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Dictionary of Miramichi Biography

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HADDOW, RICHARD BLACKSTOCK (1830-1898)

HADDOW, RICHARD BLACKSTOCK, collector of customs and consular agent; b. Douglastown, 5 Dec 1830, s/o Robert Haddow and Elizabeth Taylor, then of Chatham; m. 1st, 1861, Mary Elizabeth Chandler, of Richibucto, and 2nd, 1873, Mary Elizabeth Sargeant, d/o Moses Martin Sargeant and Maria Louisa Wood; d. New York, 1 Jun 1898.

Richard B. Haddow's father was a native of New Mill, Ayrshire, Scotland. Another child of his marriage to Elizabeth Taylor was George Haddow, the well-known Dalhousie businessman and MP for Restigouche County.

Richard B. Haddow grew up, in part at least, in Kent County. He may have been living on the Miramichi in 1859 when he delivered an address to the Mechanics' Institute at Chatham on "Self-culture," but in 1861 he was employed as a clerk in a commercial establishment at Richibucto. He was a clerk in Newcastle in 1864 when he and his first wife, Mary Elizabeth Chandler, had a son baptized at Derby. His wife died in 1866, shortly after giving birth to a daughter. In the census of 1871 he was enumerated as a general manager at Newcastle. In 1873 he succeeded William Parker as collector of customs for the port. He was serving as a school trustee in Newcastle in 1875, and in 1877 he was the German consular agent for the Miramichi. He was appointed a vestryman and vestry clerk of St Andrew's Anglican Church in 1871, and he was a warden in the 1880s.

In October 1886 it was reported in the Union Advocate that the operation of the Newcastle customs house was being investigated. There was $4,000 missing, and responsibility for Newcastle customs had been temporarily assigned to the house at Chatham. Haddow was described as being "very sick" at the time of the investigation. Little or no additional information appeared in the press, but a few months later William A. Park was appointed collector of customs at Newcastle.

Haddow moved to the United States, and for some years prior to his death he was an employee of the Anaconda Mining Co. at Butte, Montana. After he died in New York in 1898 his remains were brought to Newcastle for burial. His widow, "Eliza" Sargeant, died in Newcastle in 1903. The daughter of his first marriage, Mary (Haddow) Campbell, died in Alberta in 1921.

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[b] church records [m] Gleaner 21 Sep 1861, 30 Aug 1873 [d] Advance 9 Jun 1898 / Advocate 30 Jun 1875, 11 Jul 1877, 13 Oct 1886, 16 Sep 1903; church burial records (re. Mary Elizabeth Chandler Haddow); Gleaner 26 Mar 1859; Graves (re. George Haddow); Leader 25 Feb 1921; World 12 Apr 1882; 9 Oct 1886


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