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John C. Tracy’s Book – Part 4 of 5

This is the fourth of five installments of John C. Tracy’s Book, a handwritten collection of Oromocto River genealogies and historical stories produced between 1927 and the mid 1930s. The remaining parts will be placed on the blog at https://johnwood1946.wordpress.com at the rate of about one per week. John C Tracy

John C. Tracy, 1855-1937

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Local History of Old Homes

The school house in school district west of Tracy about one and three quarter miles was built in 1872 and 3 and the first school under the new school law began 59 years ago today Aug. 18, 1873. My brother Cyrus M. Tracy was and I John C. Tracy was 18 years old the next day. I am 77 Aug. 19, 1932. And yet there may be 10 or 12 now living of that first school. I consider this a good record for a school of about 25 scholars. Our teacher was Wm. D. Perry from Albert Co., N.B. who became medical doctor but has been dead for many years.

For the descendants of these early settlers many of whom were forced from their good homes on account of their loyalty to the British and others who came afterwards I wish to give an account of houses and where stood but do not exist now. The first and most westerly on the North Branch of Oromocto river just west of the mouth of Yoho brook on high ground was the home of John McCloskey and family of seven: John, James and Mary Ann born in north of Ireland; …

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[… Ireland;] Charles, Catherine, Phoebe and Thomas. This Tom on his twelfth birthday he said ‘four years from today I shall leave home. He never came back but he wrote that he had been in 23 of the U.S. states.

On the next farm east on south side of river back from river on the interval there is the site of home of Wm. Henry Monahan and wife Rosean Malinchy also Mary Malinchy a sister. Their children were James, William and Hugh. James was supposed to have fallen over a cliff and was killed out a few miles from Enniskillen. This got water from a spring near home of Otty DeWitt now 1932[?].

The next old home site was on what is now oned by John Sanderson. This old site can be seen close to river where Jeremiah Tracy born Aug. 9, 1744 and wife Sarah Leighton 1744 died 1834 and his family of 10. House built about 1810. There were 2 others on the same lot. One was just back of the …

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[… back of the] house that is there now. The seller was about 10 feet north. Another house was west near line and nearer the river where there is a spring just over the line. This last house was, I believe, occupied by James Forbes and wife Mary Crawford about 1840. One of the last mentioned houses was occupied by a man [name not included in this transcript, even after all these years] who I have heard it told was blamed for tieng up one horse just east of his house in the bushes but kept it living with bushes. This was owned by Joseph Tracy. The other was taken across the river north course from the house and [that man] was with those hunting for this one and he tried to lead out of course they took which led to where the horse was found dead after having eaten everything she could reach. I heard my dad say this mare was worth 30 pounds and was owned by Richardson Tracy. This man was also blamed for being one of 4 men who were ambushed a mile and a half south west on Diamond …

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[Diamond …] Square road to St. Andrews where they waited for a traveler who spent the night in home of Thomas Hartt which is still a good home. They murdered him and dragged the body in the woods but did not bury it. Thomas Nason, William McCarrick while looking for oxen found the body. Capt. Jeremiah was the coroner. They held an inquest and made out it was murder for money. They found tufts of brake leaves which they used to wipe the blood off their hands. As far as I know there were no arrests. But it has always been told that a man that gave his name as Smith hanged in New York confessed that he and three others by name of Whitney, Phillips and a short thick-set Irishman who was the man who stabbed him first and in the back.

Here is what I forgot to write before. When a boy, I heard my father say the horse that was taken across the river, or north of Forbes Brook when the forest was cut away 100 feet wide for a railroad, C.P.R. now…

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[… C.P.R. now.] my brother and I age 11 & 13 in 1868 we found the skull of a horse quite near Forbes Brook and no doubt but it was the horse that died of thirst and starvation. Such cruelty surely could not have pleased any except a criminal.

Having left the grant, we came to the Nason grant where John M. Nason built a house and with his wife Abigal Grass and children Mary Jane, Adeline, George, Martha and David. This house stood near river on high steep bank with old highway about 150 feet in front with the first school house just in front on opposite side of road. This house was occupied by Arthur Raniz and wife Miss. Nason when lightening struck the house, killed him, and burned the house.

Another house on rear of this lot built by a son-in-law Jeremiah DeWitt. This house has been gone for years. Now there is a fine bungalow owned by —- McCleod…

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[…by —- McCleod.] This house was built on old site. This house is first on Hardwood Creek or Little Lake Road. The schoolhouse stands where this road begins and built in 1872 & 3. The first teacher was Wm. D. Perry under the new school law.

On Little Lake Road

A few hundred yards up this road Andrew Smith and his wife Fannie Perley built a home about 1860. His family was Catherine, Charles, Phoebe, Wesley, George, Maria and Andrew. House was owned by David S. Tracy & Maria Smith. This house was burned in the 90’s, never rebuilt.

On Little Lake Road

Across the road and a few hundred feet further on Daniel Nason and wife Nancy Craig built a house and lived a few years. It has been gone 50 years. This family went to Brownvittie, Maine about 1888 from Hardwood Creek. One son, Wm. Nason and his family and fifth generation from pioneer John Nason from Newbury Port, Mass., U.S.A. to St. John, N.B. about 1760.

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On Little Lake Road

About a half mile further on and on west side Frank F. Nason and wife Eunice Nason and one boy Burton spent a few years here.

On Little Lake Road

And quite near this place Andrew Nason and wife Susan Cogswell spent a few years here when she died and they too went to Maine.

Back on the Nason grant further down on high bank of river John Nason and wife Martha DeWitt built a home out of hewn pine timber seven inches by fifteen dovetailed together size about 25 X 40. Two fireplaces; one in kitchen had an oven in which when I a boy I have seen Mrs. Nason push bread in for baking. On Oct. 7, 1825 about six or seven miles west of this house on the Yoho Stream men of Thomas Hartt were cutting timber. At noon they made a fire to boil tea for dinner and did not put the fire out. A strong northwest renewed the fire which burned …

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[…which burned] about 8 by 10 miles. This was the only west of Thomas Hartt’s that was saved mostly by the family. Mrs. Martha DeWitt Nason said that she threw water over the ridge pole. The house of Thomas Hartt was built in 1815 and still good 1932. [a note in the margin reads:] 1834, Ben J. Nason, Ephraim Nason, John Nason, house built about 1812 or 13.

Samuel Nason

The next old home one quarter of mile east and a few rods from the high bank was the home of Samuel Nason and wife Miss. Grass. This, I think, was burned Oct. 7, 1825. Another house was built a few rods west near the mouth of a brook that stood until about 1845. When John Harris and wife Rhoda Tracy.

Isaac DeWitt

On this same lot ½ mile west and on the north side of the river there was, as I suppose, a log house. I think it was built man by the name of Clark and was home of Isaac DeWitt and wife Phoebe. This place was known as home of George Tracy and wife Mary Nason who built …

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[… was built] about northeast about 40 rods. This house was burned after 1900 and may be rebuilt this 1932.

A little further east and quite near little creek, so called, on west side of island. This house was built I believe by Jacob DeWitt and stood on farm of Israel Tracy and was home of George Tracy and Mary Nason his wife from 1838 to 1845 when his new one was ready. My parents Israel and Jemima Tracy spent a few months in this home until their house was finished.

Gallagher

The next home site east and on opposite side of river or south side ¾ mile down river on high bank and close to river between two brooks. The house was burned several years ago and the barn taken away. This house was occupied by John Gallagher …

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[…by John Gallagher] and wife Annie Conway and family John, James, Elias, Annie, Susan and Luke. My mother heard and saw John in mill pond. She ran a few yards away called Benj. Gray who got him out of water. While in his teens he and Fred McCleary ran away, got as far as Danforth, Maine, U.S.A. and spent his life there. Did not even come home to see his aged mother who lived to be 90. James died in 1851 of diphtheria. This disease was not known here until 1851. John died in Maine, James and Susan at home, Elias in Wisconsin, Annie at Enniskillen, Queens Co., N.B. Luke living 1932 Sept. 19. – John C. Tracy.

Barton

The next home site was 1/3 mile down river at what was called head of pond on north side where river to N.E. There was a house close to river on what was called big flat occupied at one time by a man by name of Barton.

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May 1, 1885 Snowed all day. I worked all day. – John C. Tracy.

In 1868 when the railroad being built there stood a house where the Tracy station now stands. This house had a kitchen on each end. It was moved out near school on the side of the road east. At the time, the highway ran from in front of Jeremiah Tracy home, continued straight to corner of the front of the C.P.R. station. The road was built back of station. The road was a front of where station is now.

There was house and barn that stood quite close to the river and almost 500 yards below C.P.R. station owned and occupied by George Webb born Oct. 19, 1792, Nancy Jones Webb born Mar. 21, 1802 and family of 6 boys and 4 girls. One died in early childhood, the other 9 lived to be from 71 to 92. This George Webb was the oldest of 4 brothers whose ages average 88.

On opposite side, or south side, and east and near mouth of Morency Stream near main river this house faced south and the long high hill in front. I did not find out who lived there.

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Jonathan Tracy and old Log Cabin School

Another old house site close to river on south side at lower end of Richardson Webb’s island. Jonathan Tracy and wife Rachael Webb lived here on Oct. 7, 1825 when the great forest fire burned the house. There is here a spring known as the Jonathan Tracy spring and north east and across the river where the main highway is now. There was house on this Webb property. This house was used for school. Ebeneezer Boone was teacher at one time. He was one of nine boys, sons of pioneer Samuel Boone and wife Katie DeWitt. One brother of teacher joined the 104 Regiment in 1812 and on Feb. 13, 1813 left Fredericton with 1,100 men and on show shoes and was in Ontario in 16 days and did not loose a man. He died in chimney corner while roasting a piece of beef on bayonet of his flint lock Queen Ann musket. He was said to be the largest man in 1,100. Capt. Jeremiah Tracy’s family went to school here.

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Home Site of Samuel Boone

The next home site lies half way between F’ton Junction and Tracy on north side of river between highway and river, and I think was owned and occupied by Samuel Boone a son of William Boone from Rhode Island and his wife Ruth Hill who was in Boston when men disguised as Indians went on board English ships and threw tea cargos into harbor rather than pay duty. Samuel Boone’s wife was Katie DeWitt a pioneer of Dutch origin from New York state, while Samuel Boone was of a family of ten. He and Katy’s family was nine boys who became stalwart men. Two, John and Abram, enlisted in fall of 1812 in regiment 104 in Fredericton. They got leave of absence went home. John broke through ice and was drowned. Abram went to Ontario Feb. 13, 1813 and died while roasting beef on his bayonet in a chimney corner. I have my mother or her sister tell of hearing their great grandmother Ruth Hill Boone tell of her living in Boston tea party in 1775.

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On opposite side of river and about ¼ mile east on what I think was the John DeWitt block, and on west side there is 30 rod lot once occupied by Daniel DeWitt. Next was Benj. Webb then Charles D. Tracy and now, 1932, by his son Albert Tracy. On this lot half way between highway and river close to a living spring there was a house in which Jacob DeWitt pioneer and his wife Saloma Tucker. They had three children, perhaps four. They were Martha born Jan. 20, 1791, Isaac and Jacob born 1800. Their mother died. These three at one time about 1835 or 40 lived on same block of land of John Nason husband of Martha. On this block of land my father and mother Israel Tracy and Jemima Jones lived together 59 years or 1902. My mother lived here until Aug. 26, 1914, 22 days after England declared war on Germany. This home site has been obliterated except the spring. The spring is on home of Albert Tracy now, 1934. A great grandson of this Jacob DeWitt was here Aug. 15 from Winona, Ontario. His name Howard Smith – Winona, Ontario.

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Pollock

On east side of this DeWitt land and on south side of highway there is an what was once seller and chimney. I have never known who occupied this house.

Across the road there stood a house and barn. This house by Mr. Pollock and wife. They I believe they were last occupants. They may have passed away as early as 1860. There stood on high bank above river a pine tree which may have been quite small when this house was built. It was cut by Frank Wood’s crew for Fraser Co. Jan. 24; diameter at base inside of bark 40 inches; age 125 years; 13 feet left on ground; 16 logs cut from this tree and it was sound. I examined this tree and counted its rings for age. – John C. Tracy

ps, I passed this house when I was 8 years old on a cold day 1863. It was vacant.

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Nason Homestead

Another home site quite high ground from the river and the homestead of Lemuel Nason and Mary Tracy is between railroad and river rods few west of house of Geo. W. Smith. And in this house about 1825 or 30 Jacob W. DeWitt and Betsy Nason Creekmore were married.

Just east of Fredericton Junction station there was a house in pine grove. I got this from Asa Nason who was a boy 80 years ago before we had a highway road on this side of the river. An old rout came from church same as now then at John H. McCleary’s. It went down to hand car house then past pine grove and Jeremiah Nason’s home and G.W. Smith and over hill and I think must have kept the high ground to the old Boone home.

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Family Record of

John Segee born May 15, 1854 and Agness Bell & Eva Chisholm May 11, 1880

Children

  1. Joseph Arch Segee March 25, 1900
  2. Annie May Segee Nov. 30, 1901
  3. Guy Stewart Segee Apr. 2, 1904
  4. Jessie Maud Segee Sept. 16, 1907
  5. Harry Edward Segee Dec. 11, 1909
  6. [Excluded from transcript for privacy; too recent]
  7. [Excluded from transcript for privacy; too recent]
  8. [Excluded from transcript for privacy; too recent]

A law to pasture all cattle sheep and cattle in Parishes of Blissville and Gladstone brought before County Council June 13, 1915, to become effective Jan. 1, 1915 [sic].

The Parish of Blissville was divided in 1874, Nov. 3. David W. Hartt and David A. Duplisea were first councillors for Parish of Gladstone.

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Family History

I have for years been thinking and trying to persuade myself to write something about my early boyhood life and home, which was a farm one and one half miles west of Tracy’s Mills. From having been built by Capt. Jeremiah Tracy in 1825. Now, since the railroad was built, it is called Tracy Station, Sunbury Co., N.B. My father Israel Tracy born July 6, 1817 died Feb. 2, 1902 age 84-6-4 days. My mother Jemima Jones born Feb. 7, 1819 died Aug. 26, 1914 age 95-6-18 days. Married Oct. 25, 1843. They lived in the same house 59 years. When my father died my mother spent her life in the same house where her first son was born 70 years and one day before. I called on my mother about four weeks before England declared war on Germany. She said to me, ‘John, it appears to me that we are bordering on the most perlious of times. The family was eight six boys and two girls. Their names are as follows … 

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[…names are as follows] David, Charles, Hannah, Nancy, Edward, John, Oscar & Cyrus. The first time that diphtheria appeared on this river was in 1851 when it took its toll. And again in 1857 when five of the older had it. Edward, the youngest of them, died age four. The others grew up. When Cyrus the youngest died of appendicitis age 19-1-3 days on Sept. 21, 1879 all physically and mentally sound. With an average height and weight 5 – 10½ and 170 lbs. in their prime. Mother and daughters’ height and weight 5 – 5½ and 145 lbs. We were always well fed, clothed and housed. Our everyday clothes were made by my mother and sisters after having been spun and woven by them. Our high top boots were made at home by a shoemaker who went from house to house. Our boots cost about 1.50 per pair and would last about one year.

And with a mother like we had we had one who gave us very few orders but she asked us to do whatever she wanted done. The asking was so pleasant none ever thought of …

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[…ever thought of] disobeying her. She never scolded or threatened. I do not know of her having ever flogged any except her second boy Charles. She started on him, hit him once, and he fell at once. She was frightened, he was not hurt, he lived in his 79th year. Her company was all we wanted. If she was away for a few hours we had no company until she returned. In winter evenings she sat at table with needle and scissors and light from one or two tallow dipped candles. We enjoyed life in her company whistling sweet melodus tunes of old hymns while she made old clothes look almost as well as new. These old Wesleyan tunes, sweeter to us than we ever listened to since. After she lost her youngest boy at age of 19 of appendicitis she crooned the old tunes less but still was good company. My mother was my father’s only nurse when she was 82, when he was sick for a few weeks and passed away at age of 84½.

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My father’s company was all the company we could expect from. He did not appear to be sociable with us, yet he never scolded as far back as I can go not even for a few minutes in his 59 years of married life. We never heard him to say that he was cold, tired or hungry. Once and only in my father’s presence she said ‘I may feel a little tired tonight’, and he said ‘I have never heard you say the like before’. No doubt she was 70 or 75 at the time. I have never heard him say that he was cold, not even after driving 20 miles on a cold night. On arriving home, come in the house, remove overcoat, but never asked one of us to do it or help him. Nor do I remember his getting off to walk to get warm, and I have ridden forty miles in a day with him. In putting team in the barn in evening our light was a tallow candle in a tin lantern about the same as …

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[…the same as] gallon can punctured full of holes with a door in the side. This door was kept open by the one carrying it with light turned on work now going on. I know of only once that he used the work don’t or do not by way of advise. He seldom or never called us by name. My mother said that he called her by her first name only once. He had seven brothers and two sisters. All but one of these men was quiet and unassuming. Seven of this ten passed their golden weding with wives and husbands. They were all at their father’s funeral. One of them, Charles, when he was ninety he sent word to his daughter to send his skates to him. He wanted to skate on the river to St. John. Here we all were good skaters but not able to follow him on long distance of 50 or 60 miles. He was physically sound, washed and shaved himself. No barber ever shaved him but once in the woods one man shaved him with a pocket knife. He had dinner, dressed for the street, layed on the lounge, and died age 95 & 2 mos. Height 6 feet, 185 lbs.

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School Master Skinner’s name Wm. Whickcomb Skinner, born in Eng. Aug. 4, 1791, died about 1874.

I shall now try a short sketch of my uneventful life. We lived on a farm one and one half mile from the school and across the river one half mile from another. My first day at school was to a teacher from England a soldier by the name of Skinner. He was with a Sir John Moore in his famous retreat in battle of Corunna in 1809 and was there when he received his death wound and perhaps saw him buried at dead of night the sods with their bayonets turning by the moonbeams misty light and their lanterns dimly burning [From ‘The Burial of Sir John Moore at Corunna’ by Charles Wolfe].

I loved school. I do not remember any of us having lost even a day for snow or rain from school. This teacher, Skinner, was with the Duke of Wellington in June 1845 and was shot through the calf of his leg at Waterloo. I have heard that his age was 107, he died at home. – Charles Bunker, Rusagonis, Sun. Co., N.B.

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In 1868 when a railroad was being built between St. John and Bangor, I was thirteen years of age. I thought it strange that our young men, or very few, took up with railroad where they could work every day and get paid every month. I had to wait until Oct., 1876 when Wm. Magee, a friend of mine who had got me to take his place when he was given a permanent position. I worked five weeks at one dollar per day. Then in March, 1877, James McCleary of Welsford sent for me. I started March 25 and was there until Nov. 30. We narrowed the gauge between St. John and Vanceboro Sept. 13, 14 &15, 1877. The gauge was narrowed from 5 feet 6½ to 4 feet 8½.

After Nov. 30, 1877 I worked at home and went to school until Mar. 29. Then I was called to Westfield by roadmaster Albert J. Miles on April 1, 1878. I spent a year. My pay was $1.00 per day except the last month, March, pay was 0.90. Now times were good …

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[…times were good] in American West. I got my brother to take my place and I went home with intention of going to the pine lumber tributaries of the Mississippi. I found that my parents did not want me to leave home, however, I did not get away. Now on looking back I am fully persuaded that this was Divinely ordered. You know that Paul said I am persuaded that he will keep that which I have committed unto him against that day. I cannot under rate Paul’s faith. Why not I have faith also.

I had not thought about looking for a wife. Now it so happened that I went up the Oromocto river one half mile west of home and on opposite side of river from the home of Samuel Bunker and wife Dorothy Wood the parents of five girls and five boys. While looking across the river at that home I said within myself that I may be married some day, and if so, …

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[…and if so,] I would really like to mary one of the five girls in Mr. Buncker’s home. Prayer is the soul’s sincere desire unuttered or expressed. The motion of a hidden fire that trembles in the breast [from ‘Prayer is the Soul’s Sincere Desire’, a hymn by James Montgomery].

Another time, it may have been after the above, I happened to be here in Fredericton Junction. I saw that two houses built finished and painted. I walked about them, looked them over. I said to myself some time I may want a house. Either of these two would please me. I do not care which I might have. Ask what you will in my name and that will I do. Seek you first the kingdom of God and his richiousness and all things shall be added there unto.

I now go back to the scenes of seventy nine in April when I failed to go to the American West. I began to think about the eldest of the five girls of the Bunker family. With her in West St. John she afterwards told me …

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[…afterwards told me] that she was also thinking of me. I came near writing to her but she came home just a few days after I got home. In the winter before I met her at her home one evening next day a number of us drove a few miles to home of her uncle Daniel Wood. We did not seem to notice each other any more than others. We hardly met since at school in 70 &71.

Now in April, 1879 there came a Baptist minister Samuel Bur—-, a cousin of my mother they perhaps had met before. He told us if we would notify the neighbors that he would speak in the schoolhouse, so we met. I did not know that Lizzie Bunker was home. The minister, my father, brother and I went to the meeting. I went in in good time, went to my right and well back and in a few minutes to my blessed surprise Lizzie Bunker walked in also to her right and well back.

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I could have said then in April 1879 what I say now in 1932 among all of the pretty girls that had been ushered in my presence none ever had really moved me like Lizzie Bunker; the only one I ever loved, the only one that ever moved my stuborn will [attributed to Napoleon, when speaking of Josephine]. I walked home with her from that meeting. Our conversation on the way home would hardly make a song or story but after a little more than a year, in June 30, 1880, we were married. Now I look back upon this event with pride. Since that happy day there has not been an hour in which I would give Lizzie Bunker in her shirt [?] for the best of all I have met, even the rich. The only one I ever loved, the only one that ever moved my stuborn will.

We began keeping house in Nov. 1883 in the second story of station house. Here we spent six happy years, Then had to move. The station was moved about 200 feet east. After this, we could not get a good rent until…

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[…a good rent until] March 21, 1893 when there lived here medical Dr. Elizabeth Secord, a widow with one son who died here. Then she offered her house to us if we would buy. We bought her cottage and paid cash for it. I worked on Section of railway here. I saw foreman Geo. Scott whom I knew June 17, 1881. I said to him I suppose you need no help here now. He said would you work on track now. I said I would. His answer was come on Monday and stay as long as you like. I went on with him and this was June 17, 1881 and on the last day of November 30th we moved siding from saw mill to main line west to front of station, Tracy; we with roadmaster David Brown, a Scott, from Kilmarnock, the home of Robert Burns. We finished our job using lanterns. We stepped up on the platform each one for his respective home when R.M. said to me …

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[…said to me] John Tracy I want you to take charge of this Section tomorrow morning Dec. 1, ’81. I replied all right I shall be on duty if all goes well. In 1883 I removed 5½ miles of iron rails of 56 lbs. and put in 56 lb. of steel. I worked on and in 1886 I was called for Extra Gang foreman which I held for summer and for 34 years. My foremanship was from Dec. 1, 1881 to Oct. 31, 1920; 38 and 11 months. I am given credit for 44 years service.

I removed the iron rails from F’ton Junction west 3½ miles. Four of us laid in new 56 lb. rails the first 3½ miles from June 1 west and piled old rails in piles without any help. The extra cost to company about $125.00.

My wife was taken with eresipilas [erysipelas, a kind of skin infection] in her forehead Sept. 1, 1931, and a few weeks later appeared better. Then on Oct. 15 she was stricken with paralysis, could not move right arm or right leg, nor speak. She passed away Oct. 21, 1931 age 75-7-17 days after 51 years o married life.

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After having become Sec. Foreman, then Extra Gang Foreman, then acting Roadmaster for 2½ months from July 15 to Oct. 30, 1895 when David Brown, Roadmaster, died. Then, Charles W. Burpee bumped me when D.W. Newcomb offered me Roadmastership from Woodstock to Stephens. This was not a bad move on my part. My wife did not persuade me to accept. It was for her sake and her alone that I refused. She was my council guide and financer. I never knew her to pay less than 100 per cent in every trade.

Just a Verse [from ‘A Cotter’s Saturday Night’, by Robert Burns]

  • Oh happy love & where love like this is found
  • Oh heartfelt raptures, bliss beyond compare
  • I’ve paced much this weary, mortal round
  • And sage experience bids me this declare.
  • If Heaven a draught of heavenly pleasure spare
  • One cordial in this melancholy vale
  • ‘Tis when a youthful, loving, modest pair
  • In other’s arms breath tender tale
  • Beneath the milk white thorn that scents the evening gale.

John C. Tracy [The bullets are to overcome a peculiarity in WordPress]

I was Extra Gang Foreman from May 27, 1886 to Oct. 31, 1920, or 34 years and 7 months during summer, or 38 years 11 mos.

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I was brought up in what I thought and now know was a good home, not house, just home, yet comfortable. My parents were mentaly and morally sound. Their prayers to me was goodness combined with eloquence. This was something I never could get away from and all business was done on the 100 percent square. And I from the cradle watched for any variation from the truth in our family. On one occasion when three of the younger boys from school and when at supper one had his shirt torn from a scrap with another boy. He was asked what had torn his shirt. He said it was torn on the desk. Then he laid head on the table and cried. He never heard this mentioned again. His age would be about seven. He died aged nineteen. He told the older brother that he had always told the truth.

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Family Record of

Frederick Pheasant born Jan. 22, 1866 and Elizabeth Duplisea Feb.14, 1867

Children

  1. Ena M. Pheasant June 11, 1890; Adam Noble
  2. Clara Pheasant Mar. 11, 1892; Albert Robinson
  3. Nellie Pheasant Sept. 28, 1893; Everett Brown
  4. Harry Pheasant Dec. 18, 1897
  5. Wm. F. Pheasant Nov. 30, 1900; Dorothy Pride

Family Record of

Albert Robinson born Jan. 10, 1891 and Clara Pheasant Born May 11, 1892

Children [Excluded from transcript for privacy; too recent]

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Family Record of 89 John Alexander born 1804, married 1839, died 1893 and

69 Sarah J. Lindsay born 1819, died 1922

Children

  1. 82 Thomas L. Alexander 1840, married 1874 Lorena Robinson, died 1922
  2. Charles L. Alexander died in infancy 1841
  3. 29 Andrew Alexander 1842, died 1871
  4. Joseph W. Alexander 1845, married 1886
  5. 73 Wm. E. Alexander 1846, married 1888, died 1919
  6. Sarah J. Alexander 1849, married 1884 Spafford Tracy
  7. Caroline Alexander 1852, married Mar. 4, 1880 Moses Burpee
  8. 18 Evangeline Alexander 1854, died 1872
  9. Margret L. Alexander 1856, married 1890 S.L. Currie Apr. 12, 1856

Family Record of Charles Alexander born 18–, married 1839, died Apr. 12, 1856 and

Mary Boone & Chloe Nevers died 1885

Children

  1. 64 Thomas William Alexander 1840, died 1904
  2. 2nd wife John L. Alexander died 1925
  3. Guy W. Alexander died 1932
  4. Mary J. Alexander died 1930
  5. Charles S. Alexander died 1932
  6. Charlotte M. Alexander died 1932
  7. Samuel D. Alexander 1854, died 1934
  8. Joseph F. Alexander died 1888
  9. Annie H. Alexander

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Family Record of Thomas L. Alexander born 1840, married 1874, died 1922 and

Lorena O. Robinson 1853, 1874

Children

  1. Arthur R. Alexander 1875, married 1915
  2. Ernest C. Alexander 1876, married 1901
  3. Frederick W. Alexander 1878, married 1905
  4. Florence C. Alexander 1882
  5. J. Hally Alexander 1884, died 1885
  6. Myra E. Alexander 1886, married 1908
  7. John B. Alexander 1888, married 1916
  8. George B. Alexander 1891, married 1919
  9. Harry H.G. Alexander 1893, married 1923

Family Record of John Mathews and wife from Ireland

Children

  1. Andrew Mathews; Sarah McFawn
  2. Areh Mathews
  3. Alex Mathews; —- Brittain
  4. Wm Mathews born about 1844; Amy Hoyt
  5. John Mathews; —- Hoyt
  6. Ruth Mathews; George Sproul
  7. Eliza Mathews; Wm. Cracken

Page 137

Oromocto Mar. 12, 1819

Mrs. Tapley, aged 73 years had 14 children, eleven now living; 102 grand and 63 great grand children, total 180, of whom 161 now living. Mrs. Tapley and 156 of those now living in Province of N.B., and the other at Lubec and Grandmanan.

Mrs. Hanson aged 95 years had 13 children, 12 now living; 110 grand and 46 great grand children 170 of whom 156 now Charlotte County, N.B., Feb. 7, 1818. [all as found]

  • Mary and Phoebe Phillips born Apr. 16, 1797
  • Hepzelah Phillips born Aug. 21, 1799
  • Stephen Phillips born Oct. 28, 1801
  • Hannah Phillips born Jan. 9, 1804
  • Elizabeth Phillips born Aug. 4, 1806

From Madrew Kennie’s Bible Nov. 22, 1792. Married Emeline Haddassy Feb. 23, 1815. The above mentioned Bible was at Clarendon press by Jackson & Dawson to the University of Oxford Warehouse Paternoster now London in 1794. – Written Dec. 24, 1932 by John C. Tracy.

Page 138

Family Record of 73 John Gallagher born 1810, married 1834, died 1883 and

86 Annie Conway born 1815, died 1900

Children

  1. 16 James Gallagher Dec. 22, 1835, 1851 died of diphtheria
  2. 14 Mary Ann Gallagher Feb. 26, 1837, died of diphtheria
  3. John Gallagher Jan. 26, 1839, was in Libby Prison
  4. 9 Wm. Henry Gallagher Nov. 11, 1842, 1851 diphtheria
  5. Jane Gallagher June 14, 1844
  6. 63 Elias Gallagher Apr. 19, 1845, 1908
  7. Mary Gallagher Aug. 5, 1848
  8. 61 Annie Gallagher Dec. 3, 1850, 1911 TB
  9. 14 Susan Gallagher Jan. 31, 18521868 TB
  10. Luke O. Gallagher Mar. 30, 1857, living 1933

Family Record of Luke O. Gallagher born Mar. 30, 1856, married Dec. 12, 1891 and

61 Maggie Hurley 1863, 1914

Children

  1. Anita Gallagher Jan. 21, 1892
  2. John L. Gallagher Apr. 30, 1894
  3. Rowena Gallagher Apr. 10, 1896; Andrew Munro
  4. Philo E. Gallagher Nov. 27, 1898; —- Wise

Page 139

John Gallagher at ErvensTown, FermanahCounty, Province of Ulster, Ireland was born there in 1833, landing in New Ireland, AlbertCounty, N.B. in …. His father, Bernard Gallagher, died there. A half brother John came also, and married twice raising a large family. He moved to Manchester, N.H. Here we lose all trace of them since.

John Gallagher met and married Annie Conway in 1834 in New Ireland, Albert Co., N.B. Annie Conway was also born in Ireland Town of Castle Bar, County Meyo, Cavanaugh in 1815. She landed in Albert Co. about the same time as John Gallagher. She, Annie Conway, was brought here by her aunt, Mrs. Mahoney, and her sister Mary Mahoney. This Mary Mahoney came to Hartt’s Mills then, now Fredericton Junction, and was in the employ of Thomas Hartt & wife Sarah Phillips. This Mary Mahoney went to Philadelphia and married …

Page 140

[…and married] one Daniel Green who made some wealth as a wool broker during the war. Mr. and Mrs. Green had one daughter who was a nun, Elenar.

History in connection with family of Luke O. Gallagher who says that he met and married Maggie Hurley on December 12, 1891. She was the daughter of John and Ellen Magee Hurley of —-. Both parents came from Ireland, he from Cork and she from Omah Co., Province of Ulster. My wife had five sisters and one brother. They are all dead except one sister, Miss. Gray of St. Stephens who is sister in law of Sam the Mason who used to work for the C.P.Ry. My wife was born in 1863 and died in 1914. Her brother Joseph in Vancouver, B.C. My daughter Rowena saw his grave, also his watch and ring which the town clerk holds waiting a claimant. Rowena married a Scotchman, Andrew Munro, and lives Glendon, Alberta. Philo married an American of German decent & lives in Los Angeles, California. Her name was Mise.

Page 141

Family Record of

Willard Thomas born May 25, 1870, married Dec. 21, 1904, and Fannie Tracy Apr. 9, 1884

Children

  1. Roscoe Thomas Nov. 27, 1905; Thelma Phillips
  2. Bliss Thomas Aug. 21, 1908; Eunice Nason
  3. Lillian Thomas Feb. 7, 1910; married May 6, 1936 Alton Harris
  4. [Excluded from transcript for privacy; too recent]
  5. [Excluded from transcript for privacy; too recent]

Record of parents of Richard Ball and Lizzie Hammet on page 97

52 Ebeneezer Hammet born at Old Town 1818, Jan. 1, 1870 and Mary Boone Hammet born 1823, died Oct. 16, 1875. These two are parents of Mrs. Richard Ball.

John Ball was from Farmannah, Ireland, Caroline Burns Ball. These two are parents of Richard Ball. This Caroline Burns lived with Sam Boone and wife Kattie DeWitt.

John Howard Paine author of Home Sweet Home was born June 9, 1791 in England, I believe.

Page 142

Family Record of

69 Charles Mott Born Aug. 22, 1815 and wife 92 Ester Amelia Mersereau July 30, 1815

Children

  1. 79 Edward Mott July 10, 1840; Basha Ann Tracy
  2. 87 John Mott Aug. 25, 1842; —- Prince
  3. 89-11-22 Daniel Mott Nov. 4, 1844, not married. Living 1933
  4. 72 Emeline Mott Apr. 7, 1847; Jonas Boone Burden
  5. 79 Abner Mott Nov. 11, 1849; Prince & Jones
  6. 74 Izetta Mott Nov. 21, 1851; Israel Tracy John –?–
  7. 80 Willie Mott June 17, 1853; Hannah
  8. 64 Whitfield Mott Feb. 8, 1857, not married
  9. 70 Nettie Mott Nov. 6, 1862; James Gereau

Family Record of Thomas Stennix and wife Hannah Wood born Mar. 21, 1802

Children

  1. Thomas Odbur Stennix; Rosana Gillispie
  2. George Stennix; Sally Boone
  3. James Stennix; Fannie Gillispie
  4. John Stennix not married
  5. Annie Stennix; Sam Hayward
  6. Eliza Stennix; Fred Phillips
  7. Phoebe Stennix; —- Trecarten

Page 143

Family Record of James Gereau born May 20, 1874 and Genetta Mott born Nov. 6, 1862

Children

  1. Roxie Gereau June 16, 1898
  2. Orie Gereau Feb. 10, 1901; Marion E. How
  3. Roland Gereau Jan 14, 1904; —-ville
  4. May Gereau Feb. 11, 1907; Stanley & Mel

Family Record of

79 Linas Tracy born 1841, died 1920, married 1867 and Martha Jones 1847

Children

  1. 51 Elwood Tracy 1870; Mullen & Jones 1921
  2. 52 Lillie Tracy 1869; Burton Boone 1921
  3. 6 Gertrude Tracy 1872
  4. 4 Annie Tracy 1874
  5. 3 Harvey Tracy 1875
  6. 51 Earl Tracy 1879
  7. 43 Uba Tracy 1888

The above James Gereau, a son of Louis, spent 4 years on American Navy under President Lincoln. He was catholic French. He married a protestant. His life was strictly protestant.

Page 144

Family Record of

David Phillips born Mar. 7, 1797 and Sarah Tracy, daughter of Solomon Tracy

Children

  1. David Phillips; Sarah Nason
  2. Moses Phillips; Hannah Nason
  3. Israel Phillips Nov. 7, 1833; married July 15, 1834 Annie Nason 65
  4. Aron Phillips; Annie Nason

Family Record of David Phillips born about 1821 and Sarah Nason 1819

Children

  1. Phoebe Ann Phillips; John Morgan
  2. Eunice Phillips; John Nason
  3. Lemuel Phillips 1855; —- Johnson
  4. Hannah Phillips; Sam Golding, brother of Fred
  5. Emley Phillips; Fred Golding, brother of Sam

A forest fire swept from south of Clarendon to Lepreau burning some of the best lumber ground in the south of N.B. It came in quite near C.P.Ry. and one half mile east of Westfield station. It burned house of Raymond Finlay on St. John river bank.

Page 145

Stevie Shaw & Ry. Happenings

A short account of the railroad record of Stevie Shaw, who entered the services of the railway in 1885. On Dec. 8th he left St. John for Vanceboro. Left there the evening of Dec. 9 for St. John with eight freight cars and a van in charge of Conductor W. Shorten and Andrew Campbell, whose six sons followed the same occupation, Engineer. The fireman on this trip was Richard Smith, a brother of pensioner Wm. Smith. They received orders to look for damaged track on account of freshet and to stop at North and South Oromocto bridges, both on piling, and examine them. The Junction bridge was OK. They kept on their way to the South Branch bridge and examined it and thought it was all right. I think any man or men after examination would have pronounced it OK. I know at the time some may have said perhaps they did not stop and examine the bridge. They must have stopped, because Stevie Shaw tells after 47 years that he was on the third car …

Page 146

{… on the third car] from the engine and, had they not stopped the engine, nine cars and van and five men, instead of only one, Richard Smith, whose body was supposed to be under a tender full of coal where it laid for 2 years and 14 days or Mar. 22, two years later. When a freshet broke up the ice and rising fast I was at Tracy about 7:30 AM and saw John Alcorn and son and another young man named Estabrooks from lumber camp on their way to their home at Oromocto. They drove with their team to Bailey. When arriving at Luke Bailey’s whose house is quite near the dangerous approach to a covered bridge. The water was now flowing over the road. Mr. Bailey advised him not to dare to try to reach the bridge. He heeded not, kept on, and into the water which swung his sled off the road. Now, they faced the road and tried to regain it but could not. Major Dell Hartt got word, he came in time with canoe, and rescued Estabrooks only.  – Written by John C. Tracy, July 11, 1833, 47 years after accident.

Page 147

Continued. On Dec. 10, 1886, I was living up stairs in station here F’ton Junc. As soon as railway office got word engine had gone down through South Branch bridge I was called to station where I saw Engineer Andrew Campbell after coming out of engine in 24 feet of water and ice to safety. I was ordered to Rusagornis Bridge if possible before time of next train. I took Oliver Bunker and Wilber Webb and with a crank hand car we made the 8 miles to Rusagornis in 26 minutes. From there John Anderson had gone to bridge. It was all right. After 47 years Oliver Bunker and I still living. – John C. Tracy

Page 148

Family Record of 71 Daniel Wood 1822 and 82 Betsy Christie 1825

Children

  1. Annie Wood not married
  2. Henrietta Wood died young
  3. Lizzie Wood; John Adams
  4. Amanda Wood Mar. 1, 1857
  5. John Wood not married
  6. Charles Wood; Lucy Adams
  7. James Wood died at hot springs, not married

Family Record of 90 Jonathan Tracy Aug. 3, 1831, married 1854, died 1921 and

93 Mary Phillips June 2, 1828, died 1921

Children

  1. 78 Roxie Tracy Nov. 27, 1855; John Underhill
  2. Celia Tracy 1857; Dr.
  3. Mebourn Tracy 1862
  4. Frank Tracy1865; Jennie Smith

Jonathan Tracy, a son of Jonathan & Rachel Webb. Mary Phillips, daughter of Tom Phillips & Annie Nason.

Page 149

Family Record of Roxie Tracy Nov. 27, 1855 and John Underhill

Children

  1. Jennie Underhill
  2. Grace Underhill
  3. Harry Underhill 1855

Family Record of Celia Tracy 1857 and Dr. [?]

Children

  1. Grace Celia
  2. Arthur
  3. Joseph

Melbourn Tracy & wife died in Oklahoma or Wyoming. Frank Tracy and wife Jennie Smith of East Candia, New Hampshire.

The 4 above are children of Jonathan Tracy & Mary Phillips.

Page 150

A son of Ephraim Nason and Betsy Gray.

Family Record of

Francis G. Nason June 20, 1853, married Dec. 21, 1876 and Sophia Bunker July 5, 1857

Children

  1. Lizzie M. Nason Apr. 14, 1878
  2. Chester Nason Sept. 5, 1880; Ida Golding Feb, 1906
  3. Carrie V. Nason Apr. 8, 1887; Franklin Jenkins Aug. 30, 1910
  4. 4 Zaidie Nason May 21, 1890 died Jun. 10, 1894
  5. Millie Nason June 16, 1893; Hugh Thomas Sept 27, 1911
  6. Amy J. Nason Dec. 18, 1896, Jan. 6, 1920
  7. Ann M. Nason June 13, 1899; Emerson Budd Dec. 23, 1926 in Boston

Family Record of John C. Tracy Aug. 19, 1855, married June 30, 1880 and

Lizzie Bunker Mar. 5, 1856, died Oct 21, 1931

Children

  1. John Tracy Apr. 2, 1881
  2. Colby Tracy May 24, 1884
  3. Lizzie Tracy
  4. Amy Tracy
  5. Dollie Tracy June 2, 1891
  6. Lola Tracy Dec. 15, 1894

Page 151

In 1832 there came from the north of Ireland a family. John McCloskey and wife, his eldest son John who was very sick now in his seventh year [sic, and some other words not included in this transcription]. He got well and lived to be 90 years old and raised a large family. He married here and raised a number of children. He got in debt. Then he went away to Illinois, U.S.A. As soon as he got money enough he sent for his family and they went to him and he prospered well. And when he had money to pay his way home to N.B. he and wife came back to the home of their early days, paid all his debts, and returned to Illinois where he lost his wife when he was in his seventies. Then he came back to his boyhood home and married Izetta Mott Nason, a widow. When he was here I was a listener to his stories of the past history. I heard him describe …

Page 152

[…heard him describe] a Norway pine that he cut in the winter of 1844 when he was 18 years old. This class of pine were always called Old Norway, the bark very thin, the sap 3/8 of an inch. He cut 8 feet off the butt and then went up 41 feet and topped it off 42 inches, then counted each year’s growth and found 680 grains of years. He also said it floated light. Hauled to river with one team. This was on south side of north branch of Oromocto within a few miles of Otter brook not far from river.

Family Record of Ernest Harris Dec. 31, 1881 and Lizzie Phillips, married May, 1906

Children

  1. Harland Harris June 21, 1907; Bessie McCleary born Sept. 10, 1909
  2. Ralph Harris July 23, 1912
  3. [Excluded from transcript for privacy; too recent]

Page 153

Family Record of 85 James McCleary Oct. 18, 1843, died July 7, 1928 and

73 Rebecca Harris Apr. 20, 1845, died Feb. 19, 1918

Children

  1. Sarah McCleary June 25, 1865; Mrs. Day
  2. Aurila McCleary Apr. 6, 1867
  3. Lina McCleary May 23, 1869
  4. Mary Alma McCleary June 26, 1871; —- Dow
  5. Eliza McCleary June 17, 1783
  6. Eva May McCleary June 23, 1876
  7. Ella McCleary July 14, 1878; —- Saunders
  8. Fannie McCleary Oct. 12, 1880; —- Hovey
  9. Gertrude McCleary Apr. 2, 1882; Saunders
  10. Lillian McCleary June 15, 1884

Page 154

Family Record of

Austin Burtt May 16, 1877 and Burletta Boone Mar. 28, 1867, married June 12, 1892

Children

  1. Florence Burtt Mar. 26, 1893; Elvert Sprague Jan. 12, 1912
  2. Daisy Burtt Jan. 9, 1895; Harold McKay Dec. 24, 1918
  3. 21 Virginia Burtt Jan. 24, 1897, died Jan. 23, 1918
  4. 22 Nellie Burtt Feb. 19, 1899, died Dec. 9, 1934
  5. 34 Grace Burtt Nov. 4, 1900; Austin Mersereau June 23, 1926
  6. Allen Burtt Dec. 2, 1903
  7. Archie Burtt Nov. 7, 1907
  8. 18 Jessie Burtt Sept. 17, 1910, died Feb. 4, 1929

Family Record of 85 George Burtt Dec. 16, 1812, died Jan. 29, 1897 and

80 Elizabeth Phillips Feb. 1, 1824, married July 12, 1843, died Nov. 20, 1904

Children

  1. 52 John W. Burtt Apr. 21, 1844; Letitia Phillips Jan. 18, 1873
  2. 34 Saphrona Burtt Sept. 12, 1846; Geo. Gillespie July 12, 1880
  3. 2 Thomas O. Burtt Apr. 1, 1849, died Aug. 5, 1851
  4. 74 Chesley H. Burtt Dec. 3, 1851; married Jan. 28, 1878 Augusta Thomas June 5, 1925
  5. 22 Armina A. Burtt June 10, 1855; married Mar. 17, 1875 Ammon Webb Nov. 26, 1877
  6. Almarine Burtt May 20, 1858; Burton Mersereau
  7. George P. Burtt June 19, 1861; Cora Mills Mar. 28, 1889
  8. Austin Burtt May 16, 1866; Burletta Boone

Page 155

Family Record of Thomas Buckle and Henrietta Maria White

Children

  1. George Buckle; Jane Tumuth
  2. John Buckle; Maggie Magee

This man Buckle left England with his first wife. She died at sea and buried there. His second wife was on the same ship and they married later.

Family Record of William Hoyt, about 1865 and

Polly Hayward in England, christened in St. Paul’s Church

Children

  1. William Hoyt about [1886?] or 7
  2. Annie Hoyt; Israel Tracy went to Ontario
  3. Rebecca Hoyt; Joseph Thomas went to Ontario
  4. Chloe Hoyt; John Smith
  5. Betsy Hoyt; —- Patterson
  6. Mary Hoyt; Azer Smith
  7. Isabel Hoyt; Lawrence
  8. Lydia Hoyt; Andrew Mersereau
  9. 88 John Hoyt; Ruth Jones Nov. 19, 1806
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