Law and lived in California; James was married only to a person know as Ellen and lived in the United States; Sophia married John Kane and lived in Massachusetts; Harriet married William W. Cain and lived in Connecticut while Amina married Edward Ahern and died in Florida. It should be noted that John Kane and William C. Cain were in fact brothers. The true spelling of their surname was Kane, however for some reason, William chose to spell his name as Cain.

Jemima (Saunders) Beckwith was a daughter of Walter and Margaret (Toole) Saunders. She was born on January 31, 1853 in Annapolis County. On January 23, 1874 she married Samuel Beckwith of Long Point, a son of Samuel and Mary (Sanford) Beckwith. They then lived at the corner of the Shore Road and what was later to become known as the Nollet Beckwith Road where Samuel farmed and fished. Jemima died on July 24, 1891 and was buried in the Burlington Cemetery. Her husband continued to live with their son Nollet until his death. They had nine children. Bertha was a Doctor of Physiotherapy and lived in New York; Percy and Frederick died in infancy; Nollet married Mabel Neaves and lived on the home farm; Samuel married Helen Law and lived in California; James was married to a person only to a person known as Ellen and lived in the United States; Sophia married John Kane and lived in Massachusetts; Harriet married William W. Cain and lived in Connecticut while Amina married Edward Ahern and died in Florida. It should be noted that John Kane and William C. Cain were in fact brothers. The true spelling of their surname was Kane, however for some reason, William chose to spell his name as Cain.

Dr. Bertha Delight Beckwith was a daughter of Samuel and Jemima (Saunders) Beckwith. She was born in Woodlawn on April 18, 1875. Bertha then lived with her family at the corner of the Shore Road and what was later to become known as the Nollet Beckwith Road. After 1891 she moved to Saint John, New Brunswick to further her studies. From there, Bertha moved to the United States where she became a registered nurse. After that she attended New York University where she received her doctorate in medicine. Unable to serve overseas as a medical doctor in World War I, she went and worked as a nurse. At that time she was the first person to use physiotherapy treatment for patients who were wounded soldiers. It is believed that she then lived the rest of her life in New York City where she died on August 20, 1967. Following her service at Riverside Church in New York City she was buried in the Burlington Cemetery. Her cemetery inscription indicated her birth year to be 1876 when in fact the birth records for Kings County shows her correct year of birth to be 1875. Dr. Beckwith was a descendant of Captain John Saunders who brought the first English Settlers to Cape Cod on November 11, 1620.

Percy Beckwith was the son of Samuel and Jemima (Saunders) Beckwith. He was born in 1889 in Woodlawn and died at the age of three days. He was buried in the Burlington Cemetery. Percy’s short life was with his family at the corner of the Shore Road and what was later to become known as the Nollet Beckwith Road. Percy was a descendant of Captain John Saunders who brought the first English Settlers to Cape Cod on November 11, 1620.

Frederick Nemiah Beckwith was the son of Samuel and Jemima (Saunders) Beckwith. He was born in about January of 1891 in Woodlawn. Frederick lived with his family at the corner of the Shore Road and what was later to become known as the Nollet Beckwith Road. He died on April 1, 1891 and was buried in the Burlington Cemetery. Frederick was a descendant of Captain John Saunders who brought the first English Settlers to Cape Cod on November 11, 1620

Nollet Beckwith was a son of Samuel and Jemima (Saunders) Beckwith. He was born in Woodlawn on November 18, 1876. He then lived there for the remainder of his life where he farmed and fished. That particular location was later to become known as the Shore Road and Nollet Beckwith Road. On June 27, 1907 Nollet married Lilla Mabel Neaves, a daughter of Samuel and Nina Neaves. Nollet died of cancer on October 30, 1942 and was buried in the Burlington Cemetery. They had two children Robert and Geraldine. Robert married Alma Whitman and lived in Kentville while Geraldine married a Baltzer. Mabel later remarried, this time to Chester Ward. She lived to the age of 97 years and is buried in the Aylesford Union Cemetery. Nollet was a descendant of Captain John Saunders who brought the first English Settlers to Cape Cod on November 11, 1620.


Dr. Bertha Delight Beckwith images courtesy of Linda Amico


Post Card sent to Dr. Bertha Delight Beckwith while in France 1918
courtesy of Linda Amico


Courtesy of the Provincial Archives of New Brunswick
 
http://archives.gnb.ca/Archives/Default.aspx?L=EN

Daniel F. Johnson : Volume 94 Number 2683

Date January 24, 1894
County Saint John
Place Saint John
Newspaper The Daily Sun

The Beckwiths - Genealogy of the Family and Origin of the Name - ... Mathew BECKWITH (of the eighth generation from Adam BECKWITH, who was born in Pontefract, Yorkshire, England, 22nd Sept. 1610, emigrated to New England in 1635 and resided for a short time at Saybrook Point. He moved thence to Bramford in 1638; was among the first settlers of Hartford, Conn. in 1642 and finally settled at Lynne in 1651. He purchased large tracts of land on the Willimantic River. For him was constructed the bark "Endeavor", the first vessel launched from New London. He traded largely with Barbados and was of the class known as 'planters'. Mathew Beckwith died 13th Dec. 1681. His grandson, James BECKWITH was born at New London, June 1st, 1671, removed to Lynne in 1692, married Sarah GRISWOLD, Sept. 16th, 1693 and died in 1719. His wife died Oct. 10th, 1714. He has a large family. Two of his sons, Samuel BECKWITH and Renald BECKWITH migrated to Nova Scotia in 1760 and became the founders of the Beckwith families in the Maritime Provinces. Samuel was born at Lynne, Conn. May 14th, 1709 and in 1740 married Miriam MARVIN d/o Capt. Renald MARVIN of Lynne. They had three sons, Samuel BECKWITH, Marvin BECKWITH and John BECKWITH. When the French were expelled from Horton and Cornwallis, the British government held out strong inducements to New Englanders to occupy the land, and one of the results was the sailing of a fleet of 22 vessels from Connecticut, carrying a large colony. This fleet arrived June 4th, 1760 and the colonists landed near the town plot of Cornwallis. Among this goodly company was Samuel Beckwith and his two sons, Samuel and John. Marvin, the other son, remained in the United States. Samuel Beckwith, Sr. received a large grant of land from the British government. His son, Samuel, who became a merchant and extensive farmer of Cornwallis, married Miss Rebecca CHIPMAN who was born at Newport, Rhode Island, Nov. 21st., 1750. They had four daughters and one son, Marvin H. BECKWITH, who settled at Halifax. One of his sons, Rev. William BECKWITH, a Baptist clergyman has been in the province many years. Mrs. WORTMAN, one of the daughters of Samuel Beckwith, lived in St. John some time, removed to Moncton and died there. John Beckwith became a wealthy land owner. He owned all the dike land on the Canard River above what is now called Middle Dike. He married Miss Catherine CHIPMAN, sister to his brother's wife, by whom he had issue, two sons, John C. BECKWITH and Handley BECKWITH and six daughters. Five of the daughters married respectively, Mr. SANFORD, Mr. PINEO, Mr. BARNABY, Mr. MORSE and Mr. COGSWELL. His son, John C. had one son, Chipman BECKWITH who at one time conducted a hotel in St. John and three daughters who married Mr. CALHOUN, Mr. WELLS and Mr. STEVENS, all of Albert Co. His other son, Handley, born at Cornwallis, March 6th, 1770, married a Miss NEWCOMB by whom he had 13 children, but only six lived to mature age. He died Feb. 29th, 1860, and his wife died March 19th, 1863. Joseph BECKWITH, his second son, was called 'the sweet singer of Israel'. He has a daughter and three granddaughters residing here, Mrs. STARR and her daughter, Mrs. John MITCHELL of Rothesay, Mrs. Walter MITCHELL of this city and Mrs. Allen SHARPE, Carleton. His third son, Mayhew BECKWITH, born at Cornwallis in 1798 and who died April 7th, 1871, was a prominent merchant in that community, a leading Baptist and took a leading part in the organization of Acadian University and represented Kings Co. in the N.S. Legislature about 20 years. He married Miss Eunice RAND, sister of Hon. Caleb RAND of Kentville, March 21st, 1829. She died Feb. 8th, 1852. They had eleven children, nine of whom are still living. His eldest son, John A. BECKWITH, once a merchant of Cornwallis, is now one of the most celebrated fruit growers and packers, as well as farmers of Nictouax, N.S. He married Miss Barniby of Cornwallis and had seven sons, all of whom, following Horace Greeley's advise went west. Two are at Victoria, B.C., two at Portland, Oregon and one in Montana. One is dead. Mayhew's second child is the wife of James E. MASTERS of St. John; his third, Robert Nelson BECKWITH of the customs dept., Halifax is father of the popular purser of the "Duart Castle"; his fourth is the wife of T.H. RANDALL of Lawrencetown, N.S.; his wife is the sixth of V.A. LANDRY, proprietor of the Weymouth, N.S. 'Free Press' and L'Evangeline newspapers; the seventh is the wife of M. SHEFFIELD, M.D. of St. John; the eighth, Edward M. BECKWITH, is a flour merchant, ship owner and acting J.P. at Canning, N.S.; the nighth, Mayhew Burpee BECKWITH is in the employ of the British government, as government physician at Jamaica and the tenth is the widow of W.A. SHEFFIELD, Shieffield's Mills, Cornwallis, N.S. There is nothing in the records or tradition to show that Renald Beckwith, born at Lynne, Conn. Feb. 6th, 1706 ever went to Cornwallis, N.S. with his brother Samuel, and it is clear, that he never settled there. Records state, however, that he went to Fredericton, N.B., where he married Miss Mary HANDLEY. One of his sons, Nehemiah BECKWITH, who was born in Connecticut, but settled in Fredericton, met his death by drowning, married Miss Julia LeBRUN, a descendant of C.L. LeBRUN de Du Plessis, cousin and provate secretary to the great Cardinal de Richelieu. One of Nehemiah's sons, the late John A. Beckwith, who born at Fredericton, Dec. 1st, 1800, filled many high offices. He represented York Co. for eleven years, was a member of the Excutive Council and Provincial Secretary from 1867 to 1871 and was called to the Legislative Council in 1874. He was for a time mayor of Fredericton, chairman of the provincial board opf agriculture, a director of the Quebec and N.B. Railway, and also held office of the agent of the N.B. and N.S. Land Co. Hon. John A. Beckwith was twice marriage. One of his sons is mayor of Fredericton, one city clerk of Fredericton and another chief engineer of the provincial public works department. A fourth son resides in Boston. One of his daughters married James HAZEN of Oromocto (Sunbury Co.) and is the mother of J.D. HAZEN, M.P. for St. John.

Date July 2, 1810
County York
Place Fredericton
Newspaper The New Brunswick Royal Gazette

Est. John BECKWITH, Cornwallis, N.S.; Exec. John BECKWITH, 14th May.

Date April 10, 1857
County Saint John
Place Saint John
Newspaper Religious Intelligencer

d. 3rd Feb., Wyoming, Stark Co., Illinois, Eunice Ann widow of Marvin Homes BECKWITH, Cornwallis, N.S.

Date April 8, 1896
County Saint John
Place Saint John
Newspaper Messenger and Visitor

d. Tuesday, March 31st, Leinster St., St. John, Ellen E. MARSTERS w/o James E. MARSTERS and d/o late Mayhew BECKWITH, Cornwallis, N.S.


Burlington (unless noted) & Other Community Columns from "The Register"

January 5th 1898 - Still they come. A few more of our young people who have been in the United States have returned to Nova Scotia. Messrs. Perry and Peter Ogilvie, sons of Abram Ogilvie, came home on the 23rd to visit their parents. They have been in Massachusetts for some years. Miss Bertha D. Beckwith has also returned on a visit to her father, Mr. Samuel Beckwith, of Woodlawn.

January 12th 1898 - Miss Bertha D. Beckwith left for Boston on the 14th, with her brother Samuel. Miss Beckwith is employed as a reporter on a Boston paper. She is ending her sister Sophia to school in the United States.

September 14th 1898 - Woodlawn: Quite a number of our boys are with the redcoats at Aldershot. Among them are Jimmie Beckwith, Charles Meekins and John Lee.

January 11, 1899 - Mr. Samuel V. Beckwith is ill.

June 21, 1899 - Woodlawn: Measles has appeared in our locality. Mr. C. Lutz contracted the disease in Boston. Amongst those who are suffering are Mrs. Wm. Howell’s family and Mr. S. Beckwith’s motherless children.

February 4, 1904 - BURLINGTON AND VICINITY: Miss Mina Beckwith is at home for a short time. Mr. Noble Beckwith purchased a pair of oxen recently

MARCH 17, 1904 - BURLINGTON AND VICINITY: Mr. N. V. Beckwith boasts of lambs on the first day of March.


John Parker's Work (BR = The Register, Berwick)

Beckwith, Rebecca A., d/o Mayhew Beckwith, married at Upper Dyke, Cornwallis, by Rev. S. B. Kempton, to Mason [?] Sheffield, M.D., Berwick. [9 Aug 1866 The Star].

Beckwith, Charles Milledge, died at Bridgetown, Thursday last, s/o N.H. Beckwith, aged 23 years. [FP Thursday 10 September 1868 p.2]. The Free Press

Beckwith, Estelle Maud, married at Halifax, NS, 18 Nov 1901, d/o R.N. Beckwith to W. Wallace Kenny. [ BR 21 Nov 1901].

Beckwith, R. Allen,of Amherst, married at Belcher St. 25 July 1901 to Bessie, d/o W.H. Marchant, Brooklyn St.,Cornwallis. [ BR 1 August 1901also OM 2 August 1901].

Beckwith, Mina, d/o Samuel Beckwith, Lightfoot Road, married, 29th inst., to Stalin Horsnell, Weston. [BR 23 June 1904].

Beckwith, James Archibald, Berwick, married at Moncton, 18 Dec 1907, to Elsie M. Brown, d/o Capt. F. M. Brown, now of Hong Kong, China.[26 Dec 1907 write up & see 2 Jan 1908 notice].

Parker, Aubrey V., youngest s/o T. H. Parker, died at Berwick, Sun last, age 45 years; m. 1895 Ella M. Beckwith d/o James K. Beckwith. [Thurs 12 Nov 1908 obituary + notice].

Beckwith, Mrs. C. F., died at Fitchburg, Mass., 11 Jan 1910, formerly of Cornwallis. [20 Jan 1910 obituary p.3].

Beckwith, Ora Isabel, married at Elmsview, 8 June 1910, to Charles Edward Jost, of Guysboro. [9 June 1910 write up].

Kane, Sophia M., w/o John E. Kane, Manchaug, New York, died at Worchester, Mass., 18 June 1911, age 28 years 4 months 9 days, d/o Samuel V. & Jennie Beckwith, Burlington, Kings Co., NS. [6 July 1911 obituary + notice].

Scott, Capt. James, s/o David Scott, Windsor, died at Lower Falmouth, 21 May 1913, age 88 years, m. Alice Beckwith d/o Asa Beckwith. [29 May 1913 obituary; Hants Journal 28 May].

Beckwith, Matilda, w/o James E. Beckwith, died at Berwick, 12 Feb 1914, 79 years. [18 Feb 1914].

Beckwith, James E., died at Berwick, 27 June 1914, at the home of his daughter Mrs. Ella Parker, 84 years, s/o Samuel Beckwith.[1 July 1914 obituary + notice].

Beckwith, A. A., age 34 years, died "recently", Marmato, Colombia, s/o Dr. Burpee Beckwith, who was a s/o Mayhew Beckwith ; his mother resides in Kingston, Jamaica a d/o Rev. Burnthorn Musgrave. [2 Dec 1914 obituary].

Beckwith, Horace L., s/o R. N. Beckwith, died at Halifax, VG, 26 Jan 1914, 56 years. [4 Feb 1914 obituary].

Beckwith, James E., died at Berwick, 27 June 1914, at the home of his daughter Mrs. Ella Parker, 84 years, s/o Samuel Beckwith.[1 July 1914 obituary + notice].

Beckwith, Mary Anne, wid/o James Edward Beckwith, d/o Charles Morton, died at Steam Mill, 25 Nov 1914, 94 years. [9 Dec 1914].

Beckwith, Matilda, w/o James E. Beckwith, died at Berwick, 12 Feb 1914, 79 years. [18 Feb 1914].

Beckwith, John, died ‘last week’, 3 Mar 1916, East Saugas.[Lynn, Mass., Daily, Mar 4] [15 March 1916 Register see obituary p.2].

Beckwith, Joseph Edward, s/o James Edward Beckwith, died at Ottawa, formerly of Steam Mill, Cornwallis, 12 Dec 1915 . [5 Jan 1916].

Beckwith, Mayhew N., died at Steam Mill, s/o James Edward and Mary A. Beckwith, age 57 years, 9 March 1918.[27 March 1918].

Beckwith, Percy W., married at Berwick, 28 May 1918 to Gladys Crawford.[5 June 1918].

Robblee, Mrs. Alice Beckwith, married at Lower Granville, Anna. Co., 5 Sept 1923 to S. W. Webster. [26 Sept 1923].

Webster, Mrs. S. W., w/o S. W. Webster, died at Cambridge, 5 Jan 1930, d/o J. Henry Beckwith & Rebecca Harris; m1. John Robblee, Lr. Granville; m2. S. W. Webster ca. 1924. [8 Jan 1930 obit].

Rockwell, Robert E., died at Brooklyn Corner, NS, 28 April 1926, s/o Asabel and Mary Beckwith Rockwell, Woodville, 79 years; m. Isabella Bowles. [5 May 1926].

Freeman, Fern, d/o Wm. Freeman, married at Berwick, 7 July to Percy Beckwith. [14 July 1926 write up].

Pineo, Elizabeth, d/o Ernest O. Beckwith, formerly of Berwick, died at Medford, Mass., 3 Dec, d/o Jonathan & Elizabeth Lyons Pineo, Prospect, Kings Co., NS.[23 Dec 1931 obituary].


Beckwith Information from "The Register" various years


Section 5 (extract - not complete)

BERWICK
Its People and Institutions as I knew them about Sixty Years ago.

D. O. PARKER.

March 31st, 1897

SAMUEL BECKWITH, Esq.,

"Twas he in olden time, who taught the boys and girls to sing,
And measure off the notes with bullet hanging to a string.
In early life he was esteemed a Justice of renown,
To all dispensing legal lore, commissioned by the crown;
And when her sovereign Majesty, Victoria the Queen,
Would choose a man, through woods, to build a road where none had been,
He was her chosen chief, with level head and skilful hand;
Who knew her wants, was wise to do and sovereign to command.

NOTES: - Mr. Beckwith came from the eastern part of the county, and lived about half a mile west of the corner, near where Mr. L. D. Robinson lives. During the winter evenings, in various sections of the county he taught singing school. He was man well informed of superior judgement, and was the road builder over a large district.


Section 10 - (complete)

Berwick
Its People and Institutions as I knew them about Sixty Years ago.

D. O. PARKER.

Wednesday, May 5, 1897

Asa Beckwith.

Here Asa Beckwith was a bold and enterprising man,
He sought to make his fortune by a new projected plan;
His enterprise was this, to make his hens lay golden eggs,
By giving them a wide, but guarded use of wings and legs.
To bring about and realize this enterprising scheme,
And demonstrate to all this was no idle dreamer’s dream,
Old slabs he hauled in heaps for days, and weeks from distant mills,
Then round his acres wide he stood them up like corn in drills;
And here his flocks in freedom sweet from stones and dread alarm,
Did cackle, scratch and crow and never did his neighbor’s harm;
And that was all, though richly fed and watched with patient care,
Alas, for him! The golden eggs he dreamed were never there.
And then he sought a better home, but one he never found;
And while abroad he lived an honest worker of the ground,
So central here, so rich his wide domain of fertile land,
He might have lived in lordly ease and died a wealthy man.

Dr. Kerr Beckwith.

His brother Kerr forsook the family farm and chose the healing art,
He wore fine clothes and had a gentle maiden’s heart;
When for a nervous, suffering, howling, growling, frenzied youth,
He would relieve the pain by taking out a naughty tooth,
Then in his sympathy I have heard his neighbor’s loud assert,
He’d take the turnkey off and ask the patient, "does it hurt?"
‘Twas meant for him a slur, but was indeed a compliment,
One which no honest, earnest prudent doctor would resent;
For doctors with their nerves of steel should have a woman’s heart,
For pity softens pain and helps alleviate the smart.
He was the first of the great doctor harvest gathered here;
A harvest like the orchard fields, enlarging every year.
A useful life he lived "in practice" on the southern shore,
And toiled with windmills there to supersede the sail and oar,
And on the water made his little model boat to ride,
The genius of his scheme to prove against the wind and tide.

Notes. – Mr. Asa Beckwith’s home was nearly opposite the Baptist parsonage. He owned the land on which a large part of the village is built west of Commercial St. His poultry yard which was about opposite his house in the eyes of a child was then a great enterprise; it however proved a failure.

His brother Kerr was for many years an esteemed doctor in Lockeport and had great faith in wind as a motive power and claimed much for a windmill of his own construction. He actually propelled a small boat with a windmill.

Before passing on to the Institutions of the Long Ago, I will give as representing the "Deacon" the lines revised with additions which have already imperfectly appeared in print, entitled "The Old Homestead." Rev. Wm. Chipman and wife, though not residents of Berwick, were so closely associated with all its social, educational and religious interests, that they will be given a liberal place in these Reminiscences.

There were others in the vicinity of Berwick but the most I remember of them is their names. Andrew Woodworth in the west, Holmes Morton on the old Valley road, Solomon Crocker and Benjamin Killam on Crocker’s lane and Wm. Woodworth across the river at the end of Woodworth lane.


July 20th 1898 Register

DEATH OF DR. BECKWITH. - Dr. Burpee Beckwith son of the late Mayhew Beckwith, Esq., and a former resident of Berwick, died very suddenly last week while on a journey from Jamaica to Halifax. He was apparently in the best of health, and on Wednesday at 7.30 was on deck talking to the mate. He went below to his room and one of the stewards asked him if he would have some coffee.

He replied in the negative, but said he would have some seltzer instead. He afterwards went to lie down, and when his daughter, who was accompanying him, went to his room less than two hours later, she found him stretched out, appearing ghastly white. She called the steward, who found that he was quite cold, and had probably expired within a half hour previous. The body was brought to Halifax whence it was sent to Canard for burial. Dr. Beckwith leaves a widow - a sister of the Misses Musgrave, of Aylesford.


July 27th 1898 - On Wednesday, 13th July, on board the S.S. Beta, on voyage from Jamaica to Halifax, Burpee Mayhew Beckwith; M.D., son of the late Mayhew Beckwith, of Canard, in the 51st year of his age.


Wednesday, September 27, 1899

The Wedding.

The marriage ceremony was performed on Saturday last at 8.30 o’clock between Harvey Reginald Fuller, son of L. Fuller, Esq., of Welsford, and Miss Lalia Beckwith Reid, daughter of Mr. W. D. Reid, of the same place.

The ceremony took place at the residence of the bride’s parents, in the presence of a few relatives and friends of the family. The parlor had been neatly decorated for the occasion, the bridal party taking its place under a floral arch.

The bride, who was tastefully attired in a travelling suit of blue cadet cloth, entered the room while the wedding march was played by her sister, Miss May Reid. The ceremony was performed by the Rev. D. H. Simpson, assisted by the Rev. J. W. Prestwood. At its close, the newly married couple, after receiving congratulations and best wishes of friends, partook of a wedding breakfast with the family and guests, a number of whom drove with them to Berwick station, where Mr. and Mrs. Fuller took the morning express for Yarmouth, en route to their future home in Charlestown, Mass.


Extract from September 13, 1933 article by Rev. D. O. Parker in 1900 - "Early in the 1820’s came the Beckwiths', also United Empire Loyalist, and laid claim to territory extending west to Andrew Morton’s. There were three brothers, Asa, Samuel and Kerr. Asa Beckwith’s home was on the site of J. M. Patterson’s house. Kerr became a doctor and practiced a number of years in Lockport. Samuel, the father of Mr. James Beckwith, lived where L. D. Robinson now lives. He was a Justice of the Peace, taught singing school and understood the art of road-building. It was he who first surveyed and laid out Main Street."


February 20, 1929

Kings County 81 Years Ago

(By I.C.R. in The Halifax Herald)

Here’s a list of the men who were prominent in the public life of Kings County in 1847. The list, I feel sure, will be of considerable interest and some historical value to the people of that county. It is taken from Belcher’s Almanac of 1847.

High Sheriff, W. C. Campbell.

Coroners. Jas. Allison, Abr. Van Buskirk, Jno. Fisher, Jno. E. Forsyth, M.D., Danl. Moore, Chas. C. Hamilton, M.D., and Chas. W. H. Harris.

Dept. Proth’y. and clerk of the Peace. Wm. H. Chipman, Caleb H. Rand, Jas. Harris and T. B. Campbell.

Justices of the Peace to execute all Acts relating to Insolvent Debtors and all other Acts which Judges of the late Inferior Court were formerly empowered to perform out of Court: Hon. J. D. Harris, Caleb H. Rand, Jno. F. Hutchinson, Harris Harrington, Elisha DeWolf, Jas. Harris, H. L. Dickey, Caleb R. Bill, Rich’d. Starr, Edw. Palmer, Henry Magee, Seth Burgess, Mayhew Beckwith, and Jno. Wells.

Justices of the Peace, Hon. Jno. Morton. (Custos), Jno. Wells, Sherman Dennison, Hon. Jas. D. Harris, Jas. N. Crane, Harris Harrington, Caleb H. Rand, Elisha DeWolf, Wm. C. Campbell, Saml. Chipman, Jas. Harris, Simon Fitch, Hugh L. Dickey, Seth Burgess, Caleb R. Bill, Henry Magee, Jno. Crane, Edw. Palmer, Geo. L. Lockwood, Richard Starr, Jno. F. Hutchinson, William Johnston, Mayhew Beckwith, Jno. Lyons, Nathan Parker, Alex Patterson, 3rd., Wm. Miller, Chas. H. Brown, Thos. Lovett, Saml. Sharp, Fairfield Smith, Nathan Lockhart, Edw. P. Borden, Jas. Levi Lockhart, Abr. Gesner, M. D., Jas. Wm. Harris, Thos, Tupper, Jno. M. Caldwell, Joseph Crane, Abel Parker, Ward Eaton, Patk. D. Scanlan, Archibald Walker, Wm. Woodworth, Gideon Cogswell, Jno. O. Pineo, Theodore Reed, Jno. G. Patterson, David Ells and Peter Wickwire.

Court of Probate, Judge, Jno. C. Hall; Registrar, Wm. H. Chipman; Dep. Reg’r. of Deeds, Thos. B. Campbell.

Coll’r. of Customs, and of Colonial and Light Duties, David Whidden, Coll’r. of Colonial Duties for the district comprehending all the Bay Shore in the county westward of Hall’s Harbor, Jno. Givan, Seizing Officers, Messrs. W. H. Lovett, Jno. Givan and Wm. Starr.

Dep. Postmasters, Kentville, Jno. F. Hutchinson; Wolfville, E. DeWolf; Aylesford, J. Van Buskirk.

Comm’rs. Of Schools, Caleb. H. Rand, Elisha DeWolf, Wm. H. Chipman, Hugh L. Dickey, Nathan Tupper, Wm. Miller, Caleb R. Bill and Chas. H. Hamilton, M. D.

Board of Land Comm’rs, Hon. Jno. Morton, W. C. Campbell and Wm. Johnson. Dep. Land Surveyors, Wm. Johnson, C. Patterson and A. Armstrong.

Agricultural Societies, Horton – Prest. Elihu Woodworth; Sec’y. Chas. W. H. Harris; Cornwallis – Prest. Sam. Chipman; Sec’y. C. C. Hamilton; Weston Branch – Prest. Robt. J. Lyons; Sec’y. Jno. Lyons; Aylesford – Prest. Alex. Patterson; Sec’y. Jas. D. Van Buskirk.


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