A little love story…

The love story of my great(5) grandparents is of cinematic proportions. Loyalist Captain Henry Barr of Nova Scotia left one day (probably mid1780’s) for Staten Island with a shipload of lumber for the wealthy Robert Bennett. Upon arrival Robert Bennett invited the Captain to his home, perhaps for tea and, to meet his wife and three daughters.

Apparently Henry fell in love with one of the daughters named Elizabeth and she agreed, against the wishes of her father, to marry Henry. I don’t imagine they fell in love with each other over tea. I’m sure Captain Henry must have stayed on Staten Island for short time… or at least a long enough time for Henry and Elizabeth to become committed to each other. It is said that she married him in secret and headed to Nova Scotia. She would have been used to servants and a life of luxury… things that most of Nova Scotia, fresh from the Revolutionary War, could not offer her.

A few years later Elizabeth’s father came to NS to try to convince her to return to Staten Island, but she refused. To ensure the trip was not a complete loss, Robert Bennett bought a piece of land in Lunenburg and headed home. He never returned to claim the land.

In 1812 a letter was received by Elizabeth on horseback. It had taken three months to arrive. Her father had passed away and she was asked to come to NY and claim her part of the property.

At the time Elizabeth’s health was not good so Henry went in her place. He returned with $1000 in a goatskin chest, some valuable furniture, silverware monogrammed with oak leaves and the letter B, placed in a seaman’s chest, a tea set with the handles made of ebony, and a family Bible with a goatskin cover. (Captain Henry Barr and his descendants, 1990).

Henry purchased land and had a ship built (likely in New Edinburgh, NS) with the money. The furniture and silverware were eventually distributed amongst the children upon Elizabeth’s death.

The Bible has been lost. A real shame considering it would have listed the Bennett family records… a valuable source since I can’t seem to find any information past Elizabeth’s father and nothing on her mother (except that she was of French/Spanish descent).

I don’t imagine this Bible will every be found. However, if anyone has ever seen silverware with the letter B framed by oak leaves… please let me know.  It would be the biggest treasure to me!

The reference above mentions that Elizabeth was, “a most determined woman, pretty, could be quick-tempered, dark snappy eyes  and loved her children most dearly.”

Published in: on 24 March 2007 at 11:52 pm  Comments (1)  

A new site and old birthdays…

Hi all…

Thanks for following me here! I hope this can be a nice fresh start to my genealogical blogging!

I have saved and shut down my old site. I hope, eventually, to transfer my old entries onto here but, until then, if anyone wants a copy of any particular old post let me know and I can send it to you!

My plan this evening was to work on my March birthday list, which I used to publish at the first of every month on my old site.  Instead I find myself re-designing an entire new blog home. Luckily it has been very easy here at wordpress… so I still have time to quickly celebrate our ancestors b-day’s. March, by the way, is the second most popular birth month in our family after December. So it’s a big list!  Happy Birthday to…

  • Isaiah Smith: 1 March 1733/34
  • Thomas Hatfield: 4 March 1599/00
  • Elizabeth Filley: 4 March 1649/50
  • Hinrich Bosch: 9 March 1549/50
  • Joseph Maxon: 10 March 1691/92
  • Jonathan Taylor: 11 March 1654/55
  • Jacob Dykeman: 12 March 1719/20
  • James Beyea: 13 March 1789
  • Anna Hampton: 14 March 1611/12
  • James Smith: 15 March 1710/11
  • Dorcas Manzer: 28 March 1777
  • Sgt. Thomas Spencer: 29 March 1607
  • Jonathan Batchelder: 29 March 1678
  • Daniel de Tourneur: 30 March 1625 

It’s a new birthday here at WordPress too! I look forward to a great year of searching and sharing… and digging up the past! Cheers!


Published in: on 2 March 2007 at 3:34 am  Comments (1)