Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Nova Scotia Tufts Chapter 3 Gershom Tufts children; Sarah, Lydia, Samuel, and Francis

I have presented here what I have on these families as of December 3, 2014. I will be adding to them as time for research allows. I will make note of edits and additions here at the top. Please forward any corrections and additions to these families. I do have some contacts with living descendents so interested persons can contact me for cousin connections.
SARAH TUFTS (1760-?)
married SAMUEL COOK, of Beaver Harbour, NS
I need information on this family

LYDIA TUFTS (1761-1787)
had 1) Gottlieb Walker 2) Lydia Walker 3) Gershom Walker in Chester, NS
I need information on this family

 SAMUEL TUFTS (1762-1784)
married to PHEBE JONES (1762-1809)
had 1) Martha Tufts
I need information on this family

FRANCIS TUFTS, Frank (1763-1847)
had 1) Lucy A., 2) Sarah, 3) Elizabeth, 4) Lydia, 5) Jane, 6) Catherine, 7) Frances, 8) Mary, 9) Maria, 10) Samuel C. (9 daughters and finally, a son!)
            1) LUCY ANN TUFTS (1789-1871)
Married to JAMES WRIGHT (1789?-1846?) and had 9 Wright children. One daughter, Martha Jane Wright married Henry Tufts later in life, a second cousin; he was the son of Gershom’s son James B Tufts (below).
2) SARAH TUFTS (1791-187?)
married WILLIAM McDOWELL(1782-1860) British soldier, born in London. They had 9 McDowell children in Halifax.

3)ELIZABETH TUFTS (1793-1885)
Married JOHN WOODMAN BARNSTEAD (1801-1863) and had 9 Barnstead children including Louisa, who married  GEORGE ARTHUR or ANDREW TUFTS; a second cousin grandson of James B. Tufts (below)

4) LYDIA TUFTS (1795-1850)
married DAVID ISRAEL ANTHONY (?-1841) and had 1) David and William Anthony.

5) JANE TUFTS (1797-18??)
Married ROBERT WILLIS REESE, had 4 Reese children.

6) CATHERINE TUFTS (1800-1862)

7) FRANCES TUFTS (1802-187?)
married SAMUEL VAUGHAN (1802-?); her first cousin and
son of Samuel and Abigail (Tufts) Vaughan (12th child of Gershom)
had no issue.

8) MARY TUFTS (1804-187?)
Married first, ROBERT GAY (1803-1855?)
had 1) Robert Ansel Gay
married secondly, ARCHER LOVETT
had 2) Archer 
married thirdly, HENRY HOLLAND or Thomas
had 3) Richard                       
I need information on this family

9) MARIA TUFTS (1807-?)
married GEORGE REID, Elder and Capt.
had 5 Reid children. They may have removed to England.

married ELIZABETH HAVERSTOCK (1812-1878)
had 1) Elizabeth S., 2) Mary E., 3) Frederick, 4) Louisa A., 5) Albert F., 6) Joseph, 7) Harriet, 8) Margaret
married JOHN McKENNA (1828-1897) They lived in New Westminster, British Columbia (?)

MARY ELLA (Ellen)  TUFTS (1836-1923)  
married THOMAS FREDERICK ARGYLE (1839-1919)

I need information on this family

                        LOUISA A TUFTS (1841-1902), in Halifax, N. S.                 
married AUGUSTUS THOMPSON, (1838-?) British naval boatman
had 12 children in Halifax, N. S.
ALBERT FRANCIS TUFTS (1845-1862) in Halifax, NS
single. Poor lad of 17 years, what tragedy took his life?

JOSEPH TUFTS, (1849-1926) steamfitter in Dartmouth, N. S.
Married ELIZABETH SUSAN ROZEE (1853-1940)
had 1) Mary A., 2) Maude E., 3) Florence L., 4) Frederick L., 5) Joseph R., 6) William H., 7) James A., 8) Flossie M., 9) Joseph E., 10) Frank, 11) George A., 12) Caroline G., 13) Daisy E., 14) Hattie V., 15) Lillie B., 16) Charles A. I have recently learned there were 17 children. They deserve their own chapter, but I will abbreviate them here and provide more upon request. Some of these children were born in Maine, but it appears the family came back to NS.
MARY AMELIA TUFTS married THOMAS MOSHER SPRUCE and may have had 4 children, unknown location. He was a mail carrier and died in the Halifax explosion in 1917. Mary had died in 1916 and the children were 20, 17, 13, and 9 at the time of the tragedy.
MAUD ELIZABETH TUFTS married ALFRED GEORGE CRAWLEY and had 11 children in Halifax.
FREDERICK LESLEY TUFTS, of Seagaraffe and Westbrook, ME, married LAVINIA CATHERINE BAYERS [or Byers]
had 1) Lillian Tufts. I have a living descendent contact for this family
            JOSEPH TUFTS died young
JAMES ALBERT TUFTS, teamster, married BLANCHE HANNAH PYKE, Hannah Blanche
had 1) Joseph A., 2) James J., 3) Clarence H., 4) Hilda B., 5) Percy E., 6) Mona V., 7) George A., 8) Frederick L., 9) Harold I., 10) Marie I., 11) Ralph E., 12) William H., 13) Doris V., 14) Shirley M. Tufts. Sadly, some of these children died young, including George who died in the Halifax explosion at just 6 months old but some have families in Nova Scotia today.
FLORENCE MAE TUFTS married JAMES WADDELL MacRAE and had 9 children.
                                    JOSEPH EDWARD TUFTS died young (21)
                                    FRANK TUFTS died young (3)
                                    GEORGE ARTHUR TUFTS died young (2)
CAROLINE GEORGINA TUFTS married SAMUEL STANLEY WILLIAMS and had at least 2 children.
DAISY ETHEL TUFTS married HARVEY LORNE EDWARDS and had 4 children.
LILLIAN  ISABELLA TUFTS married HERBERT SAMUEL COLLINGS  and had 7 children in Dartmouth, NS
CHARLES ARTHUR TUFTS died young.          

Children of Samuel-continued)
HARRIET TUFTS (1853-? Boston MA?)
had no issue.
Married secondly, HOWARD DOUGLAS, had no issue.

 MARGARET  TUFTS (1857-? Boston MA?)
Married SAMUEL BEATTY, (1852-?) and had ?

Friday, November 21, 2014

Thomas Argyle and Ellen Tufts; lighthouse keepers in Victoria, British Columbia

As I have been working on the third chapter of Nova Scotia Tufts I came across this story about Gershom Tufts Great-Granddaughter from his son Francis and his son Samuel of Dartmouth or Halifax NS. It’s unclear what possessed Ellen to move from Nova Scotia to British Columbia but she made a wonderful life there and left many descendents.

MARY ELLA (Ellen)  TUFTS (1836-1923) 
married THOMAS FREDERICK ARGYLE (1839-1919) of Birmingham England.
These pioneers in early Victoria, British Columbia lived and worked on the small island called Race Rocks where they were lighthouse keepers. They had 6 of their nine children there and many of their stories are available for research. They lost a son to the sea. They also say Thomas found a treasure as he used to pay for supplies in gold coins. Please read the full story below. I also have some news stories I can send to interested readers.
Image of engineers from their site 

One item the articles and references here need correcting on is their continued statements that Ellen’s family were loyalists expelled from Boston. Gershom Tufts moved to Nova Scotia well prior to the war and Loyalist expulsions. One reference even claims the Tufts came to America on the Mayflower.  Ellen's ancestry clearly traces back to Peter Tufts of Charlestown Massachusetts in 1638, our common immigrant ancestor. Their family details will be chronicled in Nova Scotia Tufts families’ chapter 3.Perhaps it fit better to describe her as such, given Thomas' status with the Royal Engineers.
I have not chronicled their family descendents here. A quick search on reveals many trees with full families of many children. They could be living in the area today. Please feel free to leave details of their descendents in the comments section or links to family sites. Some of these images are from trees.

In the publication Canadian Frontier: Annual 1977
Edited by Gordon Thomas Stewart, Brian Antonson
Published by Antonson Publishing, 1977 a great story about this family is told by writer George Inglis:  
click on the images for a larger image to read the article.

Thomas is recognized on the Royal Engineers page was well: