Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Today In Nevard History

 April 13 marks the birthday of Ernest Samuel Nevard. Or as we knew him, "Uncle Ernie". Born in Lexden, Colchester, Essex, in 1878, the son of Arthur Nevard. Ernest was known to be an excellent bricklayer and often took on jobs to supplement his farming in later years.
No doubt the glowing advertisements of "free " homestead land in Saskatchewan caught his interest in the early 1900s and he signed up with the Barr Colonists to come to Canada and try farming. Leaving his wife , Mary, and year old son, Bill, behind in England, he and his brother Arthur left for Canada, arriving in Halifax on April 12 of 1903. The day before his 25th birthday.
All reports indicate it was a rough voyage and a lot of unrest among the travellers may have helped Ernie and Arthur to decide to leave the Barr colonists at Winnipeg and look for work there before eventually ending up in Saskatchewan. Homesteads were still available and who knows what drew them to the Lipton area but the brothers were able to obtain 2 quarters of homestead land in July of 03. They built a shack to live in on Arthur's quarter and began the long process of developing virgin prairie into a productive farm.
Ernest died in 1958 at the age of 80. This photo was taken some time before he left England.

3 comments:

  1. hey all. My name is William michael nevard. my father and grandfather were both william ernest nevard. although i never met him, my great grandfather moved here from england. I live in the states in new jersey.i am very intrigued by these posts. the same names, one picture resembles my late grandfather. ernest samuel nevard was a skilled bricklayer and my dad and papa both owned a contracting company which specialized in mason work. my father even won awards in new jersey for different buildings. this cannot just be coincidence. im 27, my father would be 52, and grandfather would about 75 years old. hope to hear back soon.

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  2. William, its interesting to hear from another Nevard. Although I don't know of any that moved to New Jersey it is possible we have common ancestors from the same place in Essex, U.K. William, Ernest, and Arthur seemed to be popular names with the Nevards. I have quite a few more photos and stories when I get around to putting them here.

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