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Bertie J. Hunt


Bertie J. Hunt (1867-1952)

Bertha Jane Hunt was born on 11 July 1867 in Summerside, Prince Edward Island to Richard, a merchant, and Mary E. Hunt. She was the third of seven children: William, Mary, Bertha, Edward, Louis, Flora, & Ethel. The Hunt family were members of the Church of England.

In 1888, Bertha married James Black Hegan, a civil engineer, who later became the District Engineer of the Department of Public Works of PEI, and an Engineer of the Federal Marine Department. Together they had five children: Richard, Janet, John, Louis, and Margaret. The family remained on Prince Edward Island, settling in Charlottetown.

Bertha was an active member of the congregation at St. Peter’s Cathedral for many years until her health prevented her from participating as much. Her family was also very involved with the church, her youngest daughter Margaret, married the Priest Incumbent, Reverend Canon E.M. Malone in 1936.

Although Bertha was confined to her home for the last several years of her life, she remained “cheerful and uncomplaining”, according to the Guardian. She passed away on 3 April 1952 at the age of 84. She lies buried with her husband at St. Peter’s Anglican Cemetery in Charlottetown.

The UPEI Provenance Collection’s copy of Mabel Grant: A Highland Story by Randall H. Ballantyne, has an inscription which reads “Bertie J. Hunt Love N.F. Lee Christmas 1877”, implying Bertha received the book as a Christmas gift when she was ten years old.


1881 Census of Canada Summerside, Prince, Prince Edward Island; Roll: C_13162; Page: 78; Family No: 344. Statistics Canada Fonds, Record Group 31-C-1. LAC microfilm C-13162 to C-13286. Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa.

1891 Census of Canada. Summerside, Prince, Prince Edward Island; Roll: T-6382; Family No: 159. Ottawa, Ontario, Canada: Library and Archives Canada, 2009. Series RG31-C-1. Statistics Canada Fonds. Microfilm reels: T-6290 to T-6427.

1901 Census of Canada. Charlottetown (City/Cité), Queen's (west/ouest), Prince Edward Island; Page: 3; Family No: 33. Ottawa, Ontario, Canada: Library and Archives Canada, 2004. Series RG31-C-1. Statistics Canada Fonds. Microfilm reels: T-6428 to T-6556.

1921 Census of Canada. Bertha Hegan. Reference Number: RG 31; Folder Number: 105; Census Place: Charlottetown (City), Queens, Prince Edward Island; Page Number: 8. Ottawa, Ontario, Canada: Library and Archives Canada, 2013. Series RG31. Statistics Canada Fonds.

“Death of Mrs. J.B. Hegan Yesterday” The Guardian [Charlottetown] 4 April. 1952: 5. Island Newspapers. Web.

“Grave Site of James Black Hegan.” Billion Graves. Accessed June 26, 2017.

“Our News Budget for our Saturday Subscribers” The Guardian [Charlottetown] 25 July. 1936:13. Island Newspapers. Web.

“Passed Away” The Guardian [Charlottetown] 21 October. 1929: 3. Island Newspapers. Web.

Prince Edward Island Baptismal Index. Prince Edward Island, Canada: Public Archives and Records Office.

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