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Descendents of Andrew Mowatt (1776 - 28 May 1862)
and wife Margaret (1779 - 17 Oct 1867)

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 First immigranT Generation                 

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 Second immigranT Generation            

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 Third immigranT Generation               

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Descendents of Andrew Mowatt (1776 - 28 May 1862)
and wife Margaret (?) (1779 - 17 Oct 1867)

FIRST Immigrant Generation

1. Andrew Mowatt

Born Approx 1776 in Eng. Died 28 May 1862 in Ford, Northumberland, Eng. Buried in St. Michael's Graveyard, Ford, Northumberland, Eng.

   

(Some information on Andrew and Margaret from Family Tree compiled by Dorothy Christie, 1977, and given to Helen Craig by Anna Christie, Fredericton)

   

From the tombstone inscription, according to grandson Rev. Dr. Andrew J. Mowatt who visited England in 1902:   "Andrew Mowett died at Ford, May 28, 1862, aged 86 years, wife Margaret died Oct 17, 1867 aged 88 years."   (Picture of gravestone in St. Michael's graveyard, Ford on 11 Jul 1996 by Melinda Mowatt Anderson.)

   

Margaret's maiden name not known.   They had three sons, James, Thomas and Andrew.   James and Thomas emigrated to New Brunswick in 1837 with the first settlers to Harvey Settlement.

   

He married Margaret. Born Approx 1779 in Eng. Died 17 Oct 1867 in Ford, Northumberland, Eng. Buried in St. Michaels Graveyard, Ford, Northumberland, Eng.

   

Maiden name not known.

   

They had the following children:

2 i. James Mowatt

3 ii. Thomas Mowatt

4 iii. Andrew Mowatt

andrew Mowatt

Descendents of Andrew Mowatt (1776 - 28 May 1862)
and wife Margaret (1779 - 17 Oct 1867)

SECOND Immigrant Generation

2. James Mowatt

Son of Andrew Mowatt & Margaret. Born 1807/1808 in Northumberland, England. Died Jan 1892 in Harvey, NB. Buried in Harvey Settlement Cemetery. Occupation Farmer. Religion Presbyterian.

   

James Mowatt with his wife Catherine Huliston and their 8 months old daughter Agnes, with James's brother Thomas and his wife Elizabeth, left their homes in Northumberland, England and emigrated to New Brunswick in 1837.   They left from the port Berwick-upon-Tweed on the brig Cornelius of Sunderland on 28 May 1837, and arrived in St. John (now spelled Saint John), NB on 12 Jul 1837.   They travelled to Fredericton on the steamer Water Witch and were among the first settlers of Harvey Settlement.   James received Land Grant Lot #6W, of 100 acres.

   

In the statistical report for Harvey Settlement for the year 1843, there were four in James family; they had 8 acres in crops; 4 acres new land ready for crop next year; 8 acres in meadow; 3 acres in pasture; produced 3 tons hay, 3 tons straw, 300 bushels potatoes, 4 bushels wheat, 90 bushel oats, 14 bushels barley and buckwheat; had 1 cow; no oxen,    horses or sheep; 3 swine, 2 young cattle, 1 dwelling house, 1 barn and 1 out house.

   

In the statistical report for 1847, James had commenced settlement in 1838; and now had 2 cows, 2 oxen, 9 sheep, 2 swine, and 2 young cattle.

  

He married Catherine Huliston, 19 Dec 1835 in Ford, Parish Records & Dissenters (IGI). Born 1804 in England. Died 11 Oct 1866 in Harvey, NB. Buried in Harvey Settlement Cemetery.

   

Name spelled Katherine Howliston in Parish Records and Dissenters, Ford, Northumberland, England (IGI).

  

They had the following children:

  5   i.   Agnes Mowatt

  6   ii.   Andrew Mowatt

James Mowatt

Descendents of Andrew Mowatt (1776 - 28 May 1862)
and wife Margaret (1779 - 17 Oct 1867)

SECOND Immigrant Generation

3. Thomas Mowatt

Son of Andrew Mowatt & Margaret. Born 4 May 1809 in Ford, Northumberland, England. Died 13 Dec 1892 in Harvey, York Co., NB. Buried in Harvey Settlement Cemetery. Occupation Farmer, Miller. Religion Presbyterian.

   

Thomas Mowatt and his wife Elizabeth "Betsy" Moffitt came to NB with his brother James, his wife Catherine Huliston and their infant daughter Agnes in 1837.   They left from the port Berwick-upon-Tweed on 28 May 1837 on the brig Cornelius of Sunderland and arrived in St. John, NB (now spelled Saint John) on 12 Jul 1837.   They proceeded to Fredericton on the steamer Water Witch, and were among the first settlers of Harvey Settlement who came from the border country England and Scotland.   Thomas received Land Grant Lot #12E, of 100 acres.

   

Thomas and Elizabeth lived in Woodstock for a while before settling on their land grant in Harvey, and their oldest son, Andrew was born in Woodstock in February 1838, and   their second child, John in April 1939.   The statistical report for Harvey Settlement in 1843 shows that there were six in the family.  

   

The 1843 report also shows:   8 acres in crops; 4 acres new land for crops the next year; 3 acres in meadow; 1 acre in pasture; produced 1 ton hay, 3 tons straw, 200 bushel of potatoes, 12 bushels of wheat, 100 bushels of oats, 42 bushels of barley and buckwheat, l bushel of turnips; had 1 cow, 2 oxen, no horses, no sheep, 2 swine, 2 young cattle; had 1 dwelling house and 2 out houses, with estimated value of land and improvements 92 pounds.  

   

Statement in remarks column:   "The estimated value of improvements is made up exclusive of the buildings, and no one settler would part with his Lot at the stated value.   There is a good school in the middle of the Settlement, and the average attendance of scholars during the past year was 30."   The settlers accompany the original Return with the following observations:   "The Climate of New Brunswick agrees well with the constitution of Englishmen; the air is salubrious, and the water as pure and wholesome as any in the world."   "During the six years of our location there have occurred but two deaths, while there have been thirty nine births without the presence of medical aid."

   

The Statistical Return of Harvey Settlement for the year 1847 shows that Thomas commenced in the settlement in 1840, there was six in the family, and Thomas was a Miller as well as a farmer.   They had a house, a barn and one other building; had 2 cows, no oxen, 1 horse, 7 sheep,   4 swine, and 3 young cattle.

       

Thomas brought the document copied below to New Brunswick with him in 1837. (It was copied by Thomas Mowatt's grandson from the original document, only supplying missing words to make sense, as a section was torn out--E. E. Mowatt, New Richmond, Que. Feb 17th 1928.   A copy was sent to Jocelean Swan Hall in June 2000 by Melinda Mowatt Anderson.)

 

    "This certifies that Thomas Mowatt, a native of this neighbourhood, of creditable parentage, leaves this country for N. Brunswick, wishing to better his situation in that land.   He is a member in full communion with this Presbyterian Congregation and has always acted as becometh the christian.

   

     "He is of a mild inoffensive disposition, exceedingly peaceable, quiet and retiring, very highly esteemed as a servant, well acquainted with husbandry in all the modern improvements.   He has had for several years the oversight of a corn mill and is very capable of managing such a concern, so he is likely to prove an acquisition to any gentlemen improving his estate.

    "He leaves us in comfortable circumstances, with his brother James.   But if a mysterious Providence should visit them with shipwreck or disaster, the British agent or Consul must afford them protection, and the humane may rest assured they lend aid to the deserving.

   

Given in the name of the members, Trustees and Elders of this congregation,                            

  

Thomas Hall, minister

Crookham, County of Northumberland

May 21st, 1837"

 

From newspaper obituary, 15 Dec. (1892) (In same item is the death of Wm. Patterson.)

"Harvey Station

   

Thomas Mowatt, another of Harvey's old residents, passed to his rest on Tuesday afternoon after a short illness, aged 85 years.   He came from the south of Scotland in the year 1837 and has resided on his farm here since that time.   He leaves three sons and three daughters, among whom are Rev. A. J. Mowatt, of Montreal, and coun. John Mowatt of this place.   The funeral, which took place on Thursday afternoon, was largely attended from all parts of the settlement.   Mr Mowatt was well liked by all who knew him and his death is much regretted."

 

From The Daily Sun, Saint John, 21 Dec 1892:
Harvey (York Co.) Dec 18 -- Thomas Mowatt, who died at Harvey 13th inst., was born in the village of Ford in the North of England on May 4th, 1809 and thus in the 84th year of his age. Before emigrating to New Brunswick he was in charge of a grist mill. He joined a colony of emigrants who sailed from Berwick-on-Tweed in the "Cornelius" in May 1837 and landed in St. John in July and was located at Harvey at that time an unbroken forest. He had charge of a grist mill at Woodstock for two years, but after that he joined the pioneers at Harvey and shared with them their struggles. The 13th saw the last remains of Wm Patterson, sr., aged 81, laid in his last resting place. Mr Mowatt and Mr Patterson were fellow emigrants and lived as neighbors. Mr Mowatt was the father of Rev. A. J. Mowatt, late of Fredericton, now stationed at Montreal.

 

Believed to be buried in Harvey Settlement Cemetery, but there is no gravestone for Thomas and his wife.

    

He married Elizabeth "Betsy" Moffitt, daughter of John Moffat & Janet Gladstone, Approx 1836/1837 in Eng. Born 1813 in Stickel, Roxburgh, Scotland. Died 22 Jan 1854/1855 in Harvey Settlement, NB. Buried in Harvey Settlement Cemetery.

   

It is believed that Elizabeth's maiden name was Moffitt, and that she was a sister of Mary Moffitt who married Peter Wood, and Margaret Moffitt who married John Swan--both sisters came to New Brunswick around 1850.   In the IGI records, Mary Moffat was born 27 Jul 1827 in Stichel, Roxburgh, Scotland to John Moffatt and Janet Gladstone.   No record was found for Elizabeth or Margaret's birth in IGI.   At this time we are unable to verify Elizabeth's maiden name, but assume it was Moffitt, and that she was the daughter of John Moffat and Janet Gladstone.

   

Elizabeth's death date 22 Jan 1854 was provided by Rae Swan Brewer in 1976.   Harvey church records began in 1856, and there is no gravestone for Thomas and Elizabeth   in Harvey Settlement Cemetery, so unable to confirm death date.   Youngest son, George Mowatt was born 18 Nov 1854, according to 1901 census, and again no gravestone to confirm date.   Obviously either Elizabeth's death date or George's birth date is wrong.

   

They had the following children:

  7   i.   Andrew Joseph Mowatt (Rev. Dr.)

  8   ii.   John Mowatt

  9   iii.   Thomas James Mowatt

  10   iv.   Jane Mowatt

  11   v.   Margaret Rae "Maggie" Mowatt

  12   vi.   Elizabeth Scott "Bessie" Mowatt

  13   vii.   George Mowatt

Thomas Mowatt

Descendents of Andrew Mowatt (1776 - 28 May 1862)
and wife Margaret (1779 - 17 Oct 1867)

SECOND Immigrant Generation

4. Andrew Mowatt

Son of Andrew Mowatt & Margaret. Born Approx 1810 in England. Died 20 Jun 1884 in Ford, Northumberland, England. Buried in St. Michael's Graveyard, Ford, Northumberland, England.

Copy of photograph of gravestone not clear enough to make out the exact death dates for Andrew and his wife Alice.   Buried in St. Michael's graveyard in Ford.   (Photograph by Melinda Mowatt Anderson.)

 

Andrew and his wife lived in Northumberland, England.

 

He married Alice. Born Approx 1811 in England. Died 11 Jan 1881 in Ford, Northumberland, England. Buried in St. Michael's Graveyard, Ford, Northumberland, England.

andrew mowatt

Descendents of Andrew Mowatt (1776 - 28 May 1862)
and wife Margaret (1779 - 17 Oct 1867)

THIRD Immigrant Generation

5. Agnes Mowatt

Daughter of James Mowatt & Catherine Huliston. Born 1836 in England. Died 25 Jul 1868 in Harvey, NB. Buried in Harvey Settlement Cemetery.

   

Agnes was not married.

Descendents of Andrew Mowatt (1776 - 28 May 1862)
and wife Margaret (1779 - 17 Oct 1867)

SECOND Immigrant Generation

6. Andrew Mowatt

Son of James Mowatt & Catherine Huliston. Born 14 Oct 1839 in Harvey. Christen 28 Jun 1840 in Harvey Settlement By Rev. Daniel McCurdy   . Died 5 Nov 1920 in Harvey. Buried in Harvey Settlement Cemetery. Occupation Farmer.

 

Copied from the Marriage Records of York County, New Brunswick (1837-1888) held on microfilm at the Provincial Archives of New Brunswick:

   

This is to certify that Mr Andrew Mowitt of the Parish of Manners Sutton, County of York and Province of New Brunswick and Miss Isabella Watt of the same place were married by License with the consent of parents on the ninth day of June One Thousand Eight Hundred and Seventy, by me,

            

Samuel Johnson, Minister

   

This marriage was solemnized between us:   Andrew Mowatt / Isabella Watt

In the presence of T. J. Thompson, Jane Watt.     Filed and registered January21st A.D. 1871.

   

Copied from newspaper obituary (1920):

Andrew Mowatt

   

Harvey Station, Nov. 8 -- Andrew Mowatt died at his home here at an early hour on   Friday morning after a short illness.   He was one of the oldest residents of this place, being in the eighty-second year of his age.   He was a son of James Mowatt, one of the pioneers of Harvey who came from the North of England in the year 1837. He was a farmer and lived his long life and died on the same farm on which he was born.   He is survived by his wife, two sons and three daughters.   His sons are:   Hartley and Everett Mowatt residing here, and his daughters are:   Mrs Benjamin Harris of McAdam, Mrs Ralph Bickford of Newport , and Miss Maggie Mowatt residing at Augusta, Me.   His eldest son, Albert Mowatt, was one of the soldiers who fell in battle in Belgium during the late war.   The funeral was held at his late residence yesterday afternoon and was largely attended, Rev. J. F. McKay conducting the services.

 

(The 1901 Census for Manners Sutton gives Andrew's birth date as 14 Oct 1837, and he was 63 years old.)

 

He married Isabella Watt, daughter of Michael Watt & Mary Ann Morecraft, 9 Jun 1870 in Harvey Presbyterian Church Records By Rev. Samuel Johnson . Born 2 Mar 1845 in Fredericton. Died 8 Mar 1932 in McAdam, N.B. Buried 10 Mar 1932 in Harvey Settlement Cemetery.

 

Copied from newspaper obituary (1932):

Died at Harvey.   Mrs Isabell Mowatt, Native of Fredericton, Passes at Home of Daughter.

   

Harvey Station, March 17 -- The death of Mrs Isobell Mowatt one of Harvey's old residents, occurred at the home of her daughter, Mrs B. Harris, McAdam, Tuesday morning, March 8th.

   

The deceased was born in Fredericton, March 2nd, 1845 and moved with her parents to Harvey when quite young and made her home here for the rest of her life.   For the past ten years after the death of her husband Andrew Mowatt, she made her home mostly with her daughter, Mrs B. Harris at McAdam, but coming for weeks at a time each summer for a visit with her youngest son, Everett who lives on the old homestead at Harvey Station.

   

Mrs Mowatt endeared herself to all who knew her.   A member of the Presbyterian Church, later joining with the United Church.   She was a life member of the W.M.S.   She had a keen mind and was widely read and her counsel will be sorely missed by friends and associates.   Mrs Mowatt was 87 years old.

   

The funeral service was held from the old homestead, where her youngest son lives, on March 10th, at 2.30 p.m.   In spite of the very cold day there was a large number present.   The service was conducted by Rev. A. MacKay assisted by Rev. George Knight.   The favorite hymns of the deceased were sung, Sweet Hour of Prayer and Nearer Still Nearer, and Beautiful Land was sang by Messrs. Coburn, Hughes, Dorcas and Robison, as a quartette accompanied by Mrs L. J. Coffey.   Interment in the Harvey cemetery.   The beautiful floral tributes were many and showed the high esteem in which she was held.

   

Those surviving are Mrs Ralph Bickford and Miss Margaret Mowatt, of Newport, Maine, Mrs Benjamin Harris, McAdam, Hartley Mowatt of McAdam and Everett Mowatt of Harvey Station.   There are ten grandchildren and 1 great grandchild.   Two sisters, Mrs John McDonald, Amsterdam, New York and Mrs Ellen Matthews, Stoney Plane, Atlanta.   Albert Mowatt, the eldest son, made the sacrifice during the World War.

 

They had the following children:

  14   i.   Ellenor Johnson Mowatt

  15   ii.   Catherine Huliston "Kate" Mowatt

  16   iii.   Mary Edith "Ada" Mowatt

  17   iv.   Jane W. "Jennie" Mowatt

  18   v.   Albert J. Mowatt b. 16 Jun 1881 - d. 9 Apr 1917, Battle of Vimy Ridge

  19   vi.   Hartley A. Mowatt

  20   vii.   Margaret Rae "Maggie" Mowatt

  21   viii.   Everett Edward Mowatt

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Born June 16, 1881 died April 9, 1917
Son of Andrew Mowatt and Isabell Watt.
Killed in World War 1,
Buried in Canadian Cemetery No2, Pas de Calais, France.

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Isabella Watts 
Born March 2, 1845 died March 8, 1932
Daughter of Michael Watt and Mary Ann Morecraft.
Married to Andrew  Mowatt.

Hartley  Mowatt  
Born September 16, 1883 died 1951
Son of Andrew Mowatt and Isabella Watt.
Married to Margaret Mae Adams.

Alice Rae Mowatt  
Born February 27, 1916 died August 21, 1979
Daughter of Everett Mowatt and Carrie Wilson.
Never married- served as a Nursing sister in the second 
World War.

Albert Vimy Mowatt  
Born July 16, 1917 died March 4, 1987
Son of Everett Mowatt and Carrie Wilson.
Never married.

Janie A Mowatt  
Born October 19, 1877 died 1947
Daughter of Andrew Mowatt ands Isabella Watt.
Married to Ralph Bickford.
Moved to Newport, Penobscot Maine , and this is where she 
is buried.

Hartley Mowatt  
Born September 16, 1883 died March 26, 1951
Son of Andrew Mowatt and Isabella Watt.
Married to Margaret Mae Adams.

Descendents of Andrew Mowatt (1776 - 28 May 1862)
and wife Margaret (1779 - 17 Oct 1867)

THIRD Immigrant Generation

7. Andrew Joseph Mowatt (Rev. Dr.)

Son of Thomas Mowatt & Elizabeth "Betsy" Moffitt. Born 11 Feb 1838 in Woodstock, NB. Died 19 Feb 1911 in Erskine Church, Montreal. Occupation Presbyterian Minister. Religion Presbyterian.

   

From Daily Telegraph, Saint John, 14 June 1873:   "Rev. A. Mowitt, of Stellarton, N.S., has accepted a call from the Presbyterian congregation at Windsor."

   

From Daily Telegraph, Saint John, 20 Dec 1879:   "The induction of Rev. A. J. Mowatt the new pastor of St. Paul's Presbyterian Church, Fredericton is to take place on 8th January."

 From "A Century of Service, Saint Paul's Church, Fredericton, N.B. 1832-1932", page 78: "Rev. Andrew J. Mowatt was born at Woodstock, New Brunswick, February 11, 1838, and when quite young moved with his parents to Harvey.   He received his early education at Fredericton and took the Arts Course at the Presbyterian College, Truro, studied Divinity at the Theological Hall, Halifax, was graduated and licensed a preacher in 1866."

    "He accepted a call to Stellarton in 1866, to Windsor 1873, to St. Paul's Fredericton, in 1880 and to Erskine Church, Montreal, in 1891.   He was elected by the Assembly to the Board of Management of the Presbyterian College, Montreal, and succeeded Dr. McVicar as chairman of the Board of French Evangelization.   The College of Montreal conferred upon him the degree of Doctor of Divinity in 1901.   In 1866 he married Miss Louise J. Annand of Gay's River, sister of Dr. Annand of New Hebrides.   He died February 19th, 1911, in the pulpit of Erskine Church, Montreal.   He gave one son to the Ministry at home and one to the foreign field, in China." 

From newspaper clipping, possibly 1939:

Memorial to Rev. A. J. Mowatt In Erskine Church, Montreal

Died in Pulpit in 1911--For Years Minister of St. Paul's, Fredericton.

  

On Sunday last a memorial tablet on the new pulpit in Erskine and American United Church, Montreal, in memory of the late Rev. Dr. A. J. Mowatt, a former pastor of St. Paul's United (then Presbyterian) Church, Fredericton, who died at his pulpit on Sunday, February 19th, 1911, was seen for the first time.   Dr. Mowatt came to Fredericton about the year 1876 and was called to Erskine Church in Montreal about the year 1888.

  

Dr. Mowatt had determined to address his congregation on the morning of February 19th, 1911, against the advice of his physician.   He had been in ill health for two months previously and appeared weak on the morning of his death.   He was assisted in the devotional portion of the worship by the Rev. Dr. E. Scott.

  

Singular Text Intended

The pastor was to have addressed the congregation on the text, "When I saw Him I fell at His feet as one dead", but shortly before the time for the beginning of the sermon, members of the congregation seated near the front of the church observed that his chin had sunk upon his chest and his eyes were closed.   They directed the attention of Dr. Scott to Dr. Mowatt who was found to be unconscious.   Several men were asked to carry the inert form of the pastor to the vestry where he expired before medical attention, which had been summoned, could arrive.

  

The Inscription

The tablet on the new memorial pulpit is inscribed "To the Glory of God and in memory of the Rev. Andrew J. Mowatt, D.D., Minister of Erskine Church who died in his pulpit on Sunday, February 19th, 1911, aged 73 when about to preach from the text 'and when I saw Him, I fell at His feet as one dead.'"

  

It was during the pastorate of Dr. Mowatt in Fredericton that the present stone church on the corner of York and George streets was erected.   The preceding building was moved to the rear and first used as a hall and Sunday School room and later moved to Charlotte street and converted into an apartment house.

  

Other Pastorates

Dr Mowatt came to Fredericton from Stellarton, Nova Scotia, and before that had filled a pastorate in Harvey, New Brunswick.   In moving to Fredericton, he succeeded Rev. Dr. Brook and was himself succeeded by Rev. Willard MacDonald.

3754. Undated tin type image of the Rev. Andrew J. Mowatt (center), wife Louisa Jane Annand (right) and a lady identified on back as "Bessies Sister" (left). Collection of Brian Swan, La Peche, Quebec. Album orginated from his grandmother Ella Jessie Swan (née Thompson) who provided the image identification. Rephotographed, 9 Jun 2008 by Tim Patterson. Cropped and contrast adjusted by Tim Patterson 10 Feb 2009

Undated photograph of Rev. Dr. Andrew Mowatt (b. 11 Feb 1838, d. 19 Feb 1911). (Source: JSH, 25 Jul 2006).