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Descendants of Nichol Gass (1801 - Apr 1878)
and Jean Copeland (1803 - 1872)

Second Generation

5. Janet Gass . Daughter of Nichol Gass & Jean Copeland. Born 1836. Died 27 Apr 1863 in Harvey.

   She married David Lister, son of Nicholas Lister & Margaret Heughan, 17 Oct 1854 in St. Paul's Church, Fredericton, By Rev. Dr. John M. Brooke. Born 6 Mar 1831 in Annan, Scot. Died 16 Feb 1919 in Harvey. Buried in Harvey Settlement Cemetery. Occupation Farmer.


    From York Co NB Marriage Register C 1850-1866 (PANB):   Witnesses to marriage were James Lister and Isabella Gass.

     David came to America from Annan, Scotland, with his parents and siblings in 1843.


     Copied from newspaper obituary - 1919:

     David Lister

    Harvey Station, Feb 17 -- David Lister, the oldest resident of this parish, died at his home at Coburn yesterday after a short illness.   He was in the ninetieth year of his age and was remarkable strong and well for one so old until a few days ago.   He was stricken with a cold.   He was a native of the south of Scotland, and came to Harvey with his parents and several brothers and sisters and other settlers about seventy-five years ago.   Most of his long life was spend on his farm at Coburn and he was one of the early settlers who made a success of farming.   He was twice married and is survived by a number of sons and daughters, among whom are N. D. Lister, of Woodstock; Fred Lister, collector of customs at McAdam; William Lister, merchant, of McAdam; Robert, of Manners Sutton; James and the Misses Mary and Lena Lister, residing at home.   He was a man of high character and was universally esteemed.   The funeral was held at his late residence at Coburn this afternoon, the service being conducted by Rev. J. F. McKay.


    According to the 1861 Census, David was a 31 years old farmer, and owned or occupied 40 acres improved land and 90 acres unimproved land.   Cash value of farm was 100 pounds, value of implements and machinery, 1 pound.   He had 2 morses, 2 milch cows, 3 other neat cattle, 9 sheep, 2 swine and slaughtered 200 lb. pork.   Produced 120 lb. butter, 20 l. cheese, 24 lb. wool, 5 tons hay, 60 bu. oats and 30 bu. timothy.


    David had five children from first marriage and eleven children from second marriage.


    They had the following children:

  34   i.   Margaret Lister

  35   ii.   Jane "Janie" Lister

  36   iii.   Agnes Lister

  37   iv.   Nicholas D. "Nick" Lister

  38   v.   William Lister


6. Isabella Editha Gass . Daughter of Nichol Gass & Jean Copeland. Born 1843 in Scotland. Died 1917. Buried in Harvey Settlement Cemetery.

    She married James Dunbar Kenna, 17 Jun 1859 in Harvey Presbyterian Church By Rev. Samuel Johnson . Born 1832 in Scotland. Died Aug 1901 in Boston, MA. Buried in Harvey Settlement Cemetery. Occupation Carpenter, Wheelwright, Cabinet Maker.


    From York Co NB Marriage Register C 1850-1866 (PANB):   James surnames is written as "McKenna".   Witnesses to marriage were James Carmichael and Betsy Wilkins.


    The 1861 Census for Manners Sutton lists James Kenna as 30 years old, Scotch, a Woodturner, and Presbyterian; and his wife Isabella, 24, Scotch and Presbyterian.   The 1871 Census lists James as Carpenter (Wheelwright), and Church of England, and his wife Isabella also Church of England.  


    From The Daily Gleaner, 31 Aug 1901:


    Death Messenger


    Harvey Station, York Co., Aug 29 -- The remains of the late James Kenna, of Boston, who died there a short time ago, were brought here for interment yesterday.   His daughter, Mrs McLeod, of Boston, accompanied the body.   Mr Kenna was a native of south of Scotland and was for a number of years a resident of Harvey.   He was a cabinet maker by trade.   He went to Boston about 18 years ago.   He was about 70 years of age.