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Hallett

Almost all of the data concerning Scott and Lydia (Nevers) Hallett and their descendants was compiled by Carole (Hallett) Craswell with the aid of her many family members. She self published three editions of a family book detailing the Scott and Lydia Hallet Familes. The contents of the latest edition (2021) are being added to this site. 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.

Orser

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 (including the Long and Nevers family lines) found on online research sites such as Family Search and Ancestry.

Craswell

Craswell data was initially compiled by Harold's mother Helen (Stevenson) Craswell. It continues to be validated and expanded to include the Roberts, Andrews and Bowen lines.

Stevenson

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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Athol Craswell and Helen Stevenson

Athol and Helen had a Holsten dairy farm in South Rustico, Prince Edward Island. They ran a successful breeding program and Athol was a respected cattle dealer. Helen also taught school for several years. They raised six children.

Scott Hallett and Lydia Nevers

Scott and Lydia lived in a large wood frame house in Upper Brighton and raised a family of thirteen children there. Scott worked as a cook in lumber camps during the winter and worked the farm during the rest of the year.

Miller Stevenson and Frances MacDowell

Miller and Frances raised their five children on a farm in Fredericton, Prince Edward Island. They were committed church members, active in the community and devoted to family. They loved to taking road trips.

Ercell Orser and & Jennie Long

Ercell and Jennie made their home in Hartland, New Brunswick. Ercell worked with his brother as a blacksmith and later opened a farm equipment sales and service business. He served many years on the town council.


Different paths

Our ancestors are primarily of West European extraction. They originated in England, Scotland, Ireland, Wales, The Netherlands, and possibly Germany and France. The paths they took to get here varied.

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 war of independence. 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.

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.

Another ancestor, Phineas Nevers, was definitely not in the loyalist camp. He 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 and the nevers family members in this trees descend from him.

On Prince Edward Island, 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.

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.


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