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Easter, Charles W.
B: 25 Nov 1811, England
D: 24 Feb 1893
M: 26 Dec 1838, Janet Stewart, from Scotland. She was b. ca 1817 dau of "Big" Dugald Stewart (son of Dugald Stewart) and Margaret Unknown. They lived in Hamilton and Charles was a blacksmith like his father. Both Charles and Janet are buried in the United Church Cemetery in Malpeque, PEI.

FN: Isaac Easter
MN: Unknown

Children of Charles W. Easter and Jane Stewart:

1. Lucy Ann Easter
B: 06 Feb 1840, Hamilton, PEI
D: Unknown but buried in Benton Carleton Co., New Brunswick
M: 1860, James Murchland (or McKendrick) of Malpeque, PEI. They had 7 children and moved to Mass., USA after they married. Don Doherty says they moved to Benton, Carleton County where James was engaged in farming / lumber.

Children of James Murchland and Lucy Ann Easter:

1. Margaret Lois Murchland
B 26 Jun 1861
D 22 Dec 1949
M 23 Mar 1882, Charles Frederick Doherty. They Lived in Inches Ridge NB Between Canterbury and Benton and they had a farm. They had 6 children, Emma Jane, Gertrude May, Charles Edward, Bertha Elizabeth, James Henry and Lucy Ann

2. John Murchland
B: 11 Jan 1863
D 13 May 1923 Possibly in California

3. Mary Jane Murchland
B: 16 Mar 1864
D: 26 Jun 1899

4. Elizabeth Adelaide Murchland
B: 21 Sept 1865
D: ?? ??? ????
M: ?? ??? ???? Possibly Harry Simpson Possibly Lived In Boston

5. Charles Edward Murchland
B 28 Feb 1867
D 14 Apr 1948
M 26 Dec 1894 Hannah MacKeen Green They Lived in Canterbury NB and had 4 children Alberta Sylvia, Jessie Sterling and Twins Geneva Gertrude and Gerald

6. George Elliot Murchland
B: 14 Nov 1869
D: 18 Mar 1934

7. Julia E. Murchland
B: 14 Jun 1872
D: 25 Feb 1925
M: 09 Dec 1897 Charles M Orr B: 2 Dec 1868 They had Three children Charles Edward, James Archibald and Robert Bruce

2. Edward Ramsay Easter
B: 24 Nov 1842, Hamilton, PEI
D: Died unmarried while still a young man sometime after completing medical school.

3. Archibald Stewart Easter
B: 13 Nov 1844, Hamilton, PEI
D: 1927
M: 21 Sep 1869, Emily L. Easter, (dau of George Easter and Mary Sherman) Emily  was from North Wiltshire,  She was born in 1850. Died...? They lived in Springfield West, lot 8, where he farmed and had a blacksmith shop. Marriage was on the same day as Archibald's sister, Mahala. They had 9 children.

4. John S. Easter
B: 03 Oct 1846, Malpeque (Hamilton), PEI
D: 09 Sep 1913, Springfield West, Lot 7, PEI
M: 09 Jan 1872 or 1873, Zilpha Brooks, in West Cape, Lot 7. She was dau of Roger Brooks and Mary Sumner. She was born Unknown and died on 18 Nov 1921. They are both buried in the Bethal United Church cemetery, Lot 8, PEI. They had six children including George Easter who was the fifth born on 30 Dec 1881. George's son, Carl Edward Easter, born Sept 05, 1914, was my husband's father. Fred was born Oct 29, 1947

John was a blacksmith, also. Actually, he lived on the same property where Fred grew up. John's house was torn down and another was hauled to the same site when Fred was little. John had his blacksmith shop near the road, down the lane from the house . Fred remembers finding hand forged nails and things like that as a child.

5. Dugald Stewart Easter
B: 1848. Left home as a young man. No further information available.

6. Mahala S. Easter
B: 09 Jul 1851
D: 1931 (or 1913)
M: 21 Sep 1868, James Rogers from Crapaud. Had three children. Moved to Indian River with her children and brother.

7. George A. Easter
B: 22 Jul 1853, Hamilton, Lot 18, PEI
D: 26 Jan 1924
M. Leila Ada Stavert

8. Margaret Jane Easter
B: 19 Dec 1855, Hamilton, Lot 18, PEI
M. William Hatherley

9. Robert Bruce Easter
B: 10 Jan 1858, Hamilton, Lot 18, PEI
D: 30 Jan 1931, Hamilton, Lot 18, PEI
M 06 Jul 1904, Mary Jane Tuplin

10. William Keir Easter
B: 05 Jun 1859, Hamilton, Lot 18, PEI
D: 27 Oct 1942, Hamilton, Lot 18, PEI
M. 1887 Mary Ellen Found Walker

11. Charles Nelson Easter
B: 13 Jul 1861, Hamilton, Lot 18, PEI
D: 19 Jul 1934
M. Phoebe Jewell

Benton History Notes:


Benton: Located in the Parish of Woodstock 10 mi. SW of Woodstock on the boundary with York County. PO Rankins Mills 1860-1872; PO Benton 1872-1969. (Rayburn 1975) Settled in 1830. Eel River nearby. What type of mill was here?

The principal mills here were lumber mills and, so far as I know, only steam-powered (although there may have been a small early water-powered mill), reaching their heyday between the arrival of the railroad c. 1860 and the end of the century. In the 1890s, they employed more than 100 workers. There may have been a flour mill, but Benton is an unlikely location for one. Benton is also interesting in that it is situated at the beginning (or end depending on point-of-view) of the canoe-able section of the principal Maliseet travel route between the St. John (Woolostook) and St. Croix (Chipeneticook (sp?)). From Benton to Meductic, the large pre-Loyalist Maliseet settlement on the Woolostook is all portage. The late Dr. Peter Paul, Maliseet historian, considered Benton to have been the site of a permanent Maliseet village during the canoe season: canoes used to go up the Eel river from Benton were kept there rather than lugged down over the ridge to the St. John. Information courtesy of George Peabody Posted 22 Sept. 1999

The first Post Office was opened in 1863. Some of the postmasters were a Mr. Laverty, W. H. Murchie, Eugene Smith, Ernest Griffin, Kennth McElroy, Mrs. Hayden Anderson.

Mrs. William Sharpe kept a Millinery store. She made and sold ladies hats.

There were three shoe stores in the village. One of them was operated by George Austin, a cobbler who made and sold his own shoes.

A Mr. Ferguson had a tub factory. He made washtubs, butter tubs, and any kind of wooden tub you might need.

Allan MacElroy began the first saw mill which was taken over by P.O. Rankin and subsequently by Sawyer and McAdam. The mill closed in 1896.

A saw mill was built by James Murchie and Son ( an uncle of W.H. "Billy" Muurchie) in 1868, destroyed by fire in 1870, rebuilt in 1871, and abandoned in 1915.

Archie Murchland operated a saw mill for a number of years until 1945 when the last operator was Otto Gray.

Arthur Smith of Canterbury was the last to operate a mill in Benton, which was on the site of the old tannery around 1953.

The first tannery, one of the largest in Canada, built in 1859 by Samuel Arscott and Company of London, Ontario, was destroyed by fire and rebuilt in 1880.

The first frame house in Benton was erected as a boarding house for the mill workers in 1855.

The railroad reaching and going beyond Benton in 1862. At this time Benton was known as Rankins Mill. A passenger service, four trains per day, two each way, was established which travelled daily, except Sundays. The last passenger train left Benton October 26, 1963, following one hundred years of service. The station was closed November 5, 1965, and subsequently demolished. The Bolger family worked as section men, with the next two generations as conductors, telegraph operators, and brakemen.

Carleton Sentinel Newspaper May 21, 1887

May 21, 1887


St. Mark's Episcopal Church was brilliantly illuminated Thursday evening last, on the occasion of the marriage of Mr. Chester F. Butterfield, foreman of the Democrat office to Miss Mary ? Dougherty, of Benton, N.B.

A large company were assembled to witness the ceremony, which was performed, at ? o 'clock, by Rev. Medville McLaugui?, rector.

The bride was attired in a charming costume, and Chester looked in every way the ideal groom. After the ceremony, the happy pair were cordially greeted by relatives and immediate friends, who bestowed upon them abundant wishes of future happiness.

The friends of Chester Butterfield, comprising the whole force of the Sentinel, presented him with a nice marble-top table, as a token of their good wishes on the occasion of his marriage.

June 17, 1893

The fine steam saw mill of Messrs. Murchie, at Deer Lake, was entirely destroyed by fire on Monday night. The boarding house and all the ema?l buildings in the vicinity were destroyed, as well as some 600 cords of hemlock bark and a large quantity of lumber. The railroad ties for half a mile were also burned, thus making a stoppage of all trains north and south for several hours.

July 23, 1898

The genial manager of the McAdam Junction House, Colin Campbell, was quietly married, Saturday evening, in the vestry of St. Gertrude's Church, to Miss Susan O'Leary of Woodstock, formerly of Williamstown; the pastor of the church, Rev Father Chapman, was the officiating clergyman. Miss Belle Campbell was bridesmaid, and Helon Stephenson looked after the interests of the groom. Mr. and Mrs. Campbell remained in Woodstock over Sunday, and proceeded to their home at McAdam, Monday. Congratulati

Carleton Sentinel Newspaper July 9, 1898

At Benton

A few days ago there was a very happy gathering, at a lawn picnic party, on the pleasant grounds of George Murray, Benton, where agreeable conversation, delicious refreshments and good music made several hours of a fine day pass most enjoyably.

An incident of the occasion was the home coming of Mrs. W F D Jarvis, from an extended visit to friends in London, Ontario. Mrs. Jarvis is a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Murray. Mrs Almon Teed of St. Stephen, Mrs Murray's sister in law, was also present, and several relations and friends from Woodstock.

Benton does not improve very rapidly in appearance; the closing of the Sawyer mill has had a depopulating and depressing influence.

The place however is fortunate in having located here, the extensive tannery of S Arscott & Co.

Messrs Arscott & Jarvis, who is one of the firm, residing here. They handle or tan 50,000 hides or 800,000 pounds a year, sole leather being the only product and their make of this is a very superior and highly finished article.

Last season the firm here handled and exported 10 cars of lamb skins and a large quantity of calf skins. They use 2,000 cords of bark yearly and have in stock in the yard and on the river some 2,700 cords of old bark.

In the mill all modern improvements have been introduced such as automatic feeding furnace and arrangements by which the liquor can be kept boiling hot. They employ 30 hands. All the product of this tannery is used in Canada.

Mr George Murray is the obliging postmaster and the chief storekeeper. And the school, a high grade one, is taught efficiently by Mr M A Oulton.


Carleton Sentinel Newspaper April 1, 1893


Caribou, Maine, March 23rd, 1893, by Rev C W Foster, of Caribou, Me.,

Willie E. Sprague and Miss Emma Z Doherty, both of Blaine, Me.


At the Methodist parsonage, Woodstock, on the 29th ult by Rev Robert S Crisp,

William H Adams of Littleton, Me. to Miss Marian Fox of St. John.


At the Methodist parsonage, Debec, March 22nd, by Rev Thos. Pierce,

Hugh McCluskey of South Richmond, Car. Co., to Emily J Thompson, of St. John, N.B.



On Monday, 20th inst., at Waterville, Carleton County, of brain fever, after an illness of twenty three days,

Felicia H. , youngest daughter of the late J. T. and Lydia G. Fletcher, aged 18 years, 1 month and 20 days.

At Richmond, Car. Co., on the 9th March, Thomas Kirkpatrick in the 87th year of his age. He leaves four sons and one daughter to mourn the loss of a kind and affectionate father.

Blessed are the dead who die in the lord.


Press Newspaper Sept 15, 1886

A sad accident occurred last Sunday forenoon on the lake near Vanceboro, by which Daniel Dougherty lost his life. He and five others, Lewis Beach and his brother, Philip Merideth, Israel Stewart and one other, whose name we did not learn, were out on the lake in a sail boat when, about eleven o'clock, a heavy gust of wind struck them and capsized the boat.

The two Beach brothers swam ashore, from which they were about a mile distant when capsized. The other three clung to the boat until it drifted to within 300 or 400 yards of shore when Dougherty, who was a good swimmer, left it and swam towards the shore, but when within a few rods of land he sank and was drowned. The others were subsequently rescued.

Mr. Dougherty's body was found Monday forenoon. he has been for several years a driver on the N. B. Railway, and is well and favorably known. He leaves a wife and three children to mourn their loss. To these we tender our sympathies in their sad bereavement.


Press Newspaper June 4, 1893

Another Village Almost Wiped out by Flames, Supposed Work of a Tramp.

Canterbury Station was aroused at 2:30 Thursday morning by the alarm of fire.

The barn of Thomas Falconer was aflame and despite the most strenuous efforts of the villagers, the barn, Mr. Falconer's fine residence and store and all of his stock were soon consumed. The next victim to the devouring element was Luke Lawson, who had also to suffer the loss of his buildings and the stock in his store. Miss London's buildings were next, and they shared the same fate of her neighbors, but here by every possible effort being put forth, the fames were stayed. So sudden was the outbreak and at the dead hour of the night that thousands of dollars worth of property were swept away before the fiend was overcome. It burned the dwelling house and story combined of Thos. Falconer, the dwelling house of Miss. M. London, the dwelling house of Luke Lawson, and his story which was next to his dwelling. By extraordinary efforts the building of John Donovan and J. H. Carr & Sons were saved. The origin of the fire is unknown. The total loss is about fifteeen thousand dollars, partly covered by insurance. The fire made a clean sweep on one side from the railway track to the store of J. H. Carr & Son.

The insurance is held mostly in St. John. The Western has $15,00 each on the Falconer building and furniture; 1,500 on Miss London's stock and $300 on her furniture, and $475 on the Lawson dwelling and outbuildings. The Etna has 1,000 on Mr. Lawson's buildings and the Imperial holds a like amount, with $400 on the store and $100 on the barn. On his stock the Hartford has $500. The Fire Insurance Association has $800 on his furniture and $200 on Mr. Falconer's piano. The Phoenix of London has 4900 on Miss London's stock and $450 on her dwelling and outbuildings. The Lancashire has $12,025, divided as follows: Mr. Lawson, $5,275; Mr. Falconer, $3,300; Miss London, $4,350.

Mr. Falconer was away from home at the time and scarely any of the articles in his store or house were saved. Miss Falconer escaped with only a wrapper on.

A few of the goods in the Lawson store, were taken out, as well as a small portion of his furniture. A horse belonging to him was burned.

Very little of the stock in Miss Maggie London's store was saved.

There is little doubt that the fire was the result of incendiarism. Conductor Swift the previous night put a tramp off the train at Canterbury Station. The same tramp left the village the morning of the fire. There are some who think that he may have slept in Falconer's barn and by carelessly dropping a match caused the fire.


Press Newspaper March 20, 1899

The body of John Gallivan, of Farmerston, who was killed while working in the woods in the west a week before, was received here Tuesday. A very singular mistake occurred at McAdam Monday in connection with the transfer of the body. There was another body, that of a woman, on the same train, and destined for some part of Nova Scotia. The body of the woman was sent to Woodstock and that of Mr. Gallivan to St. John before the mistake was discovered. It was not pleasant for the friends to wait here another day under such circumstances.

Hartland's "Observer" Newspaper July 19, 1911

Andrew Faulkner

In the early morning of July 15 Andrew Faulkner died at the residence of his son, James S., at the advanced age of 91 years. He had been seriously ill for about a week.

The funeral was held on Sunday. Services at the house were conducted by Rev. S. W. Schurman and the remains were taken to Windsor where a funeral sermon was preached by Rev. Joseph Cahill, who spoke from Luke 23:43 and 16:22.

The deceased was born in Donegal, Ulster, Ireland and in 1836 came with his parents to New Brunswick. They settled at Richmond where Andrew married Rebecca Watson who died 43 years ago, leaving him with a family of seven children. Those who survive are: Mrs. William Kirpatrick and Mrs. Wm. V. Benn of Debec, George W. of Windsor, Andrew of Enderby and James S. of Hartland. He is also survived by his second wife who was Mary Jennings of Richmond. There were also 17 grand and 21 great-grandchildren.

Mr. Faulkner was among the pioneers at Windsor. In religion he was Presbyterian; in politics a staunch conservative. he was a great reader and took much interest in all that pertained to the good of the country where he lived. (Press and Sentinel please copy.)


Press Newspaper Sept 3, 1885

For The Woodstock Press.

How they do at Benton

Benton has a Beer Saloon, or rather Benton had a Beer Saloon, but as a young minister there who has an earnest interest in the welfare of the morals and future prosperity of the young men in the community where he labors, concluded that a Beer Saloon was not a necessary adjunct to the moral standing of the place, and fearing lest something stronger than beer was kept on sale there, he with some others of similar persuasion, concluded to make an innovation on the traffic. Why should not a minister be found in a Beer Saloon ?

So armed with their spiritual weapons of warfare, they entered the Saloon. No, they didn't call for beer, but while others called for their drinks, (only once), these model reformers enlivened the company with songs (Gospel Hymns of course), and when the interest lessened, some would engage in prayer; then more singing, followed by short addresses, until with singing, talking and praying a late hour was reached. But little drinking was indulged in, and the throng finally dispersed for the night. It was rather a mixed meeting, but the utmost good feeling appeared to prevail. These meetings were kept up for several continuous evenings.

On the second evening, while they were singing the tune " Hold the Fort, " at the words " Reinforcements now appearing.", all unexpected to all parties, a number of ladies appeared at the door, and respectfully entering, voluntarily joined in the service, great to the encouragement of the innovators and the shame of the rest. After several evenings of this social, though somewhat mixed service, terms of surrender were proposed and accepted. These were briefly that the saloon be closed as a Beer Saloon, under certain conditions, and guarantees of faithful performance, in which the leading business men of the place concur, with a determination to keep the nefarious traffic out of the place.

Benton was considered a good opening, and it has been intimated that parties meditate opening a liquor shop here, but who ever comes must take his stand with all its incumbrances, risks, consequences, and probabilities of failure. His customers are liable to get mixed, they may not all drink, he may get assistance in his entertainment; but this is surmising; perhaps no one will be foolish enough to attempt it again.

To the credit of the keeper referred to above be it known that he has taken steps to join the Division of S. of T. Is not this better than Scott Act, or Prohibitory of License Law ?



Press Newspaper May 21, 1885

Carleton Sentinel Newspaper Dec 13, 1890

At the residence of the officiating minister, Woodstock, on the 6th Dec., by Rev. Thos. Todd, Mr. Robert W. Watson and Miss Sarah E. Graham, both of Benton, York Co.

Carleton Sentinel Newspaper Sept 18, 1886

Daniel S. Dougherty, one of the longest in service of the New Brunswick Railway's engine drivers, very competent and highly esteemed, was drowned on Sunday morning last, in the Chipuneticook lake, some five miles from Vanceboro and St. Croix. A party of six were in a boat, enjoying a sail, when a squall struck and overturned her, precipitating all six into the water. Having regained the boat keel up, two of the party swam off and reached the shore; after a little while there appearing to be some danger that the boat would sink, Dougherty decided that he would swim to the shore, about half a mile distant, he started but when within two rods of land he sank and was seen no more, until his dead body was recovered on Monday. Coroner Watts held an inquest and the verdict returned was accidental drowing.

Mr. Dougherty leaves a widow, a daughter of B. Kilburn, Esq., of Kilburn, and three children; to the latter place the remains were taken by train on Tuesday, for burial.


Press Newspaper Dec 17, 1900

Mrs. C. T. Robinson of Hampton has just received the sad news of the death of her brother, John Ritchie W. Ray, who died at his home in Butte, Mont., after about two month's illness. He was the son of the late Andrew Ray of Richmond, Carleton County, N. B., and leaves a wife, two brothers and three sisters - St. John.


Press Newspaper Jan 14, 1901


There was a dance at Mr. Stead's last week and a very enjoyable evening was spent by all. Some of the folks there were Ed. King, Herb King, Jack McGrath who was prompter and Messrs. Colwell, Burns, Grant, Peter Murray, Alex Miller, Willie Hanson, Harry Tapley, George Tapley and Willie McIntyre. Among the young ladies there were Minnie Forrest, Jennie McGrath, Annie McKeen, Inez Smith, Ethel Colwell, Winnie Siken and Mrs. Colwell. Clarence Hanson and Robert Currie furnished the music.

Press Newspaper June 10, 1901

Mrs. George Tapley died at her home in Island Falls, Me., last week of consumption, and the remains were brought here for burial on Friday, the interment being made at the Parish Church burying ground, Rev. A. W. Teed officiating. Mrs. Tapley's maiden name was Mullis. She was but 27 years old and a husband and four children survive.


Press Newspaper Sept 30, 1901


Terrible Result of a "Day's Shooting" Near Canterbury

Shooting moose, deer or partridge is a popular diversion these fine days. It may well be said of the sportsmen in a literal sense that the woods are full of them. Sometimes on Sundays there are to be heard sharp quick reports like a gun being fired, but of course this must be something else__crackling of twigs or any old thing, but shooting. Partridges are said to be very plentiful. A Woodstocker driving to Millville the other, had by chance his gun with him. He bagged two partridges on the way. Accidents are bound to occur in gunning and a very sad accident occurred near Canterbury about a week ago. Claud Law, aged 13, a son of Postmaster Jarvis L. Law and Jack London had gone out shooting and some distance away Mansfield Grant a man about 65 years of age was watching for deer. He saw a movement in the bushes where young Law was, and, thinking it a deer fired, the bullet entering the boy's stomach. he called out, "Jack I'm shot, " and died in a few minutes.

This accident has cast a gloom over the community where the parties resided, as it well might. An inquest has been held. It is said that Grant feels keenly the result of his hasty action. One cannot but pity him, but if sportsmen are to shoot whenever they see an object moving in the bushes, gunning for partridge or deer will be almost as dangerous as gunning for Boers. A more distressing accident that that above referred to it has not been the duty of this paper to record. Young Law was a popular youth and his parents are quite heartbroken.


Press Newspaper Sept 23, 1901

Daniel McMillan, of Benton, received the sad news recently that his eldest son, John McMillan had been severely injured while at work lumbering in Humboldt Co., California. A subsequent telegram was received saying he was dead. No furthur particulars have yet been given. His parents, with three sisters, Mrs. Robt. Moxon, Mrs. George Mills and Miss Gertie McMillan, with three brothers who reside here, have the sincere sympathy of the community. Deceased was about 27 years old, and has been away from home two years. He is the second young man belonging to this place who has met with an accidental death in California lumbering interests within three years. Bruce McElroy, an employe in Arscott & Co's tannery, Benton, was scalded quite badly recently about the face and neck by tanning liquor.