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Descendents of Andrew Mowatt (1776 - 28 May 1862)
and wife Margaret (1779 - 17 Oct 1867)
Second Generation (First Immigrant Generation)
2. James Mowatt . Son of Andrew Mowatt & Margaret. Born 1807/1808 in Northumberland, England. Died Jan 1892 in Harvey, NB. Buried in Harvey Settlement Cemetery. Occupation Farmer. Religion Presbyterian.
James Mowatt with his wife Catherine Huliston and their 8 months old daughter Agnes, with James's brother Thomas and his wife Elizabeth, left their homes in Northumberland, England and emigrated to New Brunswick in 1837. They left from the port Berwick-upon-Tweed on the brig Cornelius of Sunderland on 28 May 1837, and arrived in St. John (now spelled Saint John), NB on 12 Jul 1837. They travelled to Fredericton on the steamer Water Witch and were among the first settlers of Harvey Settlement. James received Land Grant Lot #6W, of 100 acres.
In the statistical report for Harvey Settlement for the year 1843, there were four in James family; they had 8 acres in crops; 4 acres new land ready for crop next year; 8 acres in meadow; 3 acres in pasture; produced 3 tons hay, 3 tons straw, 300 bushels potatoes, 4 bushels wheat, 90 bushel oats, 14 bushels barley and buckwheat; had 1 cow; no oxen, horses or sheep; 3 swine, 2 young cattle, 1 dwelling house, 1 barn and 1 out house.
In the statistical report for 1847, James had commenced settlement in 1838; and now had 2 cows, 2 oxen, 9 sheep, 2 swine, and 2 young cattle.
He married Catherine Huliston, 19 Dec 1835 in Ford, Parish Records & Dissenters (IGI). Born 1804 in England. Died 11 Oct 1866 in Harvey, NB. Buried in Harvey Settlement Cemetery.
Name spelled Katherine Howliston in Parish Records and Dissenters, Ford, Northumberland, England (IGI).
They had the following children:
5 i. Agnes Mowatt
6 ii. Andrew Mowatt
3. Thomas Mowatt . Son of Andrew Mowatt & Margaret. Born 4 May 1809 in Ford, Northumberland, England. Died 13 Dec 1892 in Harvey, York Co., NB. Buried in Harvey Settlement Cemetery. Occupation Farmer, Miller. Religion Presbyterian.
Thomas Mowatt and his wife Elizabeth "Betsy" Moffitt came to NB with his brother James, his wife Catherine Huliston and their infant daughter Agnes in 1837. They left from the port Berwick-upon-Tweed on 28 May 1837 on the brig Cornelius of Sunderland and arrived in St. John, NB (now spelled Saint John) on 12 Jul 1837. They proceeded to Fredericton on the steamer Water Witch, and were among the first settlers of Harvey Settlement who came from the border country England and Scotland. Thomas received Land Grant Lot #12E, of 100 acres.
Thomas and Elizabeth lived in Woodstock for a while before settling on their land grant in Harvey, and their oldest son, Andrew was born in Woodstock in February 1838, and their second child, John in April 1939. The statistical report for Harvey Settlement in 1843 shows that there were six in the family.
The 1843 report also shows: 8 acres in crops; 4 acres new land for crops the next year; 3 acres in meadow; 1 acre in pasture; produced 1 ton hay, 3 tons straw, 200 bushel of potatoes, 12 bushels of wheat, 100 bushels of oats, 42 bushels of barley and buckwheat, l bushel of turnips; had 1 cow, 2 oxen, no horses, no sheep, 2 swine, 2 young cattle; had 1 dwelling house and 2 out houses, with estimated value of land and improvements 92 pounds.
Statement in remarks column: "The estimated value of improvements is made up exclusive of the buildings, and no one settler would part with his Lot at the stated value. There is a good school in the middle of the Settlement, and the average attendance of scholars during the past year was 30." The settlers accompany the original Return with the following observations: "The Climate of New Brunswick agrees well with the constitution of Englishmen; the air is salubrious, and the water as pure and wholesome as any in the world." "During the six years of our location there have occurred but two deaths, while there have been thirty nine births without the presence of medical aid."
The Statistical Return of Harvey Settlement for the year 1847 shows that Thomas commenced in the settlement in 1840, there was six in the family, and Thomas was a Miller as well as a farmer. They had a house, a barn and one other building; had 2 cows, no oxen, 1 horse, 7 sheep, 4 swine, and 3 young cattle.
Thomas brought the document copied below to New Brunswick with him in 1837. (It was copied by Thomas Mowatt's grandson from the original document, only supplying missing words to make sense, as a section was torn out--E. E. Mowatt, New Richmond, Que. Feb 17th 1928. A copy was sent to Jocelean Swan Hall in June 2000 by Melinda Mowatt Anderson.)
"This certifies that Thomas Mowatt, a native of this neighbourhood, of creditable parentage, leaves this country for N. Brunswick, wishing to better his situation in that land. He is a member in full communion with this Presbyterian Congregation and has always acted as becometh the christian.
"He is of a mild inoffensive disposition, exceedingly peaceable, quiet and retiring, very highly esteemed as a servant, well acquainted with husbandry in all the modern improvements. He has had for several years the oversight of a corn mill and is very capable of managing such a concern, so he is likely to prove an acquisition to any gentlemen improving his estate.
"He leaves us in comfortable circumstances, with his brother James. But if a mysterious Providence should visit them with shipwreck or disaster, the British agent or Consul must afford them protection, and the humane may rest assured they lend aid to the deserving.
Given in the name of the members, Trustees and Elders of this congregation,
Thomas Hall, minister
Crookham, County of Northumberland
May 21st, 1837"
From newspaper obituary, 15 Dec. (1892) (In same item is the death of Wm. Patterson.)
Thomas Mowatt, another of Harvey's old residents, passed to his rest on Tuesday afternoon after a short illness, aged 85 years. He came from the south of Scotland in the year 1837 and has resided on his farm here since that time. He leaves three sons and three daughters, among whom are Rev. A. J. Mowatt, of Montreal, and coun. John Mowatt of this place. The funeral, which took place on Thursday afternoon, was largely attended from all parts of the settlement. Mr Mowatt was well liked by all who knew him and his death is much regretted."
From The Daily Sun, Saint John, 21 Dec 1892:
Harvey (York Co.) Dec 18 -- Thomas Mowatt, who died at Harvey 13th inst., was born in the village of Ford in the North of England on May 4th, 1809 and thus in the 84th year of his age. Before emigrating to New Brunswick he was in charge of a grist mill. He joined a colony of emigrants who sailed from Berwick-on-Tweed in the "Cornelius" in May 1837 and landed in St. John in July and was located at Harvey at that time an unbroken forest. He had charge of a grist mill at Woodstock for two years, but after that he joined the pioneers at Harvey and shared with them their struggles. The 13th saw the last remains of Wm Patterson, sr., aged 81, laid in his last resting place. Mr Mowatt and Mr Patterson were fellow emigrants and lived as neighbors. Mr Mowatt was the father of Rev. A. J. Mowatt, late of Fredericton, now stationed at Montreal.
Believed to be buried in Harvey Settlement Cemetery, but there is no gravestone for Thomas and his wife.
He married Elizabeth "Betsy" Moffitt, daughter of John Moffat & Janet Gladstone, Approx 1836/1837 in Eng. Born 1813 in Stickel, Roxburgh, Scotland. Died 22 Jan 1854/1855 in Harvey Settlement, NB. Buried in Harvey Settlement Cemetery.
It is believed that Elizabeth's maiden name was Moffitt, and that she was a sister of Mary Moffitt who married Peter Wood, and Margaret Moffitt who married John Swan--both sisters came to New Brunswick around 1850. In the IGI records, Mary Moffat was born 27 Jul 1827 in Stichel, Roxburgh, Scotland to John Moffatt and Janet Gladstone. No record was found for Elizabeth or Margaret's birth in IGI. At this time we are unable to verify Elizabeth's maiden name, but assume it was Moffitt, and that she was the daughter of John Moffat and Janet Gladstone.
Elizabeth's death date 22 Jan 1854 was provided by Rae Swan Brewer in 1976. Harvey church records began in 1856, and there is no gravestone for Thomas and Elizabeth in Harvey Settlement Cemetery, so unable to confirm death date. Youngest son, George Mowatt was born 18 Nov 1854, according to 1901 census, and again no gravestone to confirm date. Obviously either Elizabeth's death date or George's birth date is wrong.
They had the following children:
7 i. Andrew Joseph Mowatt (Rev. Dr.)
8 ii. John Mowatt
9 iii. Thomas James Mowatt
10 iv. Jane Mowatt
11 v. Margaret Rae "Maggie" Mowatt
12 vi. Elizabeth Scott "Bessie" Mowatt
13 vii. George Mowatt
4. Andrew Mowatt . Son of Andrew Mowatt & Margaret. Born Approx 1810 in England. Died 20 Jun 1884 in Ford, Northumberland, England. Buried in St. Michael's Graveyard, Ford, Northumberland, England.
Copy of photograph of gravestone not clear enough to make out the exact death dates for Andrew and his wife Alice. Buried in St. Michael's graveyard in Ford. (Photograph by Melinda Mowatt Anderson.)
Andrew and his wife lived in Northumberland, England.
He married Alice. Born Approx 1811 in England. Died 11 Jan 1881 in Ford, Northumberland, England. Buried in St. Michael's Graveyard, Ford, Northumberland, England.