THOMAS HARTT

(1771 1853)

 also called Pioneer Thomas Hartt

A special tribute follows

 

 

Thomas Hartt established a lumber and gristmill at the first falls of the North Branch of the Oromocto river known as Gaspereau Falls

This picture is on Glass.  restored over the Internet by Alan Tracy from B. C.
In the possession of Carole Dick passed down through the generations.

 

 

THOMAS HARTT

 

Thomas was born 1771 in Sunbury County, New Brunswick to Thomas and Sarah Hawkes. Thomas died December 1, 1853. Thomas at the age of 22 he married Phebe Phillips of Oromocto Falls on August 23, 1803. at Maugerville, Sunbury Co. N.B.  Phebe was born in Essex County, New Jersey USA  in 1776 died Dec. 24, 1856.  Sunbury Co. N.B.  Her parents were Thomas Phillips & Phoebe Bedford, United Empire Loyalists.   They came from Gagetown to the north branch of the Oromocto. Phebe died Dec 24, 1866 in Maugerville, Sunbury Co. N.B.  Both are buried in Gladstone Cemetery, Fredericton Junction, Sunbury Co. N.B.

 

 

A Special Tribute to Thomas Hartt

 

Memorial Service for Pioneer Thomas Hartt was Dec. 15, 1968.  There is also a memorial in the main part of the Junction.  It consists of two gristmill stone wheels used for grinding the wheat and a bronze plaque. (will have a pix of this as well for the book)

MEMORALIZE EARLY SETTLER AT FREDERICTON JUNCTION

 A stained glass picture window presented on behalf of the descendants of Thomas Hartt, was dedicated by the congregation of the United Baptist Church of Fredericton Junction N.B. with Rev. Julian Green conducting the service on December 15, 1968.

The family of Thomas Hartt who were United Empire Loyalists, came to Gagetown, N.B. in the late 18th century.

Thomas Hartt was born at Gagetown in 1771 and came to what is now Fredericton Junction in 1804.  He married Phebe Anne Phillips and they had eleven children - -eight  girls and three boys. He purchased grants of land from Ambrose Sherman who had received them the Nova Scotia Government on Oct. 14, 1784.  The terms of the grants reflect the times. The privilege of hunting hawking, fishing and fowling went with the land, also all minerals except gold, silver, lead, copper and coal, and all trees except white pine.

The yearly rent to the Crown was 2 shillings for each hundred acres of the 400 and 500 acre grants.  A designated amount of land had to be cleared and
cultivated within three years, or so much swamp or marshland reclaimed instead.  A selected number of men had to be employed, and a dwelling house
not smaller than 16 x 20 must be erected, and further an oath of allegiance to the Crown was required.

Thomas Hartt built a dam across the North Branch of the Oromocto River just below where the Highway Bridge now stands at Fredericton Junction.  He
erected a saw mill at one end and a grist mill at the other.   This resulted in a settlement called Hartt's Mills in honor of Thomas Hartt.  Hartt first lived in a log cabin, but later, in the year 1813, erected a house of sawn lumber, which escaped the Miramichi fire of 1825 and still stands.

BAPTIST CHURCH IN FREDERICTON JUNCTION, NEW BRUNSWICK

The Baptist Church that Thomas Hartt and his family attended was built in1839, and situated half way between Hartt's Mills and Tracy Mills, on a road
now known as the Back Road.  The church served both communities.

The first school was built just west of the Highway Bridge and several of Thomas Hartt's daughters taught school there and also at Kelly House.

When Thomas Hartt first settled at the future Fredericton Junction, there were no roads leading to other parts of the province, and everyone traveled
by water.  Supplies brought in by boat were landed at what was later known as Pride's Landing, named after Samuel Pride, Clerk at the mill, who had
built his house there.

In those early days schooners were built at the old shipyard not far up river from Pride's Landing,
 Following construction of roads, Hartt's house was used for a stagecoach stopover when traveling from St. Andrews, Saint Anne's Point and Parr Town.

There are today hundreds of descendants of Thomas Hartt living from east to west in Canada and the United States.

Thomas died in 1853 and is buried in the Gladstone Cemetery at Fredericton
Junction.

The unveiling of the window in his memory was preformed by Mrs. Edward Pride, one of the descendants and a long-standing member of the Church.  She was received into fellowship in 1906.
The largely attended service had many representatives of the Hartt descendants, together with friends of the local community.

Refreshments were served to guests at the conclusion of the service.





HERE IS A PICTURE THAT ROBIN HANSON CARVED OF OUR ANCESTOR PIONEER THOMAS HARTT AND IT IS AT THE BEGINNING OF THE NEW WALKING TRAIL BEHIND THE CURRIE HOUSE