History    Historical Items/Documents Gallery

Elliott, Bruce, 2004-2005: Emigrant Recruitment by the New Brunswick Land
The Pioneer Settlers of Stanley and Harvey.


Forss had reported that "the boys attracted great attention at St John's, (where labour at present is in great demand;)" and that he was in Fredericton awaiting the arrival of Mr Kendall "to arrange about forming committees".   Evidently the committee formed at Fredericton in 1834 had lapsed, and a successor may never have been established.   John Stephens, the New Brunswick Company's acting agent at Fredericton, forwarded the children immediately on to Stanley to see to their apprenticeships, along with the family of Daniel Brewer, later a farmer on Cross Creek Road, who had come out, fittingly enough, to operate the land company's tavern.

Stanley, York County, New Brunswick, 2002. Source: Bruce S. Elliott.

Medium sized pop up image
700 X 463, 72 dpi, 126 k
Full sized pop up image
2354 X 1654, 400 dpi 1105 k



We do not know what happened to most of the boys after they left Mr Forss.   Edwin Foot was placed with Judge G.F. Street just outside Fredericton and he reported that "the[y] are more like my parents than my master and mistress; the hav given me a great deal of clothes; .... we lived not very well coming over, but I live well now.(27)   Only three of the boys were still at Stanley in 1851:   John Harvey, already noted, John Thomas, married and farming on Cross Creek Road, and Henry Bendell, one of two brothers from Bath, nephews of a milkwoman who had prevailed upon a Captain Thickness to get them into the CFS pauper school in London.   Henry Bendell married a daughter of Stanley schoolmaster and surveyor Robert Waugh, and was living with him there.   Either Henry or his brother Mark is said to have died in the lumber woods as a young man; indeed Henry died in 1856 leaving a small family.(28)   George Linnel, 15 when he came out, was at 30 still a servant, with Benjamin Richards, a Welsh farmer in Douglas.   Alfred Judge had returned to England by 1838.   Some became successful.   John Thomas became renowned as a gardener, and Richard Bellamy became a surveyor, lumberman, and member of the Legislative Council.(29)   Though they were not alumni of the Blue Coat School, their humble origins did not prevent some of these boys from achieving positions of success and respectability in the new land.




(27) Blackburn, Children's Friend Society, 239-51, 289.


(28) Gravestone, Stanley Protestant Cemetery.


(29) Frank Baird, Parish of Stanley ; Velma Kelly, Village in the Valley.