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Nice Pictures from an Old Book

These images are from Footprints; or, Incidents in the Early History of New Brunswick [1783-1883] by Joseph Wilson Lawrence, published in Saint John for the Centennial in 1883. It would therefore be more appropriate for the presentation to be entitled:–

Pictures from Lawrence’s ‘Footprints’


J.W. Lawrence

Lawrence was born in Saint John in 1818. He was interested in politics but did not have a very successful political career. He became a member of the Assembly at one point, however. He also served as a civil servant in the capacity of Chief Commissioner of Railways. He is best remembered as a historian and as the founding president of the New Brunswick Historical Society. He was also a corresponding Member New England Historical and Genealogical Society, an Honorary Member of the Quebec Literary and Historical Society, and an Honorary Member Worcester Society of Antiquity. 


Portland and Part of the City of Saint John, 1800 


King Street, Saint John


 The old Kirk at Saint John

Two Germain Street lots were granted by the Assembly for the first Kirk in New Brunswick in 1814. The first settled Minister was Rev. George Burns, D.D. who arrived in early 1817. The Kirk was later known as Saint Andrew’s Church and was destroyed in the fire of 1877.


The Arnold House

This building, at the corner of King and Cross Streets, was occupied by Benedict Arnold from 1787 to 1791. Attorney General Bliss lived there after Arnold and, following that, it was owned by Charles McPherson. It was then converted into stores, and eventually demolished.


Old Drinking Fountain

William Sears presented this historic drinking fountain to the City of Saint John at the celebration of the 99th anniversary of the landing of the Loyalists.


Earl Sheffield

In Council, March 15, 1805: “Resolved, That the thanks of this Corporation be given to the Right Honorable Lord Sheffield for his Lordship’s exertions, by his late as well as former publications, in support of the British Navigation Laws, on which the prosperity of the Empire at large, and more particularly of this and His Majesty’s other North American Provinces, so greatly depends. Resolved, That the Freedom of the City be humbly presented to His Lordship, in a box to be made of the wood of this country, and that a picture from an engraved likeness of His Lordship, presented to this Board by the Honorable George Leonard, Esq., be enclosed in a suitable frame and hung up in the City Hall, in grateful remembrance of his public services.”


Germain Street Methodist Church

Opened on Christmas Day, 1808, by the Rev. William Bennett; and burned in the fire of 1877.


Charles F. Allison, Esq.

Charles Allison was appointed to the Legislative Council in 1851, but declined the position.


Abraham DePeyster

He was appointed Sheriff of Sunbury County in 1785, and replaced Richard Seaman at the Treasury in 1792. He died at the age of 45 years in February, 1798.


Frederic DePeyster

Frederic DePeyster was a brother of Abraham and a Captain in the King’s 3d American Regiment. He was a grantee in Parr Town in 1783, but moved to York County where he was a Magistrate. By 1792, he was at New York engaged in business.


Benedict Arnold

Arnold came to New Brunswick following the war but eventually returned to England.


Charles Inglis

Charles Inglis was the last Rector of New York under the Crown. He went to Halifax at evacuation in 1783and then to England. He was named first Bishop of Nova Scotia in 1787.


Rector Dr. Gray

Dr. Gray was assistant to his father, Rev. B.G. Gray, D.D. for 16 years, and Rector for 28 years. He died while on a visit to his son at Halifax in 1868.


 Old Trinity Church

The Church was opened on Christmas Day, 1791. A clock tower was added in 1810 and, in 1811, the Church was enlarged at the chancel end. The first clock was installed in 1812. The building was nearly lost in a fire in 1849, but was saved.


Trinity Church           

Trinity Church was enlarged in 1856 with a new front, tower and steeple. It remained until the fire of 1877.


John Ward

John Ward was born in 1752 and was a Lieutenant in Col. Beverley Robinson’s regiment. The last of the troops to leave New York were under his command and landed at Lower Cove, Saint John. They camped in tents through the winter.


Henry Chubb

May 2, 1811: “The subscribers have this day published the first number of a Periodical Paper, under the title of ‘The New Brunswick Courier,’ and solicit the patronage of the public in general. (singed) Henry Chubb & Co.”


Robert Shives

Robert Shives entered The New Brunswick Courier office to learn the printing business in 1827, and ‘graduated’ in 1834.


George Ludlow

Ludlow was a prominent royalist, a member of the Loyalist elite, the first Chief Justice of New Brunswick, and vigorously independent and controversial in many important judgments.


Ward Chipman

Another giant in New Brunswick’s history, Chipman was a lawyer, office holder, JP, politician, and judge. He was relied upon as an able administrator in matters of all sorts.


First Government House in Fredericton

The first Government House, Fredericton, was built in 1787. It was purchased by the Province from Governor Carleton in 1816 with 50 acres on the River for £3,650. The building burned in the fire of 1825.


Written by johnwood1946

December 19, 2012 at 9:19 AM

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