Tag Archive | Charles R. Atkins

James ‘Jim’ MacDonald

I added one headstone photograph to the page for St. Mary’s Anglican Church Cemetery, Shiers Road, Harrigan Cove, Halifax County, NS. It is one of four steel crosses in a row.

Jim MacDonald

I have not found a record to indicate who James ‘Jim’ MacDonald was nor when he died. The names on the other steel crosses are: Edward, Spencer, Harry, Charles and Levine MacDonald.

Assuming these individuals are from the same family, we might also assume the couple Levine (also spelt Lavinia in some records) and Charles are Jim’s parents.

Found in the 1891 Census is the family with the following children: William, Amelia, Daniel, Mary, Jeremiah Freeman, Annie A., Edmond, James F, Maud Julia, Adam, Freeman and Henry E. The Edmond in this group might be the Edward on the steel cross. The Henry might be Harry, and James could easily be Jim.


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Atkins, Eva Maude: Born December 7, 1896 at Harrigan Cove, Halifax County, NS, the daughter of Augusta Pye and Charles R. Atkins.


Quoddy United Cemetery; John McDonald

Today I added a page for the United Church Cemetery at Quoddy, Halifax County, NS. In all my years travelling the eastern shore, I’ve never seen a church on the property, only the cemetery. If one existed, it was decades ago.

To date, I have only two headstones photographed. The one I added today was for John McDonald.

In Loving Memory of

John McDonald

Died April 5, 1899

Aged 55 Yrs.

“Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God.”

The information on his headstone indicates he would have been born in c1844. I found a marriage record for a John McDonald and Mary Shiers that may be for this man. They married on May 10, 1870 at Lower Quoddy. John was 25 years old at the time, giving him a birth year of c1845. According to the record, he was born at Shelburne and living at Harrigan Cove, the son of Elizabeth and Daniel McDonald, and working as a mariner.

Mary Shiers was 24 years old. She was living at Lower Quoddy, but the born location was blank. She was the daughter of Ann and Fredrick Hartling. She was recorded as a spinster, so she probably wasn’t a widow. That may indicate she was raised / adopted by the Hartlings.

Found in the 1871 census, the couple lived at Salmon River, Halifax County. John was 28, working as a seaman, and Mary was 25 years old.

Found in the 1881 census, the couple lived again at Salmon River. John, age 35 and Scotch, was a store keeper. Mary was recorded as French and 35 years old. A married couple, Ann (age 73, English) and Phillip (age 84, German) Hartling lived in the household with them. A six-year-old boy, Alexander Shiers, age 6, lived there too. He was noted as French and attending school.

Found in the 1891 Census, Mary, age 45, and John, age 46, continued to live at Salmon River. Also in the household were Ann Shiers (age 88, widow) and Alexander MacDonald (age 16). It appears Alexander was their adopted son who was recorded as Shiers in 1881, the only child I found for them to date. Ann may have been Ann Hartling who lived with them in 1881, and she is probably the Ann noted in the marriage record.

John passed away before the 1901 Census, and I couldn’t find Mary.

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Atkins, Martha Belle: Born October 5, 1894 at Harrigan Cove, Halifax County, NS, daughter of Augusta Pye and Charles R. Atkins.

Early Settlers Cemetery ~ Herr Heinrich Moser Sr.

Today I added a page for the Early Settlers Cemetery ~ Herr Heinrich Moser Sr., Moser River, NS. To learn more about this cemetery and my visit there, and to see several pictures taken of it, visit its page.

There are only three headstones with inscriptions in the cemetery. I added one of those today with vital information.

04-shiers-wm-eliza-full-eIn Loving Memory of

Wm. J.: 1866 – 1948

Eliza A.: 1872 – 1955

Each duty done, they rest in peace


According to their marriage record, William Jack Shiers wed Eliza Anna Moser on January 2, 1896 at Quoddy, 16-early-settlers-cemetery-sign-leaving-eHalifax County, NS. William was 29 years old. He was born at Moser River, the son of Phebe and Albert Moser. Eliza was 23 years old at the time of marriage. She was also born at Moser River, the daughter of Catherine and William Moser.

William died February 11, 1948 at Moosehead, Halifax County, NS, at the age of 81 years, 5 months, 23 days. His death record stated he was born August 20, 1866 at Halifax County, NS. His mother’s full name was recorded as Eliza Moser, who was born in Moosehead. His father Albert was also born 13-early-settlers-cemetery-ethere. William worked as a carpenter for 50 years.

Eliza died February 27, 1955 at Moosehead at the age of 82 years, 9 months, 22 days. She had lived in the hamlet for 60 years. According to her death record, she was born May 5, 1872 at Moser River. Her mother’s full name was Catherine MacDonald, who was born in Harrigan Cove, Halifax County, NS. Her father William was born in Moser River. Her daughter, Mrs. Arthur Moser of Moosehead, provided the information for the death record.

No birth records were found for Eliza or William.

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Atkins, Nina May: Born December 28, 1890 at Harrigan Cove, Halifax County, NS, the daughter of Augusta Pye and Charles R. Atkins.