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Helen Rose Smith and Earle Cyril Moser

Today I added a headstone photograph to the page of Riverside Cemetery, Moser River, Halifax County, NS.

Moser

Earle C.: 1918 – BLANK

his wife

Helen R.: 1927 – 2002

 

According to the obituary of Helen Rose Smith, she was born May 14, 1927 at Halifax, NS, the daughter of Hattie Fraser and Frank Smith. She married Earle Cyril Moser in c1946. She died October 5, 2002 in Duncan MacMillan Nursing Home, Sheet Harbour, Halifax County, NS. She was 75 years old and had been married to Earle for 56 years. She was buried in Riverside Cemetery, Moser River, Halifax County, NS.

According to the obituary for Earle Cyril Moser, he was born September 18, 1918 at Moser River, the son of Melissa Bezanson and William Moser. Earle was a Second World War veteran, serving with the Halifax Rifles. He died November 16, 2009 in Duncan MacMillan Nursing Home, Sheet Harbour. He was 91 years old. He was buried alongside his wife.

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Banks, Arthur: Born August 11, 1865 at Smith’s Cove, Halifax County, NS, the son of Mary Brown and Robert? Banks.

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Moser River Cenotaph

poppyToday I added a page for the Moser River Cenotaph. It honours the men who gave their lives in the name of freedom during the First and Second World Wars. It was dedicated to these men as well as all the men and women who served in those wars and the Korean War.

The page contains the names inscribed on the cenotaph and two photographs; one close and one at a distance. The cenotaph is located on the eastern side of the Moser River Community Play Ground, Number 7 Highway, Moser River, Halifax County, NS.

moser-river-cenotaph-full-edited1914 to 1918

  • Basil Atkins
  • George Englehutt
  • Courtney Hull
  • Arthur MacDonald
  • Guy Smith
  • Leonard Smith
  • Stuart Smith

1939 to 1945

  • moser-river-cenotaph-inscription-editedWallace Barnard
  • Walter Hillier
  • Baxter Jewers
  • Frank Lowe
  • Leslie Lowe
  • Frank Pye
  • Roger Smith
  • Walter Sponagle

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Atkins, Ross Anderson: Born: January 7, 1893 At Harrigan Cove, Halifax County, NS, the son of Nancy Mill and William Henry Atkins.

Second World War Veteran William Alexander Parlee

Today I added one headstone photograph to the page of St. John’s Anglican Church Cemetery, Necum Teuch, Halifax County, NS.

36-parlee-william-a40-parlee-william-a-inscriptionWilliam A. Parlee

Gunner

R. C. A.

26 JAN 1963

Age 40

According to William Alexander Parlee’s death record, he was born July 27, 1922 at Moser River, Halifax County, NS. His wife, who provided the information for the record did not know his parents’ names. According to his obituary, he was the son of Charles Parlee. There is a Charles H. Parlee (July 4, 1895 – September 17, 1968) buried at Riverside Cemetery, Moser River. His wife’s name was Edith B. (December 3, 1902 – August 18, 1971). This could be William’s parents.

William served overseas with the Canadian Army during the Second World War. After he returned to Canada, he married Minnie Ethel Bezanson. They lived in Moser River where he worked as a farmer and foreman.

William was diagnosed with glioma of the brain in 1960. He spent 23 days in Camp Hill Hospital, Halifax, NS, in January 1963 before he passed away on January 26th. He was only 40 years old.

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Atkins, Cora Alice: Born April 25, 1892 at Necum Teuch, Halifax County, NS, the daughter of Margaret Catherine Smith and George W. Atkins.

Private Stephen A. McDonald

Today I added one headstone picture to the page of St. Mary’s Anglican Church Cemetery, Shiers Road, Harrigan Cove, Halifax County, NS.

31-mcdonald-stephen-apoppy469124 Private

Stephen A. McDonald MM

25th Battn C. E. F.

6th JUNE 1922

According to the 1901 Canada Census for Smith Cove, Halifax County, NS, Stephen was born July 12, 1890. He was ten years old at the time of enumeration. He was living with his parents, Mary E. and Thomas McDonald, and seven siblings—Gulliver (age 21), Georgina (age 18), Thomas (age 16), Simon (age 12), John (age 8), Edith (age 5) and Hattie (age 1). His father and his older brother, Gulliver, were fishermen.

Stephen enlisted with the Canadian Expeditionary Force on August 11, 1915 at Sussex, Kings County, New Brunswick. At the time, he was 25 years old and working as a fireman. He measured 5 feet, 9 inches and weighed 137 pounds. He had blue eyes and light brown hair.

His attestation paper stated he was born July 12, 1898, so a two-year difference from the 1901 Census. His next-of-kin was recorded as Elizabeth McDonald of Harrigan Cove. This could be his mother, and her full name being Mary Elizabeth. His medical exam took place at Halifax, NS, and he was found fit to serve. He was not married and did not belong to an Active Militia.

He was assigned the regimental number of 469124 and served with the 64th Overseas Battalion, and, according to his headstone, the 25th Battalion as well.

Stephen’s name was found on the CEF Nominal Roll where it indicated he embarked for overseas with the 64th Battalion from Halifax, NS, aboard S. S.  Adriatic on March 31, 1916.

From what I have gathered, the MM noted after his name on his headstone indicates he received a Military Medal.

I could not find a death record for Stephen at Nova Scotia Genealogy. He either did not die in the province or the file was mis-indexed. Or there was no record.

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Page 13 of 50: 1869

Atkins, Charles Albert: Born January 8, 1869 at Lower Quoddy, Halifax County, NS, the son of Margaret Shiers and Joseph Atkins. His parents married in 1854 at Halifax, NS.

Gunner Freeman MacDonald

Today I added a headstone photograph to the page of St. Mary’s Anglican Church Cemetery, Shiers Road, Harrigan Cove, Halifax County, NS.

30-macdonald-freemanFreeman MacDonaldpoppy

Gunner

R. C. A.

25 DEC 1972

Age 67

Freeman Gordon MacDonald was born in June 1906 at Harrigan Cove, Halifax County, NS, the son of Margaret ‘Maggie’ Catherine Rumley and Henry Ephriam MacDonald. His siblings were Clarissa Johanna, Daniel, Mary Ann, Elizabeth ‘Bessie’, Alveretta, Viola, Louise and Margaret ‘Maggie’ Grace. He served in the Second World War as a gunner with the Royal Canadian Army.

He died suddenly on December 25, 1972 at his home at Harrigan Cove. He was buried in St. Mary’s Anglican Church Cemetery, Sheirs Road, Harrigan Cove.

Records on site include Census 1911, Census 1921 and Obituary.

Other Additions

Also added to the site today was the marriage record for Margaret Walters and Abram McDonald. Margaret was 21 years old, born at Liscomb, the daughter of Ann and Charles Walters. Abram was 28 years old, the son of Mary and Daniel McDonald. They were married on March 24, 1880 at Liscomb, Guysborough County, NS.

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Page 4 of 50: 1865:

Atkins, James Philip: Born December 24, 1865 at Lower Quoddy, Halifax County, NS, the son Margaret and Joseph Atkins.

Private Ernest Leonard Whitman

Today I added a headstone photograph and an inscription to the page of St. James Anglican Church Cemetery. I also added three photographs of the church and surrounding cemetery. St. James is located on Smiley’s Point Road, Port Dufferin, Halifax County, NS overlooking Beaver Harbour.

whitman-ernest-leonard-01488865 Private

Ernest L. Whitman

13th Batt. C. E. F.

14th Nov. 1916

Aged 18 years and 6 months

st-james-anglican-church-port-dufferin-01Ernest Leonard Whitman, the son of Lucinda (Mary) and George Whitman, was born April 21, 1896 at Port Dufferin, Halifax County, NS. He worked as a labourer when he enlisted with the Canadian Expeditionary Force on January 10, 1916 at Halifax, NS. He was 19 years old, measured 5 feet, 9 1/2 inches, and had a dark complexion with brown eyes and hair.

Private Whitman served with the Canadian Infantry, Quebec Regiment, 13th Battalion. He died at the age of 18 on November 14, 1916.

As you can see, Ernest’s age recorded when he was attested (19) is older than when he died ten months later (18). Using his death date and his stated birth date on his attestation paper, he would have been 20 years and 7 months old when he died. However, I’ve see many attestation records where the individual stated the wrong birth date for various reasons.

The 1901 and 1911 Canada Census records show Ernest was born in 1898, putting him 18 years old at the age of death.

A transcription of his Attestation Papers and his War Memorial have been added to this site with links to view the originals.