Where they came from, were born, lived, worked and .....came to rest .......
Photo - Looking east across Passamaquoddy bay, St. Andrews, N.B., Canada
It's likely that many immigrants, including the Montgomery's, to cross the Atlantic from Ireland likely came across this very same view. Chances are it looked very similar to what I've photgraphed here. It is a quiet and peaceful place void of obvious change. It allows the visitor to feel a sense of what it must have been when our ancestors arrived so long ago. I can only imagine what they must have felt ... relief that they arrived safely, elation that there was adventure and opportunity ahead and perhaps fear of the unknown. The drive to leave Ireland for a better life must have torn at them but eventually the fear was overcome with the prospect of a new life in a new land.
Many settlers to Charlotte County arrived in St. Andrews Port. Beyond the view here, looking east across the bay, lies the Bay of Fundy and betond that the open Atlantic. To the south (the right hand side of the image) is the end of the penninsula. Around the pennisula is the town center of St. Andrews. The inks to left provide a more indepth view of the Montgomery' s and related families as they moved throughout Charlotte County.
Although the Montgomery's likely entered the colony through St. Andrews they continued onward and settled in many areas of Charlotte County. James Montgomery first settled in St. Andrews and had a son James born in Chamcook just outside St. Andrews. He then moved to Rollindam. There he met his future wife, Izetta Collins Lever and evetually settled in Leverville. They had several children all born in Leverville. One of the children, Moses Lever Montgomery later settled in St. Stephen (Milltown) and married Ethel Clark from St. James. They soon produced a large family. My father, Arthur Moses Montgomery met his future wife, Thelma Watters, while working at the Canadian Cottons Mill in Milltown. They married in 1935 and settled in Upper Mills, N.B. While in Upper Mills they ran a general store and post office. Arthur was postmaster for 15 years. I was too young to recall any of my short time in Upper Mills but I listened to many years of stories from my parents, especially my fathers stories, and it sounded like they led a very simple but very happy life in this small village. So many stories ..... from smuggling cattle standing upright in small boats across the St. Croix river to hiding butter and sugar in big pockets in my grandmothers coats on return trips from Calais, Maine during the great war. In 1961 they made, what I'm sure was a very hard decision to uproot their family and move to the United States.
Looking beyond the Montgomery's to extended family I've been able to piece together other similar stories of epic journeys to arrive in what was likely a very unfamiliar place compared to home.