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Maugerville 250 Celebration Events

The First English Settlement along the beautiful Saint John River Valley

The First English Settlement along the beautiful Saint John River Valley

Summer 2013 – Fredericton Region Museum – the beginning of a five year exhibit about the Pre-Loyalists/Planters of Early Maugerville (Maugerville/Sheffield).  $5.00 admission.  See the Fredericton Region Museum website for details on times, dates, and admission costs.  Opening exhibit is Saturday, July 6 at 5:00 PM.

July/AugustCalithumpian Theatre Company presents “Staging Maugerville” – Celebrating 250 years of English settlement on the Saint John River.  Performances at Officers’ Square in Fredericton’s Historic Garrison District – July 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, 27, Aug 2, 3, 11, 12, 18, 19, 25, 26, Sept 1.  Show times: 12:15 PM weekdays and 2 PM on weekends. Plans are being made for performances in Maugerville and Sheffield.  Details TBA.

Sunday, June 23 – Sheffield United Church   #2169 HWY 105 Sheffield:
> 2-3 PMN.B. Summer Music Festival Ensemble directed by Richard Hornsby including a musical selection by Casey, Kirsten and Susan Jamieson accompanied by Jerry McFarland
> 3-4 PM: Open House at the church to view paintings of the historic Sheffield homes by artist Linda Bartlett** and hear stories from “Sheffield Memories” by author Barbara Jamieson*
> 3-4 PM: Open House- Burpee – Bridges Home # 2111 HWY 105 (historic Pre-Loyalist/Planter home). Refreshments provided.

Monday, June 24 to Saturday, June 29 (daily) – Sheffield United Church # 2169 HWY 105
> 2-4 PM   Art Show and “Sheffield Memories”

Wednesday, June 26Burpee-Bridges Home  # 2111 HWY 105
> 2-4 PM Open House

 *Barb Jamieson’s book “Sheffield Memories 1763-2013 “ will be for sale ($20.00) at the exhibit as well as at Westminister Books, Moxon’s Country Pumpkin (Maugerville), Casey’s Restaurant (Sheffield), Eldon Hunter’s One Stop (Douglas Harbour), the Lighthouse Bookstore (Fredericton) or from Barbara Jamieson, (506) 357-8341.

**Linda Bartlett’s book featuring her paintings of the historic Sheffield homes, “Sheffield – A Place in Time,” will be for sale ($12.00) at the exhibit as well as at Casey’s and Moxon’s and at her studio “The Art Attic” located in the field just below her home #1907 HWY 105 in Sheffield.  

Sunday, June 30 Sheffield United Church # 2169 HWY 105
> 10-11 AM  250th Anniversary Service – Musical Selection by Casey, Kirsten and Susan Jamieson accompanied by Jerry McFarland

Thursday, June 27 to Saturday, June 29 – Maugerville Baptist Church   11 Peters Road (next to the Auction Centre #583 HWY 105)
Wheelchair accessible.

> Thursday 12-7 PM   Friday 10 AM-7 PM,  Saturday 10 AM-4 PM 
Maugerville Women’s Institute Quilt Show and Historical “Show and Tell.”*  Admission $3.00.  Refreshments provided.  Men also welcome!

> Friday 2 PM  Special guest Lois MacDonald from Kings Landing doing a “Trunk Show”
*Doris Mersereau’s book, “Gerald Harvey of Maugerville,” can be purchased at the Quilt Show and Historical “Show and Tell” for $12.00 or at the Lighthouse Bookstore for $15.00 plus tax.

Sunday, June 30Maugerville Baptist Church  11 Peters Road (next  to the Auction Centre #583 HWY 105)
> 6:30 PM   Benefit Concert for Deb and Marven Kitchen. All are welcome to attend.  Participants include:  Bob Johnson, Carol Henderson, Nancy and Tom Donovan, Grace Hornibrook, Roger Cormier, B.J. McKelvey, Velvet and Melvin Perry with Art Bell, and Stephen Budd.

Please note: The morning service is postponed to the evening at Maugerville Baptist Church so the congregation can attend the  Sheffield United Church 250th Anniversary Celebration Service at 10 AM.

Sunday, July 7 – Sheffield United Church  #2169 HWY 105
> 2-4 PM N.B. Summer Music Festival Ensemble directed by Richard Hornsby, including a musical selection by Casey, Kirsten and Susan Jamieson accompanied by Jerry McFarland

Sunday, July 14 – Christ Church Maugerville  #1381 HWY 105
> 2-4 PM Church tour/historic artifact display, refreshments on the lawn and musical selections played on one of the first pipe organs brought to the province, in conjunction with (the same day)
> 4-6 PM Open House – Elijah Miles Home  #1219 HWY 105 (historic Loyalist home)

Monday, July 15 – Saint John River
> 7AM!  Canoeing on the beautiful and historic Saint John River from Fredericton to Maugerville/Sheffield with the Kingston Peninsula Heritage Group (starting this part of their journey at 7AM from the Fredericton Small Crafts Aquatic Centre).  Please refer to their website to learn more about this historic canoe trip from Cabano, Quebec to Saint John, New Brunswick.

Anyone is welcome to join them (canoe or motorized boat) as they paddle from Fredericton to Maugerville/Sheffield or to join in at some point along the way – arrangements are being made for them to make a stop in the communities in honour of our 250th anniversary. Details TBA.

Times/dates may be affected by the weather. Check Fredericton North Heritage Association website before attending!

Sunday, July 28 – Sheffield United Church # 2169 HWY 105
> 2-4 PM N.B. Summer Music Festival Ensemble directed by Richard Hornsby, including a musical selection by Casey, Kirsten and Susan Jamieson accompanied by Jerry McFarland

August – Potential Event TBA

Fall 2013Maugerville Baptist Church Event TBA

Fall 2013 Fredericton Heritage Trust Lectures/Events TBA – check their website for updates as well as those listed below

All dates, times and places are subject to change.  Please check the following sources before attending the events:
 Fredericton North Heritage Association Website – this site will be updated regularly / Fredericton Tourism Website / Maugerville Baptist Church Facebook / newspapers/ radio

Presentation: Maugerville 250 (1763 to 2013)

Trinity Church, Upper Maugerville

P4-2-33 Trinity Church, Upper Maugerville. Burial place of the Carmens

Please join us on Thursday, October 18, 2012 at 7:30 pm at Government House!

Speaker: Bob McNeil
Title: Maugerville 250 (1763 to 2013).

Come and hear the results of recent research in Maugerville.

Robert ‘Bob’ McNeil is from Nashwaak Village and has lived in Devon, New Brunswick for the last 31 years.  He has many family connections to central New Brunswick, as his ancestors came here in 1784.  Bob and his wife, Marianne, have raised their six children from their home on Miles Street.

After graduating from St. Thomas University with a B.A. in 1973 and a B.Ed. in 1974, Bob taught for several years in New Brunswick schools.  In 1982, he received a M.Ed. degree from University of New Brunswick.

For many years he has maintained an interest in local history and genealogy. In 1987 he wrote Behold I Am With You, which is a history of St. Anthony’s Church. From 2006 to 2011, he worked on the four Devon Remembered books with Carol Randall. Presently, he is serving on the board of the York-Sunbury Historical Society and works with the Fredericton North Heritage Association as co-editor of their journal.

A reception will follow the presentation. Non-members are cordially invited.

York Sunbury Historical Society 2012/2013 Programs

Lincoln, New Brunswick

P4-2-29 Home of Capt. Benjamin Glasier, Lincoln. Built about 1800, by Capt. Benjamin, the father of John Glasier.

A note from the Program Committee:

The Program Committee is pleased to announce the following list of presentations for the York-Sunbury Historical Society.

All presentations will take place at 7:30pm in the basement of Government House, except for the Annual General Meeting, which will start at 7:00pm. A reception follows each presentation. Programs are free and open to the public.

Thursday, September 20th, 2012:
Speaker: Dow Johnston.
Presentation Title: An 1889-1890 Honeymoon Trip Around the World

Jane Evans of Nashwaaksis & Douglas was a young lady who met Captain David Thompson when he come home to visit his family, who lived just above the stone bridge in Nashwaaksis. They met, got married and had Captain Thompson’s next voyage as a honeymoon trip.  This young girl who had never travelled further than Douglas was in for adventures that she probably could not imagine.

Come to the lecture to hear first-hand about the incidents and interesting twists to the honeymoon from one of her direct descendants, who bases his talk on her diary, family papers and family stories.

Thursday, October 18th, 2012: Speaker: Bob McNeil. Topic: Maugerville and Sheffield

Robert ‘Bob’ McNeil is from Nashwaak Village and has lived in Devon, N.B. for the last 31 years. He has many family connections to central New Brunswick, as his ancestors came here in 1784. Bob and his wife, Marianne, have raised their six children from their home on Miles Street.

After graduating from St. Thomas University with a B.A. in 1973 and a B.Ed. in 1974, Bob taught for several years in New Brunswick schools. In 1982 he received a M.Ed. degree from University of New Brunswick.

For many years he has maintained an interest in local history and genealogy. In 1987 he wrote Behold I Am With You, which is a history of St. Anthony’s Church. From 2006 to 2011, he worked on the four Devon Remembered books with Carol Randall. Presently, he is serving on the board of the York-Sunbury Museum and works with the Fredericton North Heritage Association as co-editor of their journal.

Recently, Bob has become involved with the 250th anniversary of Maugerville and has been doing some research on this topic.

Thursday, November 15th, 2012: Speaker: Doris Norman. Presentation Title/Topic: The New Brunswick Mat Registry

New Brunswick mat hookers have talked for years about the importance of documenting the hooked mats that cover the floors of New Brunswick homes. These are mats made by our grandmothers, mothers and friends to keep their families warm and bring colour into their homes. A network of volunteers from all regions of the province has created a New Brunswick Mat Registry to document these mats and to preserve the stories behind them.  (URL: mats-tapis.nb.com)

December: Christmas Party: Date and place to be announced. We are aiming for the Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday of the first full week of December.

Thursday, January 17th, 2013:  Speaker: Canon Hebb. Presentation Title/Topic: The First World War, St. Peters Parish and the lives of the people enlisting.

Thursday, February 21st, 2013: Speaker: Gary Campbell. Presentation Title/Topic: The Re-enactment of the March of 1812.

Thursday, March 21st, 2013: Presenter: Ross Ingram. Topic to be announced.

Thursday, April 18th, 2013: Annual General Meeting: Speaker: Carl Vaughan. Topic: Titanic Canadian Heroes. (Program before the meeting)

Thursday, May 16th, 2013: TBA

Thursday, June 20th, 2013: TBA

Lord Beaverbrook, Mary Hashey, Maugerville, Nurse Millicent Hosley Lister, Recipes, Lucille Pillow, English Porcelain, Beaverbrook Art Gallery and the Carlton and York Regiments

Volume 17, Number 2 (Fall and Winter 2001) - A Publication of the York-Sunbury Historical Society, Inc.

Volume 17, Number 2 (Fall and Winter 2001) - A Publication of the York-Sunbury Historical Society, Inc.

We have back issue copies of Volume 17, Number 2 (Fall and Winter 2001) – “A Publication of the York-Sunbury Historical Society, Inc.” available for purchase for $8 (plus postage and handling).

Contents:

Lord Beaverbrook: Fond Memories of a Local Artist” by Pat Flemming (page 3)
Abstract:
This article describes the origins of the Beaverbrook Art Gallery and the relationship between Mary Hashey, well known artist and Lord Beaverbrook, philanthropist. It also discusses at length Hashey’s work and legacy in New Brunswick.

“Maugerville As It Was: A Farmer’s Diary” by Kate H. Miles (page 6)
Abstract:
This article discusses the many mediums of collecting history and in particular accounts of history from primary sources such as diaries of the people who lived through the historical time period being studied. Specifically, this article emphasizes this though its attention to the historical significance of Maugerville, New Brunswick.

Fredericton Nurse in WWI by Diane Taylor Miles (page 12)
Abstract:
This article chronicles the life of Nurse Millicent Hosley Lister, and her experiences through letters, first hand descriptions of the machinery and weapons, landmarks and weather in France during her service for the American army in France during the World War I.

“Beaverbrook: Fraud or Saint? A Brief Commentary” by Katrina Dewitt (page 16)
Abstract:
This article acknowledges controversial musings about the moral applause awarded to New Brunswick icon and revered Lord Beaverbrook. Through detailing Beaverbrook’s upbringing, accomplishments, political contributions and business ventures, the author contends all of these support the distinction Beaverbrook heralds and is unquestionably worthy of the praise.

“Recipes from the Pioneer Kitchen” by Pat Flemming (page 18)
Abstract:
This article contains six recipes including: chicken leg delight, economy casserole, maple glazed carrots, stuffed green peppers, cranberry nut bread, and grandma’s honey fruit cookies.

“Collector’s Room English Porcelain 1743-1840″ by Katrina Dewitt (page 19)
Abstract:
This article discusses the contribution Lucille Pillow made to the Beaverbrook Art Gallery through her collection of China and describes in detail many of the pieces in the collection as well as China in general of the time. The article goes on to examine its origins and the factories where it was reproduced.

“Queen’s and Regimental Colours of the Carleton and York Regiment by Diane Taylor Myles
Abstract:
This article discusses the origins of Carlton and York Regiments, the use of the militia and the significance of colors in battle and symbolically created for meaning derived from courageous battle and presented as honours.

If you are interested in acquiring a copy of this issue of the Officers’ Quarters, please contact the York Sunbury Historical Society and Museum office or drop by the office at 571 Queen Street and pick one up.

Sheffield United Church

If you think you can help us please leave your comments here.  If you have any research queries that you would like posted here, let me know by filling out the form found on our website.

Question:
“Hi there,
I was wondering if someone at the museum might know details about the church´s rebuilding in 1840. (originally built c. 1775 in Maugerville). There seems to be a dearth of solid info on questions like:  why was it rebuilt ?  How closely does it resemble the 1775 church ?  Was the original structure simply remodeled, or was it built from scratch in 1840 ?  How much of the original church, if anything, got re-used in the rebuild ??

Any details would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks,
Mark”

One of my board members responded with the following:
“I was put in touch with someone who had the following information.

The original church was built in Maugerville in 1775.  It could seat 500 people.  It was decided to move the building to Sheffield in 1789 (100 oxen needed).  The building deteriorated so they decided to rebuild in 1840,  salvaging what they could use from the original building.  It is not an exact replica but it does incorporate some of the original design.  It was dedicated in 1842.”

Reply from Mark:
“I guess what I was really asking was whether the Sheffield church was essentially a 1775 building that was slightly remodelled, or, an 1840 structure that merely used some fragments from the previous church. The answer to that question is of great importance to NB b/c there are only two 18th c. churches in the whole province(as far as <I know).  And it would be the only pre-Revolutionary church in the province (and one of the few extant pre-Revolutionary buildings in NB, period.). I wonder if there was ever any dendrochronology done on the church ? And I wonder just how much of the original church was used in the 1840 rendition?

I did read the book mentioned in one of your emails (John Leroux – about a year or two ago).  My memory is fading on that book but I seem to remember the author using the word remodelled when he described the church. The use of the word “remodelled” is a bit unfortunate in that the reader is still left trying to figure out what that really means – hence my questions about the crux of the church’s origins. To me, “remodelled” seems like a term used to signify relatively minor changes, and not a total rebuilding of something.

I look forward to learning more about the built heritage of NB, and >I am especially interested in any surviving pre-Loyalist heritage that still may exist. “

Old Church at Maugerville (New Brunswick)

An entry found in Daniel F. Johnson’s New Brunswick Newspaper Vital Statistics pertaining to the “Old Church at Maugerville”.  Thanks (as always) to the Province of New Brunswick Archives for making this database available on-line!  If your ancestry has a connection with New Brunswick (Canada) then this database is worth a search … or two!

Transcribed by Daniel F. Johnson.

 Volume 89 Number 2030
Date January 18 1893
County Saint John
Place Saint John
Newspaper The Daily Sun

The Old Church at Maugerville (Sunbury Co.) On the site where now stands the Episcopal Church at Maugerville, there stood, some thirty years ago, an old Episcopal Church, said to be the first Protestant Church erected in New Brunswick. For many years this was the only Church in Maugerville. Later came the Baptist Church. The Congregational and Methodist Churches were in the adjoining parish of Sheffield. … One rector Rev. John SAYRE died in 1794. (see original) SUN Jan. 24 – Your correpondent is indebted to postamaster W.H. BENT and James H. CLARK for the information hereunto appended. It may be noticed as far as traditionally known as the first superstructure of the Church in question was of logs; and about the year 1787, a more substantial structure of the Church was put up upon which repairs were made in 1792, which date we get from J.H. Clark, who now has in his possesion the old copper weather-cock, iron spindle and shaft made and placed upon the Church at that time by his grandfather. The inscription reads thus: ‘Made by Alexander CLARK, for Christ’s Church, Maugerville, 1792. It may be here mentioned that Alexander Clark was one of the first vestry men and Col. DEPEYSTER one of the first wardens of this Church. Our informant claims that his father William CLARK worshipped in all three of those Churches, which have the longest continuity upon the same sight of any in the Province. The first rector of this old Episcopal Churchn was Rev. John Sayre. And herewith is a true copy of what is inscribed upon an ash cross about 4 1/3 feet high: ‘Here Lies the Body of the Rev. John Sayre – formerly Rector of Trinity Church, Fairfield, Connecticut and one of society’s missionaries to that place, from thence refugee with his family within His Majesty’s lines in New York and from New York, upon the evacuation of it by British troops to this place; who departed this life at Burton on the St. John River, upon the 5th of August, in the year of Our Lord, 1784, in the 47th year of his age. The next rector was Rev. John BEARDSLEY, a graduate of Parr Town, who after a time went to Kings Co. and died there. J.H. Clark took up his residence here in 1884, a lapse of 91 years from the time his grandfather left. He learned that the old Church edifice had been sold to Eben HORTON of Boston. The material which went into Mr. Horton’s buildings, where he found the old trophy now in his possession, which was 100 years old last July. In the Church yard we find an irregular field stone, upon the west side of which was cut, ‘B. CARMAN, died 29th Jan. 1793, aged 8 years 2 mos.’ (see original) (see also SUN Jan. 5 – The Old Maugerville Church)

Ichabod Smith

A call came to the York Sunbury Museum office not long ago from a gentleman in Ontario asking about Ichabod Smith in Maugerville.  I haven’t been able to find too much information about him but I don’t have a lot of time to devote to research.  I don’t think this gentleman was looking for birth, death and marriage information but for more detailed information about the early settlement of his ancestors in Maugerville.  If anyone can help, please leave your comments here!  Thanks!  

Found on Family Tree Maker:  

Ichabod Smith died date unknown in Parish of Maugerville, Sunbury County, N.B., Canada. He married Mehatable.  

Smith, Ichabod. Parish of Maugerville, Sunbury Co, Esquire. Will dated 6 Feb 1823, proved 21 September 1823. Wife MEHATABLE estate for life for support of herself and such of my daughters as m(a)y remain with her until their marriage. Son ROBERT lower half of Lot 78 in Maugerville. Son STEPHEN 10 p(o)unds. Son SAMUEL CORNALL 150 pounds to be paid upon his wife Jane’s death or upon his obtaining a Judgement of Divorce against her. Daugher FREELOVE 25 pounds. Grandson DUNCAN SMITH D’VEBER 25 pounds when of age. Daughters MARY AMELIA and SARAH CAROLINE each 100 pounds six months after marriage. Residue after wife’s death to be divided among son ROBERT and daughters MARY AMELIA, SUSANAH, and SARAH CAROLINE. Wife MEHATABLE and friends ODBER MILES of Maugerville and JACOB ALLAN of Woodstock executors. Witnesses: A. Allan, Ed.D. Street, S.D. Street. (source: Early NB. Probate Records, 1785-1835, W.Hale, pu. 1989).  

Children of Ichabod Smith and Mehatable are:  

  1. Freelove Smith, b. 1785, N.B., Canada, d. January 1858, Maugerville, Sunbury County, N.B., Canada.
  2. Robert Smith, d. date unknown.
  3. Stephen Smith, d. date unknown.
  4. Samuel Cornal Smith, d. date unknown.
  5. Mary Amelia Smith, d. date unknown.
  6. Susanah Smith, d. date unknown.
  7. Sarah Caroline Smith, d. date unknown.

Civil Commissions

MC300-MS52 York-Sunbury Historical Society Collection Description  (page 261)  

If you are interested in a copy of this  file then please contact the Provincial Archives of New Brunswick.  

1  Appointment of Justices of the Peace for Sunbury County including Jonathan Bliss, John Saunders, Ward Chipman, John Murray Bliss, George Howard, Christopher Billopp, John Coffin, John Robinson, William Black, Samuel Denny Street, Anthony Lockwood, George Shore, Thomas Wetmore, William Botsford, Samuel Peabody, Elijah Miles, David Burpe, Isaac Hubbard, John Hazen, Ichabod Smith, Clapman Smith, Stephen Peabody, Charles F. Street and Thomas Odber Miles; August 2, 1822.  

Daniel F. Johnson Newspaper Transcriptions

Daniel F. Johnson: Volume 30 Number 1913

Date: April 3 1871
County: York
Place: Fredericton
Newspaper: Colonial Farmer 

d. Friday 17th Feb., at his residence Maugerville (Sunbury Co.) Robert SMITH, age 90.; d. Thursday 9th ult., at his residence Maugerville, Samuel C. SMITH, age 82. The deceased were brothers, sons of Capt. Ichabod SMITH, a prominent Loyalist who arrived in New Brunswick in 1783 and settled in Maugerville where he raised a large family. Robert, the eldest son, was born at Flatbush, Long Island, State of New York and was two years of age when his father arrived at Maugerville. The farm upon which Ichabod SMITH, Esq. first settled is still in the hands of his descendants.  

Daniel F. Johnson: Volume 2 Number 1733

Date: September 27 1823
County: Saint John
Place: Saint John
Newspaper: New Brunswick Courier

d. Maugerville, Tuesday 16th inst., age 67, Ichabod SMITH, formerly Capt. 2nd Batt., General Delancey’s Brigade. CG  

Daniel F. Johnson: Volume 2 Number 1751

Date: October 14 1823
County: York
Place: Fredericton
Newspaper: The New Brunswick Royal Gazette

Est. Ichabod SMITH, Maugerville; Exec.: Mehetible SMITH, I.O. MILES, Jacob ALLAN, 9 Oct.  

Daniel F. Johnson: Volume 14 Number 249

Date: September 25 1852
County: Saint John
Place: Saint John
Newspaper: New Brunswick Courier

m. St. Luke’s Church, Thursday morn., by Rev. Wm. Harrison, James T. HANFORD, Esq. / S. Caroline SMITH d/o late Ichabod SMITH, Esq., Maugerville (Sunbury Co.)  

Daniel F. Johnson: Volume 2 Number 1509

Date: January 23 1823
County: Saint John
Place: Saint John
Newspaper: New Brunswick Courier

m. Maugerville, 12th Jan., by Rev. R. MIlNER, Dr. P. GUIMARIN / Susannah fifth d/o Ichabod SMITH, Esq. CG NBRG