The above story is half true and half false.The facts are listed below.
John Crawford was born in 1810 (1871 N.B. census).
He was baptised at St. Paul's church, Deptford, London ,England. His parents
were John Crawford and Sarah Longstaff. They were married in 1807 at another
church in Deptford. Deptford was an important British naval base. It is
not known if John Crawford was a naval officer or not.
John Crawford and Margaret Knight were married 14 July 1835
in New Carlisle. John listed his occupation as "lumberer". and he was from
Bonaventure. Margaret said she was the daughter of John Knight "of the
Mirimichi". She did not give the name of her mother or the exact location
of their home.
John and Margaret's children:
Mary Jane Crawford b. 15 Feb.
1842 New Carlisle
ii Annie Harris Crawford b. 8 Apr. 1844 Pokeshaw, N.B.
iii George D. Crawford b. 1852 Pokeshaw, N.B.
iv Elizabeth Crawford b. 1850 Pokeshaw, N.B.
v Maria Crawford b. 1857 Quebec
vi John A. Crawford b. 1857 Quebec
vii William J. Crawford b. 1875 N.B.
viii James E. Crawford b. 1865 N.B.
ix Bella Crawford b. N.B.
x Maggie Crawford b. N.B.
As you can see the family spent time on both sides
of the Bay Chaleur, living in New Carlisle,Quebec and Pokeshaw, N.B. The
map below shows how close the two settlements are to each other. The star
represents Bathurst,N.B. Pokeshaw was up the pennisula a little bit. New
Carlisle is on the tip of Quebec jutting down into the Bay. My father says
that some evenings you can see the sunset shining off the metal roofs of
homes in Pokeshaw from the beach at New Carlisle.
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