Clara (Clarsy) Melinda Hartt was born October 15. 1857, in Derby, North Co. NB. She married John Henry Bastian, July 1876 at the Methodist Parsonage. For 72 years the couple spent their lives in Rogersville, North Co, NB. The past few years they moved to Buthurst, NB Life was harsh in those early years. Clara was a dedicated wife and mother. She cooked for her family, tended the animals, worked in the fields (sometimes even taking a newborn child along in a basket.) and worked alongside her husband. At sheep shearing time she helped with the shearing, afterwards washing the wool, carding and spinning it and finally weaving it into cloth, which she made into clothes for her family. She was a midwife to the neighborhood women. Even thought there was no Protestant Preacher in the area (one came once a month if the weather was allowable) Clara would gather her children around her knee and read the Bible. She was very religious. Children of Clara (Hartt) & John Bastian: Herbert 1877-1964, Mary abt.1879-1891, Ella 1881- 1952, Frederick John d 1882, Laura 1885-1977, Charles Frederick 1892-1892, John Frederick. 1895-1918, Carolina Albina 1888-1966, Katherine 1893-1995, Charles Elvin 1897-1945, William James 1900- 1983, Ernest, Annie d. 1887.
Courtesy: Geraldine Harris
East Bathurst, Gloucester County
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