Nine months of Kincardine by a Settler, Edward Bruce of Bannockburn

NINE MONTHS OF NEW KINCARDINE. (By a Settler.) I may say, by way of preface, that I am quite satisfied with the territory myself, its prospects being very good for those able and willing to undertake the clearance of forest land, and possessed of a little capital. In this connection, I may state that many who arrived here almost penniless have done remarkably well, their earnings from work on colony roads and other sources having been considerable.
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A Walking Wedding Trip

Upper Kintore

Here is a short Colony story found on a visit to the Southern Victoria Historical Museum.

“It was not unusual for many young couples in early days, and even not long ago, to be married without much money in hand. They would probably live with one or the other set of parents for a while.

Such was the situation for a newly married couple of Upper Kintore, not many years after most of the settlers had arrived in the new colony. But they did not forgo a wedding trip. They started out early one morning for a walking trip as far as Lower Kintore, thence by the road known today as the Beech Glen Road, to Perth and from there home. They had stopped at the Laws, on [Lawson] hill to partake of the lunch that they had brought, and, no doubt had an occasional rest. They made it—in one day!

They were Euphemia Bissett and Archibald Winter. Coming from Scotland, probably the Aberdeen area, they were the first couple to be married in the new colony.

It is possible that after leaving Perth they went by the Old Colony Road, a cleared trail through the woods starting where the Cochrane (Hud’s) brook crossed the highway and ending near the Upper Kintore cemetery—about four miles from the Tobique River by the Kintore Road.

The William Bissetts, parents of Euphemia, had arrived with their family when most of the settlers came in 1874. During the next six years, several young men including Archibald Winter came out from Scotland, also a few others.”

Story source: The Tobiquer, Volume 9, 1988, page 30. Copy available at the Southern Victoria Historical Musuem, Perth-Andover, New Brunswick.

Find more about the Bissett family:

1891 Census

Bissett Cemetery

1877 Bissett grandson drowns

1884 William Bissett death

More about the Southern Victoria Historical Museum:

New Brunswick Women’s History Map


Mystery House Portrait

Where was this house located? Who are the four people posing for the portrait? The image was found among old family photographs belonging to William Cumming Langley of Mars Hill, ME (great-grandson of Thomas Cumming of Upper Kintore.)

United Church of Canada in the Colony

The Andover-Kincardine Pastoral Charge has four congregations including the Upper Kintore United Church on the Kintore Road in Upper Kintore and the Melville Church on the Manse Road in Kincardine. The Scotch Colony Brotherhood and United Church Women are organizations of the church community. Music at the Kincardine-Upper Kent Church  includes organ, piano, guitar, violin, tin whistle, and bag pipes.

The St. James United Church in Perth-Andover suffered flood damage on March 17-18, 2012. Two sets of photographs are posted here.

United Church of Canada, Upper Kintore, Dedicated 1893


Melville United Church, Kincardine

Melville United Church, Kincardine