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Descendents of Nicholas Lister (1796/1798 - 25 Jan 1869)
and Margaret Heughan (1801 - 25 Mar 1846)

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DESCENDENTS OF NICHOLAS LISTER (1796/1798 - 25 JAN 1869)
AND MARGARET HEUGHAN (1801 - 25 MAR 1846)

First Immigrant Generation

1. Nicholas Lister

 

Son of George Lister. Born 1796/1798 in Annan, Dumfriesshire, Scotland. Died 25 Jan 1869 in Harvey. Buried in Harvey Settlement Cemetery. Occupation Farmer, Weaver.

    

The Lister name was also spelled "Litster" in old records.   In the 1801 Census of Annan, Scotland, Nickol (age 3) was listed as part of the household of George Lister, Agnes Gass, Jean Lister, John Lister and Isabel Lister.   The home was listed as Bonshawside which included 16 residences.   (Info from E. E. Lister)

 

From Morning Telegraph, Saint John, 2 Feb 1869:

   " Died Harvey, 25th ult., Nicholas Lister, age 77, native of Annan, Dumfriesshire, Scotland.   He was promoted to Ruling Elder of the Parish Church in   his native place.   He emigrated to America in 1843, left children and grandchildren."

From "Statistical Return of the Harvey Settlement for the year 1847", Nicholas settled in Harvey in 1843, had a family of 9, and besides farming he was a Weaver.   In the four years between 1843 and 1847, he had built a house and barn, had cleared 18 acres of his 100 acre lot and had paid off half the cost of his land.   He had 3 cows, 2 oxen, 10 sheep, 3 swine and 3 young cattle.   His crop consisted of 10 tons hay and stray, 150 bu. oats, 10 bu. barley and buckwheat, 100 bu. potatoes and 10 bu. wheat.   Estimated total value of crops, stocks, land and improvements was 166 pounds.   (As his wife died in 1846, it would appear that he had 8 children living with him in 1847.)

  

The 1851 Census lists Nicholas a widower, 54 years of age, Scotch, farmer/proprietor, who entered this colony in 1843.   The following children were living at home:   (All were born in Scotland)   David, 20; James, 16; Edward I., 14; Jane, 12; Agnes, 11 and Mary, 9.

  

Ten years later, 1861 Census, only his son Edward Irvin, 24, was at home with Nicholas.   Also a servant, Elizabeth Dundas, age 26, lived in the household.   The Lister family was Presbyterian.   By 1861, Nicholas owned or occupied 60 acres improved and 90 acres unimproved land.   Cash value of farm was 250 pounds, value of implements and machinery, 15 pounds.   He had 2 horses, 3 milch cows, 4 other neat cattle, 14 sheep, 3 swine and slaughtered 400 lb. pork.   Produced 150 lb. butter, 36 lb. wool, 10 tons hay, 300 bu. oats, 87 bu. buckwheat, 20 bu. timothy and 100 bu. potatoes.

  

From the Land Grants records, Nicholas received the following land:   Lot P Block 31 Kingsclear (later Manners Sutton) York Co. 100 ac. 1851/10/13   Vol. 36, No. 4873; and Lot 70 Block 31, Manners Sutton, 50 ac. 1868/12/14 Vol. 74, No. 12594.

  

Excerpt from newspaper account of Settlement of Harvey -- undated--"For 16 years the Harvey Settlers were without a kirk or meeting house and without a clergyman excepting a rare visit from the Rev. Daniel McCurdy of Keswick.   The children were taken to Fredericton for baptism.   The Rev. John Brooke kindly granted the ordinance to all who sought, without hindrance at his own manse.   During all these years, however, public worship amongst themselves on the Lord's day was regularly observed.   This was conducted in the school house by the elders and others.   There were four of them, John Thompson, Thomas Herbert, Thomas Piercy and James Nesbitt.   In this connection the name of Nicholas Lister should be mentioned.   He took regular turns at the desk with the elders giving out the psalm or paraphrase, leading in prayer and reading the sermons.   There was no great force in the reading of the sermon but to hear some of these men pray, pleading at the throne, offering up their gifts at the alter was something grand.   The very simplicity of the language lent power and solemnity to their soul stirring devotions.   Nor was the service of praise led by Matthew Piercy less earnest and striking.   At the end of sixteen years in 1852 a substantial meeting house was erected........"

   

He married Margaret Heughan, daughter of William Heughan & Agnes Beattie, 28 Nov 1822 in Dumfries, Annan, Scotland. Born 1801 in Dumfries, Scot. Died 25 Mar 1846 in Harvey. Buried in Harvey Settlement Cemetery.

   

They had the following children:

  2   i.   George Lister

  3   ii.   Janet "Jennie" Lister

  4   iii.  William Lister

  5   iv.  John Lister

  6   v.   David Lister

  7   vi.  James M. Lister

  8   vii. Edward Irving Lister

  9  viii. Jane Lister

 10  ix.  Agnes Lister

 11   x.  Mary Lister

1. Nicholas Lister

DESCENDENTS OF NICHOLAS LISTER (1796/1798 - 25 JAN 1869)
AND MARGARET HEUGHAN (1801 - 25 MAR 1846)

Second Immigrant Generation

2. George Lister

 

Son of Nicholas Lister & Margaret Heughan. Born 18 Sep 1823 in Annan, Scot.

  

George came to America from Annan, Scotland, with his parents, brothers and sisters in 1843.   From Minnesota Cemetery Inscription Index, Selected Counties: George Lister died 24 Dec 1891, age 68, Empire Township, Dakota County, Minnesota, buried in Corinthian Cemetery, Section NW.


He acquired the following Land Grants.   (Further information on land transactions can be obtained through research at the Provincial Archives of New Brunswick):

  

Lot 18, T2, Harvey Sett., Manners Sutton, 50 acres, 1855/01/19, Vol. 44, No. 6646;   Part of 18 SE, Harvey Sett., 50 ac. 1857/02/23, Vol. 50, No. 7932;   18, Harvey Sett., 100 ac. 1857/12/28, Vol. 52, No. 8338;   90 Block 31, Harvey Sett. 50 ac. 1858/01/25, Vol. 53, No. 8540;   Blk 31, NE Bra Magag. R., Manners Sutton, 100 ac. 1870/08/01, Vol. 81, No. 13810.

 

From The Daily Gleaner, 14 July 1937:   "About the year 1857, George Lister built the first woollen mill in York Mills.   He also built a sawmill and a grist mill.   The woollen business was established as a cloth mill.   He later sold the business to John Taylor."

 

Excerpt from Rural Musings:   Woollen Mill Thrives:   Began 105 years Ago, By Rolf Munroe--undated, but possibly in newspaper in December 1962:   "George built the sawmill first, and in it lumber for the other structures were processed.   The machinery for the original mill came up the St. John river by boat, was landed at Long Creek, and hauled on wagons to the mill site."  

 

There seems to be some questions as to the exact year the woollen mill was built.   From the Saint Croix Courier "Journey Through Time", The Early Years: 1865-1885, on 13 May 1869:   "New Woollen Mill -- Geo Lester, Esq., is erecting a woollen factory in the Harvey Settlement on the N. E. Magaguadavic within a short distance of Western Extension. -- Journal."

 

The 1861 Census lists George as 37 years old, Farmer/Merchant, and his wife Mary Ann, 28 years old, daughter Christina, 2 years, and son Charles Fisher, 7 mos.   Also in their household were James Carmichael, 26 yr., farm servant; Mary Embleton, 18 yr., domestic servant; James Kenna, 30 yr., woodturner, and his wife Isabella Kenna, 24 yr.

 

According to 1861 Census, George employed 2 males, owned or occupied 50 acres improved land and 700 acres unimproved land.   Cash value of farm was 500 pounds, and value of implements and machinery was 100 pounds.   He had 5 horses, 4 milch cows, 1 other neat cattle, 5 sheep, 2 swine and slaughtered 500 lb. pork.   Produced 200 lb. butter, 4 lb. wool, 18 tons hay, 100 bu. oats, 30 bu. buckwheat and 80 bu. potatoes.

 

Children of George and Mary Ann were baptized in Presbyterian church.    They moved from Harvey area sometime after 1861 Census.

 

George Lister, wife Mary Ann and daughter Christina Lister are in the 1880 census in Farmington, Dakota Co., Minnesota, USA.

 

He married Mary Ann Johnston, daughter of Mr Johnston & Christina A. Heughan, 24 Feb 1851 in St. Paul's Presbyterian Church By Rev. Dr. John M. Brooke . Born 12 Oct 1832, died 20 Jul 1909, Empire Township, Dakota County, Minesota, buried in Corinthian Cemetery, Section NW. Birth and death information from Minnesota Cemetery Inscription Index, Selected Counties.

 

From York Co NB Marriage Register C 1850-1866 (PANB):   Witnesses to marriage were Thomas Cockburn and Nancy Thomson.

They had the following children:

  12   i.   Christina Lister

  13   ii.   Charles Fisher Lister

 

 

Entry last updated 11 Jan 2008

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Undated photograph of Mary Ann Johnston (b. ca. 1832, Scotland, d. unknown). Source: David M. Swan, 15 Mar 2007.