The Real People from Halifax 1843
The following names mentioned in the story were true personalities that managed to be stored in Little Grace’s time capsule:
Mrs. Whitman (author of “Trailing Arbutus” poem)
Mrs. Markham (author of “Tales of a Grandfather)
Washington Irving (author of an abridged Columbus history)
Haliburton — Main source of historical information referenced, resided at “Clifton” near the boys school in Windsor.
Paul (old Mi’kmaq chief on reservation near Dartmouth – 1843: The Museum of Nova Scotia Web Pages on Mi’kmaq portraits show several portraits of a chief named Paul, whose wife’s name was Mary Cristianne Paul.) Mary Paul (chief’s wife – 1843: Several portraits of Mary Paul are on the Web Page as well)
Christina Morris (Mary Paul’s niece – 1843. The Museum’s web page has one portrait labelled as Mary Christianne Paul Morris by the Museum, but Christina Morris by the author)
Shaffer– baker (bread)
Dr. Fretum– professor
Two little children that were lost in the woods at Dartmouth, and perished.
Grace remembers the event – which if real, probably took place in the early 1840’s and would add to the argument that the book was written in ‘real time’.
Your reference to the children lost near Dartmouth from the book is a true story which is recalled from time to time even now. It happened in 1842. The children lost were Jane Elizabeth and Margaret Meagher ages 6 and 4. They were the children of John Meagher and his wife of Lake Loon near Dartmouth. They were lost on 11 April and their bodies found on 17 April locked in each other’s arms after a search by thousands. Their head stone may yet be seen in the Woodlawn Cemetery in Dartmouth. The incident is often referred to as the story of the Babes in the Woods