|Thomas was born 1771 in Sunbury County, New
Brunswick to Thomas and Sarah
(Hawkes) Hartt. Thomas died Dec. 1,
1853. Thomas at the age of 22 married
Phebe Phillips of Oromocto Falls on
Aug. 23, 1803 at Maugerville,
Sunbury Co. NB.. Both are buried in
Gladstone Cemetery, Fredericton
Junction, Sunbury Co., NB.
Thomas Hartt established a lumber
and gristmill at the first falls of the North Branch of the
Oromocto River known as Gaspereau Falls and
acquired the Sherman Grant property of 900 acres. In
1815 Thomas built a house, which was known locally
as the “Beehive.” It was the first house in the
settlement with sawn lumber used in the construction.
The “Beehive” had remained with the Hartt
descendants until sold by a great-great-grandson,
Harold Nason. The house had nine bedrooms and he
housed the men who worked in the mills. Any travelers
who came along could also stay all night. The house is
in the process of being torn down (2003). The town
was called “Hartt’s Mills” until the railway was built in 1869 and the
name was changed to Fredericton Junction. Their family all married and
settled in the parish. The mill was left to the oldest and youngest son David and Thomas.
David sold his part of the mill to William E. Perley. Thomas Todd
from St. Stephen bought them out for $30,000. This gave William and
Thomas each $15,000. The homestead and surrounding farm
was left to Phebe Hartt, Thomas’s widow, and his daughters, Matilda
Jane and Mary Ann, under terms carefully stipulated.
The Hartt’s Mills cancellation stamp used in the post office has survived to this day. It is said that the older boys and younger men from the region gathered on Sunday afternoons to hold wrestling matches at the store/post office.
—Taken from Days of Old by permission.
Children of Thomas & Phebe( Phillips) Hartt:
David 1805-1893, Rebecca 1806-1876, Phebe 1809-
1883, Josephus 1810, Aaron, 1811-1868, Sarah 1814-
1885, Thomas E. 1818-1890, Madtilda 1823-1901,
Mary Ann 1825-1891, Elizabeth 1827-