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


OLD JERSEY ROOM AND VICINITY

We leave Small's Island and take up the old Jersey Room of Nicolle & Company, which I have mentioned before. In 1860 Mr. Filleul was the agent and our old friend, Mr. Middleton, the bookkeeper. Lawrence Mason was clerk and Robert Luce storekeeper. This was a splendid compact business Room and at this date, 1860, a large trade was carried on. Much fish was exported, some direct, and more to LaPoile where it was loaded onboard vessels.

Joseph Strange sailed the schooner Eugene, a regular packet, weekly or tri weekly, to LaPoile. Mr. Strange was an Englishman who married Sarah Matthews. They had no family. In 1871 they moved to England, to Hazelberry Byron, his home. There they took over his father's estate, a farm, and ran a successful operation. They have both been dead since 1880. Mr. Strange, in his will, left a sum of money to George Matthews of Collier's Island. George was a nephew of Mrs. Strange and was brought up by them.

Next, and nearby the Jersey Room, we come to old John Anderson and his large family of sons and two daughters. This man came from Fortune with his Jackboat and family and planted himself at Dragon, Hermitage Bay, long before the writer was born, perhaps. The date of his coming here and building on the Southwest of the "Lookout" is unknown. Even the eldest sons had no conception of dates or time, being, all of them, of very low order mentally. Mrs. Anderson's name was Johanna. This family consisted of nine sons and two daughters. All of them except George, known as Bookkeep, and the two daughters, were born elsewhere than Burgeo. Grace, Mrs. Clothier, is yet alive. Robert died in or about 1912 and left a widow who soon followed him. She was a daughter of Aaron Shuter, who died before the writer came. John, my old servant for many years, died twenty-five years ago. His wife was a widow of Chesley Clothier. There were no children by this marriage, which took place at Fox Island long ago. There was quite a large family and they intermarried and are living here or dead. Mrs. Clothier died twenty years ago. Both are buried at the Methodist Cemetery. James [Anderson] lived and died at Fox Island. I know nothing of him since he died before 1860. Charles [Anderson] went to Rose Blanche and married. He died ten years ago. I know nothing of him. Thomas [Anderson] lived near the old man on the Point. He was married to a Melbourne of King's Harbour. They had no family. She died in the eighties; he, say 1900. He had a second wife, Mary Coley. Thomas and Mary had two children, one of whom is still living here. Isaac [Anderson] married, in 1861, a widow named Hare and had some family. Both have long been dead. Elias [Anderson] married Mary Shuter. They had no family. Both are dead; Mr. Anderson only two years ago. Eli [Anderson] died in, say 1912. His first wife was a Clarke. There was a daughter by this marriage, now a widow of Philip Anderson. His second wife was a [Crant] Grant. They lived in the Reach. They had quite a family. Two of the boys are living here. Eli Anderson was a servant of mine for years. The last, and I think the youngest, [of old John Anderson's children], was George. He died long ago. The descendants of this old couple are numerous as can be seen by the Church Register and the List of Voters.

We find old Mrs. Shuter living on this Point with her son Aaron at this date, i.e. 1860. Later Aaron went to Rose Blanche. There he married and had one child, a girl. He was drowned there [at Rose Blanche] a year or so after being married. The daughter came here, to an aunt, and married Joe Clarke. She died some years ago. There is now no one left of the Shuter family. The first of that family had been an Englishman or Jerseyman, who lived where John Pinel has his home. However, he died before 1865 from an injury received while working for Nicolle and Company, getting ballast in King's Harbour.

 

 

Transcribed by Bill Crant, Elmsdale, NS Canada

Page Revised: February - 2003 (Don Tate)

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