Hello and welcome to Your Roots are Showing. This site documents the families of Carole (Hallett) and Harold Craswell.

It represents a consolitation of various efforts by various family members over the years.

The Hallett data comes from work done by both Carole (Hallett) Craswell and George Hayward. Almost all of the data concerning Scott and Lydia (Nevers) Hallett and their descendants was compiled by Carole with the aid of her many family members. Hallett data concerning Scott's ancestors, siblings and cousins comes from work done initially by George Hayward. It has been (and continues to be) augmented by supporting data from online research sites such as Family Search and Ancestry.

The Orser data derives originally from the research of Daniel Turner. In 1975 he self published Orser: A Genealogy of the Descendants of Aert Williamzen. It has been (and continues to be) verified and augmented by supporting data found on online research sites such as Family Search and Ancestry.

Craswell data was compiled by Harold's mother Helen (Stevenson) Craswell. It continues to be validated and expanded.

Virtually all of the Stevenson data was compiled by Harold's uncle Donald Willard Stevenson. He self published The Family of James Miller Stevenson, Fredericton, PEI in 2001. It was produced from research he was doing for a family book which he compiled to mark the 60th wedding of his parents Miller and Frances (MacDowell) Stevenson.

Numerous other family names are also being added into the mix as we continue expand back through the generations and find more cousins.

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Robert Hallett

The Hallett family in the area of Hartland, New Brunswick are largely descended from Robert Hallett who settled in the area in the early 1800s. He was part of the large migration of loyalist refugees who fled the 13 colonies following the American revolution. Although we have never definitively traced the lineage, it is certain that his ancestry traces back to William Hallett and Elizabeth Fones whose scandalous marriage forced them to move from Greenwich, Connecticut to New Netherlands/New York.

Robert Hallett married Mary Lomax, in 1782, in Savannah, Georgia. She died August 25, 1847, at Upper Brighton, and was buried beside her husband there.

John S. Stevenson

John S. Stevenson settled in New Glasgow in Queens county Prince Edward Island in approximately 1820. He and His wife Margaret(Nesbitt) emigrated from Paisley, Renfrew, Scotland. He was a very devout man and was instrumental in establishing the New Glasgow Church of Christ Disciples. He and Margaret had 13 children. There is a remarkable photograph of their six sons taken in 1887 when the sons ranged in age from 67 years to 86 years.

William Craswell (Creswell)

The Craswell (Creswell) family is believed to have first arrived on the shores of Prince Edward Island in 1808-1809. William Craswell along with his wife Mary (Jewell) their children settled in the St. Eleanor's (Lot 17) area in Prince County. They were linked to a group of families who came to the Island with Col. Henry Compton who had been granted proprietorship of about 20,000 acres in the region. William died in 1828 after falling through the spring ice during a crossing of the Grand River after visiting his son in Rustico.

William's son (also William) married Mary Peperyl whose family made the ocean crossing on the same voyage. They settled in Grande Rustico (South Rustico) in Queens County. Other members of the family remained in Prince County.

Our Family Stories

feature 1The Halletts of Upper Brighton, In the Beginning...

James Riker, Jr., had the following to say about Halletts in his book The Annals of Newton, in Queen’s County, New York (1852): “The Halletts, now mostly removed from this town, formerly composed here a very large and prominent family, and their history is closely interwoven with Newtown annals...

feature 2Memories of the Scott & Lydia Hallett Family

Scott Earl Hallett and Lydia Mae Nevers were married on September 27, 1899. Early in their marriage they lived with Scott's father Peter, where the MacDonald house is now in Upper Brighton (burned down in 2018). When Scott started his own farm on the homestead, he had approximately $100 and a horse. With that modest beginning he raised thirteen children and took care of Grammy Nevers and Uncle John Nevers.

It is thought that Scott Hallett's farm had belonged to a Charles Bubar. The original land included only a small piece where the old house was and extended back out over the hill and fields to the brook...

feature 3Nevers Family Notes

Phineas Nevers was born in Massachusetts in 1726. He moved to what is now Maugerville, New Brunswick about 1764 where he was granted property on Oromocto Island, in the Saint John River. He was a medical doctor. He also was involved in politics and military matters. At that time New Brunswick was part of the larger colony of Nova Scotia. He represented the area in the Nova Scotia house of Assembly as well as serving as one of the first magistrates in the county.

He actively sided with the patriot cause in the American revolution and became involved in schemes to seize control of the territory for the American cause. After the war he resided in what is now Bangor, Maine. His son remained in New Brunswick.

feature 4Orser Family Notes

William Orser was a loyalist refugee who left Ossining, New York in 1783. He and his family are seen as being among the founders of the original European settlement in what is now Hartland, New Brunswick. His ancestors were Dutch settler in the colony of New Netherlands/New York.

According to family legend he first married Mary Craig and they produced six children. After Mary Craig's death he married Mary Blake, widow of his first wife's brother, James Craig. James Craig and Mary (Blake) had also had six children before his death. There is a story about Mary Blake having lived among the local first nations people North of Hartland as a child. According to the story Mary was taken as a child in a raid and lived, for a time, in a native settlement on the Tobique River. According to the story this early experience gave her the skills to help in maintaining good communications and friendly relations with the native peoples of the Hartland area.

After their marriage William and Mary (Blake) produced another six children for a total of eighteen children between them. The family names Orser and Craig are still very common today in the Hartland area.

feature 5Dalton Hallett

Dalton was born on the homestead in Upper Brighton, the second youngest child of Scott & Lydia. He attended the country school in Upper Brighton, and Hartland Superior School. For the most part Dalton has always worked on the farm, occasionally working for Smith's loading lumber or in their potato house.

On February 15, 1946 Dalton and his brother Wendell bought the farm from their father. Dalton has always lived on the homestead and until 1979 worked the 165 acre farm, which stretches back from its railroad track boundary for about two miles. He usually had 90 to 100 acres planted in potatoes each year and recalls prices for a carload of potatoes ranging from a high of $17.50/barrel to as low as two cents a barrel, or dumping them.

In 1975 Dalton & Laura built a new house located at the bottom of the hill from the old one. The old house has remained vacant. During the fall of 1979 Dalton retired from farming. John Bubar purchased the land inside the Trans-Canada Highway strip (running through many farms) to the field bordering the old house and buildings which were retained by Dal. Don Hallett bought the land where the Trans-Canada runs through the farm. Dow Foster was the auctioneer for the majority of the equipment and machinery.

feature 6Athol Craswell

Athol, the second son of late Wesley and Lena (Roberts) Craswell, was born in South Rustico on May 30, 1934. He began his lifelong farming career with his mother and two brothers, Roy and Ira, at the age of 14 when his father passed away. On September 15, 1956 he married Helen Stevenson. Together they operated a mixed farm while raising a family of six. In 1968 they established Crasdale Holsteins.

Over the years he became an avid showman and regular exhibitor at shows throughout Atlantic Canada, Quebec and the Royal Winter Fair. Athol became an official judge with Holstein Canada, judging at numerous shows in Canada, the US and Australia. Some of his achievements included Premier Exhibitor and Breeder Banners, All-Atlantic Awards, and All-Canadian Nominations. In 2001 Crasdale Farms was awarded a Master Breeder Shield from Holstein Canada. In the same year, a favourite cow in his herd “Crasdale Rock N’Roll” earned Canadian Cow of the Year. In 2005 he became the first Maritime recipient of the Curtis Clark Award. This award was presented at the Royal Winter Fair in Toronto by his peers for his dedication, service and promotion of the dairy industry in Canada.

A person always willing to help others, Athol was a past president and director of the PEI Holstein Branch, national director for Holstein Canada and chaired the Atlantic Holstein Promotions Committee for a number of years. He was a past director and president of Amalgamated Dairies Ltd. He was an active member and served as a deacon of the Fairview Baptist Church.

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