When Valmond came to Pontiac - Mrs. Hart Hayden

Mrs. Hart Hayden


Mrs. Hart Hayden (1875-1964)

Mrs. Hart Hayden, otherwise known as Sarah Jane Pine, was born on 12 February 1875 in Richibucto, New Brunswick. Sarah was the daughter of Ephraim Pine and Mary A. MacLean. She had nine known siblings, eight brothers: Frederick, William, Alfred, George, Charles, Frank, Jasper and Herbert and one sister, Eliza, who was two years younger than Sarah.

Sarah married [Joseph] Hart Hayden on 11 October 1899 in Richibucto, New Brunswick. Hart was born on 18 February 1870 in Nova Scotia, son of James W. Hayden, farmer and boat builder, and Sophronia Adams.

Hart grew up in Digby, Nova Scotia but, as a young man, set out to find work in Massachusetts. On 12 June 1898, he sailed out of Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, and arrived in Boston. He eventually found work as a meat salesman in Salem, MA, as seen in the 1900 US Census. When Hart returned to the Maritimes, sometime between 1898 and 1899, he had married Sarah Jane Pine and by the Spring of 1900, Sarah and Hart left Nova Scotia and were living in Salem, MA.

Their son, Carl, was born in the U.S. in July 1902, but when their second child arrived, Pearl Eleanor, born 10 June 1903, they were living back in Digby, Nova Scotia. Their third child, Roy Ashton, was born 10 June 1909, exactly six years after his older sister, Pearl.

In 1921, Sarah, Hart, and their two youngest children, Pearl age 18, and Roy age 12, are living on Culloden Road near Digby. Also living with them, is the 2 year old son of Sarah's brother Alfred, Harry Pine.

In Bay View, Digby, Nova Scotia, Hart was employed as a Mail Driver/Post Master. He was also known as the Bayview Cabbie, driving locals around in his station wagon.

Hart died on 30 March 1948 in Digby, Nova Scotia. Sarah outlived him by sixteen years and spent the last two years of her life at Turnbull's Nursing Home in Digby.

Sarah Jane died on 13 June 1964. Both Sarah and Hart are buried in the Bayview United Church Cemetery, Digby, Nova Scotia.

UPEI Provenance Collection

Parker, Gilbert. When Valmond came to Pontiac: the story of a lost Napoleon. New York: Macmillan, 1904. [Signature Mrs. Hart Hayden Bayview].


1881 Census of Canada. Census Place: Richibucto, Kent, New Brunswick; Roll: C_13185; Page: 38; Family No: 166

1891 Census of Canada. Census Place: Richibucto, Kent, New Brunswick; Roll: T-6300; Family No: 25

1900 United States Federal Census. Census Place: Salem Ward 4, Essex, Massachusetts; Roll: 647; Page: 5B; Enumeration District: 0450; FHL microfilm: 1240647

1911 Census of Canada. Year: 1911; Census Place: 5, Digby, Nova Scotia; Page: 2; Family No: 14

1921 Census of Canada. Reference Number: RG 31; Folder Number: 42; Census Place: Polling District No 17, Digby-Annapolis, Nova Scotia; Page Number: 12

Acadia, Canada, Vital and Church Records (Drouin Collection), 1757-1946. Marriage of Sarah Jane Pine and Hart Hayden at Kent, Richibucto, New Brunswick.

Obituary of Harry Pine. Accessed on 10 January 2017.

Walker, Nancy. “Point Prim Memories", The Lighthouse, Sep/Oct 2003.

Province of Nova Scotia - Registration of Death for Sarah Hayden.

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