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My ancestors come from the Harbour Grace Area, Mid to late 1800's I saw a mention of an Andrew Mortimer in the list of participants in the "Harbour Grace Affray,Dec,26,1883.
Also in McAlpine's 1898 Directory is the following listing
Mortimer , And. Sullivan's hl marnr
Mortimer , John Sullivan's hl laborer
I'm trying to establish a connection and appreciation any help
My Grandmother Theresa (Mortimer) MacCall was born in 1880, the daughter of John C. and Henrietta Mortimer, in H.G.
My Mother's God-mother Annie (Mortimer) Hyson was born in 1874, the daughter on Andrew and Janie Mortimer,also in H.G.
Both Married in Hantsport,NS.
Annie in 1900, and Theresa in 1906
My Mother always says that Theresa came from Glace Bay in Cape Breton,after leaving Nfld., and she had Relatives living in Sydney in 1963 ( that was Sidney Mortimer and his wife)
Hopefully we can get some confirmation of a link to the above. TIA
Edd Sinnett Longwood,Fl. / USA
>It is a good idea to duplicate anyway , sometimes..
>Not everyone is on ALL the lists...
>From: Edbld <ees(a)prodigy.net>
>To: NOVA-SCOTIA-L(a)rootsweb.com <NOVA-SCOTIA-L(a)rootsweb.com>
>Date: Tuesday, January 30, 2001 5:46 PM
>Subject: [NS-L] Cornell Univ. Library URL???
>>Sorry for any duplication on other lists ,but recently SKS had offered the
>subject URL, and in trying to save and or send, I lost it completely. It
>excellent data on NY wills,probate etc.
>>would appreciate a re-send from whomever. TIA
I am so very happy that many people are enjoying the poem, that I forward on
to the lists... that someone was kind enough to Post..
So many responses.. all positive..
It made so many peoples' day...
Heather, NB Canada
Sorry for any duplication on other lists ,but recently SKS had offered the subject URL, and in trying to save and or send, I lost it completely. It had excellent data on NY wills,probate etc.
would appreciate a re-send from whomever. TIA
Hello to All.
I lost my connection to get a copy of the Poem that was written by a
Deceased Member of the ISTG. Can someone help...
John MacKenzie...New Jersey...USA
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Great news-----THANKS.....found an obituary that I was looking for...
Heather NB Canada
From: E.A. Capstick <capstick(a)cbnet.ns.ca>
To: NS-CAPE-BRETON-L(a)rootsweb.com <NS-CAPE-BRETON-L(a)rootsweb.com>
Date: Monday, January 29, 2001 9:23 PM
Subject: [NS-CB-L] GenConnect Boards for Obits, Wills, Bibles, Deeds,
From: Lynda Andrew <vandrew(a)home.com>
To: NOVA-SCOTIA-L(a)rootsweb.com <NOVA-SCOTIA-L(a)rootsweb.com>
Date: Monday, January 29, 2001 8:24 PM
Subject: [NS-L] A Genealogist's Poem
>This was sent to another list that I am on. I thoroughly enjoyed it and
>how true this poem is for the serious genealogists.
>Enjoy - Lynda
> They think that I should wash and clean, and be a model wife.
>> I tell them it's more interesting to study Grandpa's life.
>> They simply do not understand why I hate to go to bed . . .
>> I'd rather do two hundred years of research work instead.
>> Why waste the time we have on earth just snoring and asleep?
>> When we can learn of ancestors that sailed upon the deep?
>> We have priests, Rabbis, lawmen, soldiers, more than just a few.
>> And yes, there's many scoundrels, and a bootlegger or two.
>> How can a person find this life an awful drudge or bore
>> When we can peek into the lives of folks who came before?
>> A hundred years from now of course, no one will ever know
>> Whether I did laundry, but they'll see our Tree and glow . . .
>> 'Cause their dear old granny left for them, for all posterity,
>> Not clean hankies and the like, but a finished Family Tree.
>> My home may be untidy, 'cause I've better things to do . . .
>> Checking all the records to provide us with a clue.
>> Old granny's pulling roots and branches out with frenzied glee,
>> Her clothes ain't hanging out to dry: she's hung up on The Tree.
>> by Mel Oshins
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I have recently been reminded that some list members may not be aware of
the special-purpose GenConnect boards for each of the counties on Cape
Breton Island. An individual with access to eastern mainland newspapers
has been very active lately posting obits to the relevant county Obit boards.
These boards are accessible through
Please note that these are special-purpose boards and are not meant for
general queries. Any mis-posted items will be deleted.
I hope you find something of interest!
Ann Capstick capstick(a)highlander.cbnet.ns.ca
NS-CAPE-BRETON-L list administrator
I have recently received this book.I'll do any reasonable lookups
MAC DONALD,URQUHART AND MAC LEOD
GENEALOGY FROM VICTORIA COUNTY
MAC DONALD,MUIRHEAD AND HENDERSON
GENEALOGY FROM PICTOU COUNTY
VISIT ME AT:
Here are a few more families in the Dominion/Bridgeport area
1900 Immaculate Conception Parish Maureen
Michael Cathcart wife Bernadette McNeil
Bart Connors wife Annie Rabbit
Children: Julia Mary age 6
Herman age 3
Bridget Irene age 2
Nora age 3 months
James McLeod wife Elizabeth Cathcart
Children: Mary McLeod 19
Thomas McLeod 21
Thomas Day wife Mary Connors
Children: Annie 12 in Jan. 1901
Hellena 11 in Apr. 1901
Thomas 2 in Dec. 1900
Mary Ann 6 months
Joseph Connors wife Margaret Heffernan
Children: Mary age 6
Michael age 5
Bartholemew age 3
Wm. age 1
Cyril Gouthro wife Ellen Heffernan
Joseph Connors living with them
Sorry for the delay in answering
Do you have the book by Maureen Malloy" Those Who Speak to the Heart The
Nova Scotia Scots at Waipu 1854-1920" PUB IN 1991' I have found the stats
to be very helpful.The Gael Fares Forth by McKenzie pub in 1942 and again
in 1952 I have used at the Archives
I also have quite a few other books myself Lion of Scotland by Robinson pub
in 1952 ,1953 , Watchman Against The World by MacPherson pub 1962 , The
Hidden Heritage is another ,
The Gael Fares Forth, I found it very helpful in my early search as I
first found pictures of desc taken in early 1900's in that book as well
There are some web sites with the ships list , pictures etc now
My MacMillan lines came from Isle of Muck
The St Ann's group came over from Scotland sometime between the birth of
John in 1816 and the birth of Angus in 1821 according to Maureen Malloy The
ELA came over on The Commerce in 1822 according to MacDougall auth of
History of Inverness Co.
The families settles in and around St Ann's and East Lake Ainslie
My gggrandfather of St Ann's Donald (1 ) and his 6 sons who went on the
exodus out of St Ann's to New Zealand on either of 2 ships ( The
Haswells came to Cape Breton after 1836- 2 daughters marr McMillan men ) . I
am related back to Donald(1) McMillan sp Catherine MacDonald( son of Angus
sp Flora MacKinnon) and his 6 sons as follows
John sp Elizabeth Campbell on the Gertrude in 1856
,Donald (2) sp Christena MacLeod on the Ellen Lewis in 1860
,Angus sp Mary MacLeod on the Ellen Lewis
,Ebenzer sp Barbara Haswell on the Gertrude
,Norman sp Margaret Haswell on the Gertrude
,Archibald sp Ann Campbell on the Ellen Lewis
,Catherine sp Neil MacKay
,Isabella sp Hugh MacLeod
and Christine( Christy) sp Lauchlin McMillan of East Lake Ainslie her
cousin( me ,my mother,Cassie,Lauchlin,Donald( Big),Lauchlin ) Lauchlin and
Angus were brothers The three daughters stayed in Nova Scotia Christy
being one of them and I go back as follows (me ,my
I was thrilled to have a visit from new found McMillan cousins from New
Zealand and Geneva this past Sep. We have quite a few desc from this
exodus now corresponding with each other.
At 01:58 PM 1/22/01 -0800, you wrote:"
"Thanks for your reply, I have about 8 or more
"ancestors who came out from Nova Scotia, so maybe it
"would be easier if you could let me know who you're
"gggrand father is, and I'll be able to see if he's
"connected to my lot.
"I have Campebell's, McLennans, McKay's, McLeods,
"McGregors, McRae's, and a few others too. Or, I could
"send you a ged file of my scottish ancestors and see
"what you can find among them?Thanks"
"--- Lewis Flanders <flanders(a)ns.sympatico.ca> wrote:
"> hi Inez What kind of information are you looking for in particular?"> At
07:11 PM 1/16/01 -0800, you wrote:"> "
"> "Hi Everyone!
"> "It's been about a year since I last posted a
"> "so I thought I'd try again and see if anyone has
"> "information about the 1850-1860 migration of the
"> "Reverend Norman McLeod's group from Cape Breton to
"> "Waipu New Zealand. I have a few names and dates
"> "but I htought I'd try a general message first!
"> "Inez Campbell
For those who don't already know, the death occurred in Auckland on
January 18th of Neil ROBINSON, author of Lion of Scotland and To the
Ends of the Earth - books dealing with the Nova Scotian migration to
Australia and New Zealand under the leadership of Rev Norman McLeod.
Any communication to the family can be passed on through the House of
Waipu House of Memories & Information Centre
36 The Centre
"Waipu - the place to be in 2003"
I would estimate that it is approx 10 kilometres.
From: H & G [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Tuesday, January 09, 2001 8:34 PM
Subject: [NS-CB-L] Orangedale,NS
How far is Orangedale NS from Whycocomagh NS ?
Tracing my great - uncles' roots..
Heather, NB Canada
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Further quotes on # 12 explosion remembered.....
The Company Store
James Bryson McLachlan and the Cape Breton Coal Mines
by: John Mellor , 1983
"The following day a special train left New Waterford carrying the bodies of
eighteen miners in hastily constructed coffins . At Sydney , they were
loaded aboard the steamer ' Kyle ' to be taken home to mourning widows and
children in Newfoundland .The funerals in New Waterford were described in
all their tragic detail by the Sydney Post on July 29,1917.
"....at the Catholic church in the morning , a small inkling could be seen
of the cosmopolitan nature of the town of New Waterford when the relatives
of the dead miners entered the church . First the Italian women with their
black mantilla lace; then the Russians with their burning candles ; the
Belgians with snowy 'kerchief's ' and colored shawls ; English , Scottish
,Irish , and even the Jewish element was represented in the congregation ,
all honoring the dead ....a pathetic incident was the burial of the
foreigners who had no relatives here at all . All were buried in one grave
and around it the people gathered , not curiously , but as if to take away
the lonely feeling ."
3 Generations ,1913 - 1988
by: Ted Boutilier
" Though 90 were believed to have perished at first, 25 of the missing were
found in isolated sections of the mine where they clung to life in air
pockets after deady after-damp began circulating. Two horses in the mine for
three days after the explosion emerged safely as did a German miner who
tapped onto a pipe in an isolated section of the mine and received enough
air to keep gas at bay."
" Acts of heroism were recorded during and after the explosion. One miner,
William Cook, entered the mine nine times to take out injured men before he
was overcome by gas on the last trip .He survived the ordeal but like others
acquired memories that have more than stood the test of time."
>From John Mellor's book...pg. 96
There was " public outrage and threats of legal action made by Jim McLachlan
and the newly formed Amalgamated Mineworkers of Nova Scotia...."
** following an investigation of safety issues and wanting
accountability by the mine company...a charge was laid against the company
for causing grievous bodily harm instead of murder because a corporation
could not be charged with murder..What happened next -, following all the
evidence and most of it damning and proving conclusively that the Dominion
Coal Company had shown criminal negligence in the operation of #12 - was a
verdict of not guilty .***
pg. 100 -101
" McLaughlan left the court room a sadder and wiser man."
" The final word in the New Waterford disaster should come not from the
judge , but from Mr. McLaughlan. His daughter , Eve Pemberton , then aged
twelve , arrived home from school the day following the disaster to find her
father in distress :
.....we didn't know Poppa had been one of the volunteers who had entered the
mine after the explosion in a rescue attempt. He had lost a relative whose
name is still on the monument at New Waterford .He brought his body out of
the mine and then returned home . He was all red in the face and gasping for
breath after the gas, and his clothes smelled just awful . I asked him what
the smell was , and I recall he just looked at me so sorrowfully and said"
That smell, Eva , is death for Profits!."
[ Mr. Mellor's quote of a interview he had with Ms. Pemberton ]
Ann [MacDonald ] Batten ]
A bit of quoting from another book on the great mine explosion of #12 in
The Company Store
James Bryson McLachlan and the Cape Breton Coal Mines
by: John Mellor , 1983
" From the outset ,No.12 mine at New Waterford was reported to be extremely
wet and gassy- hazardous working conditions where the utmost caution would
have to be taken to prevent accidents or explosions or even disaster on a
Duncan Currie's graphic description of a mine explosion says it all :"
"An explosion , fire and gas , is what a miner fears most. There is nothing
worse than gas. Once a gas explosion occurs in a mine , a tremendous force
is developed which sweeps everything movable from it's path. It just sweeps
through the whole section or even down to other lever. It's just like a ball
of fire . A man can't live after an explosion unless they can get an air
line in there. The carbon monoxide is deadly."
[ This piece written by the author was taken from an interview Mr. Mellor
did with Mr. Duncan Currie and quoted as above in the book ].
-- It further goes on to describe what is done from a force of a gas
explosion confined to narrow tunnels in the mine..
." sweeps everything from it's path; steel rail lines curl up like spaghetti
;men's bodies are torn to shreds ; and others die with their lungs burned
out as the tremendous fireball rolls through the workings."
Mr. Mellor also goes on to quote the Sydney Post July26
1917.......[ pg.94]regarding the #12 explosion....
" The Sydney Post of July 26 , 1917, proclaimed the disaster the worst in
Cape Breton's mining history:
...The worst explosion in the Cape Breton coal fields occurred at 7:30
yesterday morning in the No. 12 colliery of the New Waterford
district....the dead include 30 native miners , 22 Newfoundlanders and 10
foreigners . About 270 men were in the mine at the time , and colliery
officials express surprise that the loss of life was not greater....the
crowd had grouped themselves , discussing the disaster in low tones , and
watching with worried ,strained faces the wagons , ambulances and teams as
they passed to and fro from the pithead....the rescue party worked
unceasingly and no greater deeds of heroism have been or will ever be
written than some that were enacted at New Waterford yesterday.....they came
across bodies which were totally dismembered by the force of the explosion.
Nearly a dozen were lying quite still , evidently from firedamp. Then came
crowds of twos and threes and here and there a lonely one . The gruesome
scenes at the bottom of the slope shaft cannot be described. They were not
brought to the surface until midnight where they were placed in caskets."
Mr. Mellor goes on to explain that the company wharehouse at the pit head
was used temporarily as a morgue for identification and embalming before
family members could review the remains.
Also.....From Mr. Ted Boutilier's book ,pg. 56. we find that St. Agnus
Parish Hall which was close to #12 ," served as hospital and morgue "
.......he speaks of 2 youths.....Phillip Nicholson age 17 and John MacKenzie
also 17 who worked on the surface at the time and bravely entered the mine
" to give what aid they could . Both inhaled gas fumes . MacKenzie died
first and Nicholson who came from the mine alive died on the floor of St.
Sgnus Parish Hall where injured were being treated and dead were being
assembled for burial."
" A few days later back to use as a church , the hall played host to the
long sad line of coffins down it's centre aisle as parish priest Rev. John
Hugh MacDonald sang a requiem Mass."
Ann [ MacDonald ] Batten
New Waterford's Miner's Memorial continued....
> New Waterford
> > > 3 Generations ,1913 - 1988
> > > by: Ted Boutilier
> > > Pub. 1988
pg.63 & 64
1958....Feb. 6....Bernard MacEachern........No.12
" Feb.25....John Robert MacDonald....No.16
" March 11...Stephen Podgurski...........No.12
" March 19...Wallace Walzak...............No.16
" April 18......David Sutherland............No.18
" July 29....Emil Smolenski...............No. 12
" Apr.16.....Wesley Thorne................No.16
" July 28....Fred Rockett....................No.16
" Sept.2......Angus MacPherson.........No.12
" Sept.15....William MacLeod...........No.16
" Sept.18....Archibald MacLeod ........No.18
" Nov.6......Russell Marsh.................No.12
" " Donald MacInnes............No.12
1961..Jan. 19......James F. Hogan..............No. 12
" Nov. 2.......Arthur Chiasson............No.12
" Nov. 22....Joseph Campbell...........No. 16
1962...July 27....John Cameron...............No.12
1968...May 14....Wallace White.............No.12
" Sept..........Fred Gillis..................No.12
" July 7...John A. Martell..........No.12
" Mar.4....Alphonse Mombourquette...No.12
" " Donald W. MacFadgen...No.12
1976....Mar. 1.....Daniel LeBlanc [White ]...Lingan
" June 26..Alex.[Boo] MacDonald......Lingan
1979....July 9......Allan Gerard Tighe...........Lingan
1982....April 15...Alphonse MacDougall.....Lingan
1984...Feb. 18.....Thomas Aloysius Kelly....Lingan
1985...Apr. 16.....Louis Power.....................Lingan
That's it for dates and names of our brave coal miner's that were killed in
the pit. According to pg. 60 by the above writer of the book, "Research
continues and names will be added as they are authenticated." Recall that
this book was written in 1988 , therefore names may have been added ,
however I don't know.
Also , see the below link of New Waterford for photo's of the above pit's
and paper's written on the subject of coal mining in New Waterford by Mr.
Boutilier....Very interesting and informative..........
If you have problems accessing the site , let me know and I'll send a link
to you personally.
Ann [MacDonald ]Batten