Howard Locke Shand

HOWARD LOCKE SHAND
1863-1920
Howard Locke Shand was born August 25th, 1863 in Bridgewater, Lunenburg County, N.S. Howard was the only son of John Mull Shand who emigrated from Scotland in 1847 with his parents, Alexander and Jane (Forrest) Shand, along with 5 other siblings. An older brother and sister and a younger brother and two sisters. They originally settled in West Caledonia, Queens County, where Alexander built a home on the Whiteburne Road. Here is where the family lived until 1854. At that time they removed to Mersey Point, Queens County, which is located just outside of the town of Liverpool. Here Alexander built his second home, which still stands today. By 1860 Alexander and Jane’s family consisted of 11 children. Howard’s father, John was to become an astute business man and at the early age of 20 he learned the trade of Tin-Smithing and entered into the newly created industry of hermetically sealing canned goods. In 1863 John moved to Bridgewater and married Susan A. Rose and shortly afterwards Howard was born. He was followed 2 years later by a sister, Margaret who sadly passed away at the age of 2. In John’s early years he mostly canned fruits and vegetables. It wasn’t until the early 1870’s that he branched out into the canning of lobsters, which brought him to Bear Point, Shelburne County. He along with his brothers James and George set up a number of canneries between Lockeport and Pubnico. All of whom carried on with successful businesses. Howard’s father John was the first President and one of the three incorporators of the Barrington Telephone Company. Along with his canneries he operated a dry goods and grocery store, a hardware and lumber business and owned a steamer as well. He was also a Justice of the Peace and a municipal councillor. Howard was only 10 years old when his parents moved to Bear Point and this is where he grew up and learned the trade of Tin -Smithing and canning. In 1884 he married Emma Jane Nickerson and they had 4 children, Clayton Melvin, Margaret Bernice, Howard Ashton and Douglas Howard. The youngest being Douglas (which is where my name is derived from) He was born in Bear Point in 1893…..sadly only 11 short years later he was to die in Shag Harbour from diphtheria. Howard had moved from Bear Point to Shag Harbour sometime around 1900. Here he set up a canning business which remained prosperous up until the down-turn of the industry, which occurred just prior to the beginning of World War I, when at that time the shipping of live lobsters was becoming a booming industry. Howard was known far and wide as a citizen of sterling character, straight forward in all business dealings and was honoured and respected by all who knew him. His death on Dec. 19th, 1920 was preceded by a 2 week illness due to a combination of heart failure and diabetes. He was only 57 at the time of his death. His son, Clayton Melvin Shand was my great grandfather.
(Submitted by Douglas Shand, Shag Harbour)

William “Billy” Thurston

William “Billy” Thurston

  • – 1892

Found dead on Emerald Isle and suspected of being murdered.
He was the servant of Mrs. Alice Wrayton, widow of Arthur. Mrs. Wrayton was accused of murdering
her servant, William “Billy” Thurston. The trial began on June 20,1893 and finished three days later on June 23rd. It was concluded that there were not sufficient grounds to merit the charge of murder, and Mrs. Wrayton was declared not guilty. Despite this non-guilty verdict, there is still much wonder about what truly happened between Dec. 22-24,1892.
***more can be read on this in the “Stories of Shag Harbour”…”Murder?”, found on this site.

Rebecca Nickerson

Rebecca Nickerson

1870 – 1918

The death took place at her home in Shag Harbour. She was the widow of Captain Isaac A. Nickerson, who died in 1910. She was always interested in the work of the United Baptist Church being a prominent member in the Sabbath School and the Missionary Society. Outside the church, she was an active member of Guiding Star Division, Sons of Temperance for over 60 years: also, she was always employed making things for others, which found their way into the Red Cross.

Nehemiah Kenney

 Nehemiah Kenney

DIED MAR. 18, 1929

AGED 90 YRS. 6 MOS.

“May he rest in peace”

(Nehemiah Kenney (1838-1929)
He was a boat builder by trade. Nehemiah’s boatbuilding shop was located adjacent to the old Methodist church across the road from his home. Nehemiah and his wife (Martha Crowell, 1833-1905), would invite local ministers who preached here in Shag Harbour to stay overnight at their home.
Nehemiah’s son, Howard (1838-?) was a fisherman and was known to care for the minister’s horse(s) and carriage(s) when they stayed overnight on Sunday’s. Howard’s wife (Deborah E. Stoddart, 1873-?) would serve dinner to church members after morning church services, so that they could attend services at the Baptist church on Chapel Hill at two in the afternoon. (It is known that the Methodist’s usually attended Baptist church services and vice versa.)

Gilbert Nickerson

Gilbert Nickerson

1860-1945

“Beloved local historian.”

“The Old Chairmaker”, Gilbert Nickerson, 1859-1945, lived all his life in the yellow house in the field across from the museum. His grandfather was the last of the Nickerson boatbuilders in Shag Harbour; Gilbert’s father was the first, and only, member of the family to go to sea himself. He brought back stories of sea adventures, and, on one occasion, a figurehead salvaged from a wreck. The figurehead triggered his son Gilbert’s imagination as to the circumstances of the wreck and the people involved, and started him on a life-long journey of collecting wreckwood and documenting the stories of the wrecks. In the days before lighthouses and detailed mapping of reefs and shoals, many sailing schooners and early steamers were lost along the southern Nova Scotia shore. As a young boy, Gilbert collected pieces from local wrecks. When word spread of his curious hobby, he received wreckwood from witnesses and salvagers of other wrecks. Sometimes he joined salvage expeditions himself.

 

As a young man, in his mid 30’s, he started carving maple leaves from the wreckwood; on the back he wrote, in tiny script, a brief history of the wreck itself. Later in life, Mr. Gilbert fashioned chairs from larger pieces of wreckwood, which he had accumulated and stored in the upper loft of his barn (also still standing, across the road). The chair on display here is one of 3 wreckwood chairs he completed. The first, and most famous, is on display at the Archealus Smith Museum on Cape Sable Island; the wreckwood used in that chair was indexed by Evelyn Richardson in her pamphlet “The Wreckwood Chair”, on exhibit here.

 

The notoriety of this wreckwood chair brought many visitors to the front parlor of the little yellow house in the field. When Mr. Gilbert completed his verbal tour of the chair and its sad stories of shipwrecks, the visitor received a carved maple leaf as a souvenir. Other maple leaves were sold to tourists and local villagers. Many elders in town remember visiting “The Old Chairmaker” and his wife, Mrs. Ida, in the kitchen of the home, where Mr. Gilbert sat at a little table in the corner by the stove, amidst a pile of wood shavings, as he carved another leaf from a piece of wreckwood. One neighbor recalled, “Even as an old man, whenever he was brought a new piece of wood, his blue eyes went wide, and his voiced jumped a bit higher, and he sounded all of 9 years old, he got so excited.”

 

Mr. Gilbert developed an assembly line approach to these maple leafs, and worked on them in the evenings after supper. He used a few basic patterns. He traced the outline of a leaf onto a piece of the wood. He kept his tools in a drawer under a leather settee in the kitchen. Sometimes his visitors had to lift their feet so he could open the drawer to get a different-sized file of blade.

 

These maple leafs know a lot of history. They were built into ships, and sank in the sea. They were reborn in a local kitchen amidst the chatter of village news, and knew the patient and skilled hands of a master craftsman.

 

And they survive them all.

Isaac Nickerson

Isaac Nickerson

died Jan.29, 1863,

aged 40 yrs.

5 mos. & 18 days.

“?”

Isaac Nickerson
He built the first dry goods store. He was grandfather to Percy Banks. The store was located where Henry and Edna Kendrick’s house was later built. It was moved to the post office location.

Hepzebath Kendrick

Hepzebath Kendrick

1839-1905

The death occurred at her home in Shag Harbour on Wednesday evening, Sept. 6th. She was the wife of Captain S.W. Kendrick. The immediate cause of death was apoplexy but Mrs. Kendrick had been in failing health for some months and her death was not unexpected. She was 66 years of age and a daughter of the late Rev. Albert Swim. Early in life she professed religion, was baptized by her father and united with the church at Bear Point, of which she was a consistent member all through life. A good mother and wife, a kind friend and neighbour, one who had the welfare of the church and community at heart, she will be greatly missed in these circles. It may well be said of her that she “being dead yet speaketh”.

Thank you to Trudy D. Atkinson for allowing us to use excerpts from her booklets Sharing History in Shag Harbour

Alphabetical List of Names in Cemetery:

Adams:

 

David, Back of Cemetery, I15

Lucy, Back of Cemetery, I16

Nelson, Back of Cemetery, H8

 

Atwood:

 

Charlene N., Back of Cemetery, E9 (sharing a headstone with George A.)

George A. (not yet deceased), Back of Cemetery, E9 (sharing a headstone with Charlene N.)

 

Banks:

 

Hannah, Front of Cemetery, E3

Lizzie, Front of Cemetery, E5

Mary E., Front of Cemetery, K5

Minna M.R., Front of Cemetery, K4

Nehemiah, Front of Cemetery, E6

Ray Allison, Front of Cemetery, K6

Thomas, Front of Cemetery, E4

 

Crowell:

 

Abigail, Front of Cemetery, M13 (sharing headstone with William P.)

Bethiah, Back of Cemetery, J8

Clarence O., Front of Cemetery, N12

Eaton (d.1841), Back of Cemetery, J6 (sharing headstone with Susanna)

Eaton (d.1882), Front of Cemetery, K17

Eleanor Jane, Front of Cemetery, B1

Hannah, Front of Cemetery, M7

James E. Back of Cemetery, K10

Judah, Front of Cemetery, B2

Mary (d.1860), Back of Cemetery, I12 (wife of Judah)

Mary (d.1883), Front of Cemetery, K16 (wife of Eaton)

Nancy, Front of Cemetery, I7 (sharing headstone with Warren and William L.)

Phillip, Back of Cemetery, J9

Reliance, Back of Cemetery, F4 (sharing headstone with Deacon T.D.)

Roy, Front of Cemetery, H1

Susanna, Back of Cemetery, J6 (sharing headstone with Eaton)

Deacon T.D. (*Thomas Doane), Back of Cemetery, F4 (sharing headstone with Reliance)

Warren, Front of Cemetery, I7 (sharing headstone with William L. and Nancy)

William L., Front of Cemetery, I7 (sharing headstone with Warren and Nancy)

Capt. William P., Front of Cemetery, M13 (sharing headstone with Abigail)

 

 

 

Devine:

 

Austin H., Back of Cemetery, G3

Sophia, Front of Cemetery, E1

 

Durkee:

 

Enid, Front of Cemetery, H2

 

Hopkins:

 

Charlotte, Back of Cemetery, I11

Edward, Back of Cemetery, J7

Obidiah, Back of Cemetery, I10

 

Kaufmann:

 

Emelene Kenney, Front of Cemetery, N2 (sharing headstone with Frederick)

Frederick Henry, Front of Cemetery, N2 (sharing headstone with Emelene)

Helena Eileen, Front of Cemetery, M9 (sharing headstone with Robert Donald)

Robert Donald (not yet deceased), Front of Cemetery, M9 (sharing headstone with Helena Eileen)

 

Kendrick:

 

Abbie M., Front of Cemetery, I1

Austin, Front of Cemetery, I2

Burnley D. Back of Cemetery, K2 (sharing headstone with Chas Delma and Irene Mac. G.)

Chas Delma, Back of Cemetery, K2 (sharing headstone with Burnley D. and Irene Mac. G.)

Eddie, Front of Cemetery, I4

Eliza, Front of Cemetery, L4

Elizabeth, Back of Cemetery, I2

Erminia, Front of Cemetery, I5

Hepzebath, Back of Cemetery, I3

Infant Child (Jessica), Back of Cemetery, I4

Irene Mac G., Back of Cemetery, K2 (sharing headstone with Burnley D. and Irene Mac. G.)

Deacon Issac N. Front of Cemetery, L7 (sharing headstone with Martha)

Jedidah, Back of Cemetery, J5

Judah, Back of Cemetery, I1

Martha, Front of Cemetery, L7 (sharing headstone with Isaac N.)

Ruth, Back of Cemetery, J1

S. Anna, Front of Cemetery, L3

Samuel, Front of Cemetery, L6

Capt. Samuel W., Back of Cemetery, I3

Sarah E., Front of Cemetery, I3

Seth, Front of Cemetery, I6

Susan, Front of Cemetery, L5

 

Kenney:

 

Esther S., Back of Cemetery, C5 (sharing a headstone with George E. and Mildred)

George E., Back of Cemetery, C5 (sharing a headstone with Esther S. and Mildred)

Guytha Luena, Back of Cemetery, C4

L. Gertrude, Back of Cemetery, C2 (sharing a headstone with Capt. Loran A.)

Leonard, Back of Cemetery, L1

Capt. Loran A., Back of Cemetery, C2 (sharing a headstone with L. Gertrude)

Martha, Back of Cemetery, L4

Mildred, Back of Cemetery, C5 (sharing a headstone with George E. and Esther S.)

Nehemiah, Back of Cemetery, L3

Priscilla, Back of Cemetery, L2

 

Larkin:

 

Charles McL, Back of Cemetery, I8

Capt. E (Ephraim), Back of Cemetery, A1 (sharing a headstone with Mary E.)

Isaac A., Back of Cemetery, I7

Kathleen P., Back of Cemetery, I6 (sharing a headstone with Kenneth D.)

Kenneth O., Back of Cemetery, I6 (sharing a headstone with Kathleen P.)

Mary E. (Ellen), Back of Cemetery, A1 (sharing a headstone with Capt. E.)

 

Millar:

 

Arthur W., Back of Cemetery, F3

Grace, Back of Cemetery, F1 (approximate location of grave)

Lydia, Back of Cemetery, G2

Rev. William Back of Cemetery, F2

 

Mumford:

 

Otto Dow, Back of Cemetery, I5

 

Nickerson:

 

A. Crowell, (outside grid) Front of Cemetery, K1 (sharing headstone with Lendrd)

Abigail, Front of Cemetery, K11 (approximate location of grave)

Abigail Jane, Front of Cemetery, K10

Ada Mary, Front of Cemetery, K12 (sharing headstone with Ernest R.)

Benjamin A., Back of Cemetery, K8

Capt. Charles A., Front of Cemetery, I10 (sharing headstone with wife Sophronia)

Christinna, Front of Cemetery, I8

Clara B., Front of Cemetery, K15 (sharing headstone with Lillie H.)

David G., Back of Cemetery, G1

Dorcas, Front of Cemetery, M8

Dorcas M.J., Front of Cemetery, K18

Elizabeth, Front of Cemetery, B3

Elizabeth E., Front of Cemetery, M3

Emma(outside grid), Front of Cemetery, L1 (sharing headstone with Jeremiah, Lewis, and Levi)

Ernest R., Front of Cemetery, K12 (sharing headstone with Ada Mary)

George (approximate location, no headstone), Front of Cemetery, C1

Gilbert, Back of Cemetery, C3

Henry Wilson (no headstone, approximate location), Front of Cemetery, B4

Hephezabah, Front of Cemetery, M10

Isaac A (.d.1910), Front of Cemetery, F2 (sharing headstone with Rebecca and Verna M.)

Isaac (D.1863), Front of Cemetery, M6

Isaac Senr.(D.1867), Front of Cemetery, K9

Capt. James M., Front of Cemetery, K8

James H., Front of Cemetery, B5 (sharing headstone with Mary)

Jediah, Front of Cemetery, C2

Jeremiah (outside grid), Front of Cemetery, L1 (sharing headstone with Emma, Lewis, and Levi)

John A., Back of Cemetery, A2 (sharing headstone with Lydia Ann)

John, Back of Cemetery, H1

Joshua, Front of Cemetery, M12

Capt. Leandrd (outside grid) Front of Cemetery, K1 (sharing headstone with A. Crowell)

Lenord, Back of Cemetery, I18

Levi, Front of Cemetery, I9

Levi (outside grid), Front of Cemetery, L1 (sharing headstone with Jeremiah, Lewis, and Emma)

Lewis Ethelbert (outside grid), Front of Cemetery, L1 (sharing headstone with Jeremiah, Emma, and Levi)

Lillie H., Front of Cemetery, K15 (sharing headstone with Clara B.)

Lydia Ann, Front of Cemetery, A2 (sharing headstone with John A.)

Lydia, Back of Cemetery, L12 (sharing headstone with Theodore)

Lydia H. Back of Cemetery, K7

Margaret, Back of Cemetery, C7 (sharing headstone with W.M. Horace)

Maria J., Back of Cemetery, A3 (sharing headstone with Solomon)

Mary, Front of Cemetery, B5 (sharing headstone with James H.)

Mary E.(outside grid), Front of Cemetery, K2

Mercy, Back of Cemetery, H3 (sharing headstone with Mercy M.)

Mercy M., Back of Cemetery, H3 (sharing headstone with Mercy)

Nehemiah, Front of Cemetery, B4

Rebecca, Front of Cemetery, F2 (sharing headstone with Isaac and Verna M.)

R.(*Robert) H.C., Front of Cemetery, L13

Robert, Back of Cemetery, B1 (sharing headstone with Selina)

Rosilla Back of Cemetery, J17

Ruth, Front of Cemetery, M4

Ruth Hannah, Front of Cemetery, C6

Samuel, Front of Cemetery, B6

Samuel W., Front of Cemetery, M5

Sarah, Back of Cemetery, G2

Selina, Back of Cemetery, B1 (sharing headstone with Robert)

Solomon, Back of Cemetery, A3 (sharing headstone with Maria J.)

Sophronia, Front of Cemetery, I10 (sharing headstone with Charles A.)

Theodore, Front of Cemetery, L12 (sharing headstone with Lydia)

Verna M., Front of Cemetery, F2 (sharing headstone with Isaac and Rebecca)

Walter, Front of Cemetery, L11

W. (William) M. Horace, Back of Cemetery, C7 (sharing headstone with Margaret)

 

 

O’Connell:

 

Louisa M., Back of Cemetery, G6

Williamina, Back of Cemetery, K9 (stone), approximate location of actual grave is Back of Cemetery, G7

 

Sears:

 

Clayton, Front of Cemetery, L9 (sharing headstone with Sadie and Ronald)

Mary Elizabeth, Back of Cemetery, E9 (sharing headstone with Mervin)

Mervin Henry, Back of Cemetery, E9 (sharing headstone with Mary)

Ronald Dayson (buried in Belgium), Front of Cemetery, L9 (sharing headstone with Clayton and Sadie)

Sadie Belle, Front of Cemetery, L9 (sharing headstone with Clayton and Ronald)

 

Shand:

 

Howard, G1 (outside grid)

 

Smith:

 

Anita L.(not yet deceased), Back of Cemetery, B8 (sharing headstone with Oscar E.)

Annie Mildred (not yet deceased), Back of Cemetery, A6 (sharing headstone with Robert Irwin)

Annie Well, Front of Cemetery, K19

D.R.S. (Deborah Rowena Smith, infant daughter of Elnathan D. & Leona, no tombstone), Back of Cemetery, E2

Elizabeth, Back of Cemetery, I14

Elnathan D. (died 1865), Back of Cemetery, I13

Elnathan D. (d.1938), Back of Cemetery, D7 (sharing headstone with Leona)

Elnathan Doane (d. Jan.13, 1939), Back of Cemetery, A4

Ethel M, Back of Cemetery, D1 (sharing headstone with Jared H. and Wilfred S.)

Herbert H, Back of Cemetery, B4 (sharing headstone with Lillian)

Hezekiah (d.1911?), Back of Cemetery, H4

Hezekiah (baby son, d. 1867), Back of Cemetery, H6

Huldah, Back of Cemetery, L5 (sharing headstone with Samuel)

Irene B., Back of Cemetery, A5 (sharing headstone with Victor C.)

Isaac, Back of Cemetery, J11 (sharing headstone with Mercy)

Jared H., Back of Cemetery, D1 (sharing headstone with Ethel M. and Wilfred S.)

Jas W. (James), Back of Cemetery, B3 (sharing headstone with Theresa A. and Kinsman D.)

Kinsman D., Back of Cemetery, B3 (sharing headstone with Jas W. and Theresa A.)

Leona, Back of Cemetery, D7 (sharing headstone with Elnathan D.)

Lillian, Back of Cemetery, B4 (sharing headstone with Herbert H.)

Mary C., Back of Cemetery, H5

Mercy, Back of Cemetery, J11 (sharing headstone with Isaac)

M.A.S. (Mildred Ann Smith, infant daughter of Elnathan D. & Leona, no tombstone), Back of Cemetery, E3

Oscar E., Back of Cemetery, B8 (sharing headstone with Anita L.)

Robert Irwin, Back of Cemetery, A6 (sharing headstone with Annie Mildred)

Samuel, Back of Cemetery, L5 (buried with wife Huldah)

Theresa A., Back of Cemetery, B3 (sharing headstone with Jas W. and Kinsman D.)

Victor C., Back of Cemetery, A5 (sharing headstone with Irene B.)/ Victor C.S., Sergeant, B6

Walter, Back of Cemetery, D5

Wilbert St. Clair, Back of Cemetery, D8

Wilfred S., Back of Cemetery, D1 (sharing headstone with Ethel M. and Jared H.)

 

Stoddart:

 

Amasa, Back of Cemetery, J2 (sharing headstone with Ephram)

Elizabeth, Back of Cemetery, K12

Ephram, Back of Cemetery, J2 (sharing headstone with Amasa)

George E., Back of Cemetery, K11

John (d. 1866), Back of Cemetery, G4

John (d. November 8, 1887), Back of Cemetery, K3

John C. (d. July 20, 1887) Back of Cemetery, K4

Margaret, Back of Cemetery, G5

Nathanial J., Back of Cemetery, K5

WM. (William) H., Back of Cemetery, B5

 

Swaine:

 

Darrel Gordon (not yet deceased), Back of Cemetery, D9 (sharing headstone with Ivy P., Linda Anne, Merle S., Merle Kevin and Rosalie Sharon)

 

Ivy P. (not yet deceased), Back of Cemetery, D9 (sharing headstone with Merle S.., Linda Anne, Darrel Gordon, Merle Kevin and Rosalie Sharon)

 

Linda Anne (not yet deceased), Back of Cemetery, D9 (sharing headstone with Ivy P., Merle S., Darrel Gordon, Merle Kevin and Rosalie Sharon)

 

Merle S., Back of Cemetery, D9 (sharing headstone with Ivy P., Linda Anne, Darrel Gordon, Merle Kevin and Rosalie Sharon)

 

Merle Kevin (not yet deceased), Back of Cemetery, D9 (sharing headstone with Ivy P., Linda Anne, Darrel Gordon, Merle S. and Rosalie Sharon)

 

Rosalie Sharon (not yet deceased), Back of Cemetery, D9 (sharing headstone with Ivy P., Linda Anne, Darrel Gordon, Merle Kevin and Merle S.)

 

Thurston:

 

William K. “Billy”, Back of Cemetery, H9 (outside of grid.)

 

Wickens:

 

Annie J., Back of Cemetery, D3 (sharing headstone with Charles)

Charles M. Back of Cemetery, D3 (sharing headstone with Annie)

William T. Back of Cemetery, D4