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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.
Undated photograph of Mary Ann Johnston (b. ca. 1832, Scotland, d. unknown). Source: David M. Swan, 15 Mar 2007.
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They had the following children:
12 i. Christina Lister
13 ii. Charles Fisher Lister
Entry last updated 11 Jan 2008
3. Janet "Jennie" Lister . Daughter of Nicholas Lister & Margaret Heughan. Born 31 Jul 1825 in Annan, Scotland. Died 1902 in Brockway. Buried in Brockway Cemetery.
Jennie came to America from Annan, Scotland, with her parents, brothers and sisters in 1843.
She married William Little, son of John Little & Janet Heughan, 12 Mar 1844 in St. Paul's Church, Fredericton By Dr. John M. Brooke . Born 1815 in Scot. Died 1 Nov 1909 in Brockway. Buried in Brockway Cemetery. Occupation Farmer.
PANB Marriage Records, p. 274:
"William Little and Janet Lister both of Parish of Kingsclear and County of York were married by licence this twelfth day of March one thousand eight hundred and forty four by me, John M. Brooke, Minister of St. Paul's Church, Fredericton.
This marriage was solemnized between us, William Little, Janet X(her mark) Lister.
In the presence of Andrew Hallet, Jervis Little.
Filed and registered 17 January 1845."
Details of William and Jennie's family can be found in the book, "The Little Family of Harvey Settlement" by Janet Swan Watson, Brenda Saunders Swan and Jocelean Swan Hall, printed 1993.
They had the following children:
14 i. George Little
15 ii. Margaret Jane Little
16 iii. Agnes Little
17 iv. Elizabeth Little
18 v. William Irving Little
19 vi. Mary Lister Little
20 vii. Ellen Little
21 viii. Arthur Little