Descendents of John Thompson (1800 – 25 Aug 1888)
and Isabella Swan ( ca 1800 – 20 May 1851

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Descendents of John Thompson (1800 – 25 Aug 1888)
and Isabella Swan ( ca 1800 – 20 May 1851)

First Immigrant Generation

1. John Thompson

Born 1800 in Northumberland, Eng. Died 25 Aug 1888 in Harvey Settlement. Buried in Harvey Settlement Cemetery. Occupation Teacher. Religion Presbyterian.

   

Not sure if John Thompson had middle name   "Stuart", unable to confirm.

   

Copied from Cornhill Parish Marriage Register 1798-1850:   "John Thompson of the Parish of Wooler and Elizabeth Swan of this Parish were married in this Chapel by Banns with Consent of Parents this twenty-ninth day of January in the Year One thousand eight hunderd and thirty-two by me,      R. Jones.

    "This Marriage was solemnized between us:   John Thompson, Isabella Swan

    "In the Presence of John Grey, Isabella Rogers, James Swan, Mary Thompson."

     

Among the original settlers of Harvey, N.B., they sailed from Berwick-upon-Tweed on May 28, 1837 on board the brig "Cornelius of Sunderland" which carried coals, glass, etc. and 137 passengers.   They arrived at Saint John, N.B. on Wednesday, 12 July, and proceeded to Fredericton in the steamer, "Water Witch".

   

John received a land grant of 100 acres, Lot 9W, in Harvey Settlement.   He had been educated as a school teacher and served in this role when he came to the Harvey community.   He served as Clerk of the Session in the Presbyterian Church, and as an elder.

   

They had ten children, three born in England and seven born in Harvey.   Isabella died when the youngest child was about two years old.

Undated carte de visite image of John Stuart Thompson as an elderly man (b. 1800, Northumberland - d. 25 Aug 1888, Harvey Settlement). Source: Collection of Brian Swan, La Peche, Quebec. Album orginated from his grandmother Ella Jessie Swan (née Thompson) who provided the image identification. Rephotographed, cropped and contrast adjusted by Tim Patterson 9 Jun 2008.

Undated carte de visite image of sister of John Stuart Thompson. Image taken by John Foster High Street, Coldstream. Source: 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 19 Jun 2008.

Undated carte de visite image of sister of John Stuart Thompson. Image taken by John Foster High Street, Coldstream. Source: 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 19 Jun 2008.

Copied from New Brunswick Reporter and Fredericton Advertiser, Fredericton, 1 Sep 1888:

   

The correspondent for the 'Courier' for Harvey writes:   John Thompson departed this life at noon on Saturday, and was carried to his long home on Monday.   Mr Thompson was one of the first settlers and had reached the 90th year of his age.   He was the only teacher or schoolmaster in the settlement for quite a length of time.   There is only one person in the parish now living who can claim to have been born in the seventeenth century, George Davidson, who was likewise one of the first of the Harvey settlers.

   

The following is information gathered from research at the Provincial Archives of NB by Bruce Elliott, summer 2004, and contained in an e-mail to J. Hall,dated 19 Aug 2004:

    "The first is Thompson's licence to teach school, in RS655 1844.   On 2 Apr. 1838 he was approved by the Board of Education for the County of York.   In the minute of the meeting he was called a native of the County of Northumberland, England, and it was said he had produced testimonials of   "moral character, religious principles and sober habits" and passed an   examination in the 3 R's and English grammar, and was granted a certificate as requested.   A pity the testimonials were not placed on file.   On 14 Oct. 1844 the trustees of schools for parish of Kingsclear certified that he had been teaching a school in the Harvey Settlement there for many years with exemplary conduct, and currently enrolled 19 males and 15 females; a renewal of his licence was approved 30 Dec. 1844.

    "Secondly, the Dunham & McDougall Family Collection (MC167) includes a letter from Thompson to Jonathan McDougall who came to Stanley with the first party, but soon left.   McDougall was said to have been living in Gagetown when he received this letter, but that is not apparent on the document itself.   The file contains an inaccurate typescript version, but my copy below is from the original which is also there.   The transcriber thought he had signed John C. Thompson, but there is no middle initial C, just a big curl at the start of the T. of Thompson.   The letter was actually written by the nephew and namesake because John had injured his hand.   Note that he refers to his father-in-law back in England, alas not by name.   It would appear that McDougall and Thompson might have known one another in the old country.   If not, then McDougall managed to hear of Thompson soon after his arrival and knew that he was a teacher.   That John had already heard the news of the death of McDougall's wife and sent word home, however, suggests an old-country acquaintance.   McDougall's first wife was a Mather from Northumberland, though he himself was born in Scotland; a letter from McD's father-in-law in Otonobee Twp. near Peterborough, Ontario was given to Trent University Archives there by the same donor who gave the Thompson letter to PANB.

 

"Here is the text of the letter:

 

"Stanley Feby 1st

 

1838

My Dear Sir

I received your Letter stating that there is a Schoolmaster a wanting at the Place where you live but I have made up my mind to go to Harvey's settlement along with my Countrymen who are anxious for me to Settle amongst them and have offred a very advintageous proposal although I may expect to undergo more privations for one year then in that you recommend me to   I have also the offer of the Company School at Stanley   I have had a call of some of the Supporters of Mr. Henry offering to send there Children to me if I would remain but there is no money and things [offer?] a very gloomy aspect and are becoming mor so every day   the people here condole with you in the loss of your Partner in life.   The news of her death reached us before I wrote to my Friends in England and I took notice of it in my letter to my Father in law   I feel grateful for your kindness in having me in your mind and recommending me to the Subscribers of the situation referr'd to   We are all well but I am under the necessity of employing my Nephew to write this lettor on account of a severe bruise in my hand   you are expected up here in the spring there are several talking about clearing out in the spring if the Company does not go on and there is little prospect as Cap Kendall is going home and Cap Hayne is to be Commissioner in his stead   my Wifes has her best respects to you

 

I am Sir

Yours Truly

John Thompson"

 

Inscription on gravestone in Harvey Settlement Cemetery:

    

JOHN / THOMPSON / DIED / AUG. 25, 1888 / AGED 89 YEARS / ALSO HIS WIFE / ISABELLA / DIED / MAY 20, 1851 / AGED 50 YEARS / GONE BUT NOT / FORGOTTEN

   

On reverse side of stone:   MARY A. / DIED / JULY 11, 1899 / AGED 50 YEARS / DAUGHTER OF / J & I THOMPSON/ MARGARET / 1836 - 1928 / ROBERT / 1846 - 1929

   

He married Isabella Swan, daughter of Henry Swan & Elizabeth Russell, 29 Jan 1832 in Cornhill Parish Marriage Register 1798-1850, England. Born Approx 1800 in Northumberland, Eng. Died 20 May 1851 in Harvey Settlement. Buried in Harvey Settlement Cemetery. Religion Presbyterian.

   

They had the following children:

  2   i.   John T. Thompson

  3   ii.   Elizabeth Thompson

  4   iii.   Margaret Thompson

  5   iv.   Mary Ann Thompson

  6   v.   Isabel Thompson

  7   vi.   Henry Thompson

  8   vii.   Thomas "James" Thompson

  9   viii.   Robert Thompson

  10   ix.   Jane "Jennie" Thompson

  11   x.   Alexander Swan Thompson

Descendents of John Thompson (1800 – 25 Aug 1888)
and Isabella Swan ( ca 1800 – 20 May 1851)

second Immigrant Generation

2. John T. Thompson

Son of John Thompson & Isabella Swan. Born 1833 in England. Died 11 May 1910 in Harvey. Buried in Harvey Settlement Cemetery. Occupation Farmer. Religion Presbyterian.

   

John was first married to Margaret Rutherford, who died 11 Mar 1861, and had one son, Samuel, from the first marriage.   Second marriage was to Isabella Carmichael, and John and family lived on a farm in Tweedside.

   

He first married Margaret Rutherford, daughter of Archibald Rutherford, 5 Jul 1860 in Harvey Settlement By Rev. Samuel Johnson . Born in Scotland. Died 11 Mar 1861 in Harvey. Buried in Harvey Settlement Cemetery.

   

Margaret to came from Scotland in 1852 with her father and siblings.

  

From York Co NB Marriage Register C 1850-1866 (PANB):   Witnesses to marriage were Harvey Piercy and Alison Rutherford.

   

They had the following children:

  12   i.   Samuel Thompson

   

He second married Isabella Carmichael, daughter of John Carmichael & Margaret Hume, 12 Apr 1865 in Harvey, York Co. By Rev. Samuel Johnson . Born 1842 in Harvey. Christen 24 Dec 1843 in Harvey Settlement By Rev. Daniel McCurdy . Died Jun 1916 in Harvey. Buried in Harvey Settlement Cemetery.

   

York Co NB Marriage Register C 1850-1866 (PANB):   Witnesses to marriage were James Carmichael and Mary Ann Thompson.

   

Church records indicate Isabella died of consumption.

   

They had the following children:

  13   i.   Alexander Thompson

  14   ii.   Margaret Thompson

  15   iii.   Isabella Thompson

  16   iv.   Mary "Jane" Thompson

  17   v.   Robert H. Thompson

  18   vi.   James "Frederick" Thompson

  19   vii.   Angelina Thompson

  20   viii.   Harvey Thompson

 
 

Descendents of John Thompson (1800 – 25 Aug 1888)
and Isabella Swan ( ca 1800 – 20 May 1851)

second Immigrant Generation

3. Elizabeth Thompson

Daughter of John Thompson & Isabella Swan. Born 1834 in England. Died 4 Feb 1909 in Brooklyn, NY. Buried 7 Jul 1909 in Harvey Settlement Cemetery.

   

She married John Pagan, 1 Sep 1862 in St. Paul's Church, Fredericton By Rev. Dr. John M. Brooke . Born 1840. Died 6 Sep 1916. Buried in Harvey Settlement Cemetery.

From York Co NB Marriage Register C 1850-1866 (PANB):   Witnesses to marriage were William Pagan and Margaret Thompson.

   

Elizabeth and John Pagan had six children, all born in Harvey.   Later they lived in New York, and Elizabeth died in Brooklyn, NY, and was buried in Harvey Settlement Cemetery 7 Jul 1909.

    

They had the following children:

    21   i.   William Henry Pagan

  22   ii.   John Thompson Pagan

  23   iii.   Harvey Pagan

  24   iv.   Isabella P. Pagan

  25   v.   Anna Mae Pagan

  26   vi.   Charles "Frederick" Herbert Pagan

Descendents of John Thompson (1800 – 25 Aug 1888)
and Isabella Swan ( ca 1800 – 20 May 1851)

second Immigrant Generation

4. Margaret Thompson

Daughter of John Thompson & Isabella Swan. Born Jun 1836 in England. Died 29 Mar 1928 in Harvey. Buried in Harvey Settlement Cemetery.

   

From newspaper obituary:

Harvey Sta., April 3 (1928) -- The last direct link between Harvey and England was severed on March 29, when Miss Margaret Thompson, the last survivor of the party of 25 families who left England in 1837 and settled soon afterward in what is now the parish of Manners Sutton, passed away at her home here, at the age of 91 years.

   

She was born in Northumberland County, England, near the Scottish border, in June 1836, and came to New Brunswick next year with her parents, John and Isabella (Swan) Thompson.   Her father was for years the village schoolmaster of Harvey.

   

Excerpt from newspaper article - 9 Jun 1927--

 

Six-Day Celebration to Mark 90th Anniversary of Founding of Settlement and Dedication of New Church.   One Original Settler Still Living.

  

It is an interesting fact that Miss Margaret Thompson, aged 91 years, who is living today at Harvey, was a toddling baby when the unsettled section was entered by the Scotch families and homes established.   Naturally Miss Thompson will be a central figure in the proposed Old Home Week of June.

   

Miss Thompson, in a recent interview given a representative of the Telegraph-Journal, recalled interesting phases of early life in Harvey.   She stated that during those early days wild animals were frequent visitors to the settlement and it was necessary for the men of the village to organize hunting parties to exterminate as many of the more troublesome kind as possible or to drive them as far afield as possible in order to protest their stock.

   

Supplies were sometimes very difficult to get, she said, and she remembered that one spring the little band of settlers were obliged to live chiefly on honey and milk because it was impossible to get through to Fredericton to procure food.   A Mr. Wilson and his boy used to go every week, when possible, to Fredericton to bring back food.

   

Oxen were used for several years before horses were brought to the settlement.

   

Speaking of the houses in which they lived in the early days, Miss Thompson stated that the structures were about 12 feet wide and about 16 feet long and were built of spruce logs with bark on them.   Each dwelling consisted of only one room, and all the houses were built alike.   The head boards of the beds and the posts were six feet high with a curtain suspended from rings so that when one wished to retire he could secure privacy by pulling the curtains around and closing in the occupant.

   

For about 15 years the people were without a regular pastor and were accustomed to meet each Sabbath in the different homes, when the elders read the sciptures and gave the sermons.   This continued until the school was built.   Due to the scattered settlement it was necessary for the children to walk six miles to reach school before that time.

   

Miss Thompson remarked that while her people had somewhat hard times in Harvey in those early days, it must be remembered that they had left hard times in Scotland, where the women and children all worked and received the equivalent of 10 cents per day for pulling turnips and doing other hard work about the farm.

Descendents of John Thompson (1800 – 25 Aug 1888)
and Isabella Swan ( ca 1800 – 20 May 1851)

second Immigrant Generation

5. Mary Ann Thompson

Daughter of John Thompson & Isabella Swan. Born Jul 1838 in Harvey. Died 11 Jul 1889 in Harvey. Buried in Harvey Settlement Cemetery.

  

Reputed to have been the first child born in Harvey Settlement.    

 

Unmarried.

 
 
 

Descendents of John Thompson (1800 – 25 Aug 1888)
and Isabella Swan ( ca 1800 – 20 May 1851)

second Immigrant Generation

6. Isabel Thompson

Daughter of John Thompson & Isabella Swan. Born 3 Aug 1840 in Harvey. Christen 22 Aug 1840 in Harvey Settlement By Rev. Daniel McCurdy . Died 10 Jul 1930 in Harvey. Buried in Harvey Settlement Cemetery.

3702. Ca 1870 tin type image of family of Thomas Craig. Left to Right. Isabel Thompson with son John in lap; daughter Etta standing; Thomas Craig seated with son Henry in lap. Age of photograph is based on probable age of John, who was born 24 Jul 1869. He appears to be between age 1 and 2 in photograph. 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

From unidentified newspaper clipping:

   

DIED IN HARVEY

Mrs Isabella Craig Dies Five Months After Her Husband in 90th Year

   

Harvey, July 11 -- Mrs Isabella Craig, widow of Thomas Craig, who predeceased her by only five months, passed away July 10th at her home at the advanced age of 89 years and 11 months.   The deceased, who had been a life-long member of the Presbyterian Church, leaves to mourn two sons, H. P., and J. T. Craig, one daughter, Mrs Alexander Wilson, also fourteen grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

   

Funeral services were conducted at home of deceased by Rev. G. E. Knight of Knox Presbyterian Church, assisted by Rev. J. F. MacKay.   The pall-bearers were Kay, William, Arthur and James Craig, Arden and Frank Wilson.   Interment in Harvey burying grounds.

   

She married Thomas Frank Craig, son of Henry Craigs & Isabella Kay, 11 Jul 1866 in Harvey Settlement By Rev. Samuel Johnson . Born 9 May 1841 in Harvey. Christen 30 May 1841 in Harvey Settlement By Rev. Daniel McCurdy . Died 16 Feb 1930 in Harvey. Buried in Harvey Settlement Cemetery.

   

Witnesses to marriage were John Howitt and Jane Thompson.

   

Thomas lived all his life on the original grant of land granted to his father, Henry.

   

From "Files of The Gleaner of 1887", reprinted 1937:   "Mr Thomas Craig has the contract for carrying the mails between Harvey and Brockway.   He goes on the route the first of October.   Mr Craig being prompt and careful in all his undertakings will without doubt make a good carrier, and will get his mails through on time."

 

From newspaper obituaries - 1930:

   

Thomas Craig

   

Harvey Station, Feb. 17 -- The death of Thomas Craig occurred at his home in Manners Sutton yesterday morning after an illness of some five weeks.   Deceased, who was born in Manners Sutton on May 9, 1841, was the son of the late Thomas and Isabel Kay Craig, of Berwick-on-Tweed, England, who were among the first Settlers at Harvey, coming to this country in 1837.   Deceased was a life-long Presbyterian.

   

He is survived by his wife, formerly Miss Isabel Thompson, who was also the child of two Harvey Pioneers, the late Mr and Mrs John Thompson, of Northumberland county, England, and three children, Henry P. Craig, John T. Craig and Mrs Alexander Wilson, all of Manners Sutton, also 14 grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

   

Died in Harvey

   

Thomas Craig, One of the Oldest Residents, Passes Away After Short Illness.

   

Harvey, N.B., Feb 19 -- The death of Thomas Craig, one of Harvey's oldest residents, occurred Sunday morning, February 16, after a short illness.   Deceased, who spent all his life in Harvey, is survived by his aged widow, two sons, H.P. and J. T. Craig; one daughter, Mrs Alexander Wilson, all of Harvey; fourteen grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.   Deceased was a member of the Presbyterian Church, taking an active part in all church work, for a period of eighteen years being a leader of the choir.   The funeral was held Monday afternoon, a short service at the house being conducted by Rev. G. E. Knight and Rev. J. H. McLean and in Knox Presbyterian Church by Rev. G. E. Knight, where, in spite of the inclement weather, a large number met for the funeral service.   The hymns sung were, Asleep in Jesus; Peace, Perfect Peace, by the choir; and a solo, Going Down the Valley One by One, by Rev. G. E. Knight.   The pallbearers were six grandsons, Kay, Willie, Arthur and James Craig, Arden and Frank Wilson.   Interment was made in the Harvey burying ground.

   

aThey had the following children:

  27   i.   Henrietta Elizabeth "Etta" Craig

  28   ii.   Henry Patterson Craig

  29   iii.   John Thompson Craig

  30   iv.   Annabella Craig

  31   v.   Thomas Frank Craig

 

Descendents of John Thompson (1800 – 25 Aug 1888)
and Isabella Swan ( ca 1800 – 20 May 1851)

second Immigrant Generation

7. Henry Thompson

Son of John Thompson & Isabella Swan. Born 1842 in Harvey. Christen 13 Nov 1842 in Harvey By Rev. Daniel McCurdy .

   

Henry is reputed to have gone to the Black Hills of North Dakota, to have become an Indian scout, to have been a personal friend of Buffalo Bill, and to have been killed by the Indians.   (Documentation to verify this account has not been found.)

3699. Tin type image of Henry Thompson (b. 1842, Harvey Settlement. 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

 

Descendents of John Thompson (1800 – 25 Aug 1888)
and Isabella Swan ( ca 1800 – 20 May 1851)

second Immigrant Generation

8. Thomas "James" Thompson

Son of John Thompson & Isabella Swan. Born 1843/1844 in Harvey. Christen 23 Jun 1844 in Harvey By Rev. Daniel McCurdy . Died 13 Jan 1913 in Harvey.

From Daily Telegraph, 11 May 1872:   "Married by Rev. Samuel Johnson, 8th ult., James Thompson, Harvey and Miss Margaret Craig, Stanley (York Co.)"

   

Witnesses to marriage were Robert Thompson and Margaret Craig.

From newspaper item - undated:

   

Family Reunion

   

Six Sisters United For First Time in 40 Years at Family Reunion

  

Stanley, Sep 30 -- A reunion of the family of the late Mr and Mrs James Thompson of Harvey, was held at the residence of Mr and Mrs James Craig, Stanley, on Saturday, September 19th, James Craig being a brother of the late Mrs Thompson and only surviving uncle of the family.

   

Those of the family present were Mrs Ada McCann, Mrs Perry Thombs and Mrs Mary Smith all of Brownville Junction, Maine; Mrs William Tant of Hanne, Alberta, Mrs William Maxwell and Mrs Russell R. Swan of Harvey Station, NB.

   

The scene of the reunion was the birthplace and childhood home of Margaret Thompson, nee Craig, the mother of the six ladies who were reunited for the first time in forty years.

He married Margaret "Maggie" Craig, daughter of Thomas Craigs & Margaret Reid, 8 May 1872 in Harvey By Rev. Samuel Johnson . Born 4 Jan 1846 in Red Rock, NB. Died 5 Mar 1896 in Harvey. Buried in Harvey Settlement Cemetery.

   

At time of marriage, Maggie was living in Stanley.

They had the following children:

  32   i.   Ada Bertha Thompson

  33   ii.   Annie J. Thompson

  34   iii.   Maretta Thompson

  35   iv.   Ella Jessie Thompson

  36   v.   Mary Thompson

  37   vi.   Thomas Thompson

  38   vii.   Margaret Jane "Maggie" Thompson

  39   viii.   Robert Leroy "Roy" Thompson

 

Descendents of John Thompson (1800 – 25 Aug 1888)
and Isabella Swan ( ca 1800 – 20 May 1851)

second Immigrant Generation

9. Robert Thompson

Son of John Thompson & Isabella Swan. Born 1845 in Harvey. Christen 28 Dec 1845 in Harvey By Rev. Daniel McCurdy. Died 1929 in Harvey. Buried in Harvey Settlement Cemetery.

   

Unmarried.   Farmer in Harvey.

Descendents of John Thompson (1800 – 25 Aug 1888)
and Isabella Swan ( ca 1800 – 20 May 1851)

second Immigrant Generation

10. Jane "Jennie" Thompson

Daughter of John Thompson & Isabella Swan. Born 1 Aug 1847 in Harvey. Christen 22 Aug 1847 in Harvey By Rev. Daniel McCurdy. Died 15 Jun 1926 in Harvey. Buried in Harvey Settlement Cemetery.

She married Peter Wood, son of Peter Wood & Mary Moffitt, 11 Jul 1877 in St. Paul's Church, Fredericton By Rev. John M. Brooke . Born 30 Sep 1850 in Scotland. Died 8 Mar 1913 in Harvey. Buried in Harvey Settlement Cemetery. Occupation Surveyor. Religion Presbyterian.

   

Witnesses to marriage were Robert Thompson and Jessie C. Wood.

   

From parochial registers of Eckford in Roxburghshire (Researched by Bruce Elliott, 2004):   "1850 Peter Wood Hedger Ormiston and Mary Moffat his wife their child Born 30th Sept 1850 and Bapt. Named Peter."