A new year, a new theme and some poetic pragmatism.

Well, last year it was birthdays… so this year it’s (drumroll, please)…

…wedding anniversaries. In honour of celebrating my own 10th wedding anniversary (well I guess it’s not my own cuz I shared it with Kev), I thought this would be an appropriate theme.

I haven’t had a chance to compile a January list… could be some work considering my Family Tree Maker doesn’t organise this info in one nice neat list, that I’m aware of… so I will start with a focus on one lovely couple, Jacob H. Gavel and Sarah E. Hurlburt, married 172 years ago this month.

Jacob and Sarah were young lovers in early Nova Scotia.  They were married on the 11th of January 1836. Jacob was 21 and Sarah was 18.  The family Bible of Jacob & Sarah is still in existance and confirms the date of their wedding day.

Jacob’s father, John, grew up to be a Deacon, likely at the Gavelton Meeting House, in Nova Scotia, where he is buried along with his wife Phoebe. Jacob’s grandparents, on both sides, were United Empire Loyalists who left New York at the end of the Revolutionary War and landed in Shelburne, Nova Scotia. In fact Jacob’s maternal grandfather fought for the British Army during the Revolutionary War and acted as an expedition guide into New Jersey (he was born in Elizabethtown, NJ).

Sarah was also descended from a strong line of Loyalists. Her father, Titus, would have been seven years old when he came to Shelburne, Nova Scotia, with his parents. Sarah’s paternal grandfather, also Titus, fought on the side of the British as well.

Now here’s what I find really interesting:

  • Jacob and Sarah were married on 11 January 1836.
  • Sarah’s father was born on 11 January 1790. He was 46 when his daughter got married.
  • Sarah’s great great grandparents, Thomas Hurlburt & Rebecca Meekins, were married on 11 January 1704/05.

Assuming this isn’t just a misprint, January 11th seems like an auspicious date for this family. As an aside, it’s uncanny how many times I see this kind of date sharing in genealogy. It makes me think that God has a poetic sense of pragmatism.

Sarah was the 2nd born in a family of 8 children (7 girls and 1 boy). Jacob was the 8th born out of 12 children. Together they had 10 children: Joseph, Jacob William, John, Adophus, James Wellington, Phoebe, Harris Harding, Sarah, Andrew, and Abram Smith Gavel. 

I am descended from their second son Jacob William Gavel, born 17 January 1839. On that same day, 83 years later, my Gramma was born (pragmatically and poetically).

Published in: on 20 January 2008 at 11:44 pm  Comments (1)  

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  1. Hi There;
    What a wonderful Blog! I very much enjoyed reading about Jacob & Sarah (Hurlburt) Gavel and their family connections.

    I found your Blog while searching for this couple and was pleasantly surprised to find the information displayed in such a pragmatic and poetic manner.

    I was unable to find any contact information for you, or even a name? Yet I’d love to hear from you.

    Please feel free to contact me at your convenience.

    Brian Hurlburt

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