Dawsonville, Robinsonville, Glencoe, Glenlevit
Flatlands and Mann's Mountain

Special Thanks to Faye Massey for the information on this page

The first settlers of those areas were mainly
Scotish, Irish, English, Acadians and Loyalists

Flatlands, the oldest community in the area
had: George Forth (Firth), Francis Haydon, David Mott, Patrick Archibald
Arch McKenzie, John Johnson, Jacob Hanscomb
John Mahoney and William Gracie who settled here in early 1800's

Glenlevit's first was John Wright probably as early as 1820
but there is only proof of him being here in 1840
naming his new home after his old one GlenLevit, Scotland
The others who followed him were George Wright, Antoine Felix
who came here from Holland on a sailboat, Peter Boudreau
Charles Boudreau, Robert Pollock, Felix Coulombe and Michael Dunn

Edward C Mann came from New Carlisle Quebec
he was born in 1812 and came to Mann's Mountain
somewhere between 1830 and 1840
he was followed shortly after by
Benjamin Babcock, William Steward, Edward Mann, Tess Farrer

First to settle in Dawsonville were John Slattery
John Pratt, W. Copeland, the Martins and Dawsons

In Glencoe we find John McBeath, Simon Murray
James Ferguson and Thomas Murray, they came here
In the mid 1800's

In those years getting a piece of land in New Brunswick
was pretty easy for these settlers
The Government made it that way. Land was 60 cents an acre
only a deposit of 20% was required, as of 1861.
They were also required to live on the lot for one year
and clear and cultivate 5 acres. They were required to build
they simple timber house and grow food for the winter

Henry Martin built a dam and ran a "sluice" down to the foot
of the hill, where the water struck a water wheel about 12 feet
in diameter and there you had it!! a Mill powered by Water!!
this was done in the early 1900's in Dawsonville

Log drives are a part of the past here
The last drive on the Restigouche was in 1971
and the last on Christopher Brook in 1946

Stores carried it all back then
everything from clothing to the clothes pins to tie them with
to Whisky. Here is an example of the prices you would see
on the shelves of Hugh Smith's General Store in Flatlands between
1875 and 1878

A shoe Brush sold for $0.25
A pound of Pork for $0.12
A can of Mustard for $0.10
A pair of Boots for $1.40
1/2 pound of Candles for $0.10
1 pound of Soap for $0.10
1 spool of thread was only $0.06
5 Gallon of Whiskey was only $3.50
1 Gallon of Rhum was only $2.80
1 pound of tea was $0.50
1 pound of sugar was $0.13
1 pound of butter was $0.15

Now the first car in Flatlands was owned by William Cooling
and the first one in Glenlevit was owned by John Nichol in 1920
In Glencoe the honor went to Simon Ferguson

The first church in Dawsonville was the St Paul's Anglican
Church built at the Rafting Grounds, built on land donated
by Dawsons

The first school in Dawsonville was built in 1894 and was a log one
it was completed two years later
The first school in Flatlands was built in 1870
and Mann's Mountain got their first one in 1888

Here also are the wages paid by the Dept. of Public Works
in 1939 on an 8 hour work day
Supervisor got $2.80 per hour
Time Keeper $0.27 1/2 per hour
Hand Labour $0.25 per hour
Double Team $0.60 per hour
Foreman $0.30 per hour
Grader Operator #0.30 per hour
Single Team $0.37 1/2 per hour
Truck Driver #0.30 per hour

The first bank robbers in New Brunswick were from Flatlands
P. Nellis and his brother L. Nellis
The robbed the Bank of Nova Scotia on the Acadian coast in 1936
Used an old soft top Ford as a get away car

People use to live on Long Island (across from Flatlands) among the first were the Motts.

A scow ferry run along a wire from the island to the mainland took people back and forth.
Simon Pollock used to build the scows, and the ferries were situated at McLeod's Brook.
Living on the Island had to be abandoned because of flooding.

The Flatlands road use to be called "Ritchie's Lane" and the base line road was called
"Wrights' Road"

This page was designed by Irene Doyle 1998