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Dorcas WHITMAN

Female 1800 - 1889  (88 years)


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  • Name Dorcas WHITMAN  [1
    Born 5 May 1800  Chester, Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Female 
    Died 18 Apr 1889  Murray Harbour, Kings, Prince Edward Island, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Buried 20 Apr 1889  Murray Harbour Cemetery, Murray Harbour, Kings, Prince Edward Island, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    • Buried Murray Harbour South Cemetery with husband, David; plot # F 231
    Notes 
    • Dorcas was probably named after her paternal great grandmother, Dorcas GREEN.

      Reprint from "The Daily Patriot", Charlottetown, P.E.I., 22 June 1887

      A Family Gathering.

      On the 17th., one of the most remarkable gatherings occurred which probably ever took place In the Dominion of Canada, at the home of Henry A. BEARS, Murray River. P.E.Island. The mother, Mrs. Dorcas BEARS, the eldest daughter of the late Abraham WHITMAN, of Canso. N. S., now aged 87 1/2 years, still enjoying all her faculties and in good health, was favored with the gathering of all her family of thirteen children who met for the first time to greet her as an unbroken family, except the father who died some 14 years ago, aged 77 years. The first place where all met was in the temperance hall, to engage in the worship of God together. When the 90th Psalm was read, God's praises sung and the Rev. Mr. PHINNEY preached from Genesis 7 :. "Come thou and all thy house into the ark." The sermon was a forcible exhibition of the origin and effects of sin, God's punishment of it in the flood, and the ark, and Noah's family thus being saved, a type of Christ and those who come to Him for salvation with an eloquent closing appeal to make Christ the refuge.

      After service the whole family repaired to the homestead and took tea together seated with the mother at the head of the table, the first born on her right hand and the rest in the order in which they were born bringing the youngest on the mother's left. The evening was spent in social conversation and singing.

      On Monday morning, an artist was secured, all gathered together and a picture of the group was taken. The names and ages of the family are as follows:

      The mother, Dorcas BEARS 87y 6mo
      James W. BEARS 67y 8mo
      Sarah A. COOK 66y 3mo
      Docas L. GRANT 64y 9mo
      Abraham W. BEARS 63y
      Mercey C. HORTON 61y 8mo
      Isaac A. BEARS 59y 9mo
      David A. BEARS 57y 3mo
      Rebecca E. COOK 55y 6mo
      Hannah E. CUDDY 54y
      John F. BEARS 51y 8mo
      Henrietta J. BREHAUT 48y 10mo
      Henry A. BEARS 45y 6mo
      George W. BEARS 43y 6mo
      ----------
      Making a total of 826y 10mo

      The grandchildren number 65 living and 28 dead, the great -grand- children 73 living, and 4 dead. There were present also at the gathering a brother and sister of our father's whose united ages are 148 years. After the picture had been taken, the hymn, "Thy will be done," was sung, prayer offered, and the gathering broke up perhaps never all to meet again in this world.

      One of the Group.
      July 18, 1887
      [3]
    Person ID I1352  Nosworthy
    Last Modified 7 Mar 2011 

    Father Abraham WHITMAN,   b. 10 Sep 1761, Annapolis Royal, Annapolis, Nova Scotia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Mar 1854, Canso, Guysborough, Nova Scotia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 92 years) 
    Mother Hannah WEBBER,   b. 19 Mar 1771, Chester, Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. May 1847, Canso, Guysborough, Nova Scotia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years) 
    Married 1 Mar 1793  Chester, Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Family ID F440  Group Sheet

    Family Capt. David BEARS,   b. 18 Oct 1796, Barrington, Shelburne, Nova Scotia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Sep 1873, Murray Harbour, Kings, Prince Edward Island, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years) 
    Married 16 Jan 1819  Canso, Guysborough, Nova Scotia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Address 1852  Prince Edward Island, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    • In 1852 David BEARS moved to P.E.I.; the family followed in September of the next year.
    Children 
     1. James Whitman BEARS,   b. 20 Nov 1819, Canso, Guysborough, Nova Scotia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     2. Sarah A. BEARS,   b. 22 Apr 1821, Canso, Guysborough, Nova Scotia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     3. Dorcas Letitia BEARS,   b. 20 Oct 1822, Canso, Guysborough, Nova Scotia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     4. Rev. Abraham Whitman BEARS,   b. 1824,   d. Yes, date unknown
     5. Mercy Caroline BEARS,   b. 27 Nov 1825, Canso, Guysborough, Nova Scotia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Feb 1918, Murray Harbour, Kings, Prince Edward Island, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 92 years)
     6. Isaac Alfred BEARS,   b. 30 Oct 1827, Canso, Guysborough, Nova Scotia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 May 1901, Murray Harbour, Kings, Prince Edward Island, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years)
     7. David Albert BEARS,   b. 6 Apr 1830, Canso, Guysborough, Nova Scotia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     8. Rebecca Elizabeth BEARS,   b. 4 Dec 1831, Canso, Guysborough, Nova Scotia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Nov 1909  (Age 77 years)
     9. Hannah Eliza BEARS,   b. 24 Jul 1833, Canso, Guysborough, Nova Scotia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Jan 1905, Murray River, Kings, Prince Edward Island, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years)
     10. John Francis BEARS,   b. 10 Nov 1835, Canso, Guysborough, Nova Scotia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     11. Henrietta Jean BEARS,   b. 5 Sep 1838, Canso, Guysborough, Nova Scotia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Jan 1907  (Age 68 years)
     12. Henry Alline BEARS,   b. 29 Dec 1841, Canso, Guysborough, Nova Scotia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1909, Murray Harbour, Kings, Prince Edward Island, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 67 years)
     13. George Whitfield BEARS,   b. 1 Feb 1844, Murray River, Kings, Prince Edward Island, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified 7 Mar 2008 
    Family ID F400  Group Sheet

  • Headstones
    BEARS
    BEARS

    In memory of
    CAPT. DAVID BEARS
    Sept. 30,1873
    Age 77
    A native of Nova Scotia
    emigrated to this Island in 1852
    Also his wife
    DORCAS WHITMAN
    Died Apr 18,1889
    Age 89



  • Sources 
    1. [S61] BROOKS Family History, Doug Stobbs, (2002).

    2. [S173] Cemetery Transcripts, Murray Harbour South, Cardigan Group, Young Canada Works Project, (P.E.I.G.S., 1979).

    3. [S162] Website.

    4. [S227] Book: Past and Present of Prince Edward Island : Embracing a concise review of its early settlement, development, and present conditions., Donald Alexander MacKinnon; Alexander Bannerman Warburton., (Published 1906? original text scanned online at http://www.ourroots.ca/e/).


  

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