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 Post subject: A Squires Harbour Grace Tale
 Post Posted: Sun Dec 01, 2013 8:06 pm 
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Based on my research this year, the following story came together in September of this year.

William Curtis Squires was from Broad Cove North (Bay de Verde District). He married Harriet Parsons from Bears Cove, Harbour Grace. They had at least three children: Robert Arthur(b.1875 and d.1900 in St. John's), Allan Parsons(b.1877) and Charles Gregory(b.1880). All were baptised in the Methodist Church in Harbour Grace. The family lived in Bears Cove, Harbour Grace. William was the son of Gregory Squires(b.1821) Broad Cove North. When Harriet died Nov 28 1890, she was described as the wife of the late William Squires so I know that William died some time before Nov 28 1890. Harriet's funeral was held at the residence of Alex Squires who also lived in Bears Cove in 1890. Could Alex Squires be related to William?

A girl named Amelia Davis Hippisley found a Squires to be her husband. John Squires and Amelia had a least four children: George Gregory(b.1875), Child Squires(name and gender not given b.1877), Beaton Hall(b.1881), and Neal(c.1882). Amelia Hippisley(c.1845) was the daughter of George Hippisley and Louisa Parsons. The family lived in Carbonear and Louisa was a Parsons from Bears Cove, Harbour Grace. Chances are that Amelia and Harriet Parsons(wife of William Squires) were related.

Beaton Hall Squires was a prominent Newfoundlander. He went to the U.S. and was a Harvard University graduate with a BA and LL.B degree. He loved football and was All-American tackle in 1905 (his senior year) for his Harvard team. As a senior in 1905, Beaton Hall Squires was also selected as the captain of the Harvard football team. This was the first time a citizen of a country other than the United States received the honor. He also coached a football team while practising law in Boston. He moved to Canada in 1913 to practice law in Saskatoon and became one of Canada's most successful lawyers.

John Squires became the Reverend John Squires of the Congregational Church in Harbour Grace. His son George Gregory immigrated to the U.S. in 1900 and also became a clergyman. His petition for naturalization was witnessed by his brother Beaton Hall Squires. In case you are wondering, the Child Squires born to John and Amelia became known as Reverend Charles W. Squires, a U.S. citizen. He immigrated in 1917 and was a Presbyterian Pastor in Lynn, Massachusetts. On his immigration papers he had "Uncle Alexander" listed as his relative in the country he came from. Son Neal also immigrated to the U.S. in 1901. After Rev. John retired from the Clergy, he along with Amelia immigrated to the U.S. in 1915. On John Squires immigration papers from 1917, the next-of-kin is listed as "Brother Alexander". They lived with Neal in 1920 in Wellesley, Norfolk, Massachusetts and in 1921 lived in Needham, Mass.. Amelia died Nov 23 1926 and Rev. John Squired died in 1932. They are buried in the New Wapping Cemetery in Connecticut.

On Jan 10, 1874 Alexander Squires married Henrietta Hippisley in Harbour Grace. Yes, just like Rev. John Squires, Alexander married a daughter of George and Louisa Hippisley. On Dec 18, 1889 Alexander Squires married Sarah A. Comer of Harbour Grace. It was recorded on the marriage record that " Rev. John Squires was the groom's brother."

A 1904 Directory lists Alexander's father as Gregory. The 1921 census has Alexander Squires living in Harbour Grace and born about 1852 in Broad Cove BDV (Bay de Verde). He was living with his niece Helena Squires (born about 1904) in Ponds Cove FB.
I knew that if the father of Helena was the son of Gregory Squires(b.1821) this would put it all together. I discovered that "Ponds" Cove was in error and the actual place was Pool's Cove, Fortune Bay. On May 9 1888 Henry Thomas Squires married Mary Ann Bamberry in Pool's Cove, Fortune Bay. The officiating clergy at the marriage was, of course, Rev. John Squires. Henry Thomas Squires was indeed a son of Gregory Squires.

William Curtis Squires and John Squires were known to be sons of Gregory Squires of Broad Cove North. Now we have more than just the fact they were born. Alexander Squires has now been discovered as the unknown son of Gregory and a brother to William and John.

This story has not yet ended. It should be mentioned that Alexander Squires was married three times. On Jan 25 1879 Alexander Squires married Sydney Jane Anderson at "Fruitland" Harbour Grace, the residence of the bride's mother. Sydney Jane was the only daughter of the late Richard Anderson Esq.. Alexander and Sydney Jane had a son born on Jan 18 1880. Sadly, Sydney Jane died less than eight months later on Sep 7 1880.

Richard Anderson Squires was the only son of Alexander and Sydney Jane Squires. He later became Sir Richard Anderson Squires, Prime Minister of Newfoundland 1919-1923 and 1928-1932.

I do not know why the three Squires brothers left their small fishing village to live in the larger community of Harbour Grace. Perhaps the reason was simply to hope to have a better quality of life. I think they did OK.


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