Monthly Archives: January 2013

John MacKenzie and Isobella Ross

Still very much neck-deep in my Scottish ancestors.  I think it was the haggis I ate last week.

I recently wrote about Dr. Alexander Forrest (1806-1875) my 3x great-grandfather who was born in Cambusnethan Parish, Lanarkshire, Scotland.  His wife was Barbara Ross MacKenzie (1805 – 1880).  She was born in Nigg Parish, Ross-shire, Ross and Cromarty, Scotland, in a place called Culnauld.  Culnauld was a former estate.

MacKenzie Clan Tartan

MacKenzie Clan Tartan

The “History of the Munros of Fowlis” by A. Mackenzie, notes:

The estate of Culnauld, parish of Nigg, was bequeathed to Andrew Munro (??-1580) by his father.  He was granted “half of the lands and town of Nig, and half the alehouse and its croft, with the keeping of the place and Manor of Nig.”

The careful reader may note that the Munro family and the Forrest family would go on to have quite a close relationship.  It’s possible it had its roots long ago in Scotland.

Barbara’s parents were John MacKenzie and Isobella Ross.  John was a weaver.  I was able to find several birth records for John and Isobella in the Scottish National Archives.  The first record showed the births of three children, Hugh, Margaret, and John:

McKenzie & Ross Births, Culnauld, Nigg Parish, Ross and Cromarty, Scotland

McKenzie & Ross Births, Culnauld, Nigg Parish, Ross and Cromarty, Scotland

Hugh MacKenzie lawful son to John McKenzie, Weaver, Culnault & Isobella Ross his spouse, born 20th May 1798.

Margaret MacKenzie lawful daughter to John McKenzie, Weaver, Culnault & Isobella Ross his spouse, born 19th March 1800.

John MacKenzie lawful son to John McKenzie, Weaver, Culnault, & Isobella Ross, his spouse born 29th June 1803.

The next child was Barbara Ross:

BarbaraRossMcKenzieBirth1802_zoom

Barbara Ross McKenzie birth record

Barbara Ross MacKenzie, lawful daughter to John McKenzie, Weaver, Culnault & Isobella Ross his spouse, born 3rd Jun 1805.

Unfortunately, the John MacKenzie born in 1803 must have died in infancy, because the next child born was also named John MacKenzie:

John McKenzie Birth Record

John McKenzie birth record

John MacKenzie lawful son to John MacKenzie, Weaver, Culnault, and Isobella Ross, his spouse, born 16th March 1809.

There is a birth record listing a child, John L.S. MacKenzie born in Cromarty Parish [i.e. not Nigg Parish] on 17 Oct 1814 and baptized on 19 Oct 1814.  The father, John MacKenzie, is listed as a “mason” [i.e. not a weaver], and the mother is “Isobel Ross” [i.e. not Isobella], so I’m skeptical about it.  It’s possible John changed professions, but it seems unlikely.  I’ve removed this entry from my tree, but I’m mentioning it here to be thorough.

John McKenzie birth record

John McKenzie birth record

There is a census from 1841, Nigg Parish, which lists a John MacKenzie and his wife Isobella.  John is listed as weaver (actually some kind of loom worker), but the birth dates for him and his wife are not realistic if one considers that their first son was born in 1798.  It says John was born in 1783 and Isobella in 1886, which would have made them 15 and 12 when their first child was born. Still I’ll include it to be thorough in case they were giving younger ages for some reason.  Again, the careful reader will notice the Duff family living next door.  Intriguing.

Nigg Parish Census, 1841

1841 Census, Culnaha, Nigg Parish, Ross and Cromarty, Scotland

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The Archives of Nancy Prescott Forrest

There are goldmines, and then there are goldmines…

I just found out that the National Archives of Nova Scotia has all the genealogy information collected by my 1st cousin 2x removed Nancy Forrest (1910-2006).  Just reading this is like the “dream wish list” for anyone researching this part of my family.

[Note: I’ve decided to bold the items I have ordered so I can keep track of what I have and what I don’t have yet.]

NSARM    Nancy Prescott Forrest fonds MG 1 – Vols. 315-317 / Accession No. 2007-061
File / item list: MG 1 – Volume 315
1.    Minutes and annual reports for the Old Ladies’ Home in Halifax. – 1869-1878, 1932- 1934. – 3 volumes of textual records
a.    Seventy-third annual report of the Old Ladies’ Home. – 1932-1933. – Halifax : Wm. MacNab & Son. – 1 volume of textual records
b.    Seventy-fourth annual report of the Old Ladies’ Home. – 1933-1934. – Halifax : Wm. MacNab & Son. – 1 volume of textual records

2.    Diary of George Elkanah Morton of Halifax, Nova Scotia. – 1878. – 1 volume of textual records

3.    Ledger used as a scrapbook for poetry, obituaries, and a diary account about the Duff family. – 1881-1896. – 1 volume of textual records
Note:
The item includes a list of passengers for the ship “City of Boston” including several people from Halifax as well as an article on Fairbanks House in New England. The item is accompanied by a book entitled “The deaf and dumb: or, a collection of articles relating to the condition of deaf mutes; their education, and the principal asylums devoted to their instruction. / Edwin John Mann. – 1836. – Boston : D.K. Hitchcock.

4.    Copy of a letter dated October 10, 1853 sent to J.C. Morton from J. Bowes & Son regarding the price for printing a magazine. – [198-]. – 2 leaves of textual records

5.    Copy of a poem entitled “To Brittania’s Queen” composed on the occasion of the
celebration of Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee at Lunenburg, Nova Scotia on June 22,
1897. – June 21, 1897. – 1 leaf of textual records

6.    Poem clipped from the Halifax Herald entitled “The United Nations” by squadron leader G.L. Creed, R.C.A.F. – [May 23, 1941]. – 1 leaf of textual records

7.    Poem clipped from the Halifax Herald entitled “Animal story up-to-date” by squadron
leader G.L. Creed, R.C.A.F. – [1942]. –1 leaf of textual records

8.    Undated speech or short essay on war and as an appeal to Canadians to buy Victory
bonds. – [1939-1945]. – 1 leaf of textual records

9.    Poem clipping from a newspaper entitled “Message from Singapore” by squadron leader G.L. Creed, R.C.A.F. – [1940-1945]. – 1 leaf of textual records

10. Sable Island: graveyard of the Atlantic – known wrecks since 1800 A.D. – n.d. – 1 leaf of
textual records

MG 1 – Volume 316

1.    Album of photographs and letter relating to the CHNS radio station. – 1927-1962. – 1 volume of textual records and 16 photographs

2.    A farewell poem entitled “To all my good friends at CHNS” by Gavin L. Creed. – 1940. – 3 leaves of textual records

3.    Major Borrett’s “Collision at sea: the LaBourgoyne – Cromartyshire” from Tales told under the Old Town Clock. – [bef. 1942]. – 5 leaves of textual records

4.    Maritime Broadcasting Company Limited – significant dates. – 1960. – 14 leaves of textual records

5.    Newspaper clippings relating to the 25th anniversary of the CHNS radio station. – 1951. – 2 leaves of textual records

6.    Poems by G.L. Creed. – 1942. – 1 volume of textual records

Note:    The item was formerly listed at MG 1 – Vol. 316 – No. 14.

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7.    Wild flowers of Canada – Vols. 1-18. – [ca. 1895]. – Montreal : Montreal Star. – 18 volumes of textual records

MG 1 – Volume 317

1.    Portrait of Sir Walter Scott and five engravings in illustration of the pirate for the members of the Royal Association for Promotion of the Fine Arts in Scotland. – 1871. – 1 volume of textual records

Accession 2007-061    Volume 001

Nancy Forrest personal materials. – 1907-2005. – 12 cm of textual records 1.    Biographical materials. – 1910-1945. – 1 folder of textual records

2.    Personal correspondence A – J. – 1950-2001. – 1 folder of textual records
Ancestry Research Service (G. McPhail). – April 25, 1987. – 1 leaf of textual records

Billard, Lewis G. (Dartmouth Heritage Society – Dartmouth, Nova Scotia). – March    7, 1993. – 1 leaf of textual records

Bernard, Margaret (Sydney, Nova Scotia). – n.d. – 1 leaf of textual records

Campbell, Jessie B. (Wolfville, Nova Scotia). – 1968. – 3 leaves of textual records

Chaffe, Joe B. (Clovis, California). – 1974-1975. – 3 leaves of textual records

Collins, Pat (Chatham, New York). – 1997-2001. – 24 leaves of textual records

Conrod, Hugh (Dartmouth, Nova Scotia). – January 30, 1972. – 1 leaf of textual records

Corston, John (Halifax, Nova Scotia). – January 27, 1967. – 1 leaf of textual records

Coutermarsh, Lou (Newport, New Hampshire). – December 16, 1967. – 3 leaves of textual records

Coward, Jean (Halifax, Nova Scotia). – March 7, 1963. – 1 leaf of textual records

Creighton, Isabel (Dartmouth, Nova Scotia). – June 16, 1980. – 1 leaf of textual records

Dartmouth Heritage Museum (Dartmouth, Nova Scotia). – 1971. – 3 leaves of textual records

Dartmouth Historical Association (Carmen F. Moir). – March 4, 1993. – 2 leaves of textual records

Farrell, Harriet (Quincy, Massachusetts). – n.d. – 1 leaf of textual records

Forrest, Agatha (Harrison, New York). – June 4, 1968. – 1 leaf of textual records

Forrest, Major John B. “Jack” (Fayetteville, North Carolina). – 1972-1973. – 3 leaves of textual records

Geldart, Dorothy (Houston, Texas). – January 1969. – 1 leaf of textual records

Gosley, George S. (Dartmouth Heritage Museum – Dartmouth, Nova Scotia). – 1972-1973. – 9 leaves of textual records

Heighton, Ernest (Dalhousie University – Halifax, Nova Scotia). – January 11, 1978. – 2 leaves of textual records

Hindmarch, Mr. & Mrs. J.T. (Ferryhill, England). – December 1950. – 1 leaf, 1 envelope of textual records. – 1 object

James, Edith M. (Halifax, Nova Scotia). – January 15, 1981. – 3 leaves of textual records

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3.    Personal correspondence K – Z. – 1917-2005. – 1 folder of textual records

Kent, Sue and Gordon (Halifax, Nova Scotia). – November 27, 2002. – 2 leaves of textual records

MacLean, Donald Forrest. – July 25, 2005. – 1 leaf of textual records

MacLeod, Ina (New Glasgow, Nova Scotia). – 1974. – 3 leaves of textual records

Marsters, Elizabeth (Dartmouth, Nova Scotia). – December 14, 1973. – 1 leaf of textual records

McGuire, Mac (Rochester, New York). – 1988. – 5 leaves of textual records

Nova Scotia Department of Recreation. – December 17, 1973. – 1 leaf of textual records

Pelissier, Helen. – n.d. – 1 leaf of textual records

Public Archives of Nova Scotia (Halifax, Nova Scotia). – 1971-1972. – 4 leaves of textual records

Robinson, Marguerite E. (Regina, Saskatchewan). – 1964. – 8 leaves of textual records

Scots Ancestry Research Society (Edinburgh, Scotland). – 1969. – 5 leaves of textual records

Scott, Jessie M. (Trenton, Nova Scotia). – 1985. – 2 leaves of textual records

Sharp, Audrey (Campbellton, New Brunswick). – 2003. – 3 leaves of textual records

Stubbs, Eileen (Mayor of Dartmouth, Nova Scotia). – 1973. – 2 leaves of textual records

Thomas, Josephine (Kissimmee, Florida). – 1980. – 1 leaf of textual records

Whidden, Helen (Milford Station, Nova Scotia). – 1962. – 4 leaves of textual records

Unidentified correspondents. – 1917-1974. – 6 leaves of textual records

4.    Correspondence re: “A Woman’s Place” – Forrest House. – 1977. – 1 folder of textual records

A Woman’ s Place – finance committee. – November 15, 1977. – 2 leaves of textual records

Bradley, Faye. – [ca. 1977]. – 1 leaf of textual records

Forrest, Nancy. – [ca. 1977]. – 1 leaf of textual records

Langmaid, Pat. – November 28, 1977. – 1 leaf of textual records

Point, Ginny. – [ca. 1977]. – 1 leaf of textual records

Scott, Jessie M. (River John, Nova Scotia). – August 17, 1977. – 2 leaves of textual records

Whidden, Helen. – 1977. – 5 leaves of textual records Unidentified correspondents. – 1977-1978. – 5 leaves of textual records

– Gertrude. – August 30, 1977. – 2 leaves of textual records – Ina (New Glasgow). – 1977-1978. – 2 leaves of textual records –

Norah & John. – [ca. 1977]. – 1 leaf of textual records

5.    Miscellaneous family correspondence. – 1907-1958. – 1 folder of textual records

Duff, J.C. – [postmarked September 16, 1907]. – 1 postcard

Forrest, Mrs. Jobena (Thomas) from Oscar and Josephine Thomas. – January 12, 1956. – 3 leaves of textual records

Forrest, Mrs. John from Frances [Mrs. Jobena Forrest]. – Postmarked July 17, 1912. – 1 postcard

Pringle-Pattison, Harry S. – [ca. 1929]. – 1 Christmas card

Webber, Mrs. Ernest from Reginald V. Harris. – March 5, 1958. – 1 leaf of textual records

6.    Daybook. – October 1974-June 1978. – 1 volume of textual records

7.    Daybook. – July 1978-December 1984. – 1 volume of textual records

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8.    Daybook. – January 1985-December 1991. – 1 volume of textual records

9.    Daybook. – January 1999-November 1999. – 1 volume of textual records

10.    Daybook. – June 2000-August 2001. – 1 volume of textual records

11.    Daybook. – August 2001-June 2003. – 1 volume of textual records

12.    Loose diary entries. – 2003-2004. – 1 folder of textual records

13.    Autograph album. – 1926-1932. – 1 volume of textual records

14.    Longfellow birthday book. – 1916-1932. – 1 volume of textual records

15.    Listing of books read. – 1951-1998. – 1 volume of textual records

16.    Diary used as a notebook. – [after 1953]. – 1 volume of textual records

Accession 2007-061    Volume 002
Items removed from a binder of original documents. – 1785-1980. – 12 cm of textual records

1. Certificate of shop attendance for Mr. Alexander Forrest from Thomas Lyle, surgeon, of Glasgow, Scotland. – July 10, 1825. – 2 leaves of textual records
Note:    Item consists of an original and copy.

2. University of Edinburgh diploma of Dr. Alexander Forrest. – December 1827. – 3 leaves of textual records, 1 metal case, 1 seal Letter from R. Macdonald to Alexander Forrest. – April 17, 1830. – 1 leaf of textual records

3. Letter from R. Macdonald to Alexander Forrest. – November 27, 1830. – 1 leaf of textual records Correspondence from Dr. A. Fraser of Lunenburg to Dr. Forrest of New Glasgow. – 1838-1842. – 4 leaves of textual records

4. Deed for the purchase of land near the village of New Glasgow from John McKay to Alexander Forrest. – 1836. – 1 leaf of textual records Letter from Alex McIntyre of Pictou to Dr. Forrest re: a horse and sleigh to go to Blue Mountain. – March 3, 1847. – 1 leaf, 1 envelope of textual records

5. Letter from citizens of New Glasgow to Dr. Forrest re: the leaving of his practice. – July 1853. – 2 leaves of textual records List of individuals in New Glasgow who contributed to the purchase of a gold watch and gold rings for Dr. Forrest and his family upon the leaving of his practice. – November 7, 1853. – 1 leaf of textual records

6. Letter from Rev. William Duff to Dr. Forrest re: cheque for $3000.00 for the church. – August 30, 1866. – 1 leaf, 1 envelope of textual records Letter from Mrs. Catherine (Forrest) Gardner to Dr. A. Forrest. – March 15, 1870. – 1 leaf, 1 envelope of textual records
Letter from John Gardner to Dr. Alexander Forrest. – April 1871. – 1 leaf, 1 envelope of textual records

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13. Letter from James Alexander Forrest of Liverpool, [England] to his cousin, Dr. Alexander Forrest. – September 30, 1873. – 2 leaves of textual records

14. Death notice of Dr. Alexander Forrest from the Presbyterian Witness and Evangelical Advocate – June 26, 1875. – n.d. – 2 leaves of textual records

15. Extract from the Register of Baptisms for the St. Columba Church in Hopewell, Nova Scotia for John Forrest. – March 16, 1914. – 1 leaf of textual records

16. Note re: prize awarded to John Forrest for his studies at F.C. Academy. – 1858-1859. – 1 leaf of textual records

17. Letter to Principal John Forrest from the Bishop of Nova Scotia. – July 4, 1885. – 4 leaves, 1 envelope of textual records
Note:    Includes the original and a copy of the item.

18. Statement of John Forrest in reference to the property of the Lyall heirs. – [ca. 1912]. – 1 leaf of textual records

19. Miss E.B. Wells’ letter to the Committee of the Home for the Aged. – June 1890. – 1 leaf, 1 envelope of textual records

20. Letter to Annie [Forrest] from cousin Ellen re: great grandmother’s coffee pot. – n.d. – 2 leaves of textual records

21. Letters found in a writing desk belonging to Miss Jean Forrest. – 1909. – 2 leaves, 2 envelopes of textual records
Note:    The letters were written from Jane E. Duff to Eleanor and from Eleanor Brown to Jean about the writing desk.

22. A poem “The dismal state of Braco” by A.B.F to Miss Jeanie Forrest. – August 25, 1896.1 leaf of textual records

23. Photograph of Forrest Cottage and a greeting card featuring an image of Forrest Cottage from Harriet Miller. – 1965. – 1 leaf of textual records, 1 photograph : col. ; 9 x 9 cm

24. Fairbanks family history communicated by the late Rufus Fairbanks. – n.d. – 1 leaf of textual records

25. Fairbanks family history. – n.d. – 5 leaves of textual records

26. Family records from the John Prescott Bible. – n.d. – 23 leaves of textual records
Note:    These leaves had been removed from the Bible when they were received by NSARM in 2007. The item includes transcriptions and notes by Nancy Forrest.

27. Wedding certificate for Rufus Fairbanks and Nancy Prescott. – November 17, 1785. – 3 leaves of textual records
Note:    The item includes an original and two copies.

28. Letter written from John Eleazer Fairbanks to his wife, Nancy (Prescott) Fairbanks. – August 13, 1822. – 2 leaves of textual records
Note:    The item includes the original and a typescript of the letter.

29. Letter written from John Eleazer Fairbanks to his wife, Nancy (Prescott) Fairbanks. — September 7, 1822. – 2 leaves of textual records
Note:    The item includes the original and a typescript of the letter.

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30. Letter written from John Eleazer Fairbanks to his wife, Nancy (Prescott) Fairbanks. – August 20, 1825. – 2 leaves of textual records

31. Letter from Lydia Prescott to her sister, Nancy (Prescott) Fairbanks. – June 24, 1823. – 1 leaf of textual records

32. Letter from Wentworth Taylor of Guysbourough to John E. Fairbanks concerning land in Guysborough. – March 23, 1827. – 1 leaf of textual records

33. Will of John E. Fairbanks. – January 1, 1856. – 1 leaf of textual records

34. Recipes of Annie (Fairbanks) Prescott. – n.d. – 2 leaves of textual records

35. Letter from L.F. Norris [formerly Lydia Prescott] to her sister-in-law, Catherine Prescott
about the death of John Prescott. – August 29, 1820. – 6 leaves of textual records
Note:    The item includes the original, a photocopy and a typescript of the letter.

36. Letter to Kate P. Fairbanks of Dartmouth from Martha [?] of Acadia Grove. – October 11, 1838. – 1 leaf of textual records

37. Letter from Mother Fairbanks to Catherine Fairbanks re: travelling to Chester with Martha. – August 24, 1840. – 1 leaf of textual records

38. Letter from John E. Fairbanks at Port Medway to his daughter, Catherine Fairbanks at Woodside. – December 13, 1841. – 1 leaf of textual records

39. Poetry written for the Misses Fairbanks. – May 25, 1842. – 2 leaves of textual records

40. Letter from Jane E. Fairbanks to William Duff prior to their marriage. – [before 1850]. – 1 leaf of textual records

41. Letter from Jane (Fairbanks) Duff to her aunt, Mrs. William Duff. – March 31, 1852. – 1
leaf, 1 envelope of textual records

42. Lock of hair from Kenneth (Duff) Kilgour aged seven months, 11 days. – February 27,
1851. – 1 envelope of textual records

43. Invitation to the funeral of the late Charlotte Duff, wife of Thomas Wylie of Methven. –
June 24, 1872. – 1 leaf of textual records

44. Image of William Duff’s home at Berry Hill outside Perth [Scotland] with Nan Ritchie
sitting in front taken by Aunt Jean. – n.d. – 1 photograph : b&w ; 7 x 11 cm 45. Image of Aunt Kilgour’s home “Stormont House” in Scone [Scotland]. – n.d. – 1
photograph : b&w ; 11 x 16 cm, mounted on paper 16 x 20 cm 46. Annie (Duff) Forrest’s list of wedding presents. – [before 1873]. – 1 leaf of textual
records

47. Certificate of birth for William Duff Forrest (June 2, 1873), son of John Forrest and
Annie (Prescott) Duff. – July 17, 1918. – 1 leaf of textual records

48. Certificate of birth for Jobena Frances Thomas (January 18, 1872), daughter of William George and Margaret (McKenna) Thomas. – August 9, 1940. – 1 leaf of textual records

49. Letter from Willie D. Fairbanks to his Aunt Annie [Duff]. – 1884. – 1 leaf of textual records
Note:    The item will need conservation because it is covered with tape.

50. Poem by M.J.K. entitled “Speak it not lightly, and beware beware!”. – August 26, 1848. – 1 leaf of textual records

51. Poem entitled “To my cousin in the country”. – n.d. – 1 leaf of textual records

52. Poem entitled “Four old ladies”. – n.d. – 1 leaf of textual records

53. Untitled poem with stanzas 2 to 6. – n.d. – 1 leaf of textual records

54. Abstract of title to the Fitzgerald estate. – August 18, 1841. – 2 affixed leaves of textual
records

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55. Letter from Eliza Johnston of Halifax to her aunt, Mrs. John Johnston of St. John, New Brunswick re: St. John fire, the purchase of Sable Island ponies, and her second quarter. – August 26, 1839. – 1 leaf of textual records

56. Letter from E.H. Mitchell, Clam Harbour, to J.W. Johnston. – August 6, 1851. – 1 leaf of textual records

57. Pressed flowers on paper. – n.d. – 2 leaves of graphic materials

58. Valentine’s Day card. – n.d. – 1 leaf of textual records

59. Lecture pamphlet on the subject of Womens’ rights. – n.d. – 1 volume of textual records

60. Pamphlet concerning the memorial funding issued by the Governors of Dalhousie
College to members of the Legislature. – n.d. – 3 leaves of textual records

61. A sermon preached in St. Paul’s Anglican Church in Halifax before the Nova Scotia
Philanthropic Society on the occasion of the nuptials of Queen Victoria and HRH Prince
Albert. – 1840. – 1 volume of textual records

62. Rules and articles of the Hand-in-hand Fire Company instituted 28th day of January, 1789 revised at a special meeting held 10th March 1835. – 1835. – Halifax : John Munro. – 1 volume of textual records

63. Bell Telephone Company of Canada subscriber’s directory – Halifax. – January 1885. –
Halifax, James W. Doley. – 1 volume of textual records

64. Copy of genealogical information about the Gandy family. – n.d. – 1 leaf of textual
records

65. Copy of a letter sent from John MacKenzie to his daughter [Mrs. McNab] in 1831. –
[reproduced 19–]. – 9 leaves of textual records
Note:    Item consists of two copies of the letter and a typescript.

66. Letter to Rev. J. McLeod, Clerk of the Halifax Presbytery, from Dr. McCulloch. – September 16, 1868. – 3 leaves of textual records
Note:    Item includes an original and a copy.

67. Letter from John McKinlay to Mr. Laurence Millar of Green Hill, West River, Pictou County. – January 14, 1826. – 1 leaf of textual records

68. Translation of the letter from John McKinlay to Mr. Laurence Millar of Green Hill, West River, Pictou County prepared by Sister Francis Xavier with a letter from James P. Barnaby. – 2001. – 4 leaves of textual records

69. A recipe for tonic for Henry S. Smith, Esq. – n.d. – 1 leaf of textual records

70. Copy of a letter to G.E. Morton from J. Bowes & Son. – October 10, 1853. – 2 leaves of
textual records

71. Note from Audrey Mahon to Nancy Forrest with enclosed copy of an account of Captain
Seaboyer with A. Forrest dated May 2, 1857. – 1980. – 3 leaves, 1 envelope of textual
records

72. Copy of a letter from W. Bliss Carman to the Rev. John Forrest. – May 17, 1889. – 2
leaves of textual records

73. Notes about and copies of the poems taken from Nancy Forrest’s grandmother’s home “Braco” in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia written by Kate and Annie Fairbanks. – [198-?]. – 15 leaves of textual records

74. Copies of letters, typescripts and notes on the correspondence between John Gardner and Dr. Alexander Forrest 1870-1872. – [reproduced 198-?]. – 18 leaves of textual records

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Accession 2007-061    Volume 003

Family history materials. – 1873-1999. – 30 cm of textual records

1.    Annie Prescott (Duff) Forrest materials. – 1929-1930. – 1 folder of textual records

2.    Jean Fairbanks Forrest materials. – 1900-[1968]. – 1 folder of textual records

3.    Jean Fairbanks Forrest correspondence. – 1908-[1962]. – 1 folder of textual records

4.    Jobena Frances (Thomas) Forrest materials. – 1940-1961. – 1 folder of textual records
File includes correspondence and information on the Victoria General Hospital Nurses’ Alumnae Association, the Old Ladies’ Home, I.O.D.E. and the Registered Nurses’ Association of Nova Scotia.

5.    Rev. John Forrest materials. – 1873-1920. – 1 folder of textual records and graphic materials

6.    Margaret Isobel Forrest materials. – 1912-1968. – 1 folder of textual records

7.    Margaret Isobel Forrest correspondence. – 1936-1962. – 1 folder of textual records

8.    Margaret Isobel Forrest – CHNS involvements. – 1940-1983. – 1 folder of textual records. File includes a brief history of the School of the Deaf.

9.    Margaret Isobel Forrest watercolours. – 1929. – 1 folder of graphic materials

10. William Duff Forrest materials. – 1939. – 1 folder of textual records

11. William Duff Forrest correspondence. – 1900-1939. – 1 folder of textual records

12. Forrest family genealogical notes. – [197-??]. – 2 folders of textual records

Accession 2007-061    Volume 004

1.    Forrest family genealogical notes (continued). – [197-?]. – 2 folders of textual records

2.    Duff family materials. – [197-?]. – 1 folder of textual records

3.    Notes and background information re: transcriptions of the John Eleazer Fairbanks
diaries. – 1993-1994. – 1 folder of textual records

4.    John E. Fairbanks 1816 diary transcription. – [197-?]. – 1 folder of textual records

5.    John E. Fairbanks 1822 diary transcription. – [197-?]. – 1 folder of textual records

6.    John E. Fairbanks 1825 diary transcription. – [197-?]. – 1 folder of textual records

7.    John E. Fairbanks 1848 voyage to the United States transcription. – [197-?]. – 1 folder of textual records

8.    John E. Fairbanks 1850 notes on a trip to the United States transcription. – [197-?]. – 1
folder of textual records

9.    Fairbanks family genealogical notes. – [197-?]. – 4 folders of textual records

10. Fairbanks house in Dedham, Massachusetts. – [194-?]-1986. – 1 folder of textual records and graphic materials

11. Johnston family. – [198-]. – 1 folder of textual records

12. Prescott family materials. – 1966-1985. – 1 folder of textual records

Accession 2007-061    Volume 005
1. Prescott family genealogical notes. – [198-] – 1 folder of textual records

2. Schurman family materials. – [19–]. – 1 folder of textual records

3. Thomas family materials. – 1928-1978. – 1 folder of textual records

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4.    Miscellaneous newspaper, cemetery and surname transcriptions and listings. – [197-?]. – 1 folder of textual records

5.    Miscellaneous clippings and notes. – 1953-1979. – 1 folder of textual records

6.    Genealogical index cards. – [19–]. – 1 folder of textual records

7.    Poetry transcriptions from the works of the Fairbanks daughters. – [197-?]. – 1 folder of
textual records

8.    Nursing sister Ann D. Allen materials. – 1961-1987. – 1 folder of textual records and
graphic materials

9.    Capt. Philip Linton materials. – 1943-1947. – 1 folder of textual records

10. George Munro materials. – 1972-1999. – 1 folder of textual records

11. A Woman’s Place – Forrest House. – 1976-1984. – 1 folder of textual records

12. School for the Deaf / School for the Blind. – 1935-1999. – 1 folder of textual records

13. Victoria General Hospital Nurses Alumnae. – 1963-1982. – 1 folder of textual records
Photographs. – [188-?]-2003. – 41 photographs : b&w, col. – 1 leaf, 1 envelope of textual records. – 1 colorized portrait

14. Image of Mrs. Augustus Brown of Grand Pre, Nova Scotia. – [188-?]. – 1 photograph : b&w

15. Images of Maggie Brown and Harriet Brunt. – [between 1914-1918]. – 1 envelope of textual records. – 3 photographs : b&w

16. Images of the Cossman family / Thomas Rice. – [188-?]. – 2 photographs : b&w
Note:    Images include Mr. Cossman, Mrs. (Cossman) Anderson, and Lena (Mrs. Owen).

17. Images of the Duff family. – [186-]-[191-]. – 1 leaf of textual records, 14 photographs :
b&w, 1 negative : b&w, 1 colorized portrait

18. Images of the Valentine portrait of Anne (Prescott) Fairbanks, wife of John Eleazer
Fairbanks, and other items donated to the Dartmouth Heritage Museum. – 1962-[197-?]. – 21 photographs : col.

Accession 2007-061    Volume 006

1.    John Eleazer Fairbanks. – [198-]. – 2 photographs : b&w. – 1 negative : b&w

2.    Alexander Forrest family photographs. – [188-]-[192-?]. – 4 photographs : b&w

3.    Jean Fairbanks Forrest photographs. – [188-]-1965. – 31 photographs : b&w, col.
Note:    Includes images of a plaque unveiling at the Forrest Building at Dalhousie University, Red Cross involvements, and Charles G.D. Roberts.

4.    Jobena Frances (Thomas) Forrest photographs. – [1910]-1962. – 31 photographs : b&w. col. – 3 negatives : b&w

5.    Margaret Isobel Forrest photographs. – [192-]-1965. – 18 photographs : b&w, col. Note:    Includes some CHNS images.

6.    Nancy P.D. Forrest photographs. – [192-]-[198-]. – 8 photographs : b&w, col.

7.    William Duff Forrest photographs. – [ca. 1876]-[193-]. – 9 photographs : b&w
Note:    Includes a composite of the senior medicine class at Dalhousie University for 1897-1898.

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8.    Forrest family photographs. – [187-]-[195-]. – 18 photographs : b&w

9.    Forrest House (interior) photographs. – 1940. – 5 photographs : b&w

10. Johnstone family photographs. – [188-?]. – 2 photographs : b&w

11. Liechti family photograph. – September 1902. – 1 photograph : b&w

12. Lowier images of Jean Forrest. – [189-?]. – 2 negatives : b&w

13. John McNab. [189-?]. – 2 affixed photographs : b&w

14. Munro family photographs. – [189-?]. – 2 photographs : b&w

15. Schurman family photographs. – [190-?]. – 1 photograph : b&w

16. Rev. & Mrs. Frisby Smith photographs and materials. – [1959]. – 2 leaves of textual
records, 1 photograph : col.

17. Thomas family photographs. – [193-?]. – 3 photographs : b&w

18. Violet Gertrude Twining – Marchioness of Donegal. – [ca. 1886]. – 1 photograph : b&w

19. Miscellaneous identified photographs. – [188-?]-1966. – 17 photographs : b&w

a.    Mr. & Mrs. Ralph Eager. – November 1966. – 1 photograph : col.

b.    George, Mary and Margaret Finck at the tennis courts in Lunenburg, Nova
Scotia. – [189-]. – 1 photograph : b&w

c.    Halifax tram. – February 1949. – 1 photograph : b&w

d.    Angus L. Macdonald, Queen Elizabeth II, and Prince Philip being introduced to
an unidentified couple / Harry Cochrane. – 1951. – 1 photograph : b&w

e.    Georgina Nelford of Seaforth, Nova Scotia. – [193-?]. – 1 photograph : b&w

f.    John Richardson. – [193-?]. – 1 photograph : b&w

g.    Sylvia Russell. – October 1924. – 1 photograph : b&w ; mounted on paper

h.    Catherine (Travis) Saunders. – [196-?]. – 1 photograph : b&w

i.    Dr. Ralph P. Smith. – [196-]. – 1 photograph : b&w

j.    Dr. Somerville. – [1910]. – 1 photograph : b&w

k.    Mr. Strow. – [19–?]. – 1 photograph : b&w

l.    Maude    W ebber’ s    collection.    –    [196-].    –    1    photograph    :    col.

m. Imageofthehouseandpropertyat22TobinStreet,[Halifax].–[194-?].–1
photograph : b&w

n.    Girls at Lunenburg in row boats. – [189-?]. – 1 photograph : b&w

o.    Image of eight women at the Finck wedding compliments of H. Leo Haslam. –
[189-]. – 1 photograph : b&w

p.    Aunt Kate and Helen. – [189-?]. – 1 photograph : b&w

q.    Cyril and Helen and their spouses. – [195-]. – 1 photograph : b&w

20. Miscellaneous identified photographs. – [196-?]-2003. – 16 photographs : col.

a.    Collins family. – 2001. – 6 photographs : col.

b.    Arline ?. – [200-?]-2002. – 6 photographs : col.

c.    Margaret and Louise Fearon, [196-?]. – 2003. – 1 photograph : col.

d.    Bill Little. – n.d. – 1 photograph : col.

e.    Marnie’s children. – [200-]. – 2 photographs : col.

21. Miscellaneous unidentified photographs. – [186-?]-[188-?]. – 17 photographs : b&w, 2
tintypes : b&w

Accession 2007-061    Volume 007

1.    Photograph album of the Royal Visit. – June 15, 1939. – 1 volume of graphic materials

2.    Photo album. – [189-?]-1959. – 1 volume of graphic materials

3.    Photo album. – [191-]. – 1 volume of graphic materials 4.    Photo album. – 1910-1929. – 1 volume of graphic materials
Note:    The item is covered with a cross-stitched cover.

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5.    Photo album. – 1881-1941. – 1 volume of graphic materials Note:    The item is covered with a cross-stitched cover.

Accession 2007-061    Volume 008

1.    Photo album. – [186-?]-[189-?]. – 1 volume of graphic materials

Accession 2007-061    Volume 009

1.    Rev. William Duff. – ?. – 1 daguerrotype

2.    Jane E. (Fairbanks) Duff. – [before 1856]. – 1 daguerrotype

3.    Margaret & Isabella Duff. – [after 1854]-[1860]. – 1 daguerrotype

4.    Margaret & Isabella Duff [?]. – [185-?]. – 1 daguerrotype

5.    Margaret Duff with her nieces Isabella and Margaret Duff. – [after 1854]-[1860]. – 1
daguerrotype

6.    Nancy (Prescott) Fairbanks. – [185-?]. – 1 daguerrotype

7.    Unidentified man. – [185-?]. – 1 daguerrotype

8.    Unidentified man [J.P. Mott?]. – [185-?]. – 1 daguerrotype

9.    Unidentified woman. – [185-?]. – 1 daguerrotype

10. Jean F. Forrest’s King George V & Queen Mary Silver Jubilee medal. – 1935. – 1 object,
1 box

Accession 2007-061    Volume 010

1.    Image of Jane E. (Fairbanks) Duff. – [before 1856]. – 1 daguerrotype

2.    Image of Nancy (Prescott) Fairbanks. – [185-?]. – 1 daguerrotype

3.    Image of J. P. Mott [?]. – [187-?]. – 1 daguerrotype

Note:
Created on:

Created by:

Last revised:

Revised by:

The lining of the box containing the daguerreotype indicates that this item was created in Edinburgh, Scotland.
December 13, 2007

D. Mawhinney May 3, 2010 D. Mawhinney
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Dr. Alexander Forrest of Lanarkshire, Scotland and Halifax, Nova Scotia

Recently I received a response from an email I had sent to the Nova Scotia Historical Society asking about Dr. Alexander Forrest and his wife, Barbara Ross McKenzie.  The response came from Dr. Allan E. Marble, Chairman of the Medical History Society of Nova Scotia.  Thanks to the information and leads contained in that email, I’ve managed to uncover a lot about a man who was mostly a mystery to me only two weeks ago.

According to papers related to his time at Edinburgh University, Dr. Alexander Forrest was born in Cambusnethan, Lanarkshire, Scotland in 1806.  The records of my cousin Nancy Forrest gave his birth date as 31 Mar 1806, and gave his parents as Alexander Forrest and Catherine King.  I was not able to confirm this with records available from the Scottish National Archives.  I was, however, able to find a birth record for Alexander Forrest to parents Alexander Forrest and “Catharine” Young at Redmyre Mill, Parish of Cambusnethan, Lanarkshire, Scotland.  I can see quite easily how “Young” could look like “King” on handwritten records.  The birth record I found gave his birth date as 25 Feb 1806 and his date of baptism as 21 Apr 1806.

Birth record, Cambusnethan, Lanarkshire, Scotland

Birth record, Cambusnethan, Lanarkshire, Scotland

The birth date given by Helen Forrest is right between these two dates.  If you look at the document you can see that there is a Helen Forrest born to a different Alexander Forrest on 31 Mar 1806 listed right above the entry for Alexander’s birth.  I’m wondering if this somehow was the root of the birth date of 31 Mar 1806?  In any case, it’s still not 100% certain which birth date is correct.  If there was an Alex born to a Forrest/King couple on 31 Mar 1806, I have not found that document yet.

According to Dr. Marble, Alexander began his medical training in Professor James Jeffery’s class of Anatomy at the University of Glasgow during the years 1823 and 1824, when he was 17 and 18 years old.  From 1824 to 1825 he studied pharmacy with Thomas Lyle, a surgeon in Glasgow, obtaining his certificate on 10 Jul 1825.  He then went on and attended classes at Edinburgh University starting in 1826, and obtained his license from the Royal College of Surgeons in Edinburgh in December of 1827.  A copy of his certificate is found in the Medical Registration Book held by the Nova Scotia Archives (RG25 Series C, vol.10, #1, p.73), and another copy is among the items in Nancy Prescott’s archives in the same place.

He briefly opened a private practice in Scotland and served in the Royal navy around this same time period (1827-1832).

Alexander married my 3x great grandmother Barbara Ross McKenzie on 3 Jan 1832 in Scotland.  Barbara was born in Culnauld, Nigg Parish, Ross-Shire, Ross and Cromarty Scotland, on 3 Jun 1805 to John McKenzie (a weaver) and his wife Isobella Ross.

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Birth/baptism record for Barbara Ross McKenzie.

Alexander and Barbara came to New Glasgow, Nova Scotia, shortly after their marriage, and their first child was born there almost exactly nine months after the wedding.

The couple had at least nine children, three of whom died as infants. They were:

Isabella (1832-1905)
Catherine (1834-1912) married George Munro
Mary (1835-1836)
Mary (1837-1838)
Alexander (1839-1919) married Sarah Watson
Helen (1840-1926) married Rev. Archibald Glendenning
John (1842-1920) married Annie Prescott Duff
Barbara (1844-1844)
James (1847-1901) married Elizabeth Seth

Much of the information on births, marriages, and deaths given above came from the Dr. Alexander Forrest Family Bible which passed to Nancy Forrest of Halifax.

In 1936, Dr. Forrest taught at the Sabbath School in New Glasgow, according to “Pictonians at Home and Abroad”.  He practiced in New Glasgow until 1857, and when he left his practice he received a letter of thanks, a gold watch, and a set of gold rings for his family from grateful members of the community.  The Forrests moved to Lunenburg, NS, where Dr. Forrest practiced from 1857 to 1859.  Lunenburg is where the Duff family lived, and if the two families were not already acquainted back in Scotland, this is likely where they met.  Finally, Dr. Forrest moved his family to Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1859.

In 1866, Dr. Forrest donated $3000 (about $44,000 in today’s money) to Rev. William Duff’s church in Lunenburg.  Rev. Duff was the father of his son John’s wife, Annie Duff.  Dr. Forrest helped found the Medical Society of Nova Scotia in 1854, and served as its President in 1862. He also served as a Member of the Board of Governors for Dalhousie College from 1869 to 1875.

He died at Halifax on 22 Jun 1875 and his wife, Barbara, died in Halifax on 21 April 1880. They are buried in Camp Hill cemetery in Halifax and there is a gravestone to mark their graves.  I have posted a request on FindAGrave.com for photos of the gravesite and will post them here as soon as they are obtained.

Dr. Alexander Forrest, c1870

Dr. Alexander Forrest, c1870


Schmidt Family Photos – Johnson Collection

I wanted to display a few new photos of the Schmidt family that I was sent by Kay Johnson Rhyner.  I have many photos of this branch of my family, yet each new photo is a revelation to me.  Each one shows me a new side of these people whom I have come to know and love across the chasm of so many years.

The first is a beautiful portrait of Edwin Schmidt (1888 – 1972) and Olga Hanson (1891-1990), my great-grandparents, taken on their wedding day, 6 Sept 1911.  They were married in the town of Rib Mountain in Marathon County, Wisconsin, but the portrait was more likely taken in Wausau, Wisconsin.

Hanson / Schmidt Wedding, 1912

Hanson / Schmidt Wedding, 1911

Another photo taken that same day shows Olga and her sister Mabel Hanson (1897 – 1992).  This large-format photo was printed on curved glass as was the style of that time.  It is notoriously difficult to get a good 2D photo of such prints.

Olga and Mabel Hanson, 1911

Olga and Mabel Hanson, 1911

The next photo shows Edwin and Olga years later in a sleigh that used to sit behind their house.  In the days before the automobile was widely-used, the Schmidts used to take the sleigh across the Wisconsin River from Rothschild, Wisconsin to the Town of Fleith, Wisconsin where Olga’s family lived on the side of Rib Mountain.

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Edwin and Olga, c1939

The last photo is a lovely “Four Generation” picture which shows my great-great grandmother Ottelia Zierke (1869 – 1945) with her son Edwin Schmidt, his daughter Mabel Ottelia Schmidt (1912 – 1986) and Mabel’s oldest daughter Kay Johnson (b 1939).  You can see Ottelia is missing the tip of her right middle finger, a feature noticeable in several photos I have of her.  Ottelia was a healer, and I’ll write a blog about that at some point soon.

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Ottelia Zierke, Edwin Schmidt, Mabel Schmidt, Kay Johnson, 23 Jun 1939.

 


The Tale of Fred W. Thomas of Malone, NY

There are at least two Thomas families in my Family Tree which, so far, are not directly-related to my main Thomas line.  One of them is the family of Florence Anna “Flora” Thomas (b Oct 1857), who married the brother of my 3x great-grandmother Louisa Pond.  The brother’s name was Anthony Worcester “Wooster” Pond (1847-1896), and as far as I can tell, he married Flora when she was 13 and she had her first child with Wooster when she was 14.

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Florence Anna Thomas (c1900)

Of course, when I saw that Wooster’s wife’s name was Florence Thomas I became curious to see if her Thomas family was actually a part of my Thomas family.  So I did a LOT of research on her line.  I still haven’t resolved the issue of whether or not her line is the same as mine, but thanks to the copious stories in the local newspapers of the time (The Malone Farmer and the Malone Palladium), I have discovered a lot about this family.  I guess I’m presenting this because it’s interesting to me the degree to which the details of someone’s life can be fleshed out if they are lucky enough to live in a small town that needs gossip to fill the local paper.  For better or worse, some members of the family were in the papers a lot.  Florence’s brother Frederick W. Thomas was one of them.

Frederick W. Thomas was born in Malone, Franklin County, New York in June of 1864 at the height of the Civil War.   His grandparents were Aaron (1793 – 1869) and Betsey Thomas (1799 – 1874).  His parents were Marvin Thomas (1821-1885) and Hannah Benedict (b 1821).

One of the first things I found about Marvin Thomas led me to understand that his household was perhaps not a happy and stable one.  It was a printed notice from the August 27, 1868 edition of The Malone Palladium:

Marvin Thomas' Printed Notice, 1868
Marvin Thomas’ Printed Notice, 1868

I have no idea what this means, but it certainly sounds dire.  “I forbid all persons harboring or trusting my wife or any member of my family”.  Wow.  That’s… weird.

Fred married his first wife, Cynthia, in 1884 when he was 20 years old.  I’m guessing that they had a hard time conceiving their first child, because Fred and Cynthia adopted Henry P. Thomas who came to live with them.  They subsequently had two other children before 1900, Madge (b 1894) and an unknown daughter born in 1897 who did not survive to the 1900 census.

In November of 1888 Fred opened a grocery store in Malone in a house formerly owned by a Mr. William Johnson.  This is the first mention I’ve found of Fred in the Malone papers, but there were many more to follow over the next 45 years.  For example:

“While Fred Thomas was driving across Lake Champlain the other day with a load of hay the wheels of the wagon broke through the ice and the load and horses landed in the lake.  The team was rescued and also the greater part of the hay.” – Malone Farmer, 31 Jan 1900

A notice of a birth in the family:

Thomas girl birth.
Thomas girl birth.
And another birth, which would be important later:

“Births – THOMAS – In Chasm Falls, NY on Saturday Jan 12, 1901, a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Fred Thomas” – Malone Farmer, 23 Jan 1901

Unfortunately, that birth would be the last bit of happy news for Fred for a while.  In March of 1901 his wife Cynthia was struck by influenza, and pneumonia set in after that.  She was gravely ill for about a month before she finally passed away:

Cynthia Thomas's Death 1901
Cynthia Thomas’s Death 1901

Suddenly alone with  8 and 6 year old children and an infant only two months old, Fred decided to put the newborn girl up for adoption.  The paper reported that a Mr. and Mrs. E. J. Webster adopted the girl on the 10th of April, 1901.

About a month later, in May, Fred himself became very ill, and it was reported that he was going to Montreal for “hospital treatment”.  Montreal was about 70 miles away, so it was probably a two-day journey to go there by horse-drawn wagon.  Fortunately, he recovered.

[I was struck by this part of the story, because of the echos from my own family.  My great-grandfather, also named Fred Thomas, also had his wife die from influenza and pneumonia, and was also desperately ill after his wife died.  After she died, my great-grandfather similarly had a two-month old infant, and similarly made the decision to give his child away because he was not able to care for it. ]

In August, he decided to pull up stakes from Chasm Falls (also known as Whippleville) to re-open his store in Thayer’s Corners, a town about 8 miles away.

“Fred Thomas sold his stock and farming tools at public auction Thursday.  Mr. Thomas has some intention of locating at Thayer’s Corners where he will keep a grocery store.” – Malone Farmer, 21 Aug 1901

But he wasn’t there long before he decided to move back:

“Fred Thomas, who moved to Thayers Corners a few weeks ago and opened a store there, is not satisfied with his new location and has decided to move back to Chasm Falls.” – Chateaugay Record, 4 Oct 1901

Right about this time, some serious scandal was unfolding in the little town of Chasm Falls.  When Fred’s wife Cynthia was ill with pneumonia, he met an 18 year-old girl named Elda Fisette from neighboring Saranac Lake, New York.  He was “very much in need of a hired girl” and, according to the news story written about the events about a year later in the “Malone Farmer”, Fred decided to hire Elda as a household servant.  A few weeks after Cynthia passed away Fred “took [Elda] to a Justice of the Peace and married her, supposing her to be a rare and radiant maiden”.  But soon after they were married it came out that Elda was actually already married to another man, from whom she had been separated.  She and Fred tried to make it work for a few months, but soon “the battle of life in which they were engaged waxed so hot and fierce that they were obliged to separate in order to prolong their lives”.  Elda moved back to Saranac Lake.  Unfortunately she and another woman were murdered in November of 1902.  The Malone Farmer described them as “disreputable women”.  I’m not sure if that means they were suspected prostitutes, or if it was just an editorial judgement passed down for some other, more puritanical, reason.

On 29 Mar 1902, Fred married a third and final time, to Priscilla A Petell (1887 – 1939), a sixteen-year-old girl from the nearby town of Owl’s Head, NY.

Thomas Petell Marriage, Malone Farmer, 9 Apr 1902

Thomas Petell Marriage, Malone Farmer, 9 Apr 1902

Fred continued to run his grocery business for a while, but less than three months after their marriage, another scandal erupted with Fred and his family at the center:

“Mrs. Fred Thomas of Chasm Falls attempted suicide last Sunday by taking rat poison.  Dr. Harwood was called and saved her life.  It is said that the wife is only 16 years old and that she is the second one that Mr. Thomas has had within a year.” – Malone Palladium, 24 July 1902

More details emerged later:

“Sunday afternoon Fred Thomas, living at Chasm Falls, seven miles south of Malone, hailed a man driving past his place and asked him to drive at once to Dr. Harwood’s and get the doctor, as his wife had just taken a dose of rat poison with suicidal intent.  The doctor came and soon had the woman out of danger.  Report says Thomas came home Saturday night much the worse for liquor, and there was a quarrel between them.  His wife is not over 16, and the second one Thomas has had within a year.  He conducts a grocery store.” – Chateaugay Record, 24 Jul 1902

Adding insult to injury, bad news followed only a month later:

“Fred Thomas’s dwelling house and store, with their contents, at Chasm Falls, were destroyed by fire one night last week.” – Malone Palladium, 7 Aug 1902

Fred and Priscilla had three boys in the following years: Clarence (b 1903), Harold (b 1905), and Lawrence (b 1909).

The next item of note (as far as the local papers were concerned) happened in April of 1908.  Fred’s adopted son Henry became ill with peritonitis, and once again Fred turned to the Royal Victoria Hospital in Montreal for his care.  Unfortunately, unlike his father, Henry didn’t pull through.

Henry Thomas Death 1908
Henry Thomas Death 1908

Making matters worse, Fred’s other son Clarence Thomas also came down with symptoms similar to those that took the life of his adopted brother Henry.  After that, Fred decided to sell his farm.  It may have been necessary to pay for the medical care of his two sons:

“We are glad to note that Clarence, the 5-year-old son of Fred Thomas, who was taken to the Ogdensburg City Hospital with symptoms similar to those with which Henry Thomas died recently at Montreal hospital, successfully treated and has recovered without an operation being performed.” – – Malone Farmer, 13 May 1908

“Fred Thomas has sold his farm at Chasm Falls to Arthur Johnson for $3,100 and will sell his personal property at auction May 19th.  The farm comprises 70 acres.  Mr. Thomas has not decided what he will do in the future.” – Malone Farmer, 13 May 1908

“AUCTION SALE – The undersigned will sell at public auction on the Fred Thomas Farm at Chasm Falls, on Tuesday, May 19th, at one o’clock P.M, all the following property: Six milch cows, one two-year-old heifer, one yearling bull, six sheep, two work horses, 25 bushels seed oats, mowing machine, wagons, sleds, and all farming tools on the place.  Terms will be announced at opening of sale.  Am selling personal property because farm has been sold.  FRED THOMAS, W.H. O’brien, Auctioneer.” – Malone Farmer, 13 May 1908

A few months later, yet another scandal erupted in the local papers with Fred Thomas at the center.  On 20 Nov 1908 the “Chateaugay Record” noted that Fred had been charged by the State Supreme Court with a violation of the liquor tax law for selling intoxicating beer to the clients at his hotel and saloon without paying the proper taxes.  A trial followed with Fred giving testimony on his own behalf.  Initially the news was good:

“The jury returned a verdict of “not guilty” in the case of Fred Thomas who conducts a saloon at the “river bend” on the Duane Road.  Thomas was charged with violation of the excise law by selling beer on Sunday.  Thomas did not deny the charge but produced abundant evidence to show that the beer he sold was “homemade” and not intoxicating.” – Malone Palladium, 17 Dec 1908

But that was hardly the end of the matter. Ironically, an alcohol-related incident occurred just after the trial:

“John Brean, of Riverbend, who usually worked in the woods in winter… had been missing since Sunday afternoon when he left the hotel of Fred Thomas.  On Saturday he appeared at the hotel of Thomas and tried to purchase liquor, but Mrs. Thomas, who was alone, refused to sell it.  He went away but came back that night and was given lodging by Mr. Thomas.  On Sunday morning, after refusing breakfast, Mr. Brean asked for a drink of whiskey, which was refused, and he went away.  He left and was not seen again ’til his body was found.” – Malone Farmer, 3 Feb 1909

Perhaps as a result of this incident which was billed in the papers as a “whiskey-related death”, the grand jury decided that Fred had lied in his testimony, and he was charged with perjury.  He was arrested:

“Indictments found by the grand jury and not made public until Monday noon was one against Fred Thomas, of Chasm Falls.  Thomas was arrested Monday on the charge of perjury as found on the indictment, and was held in $1,000 bail which he furnished.  The charge grew out of the recent case against Mr. Thomas for violation of the liquor tax law.  Charged with having sold beer on Sunday, he made the claim that the beverage he sold was only home made beer and not intoxicating.  It is quite evident that his story is not believed.” – Malone Palladium, 13 Apr 1909.

But this time, he was able to avoid the negative outcome:

“Fred Thomas was tried and acquitted on the charge of perjury.  He keeps a hotel at Riverbend, near Chasm Falls, and in a former trial for violation of the excicise law, swore that what he had sold was home-made beer and not intoxicating.  Witnesses were produced to show the contrary, but Thomas took the stand and reiterated the fact that it was “home-made” beer.  Testimony regarding Thomas’ good character was also introduced and the jury brought in a verdict of not guilty.” – Malone Farmer, 2 Jun 1909

Apparently Marvin Thomas had been in Canada at some point, because there are three of Fred’s siblings who were mentioned as being from there:

“Mr. and Mrs. James Thomas of Ottawa, visited Mr. Thomas’ brother, Fred W. Thomas, and family in this place last week.” – The Malone Farmer, July 1916

“Mr. and Mrs. Fred W Thomas of Riverbend are visiting a half-brother of Mr. Thomas, whom he has never seen before.  This brother is from Alberta, and the brothers meet at a town in Ontario, beyond Ottawa.” – Malone Farmer, 15 Jul 1925

“James Thomas, Hull, P.Q. and sister, Miss Jessie Thomas of Ottawa, Ontario, visited at the home of their brother, Fred Thomas, Webster Street, over the week-end.” – Malone Farmer, 18 Oct 1933

The rest of the entries are of a more calm nature.  Things seem to have settled down for Fred and his family.  There are more normal mentions of visits from children, trips to visit friends and relatives, and meetings:

“Mrs. William Johnston [Madge Thomas] of Malone spent Saturday and Sunday with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Thomas, at her old home here [Chasm Falls].” – Malone Farmer, 16 Jan 1918

“The Ladies’ Aid Society will serve a supper at the home of Mr. Fred Thomas on the Webster road, near Malone.  Supper served from 5:30 until all are served.  Mr. and Mrs. Thomas are old residents of Chasm Falls and now is a good opportunity to visit them again.” – Malone Farmer, 29 Aug 1934

The service of Fred’s son Clarence in Panama was also mentioned:

“Maurice King, who has been serving as a solider in the US Army in Panama for some time past, is home, having received an honorable discharge.  Clarence Thomas, son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Thomas, also of Riverbend, who went away with Mr. King, is expected home very soon now.” – Malone Farmer, 8 Oct 1924

The final entries mention Fred’s son Lawrence buying a farm down the road from his father:

“Paddock Farm is Purchased by Lawrence Thomas – Lawrence Thomas, son of Fred Thomas, has purchased the George Paddock farm on the Webster St. Road and has already taken possession.  He will repair the buildings and put the place in good condition.  It is one of the well-known farms of this locality and has always been considered a very desirable property.  The water of several abundant springs was formerly dammed and created a large pond there and was at one time used as a part of the Malone village water supply.” – The Malone Farmer, 24 Apr 1935.

And a visit from friends:

“Mr. and Mrs. Ivan Barse visited Mr. and Mrs. Fred Thomas, Malone, recently.” – Malone Farmer, 31 Jul 1935

The articles end there because the “Malone Famer” is only digitized through 1936.

Priscilla died in 1939, and Fred is listed in the Malone, NY census in 1940 as a “widower”.  Living with him was a woman “servant” named Hazel Hensman, who was less than half his age.

Fred died in Malone in 1948 and was buried in Morningside Cemetery, according to the Franklin County Historical Society.  I really enjoyed piecing together this story from the local papers of the day.  It gives a glimpse into one person’s life in a way we rarely get as genealogists.