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Joseph Small's Diary of Burgeo - 1925, cont'd...


Following the path from the Point, we come to William Stewart. He came from Fortune Bay and was here with his family before 1860. His wife was a Ridgley. They had a large family of girls and two boys. The oldest daughter, named Mary Ann, married John Barnes, a Jerseyman. He was a servant with the writer's father up to 1865. Mrs. [Mary Ann] Barnes died in 1864, leaving a son, John; and a daughter, Susie, Mrs. Street, now living here. She [Susie] was brought up by her aunt, Dinah [Stewart] Guy. John [Barnes junior] was brought up by Mrs. James Hare. He John Barnes junior] went to the States many years ago and married. John Barnes, the father, went to England in 1866. There he later joined the Police Force and married again. Very little was heard of him after. The second daughter, Dinah, married Ambrose Guy, who died some years ago. Mrs. Dinah [Stewart] Guy is living at Halifax, with her children. The third daughter, Isabella, married George Hare. Both George and Isabella are now dead. Hannah married a Hulin of Channel. She died some time ago. Julia married Manuel Harris of Port Aux Basques. She Julia (Stewart) Harris] is still living. Susie married John Anderson (Gruchy). Susie died in 1921. Mary married John Rose of Harbour Breton in 1888. She is still living. Mary and John have no family. William married Fanny Vatcher. He built where John Pinel is now living. Both William and Fanny have been dead these many years. They left a son who went to live with his aunt at Harbour Breton and is now married. John Stewart married Edith Ingraham of Hunt's and lives on the old spot and has quite a family.

In the next house we come to we find William Ingraham. I do not know where he came from or when. He was a servant of ours in the sixties. His wife was a Kendall. They had three sons and one daughter. The daughter, Susan, married Mishack Dicks. After Mishack's death she moved to Codroy and married again. John Ingraham was drowned in the pond in December, say 1876. Sam and Billy went away somewhere to the other side.

Just under the "Lookout", where our friend James Moulton now lives, we find old Mr. Payne, an Englishman. When he came to this country and to whom I do not know. I had plenty of opportunity to ask him had I known I was going to write the History of Burgeo. We find him in Burgeo as early as 1850, September 16th, when he married widow Dinah Knott. Mrs. Dinah Payne had two former husbands, one an Ingraham, the other a Knot. Mr. James] Payne was a widower with three children grown up before 1860. William, a servant to John Windsor, died in 1867. Grace, the youngest, went to Rose Blanche and I have lost sight of her for years. Mr. [James] Payne's first wife was a widow Hann. He married her at Pushthrough. Charles Hann and Mrs. Bobbett were the two children of widow Hann's first marriage. Mr. Payne was engaged on the Jersey Room of Nicolle & Company and remained there until their failure in 1862. When De Gruchy, Renouf, Clement & Company opened at the Old Room, he went there and remained as long as he was able to work. He left the house under the "Lookout" and moved to the house formerly occupied by the late Samuel Prosser, who was drowned before 1860. Mr. [James] Payne went to Ramea to end his days with his son John. He died about twenty-five years ago.

We cross the road from the "Lookout" and find a house belonging to the late Henry Strickland of West Burgeo. He only lived there in the winter time for the purpose of the winter fishery. This fishery could not be operated from West Burgeo during that season. The "Jersey Room" took over this property later and sold it to Ambrose Guy.

Just east of this we come to John Davidge, an Englishman, who came out as a servant to Uncle John Matthews. He married Sarah Guy on the 15th of September, 1848. They had as family: George, William, John, Ambrose, Alfred, Jennie, and Ann Eliza. As I have mentioned before, John Davidge was drowned, with his son George, in 1867. William married Carrie Caines. They had a large family who are all gone out into the world long ago. William's wife died and he married a widow, Mrs. Stone, who is still living here. The mother, Sarah [(Guy) Davidge], lived with him [William] for years after the last boys got married. When William died in, say 1905, Sarah (Guy) went to live with her son John. Ambrose married a Strickland girl from West Point. They moved to New Glasgow in about 1908. Alfred married Phoebe Caines and moved to Halifax in 1919. John married Susan Collier whose father I did not know; they did not belong to the Burgeo Collier family. John and Susan lived on Small's Island and only moved away to Alberta in 1925. Two of their daughters were married in Alberta. Their son, Sandy, went with them. Ann Eliza married John Matthews of the late J. M. She [Ann Eliza] lived but a few years; the fatal disease took her off. Jennie married Philip Le Coq, a Jerseyman, and at one time in my employ. He was a very nice fellow. Jennie only lived a few years and died like the sister, Ann Eliza. Philip Le Coq went to Halifax where he became master of a schooner. The schooner was lost, with all hands, off this coast fifteen years ago. One of his crew was Dickie Matthews, J. M.'s son, a fine young fellow.

Dennis Kinslow's house comes next. He came from Belleoram, before 1860. His wife was a Kelly, sister to Mrs. George Hare, of the Point. A brother of theirs lived and died at Francois. The family consisted of Tryphena, George, Abraham, and Priscilla. Dennis and his wife have been long dead, say over thirty years. The son, Abraham, a single man, sailed in the schooner William H. Hart, belonging to Bowley & Small, in July 1864. On arrival in Boston he deserted, with two others of the crew, and joined the American Navy. He never returned to Burgeo but was known to have been at Glace Bay in 1917, paying a visit to his brother, George. George married Rose [or Rosanna Mae] Parsons, the daughter of the late Francis Parsons, Sub Collector. Rose came into some money from her father's estate, so George used it to go into business at Red Island, and, of course, lost it all. He then embarked on a career as a teacher, first at Ramea, then Francois. Mrs. Kinslow died some years ago at Francois. There was some family. One [*Amelia b. 1881] is married, at Ramea, to Richard Chaffey. Another is married to James Miles of Grand Bruit. Arthur married three times, first to John Barter's daughter; next to John Green's daughter, at Hunt's; and, lastly, to a woman from the North. Arthur was agent, at Hunt's, for A. T. Spencer. When he moved to Glace Bay his father went with him. I hear that George Kinslow died a year or two ago. George was very well educated and was a sociable fellow in our younger days. Priscilla went to live at Red Island with some cousins. She died there twenty-five years ago. Tryphena married Thomas Billard, son of the old Frenchman who came to Francois many years ago.

Gabriel Billard married Marian Durnford. The Billard family was living at Red Island as early as 1840. Three of the sons married there. There were seven sons altogether, with Thomas being the youngest. There are more descendants of this old Gabriel on this coast than of any family in the whole district. Had Thomas not moved to Louisbourg thirty years ago and let his sons marry over there, there would have probably been fifty more descendants of the old gent. Thomas died some years ago but the wife was still living ten years ago at Glace Bay, with her daughter.

I find I have missed one family after writing about the Stewarts; that was the family of James Ford, who live close beside the Stewarts. Mrs. Ford was a sister of Mrs. Stewart. The Fords were a large family of sons and daughters. The oldest was born in Fortune Bay before the family moved here. James senior moved to Channel in the sixties and his children followed him. James junior], the eldest, was married but I see no account of it. He lived at one time where now is located the big flake of the Burgeo & LaPoile Export Company, west of the road leading to the bottom of Furby's Harbour. James Ford junior bought this house from John Barnes, whom I have already mentioned. Thomas, the next, went to Channel. He was married to Mary A. Strickland, a daughter of old Mr. Strickland of West Burgeo. Jane married Richard Rose. She is now living at Halifax with her son. The husband [Richard Rose] died only last year. Mary A. [Ford] was married, in 1904, after the family moved to Channel, to Captain William Poole. They were living at Cape Ray. George, Manuel, and John all went to Channel with the family. John married and moved to Cape Breton. George and Manuel, I believe, died years ago at Channel.

John Guy comes next. He married Sarah Kendall, of Long Island, Hermitage Bay. She must have come here as a servant. In the fifties she was in service to Mrs. Cunningham, my wife's mother. John and Sarah were married in 1855. They had as family William [b. 1866], Aggie, Evellena, and John [b. 1868]. Mr. and Mrs. John Guy [senior] are both dead. William married an Anderson from West Point and moved to Halifax twenty-five years ago. Evellena married my friend William Harris and is still living here. However, their family is gone, two at Halifax; a girl died; and a son, Harvey, a fine lad, was killed in action in 1916. John [junior] married Eliza Eavis of Ramea. They had a family and a fine boy of theirs was killed in the war. Chester, brother of these lads above mentioned, enlisted at my office. John and family started last year for Toronto to join his two sons, Rowie and Willy, two fine young fellows, who had succeeded in getting good positions there. They [John, his wife, and daughter] got as far as Port-aux-Basques. An hour later John dropped dead. This was a terrible shock to all of this community. They returned with the body and after the funeral, the wife and daughter moved on to Toronto. They are all living together and have good positions.

Joseph Matthews comes next, a son of old Uncle John. His wife was a [Mary] Northcotte who came to Burgeo with her brothers, John and Benjamin, from Hermitage Bay. Joseph [Matthews] was married on the 18th of September, 1849. They had as family W. [William] Henry, Joseph, Elizabeth, George, and Fanny. W. Henry married Mary James. Mary [James) Matthews] is still living, but William was drowned. He was master of a small schooner belonging to Penny and Sons, on a trip to Bay of Islands. This would be about 1898. The crew was all lost. Nothing was ever heard or seen of this vessel after leaving here. Joseph [junior] married Susan Matthews, who is now living with her son, W. J. Joseph died of consumption twenty years ago. Elizabeth married Skipper John Vatcher who was lost on the Bankss in 1900. I have written of this before. They had a large family of boys and girls. Joe M., Max, and Sandy [Alexander] are all skippers and still living. The mother [Elizabeth (Matthews) Vatcher] and Sandy went to Boston last year to reside there with two married daughters, Mrs. George Dicks of Mercers and Lucy [*b. 1879 m. Thomas b. 1879] Rossiter of Ramea, two other grandchildren of Joseph Matthews [and Mary (Northcotte) Matthews]. Fanny married Hugh Pink, who died in 1915, at Cape La Hune. Then she married Samuel [Robert] Billard [of Rose Blanche], who died in 1923. Mrs. Billard [Fanny (Matthews/Pink)] then returned, from Rose Blanche, to her old Cape [La Hune]. George married twice; first to Mary Ann Green, who died many years ago of diphtheria; then he married Sarah Strickland, of Hunt's, but living then on Vatcher's Island. There was no family of the first marriage [of George Matthews] and the family of the second union are now scattered. They consisted of: Archie; and a young lad, Sandy; Deborah; Annie May; and Mary, who died young. Joseph [Matthews's senior] died in 1868, of the family complaint, consumption. His widow, Mary, married James Hare, of George, and moved to Sydney. Both died some years ago.

The next house and family was Joseph Strange, an Englishman, whom I have mentioned before. He was a servant to Nicolle & Company. Joseph married Sarah Matthews (Uncle John's). They had no family, As already mentioned, they left Newfoundland and went home to England where they took over his father's farm, etc. I think they went away in 1869. Both are now dead.

Next we come to a small house quite near that of Mr. Strange and once occupied by Widow Keeping of West Burgeo. She had four sons, Robert, John, Edward, and Lambert. The last three went away to Gloucester [Massachusetts] years ago. Robert married ____________, daughter of Aunt Betsy Dicks, who only lived a year or two after marriage. He [Robert] then went to Cape La Hune and married a Barter who was a widow there. Robert died in 1923, a friend of mine for years.

Now we come to Uncle John Matthews, son of the first man to settle here, with the exception of Mr. Currie. Old father Matthews came here with his family in about 1795 as near as can be ascertained, and settled on Small's Island, known up to 1860 as Slade's Island. The wife of this man was a Bagg, a daughter of old Mr. Bagg. How many of his family were born here no one knows, but probably one or two. The sons were Thomas, Hugh, John, and William. I know of no others. There was in 1860 another family of Matthews but they do not seem to be of this family. Their [this other Matthews family] names were Samuel, Edward, and John. The daughters of the old man [the first Matthews] were; Ann, Frances, Maria, Elizabeth, Susan, Ellen, and one other who married and went to Bonne Bay long before 1860. The surname of her husband [the one who went to Bonne Bay] was Organ. She [or he] died in 1866.

John [Matthews], who now heads this family, married before the first rector, Martin Blackmore, came in 1840. His wife was Frances Dicks and her mother lived with them, a widow, dear old Granny Dicks, who was a Caines before marriage. Granny Dicks died about 1868, a very old person. She came from Lamaline years back with her husband and family. The family of John and Frances [Dicks] Matthews were John, George, Henry, Joseph, William, Samuel, Christopher Thomas, James, Maria, Sarah, Susan, and Deborah.

John [Matthews's junior] married a Keeping of West Burgeo. He died, of consumption, before 1860. They had two sons, John and George. John junior died after 1900, leaving a wife and a son, Rupert. George is living, a widower, on Collier's Island. George, [son of John and Frances (Dicks) Matthews] was not married. He, also, died of consumption before 1860. Henry [son of John and Frances Matthews] married Ann Jordan. He also died before 1860. They had no family. Joseph [Henry's brother] married a Northcotte. I have mentioned his family and descendants on an earlier page. William and Samuel [other brothers of Henry] died after 1866. Neither ever married. Both died of consumption. Christopher Thomas [another brother] married Lavina Collier. They had a large family. Lavina died in or about 1896. Christopher Thomas died not many years ago, of cancer of the stomach. The children of Christopher Thomas and Lavina were Charles, Samuel, Arthur, Susie, Frances, Bertha, and Clara. James, the last of the sons, [of John and Frances (Dicks) Matthews] and who was my great friend, died in 1921. He was Uncle Jim to the whole community. He was in poor health for over twenty years; bronchitis. He married Julia Cluett of Belleoram. Julia died the year before [1924?] after a short illness. They had as family: William, Albert, John, James, Estella, Violet, Theresa, and Frances. Maria, daughter of John and Francis [(Dicks) Matthews] married Walter Ford, an Englishman. They set up on Vatcher's Island, near sister Susan. They had only one child, Maria. Mrs. Maria [Matthews] Ford died shortly after the birth of the child and she was adopted by the Grandparents. Maria [Ford] later married Thomas Dicks. She died in 1912, or thereabouts. Sarah [Matthews] married Joseph Strange. Her family has been mentioned in dealing with Joseph Strange. Susan [Matthews] married Emmanuel Vatcher on the 9th of September 1851. They had a large family, which was fully mentioned in dealing with Emmanuel Vatcher. Deborah [Matthews] never married. Just as her brother was Uncle Jim, she was Aunt Debbie to the whole town. She carried on business for years for our old friend Mr. McCourt. Finally, the business became a partnership under the style of McCourt and Matthews and they bought the old Jersey Room. After the death of Mr. McCourt the business became hers and she took George Samways as partner. On her death, over twenty years ago, it all became his. Now I think I have covered all of Uncle John's family.

The next family is that of Widow Betsy [nee Collier], of Christopher Dicks. Betsy was the daughter of old Grandfather Collier. Christopher died before 1860 and no doubt is recorded in the books kept by the [second] Rector, Mr. Cunningham. This family consisted of: Eliza, Christopher, Susan, Charles, Thomas, Henry, Jane, and Betsy. Eliza married George Hunt. She only lived one year after the marriage. The next of this family was Christopher junior] who died a few years ago. He was twice married. This I have mentioned before when recording the families into which he married. Susan, the next of this family, married Robert Keeping. She only lived two years. She was dead before 1868. Charlie died of consumption, like his sister, in or about 1874. Thomas is still living but a widower. His wife was Maria Ford who died in 1912. They had a family. Three are married and still living: Edwin and Nina. One son lives in the States. Henry [son of Christopher and Betsy Dicks] is the light keeper. His wife is Ellen Vatcher. They have lost two children to consumption. One son, by a former marriage of T., was drowned on the Bankss. One, Henry, by this marriage, who was married to Susan Caines, was lost at sea with Captain Bert Hann. This was mentioned on the pages of vessel losses. One daughter, Etta, is now living at home. There were two other daughters of Aunt Betsy's, Jane and Betsy, who married years ago and went away. Both were still living a year ago.

The next family in this neighbourhood was William Kinslow. His house was where James Matthews once lived but now occupied by Thomas Gunnery. This property once belonged to the writer's father. It was enlarged and rebuilt in 1867 and sold to James Matthews. Mr. Kinslow was from Fortune Bay and a brother of Dennis, before mentioned. John, of Red Island, was another brother. William's wife was Emma Kelly. They were married on October 9th, 1843. William did not live long after that. There were two daughters, Adelaide and Margaret, and a son, William. Adelaide married William Bond of LaPoile. Mrs. Emma Kinslow later married Samuel Penny, an Englishman. They moved to the Bay of Islands. Margaret went with them. Billy R. was drowned at Rose Blanche, from a skiff.

We come next to Henry Dicks, the father of my friend Philip. Mr. Dicks died long before the writer came. He passed away at White Bear Bay, where they lived in the winter time. He had three brothers: George, Christopher, and Joseph, before mentioned, who lived on Collier's Island. This family came from Lamaline with their people long ago. Granny, the mother, whom I have mentioned, and the father, died long ago. Their house used to stand between those of Philip and James Matthews. Mr. Henry Dicks married Susan Anderson and this family was as follows: Edward, Joseph, Fanny, Henry, Isaac, Philip, John, and Harriet. Only three are still living: Philip; Fanny, better known as Aunt Fanny; and Harriet. After Henry's death, Susan married Uncle William Matthews, a widower with a family.

Edward married Anna Pink of Deer Island. They had no family but lived for some years and looked after Henry, Isaac, Philip, and Harriet Edward's siblings]. After Edward was appointed Light Keeper, in 1876, Philip, the youngest, took over the property and rebuilt the house, etc. Edward had a great mind and was most ambitious. As a side show he once went Banksing, tried whaling, then fox farming. The latter has since become a success, but Edward was before his time. He died in 1912.

Joseph married Hannah Kendall at West Point. They had no family. They came here to live and built on the SandBankss. From there they went to Barrisway Point and later back to the SandBankss again. It was Joseph and Edward [his brother] who started the Co-operative Store which Joseph conducted for a few years (this was mentioned before). He finally moved to Prince Edward Island with his family, bought a fishing schooner, and after some years moved to Waltham, Massachusetts. Joseph and Hannah had four boys, who all took to carpentry. He and his wife are both dead and their family scattered. Nora and the boys, at Waltham, are all married. Alice married a Jerseyman, Pinel, before leaving Burgeo. When he died she married a Huet or Hewitt, at Sydney, where they now reside. Susie married Henry Caswell. They were living at Sydney when he was lost on a voyage to England during the war.

Fanny married John Matthews, Uncle William's son, and they had a large family. John was the Church Sexton. He died suddenly one Sunday night after service; he fell just as he entered his door. Aunt Fanny has spent the last two years with her sons, Nathan, a clergyman, and Manuel. Nathan was a clerk of mine for a few years. He went to the States, to my people in Boston. Later, he was able to go to College in Virginia. He was then ordained Deacon and Priest in 1900. He went to West Africa and worked there for twelve years. The Society has given him work since. Another son, John, married Ann E. [Eliza] Davidge. On her death he went to British Columbia where he is still living. Harriet died about ten years ago and was a cripple all her life. William, living here, married Hannah Crewe of Deer Island. They have a family of boys who are married and away in the States. There are two girls: Sadie, who married Henry Foote, her cousin of Red Island, and Dottie, who married William Anderson, of John in the Reach. Philip is working here. John is single and living here. There were also twin daughters. One is married here to Wilson Keeping, the other is married at Glace Bay. One other girl married a Bowdridge and is living in the States. Manuel [son of Fanny (Dicks) and John Matthews] married the daughter of Mrs. George Collier. They live in Detroit. The youngest of Aunt Fanny's family married in the States some years ago.

Henry Dicks, son of Henry and Susan, was born in 1843. When I came here he was a servant to my father. He went to Channel and married Agnes Bragg. They moved to Prince Edward Island some years ago. He was drowned on the Labrador ten or fifteen years ago. Henry's wife is still living at Sydney. They had as family John, Nelson, and others whose names I do not know.

Isaac Dicks, another of Henry and Susan's sons, died at the insane asylum at St. John's in 1865.

John Dicks went to Channel and married a Gillam, daughter of William. He was lost in the Gulf many years ago. A daughter of this marriage was brought up by her Uncle Edward [Dicks]. John Dicks' widow later married _______ Forsey.

Harriet Dicks married Captain Parks of Jersey. Parks set up business on Vatcher's Island. They had a daughter. He did not live long, dying of consumption ten years ago. The widow married the brother, Jabez [Parks], and they built a house on the land owned by Lewis Moulton or his stepmother. They later moved to Prince Edward Island and Jabez died there. There were two of three boys by this second marriage. They moved to St. John's where they kept a lodging house, but only lived there for a few years. From there they went to the States. Mrs. Harriet Parks is still living.

Philip [Dicks] married Matilda Bowdridge and he carries on at his fathers' old stand. Their family consists of Edward, Minnie, Elsie, Veronica, Mabel, Winnie, Isabel, Henry, and George. Edward, a most industrious man, has a fine property and is a good neighbour and friend. His family was quite large. Minnie married in Nova Scotia some years ago, to a Monroe. Elsie married a brother of this Monroe. Veronica has lived near Boston for some time. She is married there and has some family. Mabel is married to a Sydney man. They are living at Grand Falls. Winnie is unmarried, as is Isabel. They both work in the States. Henry was drowned when he was still a small boy, by falling off the slip. George is living here. He married Susie Tibbo, an "adopted" daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Colback. He runs his vessel, fishing and freighting. This covers Philip's family.

We come next to old Mr. [John] Jordan whom I have mentioned before. He came from England many years ago, I think to the firm of Spencer's at Burin. Just at what time he came to Burgeo and when he was married, I do not know. He married Jane Collier, either here or at Lamaline, and they had two children. Annie Jordan married Henry Matthews. They had no family and he did not live long after marriage, dying of the family complaint as did so many of his brothers. Mrs. Annie Matthews later married Captain Jacob Simms of the Newman Company. The Simms lived at Gaultois. By this marriage there was a nice family of girls and a twin of boys, Bob and Jack, well known here because after the death of Mr. Simms, they came to live with the Grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. [John] Jordan. A daughter, Maggie, was also cared for by the Grandparents. They all went to the States. Bertha Simms married Captain John Taylor of coastal fame. He was lost near St. John's some years ago. Then Mrs. Bertha Taylor went to the States, where there were sisters and brothers, and married again. I have lost sight of all of them. Maria Simms married at Burin. She is still living. Charles Jordan was drowned at Channel. If he was married, he left no issue. Mr. John Jordan, as I have before mentioned, was the first magistrate in Burgeo. He was appointed in 1874 and held the post until he became too old and a new appointment was made.

I cannot let this record proceed without saying something more of our old and respected friend, Mr. Jordan, who must have come to Burgeo in the forties. He came here, no doubt to Newman and Company, as he was a storekeeper at the "Old Room" at one time. Afterwards he became school master in this place and taught when Joseph Dicks and others of his class went to school. He left here, say in 1858, and went to Channel. He taught there for a few years but returned again and took the school, which he kept until his appointment as magistrate. He held a license as Lay Reader from the time he first taught school and did very much service for the church. He left no one to bear his name. A son named Charles was drowned during his residence at Channel. One daughter married George Matthews who predeceased her. She then married Jacob Simms and lived at Harbour Breton until her death.

The next house we come to is Granny Vatcher's. She was a dear soul. Granny died, a very old person, about thirty years ago. She was a midwife for many years and brought 400 children into the world and never lost a mother. Mrs. Vatcher was a Caines. She came to Burgeo with her husband, an Englishman, many years ago from Lamaline. I think her family was all born there except, perhaps, Phoebe and Joseph. Mr. Vatcher was dead many years before the writer came, but his death is not recorded between 1840 and 1849. There was a large family. The sons were Stephen, George, Emmanuel, Richard, and Joseph, who was the youngest son. The daughters were Martha, Phoebe, Deborah, and Mary.

Richard [Vatcher] died, a single man, before 1860.

Stephen Vatcher who was, I think, the oldest son, or next to George, I have mentioned as having been drowned in the Long Reach. His wife was Maria, one of Grandfather Matthews many daughters. I do not know where they were married, but it took place before Mr. Blackmore's time, as it was not recorded by him. Stephen's family consisted of Elizabeth, born in 1842; Richard, born in 1844; John, born in 1846; George; James; Stephen; Sarah; Martha; Jemima; and Ellen.

Elizabeth, or Betsy as she was called, never married. She died in 1867 of fever. Richard married at Rose Blanche. His wife died and he came back home bringing a child who in later years married John Dominy. She is still living. Richard died three or four years ago and had been living with his brother Joseph. John married Elizabeth Matthews and bought the Joseph Strange property now owned by Ephraim Matthews.

George married at Rose Blanche. He lived there for some years and then went to Sydney. They had a family who are now all scattered. James married Elizabeth Taylor. They went to Labrador many years ago; then moved to Quebec. He died there years ago. Joseph married Dinah Taylor and had a family of three daughters and one son. Joseph and Dinah still live in the Reach. Two of the girls married at Red Island, one in Nova Scotia. The son was Captain Joe junior; Stephen [junior], the youngest son of Stephen Vatcher, took over the house and married Elizabeth Hare, of Robert. He died in 1915 of heart failure at Harbour Breton. He was master of one of Robert Moulton's vessels. His wife died in 1916. They had a large family, two of whom were sons. Robert [junior] died of consumption in 1918. The other boy died in France. He had joined a Canadian Regiment. There were six daughters, two are at St. Jacques, two at Louisbourg, two at Halifax. Robert [junior] became the only heir to the property and it was sold to William Webb and Sons. Sarah married Thomas Matthews, Uncle William's son. They sold their home, which was the old Bobbett property on Vatcher's Island, and moved to Channel. Later on they moved to Sydney. Thomas was killed in an accident. I know nothing of this family.

Martha married Edward Cluett of Belleoram. They had a family. I know of two sons who were both Master Mariners. Edward has been dead for some time. Mrs. [Martha] Cluett is still living.

Jemima married John Collier. John was master of the Duchess of Cornwall. He died in 1919 on a voyage from South America and was buried at sea by Mate Leonard Hare. He had two sons on board as part of the crew. In 1917, a son of this marriage, John, took charge of the Robert Moulton Limited vessel Lizzie M. Stanley, for a voyage from here to Catalina to load fish. The vessel was lost with all hands. How this happened was never known. Stephen was also a Master Mariner. One daughter died some years ago of consumption. One married in Fortune Bay and Archie is at home with Mrs. Cluett. He is the owner of the house. Ellen Collier, known as Nellie, married Henry Dicks, of Christopher senior. They have lived on Boar Island since 1902. Their son, Henry, who was married, was lost with Captain Bert Hann on the schooner Elsie Burdett, in 1918 and left a widow and two boys. This now takes all of Uncle Stephen Vatcher's family.

George [son of Widow (Caines) Vatcher] was married and living at Grand Bruit in 1859 where I first saw him. He married a widow, a Mrs. Payne, but I know nothing of her. She had a son who died there, a single man. Of this marriage, [of George and Susan (Payne) Vatcher] there were three girls. On the death of Mr. Vatcher, in the late sixties, the girls were brought to Burgeo, or rather, an uncle went to Grand Bruit for them. Martha went to live with her Uncle Stephen. She died of consumption at the age of 20. Susanna went with her Uncle Manuel and later married James Rose. She died in or about 1902, leaving a family. Her husband predeceased her by quite a few years; he was drowned. Phoebe went to live with Uncle Joseph. She later married Thomas Bungay, who died as long as 1859, leaving the widow with one boy, George, and a girl, Martha. Martha died away, I think at Gloucester, Massachusetts, from where George was sailing. Mrs. Bungay later married William Rose, of Samuel; both are still living at Burgeo and have a daughter married at Halifax.

Next comes Uncle Manuel Vatcher. He married Susan Matthews on the 20th of September 1851. I have given an account of this family before, when writing up Vatcher's Island. Mr. Manuel Vatcher was a smart and ambitious man. He always wanted to be one of the first, like his brother Stephen.

Joseph [Vatcher] was the last and youngest of Grandmother's sons. He was married, late in life, to Martha Gore. Uncle Joseph died in 1912, an old man. They had two children, Ella and Joseph. The latter died very young of consumption. Ella married Leonard Hare. There were by this marriage two boys, Joseph and James. Mrs. [Ella] Hare died some years ago of the fatal disease, consumption. Leonard was married a second time to Mary J. Gunnery, a widow. There was no family of this second marriage. Leonard was lost with his son, James, on the County Richmond, as I have before mentioned. Joseph is in the States.

I now take up the daughters of Grandmother Vatcher. Deborah married James Rose, who came here as a young man from Grand Banks. Mrs. Deborah Rose died before 1860; he in 1880. They had as family: Samuel, Richard, James, George, Dinah and Martha. Samuel married Jane Keeping of West Burgeo. He died twenty years ago. Mrs. Jane Rose is living with her daughter in Boston. Three girls were married in Bay St. George. All are living and have good homes.

William, son of Samuel Rose, is living here still. He married, as before mentioned, widow Phoebe Bungay.

Another daughter [of Grandmother Vatcher's], Mary, married Uncle William Matthews. She was dead before 1860 and he was married again to Susan Dicks, widow, as before mentioned. By this marriage were John, William, Martha, Emmanuel, Richard, and the twins, Thomas and Mary Ann. William left Burgeo and went away somewhere, I think, with the Wilson's of New Brunswick, long before 1860. John, our old friend, as I have before mentioned, married Fanny Dicks and the account and names of this family I have given before on the Dicks side of the house. Martha [daughter of William and Mary (Vatcher) Matthews] went to live at St. John's before 1860 with the Sawyers. Mr. Sawyer was the Customs Officer at Burgeo. Martha later married and went to Boston where I met her in 1867. She only paid one visit after leaving here; that was in 1864. Richard went to Western Point and married a daughter of John Anderson. They had some family, however, I know nothing of them. He was drowned in deep water with another man some years ago. The widow married, went to St. John's to live. Emmanuel went to Channel to live and married Annie Evans. They had no family. Twenty-five years ago, they moved to New Glasgow, Nova Scotia. Both were still alive a few years ago. Thomas, as before mentioned, married Sarah Vatcher. They went to Channel where they lived for some years, then to North Sydney where he was killed in an accident. Mary Ann was a teacher at Ramea for some years. She then married Captain William Buffett, a widower. She has been living in the States since 1906, where she went to take a position as housekeeper. This covers the family of Mary Vatcher, later Matthews.

Martha, daughter of Grandmother Vatcher, married John Caines on December 17th, 1850. Mr. Caines came here from Lamaline. John and Martha were cousins. They had a large family. James and George are still living. Thomas and John died as men, of consumption. Caroline, Deborah, Phoebe, and Martha were the daughters. Of these children, we find that James married Jane Collier, daughter of Charles. They have only one son living, Lewis, who has lived at Sydney for the last ten years. He married first, a daughter of Captain John Vatcher. She only lived a few years and died of consumption, leaving two boys. One of the boys died of fever. Aubrey is still here with the Grandparents. Lewis' second wife was a daughter of Philip Filleul. George married his cousin Harriet, daughter of Uncle Manuel Vatcher. They are living here in the Reach. They have a good family who, I think, are all living yet. The oldest is Susie, who is a widow, with two boys. Her husband, Henry, as I mentioned before, was lost at sea. Ivy married William Kinslow of Red Island, where they are still living. Martha married Ward Matthews, of William, of John, of William. They are having a good family. John is still single (but not for long). He served in the war and was wounded, which impedes him from too much labour. He was appointed 'Tide Waiter' in 1923. He owns a house on the Cross Road. George, Joseph, and a younger sister are still living at home. Sarah married Stanley Crewe of Deer Island.

Now we come to the daughters of John Caines' family. Caroline married William Davidge. She died of consumption and left two girls and three boys who are in the West, married. One daughter, Phyllis, married William Anderson. They are living on Bobbett's Island. Deborah [Caines] married Hugh Matthews. She died many years ago of consumption and left two or three girls who went away to the States after their father married again. There are also three sons. Thomas was drowned with W. H. Matthews in a schooner of John Penny & Sons, going to Bay of Islands over twenty-five years ago. Reuben (Rupert) went away to sea and sailed on big ships. During the war he became a commander in the American Navy. After the war, he bought land in the South, married and has settled down there. Ernest, the last of the family, married and lives at Sydney. He has a large family. Phoebe [Caines] married Alfred Davidge and they raised a family. I think there are two girls and three boys. Freeman was a soldier in a Canadian Regiment and was wounded. The others were of a ________; in fact, all of them. One daughter, at Sydney, married a son of Jim Taylor, once of Burgeo. The last girl is with them at Halifax where they moved four years ago. Martha married Joseph Gunnery who was lost on the Bankss with Skipper Johnny Vatcher in 1900. She married again at Lamaline to a cousin. There was no family by the marriage. John married Susie Crewe of Deer Island, daughter of William Crewe. He built or bought a store owned by John Steer and made a fine house out of it. They had quite a family of boys and girls. They moved to Sydney a few years ago. I have forgotten the names of the family members. This now covers the family of Martha Caines, nee Vatcher.

The last of Grandmother Vatcher's family is Phoebe, who first married a Mr. Hibbert. This marriage took place in or about 1857 or 1858. Mr. Hibbert was drowned at a place known as Little Gut, west of Little Barrasway. There were two others drowned at the same time: Mr. Benmore and person named Critch, the operator of the Telegraph Company. Mr. Benmore was bookkeeper with Newman and Company. This was August 1859. The writer was at Burgeo at this date. Mrs. [Phoebe (Vatcher)] Hibbert later married William Hare, of James. Both have died within the last ten years. They left a good family. The first was William, who married Susie Dominy. They also had a family, two boys and five girls. The second son died in Scotland. Harvey was a soldier and died of diphtheria. Of the girls, one is at Halifax, one married, two are here teaching. Kenneth married a Green of Our Harbour and is living at Halifax. He was also in the Navy during the war. Carrie, of the first marriage of Phoebe, married Fred Somerton, once our teacher, now a magistrate for the last six years at Trinity. James married his cousin, Harriet Caines. They have a family of two boys, Victor and Rupert, and one daughter, Martha, who married Reuben Somerton. They live up North somewhere and the daughter of this family married a constable from St. John's. Now this covers the children of William, Susie, James, the other sisters, and the last of the Grand and Great Grandchildren of Grandmother Vatcher, of Martha Caines, nee Vatcher.

Next we come to John Matthews, son of Uncle William, who married Fanny Dicks, daughter of Henry Dicks. They were married in the fifties and are not recorded in the first Register, of which I am making use. I have given an account of their family under Aunt Fanny's family. Hence, there is no need to do it again.

Next we come to Charles Bungay who came from Sagona. He married Mary Hare, sister of the Furby's Harbour families. Charles married in 1846. They has as family: Maria; Thomas; John, my old servant for years; George; and Edward. Mrs. Bungay and Maria died in the early seventies. The family was broken up and homes found for the boys. Thomas married Phoebe Vatcher, now Mrs. William Rose. He built in the Reach, but did not live many years. He left three children. One died a young boy, say six years of age. George, in the States, I have mentioned before under Phoebe's name as Vatcher. John [son of Charles and Mary (Hare) Bungay] married here to Isabella Warren. They had one child. Isabella, the wife, died. The daughter grew up and went West somewhere. John, some years after, went to Rose Blanche and married a widow. He died four years ago.

Next we come to old Uncle William Matthews who first married Mary Vatcher. I have mentioned this family before. His second wife was Susan [Anderson] Dicks. William and Susan married before 1860. Aunt Susan, as she was known to all, lived to a very great age. She was an Anderson, sister to the late John and William who lived on the SandBankss. She died in 1915. William and Susan had two children, Hugh and Susanna, both still living. Hugh first married Deborah Caines. This has before been mentioned and their family details given. His second wife was a widow Anderson. Susanna married Joseph Matthews, of Joseph. He has been dead these fifteen years or more. William, Thomas, and Mrs. John Matthews represent this family as does Harriet, who married Leonard Leach at St. Catherine's. This covers the families of those marriages.

James Rose comes next. As I said before, he came from Grand Banks and married Deborah, daughter of Grandmother Vatcher. I have not fully mentioned the children of the family except for Samuel and his offspring. Richard married Jane Ford, who is still living at Halifax. Richard died there last year, 1924, age 80. He was an old aged pensioner. They lived with their son, Captain Dickey. John, a brother of the above, went to Channel, got caught with others in the country deer killing and perished near Margaree. Matilda married Alex Guy. He has long been dead, but she is still living at Channel with a son-in-law.'54 Dinah married Captain William Buffett; both died years ago.

Next we come to Uncle Stephen Vatcher. His family I have fully mentioned before under the wife and his name.

John Caines' house comes next. Also I have fully written about this.

George Hunt lived further up the Reach. He came from Ramea and married Harriet Chevalier of West Burgeo. They had only one child, a girl. George died in 1866 of consumption. The widow, Harriet, went home to live with her own people in West Burgeo. This family [the Chevaliers] moved to Sydney in the eighties. They are all now dead, I believe. Mr. Chevalier was born at Arichat, Nova Scotia. He went from there to St. Pierre, no doubt with his people, some of whom lived there in the early sixties. I know of one sister and there were perhaps others.

The next residence is the Parsonage, where we find Reverend John Cunningham and family. The Parsonage was first occupied by the former Rector, Mr. Blackmore. Whether he had it built or whether it was ready built when he came, I have never heard.

I must take up the few remaining families of Burgeo before going to Upper Burgeo and will say before doing so that on the South side of the main road, from opposite the Old Parsonage to the house and land owned now by W. J. Matthews, there was not one building except near the water of Furby's Harbour and that was the house of Charles Le Roux.

Charles Le Roux was from Fortune Bay. He married _______ Bungay, I presume before coming here, since there is no record of it after 1840. He was a large powerful man but fell and was injured, an injury from which he never recovered. However, he lived up into the early seventies and fished when he could. Had he been a well man, no fisherman would have been better off than him. They had as family, two sons, John and Charles, and three daughters, Grace, Dolly, and Sarah. Charles was lost at sea. Charles died. He had been married at Sydney. Grace married Manuel Harris of Port-aux-Basques. Dolly married Francis Touzel, a Jerseyman. Sarah married Philip Ereaut, another Jerseyman, who came to the country in 1860 when he was still a boy, to work on the old "Jersey Room" of Nicolle and Company. Later, he worked for De Gruchy, Renouf, Clement and Company. He died only a few years ago, leaving a good estate, which is now being used by the widow. He was a very quiet man. By this marriage there were two girls and two boys. George was lost as sea in a vessel belonging to the late Thomas Moulton. Philip was a clerk with Clement & Company. Both boys were unmarried. One daughter, Elizabeth, is living with her mother. Gussie married Ambrose Sheppard. He is from Harbour Grace but is living here now. Dolly (Mrs. Touzel) had as family three daughters, all of whom became school teachers. One married a Methodist teacher and moved to Halifax five years ago. Another, Ida, is still teaching at Rose Blanche. She married an Elliot at Harbour Breton. Lennie is working at Halifax. She married Will Eliott.

The next house we find vacant in 1860. It then belonged to Newman & Company but Samuel Prosser had lived there with this family until he was drowned in December, a few years before. He was one of the skippers of the "Old Room" for Nicolle and Company. He went to Rose Blanche to carry supplies to the planters. I do not know how he lost his life but I think I have heard that the vessel and all hands went down. The widow and the family moved to New Harbour later, say in 1864. Jabez, our old friend, returned and served Manuel Vatcher as a shoreman for some time, then married Elizabeth Eavis of Ramea. She was a servant with our old friend and neighbour, Christopher Thomas Matthews. A brother, Enoch Prosser, remained. He married Emily Dominy of Deer Island. A sister, name unknown, also married at New Harbour. Another married at Cul de Sac. Enoch died long ago and his widow married again. Jabez made his home and brought up a family. He built the house now owned by William Foote. Ten years ago, poor old Jabez fell dead near the harbour one day while he was wandering around. Widow Elizabeth Prosser went to New York four years ago and lives with her sons, Samuel and William. The daughter married Thomas Anderson, son of Robert, and moved to Sydney. Hence, the family name is gone from Burgeo.

The Samuel Prosser home fell into the hands of De Gruchy, Renouf and Company and was sold by them to Philip Ereaut senior. It was all rebuilt and made into a nice large home. Old James Payne, who had lived under the "Lookout", later lived in the old Prosser home for some years, in fact, until he went to Ramea.

We now come to a nice little cottage close to the road leading to the "Old Room". This was owned and occupied by Charlie Samways, an Englishman. Mrs. Samways, before her marriage to Charles, was a widow having been married only a very short time to a Mr. Eales [*Caleb J.]. Eales lost his life under most distressing circumstances. They were on their way home to Jersey. On the passage the vessel met another ship in distress. Mr. Eales had volunteered to go as a hand in the boat to take the crew off the distressed vessel. Unfortunately, in the process, Mr. Eales was drowned. Later Mrs. Eales was landed in Jersey, a widow. She returned to Newfoundland and no doubt went to live with her people again at West Point. I think Thomas Anderson was her father. Mr. Eales had been a clerk with Newman & Company. I also find his name very often in the Church Record as a witness to marriages.

Mr. and Mrs. Samways were married at LaPoile where he was employed as a smith. Later he came to Burgeo and built one of the prettiest cottages ever seen here and opened a business for himself. They had one son, George, and daughters, Valentia and Amelia. Mr. and Mrs. Samways have long been dead. George and the sisters lived together in the little home and he came, when quite young, to work in the shop belonging to the father of the writer. Here he remained for many years. Later he went to St. John's and was for quite a while with the Royal Stores. George married a St. John's lady, then came here and joined his brother-in-law, John Matthews, who was carrying on a general business. His wife did not enjoy good health and he took her to Bermuda but the change did not cure her. Later they returned to St. John's but she did not live long. George, after this, returned to Burgeo and went into business with Aunt Debbie Matthews. He married the daughter and the business later fell into the hands of himself and his wife. They are still continuing, I believe, under the same name, Matthews and Samways. George, in the year 1900, bought out Penny & Sons. They have a nice large family, three of them young women and a son, George, off working and no doubt doing well, being very handy and industrious.

Amelia [Samways] married our old friend, John Matthews, who passed away. After his death, she married Ex-Sergeant Kelland. By the first marriage, there was one son, Rupert, a fine man. He grew up a general favourite with everybody. He was a great genius, had the first motor engine and started the business in Burgeo. He married Theresa Vatcher and they had two children, both girls. He very suddenly gave out, was sick only a few months. He died leaving his business and property to his wife who carried it on. It is now being conducted by W. J. Matthews. Mrs. Amelia Matthews later married in Boston, where she has resided since 1920.

Valentia [Samways] married our friend, John Colback, a Jerseyman, who come out in the late sixties to LaPoile as a smith to the firm of De Gruchy, Renouf, Clement and Company. He soon came to Burgeo as a smith for the Burgeo Room. A few years after this, they removed to Belleoram and remained there for some years. He then returned to Burgeo and built an up-to-date forge and a nice home. In the eighties the Colbacks made a trip to Jersey but returned and he is still at his work in a smaller forge. He is a great genius, does all kinds of brass and metal work, and is a gunsmith who cannot be beat. Mrs. Colback has enjoyed very poor health for many years. They have no family but "adopted" while at Belleoram, Susie Tibbo. Susie, in 1917, married Captain George Dicks, of Philip. The Dicks have a nice family.

I cannot close this account of the Samways family without adding that Mr. and Mrs. [Charles] Samways were particularly nice people. The writer, along with other young friends in the sixties was always welcome at their home. We had many pleasant (and select) parties in the happy days of long ago. Miss Valentia and Miss Amelia were particularly nice girls. They were fine singers, and along with Mr. [John] Colback, who had a tenor voice, sat in our choir for years.

We next come to a house owned by the "Old Jersey Room" of Nicolle & Company. Here we find James Leary, a cooper from St. John's, employed by Nicolle & Company. He, with his family, moved to Channel, and later to Bay of Islands. This house was built in the forties by John B. Cox, the merchant, for his father and mother. However, shortly thereafter Mr. Cox sold his "Room" to Newman & Company and went to Prince Edward Island. The old people went to Upper Burgeo and lived and died with Lambert Forward senior, whose wife was a daughter of old Mr. and Mrs. Cox. The house was sold to Nicolle & Company and then occupied by the first Doctor, one Morris of St. John's. As mentioned, he had left Burgeo before 1860. The house was bought in 1866 by Mr. [Francis] Parsons, the Sub Collector, who died in 18_ leaving Mrs. [Charlotte] Parsons and Miss Ellen Parsons. At their death, it was sold to Mr. P.[Philip] Filleul, who still occupies it at this date.

In the next house, near the water, we find Esau Rhymes and his family. Mr. Rhymes was an Englishman, employed by Newman & Company and was one of their best skippers. He was master of the Eagle, a vessel of sixty tons that was built at the "Old Room". It was a real packet between here and Harbour Breton, carrying goods and fish all the season between the two places. Skipper Esau was a fine, smart old fellow when the writer came here. He was married to Ann Saunders in Burgeo, by Mr. Blackmore, 23rd September 1847. I do not know who Mrs. Rhymes was, but presume she came here with some of the Hares from Fortune Bay. They had quite a family of girls and one son, John, who died a young man many years ago. I knew him well. Eliza is the only one remaining of this family. She married Lambert Clothier. One daughter, if not two was drowned in the Pond here. James Rhymes' house stands today where the old one was located.

There was one other house in Furby's Harbour. It was occupied by one Rendall, a servant of Nicolle & Company. They moved to Gaultois shortly after 1860. I know nothing of this family, except John, who was the carpenter who built the Church.

Out on the west side of the Point n we find Benjamin Cook, who was known as and called "The Master of Voyage" for Nicolle & Company. He moved to Gaultois one year after the "Room" closed. That was in 1862. His first wife was Charlotte Hardy of Richard's Harbour. She came here as a servant to Mrs. Dawe of the Old Room. They were married July 24th, 1848. There were two girls by this marriage, Sarah and Maria. Sarah married at Gaultois and later moved to St. John's, where her husband died. She then went to Halifax. Maria married George Ball of Rencontre. Mrs. Charlotte Cook died and the "Skipper", as he was called, married Honore Prosser, a daughter of Samuel Prosser. She was a widow and the mother of Mr. John Peters, who died at Rencontre last year. John was a fine person. He has a daughter living here still, Mrs. Matty Beauchamp. This house was formerly owned by John Anderson, who sold it to Nicolle & Company when he moved to Western Point. It was taken down long ago by Henry Clement.

Now we come to the Old Room where I find Robert Dawe, the manager. Mr. Dawe was a married man whose family consisted of Robert, Dan, Sampson, James, and Elizabeth. The Dawes left Burgeo in September 1861 and went to Dartmouth, England. Mr. and Mrs. Cunningham visited them there when they went home in 1884. The name of the manager who succeeded Dawe was James Watkins, a single man. The bookkeeper was John Calland; the clerk in the shop was Edward Gallop, who some years after became the agent at Gaultois; and the storekeeper was William Pooke. This Room closed down on September 10th, 1862. Everything was taken to Gaultois. Most of the dealers came to Bowley & Small, as did some of the old hands. In 1864, the "Room" was sold to a newly formed company in Jersey, De Gruchy, Renouf, Clement & Company. Then [John] Filleul, the former agent for Nicolle & Company took charge, with Mr. Le Motty as bookkeeper and Mr. Ward as clerk.

In the last house, we find John Moore, an Englishman, a servant at the Old Room. He married Jane Anderson of West Point, a sister of Mrs. Samways. They had a family of four boys, two of whom were George and Levi. The names of the other two I have forgotten. They upset a punt in the Western Bight and both drowned. George died. Levi hung around here for some years and bought a schooner with John Matthews. He later went to British Columbia. That is the last we heard of him. Mrs. [Jane] Moore died of consumption and the old man got a housekeeper. He died twenty five years ago. That's the end of this family.

This was the only house at Muddy Hole before 1860. How long before, I cannot say, but in the early fifties, James Keeping, the father of Richard Keeping, now living at Ramea, lived there. Now, in 1925, Muddy Hole is a small town.



Transcribed by Bill Crant, Elmsdale, NS Canada

Page Revised: February - 2003 (Don Tate)

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